Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 1,897
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
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Gots: 334 | FT: 15
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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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Reviews: 274 | Hads: 1,897
Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 bomber, ouch.

Clear burnised copper body topped by a thin head that recedes quickly.

The nose is pretty great, a good mix of pineapple citra notes and spicy, grapefruity simcoe. Malt is hidden, but booze isn't - this is slightly solventy.

It's semi-sweet on the palate and plenty boozy, with some great tropical fruit hop flavors. Pineapple is dominant, followed by grapefruit and mango. Simcoe lends some spiciness. The body is about medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp despite the high ABV. Finishes with a clean bitterness signature of simcoe.

Great stuff, but unabashedly boozy and very expensive. (609 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is clear light amber, with orange and golden highlights. A huge dirty white head forms and leaves spotty lacing, and dissipated rather slowly.

Smells of grapefruit and orange flesh, with an almost minty herbal spicy aroma. Delightful.

Taste is citrussy, bitter, both are big flavors, and prevalent throughout the taste. A bit of the malt comes through in the middle, and is gone right when it should be. Good balance, and great flavor.

Texture is nice, not too thick nor cloying. A good punch, and some booze in the feel, but not much sting or heat. Very crisp and drinkable for >10%.

I haven't like too many from this brewery to date, but this is stellar. One of the best DIPA's I have had this year. Flavor is huge, but balanced, and is very drinkable.

DOA (771 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper color with a half a finger of loose bubbly white head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin head. Plenty of carbonation floating up, which is surprising for such a high abv beer.

Really big nose on this, right after opening the bottle. Tropical fruits, pineapple and passionfruit, orange, grapefruit, but also a bit boozy. Pretty nice fruity smelling ipa.

Taking a sip, bitter citrus upfront, mellowing into some lighter tropical fruit flavors and a touch of pine. Middle of the tongue, a bit of caramel malt and booze. Finishes with bitter citrus and pine hops, lasting quite a while.

Medium body with good carbonation. Boozy, but not too hot, and it is drinkable, though slowly. Big flavor on this one, though not as much tropical fruit as I would have expected after the nice aroma. (847 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass- pours a clear golden orange color with less than a finger of head, only a soap sud thing of retention, barely any lacing. Beautiful color but not as sticky lacing as I was expecting.

Smells very strongly of pine and resin, a little mint, some nice pale malt sweetness, a tiny bit of booze.

Tastes great- big bold pine hop flavors, good amount of bitterness, some pale malt sweetness, lots of resin. Great DIPA- really bold west coast hop flavors. Floral and juicy pine hops. Still get some of the mint flavor. I can't really taste any hint of booze but I've come to associate mint with high abv.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a good amount of resiny stickiness. I like this one- I would get it if I saw it again. (801 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep orange with a very small white head with minimal retention. nut surprised about the head with the ABV
S: smells of cat piss, pine, some citrus and a bit of sweet orange. Slight sweetness from the malt but the cat piss was strong with this one
T: herbal and piney up front with the malt backbone struggling to make a presence, some sweet citrusy hop flavor as well. swallow is very piney with a bit of caramel malt
M: pretty good feel for the ABV, nice soft carb and on the upper side of medium bodied
O: A monster of an imperial IPA with great flavors and plenty of hop kick (617 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking IPA

S-Lots of hops, but the malt backbone is evident too.

T- Tons of citrus, orange marmalade, sticky tropical fruit, dank herbal notes. Super good. Maybe a touch too sweet, but barely. Actually pretty complex.

M- Good level of carb, no complaints.

O- I am way more impressed by this than I expected to be. I put this up there with the best of them in this style. (388 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and honey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion. (500 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bell’s tulip.

A beautiful beer. Rosy auburn, the color of a leaf at the beginning of fall. Perfect clarity. One inch of dense, pillowy off-white foam descends to about half its height before setting up camp. Thick walls of froth decorate the glass.

With Simcoe and Citra hops, you’d expect a bold, grassy nose. You get that here, though it’s a little milder than I expected. Some grass, some lime peel, some grass. Sugared orange slices blend with a nice amount of caramel, biscuits and toasted crackers.

The bitterness of the hops is like a smack in the mouth. It’s noticeable right away, grabbing hold of the tongue even before the flavor does. When the flavor does get in, I get caramelized orange peel, fresh-cut grass, burnt sugar and a fair amount of syrupy alcohol. It’s a heavy flavor, weighted with booze and hoppiness.

Heavy feel, too. A syrupy medium body, made thick by the hefty booze. Carbonation is mild, breaking the brew into a little silky fizz as it moves. Alcohol warmth peppers the throat and heats the chest, but is less intense than expected.

Simtra seems to have traded hop flavor for hop bitterness — it’s one of the most biting brews I’ve had in a long time. That’s not a terrible thing. (1,253 characters)

Photo of mschind
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is being brewed just a few miles away so I'm trusting that this is a fresh bottle despite the lack of a date.

A- One finger bubbly head that reduced to a thin cap. Not much retention here. Deep clear gold with some orange tint.

S- Intense grapefruit and pine with a little basil thrown in. Not much malt in the nose.

T- There's the malt buried in back of the hops, just enough to provide some sweetness to balance the intense hoppiness. However, I could swear that there is grapefruit rind in here somewhere. The alcohol hits a bit later with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M- Full bodied with some astringency in the finish. Nicely carbonated.

O- There is nothing subtle about this beer. It revolves around the hop varietal Simcoe which I understand is another proprietary brand. You have to like the hops to enjoy this beer and I am indeed enjoying it. The fact that a specific hop varietal is featured makes it more difficult to compare to others of this type. This is not as smooth as other Imperial IPA's but is that ok with this hop variety? We might be reaching the point where we will have sub-categories based on hops etc. These are great times for respecters of beer with so many craft brewers pushing the envelop like this. (1,256 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. No date, but assume fresh from CA. Poured this one into a Victory tulip.

A: Pours a nice clean orange amber color. One finger of slightly off white head. Nice carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Leaving some nice lacing already.

S: Definitely getting those hops. Mango, papaya, apricots, orange marmalade, etc. There is also a touch of bready notes from the malts. Don't think it's age but we'll see.

T: Right up front you get some of those intense IBUs, bitterness attacking the tip of the tongue. Those pineapple and mango and papaya are there. But there is a pretty solid malt backing on this DIPA. For being a "hop bomb" it's actually nicely balanced. On the close I did get a touch of booze on the close.

M: Medium bodied. Hop bitterness coats the mouth well. (803 characters)

Photo of aknight
1.46/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer has a light orange hue to it. It pours with a decent enough head to it which quickly dissipates. The smell is of sweet, sweet tropical fruit with a little bit of orange. I get the fruit smells of the hops but the smell is so sweet that this smells like a can of fruit cocktail. The sweetness is overwhelming on the palate with some bitterness on the back end. I get a lot of tropical fruit flavors but the beer is so sweet it overwhelms the hops. The mouthfeel is alright, if anything it is slightly undercarbonated which I think adds to the sweetness perception.

I did not like this beer. The closest similarity I can think of is Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness which I didn't like either. I found Exponential to be more interesting with a more pleasant tropical fruit taste to it. Simtra to me tastes pretty one dimensional. I went in with high expectations but struggled to get through this beer. This is not one I will drink again. (945 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This one falls out of the bottle presenting a copper tone with light tangerine hues at the edges ofvthe glass. Fairly white thin head is portrayed after a nice pour

S: Honestly not sure why but i got a huge vanilla earthy scent from this beer and much else. Not that its a bad thing but definitely not what i expected

T: Deep tangerine and orange flavors peel back your taste buds with the help of some lovely pine like hops that push massive smount of well balanced bitterness your way. Grassy earthy and caramel notes help rpund out the finish

M: Nice and bold with a gentle sweetness, but i expect it from a beer of this magnitude.

O: my local liquor store recommended it to me and i am pleasently surprised but the quality and balance of this beer. First Knee Deep that i have had but definitely wont be the last (824 characters)

Photo of Bobheed
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Darkish sunset orange with a bright white head, roughly 2 fingers. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice cap throughout.

S: You can pretty much smell this one from across the room. Simcoe hops dominate the nose. Lots of super astringent notes, cat piss, pine, and a bit of tropical citrus and floral notes as well.

T: Citra hops a lot more detectable on the taste. Tons of tropical fruits, grapefruit, cantaloupe, lime, as well as big pine characteristics.

M: Mid-high carbonation, super crisp and refreshing. Very wet, but at the same time, very abrasive.

Overall this was excellent, may be my favorite IIPA on the market. I look forward to this being a year-round offering. (693 characters)

Photo of IPx
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you to a buddy of mine who procured this on the west coast on a business trip and brought it back to the shores of Lake Michigan for me to enjoy.

Poured into a tulip from a bomber

A: pours a burnt orange...a much deeper orange than a regular dipa. The foam settles down to a thin white lacing around the glass

S: upfront floral, piney, citrusy DIPA greatness

T: what to say but a deliciously brutal battering of my tongue weighing in at 131IBUs (according to the label). There is nothing to say but awesome, piney bitterness. The taste is just like it's delicious smell

M: surprisingly light despite the abv on the label that reads 10.1% plus the hoppiness completely masks the muscular alcohol content

O: This is an imperial IPA that I would love to get my hands on year round. I havent been "wowed" by a DIPA in a long time and this is one of those that brought a great smile to my face and made me reaffirm that DIPAs are truly my favorite type of beer (967 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newgeneric for this tasty brew!

A: golden orange, clear, with a decent sized off white head that dissipates to become a sticky lacing.

S: grapefruit, pine, grass, and some sweet malt

T: full of citrus and pine and a bit of garlic, but still delicious. A bit of alcohol and some malt

M: thick and well carbonated, this is nice to drink

O: the beer does not get better as it warms, oddly. It was beautiful when it just came out of the fridge, but it becomes more garlic like as it warms. Still excellent! (518 characters)

Photo of Popp24
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange with a fluffy white 1 finger head.

S - The smell is so great on this beer; I would say it's even better than Knuckle Sandwich in this department. The nose is like smelling a fruit basket with oranges, grapefruit's and honey dew melon. You can also smell the fresh hops as well.

T - You get the citrus hops but it's not too bitter at all. It's actually pretty easy to drink for the abv. You get a little burn going down but the flavor is really nice. You also get some bready notes from the malts but this beer is much more of a hoppy citrus forward beer. The hoppy citrusey aftertaste lingers on the palate.

M - Nice and smooth and goes down easy.

O - This may be my new favorite DIPA or TRIPA. It was so easy to drink for the abv and the flavors and nose are just lovely on this one. I will be seeking this one out again. (843 characters)

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

Pours a clear rust color with about a half finger white head that doesn't hang around very long. Nice spotty lacing behind

Has a very nice and hoppy nose,citra pineapple some grapefruit almost a candy like malt

It's hop forward but then the malts kick. Citra hops some pine notes and pineapple. You get the 10.1% alc

Light-medium bodied high carb wet mouth

Over all this is a damn good beer. The more I drank the more I wanted (433 characters)

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

Bravo Knee Deep for crafting a truly world class triple IPA that borrows from a few well establishes stalwarts but still managed to keep it uniquely their own. The brew pours a murky burnt sunset orange with an initial foamy white cap that recedes quite rapidly and leave very little tell tale lacing. But the nose is in a league of its own with intense melon,tangerine, mango and a huge apricot infusion that leads to a mouth that reflects the nose to a tee. As it sits it garners even more of the cantaloupe melon notes. The booze has a tendency to poke it's head out a wee bit but not enough to detract from the overall success of this beer and it finishes flavorful and refreshing. Will definitely seek this out again, and for those who frown on KD bottle dating I was told it was a week old at best and it was indeed very fresh. (833 characters)

Photo of PincushionAffair
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased before the store could get on the shelf.
Pours a brassy orange with a thin white-cream head that quickly deflates to a gaunt layer of white foam that remains the whole way down.
Smells amazing from the other side of the street. Bright, orange, rich pine hoppiness and a bit of alcohol.
Fruity citrusy nose with a hop spike following just behind ending with a slightly tongue puckering aspirin aftertaste. But I don't mind that because the initial flavor is still hanging around to counterbalance the astringent notes on the tip of my tongue. The 10.1% ABV simply lurks in the shadows ferrying the floral, grapefruit, and pine into your sinuses through the back entrance.
The mouthfeel is just right. Lightly carbonated which helps keep the high alcohol content from overwhelming your palate too much.
Overall, big, bold, hoppy, bitter west coast beer that takes me back to when I first started getting into craft beer. (940 characters)

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

I was told it was just bottled like the day before.

This is so crisp, and citrusy it is a really well done Triple IPA.
The appearance is orangish and poured a little foam, almost too little, however did they really bottle it the day before?

The smell was grapefruit and quite pronounced!

Taste as smooth, for a beer at 11% very well done.

Overall this is the bomb (368 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear deep, dark orange with two fingers of near-white foam atop that lasts for quite a while. This eventually leaves rings of lace down the glass.

Citrus-forward aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes, along with a mild biscuit malt character, and just a hint of warm booze.

The flavor is bold, expressive, and incredibly hoppy. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple dominating. There's also big notes of pine, mild cracker malt, and just a hint of warming booze, though it's not at all distracting. Delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Terrific. (682 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/23/2012

On tap at Churchill's. Described as a Triple IPA made with Simcoe an Citra. Sounds good. Tulip.

A: Bright yellow gold with perfect transparency. The head is an inch of dense white froth and lasts a minute. There's much lacing.

S: Expressive citrus meets restrained tropical notes: Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a touch of passionfruit. Alcohol is light in the nose. Malt lends a subtle candied sweetness.

T: Bright fruit profile. Mango blends with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The fruit is mostly flesh, with lesser notes of rind. Bitterness is insistent but smooth. Malt imparts just a little sweetness and is reminiscent of cracker and biscuit. Pine is pungent and resinous. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Bitterness grows stronger in the late palate through the finish. There's a light spiciness throughout.

M: Lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Impressive. Reminds me of this year's Younger.  (975 characters)

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

Substantial orange like appearance to the liquid, very small off white head on the top, maybe 1/10" of an inch. Not anything to really retain or provide lace with, but I really like this orange hue, so I'm going to give it an above average nonetheless.

Aroma, well, its pretty obvious the name here is a combination of the simcoe and citra hop, although the simcoe definitely dominates with its massivity while the more subtle citra hop remains in the background. Ultimately, if you can't make a citra hopped beer smell good, you've got problems. If you like big waves of bitterness, acidity and tropical fruit like notes like I do, you'll like this aroma.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well, remained relatively light on its feet, not allowing bitterness, caramel or alcohol to dominate the fruit estery like hop mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lower, which on one hand helps hide alcohol, but one would think it would make the beers a little more malty, syrupy feeling, but no. What I really liked was a lot of the cardboard and butter flavor I've detected in other kneedeep beers was nowhere to be found here. Easily their best beer.

EDIT: Now that they bottle date, I've been more apt to drop a pretty coin on this bottle, but when its fresh, it hits hard and deliciously. (1,283 characters)

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

Draught@Dipa-fest.

Apperance: Orangeish with a small, white, head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, Citric Notes, Hint of Pine, Malt.

Taste: Citric and tropical fruits, Hop resin, Pine, Malt, Hint of alcohol and grass.

Palate: Liquid is smooth with a somewhat lowish carbonation. Goes down very easy for such a big beer.

A really outstanding dipa that i would like to try again soon. Up there with the best of them. (420 characters)

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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