Hop Shortage | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The cousin of Simtra, but brewed with only Centennial and Chinook hops. Need we say more?

Added by Ghenna on 10-11-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruits. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent big imperial IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This was well attenuated on the malt sweetness for the ABV as well. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%

From 10/13/14 notes. On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a somewhat clear golden-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation. Citrus hops, pine hops, floral hops, sweet candy and fruits, bread, and earthy notes. Medium body and low carbonation, light bitter bite to it.

Overall a nice DIPA. Not too bitter for the bite, some definite nice hops up front with malts in the back. Not my favorite KD beer but worth checking out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While a bit boozy (the abv. is 11.3% after all), the beer delivers plenty of dry citrus, light onion, considerable pine and hoppy goodness. Also, while there's a considerable malt presence, there's more than enough bitterness to counter the sweetness in this beer, and ultimately the finish was long, dry and bitter.

Wish the abv. wasn't quite so high, but otherwise, this is a pretty impressive DIPA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Dated 11.03.15. Consumed 12.04.15 from a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Pristine clarity on a light orange body with a good rush of carbonation. Two finger weathered white head has a foamy texture leaving macro patches of lace on the vessel.

S: Tropical mango-pineapple that is wet and fresh is first on the nose from the bottle with some wet oranges and passion fruit of good strength. Hints of wet grass, soft pine follow with an average rate of duration.

T: Dry and bittering pine and citrus peel meets a flowery hop edge. Bittering orange and toasted malt, bready, with dry hop flowers of good strength. Bittering lemon peel and flowery grassy-pine dry hopping closes things out.

M: Medium sticky malt body, lightly syrupy, dry and bittering from the hops with a warmth of the alcohol on the inner cheeks and tongue. Nice bittering orange-dry lemon bite comes on the swallow.

O: Good level of bittering, though liked the nose a bit better which was wet and fresh, while the flavor was more dry, bittering and toasted. Nice feel for 11.5% which goes down really nice considering, would of never guessed. Great hop wallop, with a generous dry hopping and flowery taste.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a frothy head into my glass. A glance at the label reveals that this is a "triple-hopped IPA". Hmmmm.

Buttery citrus biscuits. Mango and grapefruit. A good whiff of alcohol burn. Very encouraging.

Triple hop goodness! God, that was so cliche. Buttery bread, pine needle/mango bitterness and alcohol heat.

Bitterness envelopes the mouth, leaving very little room for else. Alcohol warmth is at its' peak here.

Definitely nails the bitter part. I'd prefer a bit more balance but this will do for hop fanatics.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at ABV.

A clear light orange with a thin white head that falls off quickly, this looks OK. The nose is massively hoppy. Big, pungent, oily, resiny hops with pine, grapefruit peel, a little bit of yellow onions, and just so much dank character, it's kinda hysterical. Some malt sweetness is noticeable. The palate opens with a big hop bite, pungent and resiny, bitter and bruising. Pine, orange peel, some onion, and lots of bitterness are present. Some malt sweetness I'd present. Medium in body with a long, bitter finish, this tastes good and feels good on the palate. Not as defined as some of their other beers, but still, this is a no holds barred 3x IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A finger of off-white head. Clearish, dark amber.

S: Garlicky-sweet hops. Onions and sweet, red fruit (apples?).

T: Tasty, but underwhelming. The ABV doesn't show at all. Moderately rich, with little impact on the tongue, and a very light flavour. Bittersweet hops and a drying endtaste. It's not that the taste is bad -- far from it -- but there's so little of it.

M: Smooth and flat, if thickish.

O: Unfortunately boring. I would not have another or recommend it.

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Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about a deep shade of amber, about the color of mahogany. Transparent, no haze that I can see. Head is white and relatively small. Relatively good lacing and retention. Aroma has a lot of primarily pine-ish hops with some grapefruit and raspberry jam. There's also quite a bit of malt character. Lots of honey and light caramel. The taste is rather sweet but a lot better than most >10% abv DIPAs. It isn't cloying or boozy. The hop bitterness is a bit bland, but there's still a good bit of pine resin flavor. Mouthfeel is a touch harsh but, again, not very sticky or boozy for the size. This is a good big DIPA and dangerously easy to drink. The hops are a bit simple, but the malt is very well handled. I'm just not the biggest fan of >10% abv, sweet DIPAs.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a good head with good retention.
Fruity aroma with notes of apples and lots of caramels and pineapples. Somewhat different on a nice way.
Quite resiny flavor with notes of spices, lots of pines, piñacolada, bread and butter, grapefruit sweet concentrate and orange marmalade. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.3% is in harmony with the beer.
A fruity and resiny DIPA. It is also a good sipper; you definitely can drink this at room temperature. Very rounded and interesting.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

these just hit town, and fresh is best...enjoyed from a beer hunter session glass.

brew pours rich, but transparent orange amber, thin foamy top that didn't hang out, left patches of lace on the glass.
nose is the highlight. rich ripe tropical fruit. squishy resinous grapefruit. some alc sweetness at the tail.
BOOM. slap in the face with a dense resinous, yet fruity hop. grapefruity pine, fresh ripe tropical fruit.
mouth is fairly full. big and chewy. you can feel the heat and it leaves a tingle.
really nice and fresh resinous, but still fruity and not just a bitter bomb. worth checking out.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Holland
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Triple IPA 11.3% yikes. Pours a light-ish copper with a thin white cap of foam. Some spotty lacing hangs around the glass but not much. Small head leaves nearly no time to judge retention.

Biscuity malt held under by a generic citrus and pine aroma, quite floral, bits of tropical fruit and a musty herbal breath at the end with noticable alcohol.

Pine and grapefruit with a little bit of mango hop flair over a sweet croissant malt that pushes back well. Citrus in the finish with a mouthwatering grapefruit rind bitterness, not overly done but noticable as the alcohol boots you a bit in the finish.

An easy to drink beer, muted carbonation that keeps the hops in the forefront. Nothing unpleasant with the body but over 11% alcohol is getting quite ambitious.

More impressed with how the high alcohol is kept in check than the hops in this beer, overall it is a nice big IPA and delivers with tons of generic hops, juicy bitterness and an ass kicking amount of alcohol.

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Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.