Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding
354 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
SimtraSimtra
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
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
2,170
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
22.82%
 
 
Wants:
223
Gots:
439
For Trade:
16
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 354 | Ratings: 2,170
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.

 614 characters

Photo of pinyin
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/14/15. Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce snifter at 38F.

Nice golden copper hue. Slightly hazy but not a juice bomb.

Nose is hoppy, floral and slightly grassy. Mango and grapefruit, dank greens.

Very nicely balanced and flavorful. I think the dry hop has most likely faded by this point, 4 months after bottling, but it still tastes solid. 11.2% is a little bit on the high end for an IPA, but it does allow for the brewers to pack in the hop flavors, which they did. Not sure I really like the combination of Simcoe with Citra, but this is fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bitter, but very pungent and you will slightly taste the ethyl alcohol here. Not too easy tot hide it at 11.2%. Texture is really nice on this ale, and the carbonation and lacing is spot on.

Be careful with this beer. It's strong, and it goes down fairly easy. Good value for the price point, but I bet this tasted a lot better when it was first bottled.

 979 characters

Photo of Sam-VW
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Duvel snifter

A - pours a dark amber almost red hue with a thick dense white head that leaves sticky lacing

S - lots of tropical fruit with a slightly citrus/ freshly cut grass note

T - A big kick of sweet tropical fruit, guava, glacier cherries, citrus with pine and warming alcohol finish

M - goes down very smooth for an 11.25% beer, it's very bitter to start but finishes very sweet and warming.

 429 characters

Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

 1,253 characters

Photo of r3dsix
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lol bitter

Once I opened the bottle and poured into a glass the aroma of grassy hops filled my nose reminding my of the outdoors.

The color is like a bit darker than cider but not by much and there is little to no head even after a sloppy pour.

One of the more bitter beers I've had which is good or bad depending on your preference. The beer is somewhat 1 dimensional in that its almost like drinking hop extract but it dose do an excellent job of hiding its alcohol content. The initial taste is fairly mellow piney forest like hops are there but it quickly ramps up the bitterness leaving your mouth with a lingering hop bitter that lasts. Kinda like how a habenero pepper isn't really spicy at first bite but one you chew and swallow you're in for a ride. The mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side but the flavor lingers on long enough so that its not disappointing.

I'm glad I drank this beer but I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon. Not that I wouldn't recommend trying it but is not a beer I would frequent. If you like hops give it a shot but if you're looking for a complex IPA I would look elsewhere.

 1,131 characters

Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 8/3/15

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a nice one-inch fluffy white head. Leaves a very nice lacing down the glass.

Big hop aroma on the nose with tons of earthy, herbal notes. I'm definitely getting a lot more of the herbal, dank simcoe than I am citrus from the citra hops.

Tastes surprisingly balanced given how hop-heavy the nose was. I get more of a balance between citrus and herbal notes from the hops and enough bready malt to keep them in check. Finish is somewhat bitter (not nearly as much as expected given the "triple IPA" tag on the label, but I guess that's what 11.25% abv will do for you) with just a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth, with the hops keeping it dry enough to leave you craving another sip.

This is a very strong effort from Knee Deep Brewing - I'm not normally the biggest fan of the herbal qualities from Simcoe hops so I was a little concerned based on the nose, but I still loved it. And if you are a fan of herbal hops, jump all over this.

 1,090 characters

Photo of Beergasm1
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop bomb, with a huge abv that is barely noticeable by taste. But once you start drinking the abv starts to hit you.

Probably the best triple I've ever drank

Awesome beer

 183 characters

Photo of SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep orange with a very small white head with minimal retention. nut surprised about the head with the ABV
S: smells of cat piss, pine, some citrus and a bit of sweet orange. Slight sweetness from the malt but the cat piss was strong with this one
T: herbal and piney up front with the malt backbone struggling to make a presence, some sweet citrusy hop flavor as well. swallow is very piney with a bit of caramel malt
M: pretty good feel for the ABV, nice soft carb and on the upper side of medium bodied
O: A monster of an imperial IPA with great flavors and plenty of hop kick

 617 characters

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clean white head with medium froth and density. The head is persistent and clingy.
S - Hoppy, piney, sweet, and grassy.
T - Hoppy, piney, sweet, syrupy, and earthy. For me this beer has a light backend surge. Whatever that means...
M - Full, heavy, and sappy.
O - For me this beer was heavy and unrefined. I think it could use some work and be cleaned up a little. Something is holding this back from being something very worthwhile. A little tweak could push this over the top.

 518 characters

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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%.

 1,285 characters

Photo of dd43
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some beers belie their ABV and IBU levels with a level of artistry that is hard to comprehend. This is not one of those beers. But don't go thinking this means Simtra isn't worth drinking. It's a big bodacious gnarly imperial IPA that Knee Deep has bestowed the nebulous "triple" moniker to. It is dank in every way that beer can be described as such. Lots of allium character, and sticky pine sap in the nose. Massive past ripe citrus fruit notes. Fermented pineapple, squishy mango, cantelope and peach come to mind. Has the alcohol heat I would normally associate with a barrel aged stout. If you want To have your ass kicked by an imperial IPA, this is your huckleberry.

 674 characters

Photo of Butznutz
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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

 643 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a medium amber color with a huge sticky looking off-white head. Head took forever to fade into a greasy film that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge leafy notes of simcoe citrus including grapefruit and tangerines. I get hints of pine, weed and onions as well.
T: More simcoe flavors. Definitely a crushing hop profile. Citrus and a woodsey herbal kind of pine come through alongside notes of cat urine and faint roasted malts. Boozy but not too bad. The finish is bitter and the aftertaste is full of cat piss hops and citrus rind.
M: Full body with a greasy and viscous body that is sticky and a bit sharp at times. This one is a little bit of a chore to drink. Crushing bitterness is refreshing though, but the alcohol is lightly noticeable.
O: Worth a shot. Bitter but sharp at times. If you love simcoe you’ll love this.

 890 characters

Photo of Lipsntoes
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick golden haze. Attention is suddenly shifted to strong notes of pine, topical fruits and cat pee. Taste is a hop blast with nose quickly turning into citrus fruits, grass and wet hay. Finish brings a lingering of pine oil and enjoyable bitterness demanding more.

What a wonderful DIPA that I will seek out again.

 325 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in mid August for $10.49. No freshness date.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is perfect, tropical aromas permeate this brew, even halfway down my first glass.

Taste is a huge pale and caramel malt backbone which leads to a sweet base. Finish is an overwhelming amount of tropical, citrus, and piney hops. There is a slight burn with the finish due to the abv being over 11%.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied.

Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. Love the nose on this beer but the burny aftertaste is a bit distracting. Don't get me wrong, i can handle a high ibu brew but this is too much even for my palate. But i love that nose!

 736 characters

Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

 433 characters

Photo of zshaft
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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

 660 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Sunny golden in color with some chill haze. Creamy white head holds on at a half inch in height. Light, wispy lacing.

S: Sliced mango, nectarine, tangerine, pineapple. Very juicy and tropical. Leafy undertones and pine resin. A bit musty in a dank way. Bready malt and lightly kilned grain.

T: Mango and apricot. Juicy nectarine and tangerine. Dank. Earthy and piney. Grassy. Alcohol is perceptible, but managed well. Lightly kilned malts bring some soft doughy and bready flavors. Dank and earthy hops ride into the finish with some trailing alcohol.

M: Medium-full body. Round, creamy, and velvety. It glides effortlessly over the tongue. Light prickling carbonation. Some warming alcohol.

O: This one scores major points for ease of drinkability. It's juicy, tropical, texturally pleasing, and way too easy to polish off at 11.25% abv. The hop profile is fairly simple and straightforward, but delightfully juicy and tropical. Sometimes it's these sort of straightforward and hedonistic beers that are the most rewarding.

 1,067 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: pineapple, red grapefruit, and dank pine;

T: floral, herbal, and white grapefruit from start to finish; some mint from the middle through the finish; slight bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; hides the ABB very well - this sneaks up on you;

O: easy drinking; a lot of things going on;

 445 characters

Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/26/13. Places it at just over 2 months old. Not acceptable by US standards but almost the best you can get in Australia.

Drank from Mikkeller "Gueuze" glass. Translucent golden colour. Good head/lacing.

Smell is a fairly potent pine and mint over a toasty malt backdrop of oozy caramel fudge. Jasmine. Creamy and dessert-y malt presence.

Taste has a strong hop presence, again lots of those caramel fudge, creme caramel, caramelised-type flavours coming from the malt. Expertly balanced.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of hop resin, the alcohol and hops bring a nice dryness to balance the inevitable sugars in an 11.25% DIPA and on the whole it is nicely balanced and not excessively sweet. I'd say fairly well balanced, although in a month or two I think it might lean in favour of sugar.

I would say that the hop aromatics in this beer are not in-your-face but more mellowed. They are definitely potent but cannot overwhelm with that much alcohol behind them. As far as Triple IPAs go this is a good one. It is not excessively sweet and it is not excessively boozy. It is very hoppy and decently malty too. The bomber in its totality will no doubt be a sipping affair but I'm sure I can handle it.

 1,209 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with white trailers.
Super oily lemon with a touch of passionfruit on the nose.
Sponge cake malts and big pink grapefruit, light pine, mango, and passionfruit hops.
Evergreen-papaya end and hot minty linger.
Medium, chewy, hot, oily.

Boozy, fruity, and sticky - almost brandy-like. Good showcase for these hops - "bursting with flavor" sez a fellow sampler - but could be toned down a bit.

Not the benchmark for this hop combo, as I expected.

 461 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew. Heavy malts on this one. Which is an odd thing to say for a triple ipa. There are definitely an excessive amount of hops in this beer. It's to the degree that they seem piled on top of each other so much that it's tight on the hop flavor profile. That being said, this is not a beer of nuance of grace. However, it is not so obnoxious that you get nothing out of it besides a punch in the mouth. I'm sure that has much to do with the execution of the beer. Anyways. This is a pretty good "triple ipa". Certainly much more tolerable than 120 Minute.

 554 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #4, bomber poured into our Orval chalices.

A-Doesn't last but I got an instant blast of grape jelly and maple syrup on opening the bottle. That's wild. Once it pours we get a crystal clear, very lightly carbonated copper amber. DIPA would be a good opening gambit. 4

S-Sweet and juicy hoppiness. Hints of alcohol, very inviting. 4

T-Very tasty. Moderately boozy but not overwhelmingly so, good lingering bitterness stays long after the finish, again in a good way. Taste is well balanced between hops and sweetness. 4.25

M-Light side of medium, carbonation a bit light. 4

O-I dug it. A little boozy, a little bitter, very tasty. 4

So, what is it? DIPA is my first, last and only guess. No idea whose.

Reveal: Knee Deep Brewing Simtra Triple IPA. Awesome! I have almost bought this on previous trips to Phoenix but put it back. Glad I had the chance to try it! Thanks.

 885 characters

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear orange with golden brown and essentially no head.

S - Very nice aroma. Lots of citrus and resninous hops , and lots of tropical fruit. Surprisingly, not much booze in the aroma, though it does come in more with succesive whiffs.

T - Quite a bit of pine in the taste, that I did not get from the aroma, along with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Nice bitterness throughout. Some juicy citrus as well as bitter. Some booze is apparent, but not distracting. Definitely the least malty "triple" IPA I've had, which is a good thing.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice resiny bitterness.

O - Very nice flavors with the malts kept in check. Some numbing/warming alcohol, but surprisingly kept in check for such a big beer. Wouldn't drink this everyday, but I'd have it again.

 791 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

 884 characters

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,170 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe