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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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297 Reviews
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Reviews: 297
Hads: 1,990
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23.94%
Wants: 208
Gots: 359 | FT: 15
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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Reviews: 297 | Hads: 1,990
Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle as an extra.

Poured into a teku, a cloudy amber liquid, with a foamy off-white head, which receded to a wispy layer, lacing the glass nicely. Nose was actually pretty malty sweet, but there was an obvious oily hop presence, candied citrus peel and tropical fruit. The bottle was only a couple weeks old, so it's not like this should have faded that fast, I just was getting more maltiness than hoppiness. In the taste, sweetness profile like toasted toffee, corn sugar, pine resin, candied citrus peel, mango flesh, lots of toasted bread in the finish, cancelling out any crisp hoppy bitterness. Not a malt-bomb, but not really a hop-bomb either, which was kind of what I was expecting. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with all those malts needed to amp up the ABV, mouthfeel was pretty thick and resinous. There was a slight solvent booze presence, but for 11+% this was a pretty drinkable brew. Decent overall, but too sugary for the style.

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Photo of kindbeer
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber bottled on 04/17/14 into a pint glass on 05/22/14.

A - Clear golden orange sunset. Beautiful. 1/2 finger head with almost no lacing.
S- Not overpowering. Hints of sweet citrus, mango, passion fruit with some pine.
T- Follows the nose with the flavor profile being more dominant. Citrus passion fruit with the malts well balanced. Terrific bitterness lingers. The malts compliment the hops extremely well and is not overly sweet. The high ABV is hidden expertly.
M- Medium light carbonation. Goes down super smooth.

Overall this beer is a behemoth of taste. If I were to blind taste this I would guess the ABV at around 8.5, TOPS. A great offering that I will definitely put into a regular rotation. If the smell was stronger and the lacing a little better, I would give this a 5.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass

Translucent gold with a thin white head

Huge nose. Floral, pine and citrus. Really outstanding.

Taste: sweet citrus up front, finishing with pine and hops. Great. Not a lot of alcohol for a 11.25% beer.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and slightly oily.

Fantastic beer, will buy again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 4/15/14 purchased at Healthy Spirits for $12. I've been wanting to try this for awhile and I was honestly impressed. Nice orange color, deep but clear. Aroma is dank hops, pine, fruit, dank. Flavor was a delicious melange of pine, dank hops and a very nice malt presence. The idea of a triple IPA is ridiculous but this is really good. Oh yeah, the high ABV was well hidden.

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Photo of charlzm
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed May 4th, 2014 from a bottle labeled 02/19/14. Poured into a standard pint glass at about 50 degrees F.

Beer is an amazingly clear deep yellow/amber. A frothy, smooth two-finger white head forms and provides excellent sheeting to the bottom of the glass. Literally the bottom; there was a little splotch of foam on the bottom of the empty glass after I finished.

Aroma is appropriately and not unexpectedly hop-forward. Pine and floral notes. Some citrus. Sweet.

Flavor is nicely modulated; it starts with some sturdy light-ish caramel malt that smoothly and immediately segues into a massive but agreeable bitterness topped off with pine and citrus flavors. This beer is delicious and the well-camouflaged ABV makes it dangerously easy to drink. I put down a whole 22 oz bomber with no difficulty at all.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a touch oily, but is lighter and slighter than anticipated, contributing to the dangerous drinkability of this brew. Moderate level of carbonation with almost no detectable alcohol. Neat trick.

I have a hard time imagining how any triple IPA could top this one. If I ever get to try Pliny the Younger, I'll be curious to see which comes out on top.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/5/15 Edit of rating values

Bottle purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista Ca
Bottled on 4/15/14
Opened on 4/27/14

A: beautiful dark amber and strikingly clear. Head is light and dissipates quickly. Slight retention on the rim
N: pleasant and slightly detectable sweet-ish malt, wonderful citrus hops. Pine and grapefruit are there and raw sugar.
T/m: powerful pithy citrus on the tongue, bitterness and dry on the palette. Alcohol is there and heats it up on the mouthfeel. Bitter lingers, very hop forward and back.

A must-try IPA, and it packs a punch! I will use in future triple IPA tastings and serve to friends. Not far off the mark from the very best in style. Be sure you buy fresh!!!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber golden in color with good clarity. Three quarters of an inch of tightly knit off white head. Brussels lacing. Pineapple to a light pine aroma with a trace of honey sweetness is what I perceive in the aroma. The flavor is a deep long lasting burst of a honey sweet tropical fruit to a light pine hop flavor. The mouth is a bit thick,but considering the fact it is a triple IPA and it's alcoholic strength it is remarkably smooth. There's also a gentle warmth from the alcohol and a gentle burn upon the fade. I can't believe the size of the bottle considering the strength!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citra hops come out, with peach, some passion fruit. Malty but not over powering. Simcoe hops bring out the bitterness. The hop characters are a recipe for a great IPA.

Smells great, looks great, and tastes better. Excellent Triple IPA. Their best beer.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Simtra, had on 4/25 and bottled 3/24. Poured from bomber into a Teku glass.

Its appearance is gorgeous. Dark amber or copper colored and a two finger snowy white head. Head recedes into a ring with very mild lacing as the beer is drunk. Carbonation shows itself in a form resembling lazy bubbles swimming towards the surface through a thick hone-like liquid. This beer screams at you to take a sip.

The aroma reminds me how great Caifornia D/T IPA's should smell, hoppy on the front closely followed by pine, tropical fruit, citrus and caramel.

Its taste is nothing short of greatness. Drinking this beer instantly transports me to great times visiting California with friends and visiting amazing breweries and brewpubs. Even though it was bottled a month ago, I still find this fresh to my palate and quite enjoyable - I now have to try it as fresh as I can get it in an upcoming trip to NorCal. The balance in its taste is fantastic, closely mimicking its aroma. The lingering aftertaste is a bittersweet symphony of hops and caramel.

Mouthfeel is great. I expected a thicker, more viscous composition however, the actual lighter bodied feel is a perfect complement to its drinkability.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. I ordered it online as we don't get this shipped to WA and i'm glad I did. I was concerned about its freshness - however, a month after bottling and tasting like this, I can only imagine what this beast if like when fresh. Highly recommended, will buy again.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/14

Appearance: Pours with a murky, burnt orange color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. Much higher amount of active carbonation then I expected from the style.

Smell: Initial hit is of mangos, kiwi, oranges, and a squeeze of lemon. Saturated, heavier fruit notes pick up on the body with malt sweetness additions of bubblegum, caramel, and molasses. Bold piney hop backbone with some notes of pepper and spice. Impressive the range the hop profile takes within this aroma.

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness dances on the palate initially. Soft fruits lead on the hop profile which are quickly followed by a bigger, saturated orange/tangerine and bitter pine body. The sweet, fully rounded malt body pops back end and evens out the taxing hops. The finish is a gummy sweetness that masks a touch of boozy sting which keeps the palate on its toes.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation has a smooth, soothing feeling on the palate. Piney hops and sweet malt are pronounced throughout.

Overall: Really impressive stuff here. I preferred it warming up just a touch, really let the gummy sweet malt character to shine brighter. Would love to try it even fresher though, I'm sure you get much more of the Simcoe and Citra profile but this still drank incredibly well with three months on it.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking IPA. Dark clear amber color. Pours with a nice finger head. Bubbles keep coming up through the beer and a nice thin white head remains with lacing while drinking the entire glass.

S - Tropical nummy fruit smells. Picking up mango, pineapple, and with a little grape fruit. Slight hint of maltiness in the background of the fruits.

T - Taste is not as good as the smell. Fruits are less distinct, big malt backbone comes through, with a sweet caramel flavor. Alot of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is not integrated and hence very noticeable.

M - Very smooth moutaste. hfeel. Somehow even though the alcohol comes out in the taste, this doesn't have the thin tingly finish I associate with an alcohol taste. Quite nice.

O - Very good double / triple IPA. Enjoyed the bomber quite alot and am now buzzed. 11.75 alcohol will do that. If my beer memory serves me this is a slight notch below pliny the younger to which it's often compared for geographic reasons. I'd say this isn't good enough to prevent me from spending an few hours in the younger line, but it's still an excellent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the notion of "Double IPA" representing the broad spectrum of IPA that exceeds the normal range of the style, "Imperial IPA" emerges as the thirst for hops and hibernation grows. So that ceiling to the imperial style is pushed higher with the likes of Devil Dancer, Molotov Cocktail, Hi-Res and the like, and now add Simtra to the mix.

A shade darker than the typical pale, there's just a denser appearance that's held even though its clarity is bright and its color are shades of gold. Its eggshell-white foam swirls from beneath before it settles on top with a whipped topping texture. As the beer recedes, the glass is adorned with intricate lacing with each and every sip.

Pungent to the nose, there's an herbal lace to a malt backbone that's caramel-meets-toffee and a toasted nutty scent. As the malt character is high, so are the hops- meeting the grain intensity with its own leafy, citrus, herbal and tropical medley- leading to an all-around scent that's something of caramel-dipped cannabis.

On the mouth, its caramel-sweet flavor is creamy, rich and over-cooked; taking on toffee, sorghum and buckwheat with all those nutty and toasty flavors seeping into the taste buds. As the taste seems satisfying, the middle invites the citrusy tone of hops- deriving a honey-dipped mandarin orange, red grapefruit, passion-fruit and apricot flavor. The taste veers toward herbacious tones as its fruit flavor tilts leafy, tea-like and with resinous pine bitterness even as slivers of cannabis, verbena and sassafras peak through at times.

Its texture is rich as all those alcohol-laced sweetnesses cling to the soft tissues of the mouth, but it clings there begging for the hop bitterness to batter them and carry them off into a deeply bitter-sweet finish of high spicy-warmth and prickling-bitter ethanol as well.

Simtra is a fascinating taste that's fine letting the malts lead in one taste but then demanding of its hops the next. To and fro, this continues sip after sip as the taste is saturated by all the wonderful and challenging flavors within. Its a flirtatious ale, as I'm slightly frustrated with it, I keep coming back to that glass. I'll hate to see her go...

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aroma of resinous piney hops and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice bready maltiness and then a big punch of resinous piney hops. Finish has some juicy tropical fruits present with a lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Awesome Triple IPA. Rediculously easy drinking for 11.25% ABV. An awesome hop bomb.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/16/14, poured into a tulip

A- Pours a dark amber orange color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some small patches of short-lasting lace behind

S- citrus hop aroma up front with some sharp grassy notes. Also picking up notes of hemp, herbal and earthy tones. Toasted bready malt underlying

T- big hop punch up front gives flavors of citrus, mango, grass, mint and some leafy notes. The malt sweetness is just as big as the hop kick with underlying bready almost doughy flavors leading to a sweet finish

M- thick and viscous body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Lots of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- big and bold, this one packs a punch. I've noticed that with a lot of the "triple" IPA's that are over 11%, they seem to drink like a barley wine. This one was the same, I enjoyed it but prefer the hops to shine a little more on their own whiten it comes to DIPA's

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/16/14 and consumed on the day of review.

L: Amber with a nice rocky/frothy head. Damn good retention for such a high abc, some nice lacing as well.

A: Big pine resin, citrus, and fruity hops. There is some nice sweet breadiness and but not much caramel malt character. Clean fermentation profile.

T/M: Huge bitterness upfront, moves into a dry body filled with classic piney and resiny simcoe hop character but with a nice fruity mango/melon edge to it. The malt brings some nice balance without getting to sweet, a great accomplishment considering the alcohol content. Dry finish with lingering hop astringency.

Overall, I can't believe that a 2 month old Triple IPA tastes this damn good. That alone makes this one of the greatest hoppy brews out there, I can only imagine how hoppy this is fresh. Buy it, this stuff is great.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Knee Deep Brewing Company - Simtra, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Slightly cloudy copper amber with a massive foamy head that retains well. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some juicy citrus along with deep resiny pine.

Taste - Malt sweet and rich with a nice big hop blast after, mostly bitter pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Hot and boozy but still good drinkability.

Overall - This is a great TIPA. Hop blaster with some kick.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Golden copper with a very modest white head.

Smell – The aroma is a pleasant soft pine aroma with notes of malt in the background.

Taste – On the initial taste, one detects notes of grapefruit, resin, lemon, and alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked which is understandable for an 11+ABV. I find myself a little disappointed by the lack of a malt backbone. The after taste demonstrates resin and hop harshness.

Mouthfeel – The beer coats the tongue nicely and allows the hop assault to beat the tongue into submission.

Overall – I think this one is a little harsh. It calls itself a Triple IPA. My only standard of comparison is Founders’ Devil Dancer. I was not big on that one either.

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Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for the chance!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 02/03/14.

Pours a very dark orange, bordering on light brown. Thick ecru colored head. Strong hop candy aroma, sticky, tangerines and piney. Taste is quite sweet, piney creamy, warming, bitter, raw hops. Very intense, almost unrelenting yet amazingly drinkable though ABV does hit.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a dark brownish gold, finger worth of head, opaque
S: strong hops, simcoe and citra. I'm having ahard time smelling anything but
T: dark sweet sugary at first, the. Lots of hop bitterness at end. Alcohol is very evident
M: good
O: I've had a few from knee deep and they do some big IPAs, personally I like the hoparillo more which the same just with Amarillo hops. Would be interesting to try this, hoparillo, and hop shortage side by side.

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Photo of fox227
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours orange gold with a thin head, as expected for the abv, with decent lacing. Smells of citrus/orange/tangerine, pine sap, sweet alcohol, woodsy, slightly earthy and biscuity. The nose also describes the flavor, and everything feels, tastes right in terms of how the beer comes across: this is a BIG Double IPA and expertly features the wonderful simcoe and citra hops in an upfront fruity and earthy attack on the senses with a pleasing level of bitterness; there is a slight malt backbone of biscuit and slight alcohol presence, and while you know it's there, it hides shockingly well, considering what a hoppy beer with a dry finish this is. This is NOT a malty IPA and is very well done for this style - one of the finest I've had.

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Photo of guityler83
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/22/13

A: Three fingers of fine white billowy head was formed in the English style pub glass when poured from the bottle. Great retention. When it did fall a small amount of lacing was left behind. The beer is a gold color with a small haze, but overall pretty standard looking IPA, but with legs.

S: Huge tropical fruit nose, wow. Passion fruit, kiwi, pineapple peaches with an undertone of strawberries. Almost no malt detected, very clean and bright. Alcohol noticed when the beer sat for a few minutes and off gassed the hop aroma.

T: Bright and bold hop bitterness flavor off the bat, the flavor reminds me of fruit juice. Tropical fruit hop flavors similar to the aroma, kiwi passion fruit, mangos, peaches. The malt flavor is very low only a slight toast character.

M: Big alcohol warming (good in my opinion since it drinks like the fruit juice it tastes like) Very dry and light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: The name serves it justice, Citra and Simcoe are the flavors coming through, but the Citra is dominant. The gravity on this beast is deceiving and I would love a lower example to make it more sessionable, but a nice beer either way. Share it with your favorite hop head and you’ll be appreciated.

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Photo of DannyS
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/16/14. Consumed on 3/2/14. I guess it's not as fresh as the brewer hopes I could drink this, so I'll keep that in mind with this one.

A - Pours a fairly dark yet clear amber, one finger of slightly off-white head and little sticky patches of lacing.

S - Woodsy, resiny, raisiny, and boozy, backed up by some bright floral notes.

T - Phew...this one's a toughie. It's very VERY resiny and almost whiskey-like on the taste, with only a bit of citrus. I probably should have popped this one the moment I got it. It's pretty boozy and bracing at this point. If that's your jam, then cool. But it looks like this DIPA's quality goes downhill fast.

M - Light on the mouthfeel and good carbonation make it feel almost floaty on the tongue.

overall - I hate to dock points reviewing a beer that's likely past its prime, but its prime is a dangerously tiny window that seems to highlight the risks of making big, bold DIPA's. Will have to try and get an even fresher bottle and drink it right away for comparison, but as it stands, this one is way too harsh to go toe-to-toe with the current DIPA heavyweights.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bomber first thing when I arrived in Yountville at the little market here. Wine schmine, amirite? Poured in a wine glass to fit in. Bottled 2/19/14, had 3/1/14. freshy fresh. Anyway, pours a beautiful clear golden color with a creamy white half finger head on top. Bursting aroma of pine, citrus, floral notes, honey and malt sweetness. Flavor is hop candy, grapefruits and pineapple galore, some pine, sweet malts backing this one. Surprisingly smooth for 130+ IBU, and just delicious. Big slick resinous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. While pretty drinkable this one is on the hefty side as expected. Lots going on in this one and glad I finally got to try it. Now on to the wine...

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Photo of jbaker67
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku. Caramel amber color, sticky white collar. good lacing. Big pungent citrus nose with some sweetness in the background. Big caramel backbone with a lot of pungent citrus in the taste. Very pungent, very dank. Bitter and dirty orange, pine, grapefruit. Very oily, big feel with some prickly carbonation to smooth it out. Big acid finish. ABV kicks in the the end. Prickly carbonation really helps this out. If you like dank IIIPA’s this is a winner.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/19/14.

A- Pours a deep amber with a high degree of clarity and a high fluffy white head that surprisingly stuck around for a while. Doesn't seem that thick for an 11% IPA.

S- BIG big pine and grapefruit. Some caramel salt water taffy. Slight tropical notes of papaya. Big hop nostril burn. Slight alcohol coming through.

T- Again lots of pine and grapefruit with some tropical sweetness in there to round things out. A long big bitterness throughout, every bit of the 131 IBUs is accounted for here. The alcohol is evident but the bitterness really helps cover it up.

M- Much lighter than expecting but the alcohol presence and bitterness take away from its drinkability somewhat.

O- Really glad I picked this up on a trip to Columbus. OH. I'd say the Simcoe hops are more of the star of the show more so than the Citra. The bitterness is a bit too much for me but being a Triple IPA I expected that. Would love for Michigan to get these guys beers, but I can also go back to Ohio to find more.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.