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Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of orange color running through this one, although a super small white head that almost doesn't exist. Aroma reeks of citra and simcoe.

Taste was dry and kept the abv in a bunker. Not overly bitter, well carbonated, damn this is easily in discussion for the best knee deep beer.

Scoring a fresh one of these can be challenging, and the price is up there, but it is a tasty beer that is a plenty suitable alternative to Pliny or whatever double/triple ipa you're chasing from somewhere not local to you.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV.

A clear light orange with a dense, off white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is a full frontal hop assault, bright, fruity, pungent, with pine, citrus, grapefruit, green grapes, minimal malt and some alcohol noticeable. The palate opens bright, pungent and hoppy, with a mild sweetness, high level of pungent bitterness. Wonderful hop melange on the palate. Mild sweetness on the finish, served a little on the colder side, the alcohol is reasonably well hidden but is still noticeable as a spicy kick to the back end. Sweetness is mild and clean and necessary here, complementing the bitterness and the alcohol. Impressive.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle Jordan!

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a light tan, large bubbled head.

S - Leafy, pine, grass and carmel.

T - Hoppy resin, bitter pine, grass and earhy. Some sweet carmel.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and sticky hops. Ok, but just a bit too sweet here. I like the differnt approach here.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Substantial orange like appearance to the liquid, very small off white head on the top, maybe 1/10" of an inch. Not anything to really retain or provide lace with, but I really like this orange hue, so I'm going to give it an above average nonetheless.

Aroma, well, its pretty obvious the name here is a combination of the simcoe and citra hop, although the simcoe definitely dominates with its massivity while the more subtle citra hop remains in the background. Ultimately, if you can't make a citra hopped beer smell good, you've got problems. If you like big waves of bitterness, acidity and tropical fruit like notes like I do, you'll like this aroma.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well, remained relatively light on its feet, not allowing bitterness, caramel or alcohol to dominate the fruit estery like hop mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lower, which on one hand helps hide alcohol, but one would think it would make the beers a little more malty, syrupy feeling, but no. What I really liked was a lot of the cardboard and butter flavor I've detected in other kneedeep beers was nowhere to be found here. Easily their best beer.

EDIT: Now that they bottle date, I've been more apt to drop a pretty coin on this bottle, but when its fresh, it hits hard and deliciously.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, no haze. Good lingering head especially for a triple IPA. Some lacing on the glass. Great dank flavor smell and flavor, consistent with Knee Deep's beers. Medium feel. Really nice beer

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing as the head recedes but it is worth noting that this is the most beautiful/clear DIPA I have ever seen. This must have been filtered like 20x to get this clarity and bright hue.

Aroma begin as expected; quite dank and citrusy. The Simcoe and Citra hops own this show; with bright pineapple, lemon, blood orange from the Citra, then pine, onion, grassiness from the Simcoe. More tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms and I can make out the faintest bit of pale maltiness as it further warms.

The tastes follow directly with the nose. Strong waves and waves of hop flavors assault the palate. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of pineapple and grapefruit dominating. There's also big notes of pine, some grass and a mild cracker pale maltiness was in the background. Despite the copious amount of hop flavors, the bitterness is by no means overwhelming as the strong ABV heft help to palace the flavor profile despite the lack of overall malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter but not enamel scraping and the ABV is completly hidden which is always a chore for such a high ABV offering.

Overall this was a super offering; one of the best over-100 IBU beers I have ever had I believe, definitely top 5 if not top 3. Packed with so much balanced hop flavor and bitterness depite the huge IBU and given the huge ABV with no alcohol flavor, makes this top notch in my book. Worth seeking out for sure if you can track it down.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for...what's that you say? Yes, this is the 36th beer from that 'box' he sent me, which more resembled a container car. Finally getting to the bottom. FreightWay is coming to get the near-empty out of the driveway tomorrow. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pop & pour is a fuddled orange that's not see-through, but I can see the shadow-puppets of my fingers through it. Nose isn't quite the roll I expected from a 'triple' IPA, some citrus, pine, & plenty of sweetness.

Simtra is slick wrapped in oil. The first impression isn't even taste, but the slipperiness of the mouthfeel; might make good gear oil for my boat's little Mercury. Pine flowers littered with bitterness back the slider, along with an earthy dankness...dank. I know people love it, but I've never been a fan, & it detracts from the experience. Malts come on like half-baked sweetbread. Endgame is a long, lingering french-kiss of bitterness. Twenty-two ounces of this would be a chore; eleven is about right.

The earth-n-mud character really dampened my enjoyment of this beer, & the trait grew stronger as it warmed. Good, solid IIPA that doesn't really rise above a ton of other good, solid IIPAs.

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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 AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Bottled 31 January 2013.

A: Huge head with great retention and lacing. Very clear light gold.

S: Musty, cheesy, and earthy. I'd imagine this is an older bottle if it weren't for the bottled date.

T: Well. That's a beer with shit-tons of hops. How many tons? Shittons. Touches of onions amidst the huge fields of pine and pineapple. Aftertaste is balanced, sweetish,

O: I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Huge hops. Would have again. Recommendable. [Apologies for the briefest of reviews. The gentleman who offered the bottle of beer demanded conversation.]

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Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, delirium chalice

Surprisingly have not had this one, as I've seen it a few times at tastings. Big, sticky orange body. Thick and intricately hoppy elixir - grapefruit rind, sugary grapefruit zest, blood orange. Really awesome, though a bit taxing due to its size and toxicity.

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Photo of Resuin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ArrogantB
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 4/15/14 purchased at Healthy Spirits for $12. I've been wanting to try this for awhile and I was honestly impressed. Nice orange color, deep but clear. Aroma is dank hops, pine, fruit, dank. Flavor was a delicious melange of pine, dank hops and a very nice malt presence. The idea of a triple IPA is ridiculous but this is really good. Oh yeah, the high ABV was well hidden.

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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.

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Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for the chance!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 02/03/14.

Pours a very dark orange, bordering on light brown. Thick ecru colored head. Strong hop candy aroma, sticky, tangerines and piney. Taste is quite sweet, piney creamy, warming, bitter, raw hops. Very intense, almost unrelenting yet amazingly drinkable though ABV does hit.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bomber first thing when I arrived in Yountville at the little market here. Wine schmine, amirite? Poured in a wine glass to fit in. Bottled 2/19/14, had 3/1/14. freshy fresh. Anyway, pours a beautiful clear golden color with a creamy white half finger head on top. Bursting aroma of pine, citrus, floral notes, honey and malt sweetness. Flavor is hop candy, grapefruits and pineapple galore, some pine, sweet malts backing this one. Surprisingly smooth for 130+ IBU, and just delicious. Big slick resinous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. While pretty drinkable this one is on the hefty side as expected. Lots going on in this one and glad I finally got to try it. Now on to the wine...

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber orange color with an almost fluffy head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of passion fruit, lychee and pineapple.
Hoppy, resiny and citrusy flavor with notes of pine, Cointreau liquor, earthy and resiny hops, grapefruit, toasted malts, mango, spices, pine, herbal, flowers, tobacco and tea bags. Astringent aftertaste with an eternal bitter note.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.25% is felt but it helps to compose part of its character.
This is a truly hoppy beer, for hop heads and pros. Pushing the doors of perception.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle clearly says not meant for aging, so who am i to let it sit another day longer? crazy thanks to devi0us for extra'ing this my way when i was expecting nothing but a mini snifter!!!

enjoyed from a ccb humidor series glass. november 2012

a - poured a stunning transparent amber orange with a generous frothy white foamy ipa head. the head slowly dissolved leaving massive milkshake like chunks clinging to the side of the glass. looking good!!!

s - as soon as the cap came of the beer a wonderful smell filled the air. big fresh citric notes!!! upon closer smell...YOWZA! my mouth just started watering...INSANE. perfect grapefruit citric magic. smells out of this world good!

t/m - taste follows the nose with a huge chunky pine cone hop slam in the mouth. the hop is dank, it is chewy, it is citric bomb with some fresh and ripe tropical fruit. finishes a touch bitter.

o - overall, put me on the committee that loves this beer. i'm fairly blown away. the abv is somewhat present, but the flavor and smell is dyno-mite! founders devil dancer...take note...a triple ipa can be amazing and not just a novelty.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of popery
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold and transparent. Nice white head that fades quickly. No real lacing.

Nice bright nose. Dank, pine, some booze, tangerine rind, floral, malt sugar, lemons, peaches.

Relatively dry for the abv, which is still fairly sweet. Something about going over 10% abv seems to make every DIPA a bit too sticky. My main complaint is that the hop bitterness is a bit bland. It's not bad, just lacks complexity compared to some similar DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but, again, good for the abv. Medium to low carbonation. Lasting bitter finish.

Good stuff. It could use a bit more hop complexity on the palate, but the nose works very well, and it's quite good for the abv. I'm just not sure that I like when DIPAs go above 9% abv.

Edit 1/20/13: Raised scores a bit after having had it a few more times. In particular, I'm getting a bit more hop flavor in the taste than I remember from my review bottle.

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Photo of shigg85
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Bought a bomber of this from Bevmo in Mira Loma, CA. Poured into a pint glass. The main label says that this beer is "not meant for aging" and that I should enjoy it "triple fresh." It was bottled on June 4, 2014, and I consumed it on November 6 -- not exactly triple fresh. That factors into this amazing review -- I wonder what it tasted like really fresh! A serious contender for best Double IPA! 131 IBU providing a beautifully bitter punch with an 11.25% ABV that kicks as much as it delights. Of course, there are simco hops that dominate the palate in a most pleasurable way. This beer holds up and even improves as it warms. Seriously an amazing beer from a less well-known brewer than others. I'm convinced that if this brewery were bigger, this would be one of the top beers on the site. Get it and enjoy!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of head on a clear, deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a wonderful lemon, grapefruit and bold pine; like you're crushing the hops in your fingers.
The taste has a great big lemon bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the bold malt sweetness. Lots of pine too.
Great smooth texture with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/9/13, almost exactly a month old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fluffy light tan head. Head fades slowly with a wonderful island of retention. Great fluffy splotches of lacing everywhere.

S: Oh yeah. Triple IPA and it means it. Pretty much pure hops. Got quite a bit of dankness, some pine, some grapefruit. Plenty of cat piss. Malt? Who knows.

T: Hop explosion up front. Almost too much. Loaded to the gills with dank hops through and through. Simcoe cat piss everywhere. Some grapefruit and pine mixed in but it's primarily the first two (citra and simcoe I'm assuming from the name). Big, almost harsh spicy dankness blankets the entire taste, even lingering for a long time between sips. There might be some malt in here but I can barely tell. Even at 11.25% it's got almost no sweetness. I can't even really discern a malt flavor. Is it bready maybe? Can't tell. Long, long lingering spicy dankness between sips.

M: Heavy but not nearly as heavy as 11.25% would suggest. Hops spice everything up and lighten it up quite a bit. It's definitely a big one regardless. Zero alcohol sting.

O: Big, big IPA. One of the biggest. It reminds me of Hopsickle oddly enough, just a better and bigger version of it. Hard to score, I love big DIPAs but this is almost too one-note. Definitely a must-try for the huge, in-your-face, west-coast style hop bombs. It's very tasty. Drinkability suffers a bit but it's a hell of a brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really big dose of Citra and Simcoe results in a nice mix of bright tropical and citrus fruits which is counterbalanced by dank pine. It's a nice mix and both are quite potent. The malt is pretty muted, particularly considering the ABV. it is there, but the hops are the focus. Alcohol is unsurprisingly notable, but for an 11.25% beer it goes down frighteningly easily. Good stuff.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orange-brown, cloudy to opaque. Head is yellow-tinged white, large bubbles, bit thin. Looks alright.

Smells very fruity-hoppy. New worldly, with passionfruit and a touch of mango. Citric edge as well though and getting more acidic as it warms up. Not much else to it besides hops.

Taste is also all hops, all over that. Citric, piney with resinous hop oils coming through on the back of that. Bit of cake better malt, but it's just one-note American citric & piney hop, really. I like, but it needs to show me more.

Feels a little hot at the back. Otherwise fluid but yeah, boozey.

Ticks all the right boxes for the style but it doesn't take it anywhere beyond the "Fuck yeah 'Murica IPA' zone.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,155 ratings.
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