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Hop Shortage - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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very good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ghenna on 10-11-2012)
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brywhite, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

IPAchris, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

NickBeery, Oct 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

sevenshubby, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

pknyc, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

dmhurdle, Oct 10, 2013
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4.01/5  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.

emerge077, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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jlisuk, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%
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

brentk56, Sep 17, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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?

khooke, Sep 07, 2013
Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.