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Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2012

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Reviews: 333 | Ratings: 2,103
Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottled 9/16/14: Pours very hazy dark gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Wow, the smell is strong and hoppy, with a very pungent citrus blast from 6 inches away from the glass; nose is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and citrus hops combined with piney hops, caramel, brown sugar, herbs and fresh juicy hop oil. A great nose that lets the grains/malts come through more as it warms, with just enough sweetness to suppress the alcohol and only let it peek through in small puffs.

Taste is very hoppy, but has a lot more balance and malt presence; flavors include grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, all things squeezed out of citrus hops, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, buttered wheat bread, herbs and light spices like pepper and tea leaf, biscuit and fresh juicy hop oil – the hops seem very fresh and wet hopped, giving it an oily texture at times. No heat from the high ABV and less aggressive hop attack than expected from a triple IPA, but this was very tasty and a lot smoother than I expected. Bitterness was moderate and the alcohol caught up as I made my way through the bomber, but it went down easy and was complex with enough malt backbone to make for a well crafted imperial IPA. The ABV was more pronounced in the second pour, but still tolerable.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy, but it’s smooth like velour and really slides down easy considering the density and high ABV. This was a slow sipper in order to try and maximize the flavor and let the warming bring out more dynamics, but I could have very easily pounded this like a 60 Minute IPA. Overall a really great beer that lived up to the hype and represents big, bold West Coast IPA’s quite well. I’ll definitely seek this out as it’s a top notch triple IPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After trying several Knee Deep beers, I seem to have left the best for last. Great citrus, pine, and herb ( in more ways than one) aroma. Enough semi-sweet malt foundation. Tons of juicy fruit. Bitter snap. Tingly finish.

A terrific big Imperial IPA.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $12.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Excellent! Unfiltered. Very small head but that is expected. Dark gold

S- Lot of hops here. Has that skunky smell that DIPA's and TIPA's have

T- Excellent. Big flavor. A touch sour. Grapefruit galore.

M- Low carbonation. Big after taste here. Stays forever

O- Excellent! Wish I had more but will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful TIPA went well with..... Lamb Shank with root vegetables.

Enjoy!!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden color. Tons of piney goodness in the nose along with tropical fruit; mango comes through for sure. Hop character leans toward a piney resinous flavor that is balanced by the citrus notes. A little more tropical fruit in the taste as well as some apricot. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and there is a nice malt presence towards the end.

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Photo of earlolson
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Had a 22. Two fingers of head. Toasty citrus Infused nose . Surprisingly light on the palate for a triple ipa. Balanced and complex. Lasting light malt and hopped finish with a touch of spicy
pine. Get one!

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Photo of shigg85
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Bought a bomber of this from Bevmo in Mira Loma, CA. Poured into a pint glass. The main label says that this beer is "not meant for aging" and that I should enjoy it "triple fresh." It was bottled on June 4, 2014, and I consumed it on November 6 -- not exactly triple fresh. That factors into this amazing review -- I wonder what it tasted like really fresh! A serious contender for best Double IPA! 131 IBU providing a beautifully bitter punch with an 11.25% ABV that kicks as much as it delights. Of course, there are simco hops that dominate the palate in a most pleasurable way. This beer holds up and even improves as it warms. Seriously an amazing beer from a less well-known brewer than others. I'm convinced that if this brewery were bigger, this would be one of the top beers on the site. Get it and enjoy!

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Photo of camshew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

22 oz. bottle from Safeway in Roseville, bottled 7/30/14

A: Orangy amber in color with slight cloudiness

S: Grapefruit, orange, pine

T: Earthy hoppiness, citrus, tropical fruit, sugar, and alcohol

M: Soft and chewy in the mouth with a sharper finish. The sweetness balances the bitterness, and this offering is really quite drinkable for 11.25%

O: Not the hop bomb that I was expecting (in a good way). This one has some true elegance and sophistication in the flavors and stimulates every part of my palette. Comes close to my borderline on sweetness, but the hops stay just sharp enough to keep it in bounds. Would highly recommend!

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Photo of patpbr
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange color with fine head retention.
S - lots of hops. Citrus, Pine, fruit.
T - Lots of bold flavor, like the smell with lots of bitterness
F - Medium body and with moderate carbonation.
O - Took my time drinking this, its boozy but really well done.

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Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled about 2 weeks ago.

4.25 Appearance: Clear orange. Decent head retention.

4.0 Smell: Deep citrus, weed, alcohol aroma that somehow all combines into one. Excellent.

4.75 Taste: Great. Big lime Citra and dank Simcoe combine for a delicious flavor and a perfect mouthfeel.

4.9 Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Lightly bitter and very dry. This is >10% ABV? Wow.

4.6 Overall: Top tier hop bomb. I have to wrap this review up early so I can watch a Bette Davis movie.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

A: clear but deeply hued gold ale with a few fingers of white head that left lace trails behind

S: grass and pine, citrus and fields - fresh, herbal, floral, and citric all at once

T: bitter and sharp hops underscored with slightly caramel-sweet pale malt chew; bright tightness flashes astringence, but then smooths out

M: medium body but light and quick on the tongue; modest palpable carbonation, bittering is not over-the-top; clean-finishing

O: a real nice triple double IPA - lots of hops with citric and pine elements; retains some earthy, grassy and floral characteristics; not something you wanna pass by if you've never had it or if you like the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured on tap and served in a goblet, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, copper color, with a sparse, wispy, white head. Nose of gorgeous hops blending perfectly together, with grassy notes, a citrus blend of lime and grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of cannibus. Wow! One of the better smelling beers out there! Flavors are caramel forward, followed quickly by a spicy pepper hops and resinous pine character. Very bold and full forward, with citrus and tropical fruit highlights, and subtle booze tones at the tail end
The aftertaste is more tropical fruits and booze, with an underlying dryness into the slick, smooth finish. Big, beefy, tasty IPA. Very nice!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

5 oz pour at Top Hops NYC

Tripple IPA 11+%

Wow, this is a pallet blaster. So complex. I get a soft pine, herbiness, then citrus on the back end. Each sip keeps you thinking about the complexity. Awesome beer.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Wow! Intense hop flavor, nicely balanced without the harsh bitterness one might expect from a brew with an IBU rating this high. The ABV is very high, but very deceptive, dangerously deceptive!

I love this "triple IPA", and that is coming from someone who is not a huge IPA fan. Definitely will be looking for this one again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a honeyish orange, mostly clear, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite brash, very citrusy, with some sugar cookie malt aromas as well.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, really. This is about a month old, which is probably about as fresh as I'll ever get it in New York. The alcohol is mostly hidden, but it's still a bit hot, providing a prickly buzz. There are marijuana/hemp flavors, grapefruit, orange, peach, pine resin, and sugar cookie flavors.

This one has a medium body, with a very sticky and thick mouthfeel. There's a medium amount of carbonation, and it's very drinkable, even despite the really high ABV.

This one met the hype for me, really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Clear yellow with a 1-finger off-white head that dissipates. Some lacing

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, sweet, fresh fruit.

TASTE - Nice and bitter, piney, not sweet. High ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - smooth, soft, not syrupy. Good carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Good beer, as mild as a Pilsner. Definitely chuggable.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Appalachian Wintner (Asheville, NC). 10.99. Bottled 7/7/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours bright amber with a three quarter finger white cap. The head fades to a lingering layer that laces well.

Lush, bright aromas of tropical fruit, mandarin, berries, pine, peach and a notable faint malt sweetness in the background.

Deliciously huge hop flavor. Oranges, pineapple, papaya, peaches, berries, mango, pine, slight floral, caramel malts, faint bread, mild pepper and an ocassional understated shot of booze. Drinks considerably smoother than the double digit abv implies. Those fantastic tropical and citrus hops stay in the driver's seat but there is plenty of bitterness (without seeming bitter for bitters' sake).

Oily, slick, medium full body with a subtle carbonated fizz. Papaya, oranges, peach and caramel malt sweetness dance on the palate in a lingering aftertaste.

Simtra is a truly outstanding imperial IPA. I really enjoyed how much hop flavor it presents without ever coming accross as overly bitter or boozy. Very well done and highly recommended.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The aroma is a hop bomb of sweet tropical fruits, peaches, and then lots of grassiness, pine, dank qualities, cat pee, onion.

On the flavor, the beer has those sweet tropical fruits in the front of peaches, pineapple, and sweet grapefruit. There's a bit of a bready malt in the middle. The back then is then pine, herbal qualities, resin. A bit of sweetness lingers with that bitterness.

Alcohol hits gently throughout with warming as the beer goes down.

A well made triple IPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a murky yellow / orange with a soapy white head. Aromas of dank hops, resin, alcohol, pine. Sticky and sweet. Like sucking on a hopsicle. See what I did there? Aww yeah. Full bodied and palate coating. Certainly hop forward, but there is definitely a strong malt bill and noticeably above 10% abv. Full flavored. One could get f'd up right quick sippin' on Simtra. Tasty.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Slightly hazed gold with a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S - Where's the aroma? I mean really, this literally just smells like alcohol with an acrid hop smell. Pine and some lemon zest, astringent for sure.
T - 131 IBU's is stupid, and the bitterness attests to that, sweet boozy malt, caramel, citrus.
M - Bitter chewy clingy thick and full, lots of burn.
O - After seeing everyone rant and rave on this beer, its a massive let down, hop booze in the worst form.

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Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber colored with decent head retention and lacing for its strength. Dank, pungent aroma thick with green, spicy hops, herbs, scallions, butterscotch, mango, passion fruit, and toffee. A big hoppy burst greets the senses right away, followed by a substantial toasted malt backing. Honey, grapefruit, mango, resin, and caramel. Boozy alcohol smothered by bitterness, malty sweet under the hops, and warming…American Barleywine territory. Not a great finish – a little too hot and sticky. Rather heavy, textured, and bitter. That, in addition to being somewhat under-carbonated hurts the drinkability. Oh boy…I really wanted to like this one, but it’s just too sticky and brash to be all that enjoyable. Not bad, just disappointing and overrated.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: July 18, 2014
Misc.: Born on May 20, 2014

Poured a honey, caramel, semi-clear color with two fingers of rocky white head. Sporadic spider web foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a plethora of hops up front. Got grapefruit, citrus, Cascade, floral, orange rind and light resin. Also some rye, caramel and orange creamscickle.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got citrus hops, Cascade hops, orange creamscickle, floral hops, grapefruit, nectarine and caramel. Some bitterness, but the 11.25 percent ABV felt about 7 percent.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

Just a fantastic double IPA. I’ve wanted to try it for a while and I’m glad I finally did.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 06/13/14

A- What the hell? Pours a murky very dark amber that's on the edge of being light brown with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Nice duality of citrusy hops and sweet, slightly toasty malt.

T- The flavor mirrors the aroma but is even more impressive as the hop/malt ratio is pretty much perfect and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. Definitely a sipper as the bitterness lingers and you do start feeling the heat after multiple sips but it tastes great, even as it warms. Earthy and piney with a candy-like caramel finish. Zesty, yet peppery. Sweet but has just enough bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

M- Oily and slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Now this is a "Triple IPA" I can get behind. There are certainly some barleywine characteristics here but it fits within the flavor profile of an IPA more than any other "Triple IPA" I've had thus far. So unique and completely different from what I was expecting. For instance, I didn't realize it would be quite this drinkable. Be careful with this one. The more I drink this, the more I realize it's the perfect hi-octane IPA for me.

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Photo of therackman
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/23/14 and pulled off a room temp shelf at bevmo in N California on a road trip. A - deep amber much darker than the only other TIPA I've tasted Boneyard Notorious. 1 finger off white head with good retention and lacing through the entire glass. N - little grassy but mostly toffee, caramel. T - caramel, toffee, orange, an odd peppery taste with a lot of alcohol heat on the finish. M - nice sparkling light oily mouthfeel. Full body. O - not at all what was expected. No dank citrus. Slight grassiness and some orange zest were the only hop characteristics detected. A good barley wine reminiscent of stone 2013 old guardian is the only thing I can compare it too. My first lesson in big box beer outlet buying. Don't buy TIPAs off the room temp racks but I just had to try it. Would love a properly stored bottle to compare this to.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Duvel snifter

A - pours a dark amber almost red hue with a thick dense white head that leaves sticky lacing

S - lots of tropical fruit with a slightly citrus/ freshly cut grass note

T - A big kick of sweet tropical fruit, guava, glacier cherries, citrus with pine and warming alcohol finish

M - goes down very smooth for an 11.25% beer, it's very bitter to start but finishes very sweet and warming.

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Photo of bcrowley
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mother of hoppiville, this is the real deal! The aroma is in a word, intoxicating - as is the punch it provides to the taste buds and eventually head. A couple of 20 ouncers of this beauty and you best call Uber. How can drinking in so much flavor taste so smooth? After becoming hooked on this lil' number, drinking OTC (over-the-counter) beer has been trashed forever. I'll never go back. The tasting room/ brewery outside of Auburn, CA is Classic craft and the recently added A/C is a welcome upgrade for the summer tasting months. Plenty of games abound including my favorite cornhole. I'm a devoted fan and look forward to sampling many variations from KD. Well done!

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