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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 181
Gots: 236 | FT: 16
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:
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orange-brown, cloudy to opaque. Head is yellow-tinged white, large bubbles, bit thin. Looks alright.

Smells very fruity-hoppy. New worldly, with passionfruit and a touch of mango. Citric edge as well though and getting more acidic as it warms up. Not much else to it besides hops.

Taste is also all hops, all over that. Citric, piney with resinous hop oils coming through on the back of that. Bit of cake better malt, but it's just one-note American citric & piney hop, really. I like, but it needs to show me more.

Feels a little hot at the back. Otherwise fluid but yeah, boozey.

Ticks all the right boxes for the style but it doesn't take it anywhere beyond the "Fuck yeah 'Murica IPA' zone.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of dusty golden auburn into our Ommegang Game of Thrones snifters. It holds a creamy, soapy two finger head of packed bubbles, showing the color of lightly toasted marshmallows. Retention is excellent, with thick mountainous sheets of lacing left all around the glasses. No thick haze or sediment is noted, but clarity is not absolute. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma is sticky and dank, giving notes of sweet and juicy citric hops, warmly floral and soapy hops, candy corn, white flour, pale and softly musky malts, stinging booziness, light cotton candy esters, dried lemongrass, coiny metallics, Band-Aid medicinals, toasty caramels, and bright mineral. Our first impression is that this is a surprisingly balanced and sweet DIPA for something coming from California, but it does offer those characteristic bitter twangs up front with each sip. As we sip, the taste opens with piney and bitterly grapefruity hops, sappy resins, pale and sweetly caramel malts, tannic teabag astringency, lemon cleaning solvent, nickel, hard mineral water, sculpting clay, walnut oils, light white sugariness, and the bitter beginnings of alcohol content of the beer. The middle pushes forward with straw, vegetal metallics, caramel sugars, magic marker phenols, continued booziness, basement mustiness of moldy sacked grain, and pungent soapy hops. Washing through the finish is more piercing fusel alcohol, white grape fruitiness, clover florals, black pepper spiciness, almond milk richness, vanilla extract fumes, herbal and sweetly nectary hops, light pale malts, pineapple flesh, mossy woodiness, chemical phenols, and white cakey frosting sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, dirty cloth, dandelion stem resins, pencil lead, cotton, cherry and lemon rind fruitiness, dusty pale and caramel malts, herbal and bitterly piney hop sap, dried brown grassiness, yeasty mineral, wet carrot top greens, musty clay, clean vanilla, and sugary tropical fruit juiciness. The body is thickly medium, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords excellently creamy slurp, smack, froth, glug, and pull, with clean and soft finishing pop. The mouth is cooled and coated with foam, with brisk transition into light astringency and puck, extending across the majority of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate but high, adding burn to the mouth and warmth to the belly, but it sips nicely nonetheless.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its aroma. This gives all the sticky, sappy juiciness that anyone would want, but nestles it nicely amongst the grain, musk, and sugary sweetness of the other components. It was actually a hard decision to name aroma as our favorite aspect of the presentation, as we felt appearance and mouthfeel were also both particularly delightful, travelling well beyond basic stylistic requirements. Honestly, while everything was generally enjoyable about this beer, we found the flavoring, specifically, to be a bit rustic for our liking. The hops, although they start fresh, sticky, and piney, develop deeper, darker flavors of mud, mineral, musk, dried twigs, sweat, and grassiness that almost take away from the driving natural naivety that is this beer. That said, that was our “critical reviewer” take on it, because otherwise, just sipping, it is wonderfully balanced and smooth, especially when compared to some of the bitter bombs hailing from the west.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.