Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/topical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is damn nice IPA. All around good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 01:08:00 | More by superspak
4.44/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber served in a 20oz Pint glass.
Bottled 4/30/14 so its fairly fresh.
Really good IPA. It honestly drinks like a double IPA. Typically I prefer really big hoppy beers so I generally only drink double or triple IPA's. Although, at 7.5 ABV and a big hoppy smell, I really enjoyed this single IPA. I personally love what Knee Deep does with big hoppy beers and I found this beer to be just a slightly tamed down version of Simtra. Overall a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2014 07:57:14 | More by Alron
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Served in tulip from 22 oz'er
A definite change of pace from the usual IPA. The beer pours a nice, lively, sunny yellow beer with a fluffy, soft white head. The aroma is a nice mix of malty, piney, skunkiness. The flavor follows suit. The first few sips greet you with a very pale, muted, slightly chalky maltiness. The chalkiness reminds of the light, chalky dusting on found on marshmallows. The malt is married to a very clean, very dry (think belgian dry brews minus the yeast character) bitterness. That clean, dry bitterness sets the stage for a huge skunky, slightly danky hop profile that makes it's presence known. I get soft lemon and bright lemon acidity, grapefruit, and orange pith notes that surface as well. The grapefruit is the more dominant of the three fruits. What's interesting is about half way to three quarters through the palate the malt dances back in with subtle sweetness that falls off just after swallowing. The hops finish the palate off with moderate resin, moderate spiciness, including black pepper and piney notes. The hop profile is accentuated by its thin body and perceived increased carbonation, though I believe the carbonation is about standard for the style. This beer is for those who are tried and true IPA fans. A divergence from the usual IPA. A complex brew for sure.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2014 06:40:30 | More by mac31
Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.