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Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,118
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
1,059
pDev:
10.63%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
256
Trade:
7
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of obrike
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Beaming clear and golden bronze body color. Shinny orange with nice reams of clear carbonation rising from the bottom. Head manages a classic solid three fingers, off white in color. Great staying power and retention, swiss cheese small bubbles, and a minor mountainous creamy top. Great classic looking DIPA.

Hop aroma manages to be a simple balance of malts and hops, with some distinct character but the malt sweetness eventually dominating slightly. Creamy sensing caramel, with a nice complimented mix of subtle hop aromas. Faint citrus, a bit of floral and possibly tropical sensations. Very mellow but nice.

Palate sticks to simplicity. Soft sugary caramel front, almost taffy like flavors on first sip. Then the hop bitterness quickly kicks in. Lots of grapefruit like rind and zest bitterness on the tongue. Finishes a little syrupy thick but not terribly sweet luckily. Good lingering pine like bitterness on the aftertaste, nearly gets minty fresh.

A slightly different take on you average dipa. Does manage some ordinary character with a few interesting flavors to make it a little more enjoyable, but not hitting it out of the ballpark.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, pine, and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of a bit of pine (not as much as expected), a whole lot of hops (almost too much), a hint of malt, some citrus (orange), and a little bit of grapefruit. While this is a solid flavor, the hops content is almost too much; it's quite bitter in the finish. Nonetheless, it's not bad.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a somewhat uneven beer, but it's one worth trying. Drinkable.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first knee deep brew. The taste is solid for a DIPA. A little lighter in look and feel and delivers a piney taste on the finish with a lingering aftertaste.

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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, resin, some caramel. Taste is dank, resin, pine, light malts and alcohol are present, moderate bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a bronzed to burnt amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a nice pace. Quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head, messy lacing. The aroma feels out some sweet citrus to bitter piney punchy bitter hoppiness. Sweet sticky malts lie underneath. Pleasant hop oils. The flavor keeps everything from the aroma going like a race train running smooth and bittersweet on my tastebuds. Dry combined bittersweet aftertaste running into the finish, which is quite quick, (it’s a blink and you’ll miss that finish). On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a hidden sly sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good and displaces just the right amount of punchy bittersweet. Pure and dry. Overall, now this was the DIPA I was waiting for, damn right!

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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R_i_P
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up 3 bombers of this DIPA from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 06/12/2017. Bottled on 03/15/2017. 9% ABV. 102 IBUs. "Mad scientist" bottle label. Knee Deep Brewing hails from Auburn, CA.

Hoptologist DIPA pours an amber with moderate carbonation. Knee Deep Brewing's website cites the color as "reddish orange" -- I disagree. 2 fingers of off-white foam. Some lacing. The smell is orange citrus, pine and a hint of malt. The taste starts with a mild orange citrus, followed immediately by pine, all against a moderate malt backbone. This DIPA has no bitter, lingering hop aftertaste, although the finish is dry. The alcohol is there, but isn't particularly noticeable.

Hoptologist DIPA isn't nearly as good as Knee Deep's 2 triple and 1 quadruple IPAs. Compared to world-class DIPAs, Hoptologist is average at best -- it's bland and boring without much depth of hop flavors and bitterness, IMHO. I'll drink it, for sure, but I won't make it a regular part of my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs. I found Hoptologist disappointing in comparison to Knee Deep's 3IPAs and 4IPA.

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4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings
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