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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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%

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 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 KFBR392
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 Holland
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newgeneric for this tasty brew!

A: golden orange, clear, with a decent sized off white head that dissipates to become a sticky lacing.

S: grapefruit, pine, grass, and some sweet malt

T: full of citrus and pine and a bit of garlic, but still delicious. A bit of alcohol and some malt

M: thick and well carbonated, this is nice to drink

O: the beer does not get better as it warms, oddly. It was beautiful when it just came out of the fridge, but it becomes more garlic like as it warms. Still excellent!

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

Golden amber liquid with a white head that leaves a nice decoration on the glass. Thin covering not top. Big healthy malt backbone with light caramel, sugary dough, a clean light yeast bodied fruitiness. Some pepper wrapped alcohol. Taste is darn near perfect. A malt construct that is bready and sweet. Caramel and crystal malt blend to create a sweet platform that launches the ginormous hop barrage. Pine and citrus abound. Hop resin and oil coat the mouth. Finish is sharp and oily. Kind of longish with a minty flourish. Feel is full with a mild cream touch. An exceptional beer, how can the booze be this well hidden? A great thirst quencher and all day sipper.

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

Bottled 01/16/14 and consumed on the day of review.

L: Amber with a nice rocky/frothy head. Damn good retention for such a high abc, some nice lacing as well.

A: Big pine resin, citrus, and fruity hops. There is some nice sweet breadiness and but not much caramel malt character. Clean fermentation profile.

T/M: Huge bitterness upfront, moves into a dry body filled with classic piney and resiny simcoe hop character but with a nice fruity mango/melon edge to it. The malt brings some nice balance without getting to sweet, a great accomplishment considering the alcohol content. Dry finish with lingering hop astringency.

Overall, I can't believe that a 2 month old Triple IPA tastes this damn good. That alone makes this one of the greatest hoppy brews out there, I can only imagine how hoppy this is fresh. Buy it, this stuff is great.

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

Thanks, Jon. Another newfangled "triple IPA" that's gotten a lot of buzz. Excited to have tried it, but fortunate that I split it. Poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 05/12/13. Review is from my notes.

The appearance is a highly oily, amber golden clear color complete with a surprising amount of head - about 1.5 fingers worth. Indeed, what's more surprising is that the head and carbonation lasts throughout, which is not as easy feat to accomplish. Bubbles are very minimal throughout, although the clear, glowing body of the beer is very presentable. Ridiculously viscous - the alcohol legs were everywhere on this thing. Looks pretty awesome, but I fear it will be a booze bomb.

The aroma tells me otherwise, but at the same time provides me tons - and I mean TONS - of hop resinous aromas that I don't think I've experienced ever. There an initial burst of bitterness and citrus sweetness, which quickly changes to a diverse bouquet of fruits, from passion fruit to mango, from blood oranges to strawberries. Very fruity, although maybe a little floral at the finish. Earthy as all hell, and combined with the syrupy, toffee-like flavors from the malts, it becomes even more rustic. This is drowned in hops, almost to the point where I can't make out anything else - not even the alcohol. However, it is a fascinating experience, especially with the passion fruit/strawberry combo they have this going towards. Very astringent - it's almost as if the hop residue gets caught in the nostrils with each whiff.

Well, the flavor is not as explosive in fruitiness as the aroma, but it is very enjoyable. There's an immediate bittered, candied fruitiness that comes right with each sip, followed by a syrupy malty backbone that is drenched in the booze. Due to the oily, astringent character of the beer, there is no alcohol presence, although there is a burn. The fruits range from mango to passion fruit to, at times, papaya. Just as in the case of Palate Wrecker, the malt caramelized syrup holds up the fort with the hop invasion, and makes this relatively easy to drink. The present carbonation makes this a juicy drinking experience. Given the high ABV and volatile nature of the hops, this is definitely something that should be consumed quickly and in smaller portions in order to get the full experience. It's intense, but it's something I didn't have troubles finishing.

This is a totally nuts hop-forward experience, almost to the point of excessiveness, but luckily the malt backbone does wonders in maintaining character and making the fruity, tropical notes feel full-bodied. Definitely worth tracking down, and *definitely* worth making note of the freshness of this product. This would not age well at all. Super resinous unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Recommended!

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

A-a clear golden yellow with three fingers worth of rocky head

S-pale bready malt, citrus, tropical fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready backbone, citrus, tropical fruits, and bitter hops finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol burn

Overall very flavorful and even with the strong ABV still easy to drink

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,156 ratings.
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