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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Reviews by jaxon53:
Photo of jaxon53
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can dated 7/19:
Pours a classic American DIPA - amber maybe more than orange-gloden. Head is strong, and falls to a mix of soapy and foamy - loose small bubbles holding together to provide blocks of lace.

Nose comes first on pour, and getting my nose into it doesn't surprise me after that first hit. Floral cirtus notes, a barely malty sweet aspect aiding that. Very light woody note adds to a light earthiness and some pine notes also noted.

Taste continues the expectations for a west coast IPA that boasts two of the three classic American "C" hops. Earthy backbone supports a light sweetness in the opening. A little flower water gives a break before the deluge of bitter hops - citrus rind, grapefruit pith, and pine (needles more than wood). The bitterness yields a drying ending more than the very light lingering malt note might suggest.

A really clean beer that has some malt that doesn't compete with the bitterness, but does prevent it from wrecking my palate. A nicely constructed, classic WC IPA, to me.

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into a snifter, clear amber appearance with two finger white, orange head. Dank aromas with hints of pine and resin. Subtle flavors of honey, brown sugar and resin with long, lasting hop finish. Not much fruit flavors and aromas. A very nice medium bodied IIPA without all the fruit and stickiness of so many others.

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Photo of SkiBum22
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 Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white around most of the rim and a majority of the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine hops galore. This is unapologetically a hop bomb with razor sharp citrus and pine flavors with just enough malt to show in the back of the palate. The mouth is resinous, lightly sticky, but smooth for a double IPA.

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Photo of dblipajunkie
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RDW
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Canned on: 6/29/17 Opened on: 9/4/17

After all of the various New England style Dipa's and Ipa's this might be a nice change to go back to the West coast for a taste.....

A burnt golden color with deep amber hues. A fine, short foam cap gives decent coverage.

The nose is all West coast hops, dry earthy notes, big pine, red tropical fruits and slightly grassy. A deeper, amber malty aroma comes across like maple syrup.

The hop complexity is very high, classically West coast with a big punch of dry, bitter, leafy bite. The bitterness and ibu's seem much higher than the New England's I'vended been having. The complexity and richness in hop flavor is just as impressive. The malt is a much bigger player as well, darker amber sweetness that melds with the the fruity edge of the hops very well. The dry, bitter, earthy, leafy and herbal aspect is my favorite part of this, it's not too big to handle, yet, very impressive. A very nice, malty and fruity hop sweetness is the last thing you notice right before the dry, bitter bite ends it.

A fresh, crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied with a slight heat tingle and a very nice dry, bitter bite at the end. Mild to medium bitterness for a west coast style DIPA however.

Overall, the hop flavor is very complex and interesting with a bigger malty edge than I'm used to, but falling in-line with the style perfectly. High grade stuff.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned date of 08/09/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and vibrant golden orange in color with an off-white, near two-finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, consistent layer of suds on the surface that build up around the edges. Good amount of lacing with broken sheets, lines and spotting making up the bulk of it.

Smell - A plethora of citrus on the nose, hitting on grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pine and maybe even a little lemon.

Taste - Considerably more pine on earth hits the tongue than the nose led on; in fact the citrus is almost completely buried here. Moderate grapefruit rind. Distant bready sweetness. Finish lingers with pine and a hint of pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Hmm. Decent DIPA. Surprisingly dirty. Knee Deep's newest hoppy offerings just don't match what they used to brew up since they lost their head brewer. Glad I opted for a single can vs the 4-pack; of earthy, piney character of this beer is not in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Boring to look at and to smell, but pretty darn tasty once it hits the palate.... Not a huge fan of the aftertaste... This was a recently brewed can, but a bit stale? The ABV is very well hidden.... A guarded thumbs up.

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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 dertyd
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of avisong
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent orange-yellow with decent head and solid lacing that lingers. Smells of malts and sticky juicy hops. Taste is thick pine and a hint of floral and orange and lemon notes. A hint of booziness. Feels thick and sticky but is quite drinkable. Kind of a benchmark Imperial IPA. Nothing super remarkable, but quite tasty and drinkable. This could be a benchmark/ baseline Imperial IPA by which to judge others.

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Photo of digboy
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 6-29 (3+ weeks old), gifted by a friend who recently traveled.

Pours a clear amber gold color with a 2 finger frothy head that settles down into a half finger silk bed.

Aroma is sweet with muted fruity notes like orange blossom, but mixed with some pine and citrus notes. Totally reminds me of a typical Maine hazy smell where I am. I can detect some malt in there too but my nose isn't good enough to discriminate.

Taste is sweet up front with a very pleasant caramel malt backbone that sticks around to the finish. Almost honey like.
Hop flavor kicks in soon after with a nice blend of orange and papaya. An alcohol burn then kicks in mid way through to let you know this beer means business, but it is not overly present. Again, nice balance.

Feel is a little malty - surprisingly unsticky for a big DIPA. Again this reminds me of the hazies out here. I was expecting more bitterness but it never really kicks in.

I thought West Coasts were known for more malt character and more bitterness besides the floral hops so this one caught me by surprise. I'm probably wrong. It is very good - masterfully balanced by my book - and is very much worth the try.

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

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

Photo of sjones5045
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Canned on 06/29/2017.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bronzed copper color with a sly transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising to fill a cap of a little white foamy head. That head swiftly fell off. Some spotty lace here and there.
The aroma had a huge piney bitterness standing out-bold and up front flowing through some light floral to fresh grassy hopping over top of a clean malt base.
The flavor was moderately clean embracing that malt bill fairly nice. Sly crisp piney-ness in the aftertaste running into the finish fairly nice and dry.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. It's pretty dry as it ran along my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice West coast styled DIPA, it's a bit drier than a fair amount of West Coast styled DIPA's I've had, but hey, I'm not arguing as it's one I'd have again.

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

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Tahoe Deep from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 113 ratings