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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 1,959
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23.94%
Wants: 209
Gots: 357 | FT: 15
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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Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/26/13. Places it at just over 2 months old. Not acceptable by US standards but almost the best you can get in Australia.

Drank from Mikkeller "Gueuze" glass. Translucent golden colour. Good head/lacing.

Smell is a fairly potent pine and mint over a toasty malt backdrop of oozy caramel fudge. Jasmine. Creamy and dessert-y malt presence.

Taste has a strong hop presence, again lots of those caramel fudge, creme caramel, caramelised-type flavours coming from the malt. Expertly balanced.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of hop resin, the alcohol and hops bring a nice dryness to balance the inevitable sugars in an 11.25% DIPA and on the whole it is nicely balanced and not excessively sweet. I'd say fairly well balanced, although in a month or two I think it might lean in favour of sugar.

I would say that the hop aromatics in this beer are not in-your-face but more mellowed. They are definitely potent but cannot overwhelm with that much alcohol behind them. As far as Triple IPAs go this is a good one. It is not excessively sweet and it is not excessively boozy. It is very hoppy and decently malty too. The bomber in its totality will no doubt be a sipping affair but I'm sure I can handle it.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/18/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing burnt orange; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with pineapple. Lots of tropical notes. Hints of mango too. There are also caramel malt notes blended in. Sweet fruity aromas. The flavors seem to match the aromas. More pineapple, which seems to be the star as far as fruit goes. Lots of pine needles and pine resin too. Some grapefruit followed by some orange zest. There's a very solid malt backbone, but the hops still shine and do their thing. Although this is a bitter bruiser, it's still balanced and very smooth. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed for such a big beer. There's barely any warmth and it's not boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but feels lighter than it is with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick. This is beer is truly dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty impressive brew. Everything is smooth for a "Triple IPA". Balance is the key. Well crafted and it's worth checking out if given the opportunity. It's fun to drink. I never would've guessed this was 131 IBU.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew. Heavy malts on this one. Which is an odd thing to say for a triple ipa. There are definitely an excessive amount of hops in this beer. It's to the degree that they seem piled on top of each other so much that it's tight on the hop flavor profile. That being said, this is not a beer of nuance of grace. However, it is not so obnoxious that you get nothing out of it besides a punch in the mouth. I'm sure that has much to do with the execution of the beer. Anyways. This is a pretty good "triple ipa". Certainly much more tolerable than 120 Minute.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #4, bomber poured into our Orval chalices.

A-Doesn't last but I got an instant blast of grape jelly and maple syrup on opening the bottle. That's wild. Once it pours we get a crystal clear, very lightly carbonated copper amber. DIPA would be a good opening gambit. 4

S-Sweet and juicy hoppiness. Hints of alcohol, very inviting. 4

T-Very tasty. Moderately boozy but not overwhelmingly so, good lingering bitterness stays long after the finish, again in a good way. Taste is well balanced between hops and sweetness. 4.25

M-Light side of medium, carbonation a bit light. 4

O-I dug it. A little boozy, a little bitter, very tasty. 4

So, what is it? DIPA is my first, last and only guess. No idea whose.

Reveal: Knee Deep Brewing Simtra Triple IPA. Awesome! I have almost bought this on previous trips to Phoenix but put it back. Glad I had the chance to try it! Thanks.

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Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear orange with golden brown and essentially no head.

S - Very nice aroma. Lots of citrus and resninous hops , and lots of tropical fruit. Surprisingly, not much booze in the aroma, though it does come in more with succesive whiffs.

T - Quite a bit of pine in the taste, that I did not get from the aroma, along with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Nice bitterness throughout. Some juicy citrus as well as bitter. Some booze is apparent, but not distracting. Definitely the least malty "triple" IPA I've had, which is a good thing.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice resiny bitterness.

O - Very nice flavors with the malts kept in check. Some numbing/warming alcohol, but surprisingly kept in check for such a big beer. Wouldn't drink this everyday, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of roger617
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: 4.25 Pours a dark golden color with a copper hue. Has 2 fingers of white frothy head that reduce slowly and leave some lacing.
S: 4.25 What do you expect out of a triple IPA? Lots of malt and even lots more hops.
T: 4.0 Very well balanced. The malt actually takes lead, but the hops fill in the middle, and leave a residual after taste with the minimal alcohol burn.
M: 4.0 Thick, smooth, carbed well. Slight dry after taste.
O: 4.25 This is certainly a solid brew, one that I would love to have again. I haven't had many triple IPAs, but I would certainly put this up top of the ones I've had.

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Photo of mschind
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is being brewed just a few miles away so I'm trusting that this is a fresh bottle despite the lack of a date.

A- One finger bubbly head that reduced to a thin cap. Not much retention here. Deep clear gold with some orange tint.

S- Intense grapefruit and pine with a little basil thrown in. Not much malt in the nose.

T- There's the malt buried in back of the hops, just enough to provide some sweetness to balance the intense hoppiness. However, I could swear that there is grapefruit rind in here somewhere. The alcohol hits a bit later with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M- Full bodied with some astringency in the finish. Nicely carbonated.

O- There is nothing subtle about this beer. It revolves around the hop varietal Simcoe which I understand is another proprietary brand. You have to like the hops to enjoy this beer and I am indeed enjoying it. The fact that a specific hop varietal is featured makes it more difficult to compare to others of this type. This is not as smooth as other Imperial IPA's but is that ok with this hop variety? We might be reaching the point where we will have sub-categories based on hops etc. These are great times for respecters of beer with so many craft brewers pushing the envelop like this.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/11/15 (3 months)

Look: Super light amber, minimal carbonization, sticky head that retains a nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Massive hops, really heavy on the pine. There is a savory backbone to the smell, almost astringent, but always stays just on the right side of pleasant.

Taste: Pretty balanced for a beer with this high ABV. A citrusy, almost floral bitterness, with a nicely rounded malt sweetness. The alcohol hits pretty hard at the end, but doesn't disrupt the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation cuts the syrupyness of the alcohol. Bitterness lingers

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Photo of popery
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold and transparent. Nice white head that fades quickly. No real lacing.

Nice bright nose. Dank, pine, some booze, tangerine rind, floral, malt sugar, lemons, peaches.

Relatively dry for the abv, which is still fairly sweet. Something about going over 10% abv seems to make every DIPA a bit too sticky. My main complaint is that the hop bitterness is a bit bland. It's not bad, just lacks complexity compared to some similar DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but, again, good for the abv. Medium to low carbonation. Lasting bitter finish.

Good stuff. It could use a bit more hop complexity on the palate, but the nose works very well, and it's quite good for the abv. I'm just not sure that I like when DIPAs go above 9% abv.

Edit 1/20/13: Raised scores a bit after having had it a few more times. In particular, I'm getting a bit more hop flavor in the taste than I remember from my review bottle.

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Photo of brewtus
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yay welcome to Ohio knee deep. Pours hazy orange. Smell is tons of citrus, lemon, hops, pine, great smell. Taste is just as good as the smell, citrus, pine, buttery, bitter hops. Overall this is a great IPA and one that will hit you quickly at 11.25%

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Photo of brewskis
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Citra: my two favorite hops! Pours a very hazy ruby orange color with a half finger off white head. Smells of sweet, juicy grapefruit, lots of papaya, mango, pine, fruit punch, almost like a perfume floral smell. Little bit of breadiness in the back but over taken by the hop qualities. Taste starts with the mellower fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple from the citra. Then in the middle you get a carmel flavor, as well as a biscuity note. Also some of the more astringency notes start to creep in like grapefruit and pine from the simcoe. Then the finish is more of the carmel malt, pine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, papaya, mango. Just a symphony of flavors. The finish lasts and a bitter grapefruit and lemon flavor is the last to go. Just enough malt to just cut some of the bitterness from the massive amounts of hops. Definitely do get booze on the finish as well, but that is expected at almost 12%. Gets much better as it warms and the fruity flavors of the hops definitely do come out when it does. Pretty full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a creamy, yet oily mouthfeel from the hops. Would love to get my hands on more of this!

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber orange color with an almost fluffy head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of passion fruit, lychee and pineapple.
Hoppy, resiny and citrusy flavor with notes of pine, Cointreau liquor, earthy and resiny hops, grapefruit, toasted malts, mango, spices, pine, herbal, flowers, tobacco and tea bags. Astringent aftertaste with an eternal bitter note.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.25% is felt but it helps to compose part of its character.
This is a truly hoppy beer, for hop heads and pros. Pushing the doors of perception.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabbon for picking this up while in San Francisco.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold with some darker orange notes at the edges. Tiny bright-white collar with a spotty almost non-existent cap. Spots of oily lacing.

Smell: Pine resin and.tons of citrus. Tropical fruit. Tangerine, a touch of pineapple and mango. Sweet candied hops. Tangerine flesh, pine needles and juicy fruit flesh. Malt backbone is minimal, but has some caramel malts and a slight biscuity finish. Straight up pine needle bitterness on the back. Alcohol and a good bit of it.

Taste: Simcoe bitterness, complete with bitter pine needle and resin. Citra tropical fruit explosion. Tangerine flesh with a touch of pineapple. Malts are slightly bready with some caramel sweetness, but it's completely dominated by the hop profile. Lingering bitterness with enough tropical fruit juiciness to keep it interesting. Spearmint. Grapefruit rind. Warming adds a bit more cooked malt sweetness. Sharp bite of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a slightly above average carbonation, very slight. Somehow manages to be juicy and wet during the sip, but ends with a dry finish. Because that makes sense.

Overall: Not going balls deep, but mid-thigh seems good.

Not sure what makes this Triple, but it's burly. The hop profile is delightful but has no balance at all. Aggressively bitter on the finish. Nicely crafted. A lot to take, but worth seeking out from time to time.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very grassy, resiny, and sticky sweet caramel malt aroma.

Flavor follows suit, but with a piney cleanness and an earthy, bitter finish. Didn't get as much fruit as I'd hoped, with the citra.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of head on a clear, deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a wonderful lemon, grapefruit and bold pine; like you're crushing the hops in your fingers.
The taste has a great big lemon bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the bold malt sweetness. Lots of pine too.
Great smooth texture with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/31/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours with remarkable clarity - golden orange, very pretty when held up to the face - bright, white head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Big and hoppy, with some interesting and unexpected aromas - tropical, with lots of citrus, and some sweet onion - loads of oily grapefruit, with citrus peels and zest, floral notes - something that distinctly smells like sweet onion to me - big malts, with some sweetness, and a touch of alcohol (not much considering the 11.25%ABV)

Taste: Mouth destroying in a great way - intensely hoppy, as one would expect for something labeled as a "triple IPA" - floral, tropical, loads of citrus, and some pine - oily, wet orange and grapefruit - resinous pine - sticky, straight-up hop resins - some tropical notes, and some more layers of citrus appear as this warms up - high level of bitterness, with some leafyness, grassiness - big malts, mostly pale, some caramel, an interesting sweetness (crystal malts?) - some candy-like sweetness, somehow not too sweet - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, borderline full body, low carbonation, smooth and oily

Overall: Knee Deep... in hops?

This is pretty crazy, as advertised. Intensely hoppy, big, and bold. I'm not particularly in love with the onion aroma, but I find this to be typical in beers with absurd levels of hops. This is a palate wrecker in a great way. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is crystal clear orange red color with zero head. ( I think my cap was loose)
Aroma is massive hops and pine.
Flavor is sticky pine, sme grapefruit and citrus.
Not super complex or balanced but somehow a good beer.
Mouthfeel is not bitter or dry, just right it's no lingering flavors. The carbonation is terrible (be sure it wasnt sealed)
My bottle may not be the best example for a review but its still damn good.
With the right carbonation this beer is great.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a dark brownish gold, finger worth of head, opaque
S: strong hops, simcoe and citra. I'm having ahard time smelling anything but
T: dark sweet sugary at first, the. Lots of hop bitterness at end. Alcohol is very evident
M: good
O: I've had a few from knee deep and they do some big IPAs, personally I like the hoparillo more which the same just with Amarillo hops. Would be interesting to try this, hoparillo, and hop shortage side by side.

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Photo of cfalls
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tropical fruit smell and taste, hint of dank.

My complaints are mostly unfair given that this is supposed to be a triple: a little on the sweet side, a lot of alcohol, heavy malt. The hops are big but in a nice way -- not just bitter.

Pretty darn good if you're in the mood for too much of everything.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Substantial orange like appearance to the liquid, very small off white head on the top, maybe 1/10" of an inch. Not anything to really retain or provide lace with, but I really like this orange hue, so I'm going to give it an above average nonetheless.

Aroma, well, its pretty obvious the name here is a combination of the simcoe and citra hop, although the simcoe definitely dominates with its massivity while the more subtle citra hop remains in the background. Ultimately, if you can't make a citra hopped beer smell good, you've got problems. If you like big waves of bitterness, acidity and tropical fruit like notes like I do, you'll like this aroma.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well, remained relatively light on its feet, not allowing bitterness, caramel or alcohol to dominate the fruit estery like hop mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lower, which on one hand helps hide alcohol, but one would think it would make the beers a little more malty, syrupy feeling, but no. What I really liked was a lot of the cardboard and butter flavor I've detected in other kneedeep beers was nowhere to be found here. Easily their best beer.

EDIT: Now that they bottle date, I've been more apt to drop a pretty coin on this bottle, but when its fresh, it hits hard and deliciously.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid TIPA in comparison to the others in the style.

Let's start with the positives.

Freaking drinkable, might I say "sessionable"??

Only others this easy to drink above 10% for me are Younger & Terrepin Hopzilla Side Project 12. Yes, a wee bit boozy at times but way less than you'd expect for the ABV. Malt is there but as a sideshow.

Appearance - Bright orange, clear & 1" head that subdues quite quickly. Active in the Guinness Perfect Pint Glass I poured it in. (I find Tulips take away from the resinous character I love in IPAs/DIPAs)

Smell - Aroma is solid without being overly perfumey. Mangos, Pineapple, Oranges and ripe Banana. Sugar cookie biscut malt backbone. Only thing getting in the way of a better score is the hop "sweat" smell I get, and I'm guessing it's from the Citra Hops. Similar to Knee Deep's single hop Citra Pale Ale. Unpleasant in the Pale Ale, very tolerable in SIMTRA.

Taste - All the same as the nose with a nice pine finish found in many of the highly rated West Coast IPAs / DIPAs.

Mouthfeel - Best aspect of the beer. Crisp, easy drinking, dry and bitter finish. Overly sticky malt "about" non-existent. Opposite from Ruination 10...a second bomber wouldn't be hard to polish off if you have a tolerance.

Overall - A hophead's must try. Very well crafted TIPA.

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Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper color with a half a finger of loose bubbly white head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin head. Plenty of carbonation floating up, which is surprising for such a high abv beer.

Really big nose on this, right after opening the bottle. Tropical fruits, pineapple and passionfruit, orange, grapefruit, but also a bit boozy. Pretty nice fruity smelling ipa.

Taking a sip, bitter citrus upfront, mellowing into some lighter tropical fruit flavors and a touch of pine. Middle of the tongue, a bit of caramel malt and booze. Finishes with bitter citrus and pine hops, lasting quite a while.

Medium body with good carbonation. Boozy, but not too hot, and it is drinkable, though slowly. Big flavor on this one, though not as much tropical fruit as I would have expected after the nice aroma.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is candied citrus hop perfection.

Tastes of fresh cut citrus and pine. West coast goodness means that there is not a huge malt component to compete with the hop-erfection. Just a treat for the palate.

Mouthfeel is tart, snappy and coating. I can almost feel the hop cones accumulating on my molars.

Drinkability is insane. Is this stuff really 11.25%? Wish I was in CA more often...

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear orange / copper color, produces an inch of off-white head, nice lacing.

S- Lots of caramel sweetness and brown sugar along with pine resin and some tropical fruit, surprisingly sweet actually.

T- Lots of tropical fruit and a mounting pine resin bitterness that increases with each sip, caramel malt and brown sugar in the background.

M- Medium to full bodied, low carbonation with a smooth, slightly sticky feel.

O- A very tasty beer, it's actually pretty drinkable for being such a hugely bitter, high ABV beer, definitely worth picking up.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.