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Belgo Hoptologist - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 04-27-2013)
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Reviews by Hatzilla:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey-amber pour with a thin white head leaving spotty lacing

S - Cardamom, cinnamon rolls, orange peels, lemon zest, caramel malts, alcohol

T - Spicy caramel, cinnamon and grapefruit but the hops are more subdued than many standard IPAs and DIPAs due to the Belgian yeast influence. Alcohol is well hidden even as the beer warms

M - Carbonation is on the light side. Smooth, oily, drinkable with a dry, citrusy-Belgian spice finish

O - A nice beer and a great change of pace from the hoppy American IPA/DIPA style. I want to try more beers from this style. Cheers!

Hatzilla, Jun 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Beerswag, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

virinow, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Adkins1203, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

Brenden, Jul 19, 2014
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RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 03, 2013
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dvmin98, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

tarheels4life23, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jlisuk, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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CEDAMA, May 27, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
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.

Greywulfken, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

largadeer, May 23, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 4-12-13

A: pours a clear deep orange with a finger of dense slightly off white head into a Duvel Tulip
S: smells piney, citrusy, fruity and spicy
T: caramel sweetness, slightly fruity esters, tropical fruit, citrus, a bit of spice and some herbal character but still very resinous hops throughout. swallow is more piney and citrusy hops with a slight belgian kick of spice in the finish
M: medium and a little slick in the mouth. carbonation is slightly prickly and the finish is pretty dry
O: overall pretty impressive. good flavors and a nice departure from regular hoptologist. seems to be to style as well and I must say it's pretty hood and the alcohol is well hidden. Not a lot of belgian character but enough to know it's there and not distract from the other flavors.

SHODriver, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

NickBeery, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ilovebeer1549, Mar 22, 2014
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Belgo Hoptologist from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.