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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 1,936
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 209
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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Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a good white head.

Aromas are very nice. Really green, resiny, with some background notes of melon, citrus, and tropical fruits.

Taste is sweet up front. Hard candy notes, light sherbet, and tropical fruits. Finish is long, smooth, with a sugary and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Lots of body, smooth, and very full.

Overall, dang, this is a very good DIPA. Knee Deep has put out some above average beers in my opinion, but this one is excellent, it's easy drinking for the style, but still very flavorful. (564 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Definitely a Triple IPA here, with big sugary malts up front, as well as notes of candied citrus and other nebulous tropical fruits. I also got a mild onion note that I occasionally get from Citra beers, but I may have been the only one. The malt bill has a dextrose quality to it that I don't totally enjoy.

T - I prefer the flavor, which has big citrus and tropical fruit presence, and less of the overly saccharine malt flavor in the aroma. Moderate bitterness, and well-hidden alcohol as well.

M - Medium-full body, with lower carbonation, a pleasantly dry finish, and light alcohol warmth.

D - Relatively easy to drink, but I prefer other takes on this style (Drake's Black Label, Nickel Bag, Ephraim, et al.). There's just too much overt sugar for me in the aroma and not enough of the '-tra' to match its namesake. (986 characters)

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

A: Poued a light copperish, burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, fair amout of white bubbles and lacing

S: The nose was pretty big, a little booe sting backed with nice citrus and light passon fruit punch

T: Big orange peel and tangering with some light grass notes and mange, pineapple influence. A little sweet with a blend of light caramel and breadiness, a bit Eathy, little booze, IBUs and light slickness on the finish but ovrall it was clean with loads of taste

M: Medium bodied, loads of hops, nice amount of biiterness and citrus linger on the palate, well carbonated

O: very well done. My first Knee Deep brew was a slam dunk! (670 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, picked up at the Winex, trying the already legendary Simtra,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, some light lace, almost looks like a cask beer in some respects.

S: Dank pine and weed with some weedy greens, dandelion greens.

T: Heavy pine character, nice attacking hops, some white grapefruit as well. In your face, this seriously hop heavy after all these years. Take the malt away from Hopsickle you have this.

M: Full-bodied, crisp carbonation, nice tingle with a hint of acid which was interesting and a characteristic I really only get with wine. But this quality worked exemplary here.

O: Easily the best Knee Deep beer I've had, this is a hop monster, in your face type beer. I like it a lot. When these beers are done well, they're always fun like early 2000s Aussie Shiraz. They can be over the top and this beer is, but it's just a joy to drink. Probably had this a couple months too late; it makes me wonder how this was super fresh, if it's this bracing now. Fantastic, the insane hop oils are getting to me now; it really gets better when it warms up a bit. (1,095 characters)

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

Thanks for the bottle Jordan!

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a light tan, large bubbled head.

S - Leafy, pine, grass and carmel.

T - Hoppy resin, bitter pine, grass and earhy. Some sweet carmel.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and sticky hops. Ok, but just a bit too sweet here. I like the differnt approach here. (344 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy copper color with a limited (half-finger), quickly dissipating head. The aroma has lots of citrus and grapefruit, with a little bit of malt and piney hops. For the taste, the tropical flavors dominate the palate, with a piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I was impress by how crisp and moderately bitter this beer was, along with how balanced it all is. For 131 IBUs, the bitterness doesn't detract too much from the rest of the beer.

Overall, a great beer from Knee Deep, I'm a fan of the Hoptologist so I figured this would be another good one. (654 characters)

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a medium amber color with a huge sticky looking off-white head. Head took forever to fade into a greasy film that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge leafy notes of simcoe citrus including grapefruit and tangerines. I get hints of pine, weed and onions as well.
T: More simcoe flavors. Definitely a crushing hop profile. Citrus and a woodsey herbal kind of pine come through alongside notes of cat urine and faint roasted malts. Boozy but not too bad. The finish is bitter and the aftertaste is full of cat piss hops and citrus rind.
M: Full body with a greasy and viscous body that is sticky and a bit sharp at times. This one is a little bit of a chore to drink. Crushing bitterness is refreshing though, but the alcohol is lightly noticeable.
O: Worth a shot. Bitter but sharp at times. If you love simcoe you’ll love this. (890 characters)

Photo of r3dsix
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lol bitter

Once I opened the bottle and poured into a glass the aroma of grassy hops filled my nose reminding my of the outdoors.

The color is like a bit darker than cider but not by much and there is little to no head even after a sloppy pour.

One of the more bitter beers I've had which is good or bad depending on your preference. The beer is somewhat 1 dimensional in that its almost like drinking hop extract but it dose do an excellent job of hiding its alcohol content. The initial taste is fairly mellow piney forest like hops are there but it quickly ramps up the bitterness leaving your mouth with a lingering hop bitter that lasts. Kinda like how a habenero pepper isn't really spicy at first bite but one you chew and swallow you're in for a ride. The mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side but the flavor lingers on long enough so that its not disappointing.

I'm glad I drank this beer but I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon. Not that I wouldn't recommend trying it but is not a beer I would frequent. If you like hops give it a shot but if you're looking for a complex IPA I would look elsewhere. (1,131 characters)

Photo of heymikew
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid effort from Knee Deep. Heady and yummy.
Enjoyed in a Strong Beer Month stemmed glass

I had to wait until the next day to write this review
Nice orange pineapple on the nose and in the taste as well along with hints of resinous pine and even a bit of mint.

Is the 131 IBUs for real? If so, it's the highest I've had.. I guess my palate is really ipa jaded now.
Helpful staff at City Beer Store recommended this one. (429 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and looks like apple juice with a tinge of orange to it. Has a translucent look to it.

S - A good amount of hops here. Picking up a smattering of of varied citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) along with some pine resin.

T - Somewhat sweet and syrupy at first. Develops into citrus followed by a pine, bitter finish.

M - About what I expect from a triple IPA. Doesn't weigh you down and very drinkable & crisp considering the abv.

O - I could drink a lot more of this if the abv was lower. But, it's just a goliath of a beer with great flavor and hop kick. (581 characters)

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

1373rd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA $10.99

App- Really had the color of Apple juice mixed with some DIPA's oranges and yellows. A deep thick, rich color. A heavy 2nd pour made a semi-decent one finger head with some medium spotty cling.

Smell- I picked up on most of the simcoe. Had more pine and resin in the aromatics vs. citrus and citra. A good bit of hops with a fairly well concealed ABV. I sat down and instead of saying soy sauce the wife called out Mango. Maybe traces of tropical citrus but just kinda there.

Taste- Its a large beer. Has a lot going on with flashes of citrus and flashes of pine and resin. Fairly well integrated and has moments of creamy and rich flavors. Malty from the outset but semi-balanced. Nice beer, just needs to dial the thickness down.

Mouth- As this beer opens, its a damn thick thing. Has a bit of creamy malts, big hops and then moves into the sweet spot for a DIPA. It was a fuller medium with a thick medium carbonation. Residual thick citrus with a nice hop.

Drink- I really was expecting more from this one. I wanted to be blown away. It was a profile I had had before and probably wouldnt pay this price point again, with Alesmith. Stone, FW, and Alpine in So. Cal. (1,272 characters)

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

22oz poured with very little head, which dissipated quickly to a thin film. Color is a nice rich golden orange. Aroma is a smooth citrus, floral air. Mouth is a pin and citrus flavor. Big bold hop flavor with just a hint of mint. Flavor lingers for days. Very well balanced for a 10.1 % alcohol content. Definitely going to buy more! (333 characters)

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

Pours a clear, golden color with a hint of orange. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is... WOW! Out of this world! What a great nose on this beer. Intense hoppiness with a ton of citrus fruit. A good amount of grapefruit and tangerine with grassy hops and a distinct pine aroma that is reminiscent of most Russian River hoppy beers. Taste is caramel malt at first (which kinda scared me...), but it immediately disappeared and became an immense hoppy masterpiece. Great pine and citrus fruits. A slight alcohol, but not overwhelming. Tons of bitter grapefruit with bitter hops in the finish. Very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and somewhat sticky/sappy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is such a great imperial ipa. I just wish I could find it here in Fresno. (787 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing as the head recedes but it is worth noting that this is the most beautiful/clear DIPA I have ever seen. This must have been filtered like 20x to get this clarity and bright hue.

Aroma begin as expected; quite dank and citrusy. The Simcoe and Citra hops own this show; with bright pineapple, lemon, blood orange from the Citra, then pine, onion, grassiness from the Simcoe. More tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms and I can make out the faintest bit of pale maltiness as it further warms.

The tastes follow directly with the nose. Strong waves and waves of hop flavors assault the palate. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of pineapple and grapefruit dominating. There's also big notes of pine, some grass and a mild cracker pale maltiness was in the background. Despite the copious amount of hop flavors, the bitterness is by no means overwhelming as the strong ABV heft help to palace the flavor profile despite the lack of overall malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter but not enamel scraping and the ABV is completly hidden which is always a chore for such a high ABV offering.

Overall this was a super offering; one of the best over-100 IBU beers I have ever had I believe, definitely top 5 if not top 3. Packed with so much balanced hop flavor and bitterness depite the huge IBU and given the huge ABV with no alcohol flavor, makes this top notch in my book. Worth seeking out for sure if you can track it down. (1,587 characters)

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)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.