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:
2,216
Reviews:
365
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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224
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452
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15
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Photo of LXIXME
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hops flavors; with a moderate malt balance and doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Big balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely delicious offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
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 nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a menacing looking murky burnt orange color with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Tropical fruits and pine resin to go with big sweet alcohol in the nose,again menacing is a good adjective to use here.A blast of sharp grapefruit rind and resinous hops really hit home on the palate before the sweetness from the alcohol hits in the finish,the sweetness is big but the hops are just full on assault,I pick up maybe some hard water as well.Wow this is a beast but it's bad ass I love it,Good to see the "high end" Knee Deep stuff here now in North Carolina.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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 Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The usual orangey amber color with a pleasant foamy cap. On the titanic side. I don't think I've smelled the "cat pee" odor quite so strongly in a beer before. Thin in body, but the same way vodka is "thin."

I suppose being so overly alcoholic is a good thing. It drinks more like a liqueur, where you just take tiny sips and wait until the feeling returns to your tongue. Oh, the hops. Total hop teardown. Not ridiculously bitter, just liquid hops. Not such a bad flavor, either. It's quite spicy and aromatic. A bright tone. Take it one sip at a time.

Time for a Simple Times Lager to add this hop flavoring to. From the 22 oz bottle

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle as an extra.

Poured into a teku, a cloudy amber liquid, with a foamy off-white head, which receded to a wispy layer, lacing the glass nicely. Nose was actually pretty malty sweet, but there was an obvious oily hop presence, candied citrus peel and tropical fruit. The bottle was only a couple weeks old, so it's not like this should have faded that fast, I just was getting more maltiness than hoppiness. In the taste, sweetness profile like toasted toffee, corn sugar, pine resin, candied citrus peel, mango flesh, lots of toasted bread in the finish, cancelling out any crisp hoppy bitterness. Not a malt-bomb, but not really a hop-bomb either, which was kind of what I was expecting. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with all those malts needed to amp up the ABV, mouthfeel was pretty thick and resinous. There was a slight solvent booze presence, but for 11+% this was a pretty drinkable brew. Decent overall, but too sugary for the style.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 3/30/15 This review will have to do as a place holder until I can find fresher...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & tropical fruit, cattiness as this warms

T: Follows the nose, loads of mango, some pineapple & grapefruit, a little bit of cattiness as well up front. Breadyness, mango & a bit of lemon & pamello as this warms, a little bit of pine as well. plus oaky dryness. Finishes a little dry, somewhat catty, with a little mango & pine

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, great balance

Drinks so easy despite the ABV & age, I would love to try this a few months younger, but no complaints here at all. Well worth buying!

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Ciocanelu
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,216 ratings.
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