Batch No.: 138 - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
01-18-2014 19:46:46 | More by BierJager89
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-17-2014 03:59:21 | More by colforbin73
3.94/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-07-2013 20:33:46 | More by Nugganooch
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
10-18-2013 03:25:34 | More by ZippyThePinhead
Batch No.: 138 from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.