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Midnight Hoppyness - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 273
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 30.62%
Wants: 14
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: KevT on 09-13-2013

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 273
Reviews by Schnauzerlord:
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4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me preface this by stating that I'm a big fan of the style. Whether 'Cascadian Dark Ale' or 'American Black IPA', there's not many that I don't like. This one is a real winner, up there with Wookie Jack by Firestone Walker and DeSchutte's Hop in the Dark.

I am currently enjoying a pint glass of this delicious brew from a 22oz bottle, and right around $9 seems to be the average price when I've seen this in stores.

A: Pours as dark as it's name, with a thick, full head that's a creamy toasted brown color and lasts nicely

S: While the aroma is big, it's hard to distinguish any one aspect. There's a hoppy bitterness, but I can't pick up specific hop characteristics as I usually do, as the roasted malt smell is almost 'burnt' (in a good way) and kind of bullies all the other smells. It's far from bad, but I DO prefer a more distinctive hoppy nose.

T: excellent combination of coffee and that distinctive rye flavor mix it up well with 100 IBU worth of hops. Again, it's more difficult than normal to pick out specific elements, but the 9.5% ABV is definitely there, without being obnoxious. I really enjoy the roasted malt flavor and that rye dryness.

F: Not as thick or rich as many of the more common darker beers, but that fits well with the big hoppy flavor. Kind of dry for the high ABV, but again, that's not a complaint, just an observation.

Overall: Great beer for our SoCal 'winter'. Heavier than other similarly hopped offerings, but a big step below the standard porters and stouts we see as winter offerings when it comes to being filling. This one will be a regular in the fridge for as long as it's available.

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Black IPAs. I find the smoky, burnt flavor to be too much of a contrast with the citrusy IPA flavors. Just not my thing. Having said that, this is a really good beer. It's not in my wheel house but the bitterness, char (smoke), and citrus flavors are really well balanced. Imagine a really good west coast IPA with a smoky/charred finish. Really well made beer even if it's not my thing.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a hoppy, spicy nose – definite rye notes and a hint of roast but the hops dominate. It pours brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” lightly tanned lacy white foam cap that dissipates slowly. The palate starts with initial hints of caramel followed by light roast backed up and balanced by some hop bitterness with fresh grain especially in the finish. The beer has dark beer roastiness but it is dialed back just enough and the hops have just enough presence to pull the beer back from being a porter or a stout and to evoke an IPA. There are just hints of darker malt sweetness and light chocolate but again the level of hops keep it back from falling into porterdom while the dark malts mellow the hops. It a little oily, medium full body and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

had at the Parson's Pub in Murphy, NC.

What a beer!

A: pours a dark coffee color with a thick caramel colored head.

S: smells of hops

T: SO EFFIN GOOD!! starts mellow and then finishes with a hoppy goodness.

O: it is a beer i could definitely have more than one of. great job knee deep!!

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Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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