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Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Batch No.:  138Batch No.:  138

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very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SHODriver on 03-27-2013)
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Photo of reebtaerG


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
Photo of TheBrewo


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
Photo of BierJager89


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent amber with a white head.

S: Pine, grapefruit, general citrus scents in the nose.

T: More pine, some grapefruit, but more orange/citrus-forward than the nose.

M: Medium bodied, typical IPA carbonation.

O: A great IPA, though not quite SImtra. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:46:46 | More by BierJager89
Photo of colforbin73


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it's an IPA --- a wide open category. this is really a quality beer.... knocking at the OUTSTANDING DOOR. maybe i just need a few more to convince me.

pours a perfect pale ale straw color, with a thin white foam.

some grainyness in the nose and a little hops but not exceptional.

this is a very nice drinking beer, definitely in the west coast/sandiego ipa camp -- excellent fresh hop bitterness, some citrus and very dry, with a grainy malt base, cereal with a little borccoli acidity from the hops.

this is really good... personally, i think you need to put it in 6paks for an IPA to break into the market. in a bomber i might pick it up again... if there was a 6pak i would buy it for sure. subtle change of pace from the usual. nice job.

pared well with a curry.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:59:21 | More by colforbin73
Photo of Nugganooch


3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 10/19/13 poured into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 11/03/13

A: Dark caramel amber color with really nice clarity and a thick helping of stubborn khaki foam head. Decent cling from the lace leaving some intermittent tracks and dots of stick behind.

S: Smells of uber fresh hop pellets. Pine, grapefruit, dank weed, tangerine, and melon with a light topical flora mixed in. Impressively hoppy and fresh nose on this one. Has my hop tart tingling.

T: Super dank grass weed flav. Very herbal indeed with a firm malt backbone of toasted bread. Light citrus fruits and evergreens in the background. High perceived bitterness across the palate with no alcohol coming through. Light toffee like sweetness but otherwise very near bone dry and nicely balanced in that matter. Pretty tasty shit.

M: Moderately full mouth feel with nice even carb and a creamy texture. Vast drying efforts in the finish coupled with a high level of hoppy bitters. Resinous and lingering long after the drink.

D: This is pretty much dank sauce. Very herbal and weedy which I am on board with. If that is your thing seek this one out. Keeps a firm maltiness with dem hops and has a very dry finish. If it took 138 batches to arrive here then I might be a little concerned. Otherwise worth revisiting for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 20:33:46 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of ZippyThePinhead


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first time I had this (4/2013) I thought it was OK, nothing to write home about. The finish was a bit long for me-- I like short and clean, with no lingering bitterness on my tongue-- but otherwise I could live with it. Maybe an easier-to-get alternative to my favorites which are all rationed and marked up by local vendors.

I have half a case in my refrigerator right now, and I'm liking it a lot better right now (10/2013). Perhaps they have tweaked the recipe?

I'm noticing the finish is a lot cleaner and quicker, just like my favorites (Pliny and Just Outstanding). It's nice and dry. The hop flavor is really nice, all piney and citrusy. I like everything about it, except for the price (nearly $9/bomber with tax and CRV).

I have to admit, reading some of the reviews here, I'm wondering if this is some reverse psychology. Trash this beer so folks won't buy it, leaving more for the reviewers who claim it is borderline swill? Are these negative reviews honest? If so, what better IPAs are these reviewers drinking on a regular basis? I gots to know.

I'm not saying I'd choose this over a Pliny or a Just Outstanding. The price is a factor, of course. But it's a lot better than some of the mainstream IPAs which I'd rate 3.0-3.5 all year long.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 03:25:34 | More by ZippyThePinhead
Photo of mactrail


3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Attractive bright amber color with a thin mustache of white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Pleasantly light on the tongue with just a prickle of carbonation.

Interesting how thin and bitter this is. The alcohol is pushed up a little and the malt is subdued. This is one of the driest IPAs I can remember. The malt is just dry bones. Endless bitter aftertaste, though at least it's a hoppy flavor. Resiny without much in the way of aromatics. Three Cs and Simcoe is what the brewer says. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 06:26:51 | More by mactrail
Photo of srandycarter


4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Nice near white thick head, slow to leave. Lots of lace. Dark clear amber. Looks good.

S - Hoppy, the cat pee variety. It's smelling pretty tasty.

T - Taste does not match smell and appearance completely. A little muted. More malty than hoppy.

M - High medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - A very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:33:23 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Fatehunter


3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:13:19 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of 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
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:52:16 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:29:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kojevergas


2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 04:10:44 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Halcyondays


4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a firm white head, real solid lace, a good looking pint.

S: Definite grapefruit with a nice undercurrent of tropical fruits, definitely in the the new school for West Coast IPAs.

T: Fair amount of biscuity crystal style malt backed with a huge punch of pine oil, grapefruit, lemon and pineapple.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, heavy with resin with a nice long aftertaste.

O: A very solid IPA, I just wish it wasn't so expensive, this is pushing Sculpin bomber prices at well over $6, the week old freshness of this beer helps a lot though.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 20:44:53 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of DovaliHops


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled about a week ago. Pours a very clear golden-amber color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is packed with grapefruit and citrus hops. A hint of tropical fruits too. Lots of pine and a good amount of malt too. Just a tad too much malt, even though it is a crystal malt aroma. Scent is similar to other Knee Deep beers I have had. Taste is just as it smalls. A hefty amount of grapefruit with pine and citrus/tropical hops. Bitter and slightly malty...could use less malts. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and slightly sticky...suits this beer well. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is a solid IPA. It's no Simtra, but it's better than Knee Deep Citra and up there with Hoptologist.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 06:52:28 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of jvillefan


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear pale yellow body with a one finger white head that lingers for a bit.

S: Hoppy. There is a grapefruit a pine aroma through out. The aroma is very strong. In the back of the aroma there is a sweet caramel.

T: Very sharp dank bitterness with pine, citrus, lemon, and grapefruit flavors. Very unbalanced but you can tell it was intentional. Not a whole lot of malt flavors present.

M: A little thin bit perfect carbonation.

O: Goood beer. Great for hop heads but I prefer my IPAs a little more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:12:16 | More by jvillefan
Photo of popery


3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours brownish burnt orange. Looks filtered, quite transparent. Bone white head, about medium-sized. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is a split of crystal malt and sort of middle of the road American hop character. The hops are heavy on orange and pine flavor with a minty herbal twist. There's a fair bit of caramel and malty sweetness. The taste is fairly sweet. There's some initial orange-pine hoppiness, but once the bitterness kicks in, the hop character gets rather bland. Too much caramel. Messy sweetness. Pine resin bitter finish with more crystal maltiness. Carbonation is pretty average. There's some nice hop oiliness. It's not a bad IPA, just a boring one. There's too much malt character with too much crystal malt. The hop aroma is boring compared to so many other beers, and the hop taste strays far too much into bland bitterness. Fairly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:28:56 | More by popery
Photo of vitALEity


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a New Belgium glass. Light orange with an inch of white head with great retention.

S: smells of tropical fruits, Citrus and the high sierras.

T: pine and citrus and bitterness which is amazing, balanced by some caramel.

M: Its that perfect IPA bitter that hits the tongue right away. Oily, resiny, balanced.

O: I love Simtra and I thought I'd be disappointed in this. For those looking for a 7/70 (alcohol/IBU), this is one of the best there is. I prefer it to Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:39:29 | More by vitALEity
Photo of lsummers


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this on a whim as knee deep usually does ipas very well.

Poured amazing, golden orange clear with a sticky white head.

Smells of piney sweet mango and a touch of earthy notes.

Taste is also stellar with some herbal pine and a touch of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is viscous yet still sharp. Balances it nicely.

Overall I would love to try this again and on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:11:59 | More by lsummers
Photo of SHODriver


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:19:43 | More by SHODriver
Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.