Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-14-2014 23:21:35 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
2.7/5 rDev -30.4%
Bottled 4/23/2013 - Consumed 5/15/2013
A - Copper colored, a bit darker than most. Definitely filtered, good activity in the glass and solid head and head retention.
S - Grassy and earthy first, Cat piss without any citrus component to add. If 3.0 is "average" I'm being generous here...
T - Like sipping tree bark without any IPA citrus to add.
M - Very clean, Crisp, and pleasantly bitter, but not overly bitter. If there were any more flavor in this beer, the mouthfeel would be great.
O - I'm SOLD on fresh SIMTRA & Hop Shortage. Knee Deep really knows how to brew top notch Triple IPAs without a doubt. GOD DAMN, after gems like those, I've no clue why they've let this beer out in a bottle to represent their art. I had 5 different home brew IPAs from generous campers at Boonville recently, that just blow this one out of the water. In the realm of today's IPA offerings, I'm assuming that I won't revisit this one.
05-16-2013 00:52:16 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
Into a half liter glass. Poured three fingers of head on a clear, dark amber colored body with lots of bubbles.
The aroma is incredible. Lots of bright grapefruit and Meyer lemons.
The taste from start to finish has a solid dry bitterness. It has a little pine and grapefruit. Really dry though.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This is an IPA straight up without any apologies.
06-01-2013 20:13:19 | More by Fatehunter
4.5/5 rDev +16%
A: poured into a duvel tulip to a light orange with a finger of dense slightly off white head that retains well
S: smells of tropical fruits, some pine and a bit of grapefruit rind. An underlying sweetness can be found throughout the nose.
T: bitter pine and citrus with some faint tropical fruit flavor, slight caramel sweetness along with some herbal and oily hop resin flavor. aftertaste is a bit earthy and slightly piney with the slightest amount of sweetness
M: you can feel the bitterness on the tongue but the beer is on the light side of medium with decent carb that starts off prickly and then subsides. after the swallow there is a lingering bitterness and slight oiliness from the hops
O: Overall Knee Deep knows their way around an IPA and I'm very impressed with this one. From every angle this beer can go toe to toe with any of the greats
03-27-2013 03:19:43 | More by SHODriver
Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.