Simtra Triple IPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA
BEER INFO

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
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363
Ratings:
2,211
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a murky yellow / orange with a soapy white head. Aromas of dank hops, resin, alcohol, pine. Sticky and sweet. Like sucking on a hopsicle. See what I did there? Aww yeah. Full bodied and palate coating. Certainly hop forward, but there is definitely a strong malt bill and noticeably above 10% abv. Full flavored. One could get f'd up right quick sippin' on Simtra. Tasty.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice and thin white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium gold color with a slight amber tinge. It's a really nice beer to look at with that kind of metallic sheen to it. The smell and taste are similar in terms of notes and intensity. The hop notes are pretty good. The consist of a sharp, yet light, pine that cuts through the grapefruit notes perfectly. The booze note is slight and fruity, which helps it blend very well with the hop notes. The body is very good since it's scarily drinkable for the beer style. The beer definitely has a heavy body to it and a very light carbonation that it's barely noticeable and makes it very smooth to drink. Overall, it's a fantastic TIPA and worth every penny. Go for it.

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

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing as the head recedes but it is worth noting that this is the most beautiful/clear DIPA I have ever seen. This must have been filtered like 20x to get this clarity and bright hue.

Aroma begin as expected; quite dank and citrusy. The Simcoe and Citra hops own this show; with bright pineapple, lemon, blood orange from the Citra, then pine, onion, grassiness from the Simcoe. More tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms and I can make out the faintest bit of pale maltiness as it further warms.

The tastes follow directly with the nose. Strong waves and waves of hop flavors assault the palate. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of pineapple and grapefruit dominating. There's also big notes of pine, some grass and a mild cracker pale maltiness was in the background. Despite the copious amount of hop flavors, the bitterness is by no means overwhelming as the strong ABV heft help to palace the flavor profile despite the lack of overall malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter but not enamel scraping and the ABV is completly hidden which is always a chore for such a high ABV offering.

Overall this was a super offering; one of the best over-100 IBU beers I have ever had I believe, definitely top 5 if not top 3. Packed with so much balanced hop flavor and bitterness depite the huge IBU and given the huge ABV with no alcohol flavor, makes this top notch in my book. Worth seeking out for sure if you can track it down.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never reviewed this but had many times. Had it recently - awesome aroma, very akin to Pliny. Fresh cut hops, biting bitterness. Nice strong malt backbone, but doesn't cut into the hops too much. This is a hop face slap, so if you're not into IPA's that much, you certainly won't like this. It's also kind of hard to drink solo, but I split it with my brother who was visiting. Very enjoyable and will certainly buy more to share in the future. For drinking solo, I recommend lupulin river. Cheers!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured on tap and served in a goblet, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, copper color, with a sparse, wispy, white head. Nose of gorgeous hops blending perfectly together, with grassy notes, a citrus blend of lime and grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of cannibus. Wow! One of the better smelling beers out there! Flavors are caramel forward, followed quickly by a spicy pepper hops and resinous pine character. Very bold and full forward, with citrus and tropical fruit highlights, and subtle booze tones at the tail end
The aftertaste is more tropical fruits and booze, with an underlying dryness into the slick, smooth finish. Big, beefy, tasty IPA. Very nice!

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Apex the other day. Have to say that I continue to be impressed by the DIPA's I've been trynig from these guys. The beer was well balanced (for an 11.25% abv. beer), with excellent malt body to pair with the considerable pine and citrus. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the rich mouthfeel is really the only place you notice the abv. (obviously, if you knocked down a couple of pints of this, there's another way you'd notice the high abv.).

Tried side by side with the head shake DIPA from Barley Brown. The BB DIPA was clearly superior, but even so, the simtra more than held its own. Excellent DIPA.

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

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of dusty golden auburn into our Ommegang Game of Thrones snifters. It holds a creamy, soapy two finger head of packed bubbles, showing the color of lightly toasted marshmallows. Retention is excellent, with thick mountainous sheets of lacing left all around the glasses. No thick haze or sediment is noted, but clarity is not absolute. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma is sticky and dank, giving notes of sweet and juicy citric hops, warmly floral and soapy hops, candy corn, white flour, pale and softly musky malts, stinging booziness, light cotton candy esters, dried lemongrass, coiny metallics, Band-Aid medicinals, toasty caramels, and bright mineral. Our first impression is that this is a surprisingly balanced and sweet DIPA for something coming from California, but it does offer those characteristic bitter twangs up front with each sip. As we sip, the taste opens with piney and bitterly grapefruity hops, sappy resins, pale and sweetly caramel malts, tannic teabag astringency, lemon cleaning solvent, nickel, hard mineral water, sculpting clay, walnut oils, light white sugariness, and the bitter beginnings of alcohol content of the beer. The middle pushes forward with straw, vegetal metallics, caramel sugars, magic marker phenols, continued booziness, basement mustiness of moldy sacked grain, and pungent soapy hops. Washing through the finish is more piercing fusel alcohol, white grape fruitiness, clover florals, black pepper spiciness, almond milk richness, vanilla extract fumes, herbal and sweetly nectary hops, light pale malts, pineapple flesh, mossy woodiness, chemical phenols, and white cakey frosting sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, dirty cloth, dandelion stem resins, pencil lead, cotton, cherry and lemon rind fruitiness, dusty pale and caramel malts, herbal and bitterly piney hop sap, dried brown grassiness, yeasty mineral, wet carrot top greens, musty clay, clean vanilla, and sugary tropical fruit juiciness. The body is thickly medium, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords excellently creamy slurp, smack, froth, glug, and pull, with clean and soft finishing pop. The mouth is cooled and coated with foam, with brisk transition into light astringency and puck, extending across the majority of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate but high, adding burn to the mouth and warmth to the belly, but it sips nicely nonetheless.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its aroma. This gives all the sticky, sappy juiciness that anyone would want, but nestles it nicely amongst the grain, musk, and sugary sweetness of the other components. It was actually a hard decision to name aroma as our favorite aspect of the presentation, as we felt appearance and mouthfeel were also both particularly delightful, travelling well beyond basic stylistic requirements. Honestly, while everything was generally enjoyable about this beer, we found the flavoring, specifically, to be a bit rustic for our liking. The hops, although they start fresh, sticky, and piney, develop deeper, darker flavors of mud, mineral, musk, dried twigs, sweat, and grassiness that almost take away from the driving natural naivety that is this beer. That said, that was our “critical reviewer” take on it, because otherwise, just sipping, it is wonderfully balanced and smooth, especially when compared to some of the bitter bombs hailing from the west.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 earlolson
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Had a 22. Two fingers of head. Toasty citrus Infused nose . Surprisingly light on the palate for a triple ipa. Balanced and complex. Lasting light malt and hopped finish with a touch of spicy
pine. Get one!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small, 12oz snifter ($3.00) during Happy Hour today at The Nashua Garden...

It's a clear, medium golden brew with some scattered, indifferent carbo. Head is a creamy, fine layer of white foam, with solid stick on the glass. Has a strong, rindy citrus aroma which jumps right out at you. Body is medium to medium-plus, and it is rather smooth.

Taste has some lightly sweet toasty malt at tip-off. But beyond that it is citrus city. Has pineapple, grapefruit and a smidge of apricot mixing in a piney, resiny, pithy blend which lingers long and lovingly on the palate. This is solid and top-shelf; with a tiny bit more sweetness it would really kick ass. Zum Wohl!

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

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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 KFBR392
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/14

Appearance: Pours with a murky, burnt orange color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. Much higher amount of active carbonation then I expected from the style.

Smell: Initial hit is of mangos, kiwi, oranges, and a squeeze of lemon. Saturated, heavier fruit notes pick up on the body with malt sweetness additions of bubblegum, caramel, and molasses. Bold piney hop backbone with some notes of pepper and spice. Impressive the range the hop profile takes within this aroma.

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness dances on the palate initially. Soft fruits lead on the hop profile which are quickly followed by a bigger, saturated orange/tangerine and bitter pine body. The sweet, fully rounded malt body pops back end and evens out the taxing hops. The finish is a gummy sweetness that masks a touch of boozy sting which keeps the palate on its toes.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation has a smooth, soothing feeling on the palate. Piney hops and sweet malt are pronounced throughout.

Overall: Really impressive stuff here. I preferred it warming up just a touch, really let the gummy sweet malt character to shine brighter. Would love to try it even fresher though, I'm sure you get much more of the Simcoe and Citra profile but this still drank incredibly well with three months on it.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark copper with off-white head. Decent retention.

S: Sweet tangerines. Fresh pineapple. A decent amount of mango. Decent amount of caramel malt. Peppery spice and earthy pine at the back end. A bit of alcohol. Overall sweet and fruity.

T: Big dose of bitter grapefruit and pine combination. Bitterness is what you would expect from a TIPA. Pineapple comes in a bit sour. Back end is piney with a small bit of sweetness. More grapefruit in the aftertaste. Definitely earthy and spicy. Big, bold, and bitter.

M: Medium-full bodied with aggressive carbonation. Dry.

O: Nice strong, fruity, and bitter TIPA. A bit pricey but tasty.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: July 18, 2014
Misc.: Born on May 20, 2014

Poured a honey, caramel, semi-clear color with two fingers of rocky white head. Sporadic spider web foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a plethora of hops up front. Got grapefruit, citrus, Cascade, floral, orange rind and light resin. Also some rye, caramel and orange creamscickle.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got citrus hops, Cascade hops, orange creamscickle, floral hops, grapefruit, nectarine and caramel. Some bitterness, but the 11.25 percent ABV felt about 7 percent.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

Just a fantastic double IPA. I’ve wanted to try it for a while and I’m glad I finally did.

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Photo of zonker17
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clear golden with thick initial head that laces well. Piney and citrus nose. Full on hop flavor that ranks with the best. Good malt along with loads of resin and pine. Above medium mouthfeel and just below medium carbonation. Says not for aging, but would be interesting to treat this beer like a 120.

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Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a good white head.

Aromas are very nice. Really green, resiny, with some background notes of melon, citrus, and tropical fruits.

Taste is sweet up front. Hard candy notes, light sherbet, and tropical fruits. Finish is long, smooth, with a sugary and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Lots of body, smooth, and very full.

Overall, dang, this is a very good DIPA. Knee Deep has put out some above average beers in my opinion, but this one is excellent, it's easy drinking for the style, but still very flavorful.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/9/13, almost exactly a month old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fluffy light tan head. Head fades slowly with a wonderful island of retention. Great fluffy splotches of lacing everywhere.

S: Oh yeah. Triple IPA and it means it. Pretty much pure hops. Got quite a bit of dankness, some pine, some grapefruit. Plenty of cat piss. Malt? Who knows.

T: Hop explosion up front. Almost too much. Loaded to the gills with dank hops through and through. Simcoe cat piss everywhere. Some grapefruit and pine mixed in but it's primarily the first two (citra and simcoe I'm assuming from the name). Big, almost harsh spicy dankness blankets the entire taste, even lingering for a long time between sips. There might be some malt in here but I can barely tell. Even at 11.25% it's got almost no sweetness. I can't even really discern a malt flavor. Is it bready maybe? Can't tell. Long, long lingering spicy dankness between sips.

M: Heavy but not nearly as heavy as 11.25% would suggest. Hops spice everything up and lighten it up quite a bit. It's definitely a big one regardless. Zero alcohol sting.

O: Big, big IPA. One of the biggest. It reminds me of Hopsickle oddly enough, just a better and bigger version of it. Hard to score, I love big DIPAs but this is almost too one-note. Definitely a must-try for the huge, in-your-face, west-coast style hop bombs. It's very tasty. Drinkability suffers a bit but it's a hell of a brew.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flew bottle in from CA to HI. Saw this on the shelf and couldnt pass it up. Oct 2012. IBU 133? 11.25% abv

A - Nice amber hue with decent head and carbination.

S - Big green notes. Clearly, its over 130 IBUs. grapefruit, apricot, caramel,

T/M - First sip was a unique experience. The beer started sweet, big malty backbone, clearly needed to balance the hop...then slowy the beer morphed with the hops taking over more and more. Oily on the palette. Pretty incredible to balance out such a big beer but it works.

O - Unique for the amount of hop but it's a success. Worth the try, great, but not as overly mind-blowing as a Pliny lets say :p Still very impressive brew.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV and over 100 IBUs. I didn't drink this as fresh as it should have been so that is likely part of the reason, but I actually think it was better this way. It still had lots of fruitiness from the hops without too much bitter. Very nice.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has some legs, or at least some head, as this one stands at a full three fingers. Solid retention and a huge curtain of lace is left behind. Body is pure straw gold in color. Nose is piney prickley and bready sweet all in one. This beer has an excellent body. Big and resiney in flavor. Syrupy hops coat the tongue while the body is supported by a malt backbone. Bold in hop character as it boarders on barleywine for me. A monsterously good beer.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it looks as good as it tastes. Really well balanced for how high the ABV is. Freshness is key. I've had bottles more then four months old that we're bland and unimpressive, the one I have now is a little over 2 months and quite good, but that's any good IPA really. Triple IPAs can be difficult to pull of well but this brewery, that does many other great hop bombs, does a good job. It's basically hop wine! Maybe not for everyone though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV.

A clear light orange with a dense, off white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is a full frontal hop assault, bright, fruity, pungent, with pine, citrus, grapefruit, green grapes, minimal malt and some alcohol noticeable. The palate opens bright, pungent and hoppy, with a mild sweetness, high level of pungent bitterness. Wonderful hop melange on the palate. Mild sweetness on the finish, served a little on the colder side, the alcohol is reasonably well hidden but is still noticeable as a spicy kick to the back end. Sweetness is mild and clean and necessary here, complementing the bitterness and the alcohol. Impressive.

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Photo of cfalls
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tropical fruit smell and taste, hint of dank.

My complaints are mostly unfair given that this is supposed to be a triple: a little on the sweet side, a lot of alcohol, heavy malt. The hops are big but in a nice way -- not just bitter.

Pretty darn good if you're in the mood for too much of everything.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,211 ratings.
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