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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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348
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2,147
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
22.82%
 
 
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Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and looks like apple juice with a tinge of orange to it. Has a translucent look to it.

S - A good amount of hops here. Picking up a smattering of of varied citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) along with some pine resin.

T - Somewhat sweet and syrupy at first. Develops into citrus followed by a pine, bitter finish.

M - About what I expect from a triple IPA. Doesn't weigh you down and very drinkable & crisp considering the abv.

O - I could drink a lot more of this if the abv was lower. But, it's just a goliath of a beer with great flavor and hop kick.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Viscous looking with a bright deep gold hue. Quite pretty.

S: Dank resinous, piney hops with a caramel maltiness tying it all together. Overall I found the aroma a bit subdued, particularly with what was to come when I took a sip.

T: Very piney, aggressive hop taste. Certainly malty, but surprisingly dry for such a high abv and full body. This maltiness was key to keeping the beer . Has a pretty abrasive bitter finish that is reminiscent of grapefruit rind.

F: Slick on the palate and almost syrupy with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. Incredibly mellow for the abv, giving off very little warmth -- this was one of the more impressive aspects of this beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color, with a near white head of a finger. Not bad given the alcohol. Aroma is bright citrus, tropical fruits, bread crusts, and a hint of booze. Taste is a hair boozy, highly citrus, tropical fruits, mango, bready malts. Rich, creamy, full bodied.

This is a BIG IPA. One and done.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a three-finger head. It descends in a lumpy fashion, leaving some spots on the glass. It settles to a thin layer of bubbles and the lace reflects this lack of retention. Green-hued dirty gold color with a moderate haze.

Relatively mild aroma of floral hops. There's also a touch of earthiness.

Briefly, very briefly, I get a smooth, round flavor of the pale malt. The hop bitterness comes in strong but it is mitigated with the equally strong warmth from the 11.25% abv. This is a very drinkable beer. While the alcohol and hop hint at the power of this beer, one cannot get a sense of the wine-like alcohol content. The bitterness is powerful in the swallow but the aftertaste lasts a moderate period of time.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a clear amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. the nose is a potent 131 IBU punch to the face reminiscent of pine resin and grapefruit. However, the nose fades quickly and mellows to a slightly boozy with a lot more sweetness. The taste is saturatingly bitter with a pretty boozy finish. I dislike the mouthfeel...mainly because of the residual grapefruit rind finish. Glad I tried it...it's a bit over the top boozy and bitter mouthfeel and I probably won't try it again.

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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 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 notscenerob
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was in a bottle from my local liquor store. It poured a rich amber color with a short off-white head in my tulip. Some lacing, but not too much from this beer. The nose was a bouquet of pungent hops aromas that gave a hint of what was to come. Taste is of citrus and mango and melon with some notable piney kick. The hops were at the very front of this beer, it's a Triple IPA, but they didn't ignore the malts, the subtleties of which come out after the hops become less overwhelming after a few sips. The beer feels like a quality medium bodied ale, nothing spectacular but nothing off either. Overall I'd be happy to drink this again, but there are other beers out there that I'd search out over this one. A quality product I'd pick up again though.

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Photo of Andymac28
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow, S- im getting all sweet tropical fruit, no pine really. Taste- kinda sweet throught(not in a bad way) and bitter at the end and again mostly tropical fruit. As it warms I get a little bit of pine. Alcohol is def there but masked pretty well for the 11.2%. O- pretty good I would get again

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Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-09-10
22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Date on the label is easy to find and easy to read: 07/20/15. I hope that's the bottled on date, though.

Pours mostly clear dull golden with a medium head and lots of carbonation. Smell is powerful and very nice. Citrus and tropics, flowers.

Taste is boozy, some straw, too much sweetness. Bright citrusy/tropical notes in the middle, and then finishes with a strong (but not strong enough) bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and rich. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear orange amber color with a white, finger width head, average retention, and a resulting lace that's relatively thin but consistent.

Smell - Strong notes of fresh grapefruit, with an underlaying hint of bready malt.

Taste - Like grapefruit with sugar poured on the half; sweet and bitter. Beneath, a subtle toasted malt backbone. Mid-taste a bit of citrus pith creeps in, leading to a finish that's somewhat sweet but mostly an aggressive citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a decent carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Overall - A very good 2IPA. Drink with caution; definitely not sessionable. Aggressive. Unrelenting. That's why it's good.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: This is a bright, clear orange that seems to carry a little legginess to it, or maybe that's a figment of my imagination. The pour produces an inch of head that fades quickly.

S: The sugar base is evident on this one; it is bursting with malt backbone. Hops aren't far behind, producing a perfumey aroma of candied mango and pineapple.

T: Candied mango, pineapple, and tangelo. This would hit the spot (I love tropical citrus hops) if the sugar didn't produce a burn on the back end. It's not a deal-breaker, but it does prevent this beer from hitting the greats of the style, for me.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with alcohol warmth. Low carbonation.

O: $10 for this is a great deal, especially since the less-tasty Sculpin is a buck or two less. I had written off Knee Deep in the past after having a number of their not-fresh duds. But after trying this one, I'm convinced they have *some* redeeming qualities, and I'll pick this up again if I have some assurance of its freshness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber golden in color with good clarity. Three quarters of an inch of tightly knit off white head. Brussels lacing. Pineapple to a light pine aroma with a trace of honey sweetness is what I perceive in the aroma. The flavor is a deep long lasting burst of a honey sweet tropical fruit to a light pine hop flavor. The mouth is a bit thick,but considering the fact it is a triple IPA and it's alcoholic strength it is remarkably smooth. There's also a gentle warmth from the alcohol and a gentle burn upon the fade. I can't believe the size of the bottle considering the strength!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/16/14, poured into a tulip

A- Pours a dark amber orange color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some small patches of short-lasting lace behind

S- citrus hop aroma up front with some sharp grassy notes. Also picking up notes of hemp, herbal and earthy tones. Toasted bready malt underlying

T- big hop punch up front gives flavors of citrus, mango, grass, mint and some leafy notes. The malt sweetness is just as big as the hop kick with underlying bready almost doughy flavors leading to a sweet finish

M- thick and viscous body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Lots of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- big and bold, this one packs a punch. I've noticed that with a lot of the "triple" IPA's that are over 11%, they seem to drink like a barley wine. This one was the same, I enjoyed it but prefer the hops to shine a little more on their own whiten it comes to DIPA's

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Triple IPA. A little piney as opposed to Citrusy notes. But this is typical of most Knee Deep IPAs, very few are citrusy. Great beer all around thought

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one looks interesting, could be really good or really bad, and hoping for the former. A big citra simcoe bomb triple IPA, wow, I'm really curious. Bottled 5/28/15.

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice soapy lacing, very clear honey blond color.

Nose is explosive, as soon as I popped the cap, tons of dank resin, musty dank hop resin and oils, quickly into fruit, lots of fruit, some apricot like stone fruit, candied dried sweetened tree fruit, with mild pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit pith, as well as a little orange rind, and some sweet candy malts. I get a little armpit dankness, which is not quite as pleasant as I'd hoped, but the rest is nice, simcoe seems to be not playing so nice in this one unfortunately.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, fair sweetness but a big malt base, almost syrupy but not quite there, toasted malts, with a little caramel, like a toasted blond malt, and candy syrup, as well as some warming almost tingly alcohol, and mild phenols with it. Hops are plenty, super bitter some crazy IBU count, with lots of orange peel, citrus notes but not a ton, with plenty more dried candied fruit again, tree fruit and apricot like stone fruit. Then into mild pineapple and passion fruit notes again, just a little, dried mango, etc. Some dank resin again, thankfully not as much this time, some musty dank resin, with a little hop oil feel, sticky pungent hop oils and dank passion fruit. Thankfully no armpit this time. Finish is a bit drier, a little sticky, and mildly sweet, with more warming toasty booze, a touch of phenols again, big bitterness as well, some orange rind and grapefruit pith as well, a little tropical note, musty dank hop oils.

Mouth is med bod surprisingly, not too heavy, some warming tingly booze notes, almost wants to get syrupy but doesn't, decent carb.

Overall interesting, a lot going on, not what I was expecting either, I wanted more of the grapefruit, citrus, tropical notes, etc, which were there but on the lighter side. The dankness really stole the show, and it wasn't a great show, nose had musty armpit, taste was better but still not where it should have been. The malts were nice though for a triple IPA, just the right amount of warming tingly booze, with nice balancing sweet malt character that kept the crazy IBU bitterness in check mostly. So drinkable, but went off the rails a bit. It was teh Simcoe that didn't want to play nice, I have a love hate relationship with Simcoe, it can either be awesome grapefruit tropical juice, or dank musty armpit or cat pee, so yeah fun!

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1373rd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA $10.99

App- Really had the color of Apple juice mixed with some DIPA's oranges and yellows. A deep thick, rich color. A heavy 2nd pour made a semi-decent one finger head with some medium spotty cling.

Smell- I picked up on most of the simcoe. Had more pine and resin in the aromatics vs. citrus and citra. A good bit of hops with a fairly well concealed ABV. I sat down and instead of saying soy sauce the wife called out Mango. Maybe traces of tropical citrus but just kinda there.

Taste- Its a large beer. Has a lot going on with flashes of citrus and flashes of pine and resin. Fairly well integrated and has moments of creamy and rich flavors. Malty from the outset but semi-balanced. Nice beer, just needs to dial the thickness down.

Mouth- As this beer opens, its a damn thick thing. Has a bit of creamy malts, big hops and then moves into the sweet spot for a DIPA. It was a fuller medium with a thick medium carbonation. Residual thick citrus with a nice hop.

Drink- I really was expecting more from this one. I wanted to be blown away. It was a profile I had had before and probably wouldnt pay this price point again, with Alesmith. Stone, FW, and Alpine in So. Cal.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, a present from Ohio to me for Christmas, thanks guys.

Split into three glasses, Simtra has a deep golden color to it with some light bronze appeal as well. This one kinda shines like a Olympic gold medal. A nice inch of egg shell colored head graces the top and sticks around longer than I thought it would with the 12ish percent on it, not alot of stick. This one smells mostly of the piney persuasion. I get some grapefruit and semi kumquat . Some caramel malt seeps through and just a bit of the alcohol so it's not completely hidden. Taste is pretty exquisite, this is a large ass beer. First sip, I get the pine and tropic up front finished off by some soothing malt, and than something happens, my mouth gets hotter and hotter by the second and the alcohol singes a bit. It lasts forever, quite a burn. After a few sips this dies down as the palate is wrecked. More grapefruit/orange and pine come through with a dose of alcohol. A true triple IPA, not one I would take down on my own as this is quite large. Body is a healthy medium with some hotness and bubbles to keep things in check, not too carbonated though. This is a decent TIPA, head and shoulders above most others I have tried and could give Pliny The Younger a run for it's money with some tweaks here and there.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received in a trade with JustinQ thanks!

Appearance Pours a tawny caramel to russet orange and is quite cloudy no doubt from dry hopping. The crown is 1 finger, white, shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Candied pineapple, tangelo orange, mango, and a touch of candied grapefruit, both bready and caramel malt, and a noticeable alcohol tinge.

Taste: Same as the nose but the hop bitterness and alcohol presence dominate which buries the subtle tropical fruit aromatics produced by the hops. I'd give it a 3.75 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: If this beer was fermented at a cooler temperature to control the alcohol presence I'd be happier with it. If the flavor was more like the nose it would have potential. It's still a good "over the top sting your palate winter type triple ipa" though.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from a BIF about six weeks ago. I finally opened the bottle tonight. I know that it says to open immediately. I waited a little longer to take the edge off from the immense hopping typically found in a triple IPA (if there is such a style).

The flavor and smell on this beer is reminiscent of a clean double IPA. I like the immense citrus presence on there. It has nice balance without the pucker-face that you would expect from a triple IPA.

I recommend picking up a bottle of this very good beer. I'm glad to have gotten this from another BA member.

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Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely bright gold-orange with a finger of white head. Smells like cat pee and sweet pale malts with some sweet yellow grapefruit. Taste is better with lots of that yellow grapefruit and big pale malts. Fairly sweet, good stuff.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is clear and deep gold with a foamy head, with little retention, dissipating quickly to ring and no lacing.

Intense hops smell, very grapefruity, high alcohol.

This tastes very intense, somewhere above PTY and below Sink the Bismarck--though nowhere nearly as high in alcohol. A tasty biscuity malt bill is balanced by a huge amount of citrusy hops--grapefruit and orange. All the taste action is upfront, the malt, hops, and fizz seize the tongue, give it a good working over, and then give it up gradually in a very long, wet finish, with just a little bitterness. Maybe there is no finish, it is more like getting a big clip to the head that you gradually recover from. A little soda element to this, but very clean and well-balanced. My preference would be that the Citra could be a bit more prominent than the grapefruity Simcoe, but that's just me.

The body is light and the carbonation is fine; together they churn up the IBUs as they scrub the tongue and everything else around it. Just a bit much, actually.

The alcohol is high and noticeable, but it is fairly well matched by the malt and hops. This is a really intense IPA, worthy of Triple IPA status and of drinking respect.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light slightly cloudy orange with a big white head and nice lacing. Aromas are herbal, dank and citrus. Notes of grapefruit, pine, herbs, and dank. Medium feel, dry finish and some alcohol heat that impact the flavor and feel at the back end. I was worried about this one, I tend not to care for IPAs that go north of 10%. This is very good and well alcohol but, as I do with most of these more extreme DIPAs, I wonder how this would be with the alcohol dialed back.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skye for this one!
Quick review from written notes. Label dated: 8/5/13

Bright golden orange, sharp clarity, rising trails of carb visible, compact head of soapy white foam, minimal lacing.

Big earthy hop aroma, pungent and resiny, more simcoe than citra, not much fruitiness just dank and resiny greenery.

Big malty body, huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Brutally bitter, lots of bitter greens. Booze is fairly masked when cold, but it's pretty big and best shared. Would have liked to see more of the Citra come through, but maybe it has faded a little after 2 months.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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