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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 134 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012)
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hannydawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-16-2013 03:10:43 | More by hannydawg
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BBrewington

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-14-2013 05:23:36 | More by BBrewington
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-11-2013 18:20:39 | More by IrishColonial
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%

A finger of head on a clear, deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a wonderful lemon, grapefruit and bold pine; like you're crushing the hops in your fingers.
The taste has a great big lemon bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the bold malt sweetness. Lots of pine too.
Great smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
Wow.

02-10-2013 22:49:51 | More by Fatehunter
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-10-2013 03:41:36 | More by BeerBucks
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Benny3000

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

02-09-2013 20:04:36 | More by Benny3000
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McStagger

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%

Highly recommended by a friend. Let's see how it stands up.

A: Fairly aggressive pour leads to about a finger of off bleach white head. Head retention is minimal, which is par the course for this very high octane double and triple ipa's. Beer has an excellent clarity. Straw yellow when held up to white light (like my monitor). Turns more of a copper color when held against my desk lamp. Carbonation is moderate and very fine. Tiny bubbles in this one.

S: Absolute blast of bouquet. Massive grapefruit and tropical fruit here. Malt fights its way into it as well, adding a level of caramel and grain sweetness. Smells of overripe stone fruit.

T: Sweet malty intro is quickly enveloped in oily bitterness reminiscent of perfume and pine sap. Borderline astringent. Juicy grapefruit in the mid palate transitions into grapefruit rind or grapefruit oil in the finish. Insane hop bitterness definitely balances the loaded malt bill and ridiculous alcohol content. While not subtle, things do remain in balance. Finish is ridiculously long. Very little alcohol heat perceived

M: As full bodied as they come. Don't expect light, refreshing or any of the other things you can find with single tier IPA's. However, the low carbonation does not translate to a flabby beer. Full bodied without being unctuous.

O: One of the biggest Triple IPA's on the market. Loads of hops with an intense bitterness that stings the nostrils. Perhaps it's the style, but I find the excessively high alcohol levels to distract from the bitterness of the beer. Many of the citrus "refreshment" is lost due to ABV's that consistently clock in over 10. Perhaps that's the nature of the beast.

02-09-2013 10:05:37 | More by McStagger
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brewtus

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3%

Yay welcome to Ohio knee deep. Pours hazy orange. Smell is tons of citrus, lemon, hops, pine, great smell. Taste is just as good as the smell, citrus, pine, buttery, bitter hops. Overall this is a great IPA and one that will hit you quickly at 11.25%

02-09-2013 00:09:22 | More by brewtus
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Perfero

California

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

What can I say other than this is just flat out excellent. It has a great, dark amber color to it with a nose that lets you know that you're in for some advanced, oral hop consumption. The foam is a bit on the light side but that's not all that surprising with such a "big" beer.

When it hits the tongue, as one would expect, you get a lot of great, hoppy bitterness with lots of citrus and very well balanced malts to go along with the incredible amount of flavor associated with each sip. This is definitely not for the uninitiated so make sure you don't share yours (if you're inclined to share) with someone just venturing out into the world of hops.

02-08-2013 20:34:19 | More by Perfero
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arfenhouse

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Clear dark copper with off-white head. Decent retention.

S: Sweet tangerines. Fresh pineapple. A decent amount of mango. Decent amount of caramel malt. Peppery spice and earthy pine at the back end. A bit of alcohol. Overall sweet and fruity.

T: Big dose of bitter grapefruit and pine combination. Bitterness is what you would expect from a TIPA. Pineapple comes in a bit sour. Back end is piney with a small bit of sweetness. More grapefruit in the aftertaste. Definitely earthy and spicy. Big, bold, and bitter.

M: Medium-full bodied with aggressive carbonation. Dry.

O: Nice strong, fruity, and bitter TIPA. A bit pricey but tasty.

02-08-2013 08:36:19 | More by arfenhouse
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-08-2013 03:38:29 | More by nucmedmario
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-08-2013 02:44:38 | More by Rhettroactive
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-08-2013 02:40:08 | More by siege06nd
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djjacobsen

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%

Typical DIPA coloring. Quick releasing head. I wish I could smell this all day. Super dank hops on the nose. Bitter citrus fruits emerge. Candied orange and grapefruit are bold. The nose is the best part. The taste is of a high ABV ipa. Crisp, grassy, piney and citrusy along with the alcohol rearing its head toward the end. A very slow sipper. Despite its high price point, it's worth the try one time. Simtra an citra hops galore. I enjoyed it while it melted my face.

02-06-2013 23:01:38 | More by djjacobsen
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%

A-Pours a clearer honeyed hue. Head is a thinner wall of white cream. Head dies off and leaves little lacing waves.

S-Nose is intense in both hoppiness and booziness but it is very enjoyable to sniff. Big, catty, hempy herbal hop notes. Fortified citrus and oily pine. The booze cuts into the hops. The nose is well malted underneath the formerly stated components. I get a big dose of sweet Animal Crackers.

T-The flavor is decidedly less catty and potty. The grass and citrus shine through much more and I am happy with such a development. There is also a ton of tropical hoppiness. A substantial wallop of several exotically fruity hop flavors. Then the booze passes through and drops off a dowry of clean, sweet dough and cracker.

M-Drinks easier than anticipated. Although it is boozy, the alcohol doesn't truly hinder the feel. Resinous and sadistically bitter. I needed to pace myself but didn't want to.

O/D-Lived up to the hype and then some. I really enjoyed this. I enjoyed this during the same period I tried Pliny The Younger and I found some similarities. If there are any valid similarities to Pliny The Younger found in a beer then that beer is probably pretty amazing in its own right. Very happy with this one.

02-04-2013 20:34:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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terence

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

02-03-2013 17:01:46 | More by terence
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-03-2013 12:00:19 | More by ChrisMon02
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JxExM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-03-2013 06:33:36 | More by JxExM
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Zorro

California

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%

Chill hazed amber with very spotty head formation.

Smells earthy and spicy with orange and woody scents. Caramel and toffee in the malt portion of the beer. The hop isn't super strong and does not conceal the malt portion.

Starts out sweet and a little savory with a caramel and sandalwood after taste. Spicy and a bit bitter. It is OK but the hops are a bit too earthy for me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, OK I really like Ruination better. I noticed all the great reviews this beer gets. Maybe I got a old bottle will try again sometime.

02-03-2013 04:07:33 | More by Zorro
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bigclydeoliver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-03-2013 03:04:06 | More by bigclydeoliver
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vitALEity

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

AT 11.25%, Im reviewing this compared to other 11%+ "triple" IPA's. These beers should really not be in the same category as double IPA's as beers in the 7% range and beers in the 11-12% range are very different. That being said...

A: Hazy, orange with thick white head and excellent lacing. Were off to a very good start.

S: Mango, Papaya, Guava, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon, Pine, even some Sage. Some toasty caremalized sugar but not too much. Some alcohol of course.

T: Again its all tropical fruits and citrus and redwood forests here....alcohol is there but nicely balanced with the hops and malt backbone. Very, very good. I could drink 2 bombers in a row, no problem.

M: Mouthfeel is full and rich but not too syrupy like some over the top triple IPAs.

Besides PTYounger, this is the best "triple" Ive had.

02-02-2013 23:28:14 | More by vitALEity
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Bomber to a snifter, not seeing any freshness dates. Anyway, picked up yesterday at total wine in Sacramento. 131 ibus and a 'triple' ipa? Bring it on, hopefully this experience with knee deep is better than my others, especially at $11 a bottle

Pours a dark gold with a finger of head. Moderate carbonation stems from the middle of the glass as the head slowly receded over a few minutes. Lacing is thick and full

Was able to smell the aroma as soon as I cracked the cap. Smells of acrid earthy hops, pronounced malt backbone, citrus, pine and alcohol. Very pungent, rich, and thick. Solid smell

Tasty hop and citrus blend well with a strong malt to really bring this together. After taste is a bit boozy though with a strong malty grapefruit sticking around longest. The alcohol could be concealed a bit better, but this is a damn good beer.

Mouth is a nice dry, bitter finish. Not something to be drank quickly in large amounts, just sipping this might prove to be a challenge. Fortunately I'm up to it. Nice thick body, ends with a small but nice bang

Overall this is my favorite beer thus far from knee deep. It's complex and layered which isn't something I've come across yet with their ipas. It's pretty expensive but would be worth picking up now and again if they distributed this one to Nevada. If they do (we get Knee Deep's other brews) I'm yet to find it, but will be sure to continue to keep an eye out

02-02-2013 06:39:09 | More by lordofstarside
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

01-31-2013 22:27:18 | More by Hugonaut13
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MajorBuckeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

01-27-2013 18:27:30 | More by MajorBuckeye
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rawfish

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Gold amber pour, with a medium cap of white foam. Sticky, nicely formed lacing all over the glass.

Standout aroma, mangoes, pine, deep citrus, red berry and oily. Very floral and rich, time to dive right in.

Despite how high the alcohol and hop input is on this beer it's pretty balaced, slightly sweet and sticky malt with toasted grains and simple syrup sweetness. Immediately hop oils creep in delivering pine resin, bold mouthwatering citrus and a bit of an herbaceous kick that keeps on with heavy bitterness, easily dries all the sticky malt away.

A bit heavier bodied than you get with some DIPAs but adequate carbonation and huge bitterness and ideal drying while keeping the alcohol down.

Haven't had a real special DIPA like this in a while, the aroma is captivating. This week old bottle can hang with the big boys, a must try for hop heads.

01-27-2013 00:32:32 | More by rawfish
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.