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Hop Shortage - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ghenna on 10-11-2012)
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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign


4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

first off the only reason i didnt rate this as a 5 is because its not as good as their Simtra

a: golden amber and clear

s: resiny citrusy piney hops

t: at first u can feel and taste hop oil coat your mouth. then a thick chewy piney flavor
and hints of lime citrus and peaches. finishes with a bit of spice and a bit of citrus.

m: at first airy but then oil coats your mouth followed but last bit of small carbonation

overall its an amazing triple ipa. at 11.3% its amazing that it isnt boozy at all. also a great go to beer

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 05:28:12 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
Photo of timc100


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 15:53:45 | More by timc100
Photo of Celtics17


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent doubleIPA. Big citrus, floral characters from the Centennial and Chinook hops.

I get a big alcohol feel, and the biscuit taste that many talked about does come through. Overall a big IPA. Just the way it should be. Very complex in the flavors associated with this Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 06:45:18 | More by Celtics17
Photo of BeerBaron666


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Really enjoying this beer. for some reason i thought i was around 7.3%..as i tried it i thought to myself "HOLY FK! what huge flavor! and so drinkable!" turns out after i checked the bottle its 11.3% mind = blown. HUGE hops kick you in the freaking mouth and leaves you asking for another

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 10:03:57 | More by BeerBaron666
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice big hop profile throughout with good bitterness and enough body to balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 03:59:09 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of azdback


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A copper or dark orange color. Crystal clear with medium sized carbonation bubbles leading to a small one finger head that is dirty white in color and creamy in appearance. Lace is minimal.

Smell is sweet. Caramel, taffy, some mild dark citrus. Mild pink grapefruit, blood orange, lots of grain or malt. Some alcohol but mild.

Taste is great!! Sweet malts that are caramel sweet mixed with the citrus hops. Do they caramel cover grapefruit like they do apples. This tastes like that would, with quite a bit of alcohol added.

Mouth is medium with some bright carbonation. Body is medium to heavy. Finish is long and wet with some alcohol legs.

Overall I really didn't expect much from this. I was given this as a sample from the distributer and read the reviews on this and knew it wasn't going to be much but oh was I wrong. This drinks a lot like a Barleywine but one that is really hopped. Remember 13th Anniversary from Stone? This tastes like that did fresh. Great nose, great taste and great mouth, what else could I ask for. A huge surprise and a must try for any DIPA or Barleywine fan. Thanks Gwen for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:01:58 | More by azdback
Photo of srandycarter


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant quite clear copper, near white foamy head, lots of lace.

S - Perfumy, with both citrus and pine going on. Fat malt wafts around the hops.

T - I love IPAs like this. Very malty, but the hops keep up, and the booze helps to even the keel on the malt too. Yum

M - Medium to Medium/heavy, plenty of carbonation, pretty good balance considering the hugeness.

D - Quite scarily drinkable. I could make bad mistakes drinking this one :)

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:30:27 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Drewgthedog


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 08:25:45 | More by Drewgthedog
Photo of Halcyondays


4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber, bottled 4.30.13, drank 5.6.13,

A: Pours amber with a solid somewhat fizzy white head, solid amount of lace.

S: Lots of grapefruit and greenery, pungent.

T: Pine oil with a lot of citrus and pineapple. Very little malt flavour, this is all about the hops as expected.

M: Full-bodied, resiny, thick. Quite easy drinking for the size.

O: A very good DIPA, though the price is a bit off-putting. Worth a try once for hop fans.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:45:40 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:33:20 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Ghenna


4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:01:21 | More by Ghenna
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- amber, 1" fluffy white head

S- very intense, sweet malts, piny, fruity, oniony, dank cat piss, slight alcohol

T- follows the nose perfectly, though more subdued

M- medium to heavy body, nice carbonation, slight alcohol heat

O- pretty damn tasty. Super dank with sweet malts and some booze. The aroma is very intense, while the flavor is more subdued and dangerously drinkable. A super dank brew with a solid malt backbone is exactly what i look for in this style, and this has all of that.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 17:44:55 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
Photo of Holland


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously sent from Mister_Joshy, thanks!

A: pours a clear golden color with minimal head since it was cold. Looks thick at first, but lightens up as it warms.

S: huge citrus smell from these beautiful hops, but it comes with a few off smells like onion and alcohol. Still delicious.

T: citrus and light fruit like apricot come through at first with sweet malts followed by a bitterness that is almost as intense as eating the skin of a grapefruit. Crazy stuff here.

M: no doubt on the thicker side even for a double IPA, but it's well carbonated.

O: drinkable for quite a while; I could have done the whole bomber. Delicious and over the top, as I have come to expect from Knee Deep.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:23:25 | More by Holland
Photo of Perfero


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I received my first bottle of this as a gift on Christmas and quickly had to find more once I finished it off.

Very bitter and hoppy (as one might expect from a "triple") but still exceptionally well balanced. Plenty of citrus and floral notes from the hops but with a nice malt profile that cuts some of the bitter edge off the top.

Knee Deep is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries with all of their hoppy goodness making its way down to SoCal.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:04:30 | More by Perfero
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out gold with a sweet massing of carbonation that forms a nice inch of head. Moderate lacing. Pretty nice considering the high ABV.

The smell is a little muddled. Caramel, pine, citrus, floral hops and a hint of minerals.

The taste is huge! Pine and fresh mown grass start this brew off. Caramel barly smooths it out before some citrus and booze crank it back up. A little too syrupy in the mouth.

Not bad, but not even close to their Simtra Triple IPA.

New notes 4/14/13. I'm trying a three month old bottle that has mellowed quite a bit. Much more balance this time around. Still enjoy Simtra a bit more, but this has grown on me a bit. Give it a few months from the bottle date if you weren't a fan at first.
I upped the smell, taste and mouth by .25 each from my original review.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 04:13:50 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of pkalix


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Photo of emerge077


4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:06:02 | More by emerge077
Photo of FosterJM


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1586th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 15:06:31 | More by FosterJM
Photo of DovaliHops


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, almost clear...medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very hoppy with a good amount of malt...not too much though. Some tropical hops with a good amount of citrus as well. Slight cat piss aroma. Seems weird after I just said it had a cat piss aroma, but this is an inviting DIPA/TIPA. Taste is initially sweet with great hop flavors. This beer is very hoppy without being overly bitter. This could be because of the nice malt profile...however, not overly malty. Very well balanced. I'm guessing that this bottle is a fresh batch after reading some of the negative reviews. Booze is there, but nowhere around 12%. Mouthfeel is full bodied, crisp with a bit of a syrupy finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I've had my fair share of "triple IPAs". I was at last years Bistro fest during San Francisco beer week. I honestly feel like this beer could compete up there with the greats I tasted there : Pliny the Younger, Drake's Black Label, Triple Rock Rodgers Last Stand, etc..

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 08:48:24 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:23:34 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a rocky head that leaves many strands of lacing behind

Smell: Resinous hops dominate though there is a grassy element as well; the high ABV is discerbable as are the caramel malts

Taste: Starts out biscuity but then the caramel builds, though just for a moment as the hops overwhelm almost from the outset; resinous, though there is a range of tropical fruit (papaya, grapefruit and a touch of mango) as well as a grassy element on the finish; still, with all the malt in this beer there is considerable malty sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste, though the beer is really very bitter

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real West Coast hop bomb with a considerable amount of malt to create the high ABV; my preference is to keep the hops and dispense with the malt at these levels but this is still quite good

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 03:52:47 | More by brentk56
Photo of BingCrosby7


3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly cloudy looking gold with an almost limey hue to it--small head with only a small amount of lingering lacing
S - Faint piney hops rounded out by citrus and sweet malt--a little bit of lemon zest and orange
T - Very similar to the smell--strong citrus in the front end undercut by a hoppy, semi-bitter note and biscuity malt. The flavor lingers (in a nice way). More balanced on the backend than the front. Very drinkable.
M - Very well carbonated--just bubbly enough to suit the style without being distracting
O - This is a very solid beer. I prefer this to the Hoptologist series.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 05:01:05 | More by BingCrosby7
Photo of ESPNman


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - A deep, murky orange. It almost looked like a green-tinted orange on the pour, but has settled down as more of a hazy old-penny-copper kind of color. Half an inch of thick, off-white head that dies pretty quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Definite floral hops up front, with a surprising amount of sweet caramel malts right behind them. Not nearly as boozy as I was expecting from a beer of this magnitude.

T - One again, surprisingly balanced for what I was expecting to be an out-and-out hop bomb. It's hoppy and extremely bitter, but I find it more drinkable than Green Flash's Palate Wrecker. It's not as over-the-top malted as the 120 Min. IPA, either. It features some serious fruity and citric hops up front, but they're well balanced by a slightly oversweet caramel sugar backing.

M - Thick and syrupy, but not overwhelming. I expected it to be something that would stick and leaving a cloyingly sweet finish, but it doesn't. Slightly overcarbonated. This does not have the mouthfeel of a 3x IPA, this is more of a perfect double mouthfeel. Not too heavy, not too thick.

O - I really like this beer. It has its flaws, but overall it's a very well executed 3x IPA. It avoids being too sweet, or too hop-bomby. It doesn't do anything special, though. It's technically a very good beer, and I'll gladly give it another whirl.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 06:36:36 | More by ESPNman
Photo of Dope


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice clear medium amber. Good sized fluffy light beige head from an aggressive pour. Fades slowly, leaving nice thick fluffy wisps of lacing everywhere.

S: Can smell this one across the room. Very bright hoppiness. Lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruit (tangerine, mango, pineapple). Some garlic and onion too, especially when swirled. Surprisingly sweet too.

T: Wow. Hop bomb. Lots of tropical fruit and garlic/onion combining together. Somewhat sweet up front and in the middle with decent caramel malt, but it fades. Finishes very, very bitter with lots of garlic/onion, pine, resin and a hint of citrus. Piney and resinous in the lingering aftertaste with a huge mouthdrying effect from all the hops. Aftertaste is extremely long and bitter. Teeth-chatteringly bitter.

M: Heavy but the extreme hoppiness kinda makes you forget how big it is ABV-wise. Super drying.

O: Monster hop bomb. Like drinking pure hop oils. Eye-twitchingly hoppy and bitter. Very bright and sharp flavors but the malt just can't keep up (despite 11.3% ABV!), making this very unbalanced. Drinkability suffers badly as a result. It's tasty and strong with nice complexity and balance of hops but man it can be tough to drink. Once it warms up you really have to choke it down.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:41:47 | More by Dope
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:45:04 | More by metter98
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Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.