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Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very danky hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. You wanted more hops you got them.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2012

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A: clear but deeply hued gold ale with a few fingers of white head that left lace trails behind

S: grass and pine, citrus and fields - fresh, herbal, floral, and citric all at once

T: bitter and sharp hops underscored with slightly caramel-sweet pale malt chew; bright tightness flashes astringence, but then smooths out

M: medium body but light and quick on the tongue; modest palpable carbonation, bittering is not over-the-top; clean-finishing

O: a real nice triple double IPA - lots of hops with citric and pine elements; retains some earthy, grassy and floral characteristics; not something you wanna pass by if you've never had it or if you like the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aroma of resinous piney hops and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice bready maltiness and then a big punch of resinous piney hops. Finish has some juicy tropical fruits present with a lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Awesome Triple IPA. Rediculously easy drinking for 11.25% ABV. An awesome hop bomb.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking IPA. Dark clear amber color. Pours with a nice finger head. Bubbles keep coming up through the beer and a nice thin white head remains with lacing while drinking the entire glass.

S - Tropical nummy fruit smells. Picking up mango, pineapple, and with a little grape fruit. Slight hint of maltiness in the background of the fruits.

T - Taste is not as good as the smell. Fruits are less distinct, big malt backbone comes through, with a sweet caramel flavor. Alot of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is not integrated and hence very noticeable.

M - Very smooth moutaste. hfeel. Somehow even though the alcohol comes out in the taste, this doesn't have the thin tingly finish I associate with an alcohol taste. Quite nice.

O - Very good double / triple IPA. Enjoyed the bomber quite alot and am now buzzed. 11.75 alcohol will do that. If my beer memory serves me this is a slight notch below pliny the younger to which it's often compared for geographic reasons. I'd say this isn't good enough to prevent me from spending an few hours in the younger line, but it's still an excellent beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 bomber, ouch.

Clear burnised copper body topped by a thin head that recedes quickly.

The nose is pretty great, a good mix of pineapple citra notes and spicy, grapefruity simcoe. Malt is hidden, but booze isn't - this is slightly solventy.

It's semi-sweet on the palate and plenty boozy, with some great tropical fruit hop flavors. Pineapple is dominant, followed by grapefruit and mango. Simcoe lends some spiciness. The body is about medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp despite the high ABV. Finishes with a clean bitterness signature of simcoe.

Great stuff, but unabashedly boozy and very expensive.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle with 01/18/14 on the side. Lots of lacing. Pours a burnt amber color with an inch of head. The aroma is lots of juicy tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, orange, and sweet grapefruit. The taste is boozey with bitter tropical fruits and citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some piney hops. Bitter and boozey. Fair amount of malt flavor but this thing is hops dominated. Creamy mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for "Triple IPAs" and this one is up there with Hopsickle, Devil Dancer, Hi Res etc. Overall, fantastic brew I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe, as you're drinking it, that this is an 11.25% beer. Were I none-the-wiser, 8 or 9% would've been guessed, which is the first sign it's very well-crafted. Where it comes up a little short of greatness is by lacking a truly distinctive hop aroma or taste. A kind of nebulous citrus, pine, and (un-offensive) cat pee are all there, and the malts, for their part, are perfectly complementary, but nothing stands out to separate it from the very best. Even so, this is an expertly constructed IIIPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current bottle is 10.1%. No freshness date but a code KDBCGZE12.

A - Pretty but slightly murky gold/apricot. Nice near white head leaves pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Extremely floral, little cat pee. Definitely hoppy. Perfumed.

T - BIg malt rushes up against almost camphor perfume. After duking it out, still not sure who wins the final taste. They alternate to the end.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty good balance.

D - Very pleasant and somewhat different TIPA.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Trails and blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- caramel, honey, big juicy citrus and some pine.

T- Sweet caramel, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit with a good amount of pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Some slick and oily feel.

O- Nice balance of sweet, citrus, and bitterness.

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Photo of Big_V
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle dated 2/4/15 poured in my mason jar. LOL Clear, golden, amber color w/ 2 finger white foamy head. Getting tropical fruits and candy aroma. The hops punch me in the jaw followed by a juicy smooth mouthful. Dank indeed. Knee Deep makes some great IPAs. Recommended.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $12.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Excellent! Unfiltered. Very small head but that is expected. Dark gold

S- Lot of hops here. Has that skunky smell that DIPA's and TIPA's have

T- Excellent. Big flavor. A touch sour. Grapefruit galore.

M- Low carbonation. Big after taste here. Stays forever

O- Excellent! Wish I had more but will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful TIPA went well with..... Lamb Shank with root vegetables.


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Photo of Coldstorage
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottled on 12/4/2014. Some folks seem to think that this, when fresh, can give the younger a run for its money. Having not had it on tap, I suppose i'm not totally qualified to say but I remember younger having more vanilla and less bitterness making it.. well.. marginally better. Still a tasty beer when fresh.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/19/14.

A- Pours a deep amber with a high degree of clarity and a high fluffy white head that surprisingly stuck around for a while. Doesn't seem that thick for an 11% IPA.

S- BIG big pine and grapefruit. Some caramel salt water taffy. Slight tropical notes of papaya. Big hop nostril burn. Slight alcohol coming through.

T- Again lots of pine and grapefruit with some tropical sweetness in there to round things out. A long big bitterness throughout, every bit of the 131 IBUs is accounted for here. The alcohol is evident but the bitterness really helps cover it up.

M- Much lighter than expecting but the alcohol presence and bitterness take away from its drinkability somewhat.

O- Really glad I picked this up on a trip to Columbus. OH. I'd say the Simcoe hops are more of the star of the show more so than the Citra. The bitterness is a bit too much for me but being a Triple IPA I expected that. Would love for Michigan to get these guys beers, but I can also go back to Ohio to find more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a somewhat rocky white head; leaves a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Citrus and hemp; very resinous, with sugary undertones

Taste: Sugary malts underpin the front end, bringing on the expectation that the beer could get very sticky but, fortunately, the citrus and tropical fruit flavors arrive (ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of mango) and cut through the sweet malt with a cleaver; the finish is quite bitter but the floral and citrusy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: While the ABV is higher than I would like, this beer is right up there in the top echelon; a great example of the west coast Double IPA (or in this case, Triple IPA) style

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-21-13, much thanks to ZamaMan.

Appearance: Hazy blonde, though filtered with a small white head that fades to the perimeter quickly.

Smell: Piney as hell, with a bit of bread and citrus presence that is both sweet and sour. Intense!

Taste: I can sum this up by saying: this is like a bigger, slightly maltier Pliny; and that's a good thing.

Intense piny smack of hops to the face that then gets joined by citrus while both ride over the malt. There is a slight tropical hop sweetness that fades out towards the end. Malt and piney bitterness wrestle each other into the finish and beyond.

The hops attack your tongue like Spartans. This is a sticky, tongue coating beast. The alcohol is also hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Below average carbonation is understandable for the abv, but there is still enough there in this big beer to keep things interesting.

Overall: A piney, intense, hop-bomb of a beer that is not for the faint of heart and definitely best consumed fresh. Would definitely drink again, preferably on tap/cask. Awesome.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a thick, off-white, two-finger head that dissipates to a nice foam cap. Great lacing. Pure hop aroma - pine resin and grapefruit rind. Bitter up front, as one would expect from a beer billed as a triple IPA. Nicely balanced, however, not bitter for bitters sake like too many west-coast Imperial IPAs. Bitter on the back end as well, finishes slightly dry with a little heat from the 11.5 ABV. A full bodied, slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, a well crafted triple IPA.

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Photo of Marius
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sampled at home. Hazy orange with a white head. Smells like caramel, unripe mango, fresh pineapple, lime. The taste is very well balanced, full of fruity and bitter hop flavours. The alcohol is there, a bit in the smell and a bit more in the aftertaste, but still a fair amount less than I expected. Soft mouthfeel and medium bodied with a low carbonation and a hop bitter, alcohol spicy, tropical fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant reddish orange, crystal clear, and a big fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

They're not kidding when they say dank. Sticky icky. Bubble gum. Tutti fruity. It has a very sugary smell.

It explodes with dank and citrus hops, completely demolishing and semblance of malt, which is a little toasty. Fusel spice in the back end.

Big mouthfeel. Hot and dry.

This one has no shame in its hop-forwardness. One of the hoppiest beers out there.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Churchill's. Described as a Triple IPA made with Simcoe an Citra. Sounds good. Tulip.

A: Bright yellow gold with perfect transparency. The head is an inch of dense white froth and lasts a minute. There's much lacing.

S: Expressive citrus meets restrained tropical notes: Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a touch of passionfruit. Alcohol is light in the nose. Malt lends a subtle candied sweetness.

T: Bright fruit profile. Mango blends with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The fruit is mostly flesh, with lesser notes of rind. Bitterness is insistent but smooth. Malt imparts just a little sweetness and is reminiscent of cracker and biscuit. Pine is pungent and resinous. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Bitterness grows stronger in the late palate through the finish. There's a light spiciness throughout.

M: Lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Impressive. Reminds me of this year's Younger. 

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam and Rich.

Pours a pretty thick orange, cloudy and opaque and full of chewy weight. Head only seems to form with some coercion, although it seems as though there's a fine bead to it which eventually coalesces into a very fine white cap. Mostly though, the head forms of large bubbles disturbed during an aggressive pour that just stay around because it's too much effort to push through the liquid to pop.

Nose is pretty impressive. Big, intense, and unmistakably hoppy. It has the rounded sweet tropical fruitiness that comes from a big dry hopping, but also the sharper greener notes I associate with (for example) New Zealand Nelson Sauvin. It's sharp and astringent, with a slight savoury note coming through as well. It's pretty heady and powerful stuff.

Taste is good stuff. Very clean, bright, slightly sweaty green hops pervade from start to finish giving a fragrant, vegetative character throughout the beer. Despite the incredibly thick body apparent in the appearance, it's really not overly sweet—mostly due to the insane level of hop character. But there must be malt to it: it never feels unbalanced despite clearly being a beer designed to shout "HOPS!!!". Slight spicy, peppery notes of capsicum on the back. It's very fresh and very fragrant.

Again, because it's so hop-forward, it feels lighter in the mouth than it should do given the size of it and its appearance. I'm impressed.

Overall, this is a big beer with a stack of flavour. I'm impressed at how well it manages to be so hop-focused and yet so balanced. The hops are sharp and crisp every step of the way, but the beer feels much more smooth and approachable than that character, or its 11.25% ABV say it should.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber from HT poured into a tulip glass, bottled 3/5/15.

A - Clear, golden orange, half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Ah...Dank hops, tropical mangoness, hint of sea salt.

T - Follows the nose, with some slight finish burn from the heat. Pine, grass, orange/tangerine also in the mix.

M - Carbonation medium, heft is suprisingly light for an 11%er.

O - Tough to drink this one slow. Great aroma, still had a sizable hop punch at two months, and enough malt to keep it balanced.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, no haze. Good lingering head especially for a triple IPA. Some lacing on the glass. Great dank flavor smell and flavor, consistent with Knee Deep's beers. Medium feel. Really nice beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beer I have been wanting to try for years! Finally got the chance, super fresh too. For one thing, this doesn't drink like anything hear as strong as it is, so juicy and yummy too, definitely a bomber you could get yourself into trouble with. Clear golden in color, honey hued, not even all that much body under the tall white head. Pretty lacing too. Smells most righteously hoppy and west coast oily. I love the combination of the holder sim or with the more delicate and fruity Citra, it's a perfect match, and for me much preferable to the more common mosaic andcitra combination we are seeing everywhere these days. It needs thebitterbite if the simcoe for balance, and the zesty grapefruit notes is provides. They seem equally proportioned in the flavor, more simcoe up front more Citra in the back. A beautiful duet. Lots of resinous quality to this, some heft to the malt base but this isn't heavy, and a bit of the hop oily sweetness you often find in the stronger IPA types. Huge fan of this one, it opens up a lot as it warms, and it's way too easy drinking for what it is. Definitely worth the hype and famous for a reason! One of the best in it's class!

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Photo of baggio
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Apperance: Orangeish with a small, white, head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, Citric Notes, Hint of Pine, Malt.

Taste: Citric and tropical fruits, Hop resin, Pine, Malt, Hint of alcohol and grass.

Palate: Liquid is smooth with a somewhat lowish carbonation. Goes down very easy for such a big beer.

A really outstanding dipa that i would like to try again soon. Up there with the best of them.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a menacing looking murky burnt orange color with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Tropical fruits and pine resin to go with big sweet alcohol in the nose,again menacing is a good adjective to use here.A blast of sharp grapefruit rind and resinous hops really hit home on the palate before the sweetness from the alcohol hits in the finish,the sweetness is big but the hops are just full on assault,I pick up maybe some hard water as well.Wow this is a beast but it's bad ass I love it,Good to see the "high end" Knee Deep stuff here now in North Carolina.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a rocks glass

A - Pours a light amber, crystal clear, 1 finger head, decent lacing, and no legs.

S - Smell is cat piss up front which gives way to citrus and pine in the back ground. Really a great smelling beer.

T - A lot more malty than I expected from the nose. Cat piss gives way to a citrusy pine mid palate and finishes with a sweet crystal malt backbone.

M - A little hot but that's to be expected out of an 11% beer. Moderate bitterness coats the tongue. Heavy and slick on the tongue.

O - Big, hot, and heavy. Loved every sip of it. I wish I could get this on the east coast.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,155 ratings.
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