Simtra Triple IPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA
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4.29/5
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Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#598
Reviews:
381
Ratings:
2,256
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bell’s tulip.

A beautiful beer. Rosy auburn, the color of a leaf at the beginning of fall. Perfect clarity. One inch of dense, pillowy off-white foam descends to about half its height before setting up camp. Thick walls of froth decorate the glass.

With Simcoe and Citra hops, you’d expect a bold, grassy nose. You get that here, though it’s a little milder than I expected. Some grass, some lime peel, some grass. Sugared orange slices blend with a nice amount of caramel, biscuits and toasted crackers.

The bitterness of the hops is like a smack in the mouth. It’s noticeable right away, grabbing hold of the tongue even before the flavor does. When the flavor does get in, I get caramelized orange peel, fresh-cut grass, burnt sugar and a fair amount of syrupy alcohol. It’s a heavy flavor, weighted with booze and hoppiness.

Heavy feel, too. A syrupy medium body, made thick by the hefty booze. Carbonation is mild, breaking the brew into a little silky fizz as it moves. Alcohol warmth peppers the throat and heats the chest, but is less intense than expected.

Simtra seems to have traded hop flavor for hop bitterness — it’s one of the most biting brews I’ve had in a long time. That’s not a terrible thing.

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Photo of mschind
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is being brewed just a few miles away so I'm trusting that this is a fresh bottle despite the lack of a date.

A- One finger bubbly head that reduced to a thin cap. Not much retention here. Deep clear gold with some orange tint.

S- Intense grapefruit and pine with a little basil thrown in. Not much malt in the nose.

T- There's the malt buried in back of the hops, just enough to provide some sweetness to balance the intense hoppiness. However, I could swear that there is grapefruit rind in here somewhere. The alcohol hits a bit later with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M- Full bodied with some astringency in the finish. Nicely carbonated.

O- There is nothing subtle about this beer. It revolves around the hop varietal Simcoe which I understand is another proprietary brand. You have to like the hops to enjoy this beer and I am indeed enjoying it. The fact that a specific hop varietal is featured makes it more difficult to compare to others of this type. This is not as smooth as other Imperial IPA's but is that ok with this hop variety? We might be reaching the point where we will have sub-categories based on hops etc. These are great times for respecters of beer with so many craft brewers pushing the envelop like this.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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 KevSal
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BlackIIPAJK
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DoubleSunshine610
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of aknight
1.46/5  rDev -66%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer has a light orange hue to it. It pours with a decent enough head to it which quickly dissipates. The smell is of sweet, sweet tropical fruit with a little bit of orange. I get the fruit smells of the hops but the smell is so sweet that this smells like a can of fruit cocktail. The sweetness is overwhelming on the palate with some bitterness on the back end. I get a lot of tropical fruit flavors but the beer is so sweet it overwhelms the hops. The mouthfeel is alright, if anything it is slightly undercarbonated which I think adds to the sweetness perception.

I did not like this beer. The closest similarity I can think of is Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness which I didn't like either. I found Exponential to be more interesting with a more pleasant tropical fruit taste to it. Simtra to me tastes pretty one dimensional. I went in with high expectations but struggled to get through this beer. This is not one I will drink again.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Bobheed
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Darkish sunset orange with a bright white head, roughly 2 fingers. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice cap throughout.

S: You can pretty much smell this one from across the room. Simcoe hops dominate the nose. Lots of super astringent notes, cat piss, pine, and a bit of tropical citrus and floral notes as well.

T: Citra hops a lot more detectable on the taste. Tons of tropical fruits, grapefruit, cantaloupe, lime, as well as big pine characteristics.

M: Mid-high carbonation, super crisp and refreshing. Very wet, but at the same time, very abrasive.

Overall this was excellent, may be my favorite IIPA on the market. I look forward to this being a year-round offering.

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Photo of IPx
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you to a buddy of mine who procured this on the west coast on a business trip and brought it back to the shores of Lake Michigan for me to enjoy.

Poured into a tulip from a bomber

A: pours a burnt orange...a much deeper orange than a regular dipa. The foam settles down to a thin white lacing around the glass

S: upfront floral, piney, citrusy DIPA greatness

T: what to say but a deliciously brutal battering of my tongue weighing in at 131IBUs (according to the label). There is nothing to say but awesome, piney bitterness. The taste is just like it's delicious smell

M: surprisingly light despite the abv on the label that reads 10.1% plus the hoppiness completely masks the muscular alcohol content

O: This is an imperial IPA that I would love to get my hands on year round. I havent been "wowed" by a DIPA in a long time and this is one of those that brought a great smile to my face and made me reaffirm that DIPAs are truly my favorite type of beer

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Photo of roblund
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Holland
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newgeneric for this tasty brew!

A: golden orange, clear, with a decent sized off white head that dissipates to become a sticky lacing.

S: grapefruit, pine, grass, and some sweet malt

T: full of citrus and pine and a bit of garlic, but still delicious. A bit of alcohol and some malt

M: thick and well carbonated, this is nice to drink

O: the beer does not get better as it warms, oddly. It was beautiful when it just came out of the fridge, but it becomes more garlic like as it warms. Still excellent!

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Photo of baybassboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Popp24
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange with a fluffy white 1 finger head.

S - The smell is so great on this beer; I would say it's even better than Knuckle Sandwich in this department. The nose is like smelling a fruit basket with oranges, grapefruit's and honey dew melon. You can also smell the fresh hops as well.

T - You get the citrus hops but it's not too bitter at all. It's actually pretty easy to drink for the abv. You get a little burn going down but the flavor is really nice. You also get some bready notes from the malts but this beer is much more of a hoppy citrus forward beer. The hoppy citrusey aftertaste lingers on the palate.

M - Nice and smooth and goes down easy.

O - This may be my new favorite DIPA or TRIPA. It was so easy to drink for the abv and the flavors and nose are just lovely on this one. I will be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of rtaps
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rust color with about a half finger white head that doesn't hang around very long. Nice spotty lacing behind

Has a very nice and hoppy nose,citra pineapple some grapefruit almost a candy like malt

It's hop forward but then the malts kick. Citra hops some pine notes and pineapple. You get the 10.1% alc

Light-medium bodied high carb wet mouth

Over all this is a damn good beer. The more I drank the more I wanted

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Photo of Solether
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of OTB
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bravo Knee Deep for crafting a truly world class triple IPA that borrows from a few well establishes stalwarts but still managed to keep it uniquely their own. The brew pours a murky burnt sunset orange with an initial foamy white cap that recedes quite rapidly and leave very little tell tale lacing. But the nose is in a league of its own with intense melon,tangerine, mango and a huge apricot infusion that leads to a mouth that reflects the nose to a tee. As it sits it garners even more of the cantaloupe melon notes. The booze has a tendency to poke it's head out a wee bit but not enough to detract from the overall success of this beer and it finishes flavorful and refreshing. Will definitely seek this out again, and for those who frown on KD bottle dating I was told it was a week old at best and it was indeed very fresh.

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Photo of DCRA
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PincushionAffair
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased before the store could get on the shelf.
Pours a brassy orange with a thin white-cream head that quickly deflates to a gaunt layer of white foam that remains the whole way down.
Smells amazing from the other side of the street. Bright, orange, rich pine hoppiness and a bit of alcohol.
Fruity citrusy nose with a hop spike following just behind ending with a slightly tongue puckering aspirin aftertaste. But I don't mind that because the initial flavor is still hanging around to counterbalance the astringent notes on the tip of my tongue. The 10.1% ABV simply lurks in the shadows ferrying the floral, grapefruit, and pine into your sinuses through the back entrance.
The mouthfeel is just right. Lightly carbonated which helps keep the high alcohol content from overwhelming your palate too much.
Overall, big, bold, hoppy, bitter west coast beer that takes me back to when I first started getting into craft beer.

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was told it was just bottled like the day before.

This is so crisp, and citrusy it is a really well done Triple IPA.
The appearance is orangish and poured a little foam, almost too little, however did they really bottle it the day before?

The smell was grapefruit and quite pronounced!

Taste as smooth, for a beer at 11% very well done.

Overall this is the bomb

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear deep, dark orange with two fingers of near-white foam atop that lasts for quite a while. This eventually leaves rings of lace down the glass.

Citrus-forward aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes, along with a mild biscuit malt character, and just a hint of warm booze.

The flavor is bold, expressive, and incredibly hoppy. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple dominating. There's also big notes of pine, mild cracker malt, and just a hint of warming booze, though it's not at all distracting. Delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Terrific.

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Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,256 ratings