Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +3.7%
Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits, San Francisco, CA
Bottled on date: 6/04/13
Served in a snifter
Fantastic appearance. The super hazy, glowing, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a tight, bubbly, one-finger crown. Drippy streaks of lacing coated the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed disappeared to reveal a completely transparent body.
The nose was amazingly hoppy and complex. Tropical fruit notes leapt out of the glass. Tons of passionfruit. Some mango. Lots of citrus. Candied orange peel came through strong. Dank, weed-like notes were also noticeable.
The flavor profile lacked the tropical fruitiness of the nose but was still impressive. Super citrusy. Bitter orange rind dominated. Caramel malts came through strong on the front end. Touch of brown sugar. The hops completely took over mid-palate. Lots of grapefruit-like bitterness on the back end. Pithy grapefruit rind and resiny pine sap were apparent in the brutally bitter, lingering finish. At 11.25% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well masked.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Soft and somewhat slick with a fine, medium effervescence.
The connotation "triple IPA" seems a bit contrived, but this beer is no joke. At 131 IBUs, be forewarned that this is a hop monster. Nevertheless, it still manages to maintain some semblance of balance.
07-11-2013 03:43:47 | More by Damian
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-10-2013 04:56:09 | More by superspak
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.