Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 203
Gots: 310 | FT: 14
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 1,815 | Reviews: 298
Photo of atomeyes
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of sderenne
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of beerviews2013
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of zhivago373
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of lochef81
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of davet100
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of kindbeer
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber bottled on 04/17/14 into a pint glass on 05/22/14.

A - Clear golden orange sunset. Beautiful. 1/2 finger head with almost no lacing.
S- Not overpowering. Hints of sweet citrus, mango, passion fruit with some pine.
T- Follows the nose with the flavor profile being more dominant. Citrus passion fruit with the malts well balanced. Terrific bitterness lingers. The malts compliment the hops extremely well and is not overly sweet. The high ABV is hidden expertly.
M- Medium light carbonation. Goes down super smooth.

Overall this beer is a behemoth of taste. If I were to blind taste this I would guess the ABV at around 8.5, TOPS. A great offering that I will definitely put into a regular rotation. If the smell was stronger and the lacing a little better, I would give this a 5.

Photo of TrojanRB
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass

Translucent gold with a thin white head

Huge nose. Floral, pine and citrus. Really outstanding.

Taste: sweet citrus up front, finishing with pine and hops. Great. Not a lot of alcohol for a 11.25% beer.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and slightly oily.

Fantastic beer, will buy again.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 4/15/14 purchased at Healthy Spirits for $12. I've been wanting to try this for awhile and I was honestly impressed. Nice orange color, deep but clear. Aroma is dank hops, pine, fruit, dank. Flavor was a delicious melange of pine, dank hops and a very nice malt presence. The idea of a triple IPA is ridiculous but this is really good. Oh yeah, the high ABV was well hidden.

Photo of charlzm
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/5/15 Edit of rating values

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.

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. Be sure you buy fresh!!!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Celtics17
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KFBR392
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/14

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.

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

A - Beautiful looking IPA. Dark clear amber color. Pours with a nice finger head. Bubbles keep coming up through the beer and a nice thin white head remains with lacing while drinking the entire glass.

S - Tropical nummy fruit smells. Picking up mango, pineapple, and with a little grape fruit. Slight hint of maltiness in the background of the fruits.

T - Taste is not as good as the smell. Fruits are less distinct, big malt backbone comes through, with a sweet caramel flavor. Alot of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is not integrated and hence very noticeable.

M - Very smooth moutaste. hfeel. Somehow even though the alcohol comes out in the taste, this doesn't have the thin tingly finish I associate with an alcohol taste. Quite nice.

O - Very good double / triple IPA. Enjoyed the bomber quite alot and am now buzzed. 11.75 alcohol will do that. If my beer memory serves me this is a slight notch below pliny the younger to which it's often compared for geographic reasons. I'd say this isn't good enough to prevent me from spending an few hours in the younger line, but it's still an excellent beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the notion of "Double IPA" representing the broad spectrum of IPA that exceeds the normal range of the style, "Imperial IPA" emerges as the thirst for hops and hibernation grows. So that ceiling to the imperial style is pushed higher with the likes of Devil Dancer, Molotov Cocktail, Hi-Res and the like, and now add Simtra to the mix.

A shade darker than the typical pale, there's just a denser appearance that's held even though its clarity is bright and its color are shades of gold. Its eggshell-white foam swirls from beneath before it settles on top with a whipped topping texture. As the beer recedes, the glass is adorned with intricate lacing with each and every sip.

Pungent to the nose, there's an herbal lace to a malt backbone that's caramel-meets-toffee and a toasted nutty scent. As the malt character is high, so are the hops- meeting the grain intensity with its own leafy, citrus, herbal and tropical medley- leading to an all-around scent that's something of caramel-dipped cannabis.

On the mouth, its caramel-sweet flavor is creamy, rich and over-cooked; taking on toffee, sorghum and buckwheat with all those nutty and toasty flavors seeping into the taste buds. As the taste seems satisfying, the middle invites the citrusy tone of hops- deriving a honey-dipped mandarin orange, red grapefruit, passion-fruit and apricot flavor. The taste veers toward herbacious tones as its fruit flavor tilts leafy, tea-like and with resinous pine bitterness even as slivers of cannabis, verbena and sassafras peak through at times.

Its texture is rich as all those alcohol-laced sweetnesses cling to the soft tissues of the mouth, but it clings there begging for the hop bitterness to batter them and carry them off into a deeply bitter-sweet finish of high spicy-warmth and prickling-bitter ethanol as well.

Simtra is a fascinating taste that's fine letting the malts lead in one taste but then demanding of its hops the next. To and fro, this continues sip after sip as the taste is saturated by all the wonderful and challenging flavors within. Its a flirtatious ale, as I'm slightly frustrated with it, I keep coming back to that glass. I'll hate to see her go...

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

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aroma of resinous piney hops and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice bready maltiness and then a big punch of resinous piney hops. Finish has some juicy tropical fruits present with a lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Awesome Triple IPA. Rediculously easy drinking for 11.25% ABV. An awesome hop bomb.

Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/16/14, poured into a tulip

A- Pours a dark amber orange color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some small patches of short-lasting lace behind

S- citrus hop aroma up front with some sharp grassy notes. Also picking up notes of hemp, herbal and earthy tones. Toasted bready malt underlying

T- big hop punch up front gives flavors of citrus, mango, grass, mint and some leafy notes. The malt sweetness is just as big as the hop kick with underlying bready almost doughy flavors leading to a sweet finish

M- thick and viscous body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Lots of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- big and bold, this one packs a punch. I've noticed that with a lot of the "triple" IPA's that are over 11%, they seem to drink like a barley wine. This one was the same, I enjoyed it but prefer the hops to shine a little more on their own whiten it comes to DIPA's

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/16/14 and consumed on the day of review.

L: Amber with a nice rocky/frothy head. Damn good retention for such a high abc, some nice lacing as well.

A: Big pine resin, citrus, and fruity hops. There is some nice sweet breadiness and but not much caramel malt character. Clean fermentation profile.

T/M: Huge bitterness upfront, moves into a dry body filled with classic piney and resiny simcoe hop character but with a nice fruity mango/melon edge to it. The malt brings some nice balance without getting to sweet, a great accomplishment considering the alcohol content. Dry finish with lingering hop astringency.

Overall, I can't believe that a 2 month old Triple IPA tastes this damn good. That alone makes this one of the greatest hoppy brews out there, I can only imagine how hoppy this is fresh. Buy it, this stuff is great.

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.