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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4.24
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22.88%
 
 
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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: citrus and hops are easy to detect here.

Taste: big malt sweetness, caramel, grapefruit, pine, pear, some tropical fruits, mild alcohol, and a hearty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Dry aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping big IPA that is bold and full flavored.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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 LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and quite dank hops (I'm getting onion here too, which is not a profile I often can detect), caramel malt; a little vegetal. Flavor is dominated by hops: citrus, piney and dank with a good toffee forward caramel malt base. Finishes with resinous citrus and piney hops. Nice creamy body and mouth feel. This has everything I like in a big IPA, a really substantial caramel malt body, lots of interesting herbal hop flavors as well as carpet bombing of hop bitterness. There is one odd flavor in this that doesn't fit, it is the oniony or garlicy flavor I mentioned at the beginning in the aroma. It might be something from a lot of Simcoe hops. Even with that component, a quite satisfying and fun to drink IIPA. Huge ABV well covered.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, a present from Ohio to me for Christmas, thanks guys.

Split into three glasses, Simtra has a deep golden color to it with some light bronze appeal as well. This one kinda shines like a Olympic gold medal. A nice inch of egg shell colored head graces the top and sticks around longer than I thought it would with the 12ish percent on it, not alot of stick. This one smells mostly of the piney persuasion. I get some grapefruit and semi kumquat . Some caramel malt seeps through and just a bit of the alcohol so it's not completely hidden. Taste is pretty exquisite, this is a large ass beer. First sip, I get the pine and tropic up front finished off by some soothing malt, and than something happens, my mouth gets hotter and hotter by the second and the alcohol singes a bit. It lasts forever, quite a burn. After a few sips this dies down as the palate is wrecked. More grapefruit/orange and pine come through with a dose of alcohol. A true triple IPA, not one I would take down on my own as this is quite large. Body is a healthy medium with some hotness and bubbles to keep things in check, not too carbonated though. This is a decent TIPA, head and shoulders above most others I have tried and could give Pliny The Younger a run for it's money with some tweaks here and there.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 picked up at the Boise COOP for about $9ish.. a little pricey given the other DIPA's available locally. Clear golden.. perfectly golden with a nice foamy white head... looks amazing.

Fruity citrus is huge and unapologetic.. light herbaceous elements with warmth..

Bitter up front.. pithy citrus and lesser fruity floral notes as it warms up..

Knee Deep is a very welcome in Boise.. The bottles are pretty representative of West Coast IPA's.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.5/3.25

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, picked up at the Winex, trying the already legendary Simtra,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, some light lace, almost looks like a cask beer in some respects.

S: Dank pine and weed with some weedy greens, dandelion greens.

T: Heavy pine character, nice attacking hops, some white grapefruit as well. In your face, this seriously hop heavy after all these years. Take the malt away from Hopsickle you have this.

M: Full-bodied, crisp carbonation, nice tingle with a hint of acid which was interesting and a characteristic I really only get with wine. But this quality worked exemplary here.

O: Easily the best Knee Deep beer I've had, this is a hop monster, in your face type beer. I like it a lot. When these beers are done well, they're always fun like early 2000s Aussie Shiraz. They can be over the top and this beer is, but it's just a joy to drink. Probably had this a couple months too late; it makes me wonder how this was super fresh, if it's this bracing now. Fantastic, the insane hop oils are getting to me now; it really gets better when it warms up a bit.

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Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber with very spotty head formation.

Smells earthy and spicy with orange and woody scents. Caramel and toffee in the malt portion of the beer. The hop isn't super strong and does not conceal the malt portion.

Starts out sweet and a little savory with a caramel and sandalwood after taste. Spicy and a bit bitter. It is OK but the hops are a bit too earthy for me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, OK I really like Ruination better. I noticed all the great reviews this beer gets. Maybe I got a old bottle will try again sometime.

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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 fredmugs
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

131 IBUs and definitely a palate wrecker. Smells awesome like most west coast DIPAs. The simcoe and citra hops produce an amazing aroma and you can really detect the peach. The high IBU count definitely comes through but, at 11.25% ABV, the alcohol content is not overpowering. If you like high IBU beers this is for you.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/23/2012

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

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

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

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

M: Lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a honeyish orange, mostly clear, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite brash, very citrusy, with some sugar cookie malt aromas as well.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, really. This is about a month old, which is probably about as fresh as I'll ever get it in New York. The alcohol is mostly hidden, but it's still a bit hot, providing a prickly buzz. There are marijuana/hemp flavors, grapefruit, orange, peach, pine resin, and sugar cookie flavors.

This one has a medium body, with a very sticky and thick mouthfeel. There's a medium amount of carbonation, and it's very drinkable, even despite the really high ABV.

This one met the hype for me, really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting film/ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Dank earthy hop aroma with fresh cut grass, earthy pine and resinous oils countered by subtle citrus/tropical fruit and a pale malt backbone. Pine needle, spruce tip, floral buds and grass countered by strong grapefruit, pineapple, blood orange, melon and lemon peel sweetness. Pale malts with faint bread, biscuit and cracker. Nice balance with juicier fruit notes countering the earthy resins.

Full body with a blast of dry, dank earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt character into a bone dry finish. Dry and sticky with resinous oils and pine needle. Slightly spicy with grass, spruce tips and dank leaf. Very bitter but the bitterness is countered by prominent fruit sweetness. Hints of melon and grapefruit with pineapple, lemon pith and blood orange. Pale malt backbone with subtle caramel and toffee sweetness along with bread, biscuit and grainy graham cracker. Some boozy sweetness and a bit of heat in the finish but the high ABV is pretty well masked. Alcohol presence takes away slightly from the hop flavors but it's still deceptively drinkable at 11.5%.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. I could smell the poontang on this piece of ass right from the start...holy sheet, Batman! We're in for a great ride here. Beautiful orange/amber and cloudy pour. Nice 2" fluffy white thick head. Excellent bubbles and lacing throughout. The nose is extremely piney and "swanky danky", like a piece of ass about to "get focked", to borrow a phrase from Tony Montana. The palate reveals a sweet mouthful of joy, one of the best I've experienced. Lovely and full citrusy hop profile, with sweet papaya/mango notes balancing the bitter piney/grapefruit. It's no wonder some call this brew "Pliny Killer". It is every bit as good (if not better) than Elder. No shit. Mouthfeel is full and warming. This beotch is "fo ree-al"'. Don't miss it!!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poued a light copperish, burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, fair amout of white bubbles and lacing

S: The nose was pretty big, a little booe sting backed with nice citrus and light passon fruit punch

T: Big orange peel and tangering with some light grass notes and mange, pineapple influence. A little sweet with a blend of light caramel and breadiness, a bit Eathy, little booze, IBUs and light slickness on the finish but ovrall it was clean with loads of taste

M: Medium bodied, loads of hops, nice amount of biiterness and citrus linger on the palate, well carbonated

O: very well done. My first Knee Deep brew was a slam dunk!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Dated 03/02/15. Consumed 05/02/15. 11.25% 131 ibus.

A: Pristine clarity with a bright orange coloring reveals a quickly paced rush of macro-effervesce filling the vessel. Off white head is frumpy textured, like mashed potatoes, rising 1.5 inches high with a resilient showing. High lace coverage graces the glass.

S: Fresh wet sugary grapefruit on the nose along with sweet pine and a pleasing touch of semi-dry tropical fruitiness against a softly toasty bread backing. Hints of straw and toasted citrus peel dryness occur on the finish while the aromatic duration remained pleasantly viable throughout for several plus minutes.

T: Flowery, semi-dry citrus and pine upfront with a smooth, calming, but high rate of bitterness sits against a softly toasted grain backing and toasted citrus peel, bittering pine with a dry, sweet malt fade. Background nuances of semi-dry tropical fruit meets a lightly toasted malt and citrus finish.

M: Good carbonation, malty depth, but exceptionally smooth, gently dry citrus hop warmth that feels more like a 6-7% rather an 11.25%.

O: Overall amazingly well balance of hops and malts as well alcohol which is considerably tame and drinks exceptionally smooth and much lighter then its abv claims. Smooth drinking experience with no rough edges, just silky going down gets props for being a hop monster that drinks like an easy sunday afternoon session. This beer disappears faster then cupcakes at a pot party, outstanding.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku. Caramel amber color, sticky white collar. good lacing. Big pungent citrus nose with some sweetness in the background. Big caramel backbone with a lot of pungent citrus in the taste. Very pungent, very dank. Bitter and dirty orange, pine, grapefruit. Very oily, big feel with some prickly carbonation to smooth it out. Big acid finish. ABV kicks in the the end. Prickly carbonation really helps this out. If you like dank IIIPA’s this is a winner.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The aroma is a hop bomb of sweet tropical fruits, peaches, and then lots of grassiness, pine, dank qualities, cat pee, onion.

On the flavor, the beer has those sweet tropical fruits in the front of peaches, pineapple, and sweet grapefruit. There's a bit of a bready malt in the middle. The back then is then pine, herbal qualities, resin. A bit of sweetness lingers with that bitterness.

Alcohol hits gently throughout with warming as the beer goes down.

A well made triple IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant amber gold uner a 2” sudsy white foam cap that hugs the glass.
S: Dank, woody, citrus and tropical fruit aromas with noticeable alcohol.
T: Big malt flavors laced with caramel support a grassy, citrusy tropical fruit hop palate. Malt, hops and alcohol are all big but well balanced.
F: Medium full to full body, very soft medium carbonation. Warming.
O: The brewer classifies this as a tripel IPA and its big enough foer the title.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a clearer honeyed hue. Head is a thinner wall of white cream. Head dies off and leaves little lacing waves.

S-Nose is intense in both hoppiness and booziness but it is very enjoyable to sniff. Big, catty, hempy herbal hop notes. Fortified citrus and oily pine. The booze cuts into the hops. The nose is well malted underneath the formerly stated components. I get a big dose of sweet Animal Crackers.

T-The flavor is decidedly less catty and potty. The grass and citrus shine through much more and I am happy with such a development. There is also a ton of tropical hoppiness. A substantial wallop of several exotically fruity hop flavors. Then the booze passes through and drops off a dowry of clean, sweet dough and cracker.

M-Drinks easier than anticipated. Although it is boozy, the alcohol doesn't truly hinder the feel. Resinous and sadistically bitter. I needed to pace myself but didn't want to.

O/D-Lived up to the hype and then some. I really enjoyed this. I enjoyed this during the same period I tried Pliny The Younger and I found some similarities. If there are any valid similarities to Pliny The Younger found in a beer then that beer is probably pretty amazing in its own right. Very happy with this one.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very grassy, resiny, and sticky sweet caramel malt aroma.

Flavor follows suit, but with a piney cleanness and an earthy, bitter finish. Didn't get as much fruit as I'd hoped, with the citra.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is the opposite of smooth. Instead it is quite bitter and harsh. The first once or two may be enjoyable, but it is a challenge to finish you glass because each taste makes you want the next one less.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is good and hoppy, it smells mostly like citrusy (pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel and bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, full of citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and piney hops, with caramel and bready malt also noticeable. The piney bitterness really comes out in the flavor, and it's not boozy, at least not as much as I was expecting an 11.25% ABV brew to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, and I'd pick this one up again at $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 06/13/14

A- What the hell? Pours a murky very dark amber that's on the edge of being light brown with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Nice duality of citrusy hops and sweet, slightly toasty malt.

T- The flavor mirrors the aroma but is even more impressive as the hop/malt ratio is pretty much perfect and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. Definitely a sipper as the bitterness lingers and you do start feeling the heat after multiple sips but it tastes great, even as it warms. Earthy and piney with a candy-like caramel finish. Zesty, yet peppery. Sweet but has just enough bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

M- Oily and slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Now this is a "Triple IPA" I can get behind. There are certainly some barleywine characteristics here but it fits within the flavor profile of an IPA more than any other "Triple IPA" I've had thus far. So unique and completely different from what I was expecting. For instance, I didn't realize it would be quite this drinkable. Be careful with this one. The more I drink this, the more I realize it's the perfect hi-octane IPA for me.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,145 ratings.
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