Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
2.7/5 rDev -30.2%
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
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
04-24-2013 00:29:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.89/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
04-23-2013 04:10:44 | More by kojevergas
4.24/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
04-17-2013 20:44:53 | More by Halcyondays
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-17-2013 06:52:28 | More by DovaliHops
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
04-17-2013 03:12:16 | More by jvillefan
3.16/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
04-16-2013 05:28:56 | More by popery
Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.