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Midnight Hoppyness - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: KevT on 09-13-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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 DrunkinYogi
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.


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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my lovely wife for hauling this bottle back from her vacation...err, work trip to San Diego. On second hand, screw that. It's only my due for being left here in the harsh Minnesota cold. Split with aforementioned wife.

The pour is very dark & very carbonated, with light leading bloody around the top eight inch or so of the brew. Nose is that distinctly unnatural marriage of roast & piney hops with a sideswipe of Hershey's Kiss. Not bad, but light.

Midnight Hoppyness probably made early parole. Wild mix of roast, sweet malts, piney hops, & after all that marches by the parade stand, there's a blast of earthy, spicy rye. At the exact moment of rye detonation there's a hump of bitterness: the finish is a tumbling shaker of everything trying to shout at the top of its lungs for my tongue's attention. Smoothness on the palate contrasts with the edged weapon of the chaotic neutral taste bombardment. I was just told I'm "sucking this down" & indeed my wife has twice as much left as I do. Pace yourself, max.

The wild-eyed madness of this brew tickles my fancy & the rye tickles my happy sack; this is an excellent joining of ingredients that aren't easy to meld into an excellent beer: but Knee Deep has succeeded. Thanks dear!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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