Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,036 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:
1,036
Reviews:
184
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
247
For Trade:
7
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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The forecast for Hoptologist looks green - even if the beer itself is golden. Looks are deceiving - just because there aren't melon skins, grapefruit peels and pine needles floating around in it doesn't mean it doesn't taste like there are. What isn't misleading is the super foamy, well sustained head; it's a true indication of a well constructed beer.

The aroma is so jammed with herbal, leafy notes I wouldn't be surprised to wake up tomorrow to find vines growing out of my nose. It's a considerably crude hoppiness that shares a pungency similar to its closest relative (marijuana) but is tempered with juicy, tropical fruit flavours as well. It smells as though it were grown on a farm or in a greenhouse.

Is my face breaking out into a green rash? Each sip coats the tastebuds in an emulsion of citrus peels, grass clippings and a tree bark note with a peppery, root-like bitterness. I bet it was even more buzzing two months ago at the time of bottling; the toffee and toast qualities of the malts are fairly noticeable.

All those hoppy flavours inexplicably hide a lot the alcohol (9%) and bitterness (100+ IBU). Indeed, this comes across as more balanced and harmonious than other offerings in its weight class. A Double IPA aught to have more heft and punch then a standard one but the best ones also drink just as effortlessly - this is a big beer that doesn't require small sips.

It's apparent Hoptologist completed his doctorate in lupulin, with a minor in drinkability. Double IPAs have been a staple in the California microbrewery repertoire for some time now and that state's brewers have only gotten better and better at it. And Knee Deep in particular, as evidenced by Hoptologist and their ten or so other IPAs, have really pinned hops down to a science.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Similar to the Breaking Bud, but amped up. Picks up a slight sweetness when it first hits your tongue, but that's quickly overwhelmed by aggressive bitterness. Again, not my style.

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Photo of ALLISON01
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

L: an amber/orange color, with some nice white lacing
S: danky hops, pine
T: malty upfront, with some sweetness to it. More malt than tropic hop profile
F: some what thick, low carbonation
O: a solid offering. Not my favorite KD, but still quality

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Photo of deereless
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mbabcock
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoostaBia
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer4B
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from ABV. Bottled on 26 June.

A clear burnished copper with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is dominated by dank, dank hops. Pungent pine, grapefruit, a touch of garlic, aggressive grapefruit peel, a little weed, this beer is dominated by the hops. The palate opens with a prominent bitterness, resiny, dank, bitter and clean with flavors of pine, candied grapefruit, sine fruit, floral honey as well as some sugar, and caramel. The mid palate has juicy hop bitterness before a long, creamy bitter finish with some sweetness. Dank pine, weed and simple malt are present. The creamy palate and moderate carbonation work really well together here. Highly recommended.

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

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer two week old bottle

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Number3red
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/11/15 Bottling date. Just hit shelves and almost two months old, nice.

A: Clear light orange pour with a big tall frothy light tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing.

S: Spicy pine aroma with a side of orange peel. Light hint of sweet tropical fruit?

T: Very spicy. Super spicy pine. Loads of it. Herbal too. Maybe a hint of orange peel but it's pretty much all herbal, spicy piney flavors. Sting of bitterness in the finish with almost a salty taste. Spicy, salty, almost (black) peppery finish and aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy, bitter and spicy.

O: Huh. Not sure what to say about this one. Loads of spicy pine and salty/black peppery flavors. The entire back half of the beer tastes like salt and pepper. It's not horrible but very unusual and unexpected.

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Photo of Jmikepow
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,036 ratings.
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