Simtra Triple IPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
2,236
Reviews:
373
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
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228
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461
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15
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Photo of Hugonaut13
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Kword55
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Nose has some tropical fruit and citrus. Heavy hops. Some heat. Quite hot. Heavy bitterness.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yeoumans
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Full slight malt up front. Dry hop finish. Earthy aroma I associate with good ipa

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Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber colored with decent head retention and lacing for its strength. Dank, pungent aroma thick with green, spicy hops, herbs, scallions, butterscotch, mango, passion fruit, and toffee. A big hoppy burst greets the senses right away, followed by a substantial toasted malt backing. Honey, grapefruit, mango, resin, and caramel. Boozy alcohol smothered by bitterness, malty sweet under the hops, and warming…American Barleywine territory. Not a great finish – a little too hot and sticky. Rather heavy, textured, and bitter. That, in addition to being somewhat under-carbonated hurts the drinkability. Oh boy…I really wanted to like this one, but it’s just too sticky and brash to be all that enjoyable. Not bad, just disappointing and overrated.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden blonde body with a 2 finger white head.

Very orange and fresh nose. Some light onion.

Fresh with faint hits of caramel dipped moldy bread.

Refreshing and clean with hints of resin.

Overall, it's ok. Not a fan of the caramel, never am.

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Photo of Philousa
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma on 8/1/12. Reviewed from notes.

Piney and aggressive hops. Grapefruit is prominent along with other generic citrus. Malt is present, but just a stage for the hops, a little biscuit. Taste starts mild and easy, quickly develops to acidic and bitter. Acid reminds me of lemon juice, and pine is noticeably thick in your mouth. A little abrasive on the tongue. Bitterness is aggressive and lasts a long time. Lots of sixty minute additions to this! MF tends towards dry, and I think all the alpha acids are skewing the pH scale. 

Great DIPA, but there are others that are a little more balanced that give you some malt as well. Nice try, but I'd rather have a Doible Jack or Pliny.

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Photo of bisonbrewing
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

light orange/golden color poured into an American pint glass. pours a nice head two fingers thick with good retention. smells of pine and weed; takes a concerted effort to pick out notes of citrus. taste is a hop massacre destroying any semblance of malt. hop profile not too bitter considering the style but the singular note begs for complexity. lingering spicy finish more annoying than desirable.

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Photo of themind
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The brew is good but it's really not my style. A little thick, this brew is kinda a modified sipper in a sense. ABV is detectable if it warms.

Bottom Line: Good offering.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Three Floyds Teku.

APPEARANCE

Classic IPA. Orange-yellow color, slightly hazy, sits under a nice head that is almost pure white, good lacing throughout, and just enough bubbliness to make me salivate. A beer that looks like this is not looking to go home alone if you know what I mean.

SMELL

The beer is a pretty harmonious mix between Simcoe and Citra (go figure), though I think the Simcoe is a bit more pronounced. It brings the usual dank basement, and the Citra provides the tropical fruity goodness that we all know and love. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, etc. There is a slight grain note and almost no alcohol. Sumthin' tells me that this beer's gonna be hoppy on the tongue...

TASTE

...And it is! Simcoe is once again the dominant hop character, bringing that deep dank flavor that I can only describe as a humid sweaty basement, but not in a bad way. The Citra character is less pronounced and very missed. The wonderful tropical fruit flavors are not as present as I was hoping. Right after the swallow, there's an astringent "cat piss" flavor that a lot of people go nuts over. I used to dig it, but not so much in this beer. It also kind of has a garlic tinge right at the end, but I seem to be ultra sensitive to that flavor so it's quite possible that other people won't get it. It sort of lingers on the tongue as a grassy bitterness, which is really neither good nor bad. Overall this beer is mostly pleasant other than that cat piss, and I would have loved to get more Citra character.

MOUTHFEL

I always get worried about huge IPAs like this. "Why not just call them an American barley wine?", I shout to the heavens. The response is generally crickets, or in some cases the bartender giving me the boot. That being said, this beer is definitely NOT a barley wine. There's no struggle to drink this (save the cat piss flavor). I would peg this beer closer to the 8-9% range & certainly not 11.25%. In other words, this beer is slightly dangerous. There is a nice amount of lingering bitterness leftover, which coats the mouth in pleasant hop resin. There is a decent amount of malt to back it up, but it's nowhere near anything that could be considered "malty" - which is a good thing if you ask me! IPAs oughtta be crisp and bitter, and a lotta these breweries try to delve into the "triple IPA" style and end up with a damn barley wine. This beer ain't no damn barley wine.

OVERALL

A good beer, but slightly disappointing. Simcoe and Citra are hops that people go Lady Gaga over, and while they play nicely together the Simcoe ultimately takes over. And, let's face it, Citra is where my heart truly lies. This is a tease of a beer that ends with "-tra". They should change the name to "SIMtra", y'know, so people know what to expect. All that crap being said - is it worth drinking? Absolutely! I would definitely drink this beer again. But I would also hope the next time round they make this beer into a "simTRA", if you know what I mean.

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Photo of bearbeerboss80
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sulty
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.44/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap 16oz at an ocean beach bbq restaurant with ribs. So hoppy the skunk fades. Great mouth feel and carbonation.

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Photo of farnold
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**
03/19/17

On tap at Gaslight.

LOOK: ginger ale, active carbonation
AROMA: light undiscernable fruit, grass,

TASTE: pine, light citrus.

Feel: light bodied. A touch of creamy. Doesn't feel as lively as it looks.

Alcohol is well masked.
Not bad, but a little too dank/bitter.


**

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle served in a . Bottled 7/22/13. Picked up on my recent trip to Lake Tahoe at a local bottle shop.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin, bubbly wring. Mild soapy lace.

S: Candied grapefruit and honey dew melon up front with a touch of mango. Light boozy notes with a touch of sweet, crystallized sugar. Light scallion notes bounce in the periphery around the sweetness.

T: Only mild booze up front. Very fruity and citrusy. Nice and strong malt backbone provides a little sweetness and breadines. The booze then kicks then back in on the finish. Definitely drinks like it's 11%. As it warms some light grassy notes with a touch of residual bitterness lingers on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation level. Slightly sticky.

O: Far too boozy for my liking. I usually top out around 9.5% or 10% when it comes to my enjoyment of double (or in this case triple) IPA's. The alcohol notes become to to sharp and boozy instead of nice and fruity. Not bad, but definitely wouldn't pick this up again.

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Photo of Gambelli
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No date on bottle? Seems like in the past I have seen a bottled on date on all Knee Deep beers.

A- Golden orange. A not quite crystal clear brew, perhaps the hop oils cloud it up a bit. Just a few small streams of carbonation emanate from the bottom of the glass.

S- Something a bit off here. As a homebrewer, I have had my share of oxidized, skunked-up
hops, especially Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo. Perhaps this one has sat on the shelf under the light too long. Besides that, a malty, boozy smell.

T- Heavy bitterness up front, followed by the citrus, tropical, and unfortunately too heavy cat-pee notes. Sweet malt undertones, and a full on alcohol presence. A bit of old butter taste also. Can't get around the off-flavor to thoroughly enjoy the positives in this one.

M- Good job here, not too heavy, oily or syrupy for a 3X IPA.

O- I believe there is a great hop profile here, along with a balancing malt backbone, and nice
texture/body to work it all together, but the oxidized, catty hop facet took away from the
experience. I have had this beer before, and remember none of these negatives, so I must get
another bottle to re-review soon.

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Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,236 ratings.
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