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Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
2,168
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
22.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 353 | Ratings: 2,168
Photo of Deerin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange - straw color. Minimal but consistent head, low lacing.
Heavy hops in nose, impressive aroma.
Sweet, dank, resiny hops. Solid tasty malt backbone. Bitter, sweet, hoppy.
Good carbonation, good body, smooth, dangerously so for the 11+% range.

Masterful.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, 10 oz glass

Dank and bitter is the theme. Clear yellow golden, white head. Aroma of pine resin and citrus fruit. Taste is a little boozy, and quite bitter. Hops hops hops. Sticky mouth feel.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly cloudy amber. Minimal head and slight but even lacing. Aroma is absolutely delightful, a citrus/ dank hoppiness that's floral and crisp.

Taste is what a triple IPA might taste like. Astringent and dank, marijuana, juice, aggressive hops (Simcoe) balancing with the juicy citra (I think -- I'm no expert) that brings a scorched pine cone feeling to a glass of apricot. I feel the burn of alcohol without it tasting boozy. Unlike Hop-trio (Hoparillo), this one isn't all over the map. It's pinned itself deep and strong.

Bitter is listed as 131. Yes, that's about right. As it warms it gets a little juicier, or maybe I'm getting used to the bitterness. The oily resin begins to grate on me as I continue through the bomber. Not exactly a pleasant sipping beer. Bring a knife.

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Photo of jxmichael
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

***UPDATE***

I was able to locate a bottle dated 10.14.16 at the local Costco, just 15 days old! Who am I kidding, I bought several of these bottles!

The fresher bottle has a cleaner taste with more crisp, distinct flavors and a sharper, more bitter finish. The lacing is also more pronounced on the fresher bottle and is truly a thing of beauty. This brew is great at three months old, it's exceptional at only a couple weeks old.
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Poured from a 22oz bomber dated 07.05.16 (about 3.5 months old).

A - Bright orange, cloudy tangerine with decent head and beautiful lacing!

S - Hops galore! Tropical, peaches, tangerine.

T - Sweet hops with a mild malt backbone. Fruity notes, sticky smooth finish.

M - Medium/heavy mouthfeel that becomes more complex as it warms. Surprisingly smooth given the 11.25% ABV.

O - Amazingly complex, smooth and doesn't taste anywhere close to 11.25% ABV. Usually as high alcohol content beers warm, they become almost unpalpable and malty beyond enjoyment. This beer warms and actually becomes more enjoyable as the flavors really pop, all while maintaining the wonderful smoothness. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, very smooth. Was surprised by this one, not having much impression of it before. Definitely was a standout on a night full of great beers, tasting with friends.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Impressive. Golden pour with small but lasting clingy white top. Aroma is juicy and piney - not much different from their dipa. Flavor is just so balanced. Great blast of hop bitter throughout, yet maintaining balance and smoothness until the finish. This is truly dangerously drinkable stuff. Delicious.

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Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A pretty deep amber color with a scent of pine, grapefruit, and cut grass and an earthy hoppy resin taste that lingers. This release from Knee-Deep is a crowning achievement for an upper-NorCal area containing lackluster breweries (especially the Tahoe area which is filled with shitty people working at shitty breweries that only capitalize on know-nothing tourists who probably could be served piss and think it's good beer). But for sure, this quality brewery establishes itself as a leader in its hometown with a quaint setting that positions its beer at the center. If I'm ever nearby I enjoy visiting its headquarters and downing a growler or two before challenging wannabe Portland-hipsters to cornhole and impressing their girlfriends who are not familar with what a real man looks like. I force others to fill up my growler, at this point the establishment has refused to serve me, but I am King when I am here. My shirt's off, my pants are down, and I'm dancing on picnic benches yodeling (not exactly sure why) the top five billboard hits at the time. They try to stop me but peasants have no command over a King. I usually end the day by finding the vat full of newly-completed Simtra and dive right in. It is alwasy fresh, still warm, hot even, and the burns serve as merely more mouths to drink this beer into.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really big dose of Citra and Simcoe results in a nice mix of bright tropical and citrus fruits which is counterbalanced by dank pine. It's a nice mix and both are quite potent. The malt is pretty muted, particularly considering the ABV. it is there, but the hops are the focus. Alcohol is unsurprisingly notable, but for an 11.25% beer it goes down frighteningly easily. Good stuff.

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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 BEERMILER12
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves some sticky lacing

S: A good deal of citrus and pine up front, with hints of stone fruit and a touch of bready maltiness. Definitely picking up the IBUs in the nose as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a burst of the citrus, pine, and stone fruit and slowly meanders into the sweet bready maltiness that does a nice job balancing flavors while still allowing the hops to fully shine. Bitterness starts strong and doesn't relinquish much, going well into the finish. Some light alcohol notes, but for the most part the alcohol is extremely well hidden under the pure bitterness and malt strength. Finishes with lingering bitterness, light alcohol, and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. In no way sticky or overly sweet

O: A great triple IPA that does an extremely good job balancing the malt, hops, and alcohol. Definitely still in IPA territory compared to BW or strong ale thanks to that factor. Definitely worth checking out if you're into stronger IPAs that maintain a powerful hop punch

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottled 8/13/16 and consumed 9/19/16

pours a clear light gold with a thick head. much lighter than expected.

smell is clean and light,. sweet hops, light fruit.

taste is bitter yet clean. creamy feel and tons of bitterness. easy to drink for a beer of such a high abv.

pretty good beer but nothing crazy. very drinkable for a high abv but overall a good beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml bottle dated 08/13/16. Sampled on September 19, 2016.

The pour is golden amber and bubbly leading up to a full white and foamy head.

This is a month old but I still get a good aroma of floral and herbal hop notes along with the basic toasted pale malt note under it all.

Medium or better body.

The taste flirts quickly with toasted sour dough but then the floral and spicy hop notes kick in. Mild finish. No booze for over 11%.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper and relatively filtered, lots of fast rising bubbles making the body look light. Topped with 4 fingers of yellow-brown, foamy head.

Pine resin, caramel and pineapple. Hints of cooked onions.

Wow. There's a fierce battle going on. The heat of the alcohol, pine resin, chili pepper, fried onions, caramel, and linen, all bombard the tongue.

Thick, alcohol burning, hop drying, lightly syrupy body are balanced with moderate, spicy carbonation.

Got in Santa Rosa at Whole Foods. Drank in Redding, California Sept 17th, 2016. A real push to the limits of a IIPA. A little alcohol burnt for me, and a little boozy. Flavours go well in it, but I wouldn't say this is outstanding beer.

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Photo of kculrich
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, dated 08/13/16, served in a tulip.

Pours a lightly carbonated, brilliant liquid gold with a generous crown of rocky foam. Retention is good, leaving a heavy ring of suds and webs of lacing.

Smell is bright and biscuity, pine, pineapple and peach, sweet and sappy.

Upfront the taste is pineapple soaked in whiskey, fresh-cut balsam and fresh straw. What with the amped-up abv, the flavours are carried in the sinuses as much as on the palate, principally sugar cookie, grand marnier and lots of pine. Finishes sweet and sappy with a tongue-coating tingle.

Feel is medium-to-medium-heavy, more oily than syrupy, dank and, despite it's appearance, brightly carbonated.

Overall, a kickass TIPA which makes me think of a beer version of triple sec. There's no attempt made at hiding the alcohol here but, regardless, you'd have to read the label to know that it's as high as it is. Or try to stand up or touch your nose or tie your shoes.

I'm stepping outside my NEIPA comfort zone in trying this one and I must say that I'm enjoying the bejeezus out of it.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into glass. Descent head with little carbonation. Hops are evident to the nose - expect to be punched in the face! Modest hops on front with a full punch on the back side! Full bodied yet well balanced. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Rcaros
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 1 finger creamy white head that hangs around for a while. Deep golden color very transparent with go0d carbonation
Aroma very subdued out the fridge. Floral earthy malty sweetness
Taste citrus up front with a bit of breadt maltyness.. finishes very bitter. Lingering sweetness
Feel medium with a zippy carbonation
Overall. . Solid

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

KNow I'm a big Simcoe and Citra fan. So was hoping for good beer. But wasn't ready for TIPA so fresh and fruity. Super flavorful citrus bomb. Huge beer that really hides the abv. Full bodied but not syrupy. Top notch IPA.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, dated May 4th 2016. Nice medium head of mixed-sized bubble head, fades to a coating within 90 seconds.
Brilliant gold color, shines in the sun that just came out from a storm while I'm writing this.
Smell is piney-dank, subtle, but not weak.
Taste is great, unless I am mistaken, the hops and malt hit in revers of other IPAs. Bitter in mid mouth, sweet at the end.
Overall a pretty good beer.

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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 davejy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottles & Drafts

Look: Amber and hazy golden color. One and half finger head.

Smell: Like hops man....lots of hops freshness.

Taste: TIPA. Not for everyone. Mostly for hardcore IPA people.

Feel: Not very smooth. High alcohol but hides it relatively well.

Overall: This is my go-to TIPA. High alcohol, semi-balance, and hops. Great beer.

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Photo of rand
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

Big, boozy, "triple" IPA from the hop-doctors over at Knee Deep. Apricot-orange colored beverage with a frothy-but-small head, the brew gives off huge, pungent wafts of rind-y, weedy, hop notes with amply balancing caramelly malts, ushered by noticeably warm alcohol volatiles. On the palate, orange and grapefruit rind, along with a sweet, herbal note, almost like cilantro-banana. Stout malt-backbone yields notes of honeyed bread, and, before the sip closes, booze.

For how big and bold the flavors are, this is tasty and drinkable. Another fine example of the slap-you-in-your-face hop-profiles West Coast style IPA's have become known for.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden/light copper with a lovely orange hue, and soapy lacing that is frothy and almost creamy in the mouth.
The aroma is intense with citrus and danky hops aromas. As you smell it, you know that the taste will be a hops explosion. Sure enough, once the liquid reaches your lips, the hop oils, the pine needles, the resin and the citrus zest hits the mouth. Yet, there is a firm caramel malt backbone that provides sweetness. The feel is medium bodied to full; almost chewy. The bitterness is moderate to high. There is also a hidden alcohol warming that certainly hits you by the time you are done. Warning, careful with this one.
Overall, I really liked this one. It was a hop bomb but yet balanced enough. I would love to have again.

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Photo of sakayus
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Short review for me
For the triple or more likely quad IPA, this thing is just superb. The only problem I run into is that I find these to be rather on the older side, but the times where I can find it <1 month old and is kept cold it is just amazing. Most of the time it's found at places in the warm section and is 4+ months old so it's hard for people to get a good representation.

I think everything is great with this beer and if you can find it fresh and kept cold it, you'll be amazed! I'd rather have this fresh than pliny any day. I'd rather have this than julius, heady, SOS, or trilium.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear, golden oak color. Pretty color, but doesn't inspire as to the intensity. Head is light.

Smell is glorious - clean pine and apricots. Fantastic.

Taste is magnificent - matches the nose, great bitterness. 131 IBU? Sooooper well balanced by the sweetness and richness. I wouldn't mind just a shade less sweetness but that's nitpicking.

Mouthfeel is perfect - rich, just the right amount of carbonation.

Finish is long, moderately intense, and, again, perfectly well integrated with the rest of the beer.

Bravo, boys (at least, I assume it's boys...) - well done.

Without a doubt, the best IPA I've had from bottle. PtY on tap - that's another story. But that's the quality we're talking about here.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/21/16, enjoyed 04/23/16...first off, freshness is key with these IIPA's, additionally, I have determined that only truly outstanding IIPA's come from California! Now I know there are those that will shout blasphemy for those words, however it is only my opinion and from my personal experience with this style. As other reviewers have suggested, yes, the 11.25% abv. is there, but, as others have stated, it's extremely drinkable, so be forewarned! My bottomline, fresh, this is on par with Enjoy By, Double Jack, or insert favorite IIPA here!

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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