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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 286
Hads: 1,931
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 208
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

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 BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, a present from Ohio to me for Christmas, thanks guys.

Split into three glasses, Simtra has a deep golden color to it with some light bronze appeal as well. This one kinda shines like a Olympic gold medal. A nice inch of egg shell colored head graces the top and sticks around longer than I thought it would with the 12ish percent on it, not alot of stick. This one smells mostly of the piney persuasion. I get some grapefruit and semi kumquat . Some caramel malt seeps through and just a bit of the alcohol so it's not completely hidden. Taste is pretty exquisite, this is a large ass beer. First sip, I get the pine and tropic up front finished off by some soothing malt, and than something happens, my mouth gets hotter and hotter by the second and the alcohol singes a bit. It lasts forever, quite a burn. After a few sips this dies down as the palate is wrecked. More grapefruit/orange and pine come through with a dose of alcohol. A true triple IPA, not one I would take down on my own as this is quite large. Body is a healthy medium with some hotness and bubbles to keep things in check, not too carbonated though. This is a decent TIPA, head and shoulders above most others I have tried and could give Pliny The Younger a run for it's money with some tweaks here and there. (1,329 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Acquired in a trade from Surge1311. Thanks bud!

A- Pours a golden-orange clear body wtih a medium white head that exibits some retention and leaves uniform lacing.

S- HUGE grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits on the nose. Fresh weed, pine notes. Absolutely inviting.

T- Grapefruit, pine, resin upfront. Leaves a bitter hop flavor on the tongue. Smooth and drinkable. No trace alcohol.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

This was a lot better than I was expecting. An absolutely delicious DIPA. This one can compete with the big boys. Nice balance and perfectly hopped. Try it if you can. (631 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Sticky orange. Laces very nicely with a decent white head. Sugary as I swirl it.

Smell - Tons of garlicky simcoe ops. Some pine and a touch of grapefruit.

Taste - Pungent sticky pine hop flavor. Grapefruit behind. Doesn't come off as too sweet, miraculously. Pretty bitter, but the malts cut it without being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly not syrupy. Heavy for an IPA, definitely, but not what I expected.

Overall - Tasty. Impressive for its size, but not necessarily independently of its own gimmickry. (575 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Pours clear amber, wispy off white head that fades to a thin haze and dense ring. Aromas of pine resin, mango, herbal spice notes with some crystal and caramel malt presence. Flavors of sweet pine, mango, floral hops, herbals, caramel and crystal malt sugars. Medium mouthfeel with very nice carbonation throughout. This triple IPA is dangerously drinkable and solid! (403 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bomber into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours an amber/light hazel color and leaves behind virtually no head, maybe a half finger. It does look well carbonated though.

Smell: This aroma is Strong. Hops along with caramel really fly through the gate quick and heavy. I can smell this one from several feet away. Perhaps some tropical notes as well.

Taste: The taste matches the smell, except it is not nearly as strong and is actually pretty well balanced. Plenty of delicious hops take the lead on this brew, and it finishes quite clean. I'll say it again: the hops are delicious!

Mouth-feel: Lovely - a sticky, piney masterpiece. Good amounts of carbonation for a brew of this strength.

Overall: Quite an impressive beer. Hops are really captured well in this one - surprisingly so for the ABV. Swishing this one around in my mouth is an excellent, piney, delicious experience. I highly recommend this one for IPA lovers who can get their hands on it. (988 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose (oranges seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of tropical fruits (mangoes).
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of citrusy flavors of grapefruit and oranges along with a strong amount of bitterness from the hops. Faint hints of caramel malts are noticeable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer hides its alcohol very well from the taste. There re also just enough underlying malts to prevent the bitterness from being completely overpowering. (841 characters)

Photo of ElSid
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Bottled Date: None

A: Copper with mahogony and cherry wood hues with a bone white head which fades to faint bed of foam which sits a top this brew.

S: So fresh and bright with awesome tropical notes of pineapple and mango along with a strong citrus aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. There is a background of earth which provides foundation to the nose with highlights of cane sugar and caramel.

T: A hop wallop of pineapple, lychee and mango. When the tropical notes subside then come the tangerines intertwined with grapefruit, orange zest and peach. The fruit is grounded on an earthiness which has notes of pine needles, soil and freshly cut grass. A skeleton of warm bread, cane sugar, and caramel does its best to support the hoppiness of this brew. The finish is bitter with a nice spiciness with some faint warming alcohol.

M: Enough carbonation to keep the palate activated with nice hop oil linger pinned on a medium body and feel.

O: Rivaling Pliny, this surprising brew, being my first offering from Knee Deep, does a wonderful job showcasing the beauty of hops. I especially love the Citra hops in this brew and can't wait to get my hands on another bomber of this wonderful Triple IPA from Knee Deep. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A...pours a somewhat cloudy, new penny copper color with a 1" head that recedes quickly into a fine layer that has a heavy ring with big bubbles around the edge. Lacing is like a curtain around the whole glass that has some legs from the alcohol.

S...whoa!!! It smells so good at the first sniff, I had to set it back down, walk away and come back for a new whiff. A perfect smell to an ipa lover. At first a floral boquet. Second sniff brings out deep pine resin notes, really very nice. Wow, I want to breathe this beer in instead of drinking it.

T...hop bitterness right up front. Very complex in this dept. Noticeable sweetness as expected with this type of brew but fortunately, not too sweet. The malts are there and give you some caramel and even a little brown sugar but the hops are the main act for sure...well done.

M...nice, maybe a bit under carbonated but I'm not complaining. Feels slick in the mouth but not watery. Definately a mid-full body.

O...I've waited to buy this beer for a while. $11 for a 22oz ain't cheap. I thought it might not live up to my own build up but it did. This is a fantastic brew. I will absolutely buy it again when I feel like I deserve something special. Buy this when you feel like you deserve champagne but you want to drink something you like instead. Does not disappoint. I feel like thanking the brewer. (1,397 characters)

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

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear orange / copper color, produces an inch of off-white head, nice lacing.

S- Lots of caramel sweetness and brown sugar along with pine resin and some tropical fruit, surprisingly sweet actually.

T- Lots of tropical fruit and a mounting pine resin bitterness that increases with each sip, caramel malt and brown sugar in the background.

M- Medium to full bodied, low carbonation with a smooth, slightly sticky feel.

O- A very tasty beer, it's actually pretty drinkable for being such a hugely bitter, high ABV beer, definitely worth picking up. (624 characters)

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

bottle clearly says not meant for aging, so who am i to let it sit another day longer? crazy thanks to devi0us for extra'ing this my way when i was expecting nothing but a mini snifter!!!

enjoyed from a ccb humidor series glass. november 2012

a - poured a stunning transparent amber orange with a generous frothy white foamy ipa head. the head slowly dissolved leaving massive milkshake like chunks clinging to the side of the glass. looking good!!!

s - as soon as the cap came of the beer a wonderful smell filled the air. big fresh citric notes!!! upon closer smell...YOWZA! my mouth just started watering...INSANE. perfect grapefruit citric magic. smells out of this world good!

t/m - taste follows the nose with a huge chunky pine cone hop slam in the mouth. the hop is dank, it is chewy, it is citric bomb with some fresh and ripe tropical fruit. finishes a touch bitter.

o - overall, put me on the committee that loves this beer. i'm fairly blown away. the abv is somewhat present, but the flavor and smell is dyno-mite! founders devil dancer...take note...a triple ipa can be amazing and not just a novelty. (1,119 characters)

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

!!Double 12-15 review!!

22 oz bottle enjoyed in a giant thistle glass.

Appears - gorgeous clear amber; streams of bubbles rising; finger fluffy head

Smells - funky, piney, citrus, HOPS

Tastes - almost overwhelming hop citrus sharpness barely balanced by sweet creamy smooth malt; piney bitter gigantic grapefruit finish; alcohol's there but you just don't care

Mouthfeels - excellent for the taste; deceptively medium light; nice weight on the back of the tongue

Overalls - this was absolutely worth the pricey purchase; fans of Imperial IPAs take note, Simtra will punch you in the face with hops and alcohol... and you'll beg for more (642 characters)

Photo of austincsuf
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass..

A- was expecting something darker, instead poured a dark golden, almost amber color

S- hops hops and more hops (it is a triple ipa)

T- full bodied flavor with a punch of hops when it hits your tounge and then a smooth refreshing finish with some malts to finish it off...

M- little carbonation just alot of flavors goin on

O- a buddy told me to pick this up, so i gave it a shot, it was 12$ so a little more than i like paying for a bottle but it was good, glad i gave it a shot, porbably stick to the knee deep hoptologist considering its a double ipa and half the price and amazing as well.. (623 characters)

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)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.