Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 1,874
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 206
Gots: 328 | 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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Reviews: 270 | Hads: 1,874
Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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! (408 characters)

Photo of Dshin90
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

If you want hops... Oh boy u got em! I am reviewing with what I got on tap and it was AMAZING. I got kicked in the face with the burst of hops and it got me cus it's exactly what I want after a long day of work! It was good. 95? 96? Might be too high for me however I can't be mad at those point review. (303 characters)

Photo of sgameroz
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent. For an ABV this high, you would expect a lot more undesired sweetness. Not the case. Very well balanced. Too bad it costs north of $10/btl. (155 characters)

Photo of fureousangel
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just cracked one bottled 16 DEC 14. A pure gem. The immediate fragrance that hit my nose was amazing.

I'm very familiar with this brewery and their product. They are doing some phenomenal things. I recommend tracking it down (226 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber liquid with a white head that leaves a nice decoration on the glass. Thin covering not top. Big healthy malt backbone with light caramel, sugary dough, a clean light yeast bodied fruitiness. Some pepper wrapped alcohol. Taste is darn near perfect. A malt construct that is bready and sweet. Caramel and crystal malt blend to create a sweet platform that launches the ginormous hop barrage. Pine and citrus abound. Hop resin and oil coat the mouth. Finish is sharp and oily. Kind of longish with a minty flourish. Feel is full with a mild cream touch. An exceptional beer, how can the booze be this well hidden? A great thirst quencher and all day sipper. (668 characters)

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! I've had Pliny the Elder on tap at Russian River and this is as close to that as I've had. Light amber color and thin head with some nice lacing on the glass. Strong initial taste with a smooth finish. 11.25 abv!! Overall a great beer! Expensive but worth every penny. (285 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose but the bitterness and tropical fruits are very up front. Orange, grapefruit and pine come in later. Lingering bitterness that coats your tongue. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Mouthfeel is about as thin as you can get with 11.25% but obviously still on the thicker side. I would like some more carbonation as well. I feel like I would enjoy this more if the bitterness was lessened some to let the aromas really shine. Obviously, the bitterness is there to cover up the alcohol though. Overall, a great TIPA. I had this about a year ago (actually my untappd said it was back in March) and it's incredible how my palate has changed since then. I doubt I would've been able to pick up all the flavors back then. I've heard from several people that this is actually the same recipe as Pliny the Younger. I'm guessing that was just BS to use as a selling point. Most "clones" show no Citra in the recipe, but a hop bill more similar to Elder (Centennial, CTZ, Simcoe, Amarillo). This bottle was labeled 10/31/14 so freshness is somewhat a factor. I'm actually surprised at how good a two week old TIPA has held up. I'm going to guess that if this were around 2 weeks old there would be quite a difference in the hop presence. Nowhere near the dreaded barleywine territory most DIPAs/TIPAs face after a few months. Good on Knee Deep for making several high quality and high ABV DIPAs though. Especially year round ones. (1,601 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 mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is the opposite of smooth. Instead it is quite bitter and harsh. The first once or two may be enjoyable, but it is a challenge to finish you glass because each taste makes you want the next one less. (210 characters)

Photo of yonker
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: A deep amber. This beer pours a slightly unimpressive single finger of head. A vigorous pour may result in two. I must say that, somehow, the beautiful amber that this beer presents somehow manages to scream "HOPS."
S: The nasal senses were overwhelmed from the initial opening of the beer; an escape of the freshest of vapors revealed a beer arguably reeking of those (slightly), yet incredibly enjoyable skunky, intensely citrusy hops only found in the most vigourous dpa's and the finest tpa's.: grapefruits, citrus, oily hop smells, followed by a startling, yet pleasant, earthy hop smell. Another call-out must be made to the grapefruit and citrus.
T: The nasal cavity does not lie. This beer slams you across the face with the most vigorous hop presentation you have ever seen; the hops are quickly dissipated with a paralleled explosion of malty backbone that just barely manages to tame those wild citrusy earthy hops. I must repeat, with a second sip, that the malty backbone is just strong enough to tame the hops. Really, it's sensual, feeling those hops slammed with a great earthy malt.
M: There is a tremendous mouthfeel. I can almost feel myself struggling to tame this beer, to wrestle it into submission. The 11.5% alcohol content suddenly becomes apparent with the slightly heavy consistency of this beer. I may just be overloaded with the complexity of this one, but I would have to make a strong case of the assertiveness: an after-bite of hops lasts for literally minutes.
OVERALL: This beer was completely enjoyable. I really expected no less from a TPA, but I must say I was surprised by the way this beer made a TPA...do-able. Just because of that quick, earthy, malty, backbone, this beer was actually a pleasant presentation of that beautiful hop medly found in only the finer beers. I would be curious to find what the bros thought of it...I would consider it world-class!!
Summary: An incredible WHOP of hops followed by the quickest, maltiest backbone that barely manages to tame them. A lingering aftertaste of those grapefruit/citrusy hops. 11.5%.

Note: this beer drinks well with sweeter/saltier foods. I had a sip after a fresh chocolate chip cookie and I was pleasantly surprised! (2,219 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely bright gold-orange with a finger of white head. Smells like cat pee and sweet pale malts with some sweet yellow grapefruit. Taste is better with lots of that yellow grapefruit and big pale malts. Fairly sweet, good stuff. (228 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottled 9/16/14: Pours very hazy dark gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Wow, the smell is strong and hoppy, with a very pungent citrus blast from 6 inches away from the glass; nose is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and citrus hops combined with piney hops, caramel, brown sugar, herbs and fresh juicy hop oil. A great nose that lets the grains/malts come through more as it warms, with just enough sweetness to suppress the alcohol and only let it peek through in small puffs.

Taste is very hoppy, but has a lot more balance and malt presence; flavors include grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, all things squeezed out of citrus hops, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, buttered wheat bread, herbs and light spices like pepper and tea leaf, biscuit and fresh juicy hop oil – the hops seem very fresh and wet hopped, giving it an oily texture at times. No heat from the high ABV and less aggressive hop attack than expected from a triple IPA, but this was very tasty and a lot smoother than I expected. Bitterness was moderate and the alcohol caught up as I made my way through the bomber, but it went down easy and was complex with enough malt backbone to make for a well crafted imperial IPA. The ABV was more pronounced in the second pour, but still tolerable.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy, but it’s smooth like velour and really slides down easy considering the density and high ABV. This was a slow sipper in order to try and maximize the flavor and let the warming bring out more dynamics, but I could have very easily pounded this like a 60 Minute IPA. Overall a really great beer that lived up to the hype and represents big, bold West Coast IPA’s quite well. I’ll definitely seek this out as it’s a top notch triple IPA. (1,839 characters)

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

After trying several Knee Deep beers, I seem to have left the best for last. Great citrus, pine, and herb ( in more ways than one) aroma. Enough semi-sweet malt foundation. Tons of juicy fruit. Bitter snap. Tingly finish.

A terrific big Imperial IPA. (252 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 earlolson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Had a 22. Two fingers of head. Toasty citrus Infused nose . Surprisingly light on the palate for a triple ipa. Balanced and complex. Lasting light malt and hopped finish with a touch of spicy
pine. Get one! (208 characters)

Photo of shigg85
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Bought a bomber of this from Bevmo in Mira Loma, CA. Poured into a pint glass. The main label says that this beer is "not meant for aging" and that I should enjoy it "triple fresh." It was bottled on June 4, 2014, and I consumed it on November 6 -- not exactly triple fresh. That factors into this amazing review -- I wonder what it tasted like really fresh! A serious contender for best Double IPA! 131 IBU providing a beautifully bitter punch with an 11.25% ABV that kicks as much as it delights. Of course, there are simco hops that dominate the palate in a most pleasurable way. This beer holds up and even improves as it warms. Seriously an amazing beer from a less well-known brewer than others. I'm convinced that if this brewery were bigger, this would be one of the top beers on the site. Get it and enjoy! (815 characters)

Photo of camshew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

22 oz. bottle from Safeway in Roseville, bottled 7/30/14

A: Orangy amber in color with slight cloudiness

S: Grapefruit, orange, pine

T: Earthy hoppiness, citrus, tropical fruit, sugar, and alcohol

M: Soft and chewy in the mouth with a sharper finish. The sweetness balances the bitterness, and this offering is really quite drinkable for 11.25%

O: Not the hop bomb that I was expecting (in a good way). This one has some true elegance and sophistication in the flavors and stimulates every part of my palette. Comes close to my borderline on sweetness, but the hops stay just sharp enough to keep it in bounds. Would highly recommend! (639 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange color with fine head retention.
S - lots of hops. Citrus, Pine, fruit.
T - Lots of bold flavor, like the smell with lots of bitterness
F - Medium body and with moderate carbonation.
O - Took my time drinking this, its boozy but really well done. (260 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

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. (520 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 GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured on tap and served in a goblet, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, copper color, with a sparse, wispy, white head. Nose of gorgeous hops blending perfectly together, with grassy notes, a citrus blend of lime and grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of cannibus. Wow! One of the better smelling beers out there! Flavors are caramel forward, followed quickly by a spicy pepper hops and resinous pine character. Very bold and full forward, with citrus and tropical fruit highlights, and subtle booze tones at the tail end
The aftertaste is more tropical fruits and booze, with an underlying dryness into the slick, smooth finish. Big, beefy, tasty IPA. Very nice! (671 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

5 oz pour at Top Hops NYC

Tripple IPA 11+%

Wow, this is a pallet blaster. So complex. I get a soft pine, herbiness, then citrus on the back end. Each sip keeps you thinking about the complexity. Awesome beer. (215 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Wow! Intense hop flavor, nicely balanced without the harsh bitterness one might expect from a brew with an IBU rating this high. The ABV is very high, but very deceptive, dangerously deceptive!

I love this "triple IPA", and that is coming from someone who is not a huge IPA fan. Definitely will be looking for this one again. (326 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.