Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Batch No.:  138Batch No.:  138

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BA SCORE
86
very good

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SHODriver on 03-27-2013

Knee Deep’s Batch 138 India Pale Ale is brewed with three types of C hops and Simcoe, which gives this West Coast IPA an aroma that resembles a cat that has peed in a pine tree. Batch 138 finishes dry and crisp and is sure to leave you in hop euphoria.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
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2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7.5% ABV confirmed. 75 IBUs. "India Pale Ale." Acquired at a local beer store for $6.99. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninspired label and standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I'm not big on this brewery, but I'm hoping this changes my mind.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour fairly vibrant head of nice froth, decent cream, good thickness, decent lacing, and good (~4 minute) retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly vibrant. A pretty standard appearance for an IPA; there's nothing unique or special here. I'm unimpressed. No overt flaws.

Sm: Lemon fruit esters, lemon zest, floral hops, pale malts, and grapefruit hop character with accompanying bitterness. I'm concerned about the balance here. Not too sweet. Fresh and pleasant. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I'm looking forward to trying it. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean, with a pleasant pale malt and somewhat grassy foundation. Lots of floral hops and some lemon zest up front. Lightly soapy - this spent too long in primary. It starts out good but quickly deteriorates; a massive bitter grapefruit hop bomb hits on the climax, devastating the balance. The hop bitterness goes largely unchecked as it bleeds through the finish, leaving me not desiring the next sip. Bitterness is a huge problem here. Good body. It's pleasant up front; I just wish the second half had some semblance of balance. Complex enough, but lacks any subtlety whatsoever. A decently built IPA that commits the cardinal sin of IPA brewing.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat soft. Lightly oily up front. Coarsens towards the finish. Good if overdone carbonation. Full body. Good thickness.

Dr: A drinkable IPA that suffers from a common lack of balance and subtlety. Perceived bitterness is much higher than actual bitterness. It's not priced that badly, and I think some interesting hop choices were made here, but I definitely wouldn't get this again with so many better cheaper options out there. Passable but forgettable. Not recommended. About as average an IPA as you'll find.

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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. (928 characters)

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Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.