Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2012

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Photo of RyanTheLion76
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didn't get to see the color of this beer because I was at a friend's house and he didn't really have any appropriate glassware for this beer (this explains the 1 rating on the appearance, but this isn't reflective of what I actually think of it). But hot damn, I was craving more hops than could be considered appropriate and this beer delivered. Even from the bottle this beer was EXPLODING with hop aroma. Notes of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit overloaded my nostrils. The beer tastes the same with a bit more malt than I expected, which makes sense for how big this beer is. Hop heads, this is the beer you're seeking.

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Photo of MpVpRb
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the description.."Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face"

It's like being hit in the head with a sledgehammer made of hops

It's astoundingly, insanely, overwhelmingly hoppy

I am a hardcore hop-head, so this beer definitely satisfies my craving..and I LOVE it..it's definitely one of my favorites!

If I had a criticism, I would compare it to Stone Ruin Ten

Simtra is raw, extreme, outrageous and overwhelming..Ruin Ten is a bit more balanced, artistic and sophisticated

So Jeremy(the inventor), if you read this, I love Simtra, but moving a bit more toward balance and sophistication would be cool

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Photo of cfalls
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tropical fruit smell and taste, hint of dank.

My complaints are mostly unfair given that this is supposed to be a triple: a little on the sweet side, a lot of alcohol, heavy malt. The hops are big but in a nice way -- not just bitter.

Pretty darn good if you're in the mood for too much of everything.

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Photo of Andymac28
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow, S- im getting all sweet tropical fruit, no pine really. Taste- kinda sweet throught(not in a bad way) and bitter at the end and again mostly tropical fruit. As it warms I get a little bit of pine. Alcohol is def there but masked pretty well for the 11.2%. O- pretty good I would get again

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Photo of Treb0R
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank, marijuana hop profile with a bit of pine, which I would actually like to be even stronger. There seems to be way more Simcoe in this beer than Citra. You don't get much tropical fruit.

The malt profile doesn't get in the way of the hops. Drinkability is fairly decent.

There is some alcohol punch to it, but it drinks like a 9% abv beer instead of 11.25%. Not as much aroma as Fat Head's Hop Juju, Pliny, or Heady Topper.

My biggest gripe about this beer is the price retails at @$11.99 for 22 oz.

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Photo of Big_V
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle dated 2/4/15 poured in my mason jar. LOL Clear, golden, amber color w/ 2 finger white foamy head. Getting tropical fruits and candy aroma. The hops punch me in the jaw followed by a juicy smooth mouthful. Dank indeed. Knee Deep makes some great IPAs. Recommended.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler poured into a pub-style pine glass.

Appearance
Golden-yellow with 1 finger of loose, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Candied orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, pine, and candy sugar.

Taste
Pine sap, pineapple, dank greens, and bright florals. Candied orange, grapefruit zest, and lemon pith. Candy sugar backbone with suggestions of caramel. Lingering notes of pine needle and zest. A good punch of bitterness hits the back end.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, oily, smooth, semi-dry and moderately bitter.

Overall
Hot damn, the 11.25% abv is hidden well! Very west coast, very dank, very good. This is up there with the best of them.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-16 - extra fresh!
Appearance: poured a beautiful clear golden/orange color. One finger bubbly head that quickly faded to a thin film.
Smell: Huge floral, tropical and citrus fruit aromas.
Taste: Nice grapefruit taste, along with pineapple and mango flavors as well. Light malty sweetness, nicely balanced. A little heat from the 11.2%.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, silky smooth, very nice and sharp.
Overall: What an outstanding brew - I wish this was available in CO. It ranks up there with the best big IPAs.

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Photo of simcoeluv
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle 1 1/2 months old. 11.25 ABV
Look: Golden, a little cloudy
Smell: Spicy, boozy
Taste: Strong, fairly smooth for the style, with lasting aftertaste
Feel: Heavy and raw feel

A basic triple, smoother than some. As with Younger, it gets better as it warms.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very grassy, resiny, and sticky sweet caramel malt aroma.

Flavor follows suit, but with a piney cleanness and an earthy, bitter finish. Didn't get as much fruit as I'd hoped, with the citra.

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber orange color with an almost fluffy head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of passion fruit, lychee and pineapple.
Hoppy, resiny and citrusy flavor with notes of pine, Cointreau liquor, earthy and resiny hops, grapefruit, toasted malts, mango, spices, pine, herbal, flowers, tobacco and tea bags. Astringent aftertaste with an eternal bitter note.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.25% is felt but it helps to compose part of its character.
This is a truly hoppy beer, for hop heads and pros. Pushing the doors of perception.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly incredible Double IPA. 11,25% but it drinks smooth. Well balanced, not over the top. Everything is under control here- the booze and the hops and the sweetness. The hops are wet and funky and there is a tad of honey sweetness at the end of the sip that reminds me of Hopslam. Some minerality in the nose. Lemon amd thyme around the edges, floral tones; a lavender field in Provence.

This is beauty!

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Photo of Dshin90
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Love Knee Deep! Simtra is a great brew, its sweet while being high ABV. It is a bit pricey but its worth it. I cant get over how good beer this is. IF YOU ARE AFTER HOPS THEN....YOU GOT IT.

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Photo of sgameroz
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent. For an ABV this high, you would expect a lot more undesired sweetness. Not the case. Very well balanced. Too bad it costs north of $10/btl.

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Photo of fureousangel
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just cracked one bottled 16 DEC 14. A pure gem. The immediate fragrance that hit my nose was amazing.

I'm very familiar with this brewery and their product. They are doing some phenomenal things. I recommend tracking it down

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Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber liquid with a white head that leaves a nice decoration on the glass. Thin covering not top. Big healthy malt backbone with light caramel, sugary dough, a clean light yeast bodied fruitiness. Some pepper wrapped alcohol. Taste is darn near perfect. A malt construct that is bready and sweet. Caramel and crystal malt blend to create a sweet platform that launches the ginormous hop barrage. Pine and citrus abound. Hop resin and oil coat the mouth. Finish is sharp and oily. Kind of longish with a minty flourish. Feel is full with a mild cream touch. An exceptional beer, how can the booze be this well hidden? A great thirst quencher and all day sipper.

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Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! I've had Pliny the Elder on tap at Russian River and this is as close to that as I've had. Light amber color and thin head with some nice lacing on the glass. Strong initial taste with a smooth finish. 11.25 abv!! Overall a great beer! Expensive but worth every penny.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose but the bitterness and tropical fruits are very up front. Orange, grapefruit and pine come in later. Lingering bitterness that coats your tongue. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Mouthfeel is about as thin as you can get with 11.25% but obviously still on the thicker side. I would like some more carbonation as well. I feel like I would enjoy this more if the bitterness was lessened some to let the aromas really shine. Obviously, the bitterness is there to cover up the alcohol though. Overall, a great TIPA. I had this about a year ago (actually my untappd said it was back in March) and it's incredible how my palate has changed since then. I doubt I would've been able to pick up all the flavors back then. I've heard from several people that this is actually the same recipe as Pliny the Younger. I'm guessing that was just BS to use as a selling point. Most "clones" show no Citra in the recipe, but a hop bill more similar to Elder (Centennial, CTZ, Simcoe, Amarillo). This bottle was labeled 10/31/14 so freshness is somewhat a factor. I'm actually surprised at how good a two week old TIPA has held up. I'm going to guess that if this were around 2 weeks old there would be quite a difference in the hop presence. Nowhere near the dreaded barleywine territory most DIPAs/TIPAs face after a few months. Good on Knee Deep for making several high quality and high ABV DIPAs though. Especially year round ones.

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Photo of Coldstorage
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottled on 12/4/2014. Some folks seem to think that this, when fresh, can give the younger a run for its money. Having not had it on tap, I suppose i'm not totally qualified to say but I remember younger having more vanilla and less bitterness making it.. well.. marginally better. Still a tasty beer when fresh.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is the opposite of smooth. Instead it is quite bitter and harsh. The first once or two may be enjoyable, but it is a challenge to finish you glass because each taste makes you want the next one less.

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Photo of yonker
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A: A deep amber. This beer pours a slightly unimpressive single finger of head. A vigorous pour may result in two. I must say that, somehow, the beautiful amber that this beer presents somehow manages to scream "HOPS."
S: The nasal senses were overwhelmed from the initial opening of the beer; an escape of the freshest of vapors revealed a beer arguably reeking of those (slightly), yet incredibly enjoyable skunky, intensely citrusy hops only found in the most vigourous dpa's and the finest tpa's.: grapefruits, citrus, oily hop smells, followed by a startling, yet pleasant, earthy hop smell. Another call-out must be made to the grapefruit and citrus.
T: The nasal cavity does not lie. This beer slams you across the face with the most vigorous hop presentation you have ever seen; the hops are quickly dissipated with a paralleled explosion of malty backbone that just barely manages to tame those wild citrusy earthy hops. I must repeat, with a second sip, that the malty backbone is just strong enough to tame the hops. Really, it's sensual, feeling those hops slammed with a great earthy malt.
M: There is a tremendous mouthfeel. I can almost feel myself struggling to tame this beer, to wrestle it into submission. The 11.5% alcohol content suddenly becomes apparent with the slightly heavy consistency of this beer. I may just be overloaded with the complexity of this one, but I would have to make a strong case of the assertiveness: an after-bite of hops lasts for literally minutes.
OVERALL: This beer was completely enjoyable. I really expected no less from a TPA, but I must say I was surprised by the way this beer made a TPA...do-able. Just because of that quick, earthy, malty, backbone, this beer was actually a pleasant presentation of that beautiful hop medly found in only the finer beers. I would be curious to find what the bros thought of it...I would consider it world-class!!
Summary: An incredible WHOP of hops followed by the quickest, maltiest backbone that barely manages to tame them. A lingering aftertaste of those grapefruit/citrusy hops. 11.5%.

Note: this beer drinks well with sweeter/saltier foods. I had a sip after a fresh chocolate chip cookie and I was pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely bright gold-orange with a finger of white head. Smells like cat pee and sweet pale malts with some sweet yellow grapefruit. Taste is better with lots of that yellow grapefruit and big pale malts. Fairly sweet, good stuff.

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Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottled 9/16/14: Pours very hazy dark gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Wow, the smell is strong and hoppy, with a very pungent citrus blast from 6 inches away from the glass; nose is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and citrus hops combined with piney hops, caramel, brown sugar, herbs and fresh juicy hop oil. A great nose that lets the grains/malts come through more as it warms, with just enough sweetness to suppress the alcohol and only let it peek through in small puffs.

Taste is very hoppy, but has a lot more balance and malt presence; flavors include grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, all things squeezed out of citrus hops, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, buttered wheat bread, herbs and light spices like pepper and tea leaf, biscuit and fresh juicy hop oil – the hops seem very fresh and wet hopped, giving it an oily texture at times. No heat from the high ABV and less aggressive hop attack than expected from a triple IPA, but this was very tasty and a lot smoother than I expected. Bitterness was moderate and the alcohol caught up as I made my way through the bomber, but it went down easy and was complex with enough malt backbone to make for a well crafted imperial IPA. The ABV was more pronounced in the second pour, but still tolerable.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy, but it’s smooth like velour and really slides down easy considering the density and high ABV. This was a slow sipper in order to try and maximize the flavor and let the warming bring out more dynamics, but I could have very easily pounded this like a 60 Minute IPA. Overall a really great beer that lived up to the hype and represents big, bold West Coast IPA’s quite well. I’ll definitely seek this out as it’s a top notch triple IPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After trying several Knee Deep beers, I seem to have left the best for last. Great citrus, pine, and herb ( in more ways than one) aroma. Enough semi-sweet malt foundation. Tons of juicy fruit. Bitter snap. Tingly finish.

A terrific big Imperial IPA.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $12.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Excellent! Unfiltered. Very small head but that is expected. Dark gold

S- Lot of hops here. Has that skunky smell that DIPA's and TIPA's have

T- Excellent. Big flavor. A touch sour. Grapefruit galore.

M- Low carbonation. Big after taste here. Stays forever

O- Excellent! Wish I had more but will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful TIPA went well with..... Lamb Shank with root vegetables.

Enjoy!!

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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