Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,048 Ratings
Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA
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
Ratings:
1,048
Reviews:
190
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
251
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and west coast flavour. Great hop aroma. The 102 IBU is an assault, yet good malting with caramel that makes this very smooth and drinkable.Piney and resiny.Understated carbonation works. Very nice and worth trying for DIPA fans.
Mike's bottle from SF.

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Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head which dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing. Clear, amber with slight golden hue body.

S: very hoppy, nice pine and citrus with a slight burnt aroma as well.

T: nice hops up front which transitions to a piney and sharp flavor with a mild pine aftertaste. buttery and bittery.

M:medium body and moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This one isnt terrible. The aroma is excellent but the flavor is very simple even if it is good.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again, reviewing this time to allow help beer get sufficient reviews for a score.

Pours a clear orange amber with a very short white head that is very fast in the fading.

Nose is a pleasant citric orange, sweet tangerine character that is very simple but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with light carbonation - perhaps a bit too light for strength of flavor profile.

Flavors are big assertive and bold bitter hops with some orange/grapefruit tones. Very assertive and a "palate challenger," to be sure. Big flavor but perhaps a little lacking in complexity and depth.

Finishes with a large pine woodsy bitter bark tone and profile.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a clear copper orange color with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

For me this was a better drink in a lot of ways than was the hoparillo, which I found sweet and way too boozy. This one has a far different hop complexion, more bitter and abrasive, more challenging, just as long in the finish, and way less balanced. The abv here thankfully is irrelevant, and it ends up being the hop intensity that slows me down, not the strength. As sticky sappy as the other, just not loaded with grain and even maybe candy sugar, more traditional in that way. Yeast is solid here, cleaning up sugar well and putting just a slight fruity theme in there with the big boy hops. Even a touch of darker crystal malt gives this glass of suds some skeletal support. I am yet to be floored by these guys though, which given their reputation is now overdue

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Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color. The head on top was white and fluffy looking. The retention and lacing of the beer is decent. The smell of the beer has a floral citrus aroma with a bit of malt sweetness in the back end. The mouthfeel was easy going, not overly carbonated. Overall it a a nice DIPA. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

22oz bottle, more kooky punnery in the naming of this hop-forward (ok, that remains yet to be seen) IPA.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, barely foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some stellar chunky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of dank pine resin from two feet away, with a decent bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of domestic citrus rind and more exotic tropical fruitiness, and some further leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, resinous pine sap, muddled red grapefruit and blood orange citrus, and more leafy, earthy, and floral hop bitterness - the alcohol still holding its fire.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their barely (at times) perceptible frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, the booze starting to make some minor ingress, in collusion with the big-ass hoppiness. It finishes sweet, sugary, fruity, and bitter, in varying amounts depending on the molecular makeup of each glug.

A definitely heady and engaging DIPA, with the warm, simmering fruitiness large and in charge, after pushing aside that brash pine character from the opening act. Not a world beater, but more of a local hero (I'm imagining) sort of thing - I'd happily put this one back at any of my neighbourhood (craft beer) watering holes, if it meant not paying stupid exchange-rate inflated prices.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Expectations are high; I don't usually like this style but the label (of all things) makes me think it'll be pretty good.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and bad retention - though in fairness the ABV is pretty high. Colour is a clear butterscotch-gold. Appealing.

Sm: Hoppy, with caramel, a hint of vinegar, floral notes, Some fruit esters. Some raspberry. Light toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, with the bitterness qualmed by the other notes. Unfortunately, the other notes coalesce in a way that isn't much better than the plain hop bitterness would be. It's an interesting yet unnecessary solution. The fruit ester hops are poorly handled, bleeding about the profile haphazardly. It's horribly imbalanced as a result, and never feels quite right. Built badly overall for the style. I don't particularly like the flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick enough, but never quite right. Some awkward patches of coarseness are present at times, and on the finish - a poor characteristic. Suits the flavours only by coincidence.

Dr: Drinkable. Hides the ABV well. But the flavour is imbalanced and I don't particularly care for it. It tries to innovate a solution to the problem of balancing the potent hop bitterness, but the solution may be worse than the problem. I like that they're experimenting, but ultimately this is a mediocre double IPA I won't be getting again. I'm wary of the brewery as a result.

C-

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ale Arsenal. Brilliantly clear amber with a finger of sticky froth that leaves sheets of lacing. Huge dank hops on the nose, very weed-like and resinous. Somewhat herbal and grassy, with lesser notes of orange pith. Similarly hoppy on the palate, intensely bitter and surprisingly dry for a 9%er. Marijuana and pine flavors up front, with more of an orange peel and fresh herb bitterness toward the finish. Malt is barely present. This is great stuff on the whole, very drinkable despite the sharp bitterness and high alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/13/2014. Pours crystal clear deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and nearly balanced malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, mango, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and fairly balanced malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good DIPA. All around nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,048 ratings.
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