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Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2012

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Photo of mick303
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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%
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 -17.9%
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 -19.6%
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 +17.9%
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 -5.2%
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 -3.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.7%
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 +12%
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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Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright copper with a red tint. Finger of near white head, great head and decent lacing.

S - Lots of resinous hops, smells like a citrus bomb! Definitely some malts sweetness.

T - Lots of intensely dry (slightly citrusy) resinous hops. Very resinous and a hefty alcohol presence. As it warms citrus increases (per the usual), lots of grapefruit, some pineapple, and orange rinds. Spiced/resinous lingering finish/aftertaste.

M - Somewhere between medium and full bodied, thick, little carbonation, somewhat of a sipper.

O - Quite tasty, once it gets around 55 degrees it really opens up a lot, boosted taste rating because of that, lots of tasty citrus flavors come through.

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Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a deep copper color, slight chill haze, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a frothy white head, that has good retention and leaves a nice bit of lace behind. The aroma is powerfully booze forward, sticky malt, resinous pine, spicy hop, light citrus and tropical fruit. The nose is harsh, and while it showcases what one would expect from a Triple IPA at 11.25%, it's still not that appealing. The flavors are a bit easier to handle, very bitter, very pine forward, just a bit of tangy grapefruit, tropical fruits are definitely present before a crushing amount of alcohol presence takes over and quashes the beer. The body is rich and juicy, coats the mouth very well, the carbonation is on the lower end, and the finish is abrasive and a touch dry.

Verdict: An abusive beer to say the least. It's massively bitter, incredibly boozy and a task to drink. It lacks everything that makes Younger a great Triple IPA, and would even be a chore to drink if called an American Barleywine.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle served in a . Bottled 7/22/13. Picked up on my recent trip to Lake Tahoe at a local bottle shop.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin, bubbly wring. Mild soapy lace.

S: Candied grapefruit and honey dew melon up front with a touch of mango. Light boozy notes with a touch of sweet, crystallized sugar. Light scallion notes bounce in the periphery around the sweetness.

T: Only mild booze up front. Very fruity and citrusy. Nice and strong malt backbone provides a little sweetness and breadines. The booze then kicks then back in on the finish. Definitely drinks like it's 11%. As it warms some light grassy notes with a touch of residual bitterness lingers on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation level. Slightly sticky.

O: Far too boozy for my liking. I usually top out around 9.5% or 10% when it comes to my enjoyment of double (or in this case triple) IPA's. The alcohol notes become to to sharp and boozy instead of nice and fruity. Not bad, but definitely wouldn't pick this up again.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/9/13, almost exactly a month old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fluffy light tan head. Head fades slowly with a wonderful island of retention. Great fluffy splotches of lacing everywhere.

S: Oh yeah. Triple IPA and it means it. Pretty much pure hops. Got quite a bit of dankness, some pine, some grapefruit. Plenty of cat piss. Malt? Who knows.

T: Hop explosion up front. Almost too much. Loaded to the gills with dank hops through and through. Simcoe cat piss everywhere. Some grapefruit and pine mixed in but it's primarily the first two (citra and simcoe I'm assuming from the name). Big, almost harsh spicy dankness blankets the entire taste, even lingering for a long time between sips. There might be some malt in here but I can barely tell. Even at 11.25% it's got almost no sweetness. I can't even really discern a malt flavor. Is it bready maybe? Can't tell. Long, long lingering spicy dankness between sips.

M: Heavy but not nearly as heavy as 11.25% would suggest. Hops spice everything up and lighten it up quite a bit. It's definitely a big one regardless. Zero alcohol sting.

O: Big, big IPA. One of the biggest. It reminds me of Hopsickle oddly enough, just a better and bigger version of it. Hard to score, I love big DIPAs but this is almost too one-note. Definitely a must-try for the huge, in-your-face, west-coast style hop bombs. It's very tasty. Drinkability suffers a bit but it's a hell of a brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, delirium chalice

Surprisingly have not had this one, as I've seen it a few times at tastings. Big, sticky orange body. Thick and intricately hoppy elixir - grapefruit rind, sugary grapefruit zest, blood orange. Really awesome, though a bit taxing due to its size and toxicity.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/9/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a crystal clear, golden amber with a towering, 3.5 finger tall off white head. The head has fabulous retention and leaves tons of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (4.5)
Wow. This beer is positively bursting with dank, tropical hops; peach, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, fresh pine, pine resin, tangerine and a heavy, almost catty astringency. Everything I absolutely love about Simcoe and Citra hops. Deeply buried underneath the avalanche of hops, there is a lightly sweet malt backbone. The 11% is extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.75)
Your palate is slapped immediately senseless with a mountain of hops; mostly huge notes of grapefruit, peach and tangerine. The more tropical notes that were found in the aroma are pretty much absent in the flavor, they do surface in the after taste. The beer finishes dry and very bitter, with a buttery texture of bready malt left on your tongue, that is just sweet enough to hide the alcohol. Lingering notes of pine resin, grapefruit pith and light impressions of peach and passion fruit. highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: (4.5)
Finally a Knee Deep beer where the quality of the malt bill stands up to the quality of the hop bill; Even as the beer warms up, the malt still holds strong, but doesn't get cloying like every other Knee Deep beer I've had does. Malt is there in a similar hop to malt ratio as the almighty Pliny The Elder. This is an amazing IPA that really showcases the beauty of both Simcoe and Citra hops. Can't recommend this beer enough for hop heads.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at my wife's work a few days ago.

Appearance- copper color, very nice size head, great lacing. It looked beautiful.

Smell- citrus hops, light malt, very nice

Taste- citrus hops, nice bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was excellent. Very good. I loved everything about it. Very nice beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #4, bomber poured into our Orval chalices.

A-Doesn't last but I got an instant blast of grape jelly and maple syrup on opening the bottle. That's wild. Once it pours we get a crystal clear, very lightly carbonated copper amber. DIPA would be a good opening gambit. 4

S-Sweet and juicy hoppiness. Hints of alcohol, very inviting. 4

T-Very tasty. Moderately boozy but not overwhelmingly so, good lingering bitterness stays long after the finish, again in a good way. Taste is well balanced between hops and sweetness. 4.25

M-Light side of medium, carbonation a bit light. 4

O-I dug it. A little boozy, a little bitter, very tasty. 4

So, what is it? DIPA is my first, last and only guess. No idea whose.

Reveal: Knee Deep Brewing Simtra Triple IPA. Awesome! I have almost bought this on previous trips to Phoenix but put it back. Glad I had the chance to try it! Thanks.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beast known as Simtra is a major hop bomb. Good looking beer. Very hazy golden orange (I prefer my IPA's in the orange/yellow range over the amber/brown). Soft white head with excellent lacing. Very pungent hops. Grapefruit and biscuit. Bitter, but don't let the 131 IBU's fool you. This is not a killer. The IBU's are balance with the malt. Alcohol is well masked, but by the time I finished this 22 oz bomber I could feel it. Very sticky beer. Coated the mouth. I recommend eating spicy food to accompany (pizza with jalapeno and a ton of crushed red pepper suffices). If you are a hophead you should seek this out.

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Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits, San Francisco, CA
Bottled on date: 6/04/13
Served in a snifter

Fantastic appearance. The super hazy, glowing, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a tight, bubbly, one-finger crown. Drippy streaks of lacing coated the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed disappeared to reveal a completely transparent body.

The nose was amazingly hoppy and complex. Tropical fruit notes leapt out of the glass. Tons of passionfruit. Some mango. Lots of citrus. Candied orange peel came through strong. Dank, weed-like notes were also noticeable.

The flavor profile lacked the tropical fruitiness of the nose but was still impressive. Super citrusy. Bitter orange rind dominated. Caramel malts came through strong on the front end. Touch of brown sugar. The hops completely took over mid-palate. Lots of grapefruit-like bitterness on the back end. Pithy grapefruit rind and resiny pine sap were apparent in the brutally bitter, lingering finish. At 11.25% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well masked.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Soft and somewhat slick with a fine, medium effervescence.

The connotation "triple IPA" seems a bit contrived, but this beer is no joke. At 131 IBUs, be forewarned that this is a hop monster. Nevertheless, it still manages to maintain some semblance of balance.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hops flavors; with a moderate malt balance and doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Big balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely delicious offering.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a thick, off-white, two-finger head that dissipates to a nice foam cap. Great lacing. Pure hop aroma - pine resin and grapefruit rind. Bitter up front, as one would expect from a beer billed as a triple IPA. Nicely balanced, however, not bitter for bitters sake like too many west-coast Imperial IPAs. Bitter on the back end as well, finishes slightly dry with a little heat from the 11.5 ABV. A full bodied, slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, a well crafted triple IPA.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Took this to a bottle share and I took 3 pours of it myself. Hides the booze incredibly well. I would get another bottle and make it my entire night. It's an attractive pour that jumps out of the glass and into your nose. You get all of the bright citrus and pine on the nose. The taste covers all the spectrums you'd expect from a triple IPA. Thirst quenching citrus with a bitter pine jolt. The aftertaste does not linger too long like some IPAs can. This was truly a fantastic IPA and any fan of this style should seek out a bottle.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.