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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 1,934
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 209
Gots: 345 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012

Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very danky hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. You wanted more hops you got them.
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops bitterness comes in along with a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance for a “Triple India Pale Ale” with such a high ABV. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice 2IPA to drink for a long time. (830 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden bright orange with a nice bright white head, head did not retain long, looks pretty clear, not a lot of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Dank, resin, garlic, pine, slight malt, not getting any citrus notes or alcohol.

T: Must be an old bottle, not getting a lot of hops on the taste, slight resin, pine, slight grapefruit bitterness, definitely picking up the alcohol, finishes dry.

M: Low carbonation, dry finish.

O: I really wanted to like this beer but I think it is an old bottle as the taste and aroma seems a bit subdued. This is why I would like to see dates on a bottles. (644 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious triple IPA from Knee Deep - nose is sweet malt, dank and floral hops. The flavor follows perfectly in the West Coast style. The malt has a touch of caramel in it. The feel is a bit creamy and lush. Though you get a touch of booze here and there the 11+% ABV is masked nicely. (287 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Knee Deep Simtra 3x IPA.

First beer outta these guys. Only reason I bought it was due to the rave reviews on here since typically a $13 bomber isn't even considered by myself. I really hope it lives up to the grand expectations I have for it.

Look - Pours the clearest most well filtered amber I have ever seen. Head is about a finger in height and doesn't seem to have many plans on sticking around for long. Carbonation appears pretty light. Somehow that finger of head managed to leave a ton of lacing throughout the glass. 5.

Smell - Big, and I mean BIGGGG fucking pine notes on the nose. Large doses of grapefruit juice and a tinge of light malts, but it is certainly hop dominant as expected. A bit of the gravity comes through in a slight alcoholic form. 4.5.

Taste - Oh jeeze I just started the night, I hope this doesn't wreck my palate too quickly. The dankest pine notes I have ever gotten in a beer are present in this one. Grapefruit juice a plenty, with a noticeable though surely not offensive alcoholic bite in the finish. 4.75.

Feel - We'll rounded and very, veryyy creamy bodied with just a touch of carbonation . Alcohol tingles the tongue as it sits. Goes down pretty easily for the nearly 12% ABV. 4.75.

Overall - Nearly done with the beer and I can definitely already feel it working its beer magic. Well, this was a very, very fine TIPA with a lot of in your face flavor. Was it worth $13 a bomber... ahhhh.....not really sure any beer is. Would I have it again? You bet your virgin asshole I would. Best beer ever? Nah. Top ten? Oh hell yes.. 4.75.

I feel I should also note, to those new guys who see these reviews, this is a beer for experienced craft drinkers. Don"t buy this one night for the hell of it and waste your money on a hop nuke that will destroy your taste buds for an eternity. (1,824 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a three-finger head. It descends in a lumpy fashion, leaving some spots on the glass. It settles to a thin layer of bubbles and the lace reflects this lack of retention. Green-hued dirty gold color with a moderate haze.

Relatively mild aroma of floral hops. There's also a touch of earthiness.

Briefly, very briefly, I get a smooth, round flavor of the pale malt. The hop bitterness comes in strong but it is mitigated with the equally strong warmth from the 11.25% abv. This is a very drinkable beer. While the alcohol and hop hint at the power of this beer, one cannot get a sense of the wine-like alcohol content. The bitterness is powerful in the swallow but the aftertaste lasts a moderate period of time. (732 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 3/30/15 This review will have to do as a place holder until I can find fresher...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & tropical fruit, cattiness as this warms

T: Follows the nose, loads of mango, some pineapple & grapefruit, a little bit of cattiness as well up front. Breadyness, mango & a bit of lemon & pamello as this warms, a little bit of pine as well. plus oaky dryness. Finishes a little dry, somewhat catty, with a little mango & pine

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, great balance

Drinks so easy despite the ABV & age, I would love to try this a few months younger, but no complaints here at all. Well worth buying! (764 characters)

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow! The 11.25% is almost imperceptible. An incredibly balanced beer that drinks very well. Personally I couldn't sit and drink this all afternoon (mostly because I wouldn't be able to walk), but it's definitely worth having a pint.

If your drinking lesser beers have this one latter in the session - - it's rough on the palate. (334 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden yellow with three fingers worth of rocky head

S-pale bready malt, citrus, tropical fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready backbone, citrus, tropical fruits, and bitter hops finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol burn

Overall very flavorful and even with the strong ABV still easy to drink (338 characters)

Photo of Drewsbruze
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This triple IPA was extremely balanced. Most the time when you have 130+ IBU or over 8% ABV it is a bitter alcoholic fest. Or, the brewer tries to compensate with malts and you get thick sweet crap. This is amazing. Very balanced. Good job Knee Deep! (250 characters)

Photo of DsNuts1010
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth taste... Strong beer that goes down smooth. They really put their feet up in this one!!!!! Have three 12 oz, and you probably need a driver. (152 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has some legs, or at least some head, as this one stands at a full three fingers. Solid retention and a huge curtain of lace is left behind. Body is pure straw gold in color. Nose is piney prickley and bready sweet all in one. This beer has an excellent body. Big and resiney in flavor. Syrupy hops coat the tongue while the body is supported by a malt backbone. Bold in hop character as it boarders on barleywine for me. A monsterously good beer. (466 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, no haze. Good lingering head especially for a triple IPA. Some lacing on the glass. Great dank flavor smell and flavor, consistent with Knee Deep's beers. Medium feel. Really nice beer (206 characters)

Photo of Hootie159
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear light gold. Minimal lacing but great head for a triple. Decent hop smell. Some malt and booze. Some tropical fruit taste. Light on the booze and not much bitter. Smooth light carbonation. Also good for a trip. Real solid tipa. (232 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Triple IPA. A little piney as opposed to Citrusy notes. But this is typical of most Knee Deep IPAs, very few are citrusy. Great beer all around thought (163 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach, citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, a little dank, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big pine and citrus, sweet grapefruit and orange, tropical fruit, mango pineapple, passion fruit, a little peach, maybe a hint of dankness, well balanced with caramel malt sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth, especially for its %.

O: Awesome awesome awesome. I love this beer. (639 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Sunny golden in color with some chill haze. Creamy white head holds on at a half inch in height. Light, wispy lacing.

S: Sliced mango, nectarine, tangerine, pineapple. Very juicy and tropical. Leafy undertones and pine resin. A bit musty in a dank way. Bready malt and lightly kilned grain.

T: Mango and apricot. Juicy nectarine and tangerine. Dank. Earthy and piney. Grassy. Alcohol is perceptible, but managed well. Lightly kilned malts bring some soft doughy and bready flavors. Dank and earthy hops ride into the finish with some trailing alcohol.

M: Medium-full body. Round, creamy, and velvety. It glides effortlessly over the tongue. Light prickling carbonation. Some warming alcohol.

O: This one scores major points for ease of drinkability. It's juicy, tropical, texturally pleasing, and way too easy to polish off at 11.25% abv. The hop profile is fairly simple and straightforward, but delightfully juicy and tropical. Sometimes it's these sort of straightforward and hedonistic beers that are the most rewarding. (1,067 characters)

Photo of kbrokhoff
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter with an easy head and impressive lacing. Its smell is more on the fainter side, but what a wonderful aroma. This does not drink like a triple IPA - more that of a double. What first came to mind after the initial few sips was a blend of east and west coast IPA styles. Wow, this is amazing. I can't believe it has 11.25% ABV, because by George the booziness is subdued. Chewy for sure, but incredibly drinkable and so damn tasty. This is the super group of IPAs, as Sculpin, Heady Topper, and similar double/imperial IPA flavors are all present. How I was able to get my hands on this brew in a Wakefield, MA liquor and beer store is beyond me. I am just incredibly thankful. (707 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one looks interesting, could be really good or really bad, and hoping for the former. A big citra simcoe bomb triple IPA, wow, I'm really curious. Bottled 5/28/15.

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice soapy lacing, very clear honey blond color.

Nose is explosive, as soon as I popped the cap, tons of dank resin, musty dank hop resin and oils, quickly into fruit, lots of fruit, some apricot like stone fruit, candied dried sweetened tree fruit, with mild pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit pith, as well as a little orange rind, and some sweet candy malts. I get a little armpit dankness, which is not quite as pleasant as I'd hoped, but the rest is nice, simcoe seems to be not playing so nice in this one unfortunately.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, fair sweetness but a big malt base, almost syrupy but not quite there, toasted malts, with a little caramel, like a toasted blond malt, and candy syrup, as well as some warming almost tingly alcohol, and mild phenols with it. Hops are plenty, super bitter some crazy IBU count, with lots of orange peel, citrus notes but not a ton, with plenty more dried candied fruit again, tree fruit and apricot like stone fruit. Then into mild pineapple and passion fruit notes again, just a little, dried mango, etc. Some dank resin again, thankfully not as much this time, some musty dank resin, with a little hop oil feel, sticky pungent hop oils and dank passion fruit. Thankfully no armpit this time. Finish is a bit drier, a little sticky, and mildly sweet, with more warming toasty booze, a touch of phenols again, big bitterness as well, some orange rind and grapefruit pith as well, a little tropical note, musty dank hop oils.

Mouth is med bod surprisingly, not too heavy, some warming tingly booze notes, almost wants to get syrupy but doesn't, decent carb.

Overall interesting, a lot going on, not what I was expecting either, I wanted more of the grapefruit, citrus, tropical notes, etc, which were there but on the lighter side. The dankness really stole the show, and it wasn't a great show, nose had musty armpit, taste was better but still not where it should have been. The malts were nice though for a triple IPA, just the right amount of warming tingly booze, with nice balancing sweet malt character that kept the crazy IBU bitterness in check mostly. So drinkable, but went off the rails a bit. It was teh Simcoe that didn't want to play nice, I have a love hate relationship with Simcoe, it can either be awesome grapefruit tropical juice, or dank musty armpit or cat pee, so yeah fun! (2,610 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Apex the other day. Have to say that I continue to be impressed by the DIPA's I've been trynig from these guys. The beer was well balanced (for an 11.25% abv. beer), with excellent malt body to pair with the considerable pine and citrus. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the rich mouthfeel is really the only place you notice the abv. (obviously, if you knocked down a couple of pints of this, there's another way you'd notice the high abv.).

Tried side by side with the head shake DIPA from Barley Brown. The BB DIPA was clearly superior, but even so, the simtra more than held its own. Excellent DIPA. (649 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light slightly cloudy orange with a big white head and nice lacing. Aromas are herbal, dank and citrus. Notes of grapefruit, pine, herbs, and dank. Medium feel, dry finish and some alcohol heat that impact the flavor and feel at the back end. I was worried about this one, I tend not to care for IPAs that go north of 10%. This is very good and well alcohol but, as I do with most of these more extreme DIPAs, I wonder how this would be with the alcohol dialed back. (471 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV.

A clear light orange with a dense, off white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is a full frontal hop assault, bright, fruity, pungent, with pine, citrus, grapefruit, green grapes, minimal malt and some alcohol noticeable. The palate opens bright, pungent and hoppy, with a mild sweetness, high level of pungent bitterness. Wonderful hop melange on the palate. Mild sweetness on the finish, served a little on the colder side, the alcohol is reasonably well hidden but is still noticeable as a spicy kick to the back end. Sweetness is mild and clean and necessary here, complementing the bitterness and the alcohol. Impressive. (672 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear Apricot Gold, vigorous stream of tiny bubbles. Aroma is funky and dank with pine in abundance, cat piss comes to mind. Off the charts bitter. Mouthfeel is weightless and dry. A bold DIPA that doesn't really work for me. (225 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle purchased for consumption at Carriage House in Mahopac, NY. Poured into snifter.

A= I would characterize the color as orange with a yellow haze, looks almost murky (not in a bad way) Has slightly off white head that is thick and creamy, glue like lacing clings to the snifter.

S= Big and bold hop aroma, tropical, dank resin, pine and earth. Smell is juicy, if that is possible.

T= Get citrus flavors including lemon and grapefruit zest followed by tropical notes and big malt sweetness and alcohol warmth.

M=Fairly heavy body with light to moderate carbonation.

O= So big and dank, tons of late addition hops cover up the very high ABV and sweetness of the malts leading to a great all around balance. (731 characters)

Photo of WeedWolf
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it looks as good as it tastes. Really well balanced for how high the ABV is. Freshness is key. I've had bottles more then four months old that we're bland and unimpressive, the one I have now is a little over 2 months and quite good, but that's any good IPA really. Triple IPAs can be difficult to pull of well but this brewery, that does many other great hop bombs, does a good job. It's basically hop wine! Maybe not for everyone though. (447 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 picked up at the Boise COOP for about $9ish.. a little pricey given the other DIPA's available locally. Clear golden.. perfectly golden with a nice foamy white head... looks amazing.

Fruity citrus is huge and unapologetic.. light herbaceous elements with warmth..

Bitter up front.. pithy citrus and lesser fruity floral notes as it warms up..

Knee Deep is a very welcome in Boise.. The bottles are pretty representative of West Coast IPA's.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.5/3.25 (472 characters)

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.