Midnight Hoppyness - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by Schnauzerlord:
4.29/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-19-2013 02:53:37 | More by Schnauzerlord
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4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
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!!
07-05-2014 19:49:04 | More by burnzgtm
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Midnight Hoppyness....I was surprised when I poured this from a bomber into a pint glass, and it came out black....hence the name. Duh.
Good looking beer. Dark black with a large muddy head.
Smells of sweet chocolate, with a crispness that hints of hops. That would be the only clue so far that this isn't a stout.
Tastes pretty strongly of alcohol, starts somewhat sweet, and finishes bitter. Kind of rough.
Pretty strongly carbonated..
Overall, this tastes a little unfinished. Like it should be aged, or tweaked a bit in the brewing process. A bit rough for me.
05-21-2014 00:09:23 | More by TrojanRB
4.48/5 rDev +9.8%
Walked into a local liquor store and randomly found a bottle of this stuff! Had never seen/heard of this specific beer but I had recently enjoyed Knee Deeps Belgo, Simtra, and Hoptologist. I am new to Black IPA's but I did enjoy this beer. Like the beers name, the beer poured a black "midnight" color and had a very distinctive IPA taste. I reside in California and I am currently experincing an "Indian Summer". This beer fit perfectly with the in between summer/fall weather. Not to heavy and not to crisp. Not going to lie, I am excited to switch over to porters and stouts. The only other Black IPA I have tried was Bear Republic's Racer X. Out of those two options, I would choose Knee Deeps over Bear Republic's. This was a great tasting beer with a cool name and label!
10-07-2013 04:26:52 | More by Adriatic
3.84/5 rDev -5.9%
Appearance- black color, tan headrnrnSmell- malt, piney hopsrnrnTaste- malt, some piney hops, coffeernrnMouthfeel- medium to full bodiedrnrnDrinkability- I thought it was very good. I would definitely drink it again. Knee Deep did a great job with this one.
01-21-2014 03:15:38 | More by jeffjeff1
4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
Fresh Bomber, no bottle date.
Appearance dark with tan to mocha head, 1 finger.
Smells like a great west coast ipa. Strong citra type smell. Not sure of the exact hops
Taste is really impressive. Similar to hoptologist but with a malty/chocolate background. Dare I say better than Wookey Jack
Highly recommended but make sure it's fresh
02-05-2014 04:11:24 | More by Beerbuddy21
Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.