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Hop Shortage - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 37
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ghenna on 10-11-2012

The cousin of Simtra, but brewed with only Centennial and Chinook hops. Need we say more?
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Ratings: 371 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by Ghenna:
Photo of Ghenna
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the day it was bottled, 10-5-12. Consumed 5 days later.

Big pine on the nose, with a solid backbone of citrus following. As it warms up a bit the citrus takes over. Malt sweetness is pretty evident.

Bitterness is really the overwhelming impression you get from the taste- especially as it warms. And it lingers. Citrusy. Caramel sugars were apparent earlier as it was colder, but warmed up a bit it is just super bitter. Still, surprisingly drinkable for a beer that is 11.3%.

Can a beer be too fresh and too hoppy? If there ever was a candidate for that title, this may be it. But it is good. The aroma is divine, and produced with with just centennial and chinook. Weirdly the chinook was particularly evident when cold, but the centennial became more present as it warmed. An awesome beer, the only thing that could make exceptional would be a bit lower of a price point. Still worth a shot though.

Note: listed as year round as it is included in the year round portion of their website.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant deep amber under a 2” cream colored foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Citrus nose blended with fresh mown grass.
T: Deep malt profile supports and balances lemon, orange and grapefruit rind bitterness and fresh fruit flavors.
F: Creamy medium full body, medium to low carbonation, soft and fine.
O: Big hop loaded Imperial IPA with a balancing malt profile.

Photo of ehammond1
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Nathan!

A big triple IPA that hides the alcohol fairly well with decent amount of bitterness but a lot of sweet malt character as well. Drinkable, and perhaps I'd try a glass on-tap, but once was enough for me as far as bottles go. The hops do lean toward a passion/citrus fruit arena though. Definitely worth trying, but not a world-beater.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/4/13 no hints of age drinks super hoppy. Imperial pint glass full of this liquid glory is a happy one, pours deep copper slightly hazed with hop proteins, full thicket of cream head. Aroma is full of dank hops, including tropical fruit notes, big citrus and grapefruit tones, with pine and herbs. Drinks satisfyingly smooth for such a big beer, the 11.3% abv provides a decent alcohol burn and the malts here bring candied coated hops to mind, very big intense flavors not for the beginner in the realm of hops. This beer coats the palate with honey coated hops and big layers of bitterness and hop flavors, citrus mango and pine needles with a hint of herbal fresh mint leaves. Very tasty, the mouthfeel is big bodied with resinous hop oils, leaves the bitterness on the palate, but the carbonation level is so smooth it adds a bit of creaminess to the texture. It's like a hop milkshake, overall I'm a fan my first go round with Knee Deep definitely worth seeking out some of this big bad triple IPA.

Photo of timc100
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is bitter! Incredibly resinous, biting bitter grapefruit oil, and sharp pine smack you in the face. There is a underlying medley of tart pineapple and mango. Aroma is stanky, danky, astringent pineapple, grapefruit peel and pine. A perfect looking unfiltered pale ale - opaque tangerine orange with a high alc looking large bubble white foam head. Feels refreshing, medium body. Overall this is a fantastic, bitter bomb of a 'triple' IPA.

Photo of Dewolfe1986
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice color great ipa

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a nonic pint.

A- Copper-colored and hazy-looking in the body. Creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. 4

S- Resinous, piney, pineapple juice, vanilla and caramel malts. Huge amounts of fruitiness on the nose. Pretty lovely. 4.25

T- Continued fruit flavor, pineapple and passionfruit, along with a spicy hop flavor and creamy caramel malt. 4.25

M- Spicy and well-carbonated resulting in a colorful feel on the tongue. The bitterness is spread throughout and thus mellowed and the finish is dry and just a tad boozy. 4

A tasty brew with big fruit flavors, mellow bitterness and the booze subdued. Definitely enjoyable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thin head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice grain and honey.
The taste is great. The bitterness builds beginning to end with a touch of sweetness at the end for a nice finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Pretty good.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 4/23/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber/orange with a white 2 finger head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma; Not nearly as aromatic as a I'd expect from a triple IPA.; sweet orange blossoms, resinous pine, some distant notes of grapefruit. There is an overbearingly sweet malt presence that really bogs the nose down. So sweet in fact, that it actually smells akin to malt extract. No alcohol is present in the nose.

Taste: The beer opens with very pine forward hops with a growing grapefruit presence. Some sweet caramel-y malts cut the initial hop nuances a bit short, but the dry finish leaves the bitter hop oils naked on your palate with lingering notes of resinous pine and grapefruit rind. For 11.3% ABV, the alcohol is remarkably masked and the the little that there is coalesces nicely with the strong and assertive hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very oily in texture with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not nearly as explosively hoppy in aromatics and in taste as I'd want a Triple/Double IPA to be. The hop notes that do come across are fairly simple and are left dulled by the overbearing malts. The hops do come across a bit more in the finish, but they of a more oily and resinous nature rather than bright and citrusy. For what it's worth it definitely does go down very easily, a bit too easily in fact, for 11%.

Photo of Lordmuffinpants
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice bitter but just nice, the head was thick and creamy. The taste was less then I expected for a bottle of this price.

All in all drinkable just not driving all overtown to find one

My litmus test is the wife, she thought it was smooth, means a tad weak even for a stroke ach content

Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber from a trade on 05/15/13 w/ a bottling date of 03/15/13 had in a Burley Oak tulip

A: A very hazy dirty blonde with ok lacing. Minimal head.

S: I get a lot of nice citrus notes here. It is nice but not too strong of a smell.

T: Lots of boozy alcohol with the pine only coming through on the tail end and in the aftertaste. Not a sharp alcohol burn, but a kind of mild steady presence, which taints the hop profile and covers a lot of it up. An odd malty pine resin aftertaste that is kind of dulled due to alcohol burn bit.

M: It is quite crisp with a ring of coarse bubbles in it. Crisp and coarse if you keep it in your mouth.

O: I will have trouble finishing this beer. It was an extra in my first trade, so I can't complain. I was worried that my waiting a month from when I got it to open it would make it be bad, but not with this high ABV. There is no alcohol shortage here.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skye for this one!
7/13/13 printed on the label.

Pours a dark orange, with a fluffy cap of foam on top. Some delicate lacing an good surface coverage, thin veil remains on the surface. Clarity is actually fairly high, when in the light you can see right through it.

Pungent citrus aroma, candied orange peel, spicy arugula, light malt sweetness.

Bitter greens, dandelion, orange peels, grapefruit pulp, caramel malt breadiness. Bitterness is up there, lingering well into the aftertaste.Full bodied and pretty strong, though the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Dry and very bitter aftertaste. Overall a pretty big beast, though it's flavorful and packs a big hop punch.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. It just showed up at the store I buy most of my beer at, so I assume it's fresh enough. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges), along with some pine hops and caramel malt. The taste is bitter and hoppy, with the pine/resiny hop flavor being the strongest. The citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops get stronger as the beer warms, and there is caramel malt noticeable too, but I really pick up the bitter pine hops in this brew. The bitter finish lingers around for a long time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I like this brew a lot, definitely worth a try! $8.99 a bomber.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A: medium amber and clear, couple of fingers-worth of pale tan head; some lace down the glass

S: bright citrus and flowers, some sweet chewy grain beneath

T: crisp and tight - lotsa of pale fruit and hop flower, subtle malts underscore

M: tight and tingly, some edge from the alcohol and the hops, medium-light body, ample carbonation

O: another nice DIPA and another real good brew from Knee Deep - fans of pales, IPAs, DIPAs and the lot would be well-advised to grab a bottle at some point.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this at my wife's work a few days ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. It wasn't the best I have had but it was still very good. I definitely would like to drink it again.

Photo of seasmokiee
2/5  rDev -50.1%

This is sad. Overly bitter, alcohol in excess and a bad after taste. Imagine golden drak that's bitter with an after taste of floor cleaner. If that's your thing. Only second beer I have ever poured out. Maybe I got a bad bottle and will need to try again to confirm. Until then, two is a gift.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently coerced the entire surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more evenly balanced between the flavors of pine and grapefruit.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a little crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. There is also a good balance between the malts and the hops.

Photo of khooke
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If extreme IPAs are your thing, you'll most likely be excited about this one. If you're not into IPAs, this is a pretty extreme beer. It's very bitter, and extremely hop forward and not at all subtle. The fact that it has high alcohol content as well really gives it a punch, although the alchohol is not obvious, it's well disguised under the extreme hoppiness.

I think Stone Ruination is my bar against which I compare other extreme IPAs, and this one being triple hopped is definitely in the extreme category. Whereas Ruination has the balance of overthetop hoppiness and bitterness very well balanced (perfected?), I think Hop Shortage has gone a step too far. Given the choice between Ruination or Hop Shortage I think I'd pick Ruination.

A: light amber, clear. Slightly foamy head, settles to very thin, white head

S: extreme citrus, pine, warmer notes, spiciness like cloves

T: very bitter, hops hit you hard, subsides to subtler biscuit flavors

M: the sharpness almost feels like its burning your mouth. alcohol warms and tingles your mouth, leaves mouth tingling for several seconds after you swallow

overall: I want to like this one, but I'm in two minds whether it's great, or has it gone too far?

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a half-inch off white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty and streaky lace.

N: Plenty of grapefruit and citrus along with pine plus sweetish malt, some orange and juicy tangerine also.

T: Big malt profile present up front followed by oily, sticky and resiny pine sap.. ABV is notable. Pretty amped up all around.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. Bitting, bitter finish.

O: No hop shortage here, that's for sure. Big ABV and big malt make this a kicker.

Photo of DoctorQ9
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Taste is disappointing. When you advertise a beer as "Will Work for Hops", I expect a strong hoppy finish. A good brew, but did not deliver on its promise. Weak finish with slightly astringic opening. Bitter taste without the deep floral tones that most highly hopped beers exhibit.

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed clear orange colored brew with a medium sized white head.

Smells sweet with a strong citrus aroma. There is a savory scent here to a little like caramelized onion. There are pine, cedar and cinnamon scent in this too.

Starts out mildly sweet with a sharp hop bite in the back of the throat. Bittersweet with some strong tea and woody flavors. Slight mushroom flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer that could be more complex.

Photo of Hophazzard
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Really nice imperial IPA. Super hoppy, floral & citrus. Nice. IBV really well hidden for 11.3%. I love this beer.

Photo of PhxHorn
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a transparent light copper color, but does not generate much head at all. Nor does it leave lacing on the glass. Smell is a light aroma of hops, but not that intense. The flavor is on the tangy orangy side for an IPA, with some hints of grass and herbs in there. The finish is intensely bitter. Carbonation is on the light side, imo. This would be considered a decent IPA, but for an imperial it's definitely on the thin and wimpy side.

Photo of Drewgthedog
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Smells citrus with a buttload of hoppigoodness

T: bitter and medium level to drink

A: Dark amber color with lots of carbonation, medium level of foamy head

O: Hop shortage covers up the ABV very well. The hops had a bitter taste that was citrus. This was the first triple IPA that i have tried. It was not as good as Pliny the Elder or Ruination.

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1586th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip
22oz

No bottle date, but would say is only 2 weeks old
Thanks to my Branch Manager in Santa Clara for this one

App- There are some very nice mixing of colors in this glass. It had some deep russet oranges with a little bit of light yellows and some ambers. Made for a too ripe orange color and a little bit of dense beer. A nice 1-1/2 finger head that was puffy and whipped with some good cling to it.

Smell- Its a very interesting note. This aroma is a lot lighter than I was thinking it would be. It was nice and hoppy and certainly bitter but not like a Younger or a Hop Stoopid or even a hop slam with the over bearing notes to it. Nice and citrusy with a good balance and a bit of a whipped cream aroma behind it.

Taste- For a TIPA. Its very smooth. The flavors of this one are very cleancut and are well balanced. I think for something like this to be over 11% it needed it. This certainly was a bit boozy with a good balance of the bitter hops and a little bit of a creamy citrus. Really like the nose, its an amped up Hop Stoopid. Its good and solid but not mind blowing. Certainly for the price worth a shot.

Mouth- A very large and creamy TIPA. The feel on this is certainly on point for something you would think but might be a touch too bitter on the finish. This is one is not for a n00b at all. Large and boozy and will knock you back a bit.

Drink- I thank my buddy Jim for this one. He sent it as an extra and it was quite good. A super large TIPA with some well rounded flavors and a good amount of balance. Not the brightest or the thickest but right in the middle for me.

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Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.