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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 285
Hads: 1,930
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 207
Gots: 344 | FT: 16
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: 285 | Hads: 1,930
Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 06/13/14

A- What the hell? Pours a murky very dark amber that's on the edge of being light brown with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Nice duality of citrusy hops and sweet, slightly toasty malt.

T- The flavor mirrors the aroma but is even more impressive as the hop/malt ratio is pretty much perfect and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. Definitely a sipper as the bitterness lingers and you do start feeling the heat after multiple sips but it tastes great, even as it warms. Earthy and piney with a candy-like caramel finish. Zesty, yet peppery. Sweet but has just enough bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

M- Oily and slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Now this is a "Triple IPA" I can get behind. There are certainly some barleywine characteristics here but it fits within the flavor profile of an IPA more than any other "Triple IPA" I've had thus far. So unique and completely different from what I was expecting. For instance, I didn't realize it would be quite this drinkable. Be careful with this one. The more I drink this, the more I realize it's the perfect hi-octane IPA for me. (1,384 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The aroma is a hop bomb of sweet tropical fruits, peaches, and then lots of grassiness, pine, dank qualities, cat pee, onion.

On the flavor, the beer has those sweet tropical fruits in the front of peaches, pineapple, and sweet grapefruit. There's a bit of a bready malt in the middle. The back then is then pine, herbal qualities, resin. A bit of sweetness lingers with that bitterness.

Alcohol hits gently throughout with warming as the beer goes down.

A well made triple IPA. (521 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 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 StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1373rd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA $10.99

App- Really had the color of Apple juice mixed with some DIPA's oranges and yellows. A deep thick, rich color. A heavy 2nd pour made a semi-decent one finger head with some medium spotty cling.

Smell- I picked up on most of the simcoe. Had more pine and resin in the aromatics vs. citrus and citra. A good bit of hops with a fairly well concealed ABV. I sat down and instead of saying soy sauce the wife called out Mango. Maybe traces of tropical citrus but just kinda there.

Taste- Its a large beer. Has a lot going on with flashes of citrus and flashes of pine and resin. Fairly well integrated and has moments of creamy and rich flavors. Malty from the outset but semi-balanced. Nice beer, just needs to dial the thickness down.

Mouth- As this beer opens, its a damn thick thing. Has a bit of creamy malts, big hops and then moves into the sweet spot for a DIPA. It was a fuller medium with a thick medium carbonation. Residual thick citrus with a nice hop.

Drink- I really was expecting more from this one. I wanted to be blown away. It was a profile I had had before and probably wouldnt pay this price point again, with Alesmith. Stone, FW, and Alpine in So. Cal. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newgeneric for this tasty brew!

A: golden orange, clear, with a decent sized off white head that dissipates to become a sticky lacing.

S: grapefruit, pine, grass, and some sweet malt

T: full of citrus and pine and a bit of garlic, but still delicious. A bit of alcohol and some malt

M: thick and well carbonated, this is nice to drink

O: the beer does not get better as it warms, oddly. It was beautiful when it just came out of the fridge, but it becomes more garlic like as it warms. Still excellent! (518 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a medium amber color with a huge sticky looking off-white head. Head took forever to fade into a greasy film that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge leafy notes of simcoe citrus including grapefruit and tangerines. I get hints of pine, weed and onions as well.
T: More simcoe flavors. Definitely a crushing hop profile. Citrus and a woodsey herbal kind of pine come through alongside notes of cat urine and faint roasted malts. Boozy but not too bad. The finish is bitter and the aftertaste is full of cat piss hops and citrus rind.
M: Full body with a greasy and viscous body that is sticky and a bit sharp at times. This one is a little bit of a chore to drink. Crushing bitterness is refreshing though, but the alcohol is lightly noticeable.
O: Worth a shot. Bitter but sharp at times. If you love simcoe you’ll love this. (890 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color, with a near white head of a finger. Not bad given the alcohol. Aroma is bright citrus, tropical fruits, bread crusts, and a hint of booze. Taste is a hair boozy, highly citrus, tropical fruits, mango, bready malts. Rich, creamy, full bodied.

This is a BIG IPA. One and done. (299 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 BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bomber first thing when I arrived in Yountville at the little market here. Wine schmine, amirite? Poured in a wine glass to fit in. Bottled 2/19/14, had 3/1/14. freshy fresh. Anyway, pours a beautiful clear golden color with a creamy white half finger head on top. Bursting aroma of pine, citrus, floral notes, honey and malt sweetness. Flavor is hop candy, grapefruits and pineapple galore, some pine, sweet malts backing this one. Surprisingly smooth for 130+ IBU, and just delicious. Big slick resinous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. While pretty drinkable this one is on the hefty side as expected. Lots going on in this one and glad I finally got to try it. Now on to the wine... (698 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 Dope
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/9/13, almost exactly a month old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fluffy light tan head. Head fades slowly with a wonderful island of retention. Great fluffy splotches of lacing everywhere.

S: Oh yeah. Triple IPA and it means it. Pretty much pure hops. Got quite a bit of dankness, some pine, some grapefruit. Plenty of cat piss. Malt? Who knows.

T: Hop explosion up front. Almost too much. Loaded to the gills with dank hops through and through. Simcoe cat piss everywhere. Some grapefruit and pine mixed in but it's primarily the first two (citra and simcoe I'm assuming from the name). Big, almost harsh spicy dankness blankets the entire taste, even lingering for a long time between sips. There might be some malt in here but I can barely tell. Even at 11.25% it's got almost no sweetness. I can't even really discern a malt flavor. Is it bready maybe? Can't tell. Long, long lingering spicy dankness between sips.

M: Heavy but not nearly as heavy as 11.25% would suggest. Hops spice everything up and lighten it up quite a bit. It's definitely a big one regardless. Zero alcohol sting.

O: Big, big IPA. One of the biggest. It reminds me of Hopsickle oddly enough, just a better and bigger version of it. Hard to score, I love big DIPAs but this is almost too one-note. Definitely a must-try for the huge, in-your-face, west-coast style hop bombs. It's very tasty. Drinkability suffers a bit but it's a hell of a brew. (1,441 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light copper color with a fluffy bone white head. Leaves smears of sticky lace down the glass. Lots of visible carbonation rising from the bottom as well.

S: An explosive tropical hop aroma right off the bat. Mango, tangerine, candied grapefruit and a boatload of pine. Some faint bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness lingers in the back, but it's pretty safe to say this is a hop forward DIPA.

T: A rich drawl of piney hops across the palate that just keeps going and going. Some grapefruit pith as well along with a blanket of caramel malt that keeps the bitterness in check without taking away from all of the fantastic hop flavor. I wouldn't go as far as to say this rivals Pliny, but this is a really well put together DIPA. Absolutely worth a try. (777 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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.
Wow. (329 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bomber into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours an amber/light hazel color and leaves behind virtually no head, maybe a half finger. It does look well carbonated though.

Smell: This aroma is Strong. Hops along with caramel really fly through the gate quick and heavy. I can smell this one from several feet away. Perhaps some tropical notes as well.

Taste: The taste matches the smell, except it is not nearly as strong and is actually pretty well balanced. Plenty of delicious hops take the lead on this brew, and it finishes quite clean. I'll say it again: the hops are delicious!

Mouth-feel: Lovely - a sticky, piney masterpiece. Good amounts of carbonation for a brew of this strength.

Overall: Quite an impressive beer. Hops are really captured well in this one - surprisingly so for the ABV. Swishing this one around in my mouth is an excellent, piney, delicious experience. I highly recommend this one for IPA lovers who can get their hands on it. (988 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught: Somewhat orangish darker golden color. There was a small white head on it. Good nose! Lots of hops! Some sweetness, citrus, pine, earthy. The taste is quite good. Some sweet malts, and a lot of hops. Pine, earthy, citrus. A really good TIPA! (250 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber colored with decent head retention and lacing for its strength. Dank, pungent aroma thick with green, spicy hops, herbs, scallions, butterscotch, mango, passion fruit, and toffee. A big hoppy burst greets the senses right away, followed by a substantial toasted malt backing. Honey, grapefruit, mango, resin, and caramel. Boozy alcohol smothered by bitterness, malty sweet under the hops, and warming…American Barleywine territory. Not a great finish – a little too hot and sticky. Rather heavy, textured, and bitter. That, in addition to being somewhat under-carbonated hurts the drinkability. Oh boy…I really wanted to like this one, but it’s just too sticky and brash to be all that enjoyable. Not bad, just disappointing and overrated. (753 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 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 koopa
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received in a trade with JustinQ thanks!

Appearance Pours a tawny caramel to russet orange and is quite cloudy no doubt from dry hopping. The crown is 1 finger, white, shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Candied pineapple, tangelo orange, mango, and a touch of candied grapefruit, both bready and caramel malt, and a noticeable alcohol tinge.

Taste: Same as the nose but the hop bitterness and alcohol presence dominate which buries the subtle tropical fruit aromatics produced by the hops. I'd give it a 3.75 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: If this beer was fermented at a cooler temperature to control the alcohol presence I'd be happier with it. If the flavor was more like the nose it would have potential. It's still a good "over the top sting your palate winter type triple ipa" though. (898 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright copper with a red tint. Finger of near white head, great head and decent lacing.

S - Lots of resinous hops, smells like a citrus bomb! Definitely some malts sweetness.

T - Lots of intensely dry (slightly citrusy) resinous hops. Very resinous and a hefty alcohol presence. As it warms citrus increases (per the usual), lots of grapefruit, some pineapple, and orange rinds. Spiced/resinous lingering finish/aftertaste.

M - Somewhere between medium and full bodied, thick, little carbonation, somewhat of a sipper.

O - Quite tasty, once it gets around 55 degrees it really opens up a lot, boosted taste rating because of that, lots of tasty citrus flavors come through. (689 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a good white head.

Aromas are very nice. Really green, resiny, with some background notes of melon, citrus, and tropical fruits.

Taste is sweet up front. Hard candy notes, light sherbet, and tropical fruits. Finish is long, smooth, with a sugary and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Lots of body, smooth, and very full.

Overall, dang, this is a very good DIPA. Knee Deep has put out some above average beers in my opinion, but this one is excellent, it's easy drinking for the style, but still very flavorful. (564 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.