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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 1,967
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23.94%
Wants: 209
Gots: 356 | 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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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/18/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing burnt orange; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with pineapple. Lots of tropical notes. Hints of mango too. There are also caramel malt notes blended in. Sweet fruity aromas. The flavors seem to match the aromas. More pineapple, which seems to be the star as far as fruit goes. Lots of pine needles and pine resin too. Some grapefruit followed by some orange zest. There's a very solid malt backbone, but the hops still shine and do their thing. Although this is a bitter bruiser, it's still balanced and very smooth. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed for such a big beer. There's barely any warmth and it's not boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but feels lighter than it is with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick. This is beer is truly dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty impressive brew. Everything is smooth for a "Triple IPA". Balance is the key. Well crafted and it's worth checking out if given the opportunity. It's fun to drink. I never would've guessed this was 131 IBU.

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Photo of Yoda22
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper with frothy/thick bubbles and head that dissipates on the quick side but maintains a thin layer and strong lacing.

S- Sweet malt and citrus/piney hops immediately flood the nose, very powerful and wonderful.

T- Very similar to the nose, so great. A touch of sweet malty flavor hits first followed by a very powerful hop presence that balances so well. I could drink this all day if it wasn't...11.25% ABV? Holy cow. Masked very well. The large of amount of hops and bitterness combined with the great flavor masks how strong this is. Finishes dry and with more of the hop bite. While the malt/citrus taste comes first the hop/pine flavor finishes.

M- Medium to light body and carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Again, 11.25%? What? Not sure how they do it.

O- A MUST find for any lover of imperial IPA's. This beer packs a big punch but you wouldn't know it from the masterful balance of flavor and light mouthfeel. Combined with some of the best aromas i've seen this is a real world class beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle with 01/18/14 on the side. Lots of lacing. Pours a burnt amber color with an inch of head. The aroma is lots of juicy tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, orange, and sweet grapefruit. The taste is boozey with bitter tropical fruits and citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some piney hops. Bitter and boozey. Fair amount of malt flavor but this thing is hops dominated. Creamy mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for "Triple IPAs" and this one is up there with Hopsickle, Devil Dancer, Hi Res etc. Overall, fantastic brew I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, Translucent, with a white head.

S: Simcoey garlic, tropical fruit, papaya, mango, orange in the nose.

T: Papaya, tropical fruit, passion fruit, mango, a bit of garlic, tangerine, orange.

M: Full bodied, a bit astringent, smoothish, especially for a DIPA. Very pleasant amount of bitterness.

O: SO GOOD. If you like hoppy beers, and you can find this, get it!

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Photo of Dave1999
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich transparent orange with a big fluffy white head. The head is very impressive given the abv.

The smell is all citrus hops, grapefruit, lemons, oranges and just a little bit if grass. This smells outstanding.

The taste is much as the smell would suggest, big citrus flavors with some bitterness. There is just the smallest hint of a sweet malty backbone. This beer is definitely all about the hops, my tongue is coated in hop residue.

The mouthfeel is quite light and smooth with low to medium carbonation.
This is ridiculously easy to drink no hint of the 11.25 abv.

Overall quite simply a superb beer, one of the best dipa's you will find. The abv is nowhere to be found and the hops are deliciously citrus.

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

Beautiful golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is candied citrus hop perfection.

Tastes of fresh cut citrus and pine. West coast goodness means that there is not a huge malt component to compete with the hop-erfection. Just a treat for the palate.

Mouthfeel is tart, snappy and coating. I can almost feel the hop cones accumulating on my molars.

Drinkability is insane. Is this stuff really 11.25%? Wish I was in CA more often...

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Photo of Alron
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am seriously loving the offerings from Knee Deep Brewing Co.

This one is no exception.

Immediately after pouring, it filled the room with a strong aroma of hops. This one is a serious HOP BOMB. The smell is fantastic and it gets better with each sip. The taste is citrusy and pineappley with a dry hop finish. Overall, a strong hoppy tripple IPA that does not disappoint. If you enjoy a nice hoppy tripple IPA then you'll be sure to enjoy this one.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excited to get to try this. Fresh bottle, 22 oz.
A: Poured a golden straw color. Paler than I was expecting for a triple IPA, but pretty. Halo around the glass as it settles, virtually no lacing to speak of.
S: Wonderful tropical notes of pineapple, followed closely by pine. Intense aroma.
MF: Light carbonation. Fairly slick on the tongue, not thin but nit thick either.
T: An explosion of resin, pine, pineapple, followed by a malty sweetness that is balanced out quite well by the bitterness of the hops. Lots of play over all flavor receptors of my tongue, with a strong but pleasantness in the back of my mouth. Quite Delicious. Alcohol content seems to be extremely well hidden.
O: This is a great IPA. Not sure if I can distinguish it as a triple over a double, but the hop flavor really comes through! Would buy again.

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Photo of Gambelli
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No date on bottle? Seems like in the past I have seen a bottled on date on all Knee Deep beers.

A- Golden orange. A not quite crystal clear brew, perhaps the hop oils cloud it up a bit. Just a few small streams of carbonation emanate from the bottom of the glass.

S- Something a bit off here. As a homebrewer, I have had my share of oxidized, skunked-up
hops, especially Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo. Perhaps this one has sat on the shelf under the light too long. Besides that, a malty, boozy smell.

T- Heavy bitterness up front, followed by the citrus, tropical, and unfortunately too heavy cat-pee notes. Sweet malt undertones, and a full on alcohol presence. A bit of old butter taste also. Can't get around the off-flavor to thoroughly enjoy the positives in this one.

M- Good job here, not too heavy, oily or syrupy for a 3X IPA.

O- I believe there is a great hop profile here, along with a balancing malt backbone, and nice
texture/body to work it all together, but the oxidized, catty hop facet took away from the
experience. I have had this beer before, and remember none of these negatives, so I must get
another bottle to re-review soon.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is crystal clear orange red color with zero head. ( I think my cap was loose)
Aroma is massive hops and pine.
Flavor is sticky pine, sme grapefruit and citrus.
Not super complex or balanced but somehow a good beer.
Mouthfeel is not bitter or dry, just right it's no lingering flavors. The carbonation is terrible (be sure it wasnt sealed)
My bottle may not be the best example for a review but its still damn good.
With the right carbonation this beer is great.

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Photo of DreTheProphet
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite go to brews.. Pretty odd this is my first review, but here goes...

A- Golden color, nice head, and very little carbonation.

S- This has a great smell to it. Lots of pine, citrus, and some grapefruit in there as well. You can definitely smell the hops.

T- Very smooth for being 11.25 %. You definitely taste the hops (with it being a triple and all), there is some booze in the taste, and you do get some bitterness but it is in no way overpowering.

M- Again, very smooth. The aftertaste (bitterness, booze) stays for a bit, but it never seems to bother me.

O- This is a great brew. I am glad I can get this easily. If you can get your hands on this, please do. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Tony49er
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Knee Deep Beers and this is my favorite

Serving Type-Bottle

Appearance- Great golden color almost like liquid gold tons of alcohol legs

Smell- very piney like a great Triple IPA should be, tons of floral notes, citrus, pine needles

Taste-Bitter but in a great IPA way, a little booze but considering its 11.25% ABV I totally under stand that.

Mouth Feel- Smooth not to viscous

Overall- one of the best IPA's around and is very available where I live

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Photo of Joshuabeerme
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co. It's a smooth IPA with a beautiful tail end. I was very impressed with the Simtra. I personally feel that the Hoptologist was better. I am very glad that I found this gem in my local Nugget grocery store. Very good choice in IPA.

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Photo of mick303
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip glass, produced a nice three fingers of bubbly white head, pretty solid retention and lacing. Colour is a fairly clear dark orange brown. Pretty dark but a nice colour. 4.25
S – umm is it hops? Big aromas of ripe grapefruit, mouthwatering citrus and sweet pine, some toffee sweetness and a salivating filling huge citrus character, orange, Citra hops all the way. Punchy and great, with a bit of bitter funk. 4.5
T – tons of Citra hops, more grapefruit, a bit more subtle pine notes, boozey citrus fruit, macerated blood oranges, dries out to a herbally bitter finish. Boozey hop xmas cake, raisins, cranberry, dry pine needles, and a crisp dryness on the finish against the lingering hop character. Prickly bitterness, raging citrus and subtle boozy graininess all together. Some red fruits develop nicely, the bitterness is contrasted with plenty of juicy fleshy fruits and smooth dark woody/boozy complexity that is wonderful. 4.5
M – amazing if the abv is 11.25 this drinks much lighter and smoother, a huge profile, the bitterness is really punchy with lots of citrus rind, but is nicely balanced and surprisingly refreshing. Light/moderate carbonation (could use a touch more?) with a slickness on the finish that isn’t overly harsh but sticks around for a long lingering herbal aftertaste that goes on and on. Calls you for another sip almost immediately. 4.5
Wow, maybe I’m in a good mood but this was one of the finer high-strength IPA’s I can remember having. Retains a solid drinkability where you have to watch out, and the complexity I found to be really good, as well the bitterness wasn’t out-of-control, tons of complex citrus character with a balanced strength and a pleasant lingering finish. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Twal
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite a bit of (cat piss) Citra when 1st poured,warmed and has a nice citra aroma.
Decent beer and would have given it a solid 4 but man this thing has a lot of heat,just touch too much,at 11.25 % abv it's not really hiding anything...
Overall a good beer and great hop character but just a little off for my taste,that said I wouldn't turn down another pour...

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orange-brown, cloudy to opaque. Head is yellow-tinged white, large bubbles, bit thin. Looks alright.

Smells very fruity-hoppy. New worldly, with passionfruit and a touch of mango. Citric edge as well though and getting more acidic as it warms up. Not much else to it besides hops.

Taste is also all hops, all over that. Citric, piney with resinous hop oils coming through on the back of that. Bit of cake better malt, but it's just one-note American citric & piney hop, really. I like, but it needs to show me more.

Feels a little hot at the back. Otherwise fluid but yeah, boozey.

Ticks all the right boxes for the style but it doesn't take it anywhere beyond the "Fuck yeah 'Murica IPA' zone.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of dusty golden auburn into our Ommegang Game of Thrones snifters. It holds a creamy, soapy two finger head of packed bubbles, showing the color of lightly toasted marshmallows. Retention is excellent, with thick mountainous sheets of lacing left all around the glasses. No thick haze or sediment is noted, but clarity is not absolute. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma is sticky and dank, giving notes of sweet and juicy citric hops, warmly floral and soapy hops, candy corn, white flour, pale and softly musky malts, stinging booziness, light cotton candy esters, dried lemongrass, coiny metallics, Band-Aid medicinals, toasty caramels, and bright mineral. Our first impression is that this is a surprisingly balanced and sweet DIPA for something coming from California, but it does offer those characteristic bitter twangs up front with each sip. As we sip, the taste opens with piney and bitterly grapefruity hops, sappy resins, pale and sweetly caramel malts, tannic teabag astringency, lemon cleaning solvent, nickel, hard mineral water, sculpting clay, walnut oils, light white sugariness, and the bitter beginnings of alcohol content of the beer. The middle pushes forward with straw, vegetal metallics, caramel sugars, magic marker phenols, continued booziness, basement mustiness of moldy sacked grain, and pungent soapy hops. Washing through the finish is more piercing fusel alcohol, white grape fruitiness, clover florals, black pepper spiciness, almond milk richness, vanilla extract fumes, herbal and sweetly nectary hops, light pale malts, pineapple flesh, mossy woodiness, chemical phenols, and white cakey frosting sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, dirty cloth, dandelion stem resins, pencil lead, cotton, cherry and lemon rind fruitiness, dusty pale and caramel malts, herbal and bitterly piney hop sap, dried brown grassiness, yeasty mineral, wet carrot top greens, musty clay, clean vanilla, and sugary tropical fruit juiciness. The body is thickly medium, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords excellently creamy slurp, smack, froth, glug, and pull, with clean and soft finishing pop. The mouth is cooled and coated with foam, with brisk transition into light astringency and puck, extending across the majority of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate but high, adding burn to the mouth and warmth to the belly, but it sips nicely nonetheless.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its aroma. This gives all the sticky, sappy juiciness that anyone would want, but nestles it nicely amongst the grain, musk, and sugary sweetness of the other components. It was actually a hard decision to name aroma as our favorite aspect of the presentation, as we felt appearance and mouthfeel were also both particularly delightful, travelling well beyond basic stylistic requirements. Honestly, while everything was generally enjoyable about this beer, we found the flavoring, specifically, to be a bit rustic for our liking. The hops, although they start fresh, sticky, and piney, develop deeper, darker flavors of mud, mineral, musk, dried twigs, sweat, and grassiness that almost take away from the driving natural naivety that is this beer. That said, that was our “critical reviewer” take on it, because otherwise, just sipping, it is wonderfully balanced and smooth, especially when compared to some of the bitter bombs hailing from the west.

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Photo of bisonbrewing
3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

light orange/golden color poured into an American pint glass. pours a nice head two fingers thick with good retention. smells of pine and weed; takes a concerted effort to pick out notes of citrus. taste is a hop massacre destroying any semblance of malt. hop profile not too bitter considering the style but the singular note begs for complexity. lingering spicy finish more annoying than desirable.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hell yes! Review 666 for this one!

I've had this on night 2 of a 3 day IPA comparison, day 1 was Heady Topper, day 2 was Simtra and 3 was Pliny...

A - This thing pours a deep pale orange hazy orange, 1 finger to 2 finger head that will disappear slowly. Beautiful lacing. Just an all around beauty to watch being poured.

S - Piney, Citrus from the Simcoe hops, orange, pineapple, malty, bready, slight alcohol undertones hits the back of the noise.

T - This tasted heavenly, extremely drinkable. Looking back, I was amazed how this tasted like a Heady Topper on steroids. The best way to describe the taste was citrus and sweet bitterness in the noise. This definatley had me taking more drinks than I would like. The alcohol is not even noticeable with the Simcoe providing a very nice taste... extremely balanced.

M - Silky, bitterness provides a nice massage on the tongue, not overly dry, carbonation is fantastic and the citrus notes made me feel like I was biting into a fresh peach.

Overall - This is one solid brew, with a 131 IBUs, I was amazed how smooth and drinkable this was. Like I said earlier, it reminds me of a Heady Topper on steroids. It is very balanced given the abv and IBU rating. For as tasty as this was, I recommend sipping this one slowly; the simcoe makes the alcohol a ninja in this brew, it will catch up to you.

I am in love with this beer, and it's availability compared to other demanded IPA's is a huge plus in my book. It's not over hyped, it's just a solid beer. If you're new to the Double IPA world, I suggest putting this one off...

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skye for this one!
Quick review from written notes. Label dated: 8/5/13

Bright golden orange, sharp clarity, rising trails of carb visible, compact head of soapy white foam, minimal lacing.

Big earthy hop aroma, pungent and resiny, more simcoe than citra, not much fruitiness just dank and resiny greenery.

Big malty body, huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Brutally bitter, lots of bitter greens. Booze is fairly masked when cold, but it's pretty big and best shared. Would have liked to see more of the Citra come through, but maybe it has faded a little after 2 months.

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Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of roger617
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of DoctorQ9
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Confession -- I have no idea what is a "perfect" beer. I fear that I will rate one a "5" just to find one later that is marginally better.

That being said, this beer is at least as good as Pliny! I love hoppy, resinous brews and this one is a standout. I love Pliny but can never get it -- yet Simtra is readily available in the Sacramento Region.

If you are ever in the Capitol area, let me know and I will steer you towards finding a cold Simtra. Prosit!

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.