Tahoe Deep | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cascade, Centennial and CTZ hops keep this Imperial IPA West Coast style, floral, fruit and citrus aromas, Tahoe Deep is the perfect beer to keep on hand for a trip to the Lake.

Added by jakecattleco on 05-13-2017

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Reno Invitational Beer Fest, was a little weird in that I've had the sticker on my fridge for awhile now, but hadn't actually had the beer! Anyways, pours a light amber color, 2/3" very light off white head with good retention despite most of the old school hop oils going on. There was a nice puff of green aromatics in the nose, ctz can be varied, but its a top notch crop on this one. Going big on the pine, tree, dank weed and grapefruit kind of aromas.

Taste is a lot cleaner than expected, I was wary I was gonna get a big crystal malt thickness and a 100 ibu challenge kind of beer. It isn't. The crystal malt is very appropriate here (if at all?) it doesn't lead to a heavy or sticky mouth feel, and the hops just blast right through it anyways without any harshness and it still keeps dropping all that green dankness on you. Very impressive they got these dope flavors without going heavy on the proprietary hops like Mosaic, Citra, Nelson, Galaxy etc. . .

Its not Knee Deeps best beer, but one of their best.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 2 finger light beige head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: floral for a moment, then distinctly herbal;

T: floral with a hint of herbal in the background from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: outstanding aroma; OK flavor;

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with champagne carbonation, and topped with a finger of white head.

Smells lightly of fruit hops, strawberries, melon, and a big dankness.

Tastes big, dank and puckering, with a tannic, drying quality and notes of black tea.

Medium body, slightly tannic and sandpaper like, with moderate carbonation.

Got at Liquor Barn in Redding. I think its past its freshness date, but still very hoppy with a great feel that covers the ABV. Drinking same day of purchase, Aug 6th, 2018.

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Photo of corywalston
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of WTFReport
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent northwest IPA with a good mix of pine and citrus, with minimal dank resin. A little one the butter side with not quite enough malt to back it up, but a fairly easy drinking DIPA

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stoumi
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark caramel with a slight cloudy appearance and a healthy 2-finger head that leaves a nice ring of complex lacing.

Smell: A mix of floral notes with a malty sweetness and a soft piney resin.

Taste: Up front floral notes with some tropical fruits, mainly pineapple and a nice bitterness, softened by a caramel malt.

Overall: A good, solid offering from Knee Deep, reminiscent of the old school West Coast DIPA. Get your hops on!

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Photo of robebo44
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can - there are closer lakes to Auburn, California, but I guess none quite as majestic as Tahoe!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, a subtle hard water flintiness, and further leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled domestic citrus esters, an additional indistinct tropical fruitiness, wet minerals, and more earthy, piney, and wet grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is sort of forward in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the big hopitude has a minor aggro situation going on here. It finishes trending dry, the oft-mentioned hops seeing to that little eventuality.

Overall - this was certainly produced in the 'old-school' West Coast DIPA mold, nice and citrusy and piney and all that good stuff. Not to mention the damned-near invisible 17-proof wowee sauce element, which is always a nice little bonus, IMHO. Totally worthy of checking out, I gotta say!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, head is just so slightly light tan with very fine bubbles, head presents at least 1 inch deep and lingers very well with good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is pleasant blend of cascade and centennial hop floral pine, light grapefruit and grass. I could smell it as soon as i popped the can.

Taste follows the smell at the beginning - cascade, centennial hop flavors of pine, grapefruit rind, grassy and earthy; a stronger biting dryness and bitterness creeps in at the end as the taste transitions, lightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is moderate with pleasant carbonation, light sweetness thats overtaken by the drying quality of this beer (alcohol or bittering).

Overall a very good dipa with great hop aroma, a pleasant flavor and just a bit bitter/dry on the finish.

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Photo of izraelc
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No no no. Looks good but the bitter alcohol taste completely ruins it. No redeeming qualities. I'll drink it but I won't like it.

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Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjholmes
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pine. And freshly mowed lawn. With some toothpaste -- and I mean that in the best possible way. I love this beer. It's up there with Pure Hoppiness among my all-time favourites. Dry and intensely bitter. The kind of west coast classic that's a little out of fashion these days, what with the continuing hype over hazy fruit bombs. Exceptional.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice West Coast DIPA. Poured from a 16 0z can into a pint glass, a hazy orange color with a good size white head and thick rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste feature a good level of bitterness, a general citrusy presence and some dank wet hops. The taste includes some biscuity and caramel malt too. Very flavorful and nicely bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Nicely bitter. Alcohol presence is really not noticeable. Goes down real easy. This one is a winner

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Photo of larryi86
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you y2kawakami for this
16 oz can, dated 12/29/17, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden amber with a three finger white head.

S- Floral, some resin, piney, some citrus/orange peel, some caramel malts.

T- Pine, some resin, caramel malts, some orange peel.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid old school bitter IIPA.

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Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, highly effervescent, with three fingers of lasting antique white head. Sloppy lacing. Pine, weed and orange in the nose. These follow into the bitter, classic West Coast-style taste, with orange and caramel malt sweetness giving way to a strong, piney and almost chalk-like bitterness. Medium bodied with a somewhat chewy feel and good carbonation. A solid, old-school beer that hits the spot. 12/29/17 canned on date.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Losallstarteam
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA taste, but strong, drinkable sipper

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-canned 06.05.17. Consumed 01.05.18 in spiegelau ipa vessel.

A: Bright sunset orange coloring in the glass has a bit of hazy and murky nature to it. Slow spacious rise of effervesce. A foamy two finger ivory white head is steady atop, while providing a generous amount of lace appeal. Nice long standing visual, juicy orange looks.

S: Fresh pineapple juice and wet citrus provides a good opening smell. Clean yeastiness, fresh pale grains, wet grassiness of good strength was moderately lasting.

T: Prickly and flowery dry citrus hop with a good sense of bitterness opens the flavor. Some dry tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and citrus leaves a dryn touch on the tongue. There's some grassy hops, west coast style, a good high ibu sensation, with some nuances of wet fruit lightening the mood in the background.

M: Prickly mouthful from the carbonation with a malty lush depth provides a good amount of foaming on the tongue. Dry and citric spicy bite of alcohol chimes in, full bodied nature with lots of sticky hop resins and oils.

O: Overall it's hard to go wrong with a Knee Deep IPA, as they always seem to bring the bomb blast of hops every time around. Juicy aroma is fresh with a smack of the tongue blast of hard hittin hops leads to a good first strong impression. Strong drink-ability rating, good malt support is enough to hold up to the hops and has a varied array of flavor and bitterness components per style to still make this impressive and stand out in a much crowded field.

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Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very slightly hazy rusted orange, with a small head, and a lot of lacing. Can purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This smells pretty classically West Coast, with lots of pine tree and sap, a bit of floral hops, and orange peel and grapefruit.

As the beer warmed, it became a little slick and perfumey, but before that happened, this was your classic West Coast resinous banger. There's tons of grapefruit pith, bitter and just slightly sweet, with orange flesh and peel, and a slight hint of malt sweetness.

This is crisp, and mostly clean until it warms up a bit. There's a normal level of carbonation.

This is quite solid- Knee Deep flies a little bit under the radar, but I've always liked their beers.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Tahoe Deep from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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