Simtra Triple IPA
Knee Deep Brewing Company

Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #88
ABV:
11.25%
Score:
96
Ranked #724
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
391
Ratings:
2,279
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Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA
Notes: 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 Garberfmy
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 5 months after available and it was a very tasty barley wine. Great color although a little hazy, but the mouthfeel was smooth and complex. Just wish I could have tasted it young.

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Photo of redresonatedragon
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a four month old bottle it still tastes fantastic. Now, the hops and booze have mellowed and integrated into an outstanding barley wine. Perfect tension of bitterness smoothed out by candy malts and floral hops. I get a wonderful overlay of orange marmalade and graham crackers on a creamy, slick resinous blast of tingling, piney hops. The lingering finish is one of the best, probably due to its massive hops dose and high ABV. Definitely a beer to be remembered and savored, highly recommended

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Huge head that dissipates over a minute; uneven bubbles; clear amber color; average carbonation bubbling

S - Pineapple; sugary; passion fruit

T - Boozy; Sweet front with bitter aftertaste that holds; a hint of pine; powerful flavor

M - Full bodied and very thick

O - Very strong; very powerful smell; fantastic IPA

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Photo of beersampler6
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fine triple IPA (although I’m not quite sure what that means since it is classified as an imperial IPA). This is a new brewery to me, one that I haven’t experienced yet. Pours a very light amber-golden color with lots of foaming white head and a little spotty lingering lacing that looked fantastic. Smells mainly of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon hops. But there’s a stronger dankness that is in the forefront, and it is definitely very fresh and ripe. The taste follows the nose, in addition to nice notes of malt, caramel, bread and vanilla. Smooth, clean, slightly thick mouthfeel with a little stickiness. Good carbonation. The beer mellowed out somewhat as it warmed up. The high ABV was well hidden. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a light amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice piney, resin and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balance of piney, resin and hoppy flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well balanced TIPA

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Photo of kitch
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 13th July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with an almost three finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruit zest, orange rind, pineapple, dank, pine and a very light floral.

Taste: A mix of light sweet and bitter, dank, pine, citrus rind, grapefruit pith, a touch of alcohol followed by a lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I’m not a huge fan of Triple IPAs, but this was not bad at all. Nice aromas were complimented with some good flavours, although the booze, which does creep in unsurprisingly, took it down a notch or two for me.

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Photo of Maltose_Falcon
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color. Modest head. Strong aroma, piney, reminiscent of gasoline. Pinene + heptanes? The first burst of slightly syrupy sweet and bitter flavor lingers seemingly forever, well, at least until one takes the next sip. Not the balanced brew I tend to favor but this one is a big winner in my book. More than just an over-hopped IPA.

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Photo of CollinaTiger
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tap...
Look: golden amber color with one finger white head.
Smell: strong hops, tropical floral notes.
Taste: hoppy, fruity, piney with slightly bitter end. Packs a wallop at 11.3%
Very good

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Photo of craigbelly
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with a white head. The nose is full of floral hop notes and tropical fruits including orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Tastes of dank hops, luscious tropical fruits, sticky pine and floral notes. I love the combination of the tropical aromas and flavors with the massive punch of bitterness and sticky hop character. Nice warming, packs a punch.

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Photo of Bierlovr
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This had me at the smell. As soon as I popped the cap, I knew this was the gonna be a good one. Perfectly bitter but oh so smooth at the same time. DANK for sure. I’ve got a new favorite.

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Photo of Radome
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

L - Straw to light golden color; hazy. White head is thick, rocky and persistent. Carbonation The haziness and the orange tinge of the beer remind me more of a Belgian Gran Cru than an IPA, but it is an attractive beer.

S - Aroma is a clean, bracing hit of hops, reminiscent of orange citrus, pine and tropical fruit, There is some bready malt in the background, but at a much lower level.

T - On the tongue is a perfect balance of sweet, warm, grainy malt, and orange juice/pine hops. Again, all is clean and fresh. Delicious.

F - Medium, verging on heavy body. Intensely strong hops bitterness. Alcohol has some heat, but it blends nicely with the hops sting. Full, slightly prickly carbonation.

O - This is a balanced, fresh, clean and delicious Imperial IPA (triple? double? who cares.). It's a big beer that will knock your block off, especially at the bomber size, but it is a pleasant ride.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold without much head.

Aroma is citrus and dank pine.

Taste is a pretty nice hop and citrus balance with a bitterness kick so there's no mistaking that this is triple IPA.

Still, extremely smooth for the high ABV. These are a couple of my favorite hops, and they're really kicked into high gear here.

Yet another delicious Knee Deep brew.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a pretty golden color with a fingernail head that lingers and leaves minimal lacing. Great nose with a burst of dank and pine hops. Taste is a bitter but not painfully bitter hop bomb with multiple layers of hops. Medium body and medium-high carbonation.
As smooth and drinkable as triple IPA's come. The bitterness carries throughout without putting off the super smooth balance of the hops and some malt backbone. The alcohol is hidden super well, and paired with the smoothness of it, makes the beer really dangerous in the best possible way.

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with orange tint on the sides. The three finger bone color head stays for about ten minutes leaving rings of lace as it falls.
The smell is dank and citrus.
The taste is big bitter citrus with a strong malt bill. The hop oil resin suggests pine.
Medium body with good carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a fine beer for the style. Never felt boozy at all. Good job folks!

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying a bomber in Riedel glass. It has a clear and deep golden color appearance with a foamy, long lasting head. Nice aromas of pineapple, orange, resin, and vanilla malted with a full bodied and smooth carbonated feel. At 11.25 percent you get the heat upfront with flavors of resin, burnt orange rind and caramel. It has a good amount of bitterness which lingers but is nicely balanced with the sweetness. It's not boozy at all, which I really like.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with good head and lace down the glass. Mild, citric, earthy, oily aroma with a smooth, easy-drinking body. Taste is earthy yet mild on the bitterness with a juicy sweet finish that meshes well (great balance) with well-hidden ABV and overall a great beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow-orange color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of hops, pine, citrus, light malt, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of a hint of the floral quality (wasn't as prevalent as I thought), lots of citrus (lemon, in particular), a malty tinge, lots of pine, and of course, a ton of hops. Because this is a Knee Deep beer, I thought the flavor would be mind-bendingly hoppy, but it was actually incredibly well-balanced. Sweet, hoppy, flavorful.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet lively, finish.

O: Simtra is a very well made, easy to drink IPA. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - not cheap, but I guess that's the case with a triple anything these days. May 19, 2017 - is that 'triple fresh'? Probably not. Could they have also called it Citcoe?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and sort of chunky off-white head, which leaves some random streaky lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a strong wet stony character, musty pine needles, some indistinct dry citrus peel, and further unremarkable leafy, weedy, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lessened caramel sweetness, mixed sugar-free citrus notes, a stoic hard water flintiness, and more dense weedy, floral, and wet pine needle verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and actually quite smooth, with a wee airy creaminess seemingly coming out of nowhere. It finishes trending rather dry, the twin axe hop attack really showing some lingering legs.

Overall, this is a pretty heady and enjoyable version of this amped-up style, with the twenny-two fiddy-proof booze factor a damned-near no-show, which is exhilarating and scary at the very same time. By far the best offering that I have had from this particular Cali brewing concern, and actually worth the asking price around here (or so sez my inner hop-fiend self).

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Photo of tigerking
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous dark-golden with just the right amount of foam. Fairly floral and mild-smelling for a triple IPA; tastes much much stronger than it smells. Taste is not overbearing or muddy, but it definitely tastes strong and is an extremely strong beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of resin, pine, some caramel. Taste is bitter, dank, pine, more bitterness, some malts are present, hints of alcohol as it warms, but not nearly as much as you would expect considering the abv. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, if you are looking for a hop bomb, you found one here.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a glossy burnt orange slightly yellow color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice even pace. Slight messy lacing. The aroma takes in a nice well balanced sweet to bitter citrusy hoppiness. Sweet onion dankiness slides in underneath. The flavor takes in all of the previously mentioned aromas to balance spectacularly between the sweet to the bitter. Balanced bitter citrus/onion hoppiness hits nicely against the sweet malts. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Fantastic sipping ability helps create a long sweet to bitter balance rolling over my tongue. ABV feels well hidden. Overall, a well executed DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bomber and enjoyed every drop. A heavy ,dank ,strong IPA. Aroma is all dank. Taste is bitter and alcohol. One bomber gives you the super buzz feeling. I highly recommend this beer

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Photo of R_i_P
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a bomber of Simtra Triple IPA from Total Wine & More on 06/08/2017. Bottled on 03/20/2017. 11.25% ABV. 131 IBUs. Simple-looking bottle label. Knee Deep Brewing Co. hails from Auburn, CA.

Simtra 3IPA is brewed with Citra and Simcoe hops. This 3IPA pours a light orange with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of ecru foam. Poor head retention. Some lacing. The smell consists of huge resinous pine and sweet citrus -- very intense and very dank. The taste starts with tangerine, grapefruit and orange, followed immediately by a huge blast of bitter, resinous pine, all held together by a moderate malt backbone. The lightly toasted malt backbone is dialed back to allow the bitter hop flavors to shine forth without harsh taste or unpleasantness. The alcohol warms the entire mixture slightly without interfering with (or washing out) the bitter hop intensity of this 3IPA.

Simtra 3IPA is bitter, beautiful and delicious. Simtra 3IPA is more intensely bitter than Knee Deep's Hop-De-Ranged quadruple IPA, although it's a toss-up which is ultimately better tasting. Furthermore, Simtra 3IPA's resinous pine taste is more intensely bitter and citrus than Knee Deep's Lupulin River Imperial (Double) IPA, although Lupulin River, when fresh, has a more intensely resinous pine taste.

These 3 aforementioned Knee Deep brews -- Hop-De-Ranged 4IPA, Simtra 3IPA, and Lupulin River DIPA -- form the holy trio of Hop Heaven. Each of these 3 beers is epic in its own right -- their standout commonality is the incredible intensity of their resinous pine taste and aroma. I simply can't get enough of each of them. Kudos to Knee Deep for not backing down or selling out -- these three intensely flavored IPAs are delicious, thirst quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Triple......IPA ?! 3x IPA. 131 IBU. (Most I've had as of 5/2/17) 11.25 % abv. ....what a mean green beast. 22 oz bomber in a wide Dogfish head signature glass.

A clear gold color with vivid amber hues. A high, bubbly sea foam white cap recedes in moderate fashion.

The aroma is very intense, very complex, with pineapple, strawberries, floral effects,sweet-citrus notes from the two hops. An earthy, herbal thing under the big fruity tones, honey-sweet and slightly bready malt is obvious and bold with a heat tingle, slightly boozy ( it is 11.25 after all) combo in this remarkable nose. A very deep and muli-layered hop explosion of aroma.

The flavor is about as deep and complex as I have ever experienced. The hop complexity is very good, multiple flavor's impress within the two hops highlighted in this brew. Dry-earthy and bitter notes happen fast, 131 ibu!! And man, it does not let you down....flavor's are big but the earthy, bitter ending is just perfect. Grapefruit in a big way, tangy, slightly sweet and certainly bitter fruity overtones dominate. Herbal and spicy, sharp black pepper and boozy heat tend to mingle together in the middle, morw earthy bitterness rolls in again, with a super-crispy malt with very subtle seeetness of wild honey.

The cripness, earthy tones and grapefruit effects are very complex, deep and just plain rad. Balance is excellent for such an extreme hop bomb. Way to easy to drink for such a high alcohol, Lupulin beast. But, then again, I think I like my very boozy beers better than most. (?)

So, the mouthfeel has a light but seriously crisp, earthy and dry bite. Boozy heat warms the tummy and tingles the nose and goes from crisp and light to a heavier, medium bodied malty thing. Excellent feel for such a big beer.

A fine example that is the extreme alchemy approach to what has proven to be the American craft beer Renaissance that has strived for the last 20 + years.

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Photo of Roguer
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic hoppy aroma: grapefruit, pine, alcohol, honey, flowers, orange, biscuit, and a light touch of dank sweetness.

Big, sweet, and hoppy on the palate. Tons of resinous pine, fleeting sweet notes of mango and mandarin orange. Huge sweet malt base, and the alcohol heat is noticeable.

Fairly thick and syrupy, and a little hot, but remarkably smooth given the insanely high ABV.

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Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2279 ratings