Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 1,886
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 205
Gots: 329 | 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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Photo of logicalparadox
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Wow! Intense hop flavor, nicely balanced without the harsh bitterness one might expect from a brew with an IBU rating this high. The ABV is very high, but very deceptive, dangerously deceptive!

I love this "triple IPA", and that is coming from someone who is not a huge IPA fan. Definitely will be looking for this one again. (326 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a honeyish orange, mostly clear, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite brash, very citrusy, with some sugar cookie malt aromas as well.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, really. This is about a month old, which is probably about as fresh as I'll ever get it in New York. The alcohol is mostly hidden, but it's still a bit hot, providing a prickly buzz. There are marijuana/hemp flavors, grapefruit, orange, peach, pine resin, and sugar cookie flavors.

This one has a medium body, with a very sticky and thick mouthfeel. There's a medium amount of carbonation, and it's very drinkable, even despite the really high ABV.

This one met the hype for me, really glad I got to try it. (779 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Clear yellow with a 1-finger off-white head that dissipates. Some lacing

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, sweet, fresh fruit.

TASTE - Nice and bitter, piney, not sweet. High ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - smooth, soft, not syrupy. Good carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Good beer, as mild as a Pilsner. Definitely chuggable. (355 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Appalachian Wintner (Asheville, NC). 10.99. Bottled 7/7/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours bright amber with a three quarter finger white cap. The head fades to a lingering layer that laces well.

Lush, bright aromas of tropical fruit, mandarin, berries, pine, peach and a notable faint malt sweetness in the background.

Deliciously huge hop flavor. Oranges, pineapple, papaya, peaches, berries, mango, pine, slight floral, caramel malts, faint bread, mild pepper and an ocassional understated shot of booze. Drinks considerably smoother than the double digit abv implies. Those fantastic tropical and citrus hops stay in the driver's seat but there is plenty of bitterness (without seeming bitter for bitters' sake).

Oily, slick, medium full body with a subtle carbonated fizz. Papaya, oranges, peach and caramel malt sweetness dance on the palate in a lingering aftertaste.

Simtra is a truly outstanding imperial IPA. I really enjoyed how much hop flavor it presents without ever coming accross as overly bitter or boozy. Very well done and highly recommended. (1,098 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The aroma is a hop bomb of sweet tropical fruits, peaches, and then lots of grassiness, pine, dank qualities, cat pee, onion.

On the flavor, the beer has those sweet tropical fruits in the front of peaches, pineapple, and sweet grapefruit. There's a bit of a bready malt in the middle. The back then is then pine, herbal qualities, resin. A bit of sweetness lingers with that bitterness.

Alcohol hits gently throughout with warming as the beer goes down.

A well made triple IPA. (521 characters)

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

The beer is a murky yellow / orange with a soapy white head. Aromas of dank hops, resin, alcohol, pine. Sticky and sweet. Like sucking on a hopsicle. See what I did there? Aww yeah. Full bodied and palate coating. Certainly hop forward, but there is definitely a strong malt bill and noticeably above 10% abv. Full flavored. One could get f'd up right quick sippin' on Simtra. Tasty. (383 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Slightly hazed gold with a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S - Where's the aroma? I mean really, this literally just smells like alcohol with an acrid hop smell. Pine and some lemon zest, astringent for sure.
T - 131 IBU's is stupid, and the bitterness attests to that, sweet boozy malt, caramel, citrus.
M - Bitter chewy clingy thick and full, lots of burn.
O - After seeing everyone rant and rave on this beer, its a massive let down, hop booze in the worst form. (506 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber colored with decent head retention and lacing for its strength. Dank, pungent aroma thick with green, spicy hops, herbs, scallions, butterscotch, mango, passion fruit, and toffee. A big hoppy burst greets the senses right away, followed by a substantial toasted malt backing. Honey, grapefruit, mango, resin, and caramel. Boozy alcohol smothered by bitterness, malty sweet under the hops, and warming…American Barleywine territory. Not a great finish – a little too hot and sticky. Rather heavy, textured, and bitter. That, in addition to being somewhat under-carbonated hurts the drinkability. Oh boy…I really wanted to like this one, but it’s just too sticky and brash to be all that enjoyable. Not bad, just disappointing and overrated. (753 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: July 18, 2014
Misc.: Born on May 20, 2014

Poured a honey, caramel, semi-clear color with two fingers of rocky white head. Sporadic spider web foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a plethora of hops up front. Got grapefruit, citrus, Cascade, floral, orange rind and light resin. Also some rye, caramel and orange creamscickle.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got citrus hops, Cascade hops, orange creamscickle, floral hops, grapefruit, nectarine and caramel. Some bitterness, but the 11.25 percent ABV felt about 7 percent.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

Just a fantastic double IPA. I’ve wanted to try it for a while and I’m glad I finally did. (920 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 06/13/14

A- What the hell? Pours a murky very dark amber that's on the edge of being light brown with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Nice duality of citrusy hops and sweet, slightly toasty malt.

T- The flavor mirrors the aroma but is even more impressive as the hop/malt ratio is pretty much perfect and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. Definitely a sipper as the bitterness lingers and you do start feeling the heat after multiple sips but it tastes great, even as it warms. Earthy and piney with a candy-like caramel finish. Zesty, yet peppery. Sweet but has just enough bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

M- Oily and slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Now this is a "Triple IPA" I can get behind. There are certainly some barleywine characteristics here but it fits within the flavor profile of an IPA more than any other "Triple IPA" I've had thus far. So unique and completely different from what I was expecting. For instance, I didn't realize it would be quite this drinkable. Be careful with this one. The more I drink this, the more I realize it's the perfect hi-octane IPA for me. (1,384 characters)

Photo of therackman
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/23/14 and pulled off a room temp shelf at bevmo in N California on a road trip. A - deep amber much darker than the only other TIPA I've tasted Boneyard Notorious. 1 finger off white head with good retention and lacing through the entire glass. N - little grassy but mostly toffee, caramel. T - caramel, toffee, orange, an odd peppery taste with a lot of alcohol heat on the finish. M - nice sparkling light oily mouthfeel. Full body. O - not at all what was expected. No dank citrus. Slight grassiness and some orange zest were the only hop characteristics detected. A good barley wine reminiscent of stone 2013 old guardian is the only thing I can compare it too. My first lesson in big box beer outlet buying. Don't buy TIPAs off the room temp racks but I just had to try it. Would love a properly stored bottle to compare this to. (847 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Duvel snifter

A - pours a dark amber almost red hue with a thick dense white head that leaves sticky lacing

S - lots of tropical fruit with a slightly citrus/ freshly cut grass note

T - A big kick of sweet tropical fruit, guava, glacier cherries, citrus with pine and warming alcohol finish

M - goes down very smooth for an 11.25% beer, it's very bitter to start but finishes very sweet and warming. (429 characters)

Photo of bcrowley
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mother of hoppiville, this is the real deal! The aroma is in a word, intoxicating - as is the punch it provides to the taste buds and eventually head. A couple of 20 ouncers of this beauty and you best call Uber. How can drinking in so much flavor taste so smooth? After becoming hooked on this lil' number, drinking OTC (over-the-counter) beer has been trashed forever. I'll never go back. The tasting room/ brewery outside of Auburn, CA is Classic craft and the recently added A/C is a welcome upgrade for the summer tasting months. Plenty of games abound including my favorite cornhole. I'm a devoted fan and look forward to sampling many variations from KD. Well done! (680 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a menacing looking murky burnt orange color with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Tropical fruits and pine resin to go with big sweet alcohol in the nose,again menacing is a good adjective to use here.A blast of sharp grapefruit rind and resinous hops really hit home on the palate before the sweetness from the alcohol hits in the finish,the sweetness is big but the hops are just full on assault,I pick up maybe some hard water as well.Wow this is a beast but it's bad ass I love it,Good to see the "high end" Knee Deep stuff here now in North Carolina. (565 characters)

Photo of atomeyes
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweet jebus, this is a great beer.
The nose, the palate...

Hoppy but not nauseating astringent.
Great sweetness along with high ABV.
This should be a sipper, but nope, half a bomber was gone in 30 min.

Is it the new Pliny? Idunno...Pliny's well balanced. this is more emphatic, more resinous, thicker in the palate. But I like it more than Pliny.

Yes, call me a sinner. (372 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clean white head with medium froth and density. The head is persistent and clingy.
S - Hoppy, piney, sweet, and grassy.
T - Hoppy, piney, sweet, syrupy, and earthy. For me this beer has a light backend surge. Whatever that means...
M - Full, heavy, and sappy.
O - For me this beer was heavy and unrefined. I think it could use some work and be cleaned up a little. Something is holding this back from being something very worthwhile. A little tweak could push this over the top. (518 characters)

Photo of sderenne
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This one is becoming much easier to find now. The local Costco is now carrying it as is Bel aire supermarkets. This stuff is really good.I would put it in my top 5 favorites. I still havent made it up to Auburn but I am looking forward to getting this fresh from the tap and trying a few others from Knee Deep. Don't buy at costco without checking the dates. Last few I bought there were close to 5 months old. They were still drinkable but nothing like the fresh taste.
I scored a keg of this yesterday and do believe it us the best beer I have tapped. (553 characters)

Photo of beerviews2013
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pour: a nice white head with a light golden brown brew.

Smell: being a 3x ipa its all hops i shouldnt even have to say it.

Taste: Wow this is a sipper. Your going to have to take a moment with this one not just to enjoy it but the bitterness on the pallet is toughhh!!! If you like hops this is your beer. Hoppy happy over here. Then you get a little bit of malts when you keep drinking but not much.

Overall: This is a great beer to sit back and enjoy but not for the beginners. Be sure to set the pallet up for a kicking before you get into this. I love knee deep for this one good stuff. (595 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a rocks glass

A - Pours a light amber, crystal clear, 1 finger head, decent lacing, and no legs.

S - Smell is cat piss up front which gives way to citrus and pine in the back ground. Really a great smelling beer.

T - A lot more malty than I expected from the nose. Cat piss gives way to a citrusy pine mid palate and finishes with a sweet crystal malt backbone.

M - A little hot but that's to be expected out of an 11% beer. Moderate bitterness coats the tongue. Heavy and slick on the tongue.

O - Big, hot, and heavy. Loved every sip of it. I wish I could get this on the east coast. (611 characters)

Photo of zhivago373
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a bomber, bottled on 26th of May - barely one month old. I MUST caution, this beer should be enjoyed as fresh as possible. i had Simtra that was 4 months old and it tasted like a barleywine, which isn't bad, but it was certainly not the experience this beer was meant to elicit.

pours a deep golden orange, not very hazy but not crystal clear either. forms a thin rocky head that dissipates quickly into soft foam atop the beer.

smells of pungent, earthy hops (the simcoe) and tropical, sweet hops (the citra). perhaps a hint of pine in the back, mixed with the pungent, sticky simcoe scent. a really dank, resinous beer with lots of sweet and pungent notes.

at the front of the tongue, a big sweet-sugary tropical wash, immediately followed by a bitter pungent bite from the hops. middle of the mouth finds some sweetness and faint malt backbone, followed with linger bitterness from the hops, maybe some of the pine coming out. dry finish with lots of astringency and some sticky coating on the tongue leftover from the mouthfeel of the beer. no taste of alcohol on the tongue and only a slight warming in the belly (first sips i had on a rather empty stomach, so that could be why). just a huge, pungent beer with lots of sweetness and mouthfeel.

overall, i love this beer. it was the first beer i had that really blew my mind and got me into craft beer seriously, so it will always have a special importance for me. it's certainly a big beer, at 11.25%abv and 131IBUs : not for the faint of heart. but still, it is a great, amped-up *triple* IPA. (1,567 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This triple ipa pours a clear copper color with a generous off-white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is super bitter and hoppy. Lots of Pine, grass, grapefruit, and tropical fruit notes. There is also a generous malt undertone and alcohol bite. The mouthfeel us smooth and very near full bodied. It is sticky in the best if ways. A touch more carbonation would actually make it perfect. The flavor is a near perfect blend of bitter hops and malts. There is a lot of bitterness here and a very hot alcohol bite. I like it but it is mot for the faint of heart. Great sipping triple ipa. If you find this....try it! (637 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with white trailers.
Super oily lemon with a touch of passionfruit on the nose.
Sponge cake malts and big pink grapefruit, light pine, mango, and passionfruit hops.
Evergreen-papaya end and hot minty linger.
Medium, chewy, hot, oily.

Boozy, fruity, and sticky - almost brandy-like. Good showcase for these hops - "bursting with flavor" sez a fellow sampler - but could be toned down a bit.

Not the benchmark for this hop combo, as I expected. (461 characters)

Photo of davet100
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber purchased on a recent trip to San Diego, my first ever Knee Deep brew.

A: Clear golden color with a thin white head.

S: Wow! Massive nose, so much going on. Big hops straight away, lots of dank pine from the simcoe, mixed with the citrusy, tropical notes of the citra. Some sweetness too. Very impressive!

T: Does not disappoint. The two hops work in unison so well, and the flavor replicates the aroma with tons of citrus, tropical, and piney notes. Crisp, fresh, and very hoppy with a pleasant amount of bitterness, balanced by a surprisingly light, yet complimentary malt backbone.

M: I can't believe how easy drinking this is for such a high ABV beer. Remarkably light really, and avoids falling into that greasy, oily, and boozy category so many high ABV ipa's do. The malt is pleasant, giving it bittersweet qualities that help to balance out the powerful hoppiness.

O: So glad I got hold of this, incredible beer and up there with some of the best I have had. I am generally a big fan of both simcoe and citra, but how well they have brought them together in this beer into such a flavorful and balanced beer is so very impressive. In any case, this is the best triple ipa I have tried, followed closely behind by Hoparillo. (1,245 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled April 15th 2014.

Deep bronze body color, quite clear, minimal rising slow carbonation. A classic thick and soapy off white head with clumping retention, three fingers tall, settles to a finger, with spider like lacing on the glass. A classic looking big IPA.

Nose is juicy. An interesting hop angle. Hints of a balance between earth, dank quality, and herbality. THe dank is winning out on me, but is very well controlled and not large. Hop angle buries much sense of malt backbone or any hints. Faint hint of weed.

This palate is friggin weird. Tingly, and hop forward musty qualities dominate. Earth and weed like aromas splash through the palate, with a solid body. Bitterness on the finish that is really crazy. Novocaine stinging slightly, and very numbing to the senses on the aftertaste. There is a real interesting and fascinating hint of black pepper on this though, which really comes out of nowhere. Hits like a spice angle which I enjoy.

Overall the beer is really all over the place, but has a fascinating hop angle and character, but also some very distracting qualities. It makes me think something really unique is in here but it just needs to be unleashed. (1,236 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle as an extra.

Poured into a teku, a cloudy amber liquid, with a foamy off-white head, which receded to a wispy layer, lacing the glass nicely. Nose was actually pretty malty sweet, but there was an obvious oily hop presence, candied citrus peel and tropical fruit. The bottle was only a couple weeks old, so it's not like this should have faded that fast, I just was getting more maltiness than hoppiness. In the taste, sweetness profile like toasted toffee, corn sugar, pine resin, candied citrus peel, mango flesh, lots of toasted bread in the finish, cancelling out any crisp hoppy bitterness. Not a malt-bomb, but not really a hop-bomb either, which was kind of what I was expecting. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with all those malts needed to amp up the ABV, mouthfeel was pretty thick and resinous. There was a slight solvent booze presence, but for 11+% this was a pretty drinkable brew. Decent overall, but too sugary for the style. (983 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.