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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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1,229 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 171
Gots: 117 | FT: 14
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012)
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 18:16:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-22-2013 20:04:02 | More by billab914
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-07-2013 20:23:41 | More by Zaphog
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HopHead84

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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. 

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 16:28:06 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, delirium chalice

Surprisingly have not had this one, as I've seen it a few times at tastings. Big, sticky orange body. Thick and intricately hoppy elixir - grapefruit rind, sugary grapefruit zest, blood orange. Really awesome, though a bit taxing due to its size and toxicity.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:22:09 | More by dirtylou
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-25-2013 02:14:58 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-23-2013 12:52:40 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-17-2013 14:14:54 | More by xnicknj
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-09-2014 05:31:38 | More by tobelerone
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GraduatedCashew

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-11-2013 00:17:07 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle Jordan!

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a light tan, large bubbled head.

S - Leafy, pine, grass and carmel.

T - Hoppy resin, bitter pine, grass and earhy. Some sweet carmel.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and sticky hops. Ok, but just a bit too sweet here. I like the differnt approach here.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 04:37:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-30-2013 02:38:14 | More by jrallen34
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Sticky orange. Laces very nicely with a decent white head. Sugary as I swirl it.

Smell - Tons of garlicky simcoe ops. Some pine and a touch of grapefruit.

Taste - Pungent sticky pine hop flavor. Grapefruit behind. Doesn't come off as too sweet, miraculously. Pretty bitter, but the malts cut it without being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly not syrupy. Heavy for an IPA, definitely, but not what I expected.

Overall - Tasty. Impressive for its size, but not necessarily independently of its own gimmickry.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:20:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-08-2013 02:44:38 | More by Rhettroactive
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/14

A - Poured a very deep amber colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Huge bitter pine nose with some caramel. Not much of the citra profile comes through in the nose.

T - Massive bitterness up front with some immediate alcohol heat. The pine presence from the nose comes through in spades with a very light citrus flavour. Not getting any of the tropical fruit presence expected from the citra, which is a shame. The overall flavour profile is true to a triple IPA.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:38:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:28:33 | More by bluejacket74
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-23-2013 02:18:31 | More by chippo33
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claspada

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing as the head recedes but it is worth noting that this is the most beautiful/clear DIPA I have ever seen. This must have been filtered like 20x to get this clarity and bright hue.

Aroma begin as expected; quite dank and citrusy. The Simcoe and Citra hops own this show; with bright pineapple, lemon, blood orange from the Citra, then pine, onion, grassiness from the Simcoe. More tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms and I can make out the faintest bit of pale maltiness as it further warms.

The tastes follow directly with the nose. Strong waves and waves of hop flavors assault the palate. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of pineapple and grapefruit dominating. There's also big notes of pine, some grass and a mild cracker pale maltiness was in the background. Despite the copious amount of hop flavors, the bitterness is by no means overwhelming as the strong ABV heft help to palace the flavor profile despite the lack of overall malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter but not enamel scraping and the ABV is completly hidden which is always a chore for such a high ABV offering.

Overall this was a super offering; one of the best over-100 IBU beers I have ever had I believe, definitely top 5 if not top 3. Packed with so much balanced hop flavor and bitterness depite the huge IBU and given the huge ABV with no alcohol flavor, makes this top notch in my book. Worth seeking out for sure if you can track it down.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 14:37:27 | More by claspada
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-03-2013 22:48:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-12-2012 02:09:12 | More by bsuedekum
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Gobzilla

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and had a nice tight finger worth of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It had good hoppy character upfront in the aroma with great citrusy notes, a bit of earthy pine, floral qualities, some tropical fruit and a little malty bready sweetness coming through.

T: Very nice hoppy profile good hop variety alongside earthy piney resinous flavor, good grapefruit twang which added to the bitterness factor, slight tropical fruit notes and a pretty good malty bready sweetness to try to help balance this hop forward beer.

M: he brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, citrusy, mild fruity, sweet earthy, piney and slightly bitter finish.

O: really good DIPA all around and was a good interpretation of a west coast DIPA. Good Job, I definitely need to seek out more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:49:07 | More by Gobzilla
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-01-2013 16:30:39 | More by francisweizen
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popery

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 05:07:42 | More by popery
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orange-brown, cloudy to opaque. Head is yellow-tinged white, large bubbles, bit thin. Looks alright.

Smells very fruity-hoppy. New worldly, with passionfruit and a touch of mango. Citric edge as well though and getting more acidic as it warms up. Not much else to it besides hops.

Taste is also all hops, all over that. Citric, piney with resinous hop oils coming through on the back of that. Bit of cake better malt, but it's just one-note American citric & piney hop, really. I like, but it needs to show me more.

Feels a little hot at the back. Otherwise fluid but yeah, boozey.

Ticks all the right boxes for the style but it doesn't take it anywhere beyond the "Fuck yeah 'Murica IPA' zone.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 06:09:55 | More by laituegonflable
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-21-2014 03:24:27 | More by aasher
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.