Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 1,888
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 205
Gots: 330 | 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 mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The usual orangey amber color with a pleasant foamy cap. On the titanic side. I don't think I've smelled the "cat pee" odor quite so strongly in a beer before. Thin in body, but the same way vodka is "thin."

I suppose being so overly alcoholic is a good thing. It drinks more like a liqueur, where you just take tiny sips and wait until the feeling returns to your tongue. Oh, the hops. Total hop teardown. Not ridiculously bitter, just liquid hops. Not such a bad flavor, either. It's quite spicy and aromatic. A bright tone. Take it one sip at a time.

Time for a Simple Times Lager to add this hop flavoring to. From the 22 oz bottle (638 characters)

Photo of Lipsntoes
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick golden haze. Attention is suddenly shifted to strong notes of pine, topical fruits and cat pee. Taste is a hop blast with nose quickly turning into citrus fruits, grass and wet hay. Finish brings a lingering of pine oil and enjoyable bitterness demanding more.

What a wonderful DIPA that I will seek out again. (325 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from a BIF about six weeks ago. I finally opened the bottle tonight. I know that it says to open immediately. I waited a little longer to take the edge off from the immense hopping typically found in a triple IPA (if there is such a style).

The flavor and smell on this beer is reminiscent of a clean double IPA. I like the immense citrus presence on there. It has nice balance without the pucker-face that you would expect from a triple IPA.

I recommend picking up a bottle of this very good beer. I'm glad to have gotten this from another BA member. (570 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is good and hoppy, it smells mostly like citrusy (pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel and bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, full of citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and piney hops, with caramel and bready malt also noticeable. The piney bitterness really comes out in the flavor, and it's not boozy, at least not as much as I was expecting an 11.25% ABV brew to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, and I'd pick this one up again at $8.99 a bomber. (786 characters)

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great flavor and an aroma that assaults you (in a good way) from a distance. You can tell the grain bill here is simple, and a lot of the background complexity and mouthfeel come from the huge alcohol.

Unfortunately, I have to ding this one for drinkability. Unlike Pliny the Younger, the bitterness and residual sugar/alcohol are not quite balanced. It punches you in the face with every sip. A 10 ounce sample took me 20 minutes to drink and while it tasted great, I couldn't imagine drinking a second one. Contrast with Younger, which is downright quaffable despite the IBUs and alcohol. (592 characters)

Photo of fab80
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review for my favorite dipa.

ST: 22 oz Bottle on 11/23/12
A: Nice copper color. No haze. 1 inch of creamy foam that dissipates in a minute or 2.
S: Best part of this beer. Simcoe, stinging nettle, wild strawberries, passion fruit for sure, fresh grass, lemongrass, lime and lemon peels. And you can smell it from 3 feet away for sure.
T: Here we go: great bitterness, strong but super clean for an 11,25 abv dipa. Again, Simcoe, pine and tropical fruits well balance the sweet caramel that you taste through the end. For my taste, could be a little drier, less sweet, but that's just me. It lives a ridiculous amount of oil presence in your palate due to the huge amount of (dry) hops used in this one. Delicious.
O: It's obvious to me that i picked up a fresh bottle. I remember this one being excellent but it was better than i actually remembered. If you like fresh grassy, fruity, punch in your face dipas, this is for you. Highly recommended. (955 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Triple IPA. Yeah, there is no style for this.

Massive alcohol (and hop) presence just put this way out of balance and hurts taste and drinkability. Sharp on the nose and palate and makes it a sipper, but as it warms it accentuates the negatives.

Not a fan (obviously) especially after drinking the wonderful citra extra pale. (328 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received in a trade with JustinQ thanks!

Appearance Pours a tawny caramel to russet orange and is quite cloudy no doubt from dry hopping. The crown is 1 finger, white, shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Candied pineapple, tangelo orange, mango, and a touch of candied grapefruit, both bready and caramel malt, and a noticeable alcohol tinge.

Taste: Same as the nose but the hop bitterness and alcohol presence dominate which buries the subtle tropical fruit aromatics produced by the hops. I'd give it a 3.75 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: If this beer was fermented at a cooler temperature to control the alcohol presence I'd be happier with it. If the flavor was more like the nose it would have potential. It's still a good "over the top sting your palate winter type triple ipa" though. (898 characters)

Photo of fredmugs
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

131 IBUs and definitely a palate wrecker. Smells awesome like most west coast DIPAs. The simcoe and citra hops produce an amazing aroma and you can really detect the peach. The high IBU count definitely comes through but, at 11.25% ABV, the alcohol content is not overpowering. If you like high IBU beers this is for you. (321 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and had a nice tight finger worth of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It had good hoppy character upfront in the aroma with great citrusy notes, a bit of earthy pine, floral qualities, some tropical fruit and a little malty bready sweetness coming through.

T: Very nice hoppy profile good hop variety alongside earthy piney resinous flavor, good grapefruit twang which added to the bitterness factor, slight tropical fruit notes and a pretty good malty bready sweetness to try to help balance this hop forward beer.

M: he brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, citrusy, mild fruity, sweet earthy, piney and slightly bitter finish.

O: really good DIPA all around and was a good interpretation of a west coast DIPA. Good Job, I definitely need to seek out more of their offerings. (909 characters)

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flew bottle in from CA to HI. Saw this on the shelf and couldnt pass it up. Oct 2012. IBU 133? 11.25% abv

A - Nice amber hue with decent head and carbination.

S - Big green notes. Clearly, its over 130 IBUs. grapefruit, apricot, caramel,

T/M - First sip was a unique experience. The beer started sweet, big malty backbone, clearly needed to balance the hop...then slowy the beer morphed with the hops taking over more and more. Oily on the palette. Pretty incredible to balance out such a big beer but it works.

O - Unique for the amount of hop but it's a success. Worth the try, great, but not as overly mind-blowing as a Pliny lets say :p Still very impressive brew. (673 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current bottle is 10.1%. No freshness date but a code KDBCGZE12.

A - Pretty but slightly murky gold/apricot. Nice near white head leaves pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Extremely floral, little cat pee. Definitely hoppy. Perfumed.

T - BIg malt rushes up against almost camphor perfume. After duking it out, still not sure who wins the final taste. They alternate to the end.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty good balance.

D - Very pleasant and somewhat different TIPA. (481 characters)

Photo of Blackwolf
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic tumbler.

A- Poured a clear light copper body, very little head, almost no retention, but a nice saturn ring hugged the glass. some spotty slippery lacing but also very minimal. a good amount of carbonation can be seen in the glass as well.

S- An aroma you can smell from a mile away! I did not even have to put my nose against the glass to catch the hoppiness of this gem. I noticed it immediately on the pour! Very floral, pine and citrus, mild tropical fruit. Some biscuity malt. Great solid and bold aroma.

T- Grapefruit, tropical citrus, piney/grassy hop, some toasty biscuit malts and a bit of booze as the beer opens up, but not an overwhelming ethanol at all. Not complex, but again solid!

MF- Surprisingly light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth! Lots of resinous flavor that hangs around the palate for a while, and a bit of warmth as the beer opens up, but so subtle it is almost un-noticeable.

O- Great, great, great IPA. Almost too perfect! So much drinkability to this one. The abv is covered up well, the IBU is really bold for hop lovers, so much aroma and flavor! I highly suggest this for IPA and hop lovers!!! Expect a moderate price range on this, but worth the try and worth coming back for again and again! Very good DIPA or according to the bottle a "TIPA." (1,326 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store about an hour ago for $10.99 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; for this price it had better be good.

Served straight from the refrigerator (it was refrigerated at the store as well). Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Pour went fine, with no surging or problems.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty good for the style, though it isn't all that vibrant.

Sm: Quite hoppy, with floral, citrus, pine, heavy grapefruit, and light oily character all coming through. Grapefruit is dominant. Clean malts. A dry evocative subtle aroma. A bit resiny. Moderate in strength.

T/Mf: Grapefruit mixes well with the pine and heavy floral character. Quite hoppy. Mild citrus throughout the first two acts. There's an interesting structural turn as the second act meets the third, with the mouthfeel drying and coarsening as it approaches the finish. Very interesting structurally, and it really works nicely here. It opens clean, smooth, and dry but wettens throughout the middle act. It's quite dry for an IPA all around, and the effect here is nice. It sets itself apart from other double IPAs (though I wouldn't say it competes with Pliny the Younger - the only other "triple IPA" I remember having). It's nicely put together, albeit simple compared to many beers in the style. Bitterness comes through, but is extremely well balanced. As an imitation brew, it's quite successful - like a good clone made by a homebrewer. Still, the originality is lacking. It's not special, though its structure may make it unique. Clean malts form the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not crisp or bitey, but the carbonation is favorable. I do like it. Oily. Good presence on the palate. It's got a good, clean body. I love the finish.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which hardly comes through. I like it a lot, but I wouldn't have it again at its high price point. Would be interesting on draught. A solid offering from Knee Deep. I might recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked it up, but it's not world class.

Would pair very well with spicy food or acidic salad.

An abysmal candidate for aging. Drink fresh; I had it within an hour of purchase.

High B (2,548 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks Warnerry for sharing!

A: 1/2 finger or white head with fair retention that fades to nearly nothing. More head with better retention please, especially for such a hoppy beer. Crystal clear brassy color is perfect.
S: Apple-y ester base with very citrusy hop overlay. Pineapple, mango, lime. Only a slight bit too much ester for my liking. Love the combo of Simcoe and Citra aroma.
T: Lots of pine, some soapiness. Sweet hard candy comes in later on and is a bit too close to cloying. Lots of hops in this one! Malt and hops are a bit too polar for me in this one, and I'd like to see some middle ground reached.
M: VERY bitter and dry. Bone dry. Hops are a bit astringent in the beginning of the glass. Later on this backs off and warmth from alcohol counters this.
O: A bit imbalanced. I wouldn't order a second. Wouldn't buy a bottle again. (878 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear orange with golden brown and essentially no head.

S - Very nice aroma. Lots of citrus and resninous hops , and lots of tropical fruit. Surprisingly, not much booze in the aroma, though it does come in more with succesive whiffs.

T - Quite a bit of pine in the taste, that I did not get from the aroma, along with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Nice bitterness throughout. Some juicy citrus as well as bitter. Some booze is apparent, but not distracting. Definitely the least malty "triple" IPA I've had, which is a good thing.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice resiny bitterness.

O - Very nice flavors with the malts kept in check. Some numbing/warming alcohol, but surprisingly kept in check for such a big beer. Wouldn't drink this everyday, but I'd have it again. (791 characters)

Photo of vande
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - solid gold; the $3500/ounce kind. Beautiful, thick, fluffy white head. This beer, from just the appearance, screams drink me.

s - Close your eyes and imagine - walking into a field overflowing with fresh, yet ripe, needing to be picked hops. That's where I thought I was when I took a whiff. Excellent aroma!

t - Taste buds shouted "God damn!" Very smooth flowing, liquid nectar that leave the mouth full of a citrus and piney mixture of hop heaven.

m - smooth, not overly bitter, medium in body. quite nice

o - One Fine Beer! I'd drink another if I had one!! (567 characters)

Photo of WesM63
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber orange with a 1finger white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S: Smells of beautiful tropical citrus with a hint of booze peaking through.

T: Hop forward, tons of citrus and a tiny bit of pine resin and bitterness. Finishes with some malty sweetness. Heat from the middle to the finish.

M: Medium to full body and medium carbonation.

O: Overall, excellent. Huge amounts of tropical citrus, fair amounts of bitterness. A bit much booze but really excellent. (528 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is clear and deep gold with a foamy head, with little retention, dissipating quickly to ring and no lacing.

Intense hops smell, very grapefruity, high alcohol.

This tastes very intense, somewhere above PTY and below Sink the Bismarck--though nowhere nearly as high in alcohol. A tasty biscuity malt bill is balanced by a huge amount of citrusy hops--grapefruit and orange. All the taste action is upfront, the malt, hops, and fizz seize the tongue, give it a good working over, and then give it up gradually in a very long, wet finish, with just a little bitterness. Maybe there is no finish, it is more like getting a big clip to the head that you gradually recover from. A little soda element to this, but very clean and well-balanced. My preference would be that the Citra could be a bit more prominent than the grapefruity Simcoe, but that's just me.

The body is light and the carbonation is fine; together they churn up the IBUs as they scrub the tongue and everything else around it. Just a bit much, actually.

The alcohol is high and noticeable, but it is fairly well matched by the malt and hops. This is a really intense IPA, worthy of Triple IPA status and of drinking respect. (1,198 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant gold with a surprising inch of head. Webs of lace stick to the glass until the finish.

Pine, flowers, caramel and citrus mingle with a hint of booze and biscuit. Mmm mmm, get in my damn mouth already!

Pine, grapefruit and toffee are the first flavors that hit me. Booze comes in a tiny bit too much, I liked it better when in was around 10%, but I won't complain. There is a slight grassy/floral note and biscuit to smooth it out. Goes down just a little too hot. It isn't overwhelming, just noticable.

One amazing beer! I'd rank it with Russian River's Pliny the Elder in terms of complexity and hop forward awesomeness. Get one or two if you can! (669 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and light pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with lots of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more lightly resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great big hoppy profile with good bitterness and great balance throughout. (849 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color, with a near white head of a finger. Not bad given the alcohol. Aroma is bright citrus, tropical fruits, bread crusts, and a hint of booze. Taste is a hair boozy, highly citrus, tropical fruits, mango, bready malts. Rich, creamy, full bodied.

This is a BIG IPA. One and done. (299 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in mid August for $10.49. No freshness date.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is perfect, tropical aromas permeate this brew, even halfway down my first glass.

Taste is a huge pale and caramel malt backbone which leads to a sweet base. Finish is an overwhelming amount of tropical, citrus, and piney hops. There is a slight burn with the finish due to the abv being over 11%.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied.

Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. Love the nose on this beer but the burny aftertaste is a bit distracting. Don't get me wrong, i can handle a high ibu brew but this is too much even for my palate. But i love that nose! (736 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Three Floyds Teku.

APPEARANCE

Classic IPA. Orange-yellow color, slightly hazy, sits under a nice head that is almost pure white, good lacing throughout, and just enough bubbliness to make me salivate. A beer that looks like this is not looking to go home alone if you know what I mean.

SMELL

The beer is a pretty harmonious mix between Simcoe and Citra (go figure), though I think the Simcoe is a bit more pronounced. It brings the usual dank basement, and the Citra provides the tropical fruity goodness that we all know and love. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, etc. There is a slight grain note and almost no alcohol. Sumthin' tells me that this beer's gonna be hoppy on the tongue...

TASTE

...And it is! Simcoe is once again the dominant hop character, bringing that deep dank flavor that I can only describe as a humid sweaty basement, but not in a bad way. The Citra character is less pronounced and very missed. The wonderful tropical fruit flavors are not as present as I was hoping. Right after the swallow, there's an astringent "cat piss" flavor that a lot of people go nuts over. I used to dig it, but not so much in this beer. It also kind of has a garlic tinge right at the end, but I seem to be ultra sensitive to that flavor so it's quite possible that other people won't get it. It sort of lingers on the tongue as a grassy bitterness, which is really neither good nor bad. Overall this beer is mostly pleasant other than that cat piss, and I would have loved to get more Citra character.

MOUTHFEL

I always get worried about huge IPAs like this. "Why not just call them an American barley wine?", I shout to the heavens. The response is generally crickets, or in some cases the bartender giving me the boot. That being said, this beer is definitely NOT a barley wine. There's no struggle to drink this (save the cat piss flavor). I would peg this beer closer to the 8-9% range & certainly not 11.25%. In other words, this beer is slightly dangerous. There is a nice amount of lingering bitterness leftover, which coats the mouth in pleasant hop resin. There is a decent amount of malt to back it up, but it's nowhere near anything that could be considered "malty" - which is a good thing if you ask me! IPAs oughtta be crisp and bitter, and a lotta these breweries try to delve into the "triple IPA" style and end up with a damn barley wine. This beer ain't no damn barley wine.

OVERALL

A good beer, but slightly disappointing. Simcoe and Citra are hops that people go Lady Gaga over, and while they play nicely together the Simcoe ultimately takes over. And, let's face it, Citra is where my heart truly lies. This is a tease of a beer that ends with "-tra". They should change the name to "SIMtra", y'know, so people know what to expect. All that crap being said - is it worth drinking? Absolutely! I would definitely drink this beer again. But I would also hope the next time round they make this beer into a "simTRA", if you know what I mean. (2,984 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear orange amber color with a white, finger width head, average retention, and a resulting lace that's relatively thin but consistent.

Smell - Strong notes of fresh grapefruit, with an underlaying hint of bready malt.

Taste - Like grapefruit with sugar poured on the half; sweet and bitter. Beneath, a subtle toasted malt backbone. Mid-taste a bit of citrus pith creeps in, leading to a finish that's somewhat sweet but mostly an aggressive citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a decent carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Overall - A very good 2IPA. Drink with caution; definitely not sessionable. Aggressive. Unrelenting. That's why it's good. (688 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.