Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 1,886
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 205
Gots: 329 | FT: 15
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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

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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 Siriusfisherman
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Jon. Another newfangled "triple IPA" that's gotten a lot of buzz. Excited to have tried it, but fortunate that I split it. Poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 05/12/13. Review is from my notes.

The appearance is a highly oily, amber golden clear color complete with a surprising amount of head - about 1.5 fingers worth. Indeed, what's more surprising is that the head and carbonation lasts throughout, which is not as easy feat to accomplish. Bubbles are very minimal throughout, although the clear, glowing body of the beer is very presentable. Ridiculously viscous - the alcohol legs were everywhere on this thing. Looks pretty awesome, but I fear it will be a booze bomb.

The aroma tells me otherwise, but at the same time provides me tons - and I mean TONS - of hop resinous aromas that I don't think I've experienced ever. There an initial burst of bitterness and citrus sweetness, which quickly changes to a diverse bouquet of fruits, from passion fruit to mango, from blood oranges to strawberries. Very fruity, although maybe a little floral at the finish. Earthy as all hell, and combined with the syrupy, toffee-like flavors from the malts, it becomes even more rustic. This is drowned in hops, almost to the point where I can't make out anything else - not even the alcohol. However, it is a fascinating experience, especially with the passion fruit/strawberry combo they have this going towards. Very astringent - it's almost as if the hop residue gets caught in the nostrils with each whiff.

Well, the flavor is not as explosive in fruitiness as the aroma, but it is very enjoyable. There's an immediate bittered, candied fruitiness that comes right with each sip, followed by a syrupy malty backbone that is drenched in the booze. Due to the oily, astringent character of the beer, there is no alcohol presence, although there is a burn. The fruits range from mango to passion fruit to, at times, papaya. Just as in the case of Palate Wrecker, the malt caramelized syrup holds up the fort with the hop invasion, and makes this relatively easy to drink. The present carbonation makes this a juicy drinking experience. Given the high ABV and volatile nature of the hops, this is definitely something that should be consumed quickly and in smaller portions in order to get the full experience. It's intense, but it's something I didn't have troubles finishing.

This is a totally nuts hop-forward experience, almost to the point of excessiveness, but luckily the malt backbone does wonders in maintaining character and making the fruity, tropical notes feel full-bodied. Definitely worth tracking down, and *definitely* worth making note of the freshness of this product. This would not age well at all. Super resinous unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Recommended! (2,791 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant reddish orange, crystal clear, and a big fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

They're not kidding when they say dank. Sticky icky. Bubble gum. Tutti fruity. It has a very sugary smell.

It explodes with dank and citrus hops, completely demolishing and semblance of malt, which is a little toasty. Fusel spice in the back end.

Big mouthfeel. Hot and dry.

This one has no shame in its hop-forwardness. One of the hoppiest beers out there. (464 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/23/2012

On tap at Churchill's. Described as a Triple IPA made with Simcoe an Citra. Sounds good. Tulip.

A: Bright yellow gold with perfect transparency. The head is an inch of dense white froth and lasts a minute. There's much lacing.

S: Expressive citrus meets restrained tropical notes: Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a touch of passionfruit. Alcohol is light in the nose. Malt lends a subtle candied sweetness.

T: Bright fruit profile. Mango blends with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The fruit is mostly flesh, with lesser notes of rind. Bitterness is insistent but smooth. Malt imparts just a little sweetness and is reminiscent of cracker and biscuit. Pine is pungent and resinous. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Bitterness grows stronger in the late palate through the finish. There's a light spiciness throughout.

M: Lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Impressive. Reminds me of this year's Younger.  (975 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam and Rich.

Pours a pretty thick orange, cloudy and opaque and full of chewy weight. Head only seems to form with some coercion, although it seems as though there's a fine bead to it which eventually coalesces into a very fine white cap. Mostly though, the head forms of large bubbles disturbed during an aggressive pour that just stay around because it's too much effort to push through the liquid to pop.

Nose is pretty impressive. Big, intense, and unmistakably hoppy. It has the rounded sweet tropical fruitiness that comes from a big dry hopping, but also the sharper greener notes I associate with (for example) New Zealand Nelson Sauvin. It's sharp and astringent, with a slight savoury note coming through as well. It's pretty heady and powerful stuff.

Taste is good stuff. Very clean, bright, slightly sweaty green hops pervade from start to finish giving a fragrant, vegetative character throughout the beer. Despite the incredibly thick body apparent in the appearance, it's really not overly sweet—mostly due to the insane level of hop character. But there must be malt to it: it never feels unbalanced despite clearly being a beer designed to shout "HOPS!!!". Slight spicy, peppery notes of capsicum on the back. It's very fresh and very fragrant.

Again, because it's so hop-forward, it feels lighter in the mouth than it should do given the size of it and its appearance. I'm impressed.

Overall, this is a big beer with a stack of flavour. I'm impressed at how well it manages to be so hop-focused and yet so balanced. The hops are sharp and crisp every step of the way, but the beer feels much more smooth and approachable than that character, or its 11.25% ABV say it should. (1,803 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber from HT poured into a tulip glass, bottled 3/5/15.

A - Clear, golden orange, half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Ah...Dank hops, tropical mangoness, hint of sea salt.

T - Follows the nose, with some slight finish burn from the heat. Pine, grass, orange/tangerine also in the mix.

M - Carbonation medium, heft is suprisingly light for an 11%er.

O - Tough to drink this one slow. Great aroma, still had a sizable hop punch at two months, and enough malt to keep it balanced. (508 characters)

Photo of baggio
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught@Dipa-fest.

Apperance: Orangeish with a small, white, head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, Citric Notes, Hint of Pine, Malt.

Taste: Citric and tropical fruits, Hop resin, Pine, Malt, Hint of alcohol and grass.

Palate: Liquid is smooth with a somewhat lowish carbonation. Goes down very easy for such a big beer.

A really outstanding dipa that i would like to try again soon. Up there with the best of them. (420 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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!! (529 characters)

Photo of Coldstorage
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/19/14.

A- Pours a deep amber with a high degree of clarity and a high fluffy white head that surprisingly stuck around for a while. Doesn't seem that thick for an 11% IPA.

S- BIG big pine and grapefruit. Some caramel salt water taffy. Slight tropical notes of papaya. Big hop nostril burn. Slight alcohol coming through.

T- Again lots of pine and grapefruit with some tropical sweetness in there to round things out. A long big bitterness throughout, every bit of the 131 IBUs is accounted for here. The alcohol is evident but the bitterness really helps cover it up.

M- Much lighter than expecting but the alcohol presence and bitterness take away from its drinkability somewhat.

O- Really glad I picked this up on a trip to Columbus. OH. I'd say the Simcoe hops are more of the star of the show more so than the Citra. The bitterness is a bit too much for me but being a Triple IPA I expected that. Would love for Michigan to get these guys beers, but I can also go back to Ohio to find more. (1,064 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a somewhat rocky white head; leaves a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Citrus and hemp; very resinous, with sugary undertones

Taste: Sugary malts underpin the front end, bringing on the expectation that the beer could get very sticky but, fortunately, the citrus and tropical fruit flavors arrive (ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of mango) and cut through the sweet malt with a cleaver; the finish is quite bitter but the floral and citrusy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: While the ABV is higher than I would like, this beer is right up there in the top echelon; a great example of the west coast Double IPA (or in this case, Triple IPA) style (735 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-21-13, much thanks to ZamaMan.

Appearance: Hazy blonde, though filtered with a small white head that fades to the perimeter quickly.

Smell: Piney as hell, with a bit of bread and citrus presence that is both sweet and sour. Intense!

Taste: I can sum this up by saying: this is like a bigger, slightly maltier Pliny; and that's a good thing.

Intense piny smack of hops to the face that then gets joined by citrus while both ride over the malt. There is a slight tropical hop sweetness that fades out towards the end. Malt and piney bitterness wrestle each other into the finish and beyond.

The hops attack your tongue like Spartans. This is a sticky, tongue coating beast. The alcohol is also hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Below average carbonation is understandable for the abv, but there is still enough there in this big beer to keep things interesting.

Overall: A piney, intense, hop-bomb of a beer that is not for the faint of heart and definitely best consumed fresh. Would definitely drink again, preferably on tap/cask. Awesome. (1,054 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a thick, off-white, two-finger head that dissipates to a nice foam cap. Great lacing. Pure hop aroma - pine resin and grapefruit rind. Bitter up front, as one would expect from a beer billed as a triple IPA. Nicely balanced, however, not bitter for bitters sake like too many west-coast Imperial IPAs. Bitter on the back end as well, finishes slightly dry with a little heat from the 11.5 ABV. A full bodied, slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, a well crafted triple IPA. (509 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 bomber, ouch.

Clear burnised copper body topped by a thin head that recedes quickly.

The nose is pretty great, a good mix of pineapple citra notes and spicy, grapefruity simcoe. Malt is hidden, but booze isn't - this is slightly solventy.

It's semi-sweet on the palate and plenty boozy, with some great tropical fruit hop flavors. Pineapple is dominant, followed by grapefruit and mango. Simcoe lends some spiciness. The body is about medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp despite the high ABV. Finishes with a clean bitterness signature of simcoe.

Great stuff, but unabashedly boozy and very expensive. (609 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle with 01/18/14 on the side. Lots of lacing. Pours a burnt amber color with an inch of head. The aroma is lots of juicy tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, orange, and sweet grapefruit. The taste is boozey with bitter tropical fruits and citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some piney hops. Bitter and boozey. Fair amount of malt flavor but this thing is hops dominated. Creamy mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for "Triple IPAs" and this one is up there with Hopsickle, Devil Dancer, Hi Res etc. Overall, fantastic brew I'm glad I got to try. (577 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current bottle is 10.1%. No freshness date but a code KDBCGZE12.

A - Pretty but slightly murky gold/apricot. Nice near white head leaves pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Extremely floral, little cat pee. Definitely hoppy. Perfumed.

T - BIg malt rushes up against almost camphor perfume. After duking it out, still not sure who wins the final taste. They alternate to the end.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty good balance.

D - Very pleasant and somewhat different TIPA. (481 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Trails and blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- caramel, honey, big juicy citrus and some pine.

T- Sweet caramel, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit with a good amount of pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Some slick and oily feel.

O- Nice balance of sweet, citrus, and bitterness. (412 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear deep, dark orange with two fingers of near-white foam atop that lasts for quite a while. This eventually leaves rings of lace down the glass.

Citrus-forward aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes, along with a mild biscuit malt character, and just a hint of warm booze.

The flavor is bold, expressive, and incredibly hoppy. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple dominating. There's also big notes of pine, mild cracker malt, and just a hint of warming booze, though it's not at all distracting. Delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Terrific. (682 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is good and hoppy, it smells mostly like citrusy (pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel and bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, full of citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and piney hops, with caramel and bready malt also noticeable. The piney bitterness really comes out in the flavor, and it's not boozy, at least not as much as I was expecting an 11.25% ABV brew to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, and I'd pick this one up again at $8.99 a bomber. (786 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A: clear but deeply hued gold ale with a few fingers of white head that left lace trails behind

S: grass and pine, citrus and fields - fresh, herbal, floral, and citric all at once

T: bitter and sharp hops underscored with slightly caramel-sweet pale malt chew; bright tightness flashes astringence, but then smooths out

M: medium body but light and quick on the tongue; modest palpable carbonation, bittering is not over-the-top; clean-finishing

O: a real nice triple double IPA - lots of hops with citric and pine elements; retains some earthy, grassy and floral characteristics; not something you wanna pass by if you've never had it or if you like the style. (668 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for the chance!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 02/03/14.

Pours a very dark orange, bordering on light brown. Thick ecru colored head. Strong hop candy aroma, sticky, tangerines and piney. Taste is quite sweet, piney creamy, warming, bitter, raw hops. Very intense, almost unrelenting yet amazingly drinkable though ABV does hit. (359 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled 2/11/13

Thanks goes out to beachstrength49 for this!

Pour: Clear dark amber and aggressive pour fights to get even a finger amount of dirty white head. Lacing is almost non existent but the alcohol legs are huge on this beer.

Smell: A big smack of citrus hops (orange/tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango) some bitter resin pine hop and some floral notes. There is some caramel, toffee notes in the background.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly with the citrus up front and in your face in a good way. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and the forest pine notes there, too. Some malt notes give way to a touch of sweetness but that is pretty fleeting as the finish is quite bitter. Alcohol is evident but not distracting in any way to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually a bit sticky on the finish and a touch warming from the alcohol.

Overall: I am so used to the midwest IPA's and especially fond of the offerings from FFF with their almost patented hop profile. This one however throws me a slight curve ball and I'm liking this a lot. Thanks again to beachstrength49 for sending me not one but two bottles of this west coast gem! (1,198 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.