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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 169
Gots: 114 | FT: 14
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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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass- pours a clear golden orange color with less than a finger of head, only a soap sud thing of retention, barely any lacing. Beautiful color but not as sticky lacing as I was expecting.

Smells very strongly of pine and resin, a little mint, some nice pale malt sweetness, a tiny bit of booze.

Tastes great- big bold pine hop flavors, good amount of bitterness, some pale malt sweetness, lots of resin. Great DIPA- really bold west coast hop flavors. Floral and juicy pine hops. Still get some of the mint flavor. I can't really taste any hint of booze but I've come to associate mint with high abv.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a good amount of resiny stickiness. I like this one- I would get it if I saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:43:28 | More by Hopdaemon39
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep orange with a very small white head with minimal retention. nut surprised about the head with the ABV
S: smells of cat piss, pine, some citrus and a bit of sweet orange. Slight sweetness from the malt but the cat piss was strong with this one
T: herbal and piney up front with the malt backbone struggling to make a presence, some sweet citrusy hop flavor as well. swallow is very piney with a bit of caramel malt
M: pretty good feel for the ABV, nice soft carb and on the upper side of medium bodied
O: A monster of an imperial IPA with great flavors and plenty of hop kick

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 10:59:58 | More by SHODriver
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kyager2000

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-09-2012 01:28:11 | More by kyager2000
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Rado

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-08-2012 17:00:18 | More by Rado
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leodarko

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

06-08-2012 15:32:36 | More by leodarko
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-08-2012 06:05:23 | More by drewone
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PerHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking IPA

S-Lots of hops, but the malt backbone is evident too.

T- Tons of citrus, orange marmalade, sticky tropical fruit, dank herbal notes. Super good. Maybe a touch too sweet, but barely. Actually pretty complex.

M- Good level of carb, no complaints.

O- I am way more impressed by this than I expected to be. I put this up there with the best of them in this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:51:41 | More by PerHops
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evilc

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-07-2012 16:06:34 | More by evilc
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and honey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:09:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bell’s tulip.

A beautiful beer. Rosy auburn, the color of a leaf at the beginning of fall. Perfect clarity. One inch of dense, pillowy off-white foam descends to about half its height before setting up camp. Thick walls of froth decorate the glass.

With Simcoe and Citra hops, you’d expect a bold, grassy nose. You get that here, though it’s a little milder than I expected. Some grass, some lime peel, some grass. Sugared orange slices blend with a nice amount of caramel, biscuits and toasted crackers.

The bitterness of the hops is like a smack in the mouth. It’s noticeable right away, grabbing hold of the tongue even before the flavor does. When the flavor does get in, I get caramelized orange peel, fresh-cut grass, burnt sugar and a fair amount of syrupy alcohol. It’s a heavy flavor, weighted with booze and hoppiness.

Heavy feel, too. A syrupy medium body, made thick by the hefty booze. Carbonation is mild, breaking the brew into a little silky fizz as it moves. Alcohol warmth peppers the throat and heats the chest, but is less intense than expected.

Simtra seems to have traded hop flavor for hop bitterness — it’s one of the most biting brews I’ve had in a long time. That’s not a terrible thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:17:55 | More by Phelps
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mschind

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is being brewed just a few miles away so I'm trusting that this is a fresh bottle despite the lack of a date.

A- One finger bubbly head that reduced to a thin cap. Not much retention here. Deep clear gold with some orange tint.

S- Intense grapefruit and pine with a little basil thrown in. Not much malt in the nose.

T- There's the malt buried in back of the hops, just enough to provide some sweetness to balance the intense hoppiness. However, I could swear that there is grapefruit rind in here somewhere. The alcohol hits a bit later with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M- Full bodied with some astringency in the finish. Nicely carbonated.

O- There is nothing subtle about this beer. It revolves around the hop varietal Simcoe which I understand is another proprietary brand. You have to like the hops to enjoy this beer and I am indeed enjoying it. The fact that a specific hop varietal is featured makes it more difficult to compare to others of this type. This is not as smooth as other Imperial IPA's but is that ok with this hop variety? We might be reaching the point where we will have sub-categories based on hops etc. These are great times for respecters of beer with so many craft brewers pushing the envelop like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:39:00 | More by mschind
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-01-2012 22:35:36 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. No date, but assume fresh from CA. Poured this one into a Victory tulip.

A: Pours a nice clean orange amber color. One finger of slightly off white head. Nice carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Leaving some nice lacing already.

S: Definitely getting those hops. Mango, papaya, apricots, orange marmalade, etc. There is also a touch of bready notes from the malts. Don't think it's age but we'll see.

T: Right up front you get some of those intense IBUs, bitterness attacking the tip of the tongue. Those pineapple and mango and papaya are there. But there is a pretty solid malt backing on this DIPA. For being a "hop bomb" it's actually nicely balanced. On the close I did get a touch of booze on the close.

M: Medium bodied. Hop bitterness coats the mouth well.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 15:28:36 | More by inlimbo77
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KevSal

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-27-2012 07:14:13 | More by KevSal
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BlackIIPAJK

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-26-2012 00:57:27 | More by BlackIIPAJK
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-20-2012 18:41:34 | More by MrVonzipper
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DoubleSunshine610

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-20-2012 17:58:13 | More by DoubleSunshine610
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-20-2012 07:33:01 | More by AlexChillton
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aknight

California

1.43/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer has a light orange hue to it. It pours with a decent enough head to it which quickly dissipates. The smell is of sweet, sweet tropical fruit with a little bit of orange. I get the fruit smells of the hops but the smell is so sweet that this smells like a can of fruit cocktail. The sweetness is overwhelming on the palate with some bitterness on the back end. I get a lot of tropical fruit flavors but the beer is so sweet it overwhelms the hops. The mouthfeel is alright, if anything it is slightly undercarbonated which I think adds to the sweetness perception.

I did not like this beer. The closest similarity I can think of is Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness which I didn't like either. I found Exponential to be more interesting with a more pleasant tropical fruit taste to it. Simtra to me tastes pretty one dimensional. I went in with high expectations but struggled to get through this beer. This is not one I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:43:44 | More by aknight
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PatrickSwayze

California

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This one falls out of the bottle presenting a copper tone with light tangerine hues at the edges ofvthe glass. Fairly white thin head is portrayed after a nice pour

S: Honestly not sure why but i got a huge vanilla earthy scent from this beer and much else. Not that its a bad thing but definitely not what i expected

T: Deep tangerine and orange flavors peel back your taste buds with the help of some lovely pine like hops that push massive smount of well balanced bitterness your way. Grassy earthy and caramel notes help rpund out the finish

M: Nice and bold with a gentle sweetness, but i expect it from a beer of this magnitude.

O: my local liquor store recommended it to me and i am pleasently surprised but the quality and balance of this beer. First Knee Deep that i have had but definitely wont be the last

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:24:15 | More by PatrickSwayze
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Bobheed

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Darkish sunset orange with a bright white head, roughly 2 fingers. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice cap throughout.

S: You can pretty much smell this one from across the room. Simcoe hops dominate the nose. Lots of super astringent notes, cat piss, pine, and a bit of tropical citrus and floral notes as well.

T: Citra hops a lot more detectable on the taste. Tons of tropical fruits, grapefruit, cantaloupe, lime, as well as big pine characteristics.

M: Mid-high carbonation, super crisp and refreshing. Very wet, but at the same time, very abrasive.

Overall this was excellent, may be my favorite IIPA on the market. I look forward to this being a year-round offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 04:10:31 | More by Bobheed
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IPx

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you to a buddy of mine who procured this on the west coast on a business trip and brought it back to the shores of Lake Michigan for me to enjoy.

Poured into a tulip from a bomber

A: pours a burnt orange...a much deeper orange than a regular dipa. The foam settles down to a thin white lacing around the glass

S: upfront floral, piney, citrusy DIPA greatness

T: what to say but a deliciously brutal battering of my tongue weighing in at 131IBUs (according to the label). There is nothing to say but awesome, piney bitterness. The taste is just like it's delicious smell

M: surprisingly light despite the abv on the label that reads 10.1% plus the hoppiness completely masks the muscular alcohol content

O: This is an imperial IPA that I would love to get my hands on year round. I havent been "wowed" by a DIPA in a long time and this is one of those that brought a great smile to my face and made me reaffirm that DIPAs are truly my favorite type of beer

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 09:15:30 | More by IPx
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roblund

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-11-2012 23:21:57 | More by roblund
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Holland

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newgeneric for this tasty brew!

A: golden orange, clear, with a decent sized off white head that dissipates to become a sticky lacing.

S: grapefruit, pine, grass, and some sweet malt

T: full of citrus and pine and a bit of garlic, but still delicious. A bit of alcohol and some malt

M: thick and well carbonated, this is nice to drink

O: the beer does not get better as it warms, oddly. It was beautiful when it just came out of the fridge, but it becomes more garlic like as it warms. Still excellent!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:50:40 | More by Holland
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baybassboy

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-08-2012 06:02:20 | More by baybassboy
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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