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Belgo Hoptologist - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Hatzilla

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

06-01-2013 20:22:20 | More by Hatzilla
More User Reviews:
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-15-2013 13:58:39 | More by virinow
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -1%

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.

04-04-2014 20:03:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-31-2014 18:47:28 | More by Adkins1203
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Brenden

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

07-19-2014 17:51:44 | More by Brenden
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-03-2013 18:08:16 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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dougieboy

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

04-28-2014 15:06:26 | More by dougieboy
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-20-2013 08:07:12 | More by dertyd
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VeganDoug

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-18-2014 21:06:50 | More by VeganDoug
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woodchip

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-07-2014 18:22:34 | More by woodchip
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smanrob

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-08-2014 17:41:28 | More by smanrob
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-07-2014 23:16:33 | More by dvmin98
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-31-2014 21:16:15 | More by tarheels4life23
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jlisuk

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-07-2013 17:25:16 | More by jlisuk
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Beermasterjarrett

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-23-2014 06:59:47 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-28-2014 06:56:30 | More by Booner818
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LoFiDave

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-27-2013 03:52:19 | More by LoFiDave
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%

05-27-2013 09:20:23 | More by CEDAMA
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-23-2013 08:25:39 | More by largadeer
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.99/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-15-2013 04:01:17 | More by SHODriver
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NickBeery

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-20-2013 04:42:34 | More by NickBeery
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-18-2013 17:03:17 | More by Beerbuddy21
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Ilovebeer1549

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-22-2014 17:32:56 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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Alron

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-03-2014 07:18:01 | More by Alron
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BB1313

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 very nice 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.

03-12-2014 20:05:38 | More by BB1313
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Belgo Hoptologist from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.