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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
2,129
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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222
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425
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16
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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 zshaft
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours light orange ish with tons of carbonation and medium head. can see the bubbles fizzing long after the pour. smells of some cracker malt with hints of peach and some juicy grapefruit. some nice pine needles round out the nose. nice hops hit you up front with apricot followed quickly by sine pine and then again by Some bitter fruit. followed by alcohol burn and some sweet malt. medium body. add the beer warms the afforementioned flavors become stronger but alcohol is still noted. this is not as good as ruin ten or hi res to me but delivers some nice interplay between citrus and pine hops. would reccomend if you see it. not a must have

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Photo of gshak
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottled on date, for an IPA; seriously KDBC? I still picked it up. Found it in my local Costco for $7.99 and the bottle hadn't seemed to gather as much dust as the other IPA bottles that were about 2 months old or so. So I figured this must be bottled within the last 2 months or so, and rolled the dice on this one.
A - The appearance of this beer, to me, is the best attribute of this beer. Clear yellow, with a finger's width of white head that receded but never fully, leaving a fine lacing on the glass that lasted a good 20 mins or so.
S - Pine, phenols, citrus, lemon peels and some peach. Smells sweet.
T - Sweet, followed by a balancing, lingering, pine sap, bitterness. Biscuity maltiness with a mild caramel presence. At 131 IBUs, it does drink fairly balanced; but leaves a lingering hop bite at the end. The alcohol is very much present on the palate.
M - Full and very syrupy. The ample carbonation, and alcohol, present in the beer do their bit to lighten the feel, however, this is one thick beer. The fullness, and the heat from the alcohol, both accentuate the longer the liquid sits in the glass.
O - Glad to have tried it for $7.99, but I won't be buying this again anytime soon; not unless KDBC start bottling with dates. While I'm not a big fan of 9+ ABV IPAs in general, this one was not a bad purchase. Worth a try, however, this does fall short of being world-class, in my book. Hoptimum, and Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich are better buys IMO, in the 10+ ABV arena.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass from 24 oz. bottle. nice light amber hue, slight creamy, frothy head. kept a nice ring the whole time. Aroma is all hops, and a nice medley of. First sip was straight boozy with a slight burn. I was turned off at first. ignored the glass for 15-20 minutes. Came back for a pull and thought someone swapped it out for a different brew. found a nice piney yet sweet hop bite that finished dry and a touch bitter. IMO a brew that needs to warm up a bit to unleash its true inner beauty For its high ABV it hides the booze nicely once it warms. Enjoyed it much more than than the Sixpoint Hi-Res I had recently

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Photo of zonker17
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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 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 EdwardAbbey
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe, as you're drinking it, that this is an 11.25% beer. Were I none-the-wiser, 8 or 9% would've been guessed, which is the first sign it's very well-crafted. Where it comes up a little short of greatness is by lacking a truly distinctive hop aroma or taste. A kind of nebulous citrus, pine, and (un-offensive) cat pee are all there, and the malts, for their part, are perfectly complementary, but nothing stands out to separate it from the very best. Even so, this is an expertly constructed IIIPA.

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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 emount91
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy orange, good foamy head that dissipates into a thin one and laces the glass. smell is very juicy tropical and citrusy, little bit of pine coming through. taste is a lot less tropical and a lot more piney, booze bite at the end, but it compliments the taste well. the taste showcases the Simcoe hops a lot more than the Citra hops, not very juicy tasting like the smell suggests. mouthfeel is good, though I would expect something a little less carbonated being a triple IPA. nonetheless, another good one from these guys.

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

Pours a mild gold, very clear with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is pretty boozy and piney, with layers of grapefruit and lemon. Big body, alcohol sweetness, nice levels of bitterness...an almost sessionable triple IPA. This one is delicious...and will knock you on your ass!

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Photo of CayseyW
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Since my rating is so statistically far from the average, I felt like a review was warranted.
L: Definitely the best thing this beer has going on for it, or at least in my experience. Pours a very clean amber tone with a soapy head that retains a lot of foam and leaves a sticky lacing.
S: Malty, with some earthy herbal notes that are sort of piney. Really missing any hint of citrus or tropical notes you might get from a simcoe/citra hop bill.
T: Sweet up front, some pine and floral taste elements that get overwhelmed quickly by burnt sugars.
F: Way too much happening here and I don't mean that in a good way. I get that it's a IIIPA, but come on! Sweet, bitter, boozy, and all of these things seem to be competing to stand out the most.
O: Although this isn't a flattering review per se, this is still an above-average beer at the end of the day. I just wished it was a bit more harmonious.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Pour House in Exton, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque deep golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head greet the drinker. Delicate lacing.

S: Smells like a knockout. Citrusy hops and grapefruit, malts and resin.

T/F: A strong malt backbone sets the table for a big time hop experience. Lots of juicy citrus notes with grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Slightly herbal and spicy. Oily and resinous on the tongue. Warming at the finish and amply carbonated.

O: This is a big badass and delicious Imperial IPA and was truly impressive. This can stand up with the big boys.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer poured with great retention, patchy lacing on the sides, and a clear gold-orange appearance. Aromas include rich grassy hops with more of a lemon citrus flavor. Taste is bittersweet with a good malt flavor mixed in with earthy hops and citrus fruit. The body gives some good carbonation to the drink. Overall, this beer had excellent aromas that made it a treat to drink.

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Photo of gcasher
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and hazy with white frothy head.
Smell was low key, but citrusy and tropical. Taste was strong of citrus and tropical fruit with bitter dank follow through. Dry. Viscous. Alcohol was not unpleasant. Overall, delicious.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of orange color running through this one, although a super small white head that almost doesn't exist. Aroma reeks of citra and simcoe.

Taste was dry and kept the abv in a bunker. Not overly bitter, well carbonated, damn this is easily in discussion for the best knee deep beer.

Scoring a fresh one of these can be challenging, and the price is up there, but it is a tasty beer that is a plenty suitable alternative to Pliny or whatever double/triple ipa you're chasing from somewhere not local to you.

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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 MrHungryMonkey
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks good.

Incredible hop aroma. Very resinous and piney.

Flavor follows aroma but not overpoweringly hoppy. Not much bitterness. Nice thick supporting malt base brings wonderland calming balance.

Good.

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Photo of Lobina
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft. Good look and head. I really liked the aroma. Packs a punch at 11.25% but for the high ABV it was very smooth. Would definitely order this one again.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never reviewed this but had many times. Had it recently - awesome aroma, very akin to Pliny. Fresh cut hops, biting bitterness. Nice strong malt backbone, but doesn't cut into the hops too much. This is a hop face slap, so if you're not into IPA's that much, you certainly won't like this. It's also kind of hard to drink solo, but I split it with my brother who was visiting. Very enjoyable and will certainly buy more to share in the future. For drinking solo, I recommend lupulin river. Cheers!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Golden color, not completely clear/slight haze
Smell - Grapefruit, pithy, pineapple, citrus
Taste - Grapefruit, pine needles, dank, pithy, lemon peel, booze
Feel - Medium + bitterness, boozy on the backend

Overall - A massive triple IPA. Definitely get the 11.25% but goes down smoothly. One of the better triples out. Up there with OH's All Green Everything.

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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 RichardMNixon
1.92/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

I haven't been fond of knee deep in the past, but when I saw their crown jewel I gave it a shot. It's exactly the type of IPA I don't like, bitter and chalky but not fragrant. Smell is almost imperceptible. Tastes like a homebrew I wasn't pleased with. Oily hops in a rancid sort of way. Only got 8 oz but not going to finish.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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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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 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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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.
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