Hop Shortage - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by Arbitrator:
2.8/5 rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Chilled bottle into a glass.
A: Pours a murky copper-amber body with a pinky finger of off-white head. It leaves lace as it collapses into a thin film on the beer, but during sips, there is only a little bit of soapy, curtainy foam on the glass. I see other reviews mention its clarity, so I'm really surprised to find the opposite experience. Chill haze?
S: Traditional citrus hop aromas (grapefruit, orange), pine, and a noticeable sugariness that gives a candied impression to the whole affair.
T: Citrus-dominated, especially when cold: grapefruit, orange, and tangerine are most evident. Pine comes later. The hop flavors are buoyed on a strong backbone of caramel malt; its sweetness pulls into the finish with a mild burn, giving a candied citrus aftertaste. As it warms, however, it becomes one-dimensionally bitter.
M: Medium-plus bodied. A warming effect gives nod to the high ABV of the beer, and a slight sugary burn in the finish reveals its heft. Tolerable when cold, but when warm, it becomes unbearably bitter.
O: I generally don't buy Knee Deep -- no bottle dates means that you never know if you're getting the six-month old batch or the fresh one. This is relatively fresh, having been released just once, and I don't find it that remarkable. It is outdone by Stone Ruination 10th, Stone Enjoy By, Knee Deep's own Simtra, Drake's Black Label Hopocalypse, and others. It's good that TIPAs are getting more commercial, but the flip side is that we're starting to see some mediocre entries. Its shortcomings are especially apparent when warm; I wound up drainpouring it.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2012 00:15:09 | More by Arbitrator
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
holy crap! 11.3% why didn't somebody tell me that before I popped the cap?!!? i'm already tweaked. darn flexorils. I had no idea...
anyway . . . . nice brightly colored brew, soapy-white lace, smells sweet and caramel-y, with some brown sugar . . . . very sweet aroma....
taste is . . . . bitter first, candy last. really! very bitter, and very candy-like in the finish. very interesting brew.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 00:08:08 | More by pkalix
Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.