Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
Bottle shared by Sean. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.
S - Definitely a Triple IPA here, with big sugary malts up front, as well as notes of candied citrus and other nebulous tropical fruits. I also got a mild onion note that I occasionally get from Citra beers, but I may have been the only one. The malt bill has a dextrose quality to it that I don't totally enjoy.
T - I prefer the flavor, which has big citrus and tropical fruit presence, and less of the overly saccharine malt flavor in the aroma. Moderate bitterness, and well-hidden alcohol as well.
M - Medium-full body, with lower carbonation, a pleasantly dry finish, and light alcohol warmth.
D - Relatively easy to drink, but I prefer other takes on this style (Drake's Black Label, Nickel Bag, Ephraim, et al.). There's just too much overt sugar for me in the aroma and not enough of the '-tra' to match its namesake.
07-27-2012 20:57:08 | More by MasterSki
3.74/5 rDev -12.8%
Thanks to Carlos for the bottle as an extra.
Poured into a teku, a cloudy amber liquid, with a foamy off-white head, which receded to a wispy layer, lacing the glass nicely. Nose was actually pretty malty sweet, but there was an obvious oily hop presence, candied citrus peel and tropical fruit. The bottle was only a couple weeks old, so it's not like this should have faded that fast, I just was getting more maltiness than hoppiness. In the taste, sweetness profile like toasted toffee, corn sugar, pine resin, candied citrus peel, mango flesh, lots of toasted bread in the finish, cancelling out any crisp hoppy bitterness. Not a malt-bomb, but not really a hop-bomb either, which was kind of what I was expecting. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with all those malts needed to amp up the ABV, mouthfeel was pretty thick and resinous. There was a slight solvent booze presence, but for 11+% this was a pretty drinkable brew. Decent overall, but too sugary for the style.
05-24-2014 19:23:16 | More by Rifugium
3.18/5 rDev -25.9%
The usual orangey amber color with a pleasant foamy cap. On the titanic side. I don't think I've smelled the "cat pee" odor quite so strongly in a beer before. Thin in body, but the same way vodka is "thin."
I suppose being so overly alcoholic is a good thing. It drinks more like a liqueur, where you just take tiny sips and wait until the feeling returns to your tongue. Oh, the hops. Total hop teardown. Not ridiculously bitter, just liquid hops. Not such a bad flavor, either. It's quite spicy and aromatic. A bright tone. Take it one sip at a time.
Time for a Simple Times Lager to add this hop flavoring to. From the 22 oz bottle
12-12-2012 07:12:13 | More by mactrail
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
From 05/22/13 notes. Bottle was dated as 04/29/13, so about three weeks old. 22 oz. bomber into my Bell's tulip.
a - Pours a hazy orange-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and tropical fruits. Tons of citrus and fruit, awesome fresh hoppy nose. I like it a lot.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, oranges, lemon zest, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and resin. Taste is lightly bitter at first with lots of citrus. The more I drink it, the more bitterness that comes out in the taste.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. There is some moderate bitterness in the mouthfeel the more I drink it.
o - Overall a very nice DIPA...they call it a Tripple IPA, whatever that means. Awesome hoppy nose with a ton of fresh tropical fruits and citrus hops. The taste is quite bitter if you drink a lot of it, and has a lot more grapefruit, but it's also very good. Definitely worth checking out if you like big hoppy West Coast DIPA's...would like to have it again.
05-23-2013 13:44:15 | More by mdfb79
4.63/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
07-24-2012 02:53:43 | More by Halcyondays
3.73/5 rDev -13.1%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store about an hour ago for $10.99 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; for this price it had better be good.
Served straight from the refrigerator (it was refrigerated at the store as well). Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Pour went fine, with no surging or problems.
A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty good for the style, though it isn't all that vibrant.
Sm: Quite hoppy, with floral, citrus, pine, heavy grapefruit, and light oily character all coming through. Grapefruit is dominant. Clean malts. A dry evocative subtle aroma. A bit resiny. Moderate in strength.
T/Mf: Grapefruit mixes well with the pine and heavy floral character. Quite hoppy. Mild citrus throughout the first two acts. There's an interesting structural turn as the second act meets the third, with the mouthfeel drying and coarsening as it approaches the finish. Very interesting structurally, and it really works nicely here. It opens clean, smooth, and dry but wettens throughout the middle act. It's quite dry for an IPA all around, and the effect here is nice. It sets itself apart from other double IPAs (though I wouldn't say it competes with Pliny the Younger - the only other "triple IPA" I remember having). It's nicely put together, albeit simple compared to many beers in the style. Bitterness comes through, but is extremely well balanced. As an imitation brew, it's quite successful - like a good clone made by a homebrewer. Still, the originality is lacking. It's not special, though its structure may make it unique. Clean malts form the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not crisp or bitey, but the carbonation is favorable. I do like it. Oily. Good presence on the palate. It's got a good, clean body. I love the finish.
Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which hardly comes through. I like it a lot, but I wouldn't have it again at its high price point. Would be interesting on draught. A solid offering from Knee Deep. I might recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked it up, but it's not world class.
Would pair very well with spicy food or acidic salad.
An abysmal candidate for aging. Drink fresh; I had it within an hour of purchase.
10-14-2012 02:52:36 | More by kojevergas
4.29/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-21-2013 02:29:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.48/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Poued a light copperish, burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, fair amout of white bubbles and lacing
S: The nose was pretty big, a little booe sting backed with nice citrus and light passon fruit punch
T: Big orange peel and tangering with some light grass notes and mange, pineapple influence. A little sweet with a blend of light caramel and breadiness, a bit Eathy, little booze, IBUs and light slickness on the finish but ovrall it was clean with loads of taste
M: Medium bodied, loads of hops, nice amount of biiterness and citrus linger on the palate, well carbonated
O: very well done. My first Knee Deep brew was a slam dunk!
07-26-2012 19:16:42 | More by barleywinefiend
3.58/5 rDev -16.6%
Chill hazed amber with very spotty head formation.
Smells earthy and spicy with orange and woody scents. Caramel and toffee in the malt portion of the beer. The hop isn't super strong and does not conceal the malt portion.
Starts out sweet and a little savory with a caramel and sandalwood after taste. Spicy and a bit bitter. It is OK but the hops are a bit too earthy for me.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall, OK I really like Ruination better. I noticed all the great reviews this beer gets. Maybe I got a old bottle will try again sometime.
02-03-2013 04:07:33 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev -6.8%
A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, a present from Ohio to me for Christmas, thanks guys.
Split into three glasses, Simtra has a deep golden color to it with some light bronze appeal as well. This one kinda shines like a Olympic gold medal. A nice inch of egg shell colored head graces the top and sticks around longer than I thought it would with the 12ish percent on it, not alot of stick. This one smells mostly of the piney persuasion. I get some grapefruit and semi kumquat . Some caramel malt seeps through and just a bit of the alcohol so it's not completely hidden. Taste is pretty exquisite, this is a large ass beer. First sip, I get the pine and tropic up front finished off by some soothing malt, and than something happens, my mouth gets hotter and hotter by the second and the alcohol singes a bit. It lasts forever, quite a burn. After a few sips this dies down as the palate is wrecked. More grapefruit/orange and pine come through with a dose of alcohol. A true triple IPA, not one I would take down on my own as this is quite large. Body is a healthy medium with some hotness and bubbles to keep things in check, not too carbonated though. This is a decent TIPA, head and shoulders above most others I have tried and could give Pliny The Younger a run for it's money with some tweaks here and there.
12-30-2012 17:21:24 | More by BARFLYB
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hops flavors; with a moderate malt balance and doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Big balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely delicious offering.
07-10-2013 04:56:09 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev -1.2%
The beer is a murky yellow / orange with a soapy white head. Aromas of dank hops, resin, alcohol, pine. Sticky and sweet. Like sucking on a hopsicle. See what I did there? Aww yeah. Full bodied and palate coating. Certainly hop forward, but there is definitely a strong malt bill and noticeably above 10% abv. Full flavored. One could get f'd up right quick sippin' on Simtra. Tasty.
07-31-2014 01:48:37 | More by Huhzubendah
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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