Hoptologist DIPA
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,163
Ranked #13,040
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Jan 30, 2022
Dec 03, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: An American Double India Pale Ale that packs a punch when it comes to hops. The aroma and flavors will give you citrus and pine with a slight malt sweetness that finishes dry.
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4.24 by hockeypuck from Maine on Jan 30, 2022
4.58 by evanwoertz from California on Jan 28, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

It smells like fresh hops. They're a little dank and there is a little malted sweetness but mostly it's just fresh.

It tastes dank and piny at first and sweet like grain. Overall the taste is refreshing.

It's thin with moderate carbonation. It has a smooth bittersweet finish.

This is a fantastic IPA. It's balanced with bold flavors and refreshing neutrality. I give it a 5.4 out of 6.

Aug 02, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Golden amber with a slightly creamy off white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple with a candy malt sweetness. Taste balanced with a potent dose of bitterness that is backed up by caramel malt base. Slight astringency though alcohol is well concealed for this large beer. Knee Deep has consistently been making solid West Coast IPA's and this is one of the earliest double IPA's I remember seeing around. Good.

Jun 20, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a clear amber color with a small short lived head with a little lacing.

Smells of dank grassy, piney hops.

Tastes of hops and malt with a mildly bitter finish.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel with a dry finish.

This is a straight forward West Coast IPA that packs a punch.

Jun 08, 2021
4.25 by RMW66 from Australia on Feb 24, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Excellent west coast style DIPA! I prefer a high IBU and this did not let me down at 102. I would purchase this again! 19.2 oz canned on 11/2/20 and still good on 1/30/21.

Jan 30, 2021
3.78 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2021
4 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 17, 2020
2 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Nov 14, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
by frankdatank1337 from California

Pours like any other IPA, yellow orange. Smell is crisp, hoppy, and malty. Carbonation is low. Mouth feel is thin and dry. Taste is def my preference. Lots of hops and malts with a slight boozy finish. Also, if you like dank DIPAs, this is for you. Overall good DIPA, I appreciate that it's not juicy like everything else that's coming out.

Oct 22, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours clear and amber colored with a solid head; a few shards linger

Smell: Piney and somewhat dank, with hints of cracker and caramel underneath

Taste: The cracker malt lays down a base with a touch of caramel sweetness but it doesn't take long for the piney hops to emerge; light fruit tones arise, after the swallow to complement the piney bitterness into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This one has been around for a long time and withstood the test of time; not going to knock anybody's socks off but a solid DIPA

Sep 22, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Ahypercube from California

Pours with a transparent glowing golden body and bone white head, leaving moderate amounts of lacing on the glass. Can art is alright, dated 08/14/20. (Make sure you buy fresh!)

Aromas of mango, banana, pineapple, pomelo, passion fruit, canary melon, concord grape, durian and damiana with a hemp dankness that lingers.

A barrage of grapefruit and concord grape bitterness on the tongue with a light caramel cushion that helps smooth it out. Subtle notes of pineapple, banana and white peach barely make a sound against the herbal bitterness of thyme and tarragon on the finish. Damiana and pomelo linger longest.

Not a bad texture. A little heavy, but with an excellent carbonation level, and nicely spicy licorice bite.

A well-done west coast style IIPA. Enough smack for any hophead. Cheers!

Sep 14, 2020
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 18, 2020
3.81 by desint from Belgium on Apr 23, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a stovepipe can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 12-30-19 for $5.99. Canned on 11-26-19; consumed 3-27-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured copper orange with a very nice white head that has some great hang time and is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is dank, a nice floral, citrus, and pine combination.

Taste follows the nose with the large but lighter malt base combing very nicely with a blast of grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a nice bitterness to let you know it is a DIPA; 9/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and both smooth yet refreshing.

Overall not sure why i never had this over the years as this is a very nice representation of the WCDIPA style!

Mar 27, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Roughly 2 month old can to glass.
Dark amber. Very thick fluffy head with lacing.
Smells of typical citrus and pine resins. A little malty.
Strong bitterness with citrus and piney flavors. Balanced with a little sweetness. Bitter and dry.
Medium bodied and balanced.
Overall strong on the bitter flavor profile but not boozy. Freshness holds up very well canned in fridge.
The can is a tall boy and abv=9%, so it feels like more bang for your buck.
A solid west coast DIPA.

Dec 20, 2019
3.5 by Dduquette from Maryland on Nov 19, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see them around here.

Sep 29, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by NeilSilber1 from California

Pours golden clear with tap foamy white head. Notes citrus and pine. Really nice DIPA with good malty balance.

Jul 02, 2019
4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 01, 2019
3.86 by LoriCrotty from Minnesota on Mar 05, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from bomber into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big billowy head of pure white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a citrus smell with notes of orange and grapefruit both being the predominate. Along with the citrus is a bit of tropical fruit of papaya, mango, and pineapple and a little bit of grass and a cracker smell as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a drier tropical fruit taste that contains some of the orange and cracker that was detected in the nose. The grapefruit citrus hop is the strongest upfront, but surprisingly, it gives way a bit toward the end of the taste, and hop flavors of grass, pine, and herb seem to come on more strongly. At the very end the tropical fruit surges a little bit, and with the switch in the hop, one is left with a somewhat sweet, but dank and sorta dry taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is a bit more crisp and thin in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the more piney, grassy, and herbal hop, as well as the somewhat drier body (even with the bit of tropical fruit that comes at the end) the feel is rather nice and makes this one an easy drinker.
Overall – A fairly decent DIPA overall. A nice blend between tropical and citrus, but still sorta dry and dank.

Feb 17, 2019
3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
4.34 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 26, 2018
4.43 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by theHopGoblin from California

Very tasty and smooth DIPA and local to me

Jul 12, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

This has some whiskers on it (bottled 12/12/17), but it still works, IMHO. The hazy copper body and light tan head scream “DIPA” and the piney hop aromas with a significant caramalt presence does, too.

The malt is a bit more forward on the taste, but the resiny, piney hop flavors more than hold their own. I only wish I’d tried this fresher, because it’s very good right now with 6 months under its belt.

Jun 28, 2018
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jun 13, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is gold, head is light tan with fine and small bubbles, head presents at least 1 inch deep and lingers well without rousing, good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light citrus, some herbal notes, some pine, light toasty malt.

Taste is a bit muddled (this is a 2017 bottle) with herbal, piney, and light citrus like hops, malt is lightly toasty with some biscuit like notes.

Mouthfeel starts a bit sharp, with a metallic like zing which softens with warmth but keeps a good bit of bitterness.

Overall an acceptable IPA, a bit muddled in hop and malt flavors with a slightly sharp mouthfeel at first that softens with warmth.

Jun 07, 2018
4.35 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Apr 01, 2018
3.7 by ejohnson654 from Florida on Mar 17, 2018
4 by robebo44 from Virginia on Feb 03, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BayAreaJoe from California

Bottled 12/15/17, consumed 1/14/18.

Poured clear honey with little head.

Aroma is more pine hops and malts with a little citrus in there.

Taste is dank hops, malts, pine, and again a little citrus.

Medium-light body, bitterness is there but really hides the ABV and IBU levels. Pretty easy drinking for as strong as it is, sort of surprising.

Overall a really nice DIPA from Knee Deep that I'm sure I'll run into again.

Jan 14, 2018
4.52 by TheHexIsReal from North Carolina on Jan 13, 2018
5 by Grill20 from California on Dec 22, 2017
3.58 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 09, 2017
4.15 by rorjets from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.25, 4, 4, 4.25, 4

Dec 04, 2017
4.24 by Lucnifter from California on Nov 10, 2017
Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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