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Hoparillo - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 491
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 40
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KevT on 07-02-2013

Triple IPA brewed and dry hopped with large amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops that delivers exploding tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavor. Intense hop aromas that are sure to stimulate your olfactory receptors.
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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 491
Photo of gonzo000
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. The look is very clean and the smell is grapefruit. The taste is grapefruit and a bit of alcohol, but nothing that takes away from the taste of the beer. The feel is syrupy - think but not as thick as other triple IPAs I have had. Again, overall this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden Amber body that is slightly cloudy with a nice gold tint. Head is straight white, thick maybe three quarters of an inch.

Smell: Hard hops, you can feel strong citrus but disappears quick after one sniff

Taste: Bitter but slightly citrus sweet. Has pink grapefruit properties with hard hits of hops.

Mouth: Medium bubbles, light sour finish...think of lemons and grapefruit. Knee Deep went full throttle with this brew.

Overall: Incredible brew, top notch IIPA and might go down as a classic. Complex beer, definitely worth grabbing or trading for. Salud!

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Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with an orange hue in the middle and a heavy chill haze that slowly disappears. Poured with short, dense, bright foam with soapy lacings and excellent retention. Medium hop aromas of ripe orange, lemon zest and floral notes. Medium malt aroma with sweet, mellow, boozy notes at the tail end. On the heavier side of medium bodied with an incredible creamy, smooth feel. Medium light carbonation follows the creaminess. After the first sip – Wow – this is dangerously drinkable at 11%. Medium high citrus and floral hop flavors with a medium malty backbone beneath. Medium high bitterness through the middle followed by pleasant, mellow, boozy warmth. Finished dryly with lingering sweet boozy and notes along with light hop bitterness. Well balanced flavors and an excellent feel. Dangerously drinkable for the higher abv.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz undated bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of dense white. A solid skim coat and plenty of lacing for the duration.

Tropical fruit and resiny hops waft from the glass. Melon, mango, apricot, and peach.

On the thicker, chewier side of medium bodied with a tacky, jammy mouthfeel.

A carpet-bombing of citrus-laden hops lands on the palate. Loads of tropical fruit with a medium bitterness and a trace of honey. Light malt and drier than expected.

Finishes with more pine than fruit, warming alcohol, and a lingering bitterness. Hop burps aplenty.

Great beer and seriously easy to drink for such a hop monster.

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Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My god, it's full of hops!

Attractive transparent gold brew; good head retention and nice lacing.

Hoppy aroma featuring pine, resin, grapefruit pulp, and pineapple.

Flavor follows, adding lemon, mango, and green leaf. Malt is there primarily to add honey-like sweetness and body.

Very lively, smooth; medium-full.

It's difficult to rate a brew that seeks (and achieves) to be a huge hop bomb.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm always surprised to open a Knee Deep bottle and discover that the liquid inside isn't actually green - it smells green, it tastes it, lord knows it's brewed with enough of the little green pellets. Hoparillo, like the others, has a semi-turbid, almost apricot colour and patchy white head that sticks like scotch tape.

This is a smell that might knock you out - figuratively, but perhaps literally too. It's very difficult to hide double digit alcohol in a beer, though the fantastic citrus rinds, flower petals, and baked bread maltiness of this aroma do an extremely admirable job of distracting from it.

Hoparillo has one of the most pulpy tropical fruit flavours of recent memory. It drinks like a breakfast smoothie prepared in a particularly old, dull blender; huge chunks of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and peach persist and are infused with guava and a teaspoon of full-fat vanilla yogurt.

Refreshingly acidic and zesty, yes, but this ain't your typical light-and-breezy California hopbomb. It's considerably filling. As I just alluded to this feels rich in protein; all those citrus fruits are accompanied by a hearty bowl of honey-drizzled cereal grain porridge (and a whopping amount of alcohol...)

If you're wondering how Hoparillo compares to others in the Knee Deep lineup (given they're virtually all spin-offs of the same show) this is definitely the strong one of the bunch. It has 'heat' on the back end and the fruity notes, while vivid, also taste overripe to the point of festering. Each sip feels like two.

There's a very specific, evident identity to Knee Deep Brewing: hops. Their portfolio is almost entirely variations of IPAs - no varietal or characteristic is left un-turned. And why not? They do what they do well. Hoparillo, like all of their brands, is one you're not likely to regret putting in the shopping cart. But know what you're getting yourself into - "Triple IPA" is as advertised so don't take it lightly.

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Photo of cfalls
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - clear gold color, huge white head with lots of lacing

S - fantastic floral fruity smell, malts in the background

T - too sweet for me, but otherwise follows the excellent smell with extra pine and dank, bitter finish

F - some burn, though not as much as you'd expect from 11%, medium carbonation, slightly oily, leaves your mouth coated in bitterness

O - Pretty great. My only complaint is the sweetness. I can't figure out why the sweetness is off putting here but fine in the equally sweet Captain's Daughter. The hop bills are similar. Maybe something about the malts?

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange with a big white head and great lacing. Notes of clementine, mango, orange, light pineapple, light sweetness and alcohol. Full side of medium body, creamy feel and coating on the finish. I tend to shy away from these north of 9% ABV IPAs but these from knee deep do it well. There is no hiding the alcohol, it's present in the feel, the taste and even the aroma. The other flavors hold up enough to make this pretty great.

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Photo of emyers
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 8/13/15

Pours mostly clear, ever-so-hazy pale gold with a half-inch off-white head.

Smell: Vibrant, juicy citrus with lemon zest, grapefruit, and some pineapple notes. No real malt presence in the nose. Excellent.

Taste: Again, huge hop presence with tons of citrus and some tropical fruit up front. There is a little more malt presence here as some bready malt sneaks into the flavor profile. Finish is quite bitter and has a definite alcohol heat along with the strong dose of bittering hops - this is the only real downside of the beer for me as it leaves the finish fairly abrasive. Still, it's loaded with enough citrusy hop goodness to be damn good regardless.

Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Aggressive hopping keeps it quite dry on the palate

Phenomenal nose and phenomenal hop profile from both an aroma and flavor perspective, but overall could have been truly exceptional with a bit more balance and less alcohol heat. Still an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Tracs
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: medium yellow, honey color. Fine minimal head that stays put throughout.
S: some good hop smell but not the overwhelming fruit/citrus you might expect from citra/Mosaic. As the name suggests more amarilo-resiny character.
T: sweet smooth. Minimal evolution from start to finish. This beer is about the taste. Lots of hop character that finishes with just a hint of bitter. Overall so surprisingly smooth and drinkable for an 11% imperial IPA. Dangerous.
M: smooth. Resin-y. Consistent carbonation. Stays with you but maybe less than expected for a big IPA.
O: excellent imperial IPA. Nothing to distinguish it from others in the field except maybe the smoothness? I'd never have guessed this was an 11% beer.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 0z bomber poured into a tulip, bottled on 7/30/2015.

A - Golden orange, clear with a slight haze, two finger fluffy white head that moves to creamy lace.

S - Full power hops, grapefruit, sea salt and a hint of onion.

T - I would say juicy qualifies here. More hops/grapefruit, some back end sugar/malt balance, with a touch of heat and a return of the hops with the bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is medium, the heft and fullness is to the light side of medium.

O - A tasty hop forward triple IPA. Trying to take my time with it, but the hop punch makes you want to go back for more right away. We'll see how it changes with the 2nd glass.

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Photo of smb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late to the game on this beer. Kept passing this up since every bottle I would come across was past it's prime date-wise. Pours a very clear gold with nice fluffy head and lacing that quickly diminishes to just some larger surface bubbles.

Intense amarillo, mosaic and citra aroma, with no real leader of the pack, but that's ok since they all smell amazing. Taste follows the nose and you get a nice variety of hop flavor on the palate, along with some lingering honey-like sweetness. Alcohol is definitely felt, but for 11.1%, not that much. Overall.. this is excellent.

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Photo of Mikeszab
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look is pale amber. The smell is sweet and hoppy. That is heavy but well balanced hop explosion. Beautiful lacing. Great triple IPA. Will try it again.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear slight burnt orange tinged golden with a sticky one finger white head atop.A big splash of tangerine and grapefruit in the nose,wow it really hits ya.Fruity tangerine and grapefruit rind up front on the palate,it never gets to sweet although there is a sugary finish,the hops stay the main focus wich doesn't happen enough for the style.This is a hophead winner here.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Golden-orange pour with a very mild haze. Foamy off-white head holds fast at a solid three fingers. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

S: Heady. Sweet and dank bud, wet leaves, hop spice, tangerine slices, grapefruit, mango, orange gummy wedges. Light whiffs of melon rind and passion fruit. Honeyed malt aromas.

T: Very dank and heady. Cannabis, wet leaves, and resin up front. Grassy. Spicy. Stiff bitterness. Candied orange, tangerine, and mango. Honeyed malt base. Alcohol creeps in toward the back. Spicy and leafy hop finish lingers.

M: Hefty body. Thick, full, chewy texture. All of this is lifted by sharp scrubbing carbonation.

O: This is pretty straightforward. There's nothing too complex or complicated about it, but what's there is good. It drinks pretty easily for an 11% 'triple' IPA. I found Simtra to be more memorable and a bit more drinkable, but this ain't too shabby either.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: clear gold color. Nice head that doesn't last long. S: rich, stinging citrus fruit. Mango/pineapple/pine presence stands out. T: juicy hops, very bitter backbone, not much malt presence. Punches you in the face with hops, not for the timid. The amount of hops in this stings your tongue and throat. Its an experience. F: a bit abrasive. Rich, coats your mouth with a bit of sweet alcohol burn paired with bitter hop flavors that make you pucker just a bit. O: liked it, but I will stick with Simtra for KD's triple. I think this needs more malt presence for balance.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a copper orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, pineapple, mango, citrus, candied fruit, herbal, lemony, caramel, toasted malts, and some alcohol.

Taste: Awesome hop goodness. Balanced malt bill, mild tingly bitterness, and warm alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, mild tingly bitterness, bearable alcohol, and very tasty.

Overall: For a Triple IPA, this I quite the treat and s sipper. Got better as it warmed. Look forward to more of this in the future.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale colour
Smells great. Citrus hoppy dankness
Taste is sweet maltiness fades hop bitterness; lavender and pine.
Good carbonation and medium mouth feel

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Photo of Hopsauce_McGee
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brew date 4/24/15, purchased in 22 oz bomber on 7/17/15, stored unrefrigerated, at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Look (3.75): Clear (filtered) and somewhere between a golden and amber yellow. Carbonation is excellent.

Smell (4): Pungent of citrus, as one would expect of this hop combination (Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic), but I didn't catch many floral notes at all.

Taste (3.25): On the front, a honey-like sweetness that carried through some citrusy tones but very little hoppy/bitter notes. The sweetness lingered as the beer ran over the palate, but almost immediately upon swallowing, the pungent hop bitterness rang through intensely. The lingering flavor on the palate was incredibly bitter--grapefruit-like pith with a slight lingering of sweet citrus--no honey-like notes lingered on the tail end. As much as I love bitter (and trust me, I do!), the pithy aftertaste was a bit much. After three sips, my palate became saturated. Ended up sealing half of the bomber airtight and saving for this evening.

Feel (4.5): Medium to medium-heavy body with a very slight syrupy mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Excellent mouthfeel.

Overall (3.75): The bitterness was to be expected, though the pithy aftertaste could have been combatted by a slightly heavier malty backbone. I tell people I hate well-balanced IPAs and prefer IPAs with a hop bitterness that rings through, but the aftertaste on this one was a little too much.

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Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

A big, dank, super-hopped IPA from the guys that brought us the delicious Lupilin River, another straight-up, West Coast style, dank and floral IPA. I keep thinking I'm getting jaded with hop bombs, but I think it's because they're usually just not that good - or they're 'keeping up with the Jones's ' for commercial purposes. This offering is aggressively hoppy, with resin seeming to ooze out of it, and an untamed blast of booze that accentuates all of the bold aspects.

The nose is orange zest, pine, and floral dankness (if you've ever used orange peels to rehumidify the green stuff, you could imagine the aromas). Alcohol volatiles propel the giant bouquet right to the back of your brain. Flavors are no less timid, albeit more complex. Orange candy, hop resin and bitter citrus pith at the front of the palate. As the sip washes over, there's a strong honey sweetness that's balanced by an almost salty astringency, which combines with heating booze. This becomes a little hard to drink toward the finish, which is bittersweet, long and lingering.

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Photo of jooler
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is filtered. Smell is amazing and juicy. Taste is very hoppy and juicy. Tastes sort of like mosaic or citra hops. There is a alcoholic taste but for a 11.1% brew, the alcohol is extremely well hidden

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Well I do love Citra and Amarillo hops, Mosaic can kill be if it brings the piney sap notes, so we'll see. This could be an awesome or terrible beer based on that. 6/05/15

Pours a nice creamy large fluffy 1.5 finger head, nice for an IPA, very nice for an 11% DIPA, brilliantly clear, like filtered cold crashed and somehow pulled out the hop oils, golden straw pilsner color.

Nose is very big, tons of hops all over, some herbal tea and grassy earthy pine out front, unfortunately the mosaic dominates, super dank like armpit stank dankness, hop oils all over as well, dank passion fruit and guava melon, some orange peel and a lot of pith, the juicy citrus and tropical notes are mostly background to the huge dank resin and earthy pine sap and black tea. A bit of a candy like malt in there as well.

Taste is nicer thankfully, a nice fruity amarillo out front, fruity bubblegum notes, generic tree fruit and fruit punch notes, with some citrus, a little orange juice and pith. Then the mosaic kicks in again, super dank and resinous again, hop oils all over, but the black tea comes through, with earthy pine, and a little sap, thankfully not super strong, but plenty there to make it annoying and not so tasty. A little fruit juice and tropical notes come through on the back end after the pine and black tea subsides a bit, as well as some mild candy malts, and a candied hop oil flavor somehow, with some warming slight tingly booze as well. Finish is a little sweet and sticky, very bitter, with lots of pine sap and earthy pine lingering, a mild tropical and even grapefruit pith lingering, more citrus notes and generic fruit lingering, with a bit of booze and malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little sticky syrupy like, some warming booze, decent carbonation though, at least balanced.

Overall, well, not quite my style of IPA or DIPA at all. First the mosaic just makes it bad, all that pine sap, earthy flavors, black tea, etc, not so great, even with the tropical fruit and tree fruit in there, just not good. The malts aren't bad, mostly just a background to balance and make it at least drinkable, but still not enjoyable. I also though the crazy bitterness, highest IBU possible, craze was over, but this seems like it's 5 years behind on that craze.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Candied orange peel and jet fuel.
Sweet and strong.
Packs a wallop.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/05/15 bottling date.

A: A crystal-clear golden pour. Enormous frothy light tan head. Great head retention with a big island of foam sticking around forever. Big network of lacing all over the glass too.

S: As you'd expect, a huge burst of hoppiness. Hard to really discern what I'm smelling. Citrusy with notable oranges for sure. Spicy pine aspect is alive and well. Tropical fruit is there but not as strongly. Even get a little berry in there. Something for everyone.

T: Even bigger burst of hoppiness in the taste. It's like a shotgun with the intensity but also the spread of flavors. There's everything in here. Citrus, tropical fruit, pine and berries. Even some herbal hoppiness. The only thing I don't notice is any grassy notes (which is just fine by me). Mostly citrus initially, spicy pine in the middle and finish with a little sweet berries. No sign of the malt despite the 11.1% ABV. There's just hop flavors from start to finish. A little alcohol burn in the aftertaste, the slightest indicator of the strength of this beer. No huge hit of hop bitterness in the finish either, it's all about the hop flavor in this one, not the brutal teeth-chattering bitterness.

M: Heavy, bitter and not unlike drinking pure hop oil it seems.

O: Welp, pretty much as-advertised. Ridiculous amount and strength of hop flavors. It's really too much if I'm honest. Hard to enjoy it when the whole beer is just 10 different hop flavors floating around. Certainly couldn't drink more than one, I think my taste buds are ruined for as least a week. Having said that, it's not brutally bitter at least. Plenty bitter, yes, but it's more about the flavors than the bitterness in this one. Thankfully. Very good regardless, certainly a better "Triple IPA" than Devil Dancer. By a lot.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle found in a fridge in an AirBNB home. No date visible on the bottle. Poured in water glasses, for lack of a better description.

Pours hazy pale amber with a small white head. Smell is very citrusy, piney, a little green.

Taste is very powerful bitterness, powerful honey/honeysuckle sweetness. Bitterness is a little vague. Some tropical juiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Overall, pretty good.

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Hoparillo from Knee Deep Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.