HopStar | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by largadeer on 08-07-2010

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5/5  rDev +54.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of BrewerB
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent clarity, well proportioned off-white head that retains itself. Pours a medium orange. Fruity hops in the nose with orange, grapefruit, and mango all making presence. Slight salty grain notes. Light esters but mostly clean fermentation character. First sip says make no mistake, this is most certainly a strong rendition of the American IPA style. Dank, herbal hoppy character with subtler orange rind above a clean malt backbone. Fruity/herbal hop notes persist in the medium, dry finish. Medium-light bodied, moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this IPA packs a punch, loaded up with dank and fruity hop characters that keep me reaching for another sip. I could certainly knock back a few at my local bar without giving the rest of the beer menu a second glance.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected another generic contract-brewed IPA for a chain store, and I was pleasantly surprised. At least mildly. It isn't a great IPA, but it is not bad and has more character than a lot of the no-name beers sold by placed like Bev-Mo.

It pours clear amber with a small white head that falls to some lacing. The aroma is bready and toasty with a piny hop overtone. The flavor brings out more of the piny hops with a little citrus and some muskiness on the back of the mouth. Still there is that bready, toastiness. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a clingy aromatic hop vapor lingering in the mouth.

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Photo of sholland119
3.66/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear light honey with hints of apricot. Well carbonated, leaving a lot of frothy off white head and good sticky sheets of lacing.

S-A little light in the aroma. Mostly caramel malt and a hint of citrus.

T-Taste is better than expected. Nice bitterness mixed with a very solid malty backbone. A bit one dimensional in flavor but still a pleasant bitter IPA.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness is not overdone.

O-Overall a tasty beverage. Not great, but certainly nice. I would drink these gladly.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very hoppy IPA. But the odd part about it is that it's extremely malty at the same time. The two sides come together and give a bit of an unusual drinking experience. it has the IBUs (all 75 of 'em!), but the malty tones make it kind of a weird one. It's drinkable, sure. But it doesn't really translate into any degree of brewing prowess to me. And, the price was way too high for what was delivered.

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3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bistro's 2010 IPA festival. Burnished copper color in the glass, clear and bright with a small white head that recedes to a collar. Pleasant grapefruit and floral hop aroma, along with nutty and toasty grain. There's a little diacetyl in the aroma as well. Palate is nice, marred slightly by slickness, but it has big resiny and grapefruit hop flavors, toasted malt, a hint of roast - bitterness is firm, lingering. A little buttery up front, but it finishes clean and crisp. Good stuff on the whole, I enjoyed my pour.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice color, off-putting aroma and the flavors were a little off to me as well, sour tasting. made with six different malt and four different hops including amarillo and simcoe. this was a slightly above average beer that i would not seek out again. i hope they tweak it again and give it another go.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear maple syrup amber with a finger of head that leaves sticky lacing. The nose has honeyed sweet malt, candied citrus along with a tropical note (guava or kiwi?). The taste muddles the flavors a bit with pine hops fighting alongside sweet malt and citrus/fruit. Not impressive as its not very harmonious and with competing flavors dont let any of them shine. It easy to drink with nice carbonation though the taste is a bit of a let down.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this during a session of disc golf last weekend, unfortunately for the beer, it was after a growler of the super awesome Bruery Humulus XPA.

Pours out a standard amber ale appearance, a little darker than expected for what bills itself as an ipa. Aroma was a little citrusy, nice little perk. Taste, more east coast ipa balanced malt, hop mouthfeel was very minimal, alcohol and acrid bitterness were up there, hop taste was not. The buttery aspect of this batch was a little less than previous. Would appreciate more dry hop characteristics (or hops period) and tame the fusel alcohol feel on this one.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored pour with an off-white foamy head which quickly disappears. Wet dog smell with some malt and citrus in the mix. Not great. Malt bomb! Very malty with more malt on the swallow and aftertaste...though there is a bitterness kick at the end. A little too malty for my tastes and too malty for an IPA in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back before Knee Deep was getting C&D letters, there was this beer they questionably used the name for.

Looked amber in color, aroma had a mild cascade like citrus vibe, maybe some simcoe.

Crystal malt, heavy, came out even more bitter, caramel. Drinks hot like a double ipa. Meh.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Klym
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at local grocery store and poured into a stone nonic.

Pretty mediocre IPA overall.. Tastes like an intermediate level homebrew with dark-fruit flavor forwardness and aspirin bite to the hops. No complexity or depth beyond that with a dry, overly bitter finish.

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Photo of hiku7
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had tried some of Knee Deep's other offerings at a recent festival, and had enjoyed talking to the brewer, so I thought I'd give a bomber of their IPA a try.

Pours a cloudy amber copper, with a very thick sticky cream color head. Seemed overcarbonated.

Aroma is piney and slightly citrus tart hop aromas plus a strong dose of caramel malt. Also a slightly medicinal phenolic coming through, which seemed likely unintended.

Taste was similar to the aroma, big and malty, and basically unremarkable, except for an odd smokiness that may have been related to the phenolics. Earthy scorching hops in the back of the throat as well in the finish, but they aren't dominate early in each swallow. I had a hard time getting past the smoky flavor, which should not be in an IPA.

Fairly big chewy body and grainy body. A bit big for an IPA, but also a mouthfeel that I enjoy on a cold evening.

Overall, the grain bill and hop choices were fine, though on the edge of the IPA style, but the out of place smokiness ruined it for me. Probably just a bad batch, but I'll stick to other offerings from Knee Deep and for IPAs.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up for me recently.

Appearance- dark reddish color, thin head

Smell- malt mostly, a bit of hops

Taste- way too malty, not enough hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability-It doesn't taste too bad but it is bad for an IPA. Way too malty. I don't even know why they call it an IPA.

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HopStar from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 30 ratings