Midnight Hoppyness - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of burnzgtm
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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!!

Photo of Ox13
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a black ipa especially a double it was great. Not too malty like most blacks ... Knee deep cant do wrong.

Photo of TrojanRB
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh! This is a good beer!

Photo of Adriatic
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -2.7%

22 purchased at Brewer's Haven Boise yesterday afternoon (but most of the bottleshops will have it too)... Enjoyed tonight from my Funk Fest tulip... Pours the expected black with a pillowy dark tan head... good lacing.

Nose is big pithy citrus hops with some lesser tropical fruity hops.. surprisingly there isn't a strong piney element.. roast malt element is present but only as a mild backdrop and allows the hops to play.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. traditional Cali IPA bitterness is tempered by the roast malt and residual sugars... hop flavors are again bigger citrus and hints of tropical fruit.. burnt malt comes in on the finish and lingers pleasantly with the hops.

Big body ... No EtOH burn at all, surprisingly... pretty well done, that said I doubt I will buy again because there are too many other fantastic brews out there and I don't really appreciate this style too much.


Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says 10/17/14

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Seamless melding of the piney, resinous notes from the hops and the roasty, somewhat sweet dark roasted malt.

T- Taste mirrors the aroma with some burnt sugar and vanilla flavors added on. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden. Caramel, mild coffee and dark chocolate is revealed as it warms. Bitterness is moderate.

M- Slightly creamy and thick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- How do they do it? These guys are becoming one of my favorite breweries, beer by beer. They know hops like just about no one else. The only Black IPA I can think of that's better than this is Wookey Jack.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the smell along with notes of roasted malts and slight hints of pine.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of citrusy malts but these are quickly replaced by flavors of roasted malts that linger through the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable beer as it does a nice job balancing flavors of citrusy hops and roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This was a pretty solid Black IPA, it was very true to style and it had some nice balance to it. Not much stuck out about it, but it didn't have any off aspects at all and it's pretty much just what I would expect from a nice Black IPA. I would buy a bottle of this if I saw it.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black colored beer with a minimal tan colored head.

Scents of Pine and Burnt Coffee. Patent malt is strong. High Hopping plus Patent malt equals carrot. Strong aroma of carrot and parsley.

Starts out sweet and savory. Burnt sugar and coffee tastes. Flavors of caramel and carrot. This is decidedly on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall an OK beer on the sweet and heavy side for the style.

Photo of 111213forlife
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

it's not perfect, i just really really really like it. dark as the night time that it's named after, it poured into my tumbler smoothly and left a dark caramel head. ringlets are all i see now as i look down into the empty glass. this smelled stronger than it tasted, the hops were very aromatic in the nose, but not as strong on the tongue while on the way down. only slightly marked down; mine was carbonated a bit more than i wanted, and it could have been just a bit thicker. as drinkable as it is, i plan on trying a few more soon! so glad my local shop started stocking this! get it while it's hot!

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piglet likes...

And I have to enter five words...

Photo of lochef81
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This black ipa pours a near black mahogany color with a generous off-white head that lacks retention but does leave nice lacing. The nose is very hoppy. Lots of west coast hop qualities under ridden by a very roasty malt consisting of dark roasted coffee and burnt dark fruits. The mouth is quite full and heavy. Needs a little more carbonation to be classified as smooth. The flavor is big and rough. The hop and roasted malt qualities are very abrasive but in a very good way. There is also quite a boozy bite on the finish. If you like big, abrasive ales seek this out. If you like subtler flavors, look elsewhere.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with mahogany highlights around the edges, and a low profile, frothy, light tan head. Nose of dank, resinous hops, subtle grapefruit notes, and a roasted malt backbone. Flavors are roasted and resinous forward, with a pine pitch character, tangy grapefruit blast, on a roasted bitter coffee backbone. Subtle chocolate notes round out the palate, with sticky green hops highlights. Some tropical fruit characteristics, too. Smooth and light bodied, with a roasted, bittersweet, and resinous aftertaste. The finish is slick and slightly dry, with a bitter and roasted linger. Nice, well put together brew.

Photo of KevT
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are reading this, I would suggest you stop right now and go and try to find a bottle of this beer while it is still available!

Tonight I had the privilege of buying a 22 oz. bottle of this beer from Market Beer Company in San Jose for $15; it was served in a 12 oz. tulip glass.

First impressions are wow, this beer is dark, easily as dark as a coal miner's lungs marinated in Guinness. Hints of roasted malt in the nose, rye spice and hops are perfectly balanced; with the roasted flavors becoming more pronounced as the beer warms a little. Nice dry finish, especially for a 9.5% ABV beer.

Once again, Knee Deep knocks it out of the park. If you like Wookey Jack, Sublimely Self Righteous, or Bryeian you will love this beer!

Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows the darkest root beer brown coloring, with a chocolate milk colored head that stands two fingers tall. This retains well, dissipating into chunky Swiss cheese lacing that is left clinging around the glasses. A chill haze is notable when held directly to light, but no sediment is seen. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives a beautiful blend between rich and dank chocolate and coffee malt roastiness, brown malts, and light peaty smokiness, with herbal, citric, and piney hops, light chemical phenols, lactic creaminess, lemon tea, black pepper and distant cinnamon spice, booze, soy sauce, musty cheddar, perfumed lace, and a hint of honey. The taste boasts a hearty, dark, and smoky grain profile of burnt chocolate, coffee, caramel, and brown malts, with lightly wet wheatiness and moldy barley adding an organic freshness to this. Otherwise we encounter notes of sweet and bittering molasses, biting herbal hoppiness, white sugar sweetness, café au lait creaminess, powdered espresso beans, dark cocoa, medicinal phenols, sweet vodka booziness, coiny metallics, peanutty oiliness, pencil woodiness, and green plant saps. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip offers nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, leaving the mouth fully coated before it dives into a bittering pucker and chalked astringency. The abv is up there for the style, and obviously present, but drinkability remains fair and intact.

Overall, we haven’t been able to get enough of black ales lately. We just love the interplay between the darker side of the malts and the fresh zesty hoppiness that often accompanies it. Here, we felt that balance slide a bit. Despite this, the mouthfeel remained creamy and inviting to the last sip. The hops through both the nose and the flavor, however, were somewhat muted. To this point, the aroma in general, especially when cold, was surprisingly and disappointingly light and seemingly far away. That wonderful hoppy stickiness and freshness was lost, allowing too much room for the singed malt bill. The latter was delicious, but again, the final product just lacked an intensity from the other half of what we felt was necessary. All in all this is a nice beer, but it doesn’t quite compete with some of the other powerhouse black IPAs coming from the west coast on the level of purity of flavor.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/7/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, dark bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, dark bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, dark bread, floral, grass, pine and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA! All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They call this an "Imperial Black Rye IPA." It seems to be a new twist on the "Cascadian" theme. This stuff is firewater with a hoppy burn that never goes out. Opaque dark brown in the really big duvel snifter with an adequate beige head.

Not overly carbonated on the tongue, which is a good thing because it's extremely acidic in addition to the alcoholic prickle. Massive aroma of some night-blooming flower growing in the barnyard. The flavor is so big you have to come at it from different sides. Burnt malt, burnt house, burnt lips. Serious, massive bitterness with some tar and wintergreen notes. Some barbecued peach and mango.

I wouldn't call this drinkable, being so rough and ridiculously hopped, but the hop fanatic will find it a worthy challenge. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park in San Diego.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottled 4/8/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, citrus juice, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has an interplay of cocoa and citrus characteristics that make this one almost like a chocolate orange candy all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of jonathanjones27
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrus aroma for days, smoky finish... me gusta

Photo of tasteology408
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Did not realize this was a black eye ipa to I got home with it. Not really my territory just yet. But this beer was so smooth. Blew Me awayi really enjoyed it. I think it's the rue that helped Smooth it out. Would buy this again

Photo of SurferEric
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At 100 IBU I expected it to be a little overpowering, but it was hopped just right. Delicious brew.

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Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.