Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +7.9%
Consumed May 4th, 2014 from a bottle labeled 02/19/14. Poured into a standard pint glass at about 50 degrees F.
Beer is an amazingly clear deep yellow/amber. A frothy, smooth two-finger white head forms and provides excellent sheeting to the bottom of the glass. Literally the bottom; there was a little splotch of foam on the bottom of the empty glass after I finished.
Aroma is appropriately and not unexpectedly hop-forward. Pine and floral notes. Some citrus. Sweet.
Flavor is nicely modulated; it starts with some sturdy light-ish caramel malt that smoothly and immediately segues into a massive but agreeable bitterness topped off with pine and citrus flavors. This beer is delicious and the well-camouflaged ABV makes it dangerously easy to drink. I put down a whole 22 oz bomber with no difficulty at all.
Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a touch oily, but is lighter and slighter than anticipated, contributing to the dangerous drinkability of this brew. Moderate level of carbonation with almost no detectable alcohol. Neat trick.
I have a hard time imagining how any triple IPA could top this one. If I ever get to try Pliny the Younger, I'll be curious to see which comes out on top.
05-05-2014 16:14:22 | More by charlzm
4.19/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista Ca
Bottled on 4/15/14
Opened on 4/27/14
A: beautiful dark amber and strikingly clear. Head is light and dissipates quickly. Slight retention on the rim
N: pleasant and slightly detectable sweet-ish malt, wonderful citrus hops. Pine and grapefruit are there and raw sugar.
T/m: powerful pithy citrus on the tongue, bitterness and dry on the palette. Alcohol is there and heats it up on the mouthfeel. Bitter lingers, very hop forward and back. I believe most would disagree, but personally, I would call this a little unbalanced.
A must-try IPA, and it packs a punch! I will use in future triple IPA tastings and serve to friends. Not far off the mark from the very best in style.
04-28-2014 00:16:08 | More by Bonsall_Phil
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Amber golden in color with good clarity. Three quarters of an inch of tightly knit off white head. Brussels lacing. Pineapple to a light pine aroma with a trace of honey sweetness is what I perceive in the aroma. The flavor is a deep long lasting burst of a honey sweet tropical fruit to a light pine hop flavor. The mouth is a bit thick,but considering the fact it is a triple IPA and it's alcoholic strength it is remarkably smooth. There's also a gentle warmth from the alcohol and a gentle burn upon the fade. I can't believe the size of the bottle considering the strength!
04-27-2014 02:55:31 | More by Franziskaner
4.71/5 rDev +9.8%
Citra hops come out, with peach, some passion fruit. Malty but not over powering. Simcoe hops bring out the bitterness. The hop characters are a recipe for a great IPA.
Smells great, looks great, and tastes better. Excellent Triple IPA. Their best beer.
04-26-2014 06:53:14 | More by Celtics17
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
First Simtra, had on 4/25 and bottled 3/24. Poured from bomber into a Teku glass.
Its appearance is gorgeous. Dark amber or copper colored and a two finger snowy white head. Head recedes into a ring with very mild lacing as the beer is drunk. Carbonation shows itself in a form resembling lazy bubbles swimming towards the surface through a thick hone-like liquid. This beer screams at you to take a sip.
The aroma reminds me how great Caifornia D/T IPA's should smell, hoppy on the front closely followed by pine, tropical fruit, citrus and caramel.
Its taste is nothing short of greatness. Drinking this beer instantly transports me to great times visiting California with friends and visiting amazing breweries and brewpubs. Even though it was bottled a month ago, I still find this fresh to my palate and quite enjoyable - I now have to try it as fresh as I can get it in an upcoming trip to NorCal. The balance in its taste is fantastic, closely mimicking its aroma. The lingering aftertaste is a bittersweet symphony of hops and caramel.
Mouthfeel is great. I expected a thicker, more viscous composition however, the actual lighter bodied feel is a perfect complement to its drinkability.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. I ordered it online as we don't get this shipped to WA and i'm glad I did. I was concerned about its freshness - however, a month after bottling and tasting like this, I can only imagine what this beast if like when fresh. Highly recommended, will buy again.
04-25-2014 17:46:07 | More by HoppySeb
4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Pours with a murky, burnt orange color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. Much higher amount of active carbonation then I expected from the style.
Smell: Initial hit is of mangos, kiwi, oranges, and a squeeze of lemon. Saturated, heavier fruit notes pick up on the body with malt sweetness additions of bubblegum, caramel, and molasses. Bold piney hop backbone with some notes of pepper and spice. Impressive the range the hop profile takes within this aroma.
Taste: Caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness dances on the palate initially. Soft fruits lead on the hop profile which are quickly followed by a bigger, saturated orange/tangerine and bitter pine body. The sweet, fully rounded malt body pops back end and evens out the taxing hops. The finish is a gummy sweetness that masks a touch of boozy sting which keeps the palate on its toes.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation has a smooth, soothing feeling on the palate. Piney hops and sweet malt are pronounced throughout.
Overall: Really impressive stuff here. I preferred it warming up just a touch, really let the gummy sweet malt character to shine brighter. Would love to try it even fresher though, I'm sure you get much more of the Simcoe and Citra profile but this still drank incredibly well with three months on it.
04-25-2014 02:05:57 | More by KFBR392
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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