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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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975 Ratings
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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012)
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hops flavors; with a moderate malt balance and doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Big balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely delicious offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 04:56:09 | More by superspak
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JohnG190

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a thick, off-white, two-finger head that dissipates to a nice foam cap. Great lacing. Pure hop aroma - pine resin and grapefruit rind. Bitter up front, as one would expect from a beer billed as a triple IPA. Nicely balanced, however, not bitter for bitters sake like too many west-coast Imperial IPAs. Bitter on the back end as well, finishes slightly dry with a little heat from the 11.5 ABV. A full bodied, slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, a well crafted triple IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 21:49:06 | More by JohnG190
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Took this to a bottle share and I took 3 pours of it myself. Hides the booze incredibly well. I would get another bottle and make it my entire night. It's an attractive pour that jumps out of the glass and into your nose. You get all of the bright citrus and pine on the nose. The taste covers all the spectrums you'd expect from a triple IPA. Thirst quenching citrus with a bitter pine jolt. The aftertaste does not linger too long like some IPAs can. This was truly a fantastic IPA and any fan of this style should seek out a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 04:05:31 | More by PHBoiler
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notchucknorris

California

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light copper color with a fluffy bone white head. Leaves smears of sticky lace down the glass. Lots of visible carbonation rising from the bottom as well.

S: An explosive tropical hop aroma right off the bat. Mango, tangerine, candied grapefruit and a boatload of pine. Some faint bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness lingers in the back, but it's pretty safe to say this is a hop forward DIPA.

T: A rich drawl of piney hops across the palate that just keeps going and going. Some grapefruit pith as well along with a blanket of caramel malt that keeps the bitterness in check without taking away from all of the fantastic hop flavor. I wouldn't go as far as to say this rivals Pliny, but this is a really well put together DIPA. Absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 20:36:21 | More by notchucknorris
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beagle75

Iowa

3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with a peripheral ring of white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Ripe tropical fruit and deep green dankness represent the hops bill, and both qualities are fairly intense. Crackery malt has a dense, substantial quality to it, but does not come near to matching the intensity of the hops. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with sappy and spicy green plant stems. Acidity bursts with brightness into the middle where hops still dominate, but turn aggressively piney. Malt seems diminutive next to the towering hops qualities, like a doughy biscuit that lacks any yeast influence. Late flavors are again hops-derived, with onion and then nectarines, and compliment the assertive bitterness well. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity; resinous, acidic, and slightly syrupy on the palate; with brisk carbonation.

D/O: A massive IPA to be sure, this beer seems to teeter on the brink of the 'kitchen-sink' approach without falling headlong into it. It is easy to imagine that this is what Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness would be like without the barrel treatment. Obviously heavy on the Simcoe qualities, it either neglects the Citra cultivar by comparison or it enlists such a quantity as to be unrecognizable by ordinary (Three Floyds Zombie Dust) standards. Some of the recent murmurs regarding Knee Deep's hops-wielding proficiency is deserved, as shown in this example. A more true measure will come when they are required to exercise some restraint in a normal-gravity IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:36:59 | More by beagle75
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Jtellis83

Tennessee

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding imperial IPA. Highly recommend having within a month of purchase. Smell is whole cone, very citrusy. ABV not noticeable until finished. Better than most imperial IPAs, and on par with Westbrook Shane's DIPA and Good People Snake Handler.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 05:02:13 | More by Jtellis83
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-21-13, much thanks to ZamaMan.

Appearance: Hazy blonde, though filtered with a small white head that fades to the perimeter quickly.

Smell: Piney as hell, with a bit of bread and citrus presence that is both sweet and sour. Intense!

Taste: I can sum this up by saying: this is like a bigger, slightly maltier Pliny; and that's a good thing.

Intense piny smack of hops to the face that then gets joined by citrus while both ride over the malt. There is a slight tropical hop sweetness that fades out towards the end. Malt and piney bitterness wrestle each other into the finish and beyond.

The hops attack your tongue like Spartans. This is a sticky, tongue coating beast. The alcohol is also hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Below average carbonation is understandable for the abv, but there is still enough there in this big beer to keep things interesting.

Overall: A piney, intense, hop-bomb of a beer that is not for the faint of heart and definitely best consumed fresh. Would definitely drink again, preferably on tap/cask. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:16:10 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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gleemonger

California

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear amber color with a nice off white head that lingers a while, but not long. Thick lacing down the glass.

Fresh pine explosion with some mildly sweet malt presence coming through in an attractive way. A little grapefruit in the background. Super pleasant and inticing.

As the nose implies, super hop forward in the flavor department - totally fresh and floral. Piney hops the star here, with just a touch of the citrusy variety to back it up, then just enough mildly sweet and biscuity malt backbone to bring it together. Super well blended, very tasty.

Moderate body and moderate to light carbonation, and not much left on the tongue. Very smooth.

Wow, this is one very good DIPA, jeez. I didn't even notice the ABV until halfway through the glass and was amazed at how smooth and drinkable this was - not overly bitter, just the right amount of everything perfectly showcased. A very, very good IPA in every aspect that I love about the style - has to be one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 19:36:04 | More by gleemonger
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Hendry

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear orange-amber hue, fluffy one finger cottony head, stellar lacing in a F&W snifter.

Nose is pleasantly hop forward, tangerine, grapefruit & pineapple. There are definitely some malts present in the nose, but this has all the components of a hop-bomb in the making. I suspect some dry hopping was part of the process as the aromas are prominent and delightful.

Taste is a mirror image of the aroma, very juicy, very tropical, excellent lingering bitterness one would expect from a mostly simcoe bill with some citra.Alcohol present but quite well hidden for the abv, nicely accomplished.

Mouthfeel is medium, excellent carbonation for the style, wonderful dry finish. Flavors dance across the palate and leave that desirable bitterness that hangs in the back of the throat,dries you out, and invites the next enjoyable sip.

Yup, the ratings are on the money for this one, no bull or hype: an excellent IIIPA that explores the virtues of the marvelous citra hop blended artfully with the simcoe hop.Seek this one out for certain!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:16:36 | More by Hendry
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Problem_child

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like one of the guys said already: Closest you can get it to Pliny the elder. Very nice aroma, beautiful dark copper color. You can taste this is real triple IPA but very smooth with pronounced resiny, citrusy and piney flavor. EXCELLENT beer !!!! Highly recommended if U can afford $11.95 per bottle !

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:37:07 | More by Problem_child
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EliotRosewater

California

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper/golden color. Fair head that dissipates relatively quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Very pronounced nose. Lots of pine, floral, grassy notes.

T - Pretty pronounced bitterness to be expected. Same herbal notes are present but a little bludgeoned by the bitterness. The malt, alcohol and hop character are all dominated by bitterness. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit one-note.

M - Good carbonation. Bitterness leaves a noticeable astringent aftertaste.

O - I enjoy high IBU beers and this doesn't disappoint. However, I think the bitterness comes at the sacrifice of a more pronounced flavor profile. A good beer, but for the price I'd like to see a little more finesse.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:25:44 | More by EliotRosewater
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mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 05/22/13 notes. Bottle was dated as 04/29/13, so about three weeks old. 22 oz. bomber into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and tropical fruits. Tons of citrus and fruit, awesome fresh hoppy nose. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, oranges, lemon zest, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and resin. Taste is lightly bitter at first with lots of citrus. The more I drink it, the more bitterness that comes out in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. There is some moderate bitterness in the mouthfeel the more I drink it.

o - Overall a very nice DIPA...they call it a Tripple IPA, whatever that means. Awesome hoppy nose with a ton of fresh tropical fruits and citrus hops. The taste is quite bitter if you drink a lot of it, and has a lot more grapefruit, but it's also very good. Definitely worth checking out if you like big hoppy West Coast DIPA's...would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 13:44:15 | More by mdfb79
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RaulMondesi

California

2.14/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottled 4-23-13

What in the sweet hell is going on with this thang? This is the worst smelling thing that I have smelt since my ex ate curried goat and then tried to slip me some frenchie frenchie. What in the...? Raul heard many great things about this guy, but the taste lies a bit thin like Jarred after a 5 dollar foot long - and quite frankly, it is a bit rancid.

Not into it. Not into it at all.

*Something wrong had to have happened to this thing

*Nope, tried it again and it was just as rank

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:45:29 | More by RaulMondesi
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TofuDC5

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A nice amber and orange shade. Almost no head after pour.

S: The most distinguishing trait of this beer; Resembled Pliny The Younger - yes, I've had the opportunity of enjoying that one. Very robust aroma of apple, orange, and pineapple. Very satisfying.

T: As it smells. Easy to drink due to the excellent balance of hops and fruit.

M: I was probably expecting Simtra to be hoppier than it was. Smooth.

O: I enjoyed this one and plan to drink this again very soon. If you're into IPAs at all, you'll love it. Best drank in a tulip glass (imho) where you can truly appreciate the aroma, which lasts even after you've tasted it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 06:15:40 | More by TofuDC5
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 3/5/13 from the Jug Shop, SF.

Pours clear gold with a slight chill haze and a two inch white head after a bit of a stretch-pour. The remaining lacework appears to be from the initial head retreat and not after.

Aromatics are pungently filled with tropical fruit. Mango, apricot, pear, tangerine, and melon.

Medium bodied and light on the palate given the high ABV.

Bright tropical fruit with a boozy backbone start the palate. Intense amounts of fruity, citrusy hops with a firm bitterness. Malt level is low.

Finishes pretty dry with lingering fruit and warming alcohol.

Many have attempted a triple IPA, but few have pulled it off without the beer tasting like a barleywine. This one in fact pulls it off. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 21:15:02 | More by brewandbbq
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA, bottled on 3/30/13, poured into a hotel style glass and drank over ~30 minutes.

A: 4.5 - amber-brown coloration, strong hop haze (couldn't read through it), white quarter-finger head subdues into minimal glass lacing, big time alcohol legs at 11.5%!

S: 4 - I'll admit that the bottle might be past prime, but this smells more like a hoppy American barleywine that an IPA; big alcohol/bourbon notes with background hop qualities (grapefruit, pine, etc.)

T: 4.25 - in conjunction with the aroma, there are really big time alcohol notes in the taste; yet, at the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness (the alcohol definitely subdues the 131 IBU) which resolves into a complex malt character still more reminiscent of a hopped-up American BW than an IPA - caramel sweetness predominates for me

M: 4.5 - big, big booze, chewy complex, large alcohol notes --> again, why "triple IPA" instead of American barleywine

O: 4.25 - I liked this, but, to be frank, it's not a 95; tastes more like SN's Bigfoot than any of the world class imperial IPAs; the closest imperial IPA that I can think of is Avery's Maharaja, which, for hop quality, blows this out of the water; still, it's enjoyable, and, if I can ever find it again, especially superfresh, I'll return.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:56:29 | More by MNishCT77
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magictacosinus

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Jon. Another newfangled "triple IPA" that's gotten a lot of buzz. Excited to have tried it, but fortunate that I split it. Poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 05/12/13. Review is from my notes.

The appearance is a highly oily, amber golden clear color complete with a surprising amount of head - about 1.5 fingers worth. Indeed, what's more surprising is that the head and carbonation lasts throughout, which is not as easy feat to accomplish. Bubbles are very minimal throughout, although the clear, glowing body of the beer is very presentable. Ridiculously viscous - the alcohol legs were everywhere on this thing. Looks pretty awesome, but I fear it will be a booze bomb.

The aroma tells me otherwise, but at the same time provides me tons - and I mean TONS - of hop resinous aromas that I don't think I've experienced ever. There an initial burst of bitterness and citrus sweetness, which quickly changes to a diverse bouquet of fruits, from passion fruit to mango, from blood oranges to strawberries. Very fruity, although maybe a little floral at the finish. Earthy as all hell, and combined with the syrupy, toffee-like flavors from the malts, it becomes even more rustic. This is drowned in hops, almost to the point where I can't make out anything else - not even the alcohol. However, it is a fascinating experience, especially with the passion fruit/strawberry combo they have this going towards. Very astringent - it's almost as if the hop residue gets caught in the nostrils with each whiff.

Well, the flavor is not as explosive in fruitiness as the aroma, but it is very enjoyable. There's an immediate bittered, candied fruitiness that comes right with each sip, followed by a syrupy malty backbone that is drenched in the booze. Due to the oily, astringent character of the beer, there is no alcohol presence, although there is a burn. The fruits range from mango to passion fruit to, at times, papaya. Just as in the case of Palate Wrecker, the malt caramelized syrup holds up the fort with the hop invasion, and makes this relatively easy to drink. The present carbonation makes this a juicy drinking experience. Given the high ABV and volatile nature of the hops, this is definitely something that should be consumed quickly and in smaller portions in order to get the full experience. It's intense, but it's something I didn't have troubles finishing.

This is a totally nuts hop-forward experience, almost to the point of excessiveness, but luckily the malt backbone does wonders in maintaining character and making the fruity, tropical notes feel full-bodied. Definitely worth tracking down, and *definitely* worth making note of the freshness of this product. This would not age well at all. Super resinous unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 18:05:12 | More by magictacosinus
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xtent for hooking me up with this as an extra!

Pours a medium golden-orange, nice head.

Great aroma coming out of the glass, when cold the beer gives off a wonderful tropical/citrus fruit aroma. When warm, booze takes over and dominates.

Taste also varies as the beer gets warmer. When cooler, the citrus fruits dominate with a great orange flavor and minimal booze. As the beer warms to room temp, the fruit becomes slightly more subdued, and the beer has a more balanced rofile with the booze taking a much more significant role.

Mouthfeel was great, a little slick and oily on the tongue, but not overly so.

Overall, this was a kick-ass TIPA. Definitely something I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:04:51 | More by thebigredone
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ToriBug13

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Simtra Triple IPA: Lincoln, CA

-22oz bottle, ABV 11.25%

-Poured into a Sam Adams glass

-Appearance: Wow! The head on this beer is fantastic! Nice lacing too! Beautiful amber color.

-Smell: Definite citrus, sweet malt! Excellent aroma on this beer!!!

-Taste & Mouth Feel: VERY NICE! Hops balanced with malt, and a citrus finish. Medium body, clean finish, good carbonation. This is one of the best beers I've had in a while. I will definitely be bringing this into my store!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:33:03 | More by ToriBug13
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for...what's that you say? Yes, this is the 36th beer from that 'box' he sent me, which more resembled a container car. Finally getting to the bottom. FreightWay is coming to get the near-empty out of the driveway tomorrow. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pop & pour is a fuddled orange that's not see-through, but I can see the shadow-puppets of my fingers through it. Nose isn't quite the roll I expected from a 'triple' IPA, some citrus, pine, & plenty of sweetness.

Simtra is slick wrapped in oil. The first impression isn't even taste, but the slipperiness of the mouthfeel; might make good gear oil for my boat's little Mercury. Pine flowers littered with bitterness back the slider, along with an earthy dankness...dank. I know people love it, but I've never been a fan, & it detracts from the experience. Malts come on like half-baked sweetbread. Endgame is a long, lingering french-kiss of bitterness. Twenty-two ounces of this would be a chore; eleven is about right.

The earth-n-mud character really dampened my enjoyment of this beer, & the trait grew stronger as it warmed. Good, solid IIPA that doesn't really rise above a ton of other good, solid IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 02:18:56 | More by maximum12
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LiverBelly

California

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pure and simple, if you have never tried Pliny the Younger, this is the closest you can get w/o traveling to Santa Rosa or waiting in a ridiculous line. On the Westcoast this beer was highly coveted a year ago; now you can readily find it on the shelf. It's a no-brainer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 19:24:35 | More by LiverBelly
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Raven3464

Japan

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This sexy brew pours a beautifully hazy, copper body with a one finger head. This degree of retention is rare

Smell: It smells like Christmas trees in a bottle. Grapefruit and pineapple can also be noticed but the pine aroma really shines through. Seriously, you can smell this baby from a few feet across the room. This is godly for a hop head and quite possibly the best smelling DIPA I’ve ever had.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine and fresh grapefruits are complimented by a sweet malt flavor on the back of the tongue.

Mouth feel: It is thick, oily, and sticky with a great amount of carbonation to prepare the palate for the hop explosion in the next sip.

Overall: This is one of the best double (triple?) IPAs I’ve ever had. Thanks to Knee Deep Brewing Company for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 12:58:45 | More by Raven3464
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RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottled on 2/25/13, into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with about a a finger and a half of dense white head that dissipates to a cap of foam that resides til the end.

Smell: Juicy, resinous hops. A little bit catty and a lot of tropical fruits, as well as a nice kiss of malt sweetness coming though.

Taste: Delicious, juicy, piney, catty, and tropical fruit hop flavors punch you in the mouth while riding on a wave of bitterness. Towards the back you get a slight alcohol warmth as well as a subtle, sweet breadiness coming from the heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly crisp and dry with a very pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: Simply an amazing hop assault on the tastebuds. A shining example of a DIPA/IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 04:12:09 | More by RattleheadKV2
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/31/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours with remarkable clarity - golden orange, very pretty when held up to the face - bright, white head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Big and hoppy, with some interesting and unexpected aromas - tropical, with lots of citrus, and some sweet onion - loads of oily grapefruit, with citrus peels and zest, floral notes - something that distinctly smells like sweet onion to me - big malts, with some sweetness, and a touch of alcohol (not much considering the 11.25%ABV)

Taste: Mouth destroying in a great way - intensely hoppy, as one would expect for something labeled as a "triple IPA" - floral, tropical, loads of citrus, and some pine - oily, wet orange and grapefruit - resinous pine - sticky, straight-up hop resins - some tropical notes, and some more layers of citrus appear as this warms up - high level of bitterness, with some leafyness, grassiness - big malts, mostly pale, some caramel, an interesting sweetness (crystal malts?) - some candy-like sweetness, somehow not too sweet - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, borderline full body, low carbonation, smooth and oily

Overall: Knee Deep... in hops?

This is pretty crazy, as advertised. Intensely hoppy, big, and bold. I'm not particularly in love with the onion aroma, but I find this to be typical in beers with absurd levels of hops. This is a palate wrecker in a great way. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 05:10:53 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabbon for picking this up while in San Francisco.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold with some darker orange notes at the edges. Tiny bright-white collar with a spotty almost non-existent cap. Spots of oily lacing.

Smell: Pine resin and.tons of citrus. Tropical fruit. Tangerine, a touch of pineapple and mango. Sweet candied hops. Tangerine flesh, pine needles and juicy fruit flesh. Malt backbone is minimal, but has some caramel malts and a slight biscuity finish. Straight up pine needle bitterness on the back. Alcohol and a good bit of it.

Taste: Simcoe bitterness, complete with bitter pine needle and resin. Citra tropical fruit explosion. Tangerine flesh with a touch of pineapple. Malts are slightly bready with some caramel sweetness, but it's completely dominated by the hop profile. Lingering bitterness with enough tropical fruit juiciness to keep it interesting. Spearmint. Grapefruit rind. Warming adds a bit more cooked malt sweetness. Sharp bite of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a slightly above average carbonation, very slight. Somehow manages to be juicy and wet during the sip, but ends with a dry finish. Because that makes sense.

Overall: Not going balls deep, but mid-thigh seems good.

Not sure what makes this Triple, but it's burly. The hop profile is delightful but has no balance at all. Aggressively bitter on the finish. Nicely crafted. A lot to take, but worth seeking out from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 05:08:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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