Hoparillo - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 417
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of garyloveman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (166 characters)

Photo of Hopsauce_McGee
3.74/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,430 characters)

Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (204 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (2,275 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,786 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015-06-22
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. (434 characters)

Photo of GoneARye
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, light straw color. Yeasty, full head, with some good lacing as I drink.

S: Yeasty bread and tropical citrus. Good hop aroma without singing my nose hairs.

MF: Thinner than expected for a triple, with a decent warmth from the abv. Mid to low carbonation level.

T: Bitterness on the back edges of tongue followed by a strong sweetness from the malt. Tropical flavors abound from the hops: Pineapple with a touch of mango, followed up by citrus.

O: Tasty and summery, but in direct competition I find I'm wishing this were hop-d-ranged (554 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is super dank citrus.
The taste is sweet, then dull dark bitter. Heavy bitter finish.
The texture is thicker.
It's a big beer. (186 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to labrat for the trade, enjoyed with tenderbranson69 -poured chilled in an IPA glass from the bomber.

The color is dark amber with great clarity and 3 finger cream head with fine bead and visible carbonation with thick/clumpy lace pattern. The smell is very juicy with citrus/fruity smell with herbal hop and slight orange rind grapefruit quality with mild yeast ester and gentle sweet malt in the mix. The feel is great -very light for such a strong beer with juicy resinous and moderately carbonated with medium high bitterness and light sweetness mid-palate with balanced feel and mild alcohol warmth in the back.

The taste is very citrus and slight floral flavor with gentle grapefruit type bitterness from the hops with light peppery element and mild malt comes in the taste with a caramel quality and blends with a more assertive alcohol flavor from mid-palate on with a light sweet/bitter lasting taste. Overall pretty strong alcohol is the only thing holding this back with an equal amount of hop intensity -pretty extraordinary for such a big beer to be this easy to drink definitely above average for a 'Triple' IPA. (1,137 characters)

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a solid 4 but I can't say I would personally hunt it down again. The hops are strong but the initial taste was a muddy malt on the front. As it warmed, it mellowed to a more tropical kick on the nose. Good but hot one of my faves. (235 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Very well filtered, a clear triple, almost reminds me of the younger with how clear this is. Almost NO head, pours nicely.

S - Man, hops. Up front you get the hops. And not just hops but their unique profile, the bitter, sweetness, pine, citrus, etc. Finishes with a faint sweet bread type of smell and some alcohol to punch the nose.

T - The taste up front is hard to describe, the malt is almost too imposive. Mild sweetness, pine, citrus undertones, explosion of bitters, very mild versus the nose.

F - A very palate cleansing beer. Dry finish on the tongue, not the throat, oil/resin. I would put this in the light to medium body. Which is absurd considering this is a triple.

O - This is a great TIPA. I personally would not reach for another glass, mainly because I am not a fan of the Amarillo hop. But despite my disdain, it really shines through in a unique way with this beer. But the biggest drawback is at some points I almost feel the alcohol and body take away from the hops. This definitely feels like this beer is on the verge of becoming something great, but the malt is just to forward. (1,114 characters)

Photo of GDrew93
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good not great. Has a perfumey/mild-chemically taste mid way thru, after a great nose and initial flavor. Smooth finish with lil to no bitterness for a beer north at 11.1% ABV. (181 characters)

Photo of beerloserLI
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a golden amber color with nice clarity and a fluffy white head. The nose very floral with tangy citrus hops. I couldn't stop smelling it.
The taste explodes with tangy fruity notes. I get apricots, apples and plenty of citrus. Hoppy as hell with a subtle bitter finish. The malts really cut down on the bite and the alcohol is really well hidden for 11%. It really stays away from the barley wine feel.

Overall an excellent double ipa. Best I've had from knee deep so far. (491 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a thick head with short retention but leaving laces.
Delicious aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple and pine.
Bitter flavor with notes of grapefruit, caramel and slightly toasted malts, spices, American yeast, sweet tangerines, lots of resin and mango. Quite dry aftertaste with a long bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 11.1% is well hidden.
Excellent DIPA, solid malt base that is offset by its 122 IBUs that carries good hop complexity. (551 characters)

Photo of Sparqx
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at 48-56 degrees
Appearance: Golden in the glass, some lacing, medium head
Smell: Grassy citrus hoppiness, just begging to be tasted. Noticeably better at 55 degrees and above.
Taste: Complex explosion of grapefruit hops, bitters, a caramel note, some alcohol esters, with an enduring long bittersweet finish of hop heaven.
Mouthfeel: Smoothly coating that supports a very long finish
Overall: A paradise of hops. Clearly achieved the brewmaster's intentions. Hopheads rejoice! (485 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very grassy, slightly savory, touch of citrus in aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet, with a big malt backbone, resiny and lightly citrusy. Modestly bitter finish. (158 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and clear, a few fingers of ivory head, some motes of lace down the glass

S: lotsa of fruity and floral aromas suggesting citrus groves and pith, wet fields and bright flowers

T: juicy citrus right up front, tropical fruits and mild sweetness beneath; edges of caramel and biscuit

M: medium-weight, slight tingle, moderate carbonation, relatively lean for the abv

O: a real nice DIPA/TIPA hop-bomb, featuring some faves in Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic. Sure to please fans of the style and the hops. (517 characters)

Photo of Vlaminck
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the idea of this hop schedule
for a triple the alcohol is well masked. My only problem is i didn't look at bottled on date. 3+ months ago so this probably isn't a great sample but the potential is there. Will have to try a fresh one as i see this could be a great regular find. I'm really starting to hate bevmo and there rotation process. Wine and more here i come. This is a try again fresher. (402 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear honey yellow/orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange, citrus/grapefruit rind, tropical/mango, and light amounts of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to heavy flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit rind, and tropical/mango hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks much easier than the fairly high ABV and is quite the hop bomb - though it has really nice flavors and aromas. (1,034 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a short white head.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—mangoes seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits such as mango along with notes of citrus and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very hop-forward and doesn't have much in the way of balance from the malts, but is really nice if you like IPAs with tropical fruits.

Serving type: bottle (623 characters)

Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A- Very light yellow color with just a bit of head that disappears right away.

S- Grass, grass. grass!!! I feel like I'm mowing the lawn on a warm summer day and the wind is blowing the fresh cut blades of grass all around me. I might have just run over a pine cone and a grapefruit also.

T- Follows the nose closely....the citrus comes forward here though.

M- Just fine. So good I don't even notice it.

O- Very impressed!! Will def be getting more...probably tomorrow! (473 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Crazy Harry's in Winnetka, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, tropical fruit, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice, candied citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink even with its high ABV.

Serving type: on tap. (698 characters)

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