Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 AllDayIPA23
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle of this while working in San Francisco for the week. Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

golden-yellow pour. 1 Finger off-white head.

Nice citrus fruits come through in the nose. Solid amount of piney hops.

fruits really didn't come through for me in the flavor like everyone is saying. It was a lot of average piney/citrus hops with too much bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Bottle date was very fresh, so I was excited for this one. It did not live up to expectation. Average beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Slightly hazed gold with a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S - Where's the aroma? I mean really, this literally just smells like alcohol with an acrid hop smell. Pine and some lemon zest, astringent for sure.
T - 131 IBU's is stupid, and the bitterness attests to that, sweet boozy malt, caramel, citrus.
M - Bitter chewy clingy thick and full, lots of burn.
O - After seeing everyone rant and rave on this beer, its a massive let down, hop booze in the worst form.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber scored and enjoyed on Maui, bottled 2 months ago (so less than ideal). Poured into a shaker, this doesn't skimp on the hops...big nose and lots of bitterness, but I just don't like my IPAs with this much alcohol burn, and this is pretty hot and boozy on the back end. Pours a slightly dull hazy apricot, with a 1 finger head with good retention and good lacing. Big nose, but lacks complexity and distinct notes...I get a little sweetness with carmel, and for the hops, something in between floral, spicy and fruity (but not exactly tropical). The beginning of some herbal notes, but they don't entirely come through. There's the promise of some pine there, but I don't know...there's a lot there in the nose, but it is hard for me to nail down. I get more Simcoe than I do Citra. You know that you're dealing with a high abv pretty quickly once it hits the tongue: some burnt caramel, lots of hops promised in the nose, though the spiciness and pine comes on stronger, and the fruit plays more of a secondary and supporting role. Some biscuity malt and some fair bitterness at the end, along with some boozy burn. Fairly dry. If you need a big hop fix, this might be what you're looking for...it is what it is, without apologies. If Hop Stoopid is on the shelf, though, which is just as big a bitter hop bomb and it hides the alcohol better? I'll give this one some props for taking no prisoners...but I'm not likely to return to it.

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Photo of Twal
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite a bit of (cat piss) Citra when 1st poured,warmed and has a nice citra aroma.
Decent beer and would have given it a solid 4 but man this thing has a lot of heat,just touch too much,at 11.25 % abv it's not really hiding anything...
Overall a good beer and great hop character but just a little off for my taste,that said I wouldn't turn down another pour...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle Jordan!

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a light tan, large bubbled head.

S - Leafy, pine, grass and carmel.

T - Hoppy resin, bitter pine, grass and earhy. Some sweet carmel.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and sticky hops. Ok, but just a bit too sweet here. I like the differnt approach here.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store about an hour ago for $10.99 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; for this price it had better be good.

Served straight from the refrigerator (it was refrigerated at the store as well). Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Pour went fine, with no surging or problems.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty good for the style, though it isn't all that vibrant.

Sm: Quite hoppy, with floral, citrus, pine, heavy grapefruit, and light oily character all coming through. Grapefruit is dominant. Clean malts. A dry evocative subtle aroma. A bit resiny. Moderate in strength.

T/Mf: Grapefruit mixes well with the pine and heavy floral character. Quite hoppy. Mild citrus throughout the first two acts. There's an interesting structural turn as the second act meets the third, with the mouthfeel drying and coarsening as it approaches the finish. Very interesting structurally, and it really works nicely here. It opens clean, smooth, and dry but wettens throughout the middle act. It's quite dry for an IPA all around, and the effect here is nice. It sets itself apart from other double IPAs (though I wouldn't say it competes with Pliny the Younger - the only other "triple IPA" I remember having). It's nicely put together, albeit simple compared to many beers in the style. Bitterness comes through, but is extremely well balanced. As an imitation brew, it's quite successful - like a good clone made by a homebrewer. Still, the originality is lacking. It's not special, though its structure may make it unique. Clean malts form the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not crisp or bitey, but the carbonation is favorable. I do like it. Oily. Good presence on the palate. It's got a good, clean body. I love the finish.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which hardly comes through. I like it a lot, but I wouldn't have it again at its high price point. Would be interesting on draught. A solid offering from Knee Deep. I might recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked it up, but it's not world class.

Would pair very well with spicy food or acidic salad.

An abysmal candidate for aging. Drink fresh; I had it within an hour of purchase.

High B

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Photo of austincsuf
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass..

A- was expecting something darker, instead poured a dark golden, almost amber color

S- hops hops and more hops (it is a triple ipa)

T- full bodied flavor with a punch of hops when it hits your tounge and then a smooth refreshing finish with some malts to finish it off...

M- little carbonation just alot of flavors goin on

O- a buddy told me to pick this up, so i gave it a shot, it was 12$ so a little more than i like paying for a bottle but it was good, glad i gave it a shot, porbably stick to the knee deep hoptologist considering its a double ipa and half the price and amazing as well..

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Photo of beagle75
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with a peripheral ring of white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Ripe tropical fruit and deep green dankness represent the hops bill, and both qualities are fairly intense. Crackery malt has a dense, substantial quality to it, but does not come near to matching the intensity of the hops. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with sappy and spicy green plant stems. Acidity bursts with brightness into the middle where hops still dominate, but turn aggressively piney. Malt seems diminutive next to the towering hops qualities, like a doughy biscuit that lacks any yeast influence. Late flavors are again hops-derived, with onion and then nectarines, and compliment the assertive bitterness well. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity; resinous, acidic, and slightly syrupy on the palate; with brisk carbonation.

D/O: A massive IPA to be sure, this beer seems to teeter on the brink of the 'kitchen-sink' approach without falling headlong into it. It is easy to imagine that this is what Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness would be like without the barrel treatment. Obviously heavy on the Simcoe qualities, it either neglects the Citra cultivar by comparison or it enlists such a quantity as to be unrecognizable by ordinary (Three Floyds Zombie Dust) standards. Some of the recent murmurs regarding Knee Deep's hops-wielding proficiency is deserved, as shown in this example. A more true measure will come when they are required to exercise some restraint in a normal-gravity IPA.

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Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle date: 2/1/16

eyes...
quickly fading head, golden hue with just a scarce trace of bubbles, lacing is blah, this looks pretty thin

nose...
juicy juicy hops, stinging orange notes, mouth watering candy notes, a little bit of seltzer and lemon zest, you can get just a little touch of the alcohol underneath, this is the type of hop smell that makes you go drool...

taste etc...
the carbonation is pretty low so this drinks sort of syrupy, herbaly hop flavor (with a hint towards juicy fruit / citrus), some really strong orange notes sing out in the after taste, pretty bitter but nothing that will cripple my tongue, you sense the alcohol just a touch, this drinks pretty damn smooth for the ABV (but again you definitely do taste a hot dose here and there alcohol wise), the hop oils do coat the tongue well

verdict?
Hoppy, beautiful aroma, just a touch hot with alcohol, worth checking out if you like the high end burn hops (not fruity). With a little more refinement this could be a gem.

I was having some Moosebacher cheese with this and it held up! (australian swiss past cows milk)

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/14

A - Poured a very deep amber colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Huge bitter pine nose with some caramel. Not much of the citra profile comes through in the nose.

T - Massive bitterness up front with some immediate alcohol heat. The pine presence from the nose comes through in spades with a very light citrus flavour. Not getting any of the tropical fruit presence expected from the citra, which is a shame. The overall flavour profile is true to a triple IPA.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle as an extra.

Poured into a teku, a cloudy amber liquid, with a foamy off-white head, which receded to a wispy layer, lacing the glass nicely. Nose was actually pretty malty sweet, but there was an obvious oily hop presence, candied citrus peel and tropical fruit. The bottle was only a couple weeks old, so it's not like this should have faded that fast, I just was getting more maltiness than hoppiness. In the taste, sweetness profile like toasted toffee, corn sugar, pine resin, candied citrus peel, mango flesh, lots of toasted bread in the finish, cancelling out any crisp hoppy bitterness. Not a malt-bomb, but not really a hop-bomb either, which was kind of what I was expecting. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with all those malts needed to amp up the ABV, mouthfeel was pretty thick and resinous. There was a slight solvent booze presence, but for 11+% this was a pretty drinkable brew. Decent overall, but too sugary for the style.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. No date, but assume fresh from CA. Poured this one into a Victory tulip.

A: Pours a nice clean orange amber color. One finger of slightly off white head. Nice carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Leaving some nice lacing already.

S: Definitely getting those hops. Mango, papaya, apricots, orange marmalade, etc. There is also a touch of bready notes from the malts. Don't think it's age but we'll see.

T: Right up front you get some of those intense IBUs, bitterness attacking the tip of the tongue. Those pineapple and mango and papaya are there. But there is a pretty solid malt backing on this DIPA. For being a "hop bomb" it's actually nicely balanced. On the close I did get a touch of booze on the close.

M: Medium bodied. Hop bitterness coats the mouth well.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Bottled 31 January 2013.

A: Huge head with great retention and lacing. Very clear light gold.

S: Musty, cheesy, and earthy. I'd imagine this is an older bottle if it weren't for the bottled date.

T: Well. That's a beer with shit-tons of hops. How many tons? Shittons. Touches of onions amidst the huge fields of pine and pineapple. Aftertaste is balanced, sweetish,

O: I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Huge hops. Would have again. Recommendable. [Apologies for the briefest of reviews. The gentleman who offered the bottle of beer demanded conversation.]

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Photo of Catracho5
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden bright orange with a nice bright white head, head did not retain long, looks pretty clear, not a lot of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Dank, resin, garlic, pine, slight malt, not getting any citrus notes or alcohol.

T: Must be an old bottle, not getting a lot of hops on the taste, slight resin, pine, slight grapefruit bitterness, definitely picking up the alcohol, finishes dry.

M: Low carbonation, dry finish.

O: I really wanted to like this beer but I think it is an old bottle as the taste and aroma seems a bit subdued. This is why I would like to see dates on a bottles.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This one falls out of the bottle presenting a copper tone with light tangerine hues at the edges ofvthe glass. Fairly white thin head is portrayed after a nice pour

S: Honestly not sure why but i got a huge vanilla earthy scent from this beer and much else. Not that its a bad thing but definitely not what i expected

T: Deep tangerine and orange flavors peel back your taste buds with the help of some lovely pine like hops that push massive smount of well balanced bitterness your way. Grassy earthy and caramel notes help rpund out the finish

M: Nice and bold with a gentle sweetness, but i expect it from a beer of this magnitude.

O: my local liquor store recommended it to me and i am pleasently surprised but the quality and balance of this beer. First Knee Deep that i have had but definitely wont be the last

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Photo of fx20736
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear Apricot Gold, vigorous stream of tiny bubbles. Aroma is funky and dank with pine in abundance, cat piss comes to mind. Off the charts bitter. Mouthfeel is weightless and dry. A bold DIPA that doesn't really work for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Sticky orange. Laces very nicely with a decent white head. Sugary as I swirl it.

Smell - Tons of garlicky simcoe ops. Some pine and a touch of grapefruit.

Taste - Pungent sticky pine hop flavor. Grapefruit behind. Doesn't come off as too sweet, miraculously. Pretty bitter, but the malts cut it without being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly not syrupy. Heavy for an IPA, definitely, but not what I expected.

Overall - Tasty. Impressive for its size, but not necessarily independently of its own gimmickry.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled April 15th 2014.

Deep bronze body color, quite clear, minimal rising slow carbonation. A classic thick and soapy off white head with clumping retention, three fingers tall, settles to a finger, with spider like lacing on the glass. A classic looking big IPA.

Nose is juicy. An interesting hop angle. Hints of a balance between earth, dank quality, and herbality. THe dank is winning out on me, but is very well controlled and not large. Hop angle buries much sense of malt backbone or any hints. Faint hint of weed.

This palate is friggin weird. Tingly, and hop forward musty qualities dominate. Earth and weed like aromas splash through the palate, with a solid body. Bitterness on the finish that is really crazy. Novocaine stinging slightly, and very numbing to the senses on the aftertaste. There is a real interesting and fascinating hint of black pepper on this though, which really comes out of nowhere. Hits like a spice angle which I enjoy.

Overall the beer is really all over the place, but has a fascinating hop angle and character, but also some very distracting qualities. It makes me think something really unique is in here but it just needs to be unleashed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and honey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper/golden color. Fair head that dissipates relatively quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Very pronounced nose. Lots of pine, floral, grassy notes.

T - Pretty pronounced bitterness to be expected. Same herbal notes are present but a little bludgeoned by the bitterness. The malt, alcohol and hop character are all dominated by bitterness. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit one-note.

M - Good carbonation. Bitterness leaves a noticeable astringent aftertaste.

O - I enjoy high IBU beers and this doesn't disappoint. However, I think the bitterness comes at the sacrifice of a more pronounced flavor profile. A good beer, but for the price I'd like to see a little more finesse.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright gold color with remarkable clarity. Head is off-white and about 2 fingers high. Moderate amount of lacing left behind.

Intense hop aroma. Pine first, earthy and dank. Lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Pepper and cut grass.

Taste like the aroma except even more. Hop assault on the tongue. Dank, pine, resin, and peat-y earth. Citrus fruit next, bitter and sharp. Malt is overpowered to start but peeks through at the end. Caramel and biscuit.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitter, sticky, oily mouth feel. Lingering pine and bitterness.

A hop heads delight. Massive in your face pine and citrus. Too much on the pine for me to really love it.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Definitely a Triple IPA here, with big sugary malts up front, as well as notes of candied citrus and other nebulous tropical fruits. I also got a mild onion note that I occasionally get from Citra beers, but I may have been the only one. The malt bill has a dextrose quality to it that I don't totally enjoy.

T - I prefer the flavor, which has big citrus and tropical fruit presence, and less of the overly saccharine malt flavor in the aroma. Moderate bitterness, and well-hidden alcohol as well.

M - Medium-full body, with lower carbonation, a pleasantly dry finish, and light alcohol warmth.

D - Relatively easy to drink, but I prefer other takes on this style (Drake's Black Label, Nickel Bag, Ephraim, et al.). There's just too much overt sugar for me in the aroma and not enough of the '-tra' to match its namesake.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Golden copper with a very modest white head.

Smell – The aroma is a pleasant soft pine aroma with notes of malt in the background.

Taste – On the initial taste, one detects notes of grapefruit, resin, lemon, and alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked which is understandable for an 11+ABV. I find myself a little disappointed by the lack of a malt backbone. The after taste demonstrates resin and hop harshness.

Mouthfeel – The beer coats the tongue nicely and allows the hop assault to beat the tongue into submission.

Overall – I think this one is a little harsh. It calls itself a Triple IPA. My only standard of comparison is Founders’ Devil Dancer. I was not big on that one either.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with very little head. The nose has both fruity and piney notes. The flavor profile leans more malty than I expected but the hops come on well at the finish. There is a touch of alcohol esters which caught me a bit off guard.

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Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and looks like apple juice with a tinge of orange to it. Has a translucent look to it.

S - A good amount of hops here. Picking up a smattering of of varied citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) along with some pine resin.

T - Somewhat sweet and syrupy at first. Develops into citrus followed by a pine, bitter finish.

M - About what I expect from a triple IPA. Doesn't weigh you down and very drinkable & crisp considering the abv.

O - I could drink a lot more of this if the abv was lower. But, it's just a goliath of a beer with great flavor and hop kick.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.
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