Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
4.49/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First off before I get into anything with this here ale - I have to comment - WTF is up with the below average reviews of this beer here (???) - absolutely insane and ludicrous - anyways...
Picked this up last week at Baron's Market in Point Loma - finally got around to crackin' it today - $6.99 - poured into a Forestinne branded tulip glass.
Pours a fairly clean burnt straw-like hue with golden edges when held up to a light source. Slight off-white fluffy head lingers a while, giving way to massive amounts of sticky lace in my glass from the first sip to the last - looks real pretty in the glass. Smell is nothing short of amazing - sticking to West Coast standards - plenty of floral sappy resins, followed by just enough of a crackery malt back to not overwhelm or be offensive, letting the hops run the show while being balanced with just enough malt to make the aroma enhance the flavor perfectly. Flavor is off the hook - what one would expect from a properly done West-Coast IPA - floral and sappy/resinous hoppiness that is bitter and mouth puckering while the malt profile comes through at the end to balance the hop and fruity esters damn near perfectly - truly a great West Coaster and noticeably a small batch flavor which is hard to find these days from many West Coast production breweries - good job fellas! On the lighter side of medium bodied - finishes crisp and clean with perfect carbonation for the style allowing the bitterness to really sit and linger on the palate for a while.
Dig dig dig this one a lot - been a while since I really enjoyed a new So-Cal IPA on the market - Saint Archer would be another one worth mentioning while i'm at it, but really we've been starving for a new proper West Coast IPA for a while, and luckily for us, this one has come to the rescue of our thirsty taste buds - just hope this isn't too limited of a batch and that we will see a new one soon!
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2013 02:26:46 | More by DeanMoriarty
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3.86/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured 22oz bomber into New Belgium globe
A-Crystal clear light copper with a 1 finger white head.
S-Aroma is mango, lemon and caramel.
T-Taste follows suit but is a little too bitter even though the caramel picks up a bit in intensity.
M-Clean and crisp mouthfeel with strong carbonation and a relatively dry finish.
O-This is very nice although I wish there was a little more balance in the taste.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 02:53:58 | More by reebtaerG
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We split a bottle, pouring a brew of rusty pumpkin orange into our New Belgium globes. It puts forth a creamy two and a half finger tall head of whipped sandpaper colored foam. This retains excellently, leaving beehive lacing around the glasses. A chill haze reduces initial clarity, but no sediment is otherwise noted. Carbonation appears to be active, with large bubbles that rush to the top. The aroma is fresh and zesty, offering hoppy varietals of spicy florals, sweet nectars, and soaps. Sweetness comes in the form of tropical fruit of pineapple and kiwi, with darker notes of plum and black cherry fleshiness to round of the caramel, pale, bitter rye, and crystal malt base. Finally, for the finishing touches of balance we get organic, twiggy pine sappiness, radish, earthen mineral, soft bubblegum esters, raw honeycomb, rice milk lactics, light chemical phenols, distant vanilla extract, and airy booze fumes. Our first impression is that the flavoring is heavily spicy, between both the malt and hop profiles, insuring that heavy, lingering bitterness, so you can’t forget the coast from which it hails. As we sip, the taste opens up with metallic piney and citric hop twang, orange juice fruitiness, clover honey, sharp plastic phenols, bittering moss and lime-flavored tonic water, mineral water grit, peppery booze, and hints of toasty, and lightly sweetened caramel malts. The middle comes to a peak with sappy pine, florals, and soapy hops amidst a wash of pale and lightly chalked and wheaty barley, soft buttery diacetyls, grapefruit peel, and plastic bite. The finish, on the other hand, barges through with synthetic lemon cleaner, as well as more authentic lemon rind bitters, bittering piney and soapy hops, soiled mineral, gravel, powdery ale yeastiness, orange pith, sweet browned apples, buttercream icing, hollow echoes of peppery booze, and shoe polish chemical bite. The aftertaste breathes of lemony and soapy hop oiliness, green grass, wet moss, and twigginess, mineral water, Band-Aid phenols, cheaply metallic pale malts, souring lemon juice, lactic acidity, parsnip rootiness, baking soda grit, dusty honeycomb, and coiny metallic dryness. The body is fully medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp and smack, with decently creamy froth, cream, foam, and pull to the lip. Glug and finishing pop are both nice. The mouth is quickly wetted, but this superficial feeling is replaced entirely by oily, hoppy puck, eventually blending into a light astringent dryness to the back of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer knocks back easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its nose. The hops, from the first crack of the bottle to the last drops in the glass, remain sticky, fresh, and inviting. They are sweeter than in the taste in their aromaticity, but this offers an interesting evolution throughout the tasting. The taste actually hits as a bit of a surprise to follow, as the west coast comes out of it in full force. The bitters are predominantly from the citric rind, pine, and soap of the hops, while the malts offer icy and metallic pales that enhance this. After Simtra we were very excited to try this guy, and we can happily say that we aren’t disappointed. One negative is that the malts are quite caramel forward in their heaviness, but this is expertly met and displaced by the spice and brightness of the hops, so by the end it is more of a fleeting issue. While this guy wears his heart on his sleeve, the real enjoyment comes from the masked subtleties of aroma and flavor, so breathe deep, relax, and take your time with this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 23:21:35 | More by TheBrewo
Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.