Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

very good
183 Reviews
Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kevanb on 12-03-2011

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Photo of Mamabrew
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went into the store to grab a couple bottles of Racer 5 IPA when I saw this beer. Admittedly captivated by the Hoppy Character on the label and tne 9% alcohol, I also purchased w bottles of this IPA. The moment I opened the bottle, I was hooked!

The aroma was instantly that of, "Christmas!" It was the perfect amt/type of hops...I'm a fan for life!

We had a bottle of the Racer 5 afterwards--which was still tasty, but, I think I've found a new love...


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Photo of KevT
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this review with the disclaimer that I am becoming somewhat of a Knee Deep Brewing fanboy; I enjoy all their beers, actively seek out their special releases, and base my festival attendance on whether or not Knee Deep will be there. On to the review...

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass.

The best way to describe the color of this beer is to have you imagine walking down the plumbing aisle at your favorite hardware store. In that aisle you will undoubtedly notice the assortment of beautiful copper tubing. Imagine that copper tubing is completely transparent with small little bubbles running through it. That is the color of this beer.

For the aroma we have to teleport to a farmers' market on Kauai. You enter the market, some woman in a grass skirt puts a ring of flowers around your neck and you approach a booth peddling tropical fruit, picked that morning, sliced open for your visual and olfactory pleasure. We are getting close to how this beer smells!

The first thing you notice when you sip this beer is that the emphasis is on hop flavor, not bitterness. The tropical hop flavors dance merrily with a hint of malt sweetness before they rush down your throat. This is how all double IPAs should taste!


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Photo of Northernsavvy
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I simply just asked the guy at Bevmo for a good beer and he could tell I was serious and gave me something serious and this beer was it. I put this beer 2nd only to the Midnight Hoppyness which is from Knee Deep as well. The first few sips may throw you back because it is very strong but it's an incredible beer. And it gets you very pissed so be ready for that. Cheers!

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Photo of Joshuabeerme
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co. It's a smooth IPA with a beautiful tail end. I was very impressed with the Hoptologist. I personally feel that the Hoptologist is the best IPA I have ever had an opportunity to partake in. From the first taste to the end, it takes you on a wild mad hatter ride through intense hoppy flavors. It started with a strong punch in the mouth the a sweet finish. I am very glad that I found this gem in my local Nugget grocery store. Very good choice in IPA.

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Photo of SgtPayback
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Say hello to the new Pliny killer. If you like hops, this beer is for you! It has that wonderful aroma of citrus and hops and a kick in the pants 9.0 ABV to boot! This is most certainly a beer that will give the elusive Pliny a run for its money. I love Pliny, but Hoptologist is a whole lot easier to find on the shelves.

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Photo of davelag
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Yardhouse.
Hard to believe is 9%. Amazing piney/citrusy fragrance: Knee Deep just tweaked a perfect balance of hops and malt. The taste follows the aroma: Really enjoyed this beer from start to finish.
I would definitely try this in bottle format.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Had this in 22's a few times. This time was some unknown amount into an unknown size tulip at Eureka! in San Diego. The color was such a lovely orangy-amber that was really playing well in the sunset. The aroma was a promise of piney with some tropical back. Flavor delivered on the promise made by the aroma. Nice sticky finish to hold the flavor. This goes into my DIPA pantheon and will be a regular purchase. Great stuff.

Admittedly, I seem to like a lot of Knee Deep's offerings.

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Photo of santomark
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer when fresh. With any IPA/DIPA, freshness is key. This had the medium to heavy body, nice malt backbone, a tad of sweetness from the ABV, and just a burst of citrus in the back. Knee Deep, keep doing what you're doing. These guys need a gimmick beer that is like super rare to find. They'll be right up there with the best.

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Photo of 28cammies
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Freakin AWESOME! This DIPA packs the hoppy punch I crave! watch out, it's 9% ABV! Nice light amber color, medium head, not sweet, very drinkable! Fantastic!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Clear golden yellow color with one finger head; nice carbonation. Hops and hints of pine and fruit greet the nose. Medium body, well balanced for a DIPA. Hops linger but not overpowering.

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Photo of Cliffster
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Standard amber color; mostly clear, with a very slight haze.

S: Pure citrus--grapefruit, mango

T: Grapefruit, lemon, and caramel up front, transitioning to cantaloupe, some pine, then finishing with the perfect amount of bready malts. I prefer dry IPAs, and this one has some sweetness, but it's not too sweet.

M: Low-medium carbonation, which really works well for this brew. Medium body and resin.

O: A well-balanced hop bomb. I really think this is a better DIPA than some of the other reviews would indicate. I love the complex fruit flavors Knee Deep has going on! Their other IPAs are excellent, as well.

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Photo of heymikew
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knee Deep never disappoints
Verry smooth, hopppy and yummy.

The malts bring sweet, caramel flavors, in perfect balance with the big resinous, piney, some citrusy, hop contribution. There's a bready undertone too.

This effort from Knee Deep is another winner, highly recommened for all DIPA fans.

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Photo of Taverner
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A delicious ,bitter-smooth, hit-the-spot, relaxing brew. The aroma of hops emanates from its bottle's nozzle, and its taste is inviting and pleasant. After its over, the taste lingers on the tastes buds with a good after taste. It is a beer to remember and to try again.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Is it crazy if I start right off by saying this was one of the best DIPAs I've ever had?

On tap at Cesars on Piedmont in central Oakland

Bright, huge hoppiness, but that's a given. We're in CA, after all. This beer has what I will call a wonderful individual take on "west coast balance". Because "balance", in other parts of the country, is code for "hops under control". Here, we have a beer that hasn't turned down the hops, but has turned up the malty, caramel base to even out the palate, in a way that - for me - works almost to perfection.

If you're a midwest guy who thinks the west coast thing is "overrated" (that's a great beer, too), then you might not be as impressed. But if you like your IPAs big and loud - and sweet - then this might be the beer for you.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, filtered, medium carbonation, half finger of slight yellow white foam.

S: Tropical fruit, flowers, pineapple, mangoe, hot pepper, black pepper, pine needles, durian fruit, caramel candy.

T: Caramel, hot peppers, durian.

M: Medium body, balanced, medium carbonation.

O: Very balanced, not overly syrupy like most in this style I’ve had. Love durian, so like it in this drink.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured brown with a touch of amber, the head was foamy and quickly disappeared.
S - Citrus, mostly tropical fruit.
T - Grapefruit, pine, tropical like the nose and caramel and bitter throughout. The malt sneaks in as the beer warms. A dry Double IPA.
M - Medium body and carbonation that leads to a malty smooth finish.
O - Good double IPA. I would like more hops? If that's possible with this one.

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Photo of Lledd
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, slightly page, not hazy though. Very little head, with nice lacing. No noticeable yeast chunkys.

S: Very sweet malt up front, typical of a well balanced Dipa. Aromas of caramel are pleasant. The hop aroma is dominated by the sweet caramel malt notes, but what is there is banana, slight pine, and just a wee bit of lime.

T: Awesome. The balance in phenomenal. The hops juuust sneak out in front of the malt, much different from the nose. The hops are mostly bitter with just a hint of citrus. The malt is sweet and bready. Caramel notes still there. I've had more balanced Dipa's, but not much, and it's almost a positive that the hops stick out just a little more than the malt, afterall it IS an IPA right? Finish is sweet and bitter.

M: Small soft carbonation allows the sweetness to shine. It is thick and almost chewy yet very refreshing. Very nice.

O: Outstanding beer, special thanks to Smitty5245 for this spectacular extra.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip bottled on 11/09/16. Pours a very attractive bright orange with a massive 3 finger sticky white head that leaves behind webs of lace.

Smell is apricot, guava, pine, cannabis, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows some tropical fruit upfront gives way to pine, dank marijuana, and grapefruit classic west coast finish.

Mouthfeel is almost large, sticky almost, plenty of life, a little dry, and drinks easy in my opinion for 9% ABV.

Overall this is a very nice hop bomb, that actually has some tropical and bitter flavors to keep it from being totally one dimensional.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Pours nicely, light golden look that almost looks like piss. Don't be alarmed. Minimal carbonation and lacing obvious by look.

Smell is citrusy grapefruit hops, but not overpowering or distinct. Taste is very hoppy from the start and doesn't really let up. Bitterness builds rather than hitting early and hard. I get toasted malt later in the sip and bitterness increases throughout. Maybe some pepper and hints of pine and citrus trying to come through but the hops are forward and consistent. Damn, dank hops. For a supposed 102 IBU it is very balanced and the alcohol heat (9%) is hidden.

Medium ale, resiny finish without much oily aftertaste. Incredibly balanced for a DIPA. This one is very drinkable and I will go to this one again when I see it for sure.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a full of grapefruit, tropical, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of pine and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts and some resiny bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good strong hop profile with some nice bitterness throughout. Good overall malt and hop balance.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

A: medium gold body; clear; full head o' hair - er, foam - left plenty of lace down the glass; cap persisted

S: tones of hop action - full of those pine resin aromas; a supportive smell of fresh, clean malt

T: pine and hop barrage right up front - lots of dank and herbal notes - a hophead's delight - some alcohol slips through, but the astringence adds a crispness that I liked

M: for a DIPA, leans toward the lean - feels crisp and tight throughout the drink, slight tingle, moderate carbonation, reasonably smooth and slick

O: this is nonetheless, a rugged DIPA - it does have a light/tight feel, and the aggressive hoppiness contributes - but it doesn't approach that barleywine end of the spectrum. I really dig DIPAs, and don't mind some alcoholic astringence, but I'm not partial to a "booziness" (in a DIPA (unless it's bourbon barrel aged or something) lol), and this was a very satisfying ale. It wasn't sloppy for even a second, felt like I could drink more than I should. Check it out.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange/amber color with a nice one and a half inch white head with good retention

S - Floral and citrusy. Definitely a bit of a pine scent

T - Wow, it's very hoppy, as expected with the 102 IBU. It's also quite malty though, with some sweetness to balance it. It has a strong citrus taste.

M - Smooth for an IPA. Fairly heavy body with lots of carbonation

O - For a beer I picked up rather randomly while in San Francisco, this is surprisingly good. According to BA this has only been brewed once, which is a shame. It would be nice to see Knee Deep Brewing gain a little recognition.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. No bottle date visible.

A: Clear medium amber. Thick white head, fine bubbles, good retention.

S: Mango and citrus aromas dominate. Some pine. Very nice.

T: Certainly a hop driven beer. Not much malty sweetness, yet it doesn't feel unbalanced.

M: Feels slightly under carbed (maybe it was a rough pour). But otherwise the mouthfeel is very good, not too thick

D: I don't usually gravitate toward DIPAs, but this is a really great example. In my case this is a local brewery, so even though there was no bottle date, I'd imagine it's fairly fresh.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice hazy orange color. A one finger o a light off white head.

S- Big pine in this beer A ton of citrus, lime, papaya and mango. A sweet breaddy backbone too.

T- A Nice big sugary sweetness at first followed by a massive bitterness. A tongue numbing bitter that comes with a nice variety of hop flavors. A ripe pineapple and mango, a bit of lime and lemongrass. A slight spicy and herbal note and a bunch of sharp and fresh pine. The malts are subtly flavored but add a nice caramel sweetness.

M- A full bodied IPA. Tongue numbingly bitter. A sticky mouthfeel.

O- A nice surprise of an IPA, was not expecting much but I am very pleased.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a pint glass

pours a translucent bronze color with a barely there head and lacing that covers the glass

citrus, grass, pinewood, and orangetree in the nose. very sweet!

some malty sweetness turns into a hoppy peppery burn that lingers on.

not too shabby at all. dont remember the price but couldnt have been over $6. ridiculously good value. i can see a snobby bum sippin this outta a styrofoam cup

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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