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Belgo Hoptologist - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 4
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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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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Rich, clear copper tone with an off white whipped up head. The retention on this beer is fantastic and it leaves a thick layer of lacing.

Caramel malt is very pronounced nearly adding notes of toffee and molasses. Dark citrus and sweet and lasting pine hops, a very west coast profile but lacking a real Belgian feel, some red berry and fruit esters, overall the aroma is strong but one dimensional.

Sweet caramel malt with just a bit of abrasive grain and lots of fruit esters from the yeast. Thick pine and resin with sweet orange citrus as backup. Moderate bitterness despite the 102 IBUs slapped on the label. Alcohol is warming and sneaky in the finish.

Moderate body and smooth carbonation, warming alcohol is well hidden by the malts and is framed well, being neither timid or overbearing. Lacks a strong drying presence but balance is near perfect.

A West Coast DIPA base using just enough Belgian yeast and no Belgian spices to add some red fruity esters to the back end of the flavor. I was a bit taken aback at how non Belgian this IPA is yet it is very balanced and free swinging and would be best approached as a typical DIPA.

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Belgo Hoptologist from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.