Hop-D-Ranged - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mookihouse on 04-24-2013

Briefly known as Hopoholic
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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After having only two beers since New Year's eve,neither of wich were hop driven I was ready for a beer named Hop D-Ranged believe that.Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear rich copper color with a sticky half finger slight off white head,aromas of citric hops,sweet alcohol,and more sweet caramel,big alcohol sweetness mixed with a sharp pithy hoppiness is what stands out.A full almost chewy,it's a big beer and it feels big.Full on sweet alcohol on the palate with some drunken fruitiness before a big shot of grapefruit-like hops cuts into the sweetness...a little.The size of this beer makes for a whole lot of sweet alcohol burn but there is still enough hops make it interesting,I like it but getting through the 22 is a challenge.

Photo of freshflesh
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odly smooth for a quad. Dare I say smoother than simtra?

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

This not for the faint of heart beer starts with a big grassy nose with a hint of mint over malt and grain aromas with light fruit.
It pours brilliant gold with a ½” quickly dissipating off-white foam cap that is quickly roused. It produces fine lace and some legs.
The beer looks deceptively mild but that illusion quickly disappears as the glass approaches your mouth. The beer attacks the palate with spicy cola, vanilla, melon, and malt flavors that slowly diminish under a barrage of hop and alcohol flavors. The bitterness reminds me of the kind of bitterness you find in a gin and tonic while the alcohol suggests bourbon.
Each element in this beer – malt, yeast driven flavors, hops and alcohol is huge but they are all amazingly in balance.

Photo of PaulWaters
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Personally, I think this is an amazing Quad IPA. Its boozy, balanced, layered and incredibly awesome to enjoy. Its expensive, but what a treat. Knee deep is seriously at the top of the extreme hop IPA game.

Photo of LiverBelly
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted in a 10 ounce snifter at The Library Alehouse SM CA 4.19.13 First off, the nose has notes of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Great lace a resiny feel. Taste is almost too much to bear. I mean that in a good way. Pine needles, tree sap and surfboard resin. If you like Simtra you will love Hopoholic. Must find some more.

Photo of scootny
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super clear golden liquid. Large white head and and decent lacing.

Nose has lots of sweet malt and a strong but not over the top hoppiness. A hit of mint and leafy fresh hop cones. Just a whiff of alcohol, surprising considering the abv.

Taste is also a surprise. Sweet mellow, malty and very well hopped but not abrasively. Balance is the word over and over again. Finish is clean and short, with a lingering trace od minty hops.

Feel is supple and lightly creamy, smooth and highly drinkable. This goes down like a session ale, unbelievable.

Just fantastic. A superb brew that drinks like and IPA and hides the alcohol like magic. If you have time for only one beer and need to feel like you had two or three, crack open of these.

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

The color gives away just how Deranged this is, as the color is a deep dark brown. The nose is certainly hoppy, full of darkness. I'm reminded of a onion bagel as the malt gives some bread and the hops supply the onion, chive, pepper,poppy seed and garlic. I do get a bit of grapefruit and citrus at the back.

The flavor is part sweet, caramel malt, and kind of spicy. The hops emit an onion flavor to me, and again it's that spicy onion from a bagel; garlic maybe. There's a bit of citrus near the end: lemon, orange and tangerines.

Most impressive is the intense ABV that is never perceived. It is incredibly smooth and actually easy too drink which may be a problem as I write this.

Despite the onion dominance, that probably is my palate, I can truly appreciate the craft.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear gold body, a full head of tainted ivory left laces down the glass

S: sweet candied fruits and flowers, citric and resinous, but definitely sweet, like with honey and caramel

T: sweet pale fruits, citric and resinous, with a muted bitterness that crept up and enveloped the tongue

M: medium-to-light-feeling, a little bit of stickiness, smooth and slick - drinks quick and easy - dangerous at this abv

O: really nice quadruple IPA (?) - barleywine strong but very lean, albeit sweeter than I'd normally go for - good drinking - recommended for big pale ale drinkers with a tooth for sweetness and high abv...

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch bubbly light tan head that retains well before slowly descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Tangy, somewhat sweet hop aroma with a malt profile that reminds me of a barleywine but the juicy quality of the hops keep it within IPA territory.

T- Totally mind-boggling that this has a 13% ABV. So smooth and tasty with just enough hop bitterness and flavor. The sturdy malt backbone also keeps things in check. After multiple sips, the alcohol flavor does start to creep in but still ends up being rather complementary. Nice sweetness which once again evokes the barleywine style but the large hop presence once again immediately puts that to rest. Notes of tangerine, orange and grapefruit.

M- Bright, sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is incredibly dangerous stuff. I have no idea how they were able to make all the elements so balanced across the board. Share with a friend.

Photo of DrRambis
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a goblet. Date unknown.

Look: Dark golden brown, sort of an orange amber quality to it, maybe even maple syrup, with a two inch frowthy cream colored head. Opaque without any sediment. Head dies in time leaving behind a modicum of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet overripe tropical fruit aromas, like sickly sweet on the verge of rotten fruit, brown sugar/molassas, strong lemon pine aromas, extremely aromatic

Taste: Tastes like sugared candy, like sugar coated dried fruit, peaches, melon, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and pine, lots of big flavors swirling around but they seem to be pretty balanced. Sweet buttery biscuit dough round out the palate. Some mild roasty elements are apparent on the finish. Very very sweet.

Feel: Slick body, not quite chewy but very silky, leaves a bit of alocohol burn on the way down but still quite smooth and one can only expect some heat from a beer of this gravity. Leaves a medium astringency in the mouth on the finish but not nearly as bitter as many other American Barleywines.

Overall: An enjoyable and complex tasting beer that definately leans on the sweet end of the spectrum. Id say that is my number one criticism of the beer but I also think that the intense sweetness allows the other flavors to meld without becoming overly biting. Its okay but my clostest comparisons would be Hi-Resin from Sixpoint or Hopsolutely from Fegley's and I'd take either over this. Still worth a shot if you can stand the sweet stuff.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops-grapefruit seems to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruits and slight hints of alcohol.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are stronger than the citrus—mango stands out in particular—and there are stronger notes of alcohol that linger into the finish. Slight hints of underlying sweetness from the malts are perceptible.
M: It feels crisp and a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Subtle bits of warming from the alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong with the flavors of alcohol from the taste, but it was a lot more drinkable than I expected because it didn't seem overly malty or heavy on the palate considering the strength. It's a pleasant beer to be sipped if you like the strength of a barleywine but the aromas and flavors of hops.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of SplitsAtoms
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a crazy big beer. A bit boozy to start for me but that mellowed out after a few sips and then it leads you into hoppy nirvana. Good stuff, wish i had a fresh example. Hat tip again to metsfan1 for the sample ... Wish we could get something half as good here in GA.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a hop bomb! Hazard Class/Division 1.1(sorry the ammo troop reared it's head). The booze was there, masked, but there...kinda snuck up on you as you enjoyed the rest of the bottle. This is an awesome super-duper (quad?) IIPA, but be warned, you will be a tad D-ranged!

Photo of GoneARye
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw, clear. Voluminous head, dwindling to very good lacing.

S: Dankness, pine, and pineapple.

MF: Quite chewy. Moderate carbonation.

T: Incredible Hop flavor. An absolutely dominating hop bitterness that knocks down poor, unsuspecting tastebuds. Sweet malty base, with a decent heat from the high abv.

O: Would buy again, but only every now and then. Would I call it a quad IPA or an ipa-wine. Not sure. But tasty

Photo of joshuaarnao
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the smoothest IPA's I have ever had. Ever.

Photo of Hophazzard
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

I think I like this better than Hop Shortage. These guys at Knee Deep know my sweet spot. Super hoppy, bitter with a a malt backbone and a tinge of sweetness at the end. To me it's near perfect, the 13+ %ABV doesn't hurt. This is an outstanding quadruple IPA. I'm a Knee Deep fan for life!

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

04/29/15

Look - Pours a golden light orange with an absolute glorious head. Head is white with good distribution from very small to small. Retention is excellent. Great clinging.

Smell - Overflowing with resinous hop aromas. Lots of pine and citrus, smells as if you opened a bag of hop pellet and shoved your nose in. Underlying catbox. Faint herbal aromas of chamomile, rosemary and tarragon.

Taste - All citrus rind up front. Hops aren't listed but I suspect El Dorado, I'm picking up on the chocolate orange thing I always get from El Dorado. Numbing sensation as if biting into a whole orange. Alcohol is hidden well, but is definitely there. A bit hot on the finish.

Feel - Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy.

Overall - Very tasty but whoa, I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I'm a bit buzzed and this huge beer already has me stumbling. Not an everyday drinker to be sure, but worth checking out.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - 1-finger head that dissipates. Light, clear. Tons of lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, pine. ABV unbelievably well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, lingering, light, effervescent, crisp, acidic, refreshing.

VALUE - $12 for a 10-oz glass. Pricey for domestic draft.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - This is the first Quadrupel Imperial IPA I've tasted. Yet another hophead masterpiece from Knee Deep.

Photo of scottfrie
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh on-tap.

A: Pours a clear golden with a finger of greasy off white head. Streaks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Extremely dank and fruity nose. Smells like weed with a hint of peach and tropical fruit. Incredible nose.
T: Flavor is full of fruity and juicy hops, tangerine, grapefruit, and slight mint in the finish. Finishes sweet and very smooth. Incredible and impressive.
M: Very smooth and slick mouthfeel and medium-full body with a velvety chew to it. Smooth and soft carbonation. How much alcohol is in this, because it doesn’t feel like a double digit beer. Drinks incredibly well, super smooth with no booze.
O: So smooth and easy to drink. One of the best ipas I've had in recent memory. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Photo of cherche
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just too boozy. I guess I should expect it given it is a 13% abv but just tastes like someone poured a shot of vodka into an IPA.

Photo of Thudman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Perhaps the best tasting IPA I've ever had, slightly different hop character than most typical IPAs.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of hop deranged drank.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Crazy Harry's in Winnetka, CA.

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of onion, garlic, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with onion, garlic, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice combination of herbal and citrus zest hops that are slightly better in the taste, but this one is quite boozy as well.

Serving type: on tap.

Photo of LADaveBN
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A little light on the nose. Expected a stronger aroma. Taste has a lot of malt to it. Booze is noticeable. Feel is chewy as one would expect from such a gigantic beer. Overall very good but don't think it stands out among Knee Deep's big DIPA lineup.

Photo of mookihouse
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.

From Knee Deep Website. Part of their MEPS 2013:
March 2013 – Knee Deep will be releasing a really big Imperial IPA, we’re talking HUGE. So big, that we are wondering if its still an IPA. Specs: 15.5 % ABV, 138 IBU’s. This will be big and will be a rotating beer throughout the year. (Beer will have limited distribution) UPDATE: First beer of the Extreme Beer Series will be relased during the first week of March 2013. Hopoholic 4x IPA set to release in draft and bottles to soon follow.

Not sure how to rate this. They called this 4XIPA. It did not taste like 15.5% ABV and it did not taste like an IPA. I like their Simtra (11% ABV) but this is a different animal.

A: Deep amber
S: Sweet grapefruit and hops
T: Not like any triple IPAs. It tastes sweet and heavy. Reminds me of Good from Alpine, which is in the 15-18% ABV if I remember correctly.
M: Very thick for an IPA
O: It is a good beer if you are in the mood for something strong and different. More like a good strong ale or sweet barleywine than an IPA.

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Hop-D-Ranged from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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