Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

very good
182 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 ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure why I have passed this up so often. I have had Simtra and really enjoyed it. This is an excellent beer.

Pours a yellow color with a nice head that slowly disapates leaving sticky lacing around the glass. Smell is floral hops and sweet malt. Wow-this is really good. More balanced than expected. Floral hops battle malts and the hope win. Super easy to drink and very tasty. Soft, medium carbonation moves the beer along nicely. I keep wanting the next sip after each swallow. For $6.99 this is a steal. I will be having again for sure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tilly
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Brilliant amber, white frothy head, dissipates slowly and leaves a real decent lace.
A: Sweet malt, tropical fruit, hops.
T: Piney resin, grapefruit, lemon, Earthy nut. Sweet malt and west coast hop.
M: Dry, medium body, low carbonation, balance is a little of kilter, some thing just isn't making sense. Decent bitterness.
O: Not a bad DIPA but come up just a little short. I'll try another

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yardhouse

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy light than head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Citrus and pine, tropical fruit, a some light herbal dank notes, and nice caramel sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, some dank herbal notes, light crackery malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, super drinkable for 9%.

O: Very tasty DIPA, goes down almost too easily.

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

A really solid and enjoyable DIPA. Pours a clear amber color with a medium size frothy white head. Good head retention and thick, ladder-like bands of lacing. Strong aroma of piney hops, you can smell the bitterness. Flavor is very good. Intense bitterness, resiny pine hops flavor and some balancing malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. Plenty rich with minimal alcohol harshness. I enjoyed this beer and would cheerfully sample it again at a future date.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle,9% ABV 102 IBU
L: pours a golden amber thin white head and great lacing
S: Big grapefruit nose, wonderful!
T: A hoppy hit perfect balance with the hops.
O: I like this DIPA the alcohol is hidden you get the hops standing out
There are better out there but this is a good one.

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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 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 Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden with two fingers of white head that lasts. Rings of lace follow the liquid level down after each taste.
Smell is hop oil and bready malt. A touch of pine but no pineapple which alright by me. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit like mango but just a touch.
Taste is bitter hop oil nice malts and again that little drop of mango. The bitterness is pulled back into line by the malt levels. Still quite hoppy though.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and at least medium. Good carbonation level. Finish is medium bitter that is somewhat dry.
Overall a complex beer that is quite tasty. At 102 IBUs and 9.0% abv. it is a big beer!
From a growler filled at Sparky's Taphouse in Salem, OR.

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Photo of Salemjeff
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with 2 finger foamy head. Not real aromatic. Taste is slight bitter with good citrus notes.
I like this beer although there are better DIPA's out there.

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

I've enjoyed getting these Knee Deep bombers here lately. This one's another good 'un. Pours a clear golden color with a large foamy head. Smells of citrus. Tastes the same, citrus hoppy flavor without bitterness. Very smooth. This one drinks like an IPA but with the ABV (9%) of a DIPA. I really like Knee Deep but I wish all the beers weren't bombers. I'd like some 12 ozers!

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

The liquid is dirty gold and quite cloudy. Fluffy head that initially leaves a blanket of lace. Later sips provide small spots.

There's a bit of a cabbage smell to this beer. I also detect freshly mowed field of weeds, perhaps reminiscent of the aroma of thistle. Overall, it's attractive but it's also very unusual. In the background, I pick up melted butter and pine needles. Extremely complex.

Starts off creamy with a fully round base pale malt taste. The hop comes quickly and sharply, like a spike on the tongue. The full force of the bite comes in the swallow and leaves the palate dry bitter in the aftertaste. The linger hop-pellet taste lingers longer than any beer I think I've ever had. Full Bodied (creamy) but with enough carbonation to give it balance. This starts soft and ends extreme.

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Photo of raiderob
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into pint glass.dirty foamy head that fades leaving nice lingering lacing.murky amber like color.tounge sucking finish that goes down nicely.Prost!

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

the beer was good! The hoppiness was excellent and nicely balanced. Nice floral/citra smell..much better than I expected. enjoyed till the last sip...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orangey, Bitter, Pine, Warming

This is a wallop of a Double IPA, taste buds dance with the 102 IBUs and the think blanketing of hop flavor while the nose and palate both take on controlled chaos of alcohol and an orange grove that is infested with pine trees. A serious blend of hops ... Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Magnum and Hersbrucker hit hard and stay long. This is what the Double IPA style is all about.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 9.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

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

Nice Amber color with a head that lasts. A nice citrusy and piney nose with a flavor that matches. Hoppy, dry finish. A nice DIPA, but a little muddled on the finish. I will buy again, but more interested in some of the other ones from this brewery.

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Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


We just started getting this California brewery's products distributed in our state. They have several IPAs and DIPAs, this being one of them.

Bottled 6/22/15. Nearly two months old, not great.

a: Nearly clear orange with a finger thick white head which receded to blobby surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slightly funky pine resin

t: Follows the nose, moderate hop bite accompanying. Mainly dry finish. High ABV well covered, although some throat burn develops.

m: Medium, good body and high carbonation tingle.

o: A good, refreshing West Coast style DIPA, reminiscent a Stone version or two, but not as enjoyably flavorful as some. Perhaps its age has something to do with that. However, at the pricepoint of $9 I would definitely go for something more readily available and reasonably priced, such as SN's Hoptimum, New Holland's Imperial Hatter or Lagunitas Sucks.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to buy this based on the label!

Pours a hazed amber with a pinky of pearl colored head.

S: Grassy & catty, woody notes as well. Good head retention & below average lacing

T: Follows the nose, dryness & a little lemon grass up front. Grassy & cattiness, so dry with maltyness & pears as this warms, a little peach & pineapple. Finishes dry, weedy, with a little grapefruit & woodyness

MF: Medium body & moderate carbonation, decent balance

Nice effort, a little too catty for me, worth a go

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Photo of DaveBar
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champegne's outside Detroit for $7.00 for a 22oz bomber. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts forever. Amazing how long the creamy had hangs around. Dark gold color and unfiltered.

S- Lots of hops here. Sickly sweet

T- Nice DIPA. Mellow but has bite. Not a big hop bomb but it has a nice IBU.

M- Dry and tart. Creamy head though

O- Very good brew. Enjoyed now and in time to come.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with...... Smoked salmon.


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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 -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 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 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 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 mattcrill
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Perfume-like orange blossom with a bit of pine and lemon notes. Clean fermentation character. Very citrus driven while smelling alcoholic.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with golden edging. Low white head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Rich candied orange flavors up front with burnt sugar undertones. Firm earthy bitterness provides a solid counterpoint. Balance is firmly to the bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with bitterness on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with a touch of heat. No creaminess or astringency.

Overall impression: A big, boozy DIPA. Careful with this one but very enjoyable.

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,030 ratings.
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