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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 1,937
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 209
Gots: 345 | 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

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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 Raven3464
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This sexy brew pours a beautifully hazy, copper body with a one finger head. This degree of retention is rare

Smell: It smells like Christmas trees in a bottle. Grapefruit and pineapple can also be noticed but the pine aroma really shines through. Seriously, you can smell this baby from a few feet across the room. This is godly for a hop head and quite possibly the best smelling DIPA I’ve ever had.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine and fresh grapefruits are complimented by a sweet malt flavor on the back of the tongue.

Mouth feel: It is thick, oily, and sticky with a great amount of carbonation to prepare the palate for the hop explosion in the next sip.

Overall: This is one of the best double (triple?) IPAs I’ve ever had. Thanks to Knee Deep Brewing Company for this gem. (810 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottled on 2/25/13, into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with about a a finger and a half of dense white head that dissipates to a cap of foam that resides til the end.

Smell: Juicy, resinous hops. A little bit catty and a lot of tropical fruits, as well as a nice kiss of malt sweetness coming though.

Taste: Delicious, juicy, piney, catty, and tropical fruit hop flavors punch you in the mouth while riding on a wave of bitterness. Towards the back you get a slight alcohol warmth as well as a subtle, sweet breadiness coming from the heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly crisp and dry with a very pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: Simply an amazing hop assault on the tastebuds. A shining example of a DIPA/IIPA. (781 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/31/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours with remarkable clarity - golden orange, very pretty when held up to the face - bright, white head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Big and hoppy, with some interesting and unexpected aromas - tropical, with lots of citrus, and some sweet onion - loads of oily grapefruit, with citrus peels and zest, floral notes - something that distinctly smells like sweet onion to me - big malts, with some sweetness, and a touch of alcohol (not much considering the 11.25%ABV)

Taste: Mouth destroying in a great way - intensely hoppy, as one would expect for something labeled as a "triple IPA" - floral, tropical, loads of citrus, and some pine - oily, wet orange and grapefruit - resinous pine - sticky, straight-up hop resins - some tropical notes, and some more layers of citrus appear as this warms up - high level of bitterness, with some leafyness, grassiness - big malts, mostly pale, some caramel, an interesting sweetness (crystal malts?) - some candy-like sweetness, somehow not too sweet - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, borderline full body, low carbonation, smooth and oily

Overall: Knee Deep... in hops?

This is pretty crazy, as advertised. Intensely hoppy, big, and bold. I'm not particularly in love with the onion aroma, but I find this to be typical in beers with absurd levels of hops. This is a palate wrecker in a great way. I'm glad I had a chance to try this. (1,508 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabbon for picking this up while in San Francisco.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold with some darker orange notes at the edges. Tiny bright-white collar with a spotty almost non-existent cap. Spots of oily lacing.

Smell: Pine resin and.tons of citrus. Tropical fruit. Tangerine, a touch of pineapple and mango. Sweet candied hops. Tangerine flesh, pine needles and juicy fruit flesh. Malt backbone is minimal, but has some caramel malts and a slight biscuity finish. Straight up pine needle bitterness on the back. Alcohol and a good bit of it.

Taste: Simcoe bitterness, complete with bitter pine needle and resin. Citra tropical fruit explosion. Tangerine flesh with a touch of pineapple. Malts are slightly bready with some caramel sweetness, but it's completely dominated by the hop profile. Lingering bitterness with enough tropical fruit juiciness to keep it interesting. Spearmint. Grapefruit rind. Warming adds a bit more cooked malt sweetness. Sharp bite of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a slightly above average carbonation, very slight. Somehow manages to be juicy and wet during the sip, but ends with a dry finish. Because that makes sense.

Overall: Not going balls deep, but mid-thigh seems good.

Not sure what makes this Triple, but it's burly. The hop profile is delightful but has no balance at all. Aggressively bitter on the finish. Nicely crafted. A lot to take, but worth seeking out from time to time. (1,472 characters)

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

Poured into a Stone IRS Snifter

A - Pours a deep orange/amber. Very little head, but good alcohol legs and lacing. Nearly crystal clear.

S - Woah. Tons of grapefruit and tropical hops. Almost overwhelming, but in a good way. Some sweet malts in there as well, that really bring out a balanced nose to this monster of a beer.

T - Bitter orange rind and bright fruit at the tip of the tongue, followed by a nice sweet malty middle. Lots of citrus and a big pine bite towards the end. Finishes surprisingly dry, and with a bitter (almost tart-like) aftertaste.

M - Thick, chewy, and awesome. The carbonation is there, but is barely visible in the glass. It really coats the mouth and lets you know that it's there.

O - Delicious. Hoppy, overwhelmingly tasty goodness. Yes, it's pretty expensive, but it's worth taking for a spin at least once. It's not "refreshing" and it's not the most perfectly balanced beer, but it is a hop bomb and a half that really satisfies the craving for a big IPA. (995 characters)

Photo of BrantleyJ
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Dark and roasty amber.

Smell: Definitely get the citrus, mainly grapefruit, with a bit of pine mixed in.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine, just like the nose, upfront but a bit of sweet maltiness in the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp to start, a bit sticky on the finish and a touch warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Knee Deep produces some great beers, this one included. A must try if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle (439 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kind of an interesting color for an IPA; not the usual amber or reddish orange, this takes on a duller, muted brownish amber. Thin off white head, leaves soapy lacing. Smell is absolutely wonderful: huge, fresh citra hops, grapefruit, and honey. Taste is light on the malt side, huge on the citrusy, resinous, piney hops. Some pineapple and honey sweetness. Feel is moderate to heavy, mild carbonation. Easy to drink despite the hefty ABV. Overall, a great beer if you're looking for some heavy duty IPA action. Hops for days and not overly sweet. (547 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled 2/11/13

Thanks goes out to beachstrength49 for this!

Pour: Clear dark amber and aggressive pour fights to get even a finger amount of dirty white head. Lacing is almost non existent but the alcohol legs are huge on this beer.

Smell: A big smack of citrus hops (orange/tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango) some bitter resin pine hop and some floral notes. There is some caramel, toffee notes in the background.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly with the citrus up front and in your face in a good way. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and the forest pine notes there, too. Some malt notes give way to a touch of sweetness but that is pretty fleeting as the finish is quite bitter. Alcohol is evident but not distracting in any way to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually a bit sticky on the finish and a touch warming from the alcohol.

Overall: I am so used to the midwest IPA's and especially fond of the offerings from FFF with their almost patented hop profile. This one however throws me a slight curve ball and I'm liking this a lot. Thanks again to beachstrength49 for sending me not one but two bottles of this west coast gem! (1,198 characters)

Photo of notscenerob
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was in a bottle from my local liquor store. It poured a rich amber color with a short off-white head in my tulip. Some lacing, but not too much from this beer. The nose was a bouquet of pungent hops aromas that gave a hint of what was to come. Taste is of citrus and mango and melon with some notable piney kick. The hops were at the very front of this beer, it's a Triple IPA, but they didn't ignore the malts, the subtleties of which come out after the hops become less overwhelming after a few sips. The beer feels like a quality medium bodied ale, nothing spectacular but nothing off either. Overall I'd be happy to drink this again, but there are other beers out there that I'd search out over this one. A quality product I'd pick up again though. (762 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Bottled 31 January 2013.

A: Huge head with great retention and lacing. Very clear light gold.

S: Musty, cheesy, and earthy. I'd imagine this is an older bottle if it weren't for the bottled date.

T: Well. That's a beer with shit-tons of hops. How many tons? Shittons. Touches of onions amidst the huge fields of pine and pineapple. Aftertaste is balanced, sweetish,

O: I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Huge hops. Would have again. Recommendable. [Apologies for the briefest of reviews. The gentleman who offered the bottle of beer demanded conversation.] (638 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden orange with a smallish ½-finger, white head which dissipates to a coating. Carbonation is evident. Nose is tropical fruit, especially pineapple, mango, oranges, and lemon. For a beer this big I expected to have a nose full of alcohol too but it wasn't there.
Taste is a bitter wallop giving way to Grapefruit and pine. There is some carmel that comes in as well as grassiness and malt but the dryness and bitterness remains throughout.
There is the alcohol I expected, in a nice warming in the middle that lasts through the finish. Still, this IS a tongue-buckler foremost, and the mouthfeel is medium, crisp and bitter to fit.
All-in-all, I found it refreshing and would have at it again, given the chance but I still love big DIPA's that are a little better balanced. (787 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Citra: my two favorite hops! Pours a very hazy ruby orange color with a half finger off white head. Smells of sweet, juicy grapefruit, lots of papaya, mango, pine, fruit punch, almost like a perfume floral smell. Little bit of breadiness in the back but over taken by the hop qualities. Taste starts with the mellower fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple from the citra. Then in the middle you get a carmel flavor, as well as a biscuity note. Also some of the more astringency notes start to creep in like grapefruit and pine from the simcoe. Then the finish is more of the carmel malt, pine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, papaya, mango. Just a symphony of flavors. The finish lasts and a bitter grapefruit and lemon flavor is the last to go. Just enough malt to just cut some of the bitterness from the massive amounts of hops. Definitely do get booze on the finish as well, but that is expected at almost 12%. Gets much better as it warms and the fruity flavors of the hops definitely do come out when it does. Pretty full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a creamy, yet oily mouthfeel from the hops. Would love to get my hands on more of this! (1,159 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (329 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,673 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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% (250 characters)

Photo of Perfero
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (656 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (641 characters)

Photo of djjacobsen
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (471 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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. (540 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At 11.25%, I'm 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. We're 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. (822 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 (1,422 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (857 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 oz bottle

Pours cloudy orange with a decent sized white head. Excellent lacing with a little retention.

Aroma is an all out hop assault. Lots of tropical fruits, citrus grapefruit rind and pine all extremely dank. A bit of caramel malt, but the hops shine here.

Flavor continues to let me know this one has hops. Lush orange, grapefruit and mango dominate up front before rounding into a piney sticky finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Absolutely no alcohol comes through which is amazing. I've had 8-9% that were too boozy and how they pull this off with less heat is wonderful.

Very happy with this beer and glad I realized they distribute to OH so I can have it more often. An hophead's dream and one of the better Imperial IPA's around. I enjoyed it more than the fresh Hopslam I had. (820 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a clear amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. the nose is a potent 131 IBU punch to the face reminiscent of pine resin and grapefruit. However, the nose fades quickly and mellows to a slightly boozy with a lot more sweetness. The taste is saturatingly bitter with a pretty boozy finish. I dislike the mouthfeel...mainly because of the residual grapefruit rind finish. Glad I tried it...it's a bit over the top boozy and bitter mouthfeel and I probably won't try it again. (504 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.