Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,816
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
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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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Photo of dconstandinesouthern
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing all around pure dank smell almost smells a bit like kush so smooth not sweet not to heavy just a beautiful ipa

Photo of IPALOVER
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a passion for hops for what seems like forever, and am always searching for the hoppiest (and most flavorful) beer I can find. Simtra is THE hoppiest beer I have ever had, and it is extremely flavorful, as well. Of course, you have to like hops! There isn't much malt balance at all; this is like having a glass of liquid hops. It smells like a hop cone after you've taken the dry petals and twirled them around in your hand. Hop lovers, this is for you!

Photo of Mindfullivin
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured with very little head, which dissipated quickly to a thin film. Color is a nice rich golden orange. Aroma is a smooth citrus, floral air. Mouth is a pin and citrus flavor. Big bold hop flavor with just a hint of mint. Flavor lingers for days. Very well balanced for a 10.1 % alcohol content. Definitely going to buy more!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and light pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with lots of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more lightly resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great big hoppy profile with good bitterness and great balance throughout.

Photo of thebigredone
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.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Clear yellow with a 1-finger off-white head that dissipates. Some lacing

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, sweet, fresh fruit.

TASTE - Nice and bitter, piney, not sweet. High ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - smooth, soft, not syrupy. Good carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Good beer, as mild as a Pilsner. Definitely chuggable.

Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 06/13/14

A- What the hell? Pours a murky very dark amber that's on the edge of being light brown with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Nice duality of citrusy hops and sweet, slightly toasty malt.

T- The flavor mirrors the aroma but is even more impressive as the hop/malt ratio is pretty much perfect and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. Definitely a sipper as the bitterness lingers and you do start feeling the heat after multiple sips but it tastes great, even as it warms. Earthy and piney with a candy-like caramel finish. Zesty, yet peppery. Sweet but has just enough bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

M- Oily and slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Now this is a "Triple IPA" I can get behind. There are certainly some barleywine characteristics here but it fits within the flavor profile of an IPA more than any other "Triple IPA" I've had thus far. So unique and completely different from what I was expecting. For instance, I didn't realize it would be quite this drinkable. Be careful with this one. The more I drink this, the more I realize it's the perfect hi-octane IPA for me.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Appalachian Wintner (Asheville, NC). 10.99. Bottled 7/7/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours bright amber with a three quarter finger white cap. The head fades to a lingering layer that laces well.

Lush, bright aromas of tropical fruit, mandarin, berries, pine, peach and a notable faint malt sweetness in the background.

Deliciously huge hop flavor. Oranges, pineapple, papaya, peaches, berries, mango, pine, slight floral, caramel malts, faint bread, mild pepper and an ocassional understated shot of booze. Drinks considerably smoother than the double digit abv implies. Those fantastic tropical and citrus hops stay in the driver's seat but there is plenty of bitterness (without seeming bitter for bitters' sake).

Oily, slick, medium full body with a subtle carbonated fizz. Papaya, oranges, peach and caramel malt sweetness dance on the palate in a lingering aftertaste.

Simtra is a truly outstanding imperial IPA. I really enjoyed how much hop flavor it presents without ever coming accross as overly bitter or boozy. Very well done and highly recommended.

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 PerHops
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking IPA

S-Lots of hops, but the malt backbone is evident too.

T- Tons of citrus, orange marmalade, sticky tropical fruit, dank herbal notes. Super good. Maybe a touch too sweet, but barely. Actually pretty complex.

M- Good level of carb, no complaints.

O- I am way more impressed by this than I expected to be. I put this up there with the best of them in this style.

Photo of heymikew
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid effort from Knee Deep. Heady and yummy.
Enjoyed in a Strong Beer Month stemmed glass

I had to wait until the next day to write this review
Nice orange pineapple on the nose and in the taste as well along with hints of resinous pine and even a bit of mint.

Is the 131 IBUs for real? If so, it's the highest I've had.. I guess my palate is really ipa jaded now.
Helpful staff at City Beer Store recommended this one.

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

22oz bottle purchased before the store could get on the shelf.
Pours a brassy orange with a thin white-cream head that quickly deflates to a gaunt layer of white foam that remains the whole way down.
Smells amazing from the other side of the street. Bright, orange, rich pine hoppiness and a bit of alcohol.
Fruity citrusy nose with a hop spike following just behind ending with a slightly tongue puckering aspirin aftertaste. But I don't mind that because the initial flavor is still hanging around to counterbalance the astringent notes on the tip of my tongue. The 10.1% ABV simply lurks in the shadows ferrying the floral, grapefruit, and pine into your sinuses through the back entrance.
The mouthfeel is just right. Lightly carbonated which helps keep the high alcohol content from overwhelming your palate too much.
Overall, big, bold, hoppy, bitter west coast beer that takes me back to when I first started getting into craft beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, picked up at the Winex, trying the already legendary Simtra,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, some light lace, almost looks like a cask beer in some respects.

S: Dank pine and weed with some weedy greens, dandelion greens.

T: Heavy pine character, nice attacking hops, some white grapefruit as well. In your face, this seriously hop heavy after all these years. Take the malt away from Hopsickle you have this.

M: Full-bodied, crisp carbonation, nice tingle with a hint of acid which was interesting and a characteristic I really only get with wine. But this quality worked exemplary here.

O: Easily the best Knee Deep beer I've had, this is a hop monster, in your face type beer. I like it a lot. When these beers are done well, they're always fun like early 2000s Aussie Shiraz. They can be over the top and this beer is, but it's just a joy to drink. Probably had this a couple months too late; it makes me wonder how this was super fresh, if it's this bracing now. Fantastic, the insane hop oils are getting to me now; it really gets better when it warms up a bit.

Photo of Popp24
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange with a fluffy white 1 finger head.

S - The smell is so great on this beer; I would say it's even better than Knuckle Sandwich in this department. The nose is like smelling a fruit basket with oranges, grapefruit's and honey dew melon. You can also smell the fresh hops as well.

T - You get the citrus hops but it's not too bitter at all. It's actually pretty easy to drink for the abv. You get a little burn going down but the flavor is really nice. You also get some bready notes from the malts but this beer is much more of a hoppy citrus forward beer. The hoppy citrusey aftertaste lingers on the palate.

M - Nice and smooth and goes down easy.

O - This may be my new favorite DIPA or TRIPA. It was so easy to drink for the abv and the flavors and nose are just lovely on this one. I will be seeking this one out again.

Photo of JohnParadee
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. I could smell the poontang on this piece of ass right from the start...holy sheet, Batman! We're in for a great ride here. Beautiful orange/amber and cloudy pour. Nice 2" fluffy white thick head. Excellent bubbles and lacing throughout. The nose is extremely piney and "swanky danky", like a piece of ass about to "get focked", to borrow a phrase from Tony Montana. The palate reveals a sweet mouthful of joy, one of the best I've experienced. Lovely and full citrusy hop profile, with sweet papaya/mango notes balancing the bitter piney/grapefruit. It's no wonder some call this brew "Pliny Killer". It is every bit as good (if not better) than Elder. No shit. Mouthfeel is full and warming. This beotch is "fo ree-al"'. Don't miss it!!!

Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

22oz bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled about 2 weeks ago.

4.25 Appearance: Clear orange. Decent head retention.

4.0 Smell: Deep citrus, weed, alcohol aroma that somehow all combines into one. Excellent.

4.75 Taste: Great. Big lime Citra and dank Simcoe combine for a delicious flavor and a perfect mouthfeel.

4.9 Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Lightly bitter and very dry. This is >10% ABV? Wow.

4.6 Overall: Top tier hop bomb. I have to wrap this review up early so I can watch a Bette Davis movie.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic tumbler.

A- Poured a clear light copper body, very little head, almost no retention, but a nice saturn ring hugged the glass. some spotty slippery lacing but also very minimal. a good amount of carbonation can be seen in the glass as well.

S- An aroma you can smell from a mile away! I did not even have to put my nose against the glass to catch the hoppiness of this gem. I noticed it immediately on the pour! Very floral, pine and citrus, mild tropical fruit. Some biscuity malt. Great solid and bold aroma.

T- Grapefruit, tropical citrus, piney/grassy hop, some toasty biscuit malts and a bit of booze as the beer opens up, but not an overwhelming ethanol at all. Not complex, but again solid!

MF- Surprisingly light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth! Lots of resinous flavor that hangs around the palate for a while, and a bit of warmth as the beer opens up, but so subtle it is almost un-noticeable.

O- Great, great, great IPA. Almost too perfect! So much drinkability to this one. The abv is covered up well, the IBU is really bold for hop lovers, so much aroma and flavor! I highly suggest this for IPA and hop lovers!!! Expect a moderate price range on this, but worth the try and worth coming back for again and again! Very good DIPA or according to the bottle a "TIPA."

Photo of Nugganooch
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simtra – purchased at Plaza Wine

Notes from 08/11/12
*22oz bomber to standard pint glass

A: Simtra pours a lightly burnished golden yellow color with some orange hues and decent clarity. A thick creamy layer of bone white head formed displaying some solid stay power. Sticky ringed lacing intervals at each sip.

S: Holy Cat Whiz Hell! Smells like pure Simcoe flowers up in here. Citrus zest, catty herbals, and evergreens. Some warming alcohol and maybe the slightest hint of sugary pale malts but man this one is all hops.

T: Super catty and just teaming with Simcoes. Grapefruit flesh, garden herbs, and crushed pine are expressive. More subdued notes of pineapple, melon, and tropical fruits. Almost feels like more than just Citra/Simcoe going on here. With an intense hop zing to the palate this is massively bitter. Incredibly light in alcohol and malt character for an 11% beast. Just a light sugary cracker base. Wow, this one will grab you by the pooper! Real dank stuff. Everything you have always hopped for.

M: Moderate body with a nice soft consistency. This is incredibly light for such a big brew, all things considered. Smooth with a dry astringent sensation throughout as to be expected. Slightly wetter finish with some residual hop oils that coat the mouth

D: Superb quaffability and ever so dangerous. So smooth and hoppy. I was expecting more of a malt bomb here but nope. Drinks like a regular old West Coast IPA would. They had to of juiced this mutha up with some corn sugar. A massive bitter hop delivery. Might come off as too one note, one trick pony, been there drank that, for others but this is a must try for the hoptarts like me!

Utterly impressive. Tops the others I would group into the Triple IPA category including Hoptimum, Ruin10, Younger, and Expo.

Photo of ElSid
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Bottled Date: None

A: Copper with mahogony and cherry wood hues with a bone white head which fades to faint bed of foam which sits a top this brew.

S: So fresh and bright with awesome tropical notes of pineapple and mango along with a strong citrus aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. There is a background of earth which provides foundation to the nose with highlights of cane sugar and caramel.

T: A hop wallop of pineapple, lychee and mango. When the tropical notes subside then come the tangerines intertwined with grapefruit, orange zest and peach. The fruit is grounded on an earthiness which has notes of pine needles, soil and freshly cut grass. A skeleton of warm bread, cane sugar, and caramel does its best to support the hoppiness of this brew. The finish is bitter with a nice spiciness with some faint warming alcohol.

M: Enough carbonation to keep the palate activated with nice hop oil linger pinned on a medium body and feel.

O: Rivaling Pliny, this surprising brew, being my first offering from Knee Deep, does a wonderful job showcasing the beauty of hops. I especially love the Citra hops in this brew and can't wait to get my hands on another bomber of this wonderful Triple IPA from Knee Deep.

Photo of OTB
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bravo Knee Deep for crafting a truly world class triple IPA that borrows from a few well establishes stalwarts but still managed to keep it uniquely their own. The brew pours a murky burnt sunset orange with an initial foamy white cap that recedes quite rapidly and leave very little tell tale lacing. But the nose is in a league of its own with intense melon,tangerine, mango and a huge apricot infusion that leads to a mouth that reflects the nose to a tee. As it sits it garners even more of the cantaloupe melon notes. The booze has a tendency to poke it's head out a wee bit but not enough to detract from the overall success of this beer and it finishes flavorful and refreshing. Will definitely seek this out again, and for those who frown on KD bottle dating I was told it was a week old at best and it was indeed very fresh.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle clearly says not meant for aging, so who am i to let it sit another day longer? crazy thanks to devi0us for extra'ing this my way when i was expecting nothing but a mini snifter!!!

enjoyed from a ccb humidor series glass. november 2012

a - poured a stunning transparent amber orange with a generous frothy white foamy ipa head. the head slowly dissolved leaving massive milkshake like chunks clinging to the side of the glass. looking good!!!

s - as soon as the cap came of the beer a wonderful smell filled the air. big fresh citric notes!!! upon closer smell...YOWZA! my mouth just started watering...INSANE. perfect grapefruit citric magic. smells out of this world good!

t/m - taste follows the nose with a huge chunky pine cone hop slam in the mouth. the hop is dank, it is chewy, it is citric bomb with some fresh and ripe tropical fruit. finishes a touch bitter.

o - overall, put me on the committee that loves this beer. i'm fairly blown away. the abv is somewhat present, but the flavor and smell is dyno-mite! founders devil dancer...take note...a triple ipa can be amazing and not just a novelty.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant gold with a surprising inch of head. Webs of lace stick to the glass until the finish.

Pine, flowers, caramel and citrus mingle with a hint of booze and biscuit. Mmm mmm, get in my damn mouth already!

Pine, grapefruit and toffee are the first flavors that hit me. Booze comes in a tiny bit too much, I liked it better when in was around 10%, but I won't complain. There is a slight grassy/floral note and biscuit to smooth it out. Goes down just a little too hot. It isn't overwhelming, just noticable.

One amazing beer! I'd rank it with Russian River's Pliny the Elder in terms of complexity and hop forward awesomeness. Get one or two if you can!

Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/9/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a crystal clear, golden amber with a towering, 3.5 finger tall off white head. The head has fabulous retention and leaves tons of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (4.5)
Wow. This beer is positively bursting with dank, tropical hops; peach, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, fresh pine, pine resin, tangerine and a heavy, almost catty astringency. Everything I absolutely love about Simcoe and Citra hops. Deeply buried underneath the avalanche of hops, there is a lightly sweet malt backbone. The 11% is extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.75)
Your palate is slapped immediately senseless with a mountain of hops; mostly huge notes of grapefruit, peach and tangerine. The more tropical notes that were found in the aroma are pretty much absent in the flavor, they do surface in the after taste. The beer finishes dry and very bitter, with a buttery texture of bready malt left on your tongue, that is just sweet enough to hide the alcohol. Lingering notes of pine resin, grapefruit pith and light impressions of peach and passion fruit. highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: (4.5)
Finally a Knee Deep beer where the quality of the malt bill stands up to the quality of the hop bill; Even as the beer warms up, the malt still holds strong, but doesn't get cloying like every other Knee Deep beer I've had does. Malt is there in a similar hop to malt ratio as the almighty Pliny The Elder. This is an amazing IPA that really showcases the beauty of both Simcoe and Citra hops. Can't recommend this beer enough for hop heads.

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,816 ratings.