Hop Shortage
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,752
Ranked #7,375
4.01 | pDev: 11.22%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Hop ShortageHop Shortage
Notes: The cousin of Simtra, but brewed with only Centennial and Chinook hops. Need we say more?
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 475 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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teromous from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a stamp on the front of the label next to the man holding the sign saying "09/12/16"

Appearance: The body of the beer has perfect clarity. It is a beautiful medium shade of gold. The white head is thick and fluffy with good lacing and retention.

Aroma: There is a light tangerine aroma and just a bit of alcohol. It smells nice.

Taste: It starts out with this nice bitterness and this slightly sweet mix of malt and what tastes like cedar. There is a bitter orange pith taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good deal of presence on the palate giving it some heft or weight. Moderate bitter finish.

Overall: It wasn't really a beer that made me jump out of my socks with excitement but it was good enough that I would drink it again. I would recommend it if you're looking for a nice "triple-hopped india pale ale" as the label puts it, but again it's not a beer I would go out of my way for.

Dec 30, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass not sure when it was bottled, but I know it is less than 2 months old. Pours a very attractive bright orange with a two plus finger sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of webs of lace.

Smell is apricot, papaya, cannabis, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical upfront leads to pine, marijuana, and grapefruit in the large bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very large for the style, moderate carbonation, sticky, a little dry, and for 11.3% ABV very drinkable.

Overall this is a very big DIPA that delivers the goods and coats your entire mouth with hoppy goodness.

Dec 19, 2016
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy gold with a thick head, looks pretty good.

smell is sweet like honey with creamy hops.

taste is bitter yet sweet, lots of fruitiness to it. long lingering bitterness to it.

nothing special but still a good beer. drinks smooth for 11%+ abv though

Dec 18, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold; 1+ finger ivory head with big bubbles that receded to a thick collar; very little lacing;

S: earthy, pine resin, a hint of tropical fruit;

T: earthy for a brief moment, then tropical fruit and pine resin in equal measures; finish is mildly bitter with a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is warming, but appropriate for the ABV;

O: not especially interesting, but good none the less;

Oct 13, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light gold to straw yellow in color with moderate haziness due to intentional lack of filtering. There's an inch and a half of creamy and frothy eggshell white to tan. Heavy lacing. I smell floral to herbal mosaic hops with a hint of pine and some light malt. The taste is initially mosaic hops and then I detect pine and biscuity malt in the middle and back of the palate. The mouth is fairly sticky, resinous, and lightly gritty.

Aug 21, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a big fluffy 2" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: mild citrus aroma.

Taste: caramel, oranges, a bit of grapefruit, pear, and a decent bitterness, Alcohol is warming but barely noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: a slower sipping DIPA that is mildly refreshing but flavorful.

Jul 30, 2016
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zshaft from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice clean pour transparant orange with lingering head. nose nose is light orange with maybe some melon. taste is thin up front with building bitterness and building flavors of orange and grapefruit with strong finish of sticky sweet resinous hops. this beer is a little weak at first but closes strong. nice mouthfeel makes this a easy drinker cause I dont taste the huge abv. I better watch out. .

May 28, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mildest of hazes, with a neutral golden color. Moderate head which settles to rim bubbles. It does leave an initial ring of lace, streaky afterwards.

Citrus (grapefruit) aroma. For the style, this is a bit mellow, but attractive.

Brief malt base, light toastiness. The hop bitterness comes in strongly and rapidly. A bit of oily body. Long hop-pellet-sucking aftertaste. Extreme.

May 15, 2016
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HeadHopperz from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber $12-$13

Citrus but not overwhelming. Hops on the backend, good imperial IPA. Its complex robust, not as balance like other IPA's. Has a bit maltness due to the ABV. I did enjoy this but must try another bottle to further solidify my rating. Reminds me of a better Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas.

I wouldn't buy this regularly due to the price point, but one are two to definitely acquire!

Apr 13, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent big imperial IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This was well attenuated on the malt sweetness for the ABV as well. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 09, 2016
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kaseydad from California

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wifey selection.

Pours a nice amber color with a small white foamy head. A bit of staying power, but not much. Ring around the glass.

The aroma is piney and sweet. Some sweet orange, pineapple and pear dominate this.

The taste is nice and hoppy with a sweet….yet slightly bitter aftertaste. The buds definitely start salivating after each sip. Hop smack in the beginning, pine in the middle and a sweet finish. It seems to get sweeter as I consume.

Overall this was a fine selection by my better half. I’ve seen it many a times and passed over it……my bad. This is a monster at 11.3% and the sweetness is there, but the hops definitely come to play and makes this a beer worth checking out. Nice session. Time for a nappy.

Jan 31, 2016
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Santosizer from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Above average. Just not for me. I feel like for a triple, its extremely smooth, not too harsh. But the cons for this are too prevalent. Very sweet at times from the ABV. I feel like the hops were under utilized. Simtra is a piece of work. I wouldn't call this the cousin for Simtra. I would say it's the 2nd cousin of Simtra and is 1 chromosome shy of benefits.

Jan 03, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear orange with foamy off-white head that lingers nicely. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, passionfruit and sweet malt. Flavor follows the aroma with bigger orange and mango and slightly floral flavors pouring through. Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing. This should be expected with a TIPA though. The feel is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good TIPA here. Recommended. My only quarrel would be that it needs a little more hop aroma to mask the ABV just a little more.

Dec 30, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Dated 11.03.15. Consumed 12.04.15 from a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Pristine clarity on a light orange body with a good rush of carbonation. Two finger weathered white head has a foamy texture leaving macro patches of lace on the vessel.

S: Tropical mango-pineapple that is wet and fresh is first on the nose from the bottle with some wet oranges and passion fruit of good strength. Hints of wet grass, soft pine follow with an average rate of duration.

T: Dry and bittering pine and citrus peel meets a flowery hop edge. Bittering orange and toasted malt, bready, with dry hop flowers of good strength. Bittering lemon peel and flowery grassy-pine dry hopping closes things out.

M: Medium sticky malt body, lightly syrupy, dry and bittering from the hops with a warmth of the alcohol on the inner cheeks and tongue. Nice bittering orange-dry lemon bite comes on the swallow.

O: Good level of bittering, though liked the nose a bit better which was wet and fresh, while the flavor was more dry, bittering and toasted. Nice feel for 11.5% which goes down really nice considering, would of never guessed. Great hop wallop, with a generous dry hopping and flowery taste.

Dec 13, 2015
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz undated bottle.

Clear gold with an inch-plus of white head. A partial skim coat for the duration with decent lacing.

Light hops in the nose. Pine and grapefruit, but was expecting much more aromatics.

Medium bodied with a crisp, resiny mouthfeel.

Piney sap, grapefruit pith, and some candied tangerine in the back of the palate. Seriously bitter, dry and resiny. Light malt.

Finishes with tongue -numbing hops and a sustaining bitterness.

A serious IIPA fix, but I think this bottle has seen better days judging by the lack of aromatics.

Oct 25, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at ABV.

A clear light orange with a thin white head that falls off quickly, this looks OK. The nose is massively hoppy. Big, pungent, oily, resiny hops with pine, grapefruit peel, a little bit of yellow onions, and just so much dank character, it's kinda hysterical. Some malt sweetness is noticeable. The palate opens with a big hop bite, pungent and resiny, bitter and bruising. Pine, orange peel, some onion, and lots of bitterness are present. Some malt sweetness I'd present. Medium in body with a long, bitter finish, this tastes good and feels good on the palate. Not as defined as some of their other beers, but still, this is a no holds barred 3x IPA. Recommended.

Aug 23, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While a bit boozy (the abv. is 11.3% after all), the beer delivers plenty of dry citrus, light onion, considerable pine and hoppy goodness. Also, while there's a considerable malt presence, there's more than enough bitterness to counter the sweetness in this beer, and ultimately the finish was long, dry and bitter.

Wish the abv. wasn't quite so high, but otherwise, this is a pretty impressive DIPA.

Jul 13, 2015
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love this brewery but the concept for this beer of using only Chinook and Centennial hops because they are the most ubiquitous is not exciting me. These are my least favorite hops. Let's see how the triple IPA shakes out though.

Appearance: dark pale, straw color. Quite a lot of foam. I should mention this was bottled March 31 so is a little over 2 months old.

Smell: very pronounced Chinook and Centennial aroma. Piney with milder notes of spice, lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: tastes like a triple IPA of Two Hearted. Not a bad thing. Resiny pine is the main flavor. There are some subtle influences of general floral notes, grapefruit rind, earthy grass and finishes with a lot of booziness. I don't mind some boozy alcohol heat but I can understand this can be a turn off for some. Good malt backbone breaks through in middle and finish after the hop bitterness overload up front. Malt tastes of dry, white cracker.

Overall: I think this is the best you can do with these classic yet these days boring hop varieties. They just don't bring a lot of interesting complexity to the table. Even still this is a fine beer. The best beer comparison I can make is if you put a Bell's Two Hearted on steroids and upped it to double or triple IPA level this is what you'd get.

Jun 15, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant deep amber under a 2” cream colored foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Citrus nose blended with fresh mown grass.
T: Deep malt profile supports and balances lemon, orange and grapefruit rind bitterness and fresh fruit flavors.
F: Creamy medium full body, medium to low carbonation, soft and fine.
O: Big hop loaded Imperial IPA with a balancing malt profile.

May 24, 2015
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Kendo from New York

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Beer Sommelier glass. Body is bright orange with a small white head.

S: Like a DIPA - loads of both caramel malt and hops.

T: Leans towards the sweet side of things, with a heavy base of caramel malt and even brown sugar, which is followed by the hops: apricot, candied oranges and a touch of grapefruit pith. Hint of leafy hops as well - grassy, perhaps piney. Alcohol spice is noted in the finish and warmth is felt down the gulley. Nice burps, with brown sugar and grapefruit.

M: Thick in heft, nearly syrupy but not quite.

O: Good. It's been awhile since I've tasted a DIPA like this one. It reminds me of Middle Ages X Anniversary, though after awhile I began thinking of hoppy American Barleywines, a la SN Bigfoot. The friend with whom I shared the bomber had similar thoughts.

Jan 24, 2015
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jooler from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really alcoholic initial taste, then the huge amount of hops hit with alittle bit of malt and sweetness. It's like a sweeter and maltier stone enjoy by ipa. Also, not worth the $11 I spent

Jan 06, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a good head with good retention.
Fruity aroma with notes of apples and lots of caramels and pineapples. Somewhat different on a nice way.
Quite resiny flavor with notes of spices, lots of pines, piñacolada, bread and butter, grapefruit sweet concentrate and orange marmalade. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.3% is in harmony with the beer.
A fruity and resiny DIPA. It is also a good sipper; you definitely can drink this at room temperature. Very rounded and interesting.

Nov 22, 2014
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

APPEARANCE - Clear orange with 1-finger head that dissipates. Light lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, piney. Not sweet.

TASTE - Hoppy, dry, ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Pleasant, dry, a bit of carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer, almost chuggable.

Nov 18, 2014
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off-white level foam, copper body, excellent clarity.

Aroma has a truck load of caramel. Some candy sugar.

Huge sweet malt foundation. A produce department of fruit. Bitter snap at swallow, that grows exponentially in the afterglow.

Smooth, slick, thick mouthfeel.

Not the equal of Ruination, but following in its footsteps. I could have this again.

Oct 16, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

From 10/13/14 notes. On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a somewhat clear golden-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation. Citrus hops, pine hops, floral hops, sweet candy and fruits, bread, and earthy notes. Medium body and low carbonation, light bitter bite to it.

Overall a nice DIPA. Not too bitter for the bite, some definite nice hops up front with malts in the back. Not my favorite KD beer but worth checking out.

Oct 14, 2014
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