Simtra Triple IPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA
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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

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Reviews:
363
Ratings:
2,211
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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224
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451
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Reviews: 363 | Ratings: 2,211
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 TrojanRB
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass

Translucent gold with a thin white head

Huge nose. Floral, pine and citrus. Really outstanding.

Taste: sweet citrus up front, finishing with pine and hops. Great. Not a lot of alcohol for a 11.25% beer.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and slightly oily.

Fantastic beer, will buy again.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach, citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, a little dank, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big pine and citrus, sweet grapefruit and orange, tropical fruit, mango pineapple, passion fruit, a little peach, maybe a hint of dankness, well balanced with caramel malt sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth, especially for its %.

O: Awesome awesome awesome. I love this beer.

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Photo of lochef81
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This triple ipa pours a clear copper color with a generous off-white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is super bitter and hoppy. Lots of Pine, grass, grapefruit, and tropical fruit notes. There is also a generous malt undertone and alcohol bite. The mouthfeel us smooth and very near full bodied. It is sticky in the best if ways. A touch more carbonation would actually make it perfect. The flavor is a near perfect blend of bitter hops and malts. There is a lot of bitterness here and a very hot alcohol bite. I like it but it is mot for the faint of heart. Great sipping triple ipa. If you find this....try it!

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Photo of Samuel906
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kind of an interesting color for an IPA; not the usual amber or reddish orange, this takes on a duller, muted brownish amber. Thin off white head, leaves soapy lacing. Smell is absolutely wonderful: huge, fresh citra hops, grapefruit, and honey. Taste is light on the malt side, huge on the citrusy, resinous, piney hops. Some pineapple and honey sweetness. Feel is moderate to heavy, mild carbonation. Easy to drink despite the hefty ABV. Overall, a great beer if you're looking for some heavy duty IPA action. Hops for days and not overly sweet.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Pours clear amber, wispy off white head that fades to a thin haze and dense ring. Aromas of pine resin, mango, herbal spice notes with some crystal and caramel malt presence. Flavors of sweet pine, mango, floral hops, herbals, caramel and crystal malt sugars. Medium mouthfeel with very nice carbonation throughout. This triple IPA is dangerously drinkable and solid!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light copper color with a fluffy bone white head. Leaves smears of sticky lace down the glass. Lots of visible carbonation rising from the bottom as well.

S: An explosive tropical hop aroma right off the bat. Mango, tangerine, candied grapefruit and a boatload of pine. Some faint bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness lingers in the back, but it's pretty safe to say this is a hop forward DIPA.

T: A rich drawl of piney hops across the palate that just keeps going and going. Some grapefruit pith as well along with a blanket of caramel malt that keeps the bitterness in check without taking away from all of the fantastic hop flavor. I wouldn't go as far as to say this rivals Pliny, but this is a really well put together DIPA. Absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of Deerin
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange - straw color. Minimal but consistent head, low lacing.
Heavy hops in nose, impressive aroma.
Sweet, dank, resiny hops. Solid tasty malt backbone. Bitter, sweet, hoppy.
Good carbonation, good body, smooth, dangerously so for the 11+% range.

Masterful.

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Photo of Resuin
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bomber into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours an amber/light hazel color and leaves behind virtually no head, maybe a half finger. It does look well carbonated though.

Smell: This aroma is Strong. Hops along with caramel really fly through the gate quick and heavy. I can smell this one from several feet away. Perhaps some tropical notes as well.

Taste: The taste matches the smell, except it is not nearly as strong and is actually pretty well balanced. Plenty of delicious hops take the lead on this brew, and it finishes quite clean. I'll say it again: the hops are delicious!

Mouth-feel: Lovely - a sticky, piney masterpiece. Good amounts of carbonation for a brew of this strength.

Overall: Quite an impressive beer. Hops are really captured well in this one - surprisingly so for the ABV. Swishing this one around in my mouth is an excellent, piney, delicious experience. I highly recommend this one for IPA lovers who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of ToriBug13
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Simtra Triple IPA: Lincoln, CA

-22oz bottle, ABV 11.25%

-Poured into a Sam Adams glass

-Appearance: Wow! The head on this beer is fantastic! Nice lacing too! Beautiful amber color.

-Smell: Definite citrus, sweet malt! Excellent aroma on this beer!!!

-Taste & Mouth Feel: VERY NICE! Hops balanced with malt, and a citrus finish. Medium body, clean finish, good carbonation. This is one of the best beers I've had in a while. I will definitely be bringing this into my store!

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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 Tony49er
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Knee Deep Beers and this is my favorite

Serving Type-Bottle

Appearance- Great golden color almost like liquid gold tons of alcohol legs

Smell- very piney like a great Triple IPA should be, tons of floral notes, citrus, pine needles

Taste-Bitter but in a great IPA way, a little booze but considering its 11.25% ABV I totally under stand that.

Mouth Feel- Smooth not to viscous

Overall- one of the best IPA's around and is very available where I live

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Photo of kculrich
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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 brewandbbq
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 3/5/13 from the Jug Shop, SF.

Pours clear gold with a slight chill haze and a two inch white head after a bit of a stretch-pour. The remaining lacework appears to be from the initial head retreat and not after.

Aromatics are pungently filled with tropical fruit. Mango, apricot, pear, tangerine, and melon.

Medium bodied and light on the palate given the high ABV.

Bright tropical fruit with a boozy backbone start the palate. Intense amounts of fruity, citrusy hops with a firm bitterness. Malt level is low.

Finishes pretty dry with lingering fruit and warming alcohol.

Many have attempted a triple IPA, but few have pulled it off without the beer tasting like a barleywine. This one in fact pulls it off. Great beer.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank, marijuana hop profile with a bit of pine, which I would actually like to be even stronger. There seems to be way more Simcoe in this beer than Citra. You don't get much tropical fruit.

The malt profile doesn't get in the way of the hops. Drinkability is fairly decent.

There is some alcohol punch to it, but it drinks like a 9% abv beer instead of 11.25%. Not as much aroma as Fat Head's Hop Juju, Pliny, or Heady Topper.

My biggest gripe about this beer is the price retails at @$11.99 for 22 oz.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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 CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottled 9/16/14: Pours very hazy dark gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Wow, the smell is strong and hoppy, with a very pungent citrus blast from 6 inches away from the glass; nose is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and citrus hops combined with piney hops, caramel, brown sugar, herbs and fresh juicy hop oil. A great nose that lets the grains/malts come through more as it warms, with just enough sweetness to suppress the alcohol and only let it peek through in small puffs.

Taste is very hoppy, but has a lot more balance and malt presence; flavors include grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, all things squeezed out of citrus hops, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, buttered wheat bread, herbs and light spices like pepper and tea leaf, biscuit and fresh juicy hop oil – the hops seem very fresh and wet hopped, giving it an oily texture at times. No heat from the high ABV and less aggressive hop attack than expected from a triple IPA, but this was very tasty and a lot smoother than I expected. Bitterness was moderate and the alcohol caught up as I made my way through the bomber, but it went down easy and was complex with enough malt backbone to make for a well crafted imperial IPA. The ABV was more pronounced in the second pour, but still tolerable.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy, but it’s smooth like velour and really slides down easy considering the density and high ABV. This was a slow sipper in order to try and maximize the flavor and let the warming bring out more dynamics, but I could have very easily pounded this like a 60 Minute IPA. Overall a really great beer that lived up to the hype and represents big, bold West Coast IPA’s quite well. I’ll definitely seek this out as it’s a top notch triple IPA.

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Photo of BrantleyJ
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Dark and roasty amber.

Smell: Definitely get the citrus, mainly grapefruit, with a bit of pine mixed in.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine, just like the nose, upfront but a bit of sweet maltiness in the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp to start, a bit sticky on the finish and a touch warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Knee Deep produces some great beers, this one included. A must try if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops bitterness comes in along with a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance for a “Triple India Pale Ale” with such a high ABV. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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

6/5/15 Edit of rating values

Bottle purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista Ca
Bottled on 4/15/14
Opened on 4/27/14

A: beautiful dark amber and strikingly clear. Head is light and dissipates quickly. Slight retention on the rim
N: pleasant and slightly detectable sweet-ish malt, wonderful citrus hops. Pine and grapefruit are there and raw sugar.
T/m: powerful pithy citrus on the tongue, bitterness and dry on the palette. Alcohol is there and heats it up on the mouthfeel. Bitter lingers, very hop forward and back.

A must-try IPA, and it packs a punch! I will use in future triple IPA tastings and serve to friends. Not far off the mark from the very best in style. Be sure you buy fresh!!!

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Photo of woodchipper
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mkotsayfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy copper color with a limited (half-finger), quickly dissipating head. The aroma has lots of citrus and grapefruit, with a little bit of malt and piney hops. For the taste, the tropical flavors dominate the palate, with a piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I was impress by how crisp and moderately bitter this beer was, along with how balanced it all is. For 131 IBUs, the bitterness doesn't detract too much from the rest of the beer.

Overall, a great beer from Knee Deep, I'm a fan of the Hoptologist so I figured this would be another good one.

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Photo of JayORear
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had Simtra many, many times, but this is the first time I've attempted to review it. That's partly because I've only just started reviewing, but also because it's notoriously hard to find fresh in L.A. Like Pliny, it really should be drunk within a month, its sweet spot being 2-3 weeks. This review is for a bottle just over three weeks old, about as good as it's going to get.

Dark-gold, verging on amber, it could be the poster child for the West Coast IPA style. Initial head is a finger thin and dissipates quickly--due to high ABV? Totally transparent. Smell is pungently dank, especially as it warms. Taste-wise, there's a light caramel when it first hits the tongue, along with a pithy bitterness. Booze is noticeable, but not off-putting, possibly a feature of drinking it relatively fresh. The malts stay in their place, always cowering under the bitter hops. Lots of reviews talk about it being "juicy," but I'd say it's nothing like the NE style of "juice" I normally think of. Maybe citrus, if you're talking orange rind/lemon zest. Mouthfeel is more lush than you might expect for the ABV, even Pliny-like, making the whole package extremely drinkable.

Overall, an excellent TIPA, if you can find it fresh. Too much older than a month and it becomes overly sweet and malty. This bottle was totally on point, however, a real gem.

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Photo of Dshin90
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Love Knee Deep! Simtra is a great brew, its sweet while being high ABV. It is a bit pricey but its worth it. I cant get over how good beer this is. IF YOU ARE AFTER HOPS THEN....YOU GOT IT.

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Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,211 ratings.
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