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Midnight Hoppyness - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 287
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 29.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KevT on 09-13-2013

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 287
Reviews by TrojanRB:
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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JakerLou
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: This is an exceptional Black IPA. Great black opaque pour with a wonderful frothy head, fantastic, thick lacing.
A: Pine, hops, malt, fresh bread and smoke.
T: Just like the aroma. In that order.
M: Kicks you at first with a back of the mouth slam. Medium bodied with pretty decent bitterness.
O: Never heard of Knee Deep, but if live to hear more in the mid west!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a purported 'Imperial Black Rye India Pale Ale' - not gonna even try to parse that one, so let's drink it instead!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with subtle basal cola edges, and three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some inconsistent broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of roasted, somewhat meaty caramel malt, muddled pine resin and burnt leaf green notes, some free-agent wet ashiness, warmed orange, lemon, and red Texas grapefruit citrus flesh, a twinge of bittersweet cocoa powder, and further earthy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy, and lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt, very mild spicy rye astringencies, a bit of stale cafe-au-lait, chocolate wafers, some mixed pine, citrus, and floral hoppiness, more damp ash isolate, a vanilla-tinged dark sugary character, and weak earthy, leafy, and floral hoppy add-ons.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their palatal pinging, but adequately supportive otherwise, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, just a wee bit of char lurking about, looking for a place to happen. It finishes off-dry, the grainy and caramel essences of the malt trying to shake off the lingering smokiness, which appears to have consumed the hops.

For the style, this is aiiight, as Cascadian Dark Ales, by nature, still seem an unnecessary thing to me. Maybe it's the ably integrated 19-proof booze luring me in and obscuring my better senses - no, this is indeed well-made, the 'midnight blackness' not overpowering, and allowing the hops to at least show their stuff before blotting them out. Baby steps, I suppose.

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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of burnzgtm
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.