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Belgo Hoptologist - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 04-27-2013

Belgo-Hoptologist is brewed with Citra, Columbus and Cascade hops which give this American Belgo Style IPA enormous hop aromas of American pine & grapefruit and eccentric fruit and phenols flavors from the Belgian yeast.
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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by BB1313:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear copper with a fluffy eggshell white head. It leaves very sticky lacing and great retention. Looks great. The aromas have a nice balance between the fruity yeasts and fruity hops. Lots of ripe grapefruit along with some subtle garlic/onion notes. Nice amount of pineapple. Lots of fresh grass. I'm picking up a nice amount of lemon zest along with hints of orange peel. The flavors have a lasting bitterness to it, which is nice. Lots of pine needles in the mix. The yeast is there and it really accents the hops in a pleasant way. More juicy pineapple. Lots of ripe citrus leads the way. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and very smooth. There's moderate carbonation and it's pretty creamy. The alcohol goes unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable.

This is a great Belgian IPA. It might not be my favorite for the style, but it's better than most. The craftsmanship is pretty impressive and is a very good example of the style. Recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Near clear medium auburn. fine bubble head, film, collar and mderate fine sheets of lace.

Some Belgian yea, pepper and coriander on the nose.

Full throttle DIPA with an ample malt base, and peppery hops in the finish. the Belgian character seems to be fairly minor, as I'm picking up yeasty qualities, but not really as much as I'd like. On the malty side for a DIPA. So all in all, not really what I'm looking for in a "Belgo" inspired brew. But a decent and heady drinker, none the less

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper hue this one was bottled on 2/1/14, I'd like a bit fresher but it's a Belgo version of their Hoptologist DIPA clocks in at 9% abv with 102 IBUs. Pours a hazed deep copper hue with a light shade off white head, fine even layered lacing.

Aroma has pungent hop pellets intense grapefruit, dank pine cone notes as well, spicy Belgian yeast character hints of black pepper and funky mild barnyard. Overall it smells nice inviting and makes you want to take your first sip.

Flavor has upfront hop complexity a touch of Summit or something similar with a hint of green onion/garlic spiciness, grapefruit peel bitter pith, crushed aspirin a strange hop profile that doesn't work too well with the Belgian yeast characteristics, black pepper spiciness, earthy herbal, and funky finish. The lingering green onion almost kills the experience for me, I'm pretty sensitive to that hop/similar hop varieties.

Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied goes down great pretty smooth for the high alcohol. A bit cloying as it warms the hops just tend to collide with the Belgian yeast they compete with each other the slightly funky spicy yeast with the garlic/onion hop tones wear me down a bit.

Overall I'm glad I gave one of the Knee Deep hoppy offerings a shot, I will keep my eyes peeled for fresh Simtra.

Photo of timontheroad
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/10, poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Poured clear orange/amber color, half inch white head. Good lacing and retention.
Aroma: Dank, grassy and piney, with some light flowery and grassy notes. Very little sweet malt aroma.
Taste: Big piney flavors, a little citrus tartness, and some slight malt sweetness. Got a weird slightly metallic flavor that was a little off-putting.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, decent carbonation, felt a little thin for the style. A little alcohol burn as well.
Overall: Certainly not a bad beer, Knee Deep really brings the hoppiness in this one, but I really missed the belgian funky yeastiness I thought it should have.

Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is the same clear, deep gold-orange as the original. The fluffy off-white head stands just over one finger in height. Interestingly, as is the case with the non-Belgo version, the retention is more in the lasting of the foam that remains rather than how long it stays at its height. Patching is solid.
The difference in the aroma is essentially that the bitterness is toned down and evened out by earth and mild sweetness, such that's it's similar to the original but softer with a very little added gentle spiciness. I still get the wood, pith, flower herb, and pine of the original, just toned down and added to. Ultimately, it ends up being give and take.
There's no hint of the slight tang and acidity found in the American version. The wood, pith, herb, flower and pine are still present, but with more juicy fruits, light sort of sugary sweetness, earth, clove, and even a gentle sting to the alcohol. The finish ends up being a little weaker, and the Belgian character needs to kick it up to reach the upper echelon of this particular style. Well done, though.
The body is still big enough to support the base and while being a touch lighter in this version. It reaches moderate levels of both crispness and smoothness with a likewise moderate and consistent carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A: deep golden/medium amber ale; essentially clear; few fingers of white foam

S: fruits and flowers and pine resin hops; honeyed grains and citric piths

T: combines an American DIPA with Belgian-esque flavors and feels - hops are up front, bringing the prerequisite battery of citric and pine elements; the grain base is solid - caramel sugars sweeten the grain nicely, taking the edge off the hops; fruits, pale and full, are suggested amply here

M: medium-full, soft and fuzzy swallows the bittering effect, soothing the tongue while effervescing across the palate

O: I'm giving this ale a high score because it seems to be exactly what it set out to be: an American DIPA with Belgian stylings - the Hoptologist is a great DIPA, and this is a great expression of that ale, but fruitier and fuzzier - delightful drinking. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is 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 some specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some faint hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of tropical fruits and hints of pine and Belgian yeast. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like an American DIPA compared to a Belgian IPA because the yeast isn't that evident in the smell and taste. Nonetheless, the beer masks its alcohol very well and is therefore easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Belgo Hoptologist from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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