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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 285
Hads: 1,930
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 207
Gots: 344 | 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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Reviews: 285 | Hads: 1,930
Photo of themind
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The brew is good but it's really not my style. A little thick, this brew is kinda a modified sipper in a sense. ABV is detectable if it warms.

Bottom Line: Good offering. (171 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant reddish orange, crystal clear, and a big fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

They're not kidding when they say dank. Sticky icky. Bubble gum. Tutti fruity. It has a very sugary smell.

It explodes with dank and citrus hops, completely demolishing and semblance of malt, which is a little toasty. Fusel spice in the back end.

Big mouthfeel. Hot and dry.

This one has no shame in its hop-forwardness. One of the hoppiest beers out there. (464 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Dated 03/02/15. Consumed 05/02/15. 11.25% 131 ibus.

A: Pristine clarity with a bright orange coloring reveals a quickly paced rush of macro-effervesce filling the vessel. Off white head is frumpy textured, like mashed potatoes, rising 1.5 inches high with a resilient showing. High lace coverage graces the glass.

S: Fresh wet sugary grapefruit on the nose along with sweet pine and a pleasing touch of semi-dry tropical fruitiness against a softly toasty bread backing. Hints of straw and toasted citrus peel dryness occur on the finish while the aromatic duration remained pleasantly viable throughout for several plus minutes.

T: Flowery, semi-dry citrus and pine upfront with a smooth, calming, but high rate of bitterness sits against a softly toasted grain backing and toasted citrus peel, bittering pine with a dry, sweet malt fade. Background nuances of semi-dry tropical fruit meets a lightly toasted malt and citrus finish.

M: Good carbonation, malty depth, but exceptionally smooth, gently dry citrus hop warmth that feels more like a 6-7% rather an 11.25%.

O: Overall amazingly well balance of hops and malts as well alcohol which is considerably tame and drinks exceptionally smooth and much lighter then its abv claims. Smooth drinking experience with no rough edges, just silky going down gets props for being a hop monster that drinks like an easy sunday afternoon session. This beer disappears faster then cupcakes at a pot party, outstanding. (1,494 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber from HT poured into a tulip glass, bottled 3/5/15.

A - Clear, golden orange, half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Ah...Dank hops, tropical mangoness, hint of sea salt.

T - Follows the nose, with some slight finish burn from the heat. Pine, grass, orange/tangerine also in the mix.

M - Carbonation medium, heft is suprisingly light for an 11%er.

O - Tough to drink this one slow. Great aroma, still had a sizable hop punch at two months, and enough malt to keep it balanced. (508 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drying grassy orange aroma with a touch of pine.
Big intense bitterness.
Drying finish.
Tears the outer layer off my teeth.

This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes. (192 characters)

Photo of RyanTheLion76
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didn't get to see the color of this beer because I was at a friend's house and he didn't really have any appropriate glassware for this beer (this explains the 1 rating on the appearance, but this isn't reflective of what I actually think of it). But hot damn, I was craving more hops than could be considered appropriate and this beer delivered. Even from the bottle this beer was EXPLODING with hop aroma. Notes of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit overloaded my nostrils. The beer tastes the same with a bit more malt than I expected, which makes sense for how big this beer is. Hop heads, this is the beer you're seeking. (626 characters)

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

From the description.."Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face"

It's like being hit in the head with a sledgehammer made of hops

It's astoundingly, insanely, overwhelmingly hoppy

I am a hardcore hop-head, so this beer definitely satisfies my craving..and I LOVE it..it's definitely one of my favorites!

If I had a criticism, I would compare it to Stone Ruin Ten

Simtra is raw, extreme, outrageous and overwhelming..Ruin Ten is a bit more balanced, artistic and sophisticated

So Jeremy(the inventor), if you read this, I love Simtra, but moving a bit more toward balance and sophistication would be cool (615 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tropical fruit smell and taste, hint of dank.

My complaints are mostly unfair given that this is supposed to be a triple: a little on the sweet side, a lot of alcohol, heavy malt. The hops are big but in a nice way -- not just bitter.

Pretty darn good if you're in the mood for too much of everything. (309 characters)

Photo of Andymac28
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow, S- im getting all sweet tropical fruit, no pine really. Taste- kinda sweet throught(not in a bad way) and bitter at the end and again mostly tropical fruit. As it warms I get a little bit of pine. Alcohol is def there but masked pretty well for the 11.2%. O- pretty good I would get again (306 characters)

Photo of Treb0R
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank, marijuana hop profile with a bit of pine, which I would actually like to be even stronger. There seems to be way more Simcoe in this beer than Citra. You don't get much tropical fruit.

The malt profile doesn't get in the way of the hops. Drinkability is fairly decent.

There is some alcohol punch to it, but it drinks like a 9% abv beer instead of 11.25%. Not as much aroma as Fat Head's Hop Juju, Pliny, or Heady Topper.

My biggest gripe about this beer is the price retails at @$11.99 for 22 oz. (507 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle dated 2/4/15 poured in my mason jar. LOL Clear, golden, amber color w/ 2 finger white foamy head. Getting tropical fruits and candy aroma. The hops punch me in the jaw followed by a juicy smooth mouthful. Dank indeed. Knee Deep makes some great IPAs. Recommended. (276 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler poured into a pub-style pine glass.

Appearance
Golden-yellow with 1 finger of loose, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Candied orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, pine, and candy sugar.

Taste
Pine sap, pineapple, dank greens, and bright florals. Candied orange, grapefruit zest, and lemon pith. Candy sugar backbone with suggestions of caramel. Lingering notes of pine needle and zest. A good punch of bitterness hits the back end.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, oily, smooth, semi-dry and moderately bitter.

Overall
Hot damn, the 11.25% abv is hidden well! Very west coast, very dank, very good. This is up there with the best of them. (704 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-16 - extra fresh!
Appearance: poured a beautiful clear golden/orange color. One finger bubbly head that quickly faded to a thin film.
Smell: Huge floral, tropical and citrus fruit aromas.
Taste: Nice grapefruit taste, along with pineapple and mango flavors as well. Light malty sweetness, nicely balanced. A little heat from the 11.2%.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, silky smooth, very nice and sharp.
Overall: What an outstanding brew - I wish this was available in CO. It ranks up there with the best big IPAs. (520 characters)

Photo of simcoeluv
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle 1 1/2 months old. 11.25 ABV
Look: Golden, a little cloudy
Smell: Spicy, boozy
Taste: Strong, fairly smooth for the style, with lasting aftertaste
Feel: Heavy and raw feel

A basic triple, smoother than some. As with Younger, it gets better as it warms. (271 characters)

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

Very grassy, resiny, and sticky sweet caramel malt aroma.

Flavor follows suit, but with a piney cleanness and an earthy, bitter finish. Didn't get as much fruit as I'd hoped, with the citra. (191 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber orange color with an almost fluffy head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of passion fruit, lychee and pineapple.
Hoppy, resiny and citrusy flavor with notes of pine, Cointreau liquor, earthy and resiny hops, grapefruit, toasted malts, mango, spices, pine, herbal, flowers, tobacco and tea bags. Astringent aftertaste with an eternal bitter note.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.25% is felt but it helps to compose part of its character.
This is a truly hoppy beer, for hop heads and pros. Pushing the doors of perception. (582 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly incredible Double IPA. 11,25% but it drinks smooth. Well balanced, not over the top. Everything is under control here- the booze and the hops and the sweetness. The hops are wet and funky and there is a tad of honey sweetness at the end of the sip that reminds me of Hopslam. Some minerality in the nose. Lemon amd thyme around the edges, floral tones; a lavender field in Provence.

This is beauty! (408 characters)

Photo of Dshin90
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

If you want hops... Oh boy u got em! I am reviewing with what I got on tap and it was AMAZING. I got kicked in the face with the burst of hops and it got me cus it's exactly what I want after a long day of work! It was good. 95? 96? Might be too high for me however I can't be mad at those point review. (303 characters)

Photo of sgameroz
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent. For an ABV this high, you would expect a lot more undesired sweetness. Not the case. Very well balanced. Too bad it costs north of $10/btl. (155 characters)

Photo of fureousangel
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just cracked one bottled 16 DEC 14. A pure gem. The immediate fragrance that hit my nose was amazing.

I'm very familiar with this brewery and their product. They are doing some phenomenal things. I recommend tracking it down (226 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber liquid with a white head that leaves a nice decoration on the glass. Thin covering not top. Big healthy malt backbone with light caramel, sugary dough, a clean light yeast bodied fruitiness. Some pepper wrapped alcohol. Taste is darn near perfect. A malt construct that is bready and sweet. Caramel and crystal malt blend to create a sweet platform that launches the ginormous hop barrage. Pine and citrus abound. Hop resin and oil coat the mouth. Finish is sharp and oily. Kind of longish with a minty flourish. Feel is full with a mild cream touch. An exceptional beer, how can the booze be this well hidden? A great thirst quencher and all day sipper. (668 characters)

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! I've had Pliny the Elder on tap at Russian River and this is as close to that as I've had. Light amber color and thin head with some nice lacing on the glass. Strong initial taste with a smooth finish. 11.25 abv!! Overall a great beer! Expensive but worth every penny. (285 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose but the bitterness and tropical fruits are very up front. Orange, grapefruit and pine come in later. Lingering bitterness that coats your tongue. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Mouthfeel is about as thin as you can get with 11.25% but obviously still on the thicker side. I would like some more carbonation as well. I feel like I would enjoy this more if the bitterness was lessened some to let the aromas really shine. Obviously, the bitterness is there to cover up the alcohol though. Overall, a great TIPA. I had this about a year ago (actually my untappd said it was back in March) and it's incredible how my palate has changed since then. I doubt I would've been able to pick up all the flavors back then. I've heard from several people that this is actually the same recipe as Pliny the Younger. I'm guessing that was just BS to use as a selling point. Most "clones" show no Citra in the recipe, but a hop bill more similar to Elder (Centennial, CTZ, Simcoe, Amarillo). This bottle was labeled 10/31/14 so freshness is somewhat a factor. I'm actually surprised at how good a two week old TIPA has held up. I'm going to guess that if this were around 2 weeks old there would be quite a difference in the hop presence. Nowhere near the dreaded barleywine territory most DIPAs/TIPAs face after a few months. Good on Knee Deep for making several high quality and high ABV DIPAs though. Especially year round ones. (1,601 characters)

Photo of Coldstorage
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottled on 12/4/2014. Some folks seem to think that this, when fresh, can give the younger a run for its money. Having not had it on tap, I suppose i'm not totally qualified to say but I remember younger having more vanilla and less bitterness making it.. well.. marginally better. Still a tasty beer when fresh. (333 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is the opposite of smooth. Instead it is quite bitter and harsh. The first once or two may be enjoyable, but it is a challenge to finish you glass because each taste makes you want the next one less. (210 characters)

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95 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.