Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

very good
1,033 Ratings
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 martinpfal
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yum! My first dive into knee deep brewing and I'm impressed.
Pours a touch on the lighter side of amber with about an inch head. Smell is not overpowering. Taste is very good with pine and citrus like you would expect. 9% abv is strong but not a kick in the pants. Overall a good drink and not terribly overpriced. Surely a DIPA to look for.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice orange brew with a dense off white head that leaves a curtain of lacing. Nice pine, citrus and mango aromas with some sweetness. Nice bitter beer with grapefruit pith and pine flavors with some citrus sweetness. Quite a bitter and delightful beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with a ring of clingy white that laces. Pine foremost on the nose and flavor with grapefruit rind coming in the finish to add a bitterness I'm not overly fond of. Finish is dry with lingering rind aftertaste. Starts okay, finish is too biting.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden orange body with good head and a lace ring. The aroma is mostly a dry, piney, earthy almost dirty hoppy aroma with little else. Sticky and piney hops with a touch of malt comprise the beer's flavor profile and it finishes dry and bitter. A strong DIPA but a little too biting in the hop department for me.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, golden amber in color. Thin, bubbly head with minimal lacing. Aroma is light tropical fruit and orange peel. Flavor is resinous and hop forward. Grapefruit and pine. Some bread malt to smooth things out. Not much alcohol heat for a DIPA. Very smooth, but still some hops bite. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Medium dark copper colored pour with alot of frothy white head and lacing clinging to the glass. Carbonation is very active with alot of tight effervescent bubbles shooting up from the bottom.

S - Sticky resiny citrus aroma with some weedy, herbal character.

T - Spicy citrus and sticky pine resin from start to finish, some caramel malt, and a definite alcohol presence.

M - Full bodied, thick, and velvety carbonation on the tongue.

O - Knee Deep does bottle date, it's on the label, and not very easy to find alot of times. This beer is very underrated, IMO. Seek out if you can find it fresh.

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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 alpinebryant
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy hazy straw yellow color with a large white foamy head that left heavy lacing. Date of bottle 4/27/16

S: Aromas of bittering hops , pale malt and some citrus

T: Bitter kick off the first sip that later becomes some sweet malt flavors mixing with candied sugars and grapefruit along with citrus rinds. The flavors are not extremely rounded. The beer itself isnt all that bad but nothing to write home about.

M: Medium body with good levels of carbonation, not stinging or flat either

O: Overall this beer fell a little flat with me. Its a good Double IPA, but not one I would be purchasing in bombers all the time or seeking out multiple times if there were a locally made fresh ipa around. Some of the flavoring hops have probably fallen out by the time it has reached me. I may seek it out fresher, but probably not more than a month or two old on a shelf.

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Photo of FFreak
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-month old bomber poured into teku glass. Very clear golden color with a tall, off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves just a bit of lace. Very malty nose...no fruit, pine, resin...just malt. Taste is nice, with grapefruit, grapefruit rind, caramel, and malt, finishing with a good bit of bitterness. Mouth feel is good for the ABV. Medium body, nicely carbonated, fairly soft and dry. Easy to drink. Overall, a good representation of the west coast style IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying this beer at Yards in Long Beach. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is faint citrus spice and pine. The taste is bitter through the drink with sweet malt battling the pine and citrus bitterness. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and worth a try for those that like DIPA.

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Photo of anon
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What a nice looking brew. Two finger head billows up and retains itself well, thick and creamy. Sticky lace all over the place. Nice light orange/copper colour.

In all aspects, this is a strong take on a hop-forward DIPA; aroma and taste go hand-in-hand, giving you plenty of big, piney, resinous hops, grapefruit, citrus zest, grass and floral notes. Malt backbone is pretty well tuckered down behind the wall of hops, which hopheads will enjoy. For those looking for a well-balanced DIPA with a nice malt presence, this one will be lacking. But what would you expect from the name?

Finishes off boozy, bitter and a bit dry. Overall, as a fan of bitter, hop bombs, I quite enjoyed this one. Nothing unique, but a solid brew.

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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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, orange-copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of booze forward, with high resinous hops characteristics, tropical fruit notes, and herbal highlights. Flavors of sticky pine pitch forward, with very resinous overtones throughout. High alpha acid palate, on a bold, oily body. Hop heads rejoice. The aftertaste is piney and mossy, with the bitterness still going strong. Slick, lingering, sticky finish, with a solid hops linger. Boozy hop bomb.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a chalice. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with a creamy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up and remaining a sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling. the head also leaves windowpane lattice as I take each sip of beer.
the aroma is a lot of pine sap and some herbal tea with hints of citrus rind in the mix as well.
NOt really any malty notes on the nose that I can speak of for this review.
first sip reveals a lighter than anticipated body with smooth texture and gentle spacious carbonation that lightly tingles across my palate after each sip.
Flavor is what I expect from the nose with just a little caramel malt and then lots of hop notes. I get pine sap, cut grass, herbal tea, and a bit of aspirin astringency that lingers in a dry bitterness after each sip of the beer. My mouth is very dry and wanting more beer after I swallow. The ABV is never present in any manner until the bottle is almost empty.
This is a well crafted DIPA without being overly bitter and nothing but astringent bite sip after sip.
Worth a try if you are a hop-head.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a very thin collar; little lacing;

S: herbal and floral;

T: herbal up front; herbal and earthy in the middle; herbal at the end; a little tropical fruit in the background all the way through; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice deep golden oak color. Very fine white lace.

Smells nice, DFH90 ish. Clean, apricot, funky.

Mouthfeel is nice, moderately rich, not much glycerin but there's still some good stuffing there. Perhaps just a touch more carbonation than I prefer.

Finish is long, rather bitter, good integrity.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a pleasing gold with nice foam. Nice aroma with a big juicy dank squeeze of juice. Flavor is bursting with citrus and dank undertones. A big beer for sure.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Within the deep gold body, frantic and flailing bubbles of carbonation resemble a school of minnows attempting to escape a whale. The deep gold body is crystal clear, and the smooth, slim head is ivory in color. A longer lasting head would be more meritorious, but with an ABV of 8%, the small size is a bit more forgivable.

Smell: HOPS GALORE! The pungent, herbaceous smell calls to mind a piney, Northern California campsite, paying tribute to the brewery's location. The anticipated hops from nature's floor are all included in the lineup: the fragrance is earthy, grassy, floral, and resinous, with no one scent rising above the others. Apricot and a hint of caramel add some sweet temptations.

Taste: The big surprise is an interesting plantlike flavor which is hard to pin down, and yet still familiar: bamboo shoots? leeks? Whatever it is, I'm both perplexed and intrigued. The other hop flavors are distinct, yet balanced: freshly cut grass, damp/robust earth, parsley, and a drip of citrus satisfy all hopes for complexity. Upon accepting this interesting, yet quite palatable concoction, a healthy helping of warm caramel is noted. This sweet taste does well to round out the hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, both crisp and creamy, with a smooth, yet dry finish. Yes, this mouthfeel seems to encompass every adjective across the spectrum, but with a hop lineup so diverse, it seems only fitting that this aspect of the beer cover every base imaginable. Alcohol warming is barely detectable, settling deep within the belly.

Overall: Hands down worth a try for hop heads of all levels. You'll either be put off or intrigued by the strange, root-like taste I mentioned in the beginning of my flavor description, but you should want to find out which way you go: the more we see from craft, the less unique individual beers become. Therefore, with nothing else like it out there, this creation is a truly special specimen. But: is it good? Subjectively speaking, my answer is yes. Not yes because it's "yummy," but yes because it's freaking fascinating. And that's what I love about good beer to begin with.

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Photo of Moose90
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap, 16 oz

A — Pours a clear and rather pale amber hue into the glass, lighter in color than expected. It carries with it a nice off-white colored capsule of foam that sits steadily on top and leaves behind some consistent rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is piney, herbaceous, resinous, dank, earthy, pithy, floral, leafy. Reminds me of a campsite, dank, resinous, pine needles, woody, dry.

T — Taste is a lot like the nose, though even drier and cleaner, a refreshing clean punch of pine needles, lemon peel, tree bark, tree sap, floral and grassy.

M — Simple, clean, effervescent, dry, refreshing, leaves you wanting to come back for another sip.

O — Incredible overall, I love a nice dry IPA with a piney dank kick and this might be the best I've had with that composition. Very very good.

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Photo of zshaft
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours fairly clear off orange with huge head. nose is rather faint. taste is a little bit muted at the front end but gives way to some orange and sticky pine with some boozy taste in there as well. this beer is just average with some nice qualities. nothin to seek out but lupulin river much better.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. This was a gift from my five year old daughter. She picked it out for my birthday. Date on the label is 02/15/16.

Pours a clear golden with a slight coppery tint. Huge head and strong retention, but leaving a surprisingly small amount of lacing. Smell is very nice, very citrusy. Smells very much like a hop cone. Medium strength greenery background.

Taste is not as brilliant as the aroma. Still nice. Moderate citrus, mostly coming out as a grapefruit zest bitterness. It will be easy to drink the full bomber of this beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, excellent beer.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big boy. Sold looking beer with a good froth and lacing. Aroma is definitely on the lower end when you compare it to the flavor.

Big mouthful of hops, cotton mouth inducing. Most impressive thing about this beer is the three stages, hops, burn and a malt kick, especially as it warms.

Solid beer. Not sure how fresh it is, not my fault!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper and orange color yielding a substantial one inch head on it, a pretty looking beer. Aroma was soapy bitterness, imparting minimal citrus smells like orange and grapefruit.

Taste was overly bitter and butterscotchy. A little bit of grocery paper bag with this one. Obscures the hops that are supposed to be the draw. At least the abv wasn't apparent.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw colored pour with a white one-finger head. Big aroma with lots of pine and a hint of citrus. Strong bitter piney and grassy flavor upfront. Can also taste grapefruit and a hint of biscuit. There's also a nice citrus flavor that comes out as the beer warms. Finishes with a strong pine flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of emount91
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy orange, but can still see through the beer. awesome looking frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. smell is hoppy as expected: piney and dry citrus, malt has an equal presence. taste follows the smell, but the malt is less present than in the smell. no alcohol taste whatsoever. feel is nice and bubbly for a double IPA. a great one from these guys. can't wait to try the rest I have.

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