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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,649
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 182
Gots: 237 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/26/13. Places it at just over 2 months old. Not acceptable by US standards but almost the best you can get in Australia.

Drank from Mikkeller "Gueuze" glass. Translucent golden colour. Good head/lacing.

Smell is a fairly potent pine and mint over a toasty malt backdrop of oozy caramel fudge. Jasmine. Creamy and dessert-y malt presence.

Taste has a strong hop presence, again lots of those caramel fudge, creme caramel, caramelised-type flavours coming from the malt. Expertly balanced.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of hop resin, the alcohol and hops bring a nice dryness to balance the inevitable sugars in an 11.25% DIPA and on the whole it is nicely balanced and not excessively sweet. I'd say fairly well balanced, although in a month or two I think it might lean in favour of sugar.

I would say that the hop aromatics in this beer are not in-your-face but more mellowed. They are definitely potent but cannot overwhelm with that much alcohol behind them. As far as Triple IPAs go this is a good one. It is not excessively sweet and it is not excessively boozy. It is very hoppy and decently malty too. The bomber in its totality will no doubt be a sipping affair but I'm sure I can handle it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: 4.25 Pours a dark golden color with a copper hue. Has 2 fingers of white frothy head that reduce slowly and leave some lacing.
S: 4.25 What do you expect out of a triple IPA? Lots of malt and even lots more hops.
T: 4.0 Very well balanced. The malt actually takes lead, but the hops fill in the middle, and leave a residual after taste with the minimal alcohol burn.
M: 4.0 Thick, smooth, carbed well. Slight dry after taste.
O: 4.25 This is certainly a solid brew, one that I would love to have again. I haven't had many triple IPAs, but I would certainly put this up top of the ones I've had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam and Rich.

Pours a pretty thick orange, cloudy and opaque and full of chewy weight. Head only seems to form with some coercion, although it seems as though there's a fine bead to it which eventually coalesces into a very fine white cap. Mostly though, the head forms of large bubbles disturbed during an aggressive pour that just stay around because it's too much effort to push through the liquid to pop.

Nose is pretty impressive. Big, intense, and unmistakably hoppy. It has the rounded sweet tropical fruitiness that comes from a big dry hopping, but also the sharper greener notes I associate with (for example) New Zealand Nelson Sauvin. It's sharp and astringent, with a slight savoury note coming through as well. It's pretty heady and powerful stuff.

Taste is good stuff. Very clean, bright, slightly sweaty green hops pervade from start to finish giving a fragrant, vegetative character throughout the beer. Despite the incredibly thick body apparent in the appearance, it's really not overly sweet—mostly due to the insane level of hop character. But there must be malt to it: it never feels unbalanced despite clearly being a beer designed to shout "HOPS!!!". Slight spicy, peppery notes of capsicum on the back. It's very fresh and very fragrant.

Again, because it's so hop-forward, it feels lighter in the mouth than it should do given the size of it and its appearance. I'm impressed.

Overall, this is a big beer with a stack of flavour. I'm impressed at how well it manages to be so hop-focused and yet so balanced. The hops are sharp and crisp every step of the way, but the beer feels much more smooth and approachable than that character, or its 11.25% ABV say it should.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a somewhat rocky white head; leaves a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Citrus and hemp; very resinous, with sugary undertones

Taste: Sugary malts underpin the front end, bringing on the expectation that the beer could get very sticky but, fortunately, the citrus and tropical fruit flavors arrive (ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of mango) and cut through the sweet malt with a cleaver; the finish is quite bitter but the floral and citrusy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: While the ABV is higher than I would like, this beer is right up there in the top echelon; a great example of the west coast Double IPA (or in this case, Triple IPA) style

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.