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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,038
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 212
Gots: 373 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 Rippeddisc
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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."

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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

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Photo of dfillius
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of vande
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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!!

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Photo of WesM63
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold and transparent. Nice white head that fades quickly. No real lacing.

Nice bright nose. Dank, pine, some booze, tangerine rind, floral, malt sugar, lemons, peaches.

Relatively dry for the abv, which is still fairly sweet. Something about going over 10% abv seems to make every DIPA a bit too sticky. My main complaint is that the hop bitterness is a bit bland. It's not bad, just lacks complexity compared to some similar DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but, again, good for the abv. Medium to low carbonation. Lasting bitter finish.

Good stuff. It could use a bit more hop complexity on the palate, but the nose works very well, and it's quite good for the abv. I'm just not sure that I like when DIPAs go above 9% abv.

Edit 1/20/13: Raised scores a bit after having had it a few more times. In particular, I'm getting a bit more hop flavor in the taste than I remember from my review bottle.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Trails and blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- caramel, honey, big juicy citrus and some pine.

T- Sweet caramel, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit with a good amount of pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Some slick and oily feel.

O- Nice balance of sweet, citrus, and bitterness.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew. Heavy malts on this one. Which is an odd thing to say for a triple ipa. There are definitely an excessive amount of hops in this beer. It's to the degree that they seem piled on top of each other so much that it's tight on the hop flavor profile. That being said, this is not a beer of nuance of grace. However, it is not so obnoxious that you get nothing out of it besides a punch in the mouth. I'm sure that has much to do with the execution of the beer. Anyways. This is a pretty good "triple ipa". Certainly much more tolerable than 120 Minute.

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Photo of Philousa
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma on 8/1/12. Reviewed from notes.

Piney and aggressive hops. Grapefruit is prominent along with other generic citrus. Malt is present, but just a stage for the hops, a little biscuit. Taste starts mild and easy, quickly develops to acidic and bitter. Acid reminds me of lemon juice, and pine is noticeably thick in your mouth. A little abrasive on the tongue. Bitterness is aggressive and lasts a long time. Lots of sixty minute additions to this! MF tends towards dry, and I think all the alpha acids are skewing the pH scale. 

Great DIPA, but there are others that are a little more balanced that give you some malt as well. Nice try, but I'd rather have a Doible Jack or Pliny.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: This is a bright, clear orange that seems to carry a little legginess to it, or maybe that's a figment of my imagination. The pour produces an inch of head that fades quickly.

S: The sugar base is evident on this one; it is bursting with malt backbone. Hops aren't far behind, producing a perfumey aroma of candied mango and pineapple.

T: Candied mango, pineapple, and tangelo. This would hit the spot (I love tropical citrus hops) if the sugar didn't produce a burn on the back end. It's not a deal-breaker, but it does prevent this beer from hitting the greats of the style, for me.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with alcohol warmth. Low carbonation.

O: $10 for this is a great deal, especially since the less-tasty Sculpin is a buck or two less. I had written off Knee Deep in the past after having a number of their not-fresh duds. But after trying this one, I'm convinced they have *some* redeeming qualities, and I'll pick this up again if I have some assurance of its freshness.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid TIPA in comparison to the others in the style.

Let's start with the positives.

Freaking drinkable, might I say "sessionable"??

Only others this easy to drink above 10% for me are Younger & Terrepin Hopzilla Side Project 12. Yes, a wee bit boozy at times but way less than you'd expect for the ABV. Malt is there but as a sideshow.

Appearance - Bright orange, clear & 1" head that subdues quite quickly. Active in the Guinness Perfect Pint Glass I poured it in. (I find Tulips take away from the resinous character I love in IPAs/DIPAs)

Smell - Aroma is solid without being overly perfumey. Mangos, Pineapple, Oranges and ripe Banana. Sugar cookie biscut malt backbone. Only thing getting in the way of a better score is the hop "sweat" smell I get, and I'm guessing it's from the Citra Hops. Similar to Knee Deep's single hop Citra Pale Ale. Unpleasant in the Pale Ale, very tolerable in SIMTRA.

Taste - All the same as the nose with a nice pine finish found in many of the highly rated West Coast IPAs / DIPAs.

Mouthfeel - Best aspect of the beer. Crisp, easy drinking, dry and bitter finish. Overly sticky malt "about" non-existent. Opposite from Ruination 10...a second bomber wouldn't be hard to polish off if you have a tolerance.

Overall - A hophead's must try. Very well crafted TIPA.

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Photo of IPALOVER
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a passion for hops for what seems like forever, and am always searching for the hoppiest (and most flavorful) beer I can find. Simtra is THE hoppiest beer I have ever had, and it is extremely flavorful, as well. Of course, you have to like hops! There isn't much malt balance at all; this is like having a glass of liquid hops. It smells like a hop cone after you've taken the dry petals and twirled them around in your hand. Hop lovers, this is for you!

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Photo of nrs207
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice frothy 1 finger head and leaves pretty nice lacing. Nice hazy golden orange.

S - Not super strong to me. I get a hint of booze, which knocks it down a hair. It's got a distinct smell of bitter grapefruit, along with some sweeter fruit in the background. Pretty sure that's the simcoe dominating with a citra hit at the end.

T - The 2 hop varieties play off each other very nicely. After having a lot of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, I can tell there's a strong simcoe presence that is slightly stronger than the citra presence. They do balance out, however, because there is a lot of grapefruit bitterness, but there is also a sweet citrus fruitiness.

M - Nice and smooth, medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Only knock is a slight alcohol presence, but at 10.1% it's certainly not "hot."

O - This is a really nice DIPA that I'd drink all the time. Yet another California brew that's just a great representation of the style. Definitely recommend. Only problem with it is the price, at least the price at the place where my trading partner purchased it. $10.99 is a bit steep for a bomber of a DIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simtra – purchased at Plaza Wine

Notes from 08/11/12
*22oz bomber to standard pint glass

A: Simtra pours a lightly burnished golden yellow color with some orange hues and decent clarity. A thick creamy layer of bone white head formed displaying some solid stay power. Sticky ringed lacing intervals at each sip.

S: Holy Cat Whiz Hell! Smells like pure Simcoe flowers up in here. Citrus zest, catty herbals, and evergreens. Some warming alcohol and maybe the slightest hint of sugary pale malts but man this one is all hops.

T: Super catty and just teaming with Simcoes. Grapefruit flesh, garden herbs, and crushed pine are expressive. More subdued notes of pineapple, melon, and tropical fruits. Almost feels like more than just Citra/Simcoe going on here. With an intense hop zing to the palate this is massively bitter. Incredibly light in alcohol and malt character for an 11% beast. Just a light sugary cracker base. Wow, this one will grab you by the pooper! Real dank stuff. Everything you have always hopped for.

M: Moderate body with a nice soft consistency. This is incredibly light for such a big brew, all things considered. Smooth with a dry astringent sensation throughout as to be expected. Slightly wetter finish with some residual hop oils that coat the mouth

D: Superb quaffability and ever so dangerous. So smooth and hoppy. I was expecting more of a malt bomb here but nope. Drinks like a regular old West Coast IPA would. They had to of juiced this mutha up with some corn sugar. A massive bitter hop delivery. Might come off as too one note, one trick pony, been there drank that, for others but this is a must try for the hoptarts like me!

Utterly impressive. Tops the others I would group into the Triple IPA category including Hoptimum, Ruin10, Younger, and Expo.

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

Pours a clear, deep golden color with a foamy, eggshell colored head that has just the faintest green hue. Rich bouquet of big pine, lemon zest, mown grass, and, occasionally emerging sweet citrus. Moutfheel is light- to medium-bodied, soft, and wet, but mildly hot from the hop alpha acid. Alcohol is present, but not uncomplimentary. Tangy flavors of pine and pink grapefruit. A bit of unseasoned beef jerky sweetness comes through as well. Very reminiscent of Pliny the Younger for those of you who can't make it to Santa Rosa every February to stand in line for four to five hours.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.