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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 Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottled 8/13/16 and consumed 9/19/16

pours a clear light gold with a thick head. much lighter than expected.

smell is clean and light,. sweet hops, light fruit.

taste is bitter yet clean. creamy feel and tons of bitterness. easy to drink for a beer of such a high abv.

pretty good beer but nothing crazy. very drinkable for a high abv but overall a good beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -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 patre_tim
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper and relatively filtered, lots of fast rising bubbles making the body look light. Topped with 4 fingers of yellow-brown, foamy head.

Pine resin, caramel and pineapple. Hints of cooked onions.

Wow. There's a fierce battle going on. The heat of the alcohol, pine resin, chili pepper, fried onions, caramel, and linen, all bombard the tongue.

Thick, alcohol burning, hop drying, lightly syrupy body are balanced with moderate, spicy carbonation.

Got in Santa Rosa at Whole Foods. Drank in Redding, California Sept 17th, 2016. A real push to the limits of a IIPA. A little alcohol burnt for me, and a little boozy. Flavours go well in it, but I wouldn't say this is outstanding beer.

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Photo of kculrich
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, dated 08/13/16, served in a tulip.

Pours a lightly carbonated, brilliant liquid gold with a generous crown of rocky foam. Retention is good, leaving a heavy ring of suds and webs of lacing.

Smell is bright and biscuity, pine, pineapple and peach, sweet and sappy.

Upfront the taste is pineapple soaked in whiskey, fresh-cut balsam and fresh straw. What with the amped-up abv, the flavours are carried in the sinuses as much as on the palate, principally sugar cookie, grand marnier and lots of pine. Finishes sweet and sappy with a tongue-coating tingle.

Feel is medium-to-medium-heavy, more oily than syrupy, dank and, despite it's appearance, brightly carbonated.

Overall, a kickass TIPA which makes me think of a beer version of triple sec. There's no attempt made at hiding the alcohol here but, regardless, you'd have to read the label to know that it's as high as it is. Or try to stand up or touch your nose or tie your shoes.

I'm stepping outside my NEIPA comfort zone in trying this one and I must say that I'm enjoying the bejeezus out of it.

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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 Rcaros
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 1 finger creamy white head that hangs around for a while. Deep golden color very transparent with go0d carbonation
Aroma very subdued out the fridge. Floral earthy malty sweetness
Taste citrus up front with a bit of breadt maltyness.. finishes very bitter. Lingering sweetness
Feel medium with a zippy carbonation
Overall. . Solid

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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 woodchipper
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, dated May 4th 2016. Nice medium head of mixed-sized bubble head, fades to a coating within 90 seconds.
Brilliant gold color, shines in the sun that just came out from a storm while I'm writing this.
Smell is piney-dank, subtle, but not weak.
Taste is great, unless I am mistaken, the hops and malt hit in revers of other IPAs. Bitter in mid mouth, sweet at the end.
Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Marius
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sampled at home. Hazy orange with a white head. Smells like caramel, unripe mango, fresh pineapple, lime. The taste is very well balanced, full of fruity and bitter hop flavours. The alcohol is there, a bit in the smell and a bit more in the aftertaste, but still a fair amount less than I expected. Soft mouthfeel and medium bodied with a low carbonation and a hop bitter, alcohol spicy, tropical fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of davejy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottles & Drafts

Look: Amber and hazy golden color. One and half finger head.

Smell: Like hops man....lots of hops freshness.

Taste: TIPA. Not for everyone. Mostly for hardcore IPA people.

Feel: Not very smooth. High alcohol but hides it relatively well.

Overall: This is my go-to TIPA. High alcohol, semi-balance, and hops. Great beer.

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Photo of rand
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

Big, boozy, "triple" IPA from the hop-doctors over at Knee Deep. Apricot-orange colored beverage with a frothy-but-small head, the brew gives off huge, pungent wafts of rind-y, weedy, hop notes with amply balancing caramelly malts, ushered by noticeably warm alcohol volatiles. On the palate, orange and grapefruit rind, along with a sweet, herbal note, almost like cilantro-banana. Stout malt-backbone yields notes of honeyed bread, and, before the sip closes, booze.

For how big and bold the flavors are, this is tasty and drinkable. Another fine example of the slap-you-in-your-face hop-profiles West Coast style IPA's have become known for.

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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 sakayus
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Short review for me
For the triple or more likely quad IPA, this thing is just superb. The only problem I run into is that I find these to be rather on the older side, but the times where I can find it <1 month old and is kept cold it is just amazing. Most of the time it's found at places in the warm section and is 4+ months old so it's hard for people to get a good representation.

I think everything is great with this beer and if you can find it fresh and kept cold it, you'll be amazed! I'd rather have this fresh than pliny any day. I'd rather have this than julius, heady, SOS, or trilium.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear, golden oak color. Pretty color, but doesn't inspire as to the intensity. Head is light.

Smell is glorious - clean pine and apricots. Fantastic.

Taste is magnificent - matches the nose, great bitterness. 131 IBU? Sooooper well balanced by the sweetness and richness. I wouldn't mind just a shade less sweetness but that's nitpicking.

Mouthfeel is perfect - rich, just the right amount of carbonation.

Finish is long, moderately intense, and, again, perfectly well integrated with the rest of the beer.

Bravo, boys (at least, I assume it's boys...) - well done.

Without a doubt, the best IPA I've had from bottle. PtY on tap - that's another story. But that's the quality we're talking about here.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/21/16, enjoyed 04/23/16...first off, freshness is key with these IIPA's, additionally, I have determined that only truly outstanding IIPA's come from California! Now I know there are those that will shout blasphemy for those words, however it is only my opinion and from my personal experience with this style. As other reviewers have suggested, yes, the 11.25% abv. is there, but, as others have stated, it's extremely drinkable, so be forewarned! My bottomline, fresh, this is on par with Enjoy By, Double Jack, or insert favorite IIPA here!

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Photo of pinyin
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/14/15. Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce snifter at 38F.

Nice golden copper hue. Slightly hazy but not a juice bomb.

Nose is hoppy, floral and slightly grassy. Mango and grapefruit, dank greens.

Very nicely balanced and flavorful. I think the dry hop has most likely faded by this point, 4 months after bottling, but it still tastes solid. 11.2% is a little bit on the high end for an IPA, but it does allow for the brewers to pack in the hop flavors, which they did. Not sure I really like the combination of Simcoe with Citra, but this is fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bitter, but very pungent and you will slightly taste the ethyl alcohol here. Not too easy tot hide it at 11.2%. Texture is really nice on this ale, and the carbonation and lacing is spot on.

Be careful with this beer. It's strong, and it goes down fairly easy. Good value for the price point, but I bet this tasted a lot better when it was first bottled.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: pineapple, red grapefruit, and dank pine;

T: floral, herbal, and white grapefruit from start to finish; some mint from the middle through the finish; slight bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; hides the ABB very well - this sneaks up on you;

O: easy drinking; a lot of things going on;

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Photo of BethanyB
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A subtle haziness makes the deep orange body slightly opaque. The quick-to-melt white head leaves behind small, sporadic spots of lace.

Smell: Vanilla bean, rum, caramel, and coriander create an intense and fascinating aroma that's both spicy and sweet.

Taste: There is a toasty maltiness and a boozy sweetness which, together, remind one of roasted plantains. The complexity does not extend much past that, although there is a moderate hop bitterness otherwise, the flavor seems swallowed up by the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: A combination of spice and bitterness in the aftertaste leaves the tongue to tingle. Moderate carbonation allows for a somewhat dry finish, but overall the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for a beer of this weight and style.

Overall: A good attempt on an IPA with a high alcohol content, but the level of booze ends up detracting from the taste. Layers of complexity are overshadowed by the overt alcohol flavors. Still, the scent and mouthfeel are quite laudable, and the beer is drinkable, if nothing else.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, pours a nice bright orange-gold with a couple fingers of white foam. Smells of grapefruit, orange, pine needles and pine sap. Taste follows. Decent bitterness, though it doesn't linger long. Alcohol isn't hidden super well, esp as it warms. Feel is a slightly too-thick medium. Overall a tasty triple IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap, 10 oz

A — Pours a gleaming clear orangey amber hue into the glass. A light amber ring of foam sits on top and leaves behind some solid rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is aggressive, sweet, sharp, piney, resinous, bitter citrus, dank, herbaceous, salivating, in-satiating .

T — Piney and sharp, aggressively bitter and clean, dry melon, sharp pine needle and pine cone, tree bark, sap, assertive.

M — Medium-full bodied, a hint of warming ABV, but very well hidden.

O — Incredible overall, sharp, bittter, refreshing, warming, inviting, upper echelon.

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Photo of dd43
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some beers belie their ABV and IBU levels with a level of artistry that is hard to comprehend. This is not one of those beers. But don't go thinking this means Simtra isn't worth drinking. It's a big bodacious gnarly imperial IPA that Knee Deep has bestowed the nebulous "triple" moniker to. It is dank in every way that beer can be described as such. Lots of allium character, and sticky pine sap in the nose. Massive past ripe citrus fruit notes. Fermented pineapple, squishy mango, cantelope and peach come to mind. Has the alcohol heat I would normally associate with a barrel aged stout. If you want To have your ass kicked by an imperial IPA, this is your huckleberry.

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Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle date: 2/1/16

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

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

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 JMS1512
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Knee Deep's Simtra

Aroma: A beautiful, heady meld of lime, grapefruit and dank pine resin fill out the hop side, with a clean white bread-crust malt presence and just a touch of prickly booze.

Sight: Largely crystal clear and burnished bronze body showing off subtle No. 2 pencil yellow highlights. The head wells up and sits around, thick and creamy. Lacing is big and patchy, though consistent with every sip. Bubbles purposefully make their way from the bottom of the glass to join their spherical brethren. A large super-continent of suds covers the surface as the head recedes.

Taste: The hops are the star of this beer, with much of the nose following through to the palate. Bright citrus and melon, and a good helping of sappy pine. There's a fleeting sweetness from the bready malt. Boy does that exit quickly, making room for a drying, crisp, bitter finish. As the beer warms, the alcohol is more apparent, but considering the abv (11.25%) it's quite smooth and well-integrated.

Feel: Medium-full, crisp, bitter. for a high-abv IPA, this one has a considerably smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is enough to lift the weight of the beer off your tongue, but by no means lively.

Overall: Deceptively smooth and easy to drink for a double, or maybe "triple" IPA. Consider pairing with a Davidoff Millennium Blend cigar. Well-crafted high abv offering.

Suggestion food pairing: Creamy white cheddar cheese, lemon-pepper chicken, salt-cured ham and other charcuterie, messy sauce-glazed barbecue ribs

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Photo of Abecharron
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, well carbonated, light foam, surprisingly light color for an 11.25% ABV beer. Thick mouthfeel. Great floral hop aroma for such a high gravity beer. I mostly get hints of fruit particularly citrus. Boozy in aroma and flavor (as expected from a such a high gravity beer) but still maintains a great balance of malt to hops.
This is a big beer and has all the characteristics of a big beer but also has a great hop aroma and taste that keeps up with these characteristics. I recommend it.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -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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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,169 ratings.
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