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Hop Shortage | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The cousin of Simtra, but brewed with only Centennial and Chinook hops. Need we say more?

Added by Ghenna on 10-11-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
445
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
28.06%
 
 
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38
Gots:
95
For Trade:
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Photo of Arbitrator
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a murky copper-amber body with a pinky finger of off-white head. It leaves lace as it collapses into a thin film on the beer, but during sips, there is only a little bit of soapy, curtainy foam on the glass. I see other reviews mention its clarity, so I'm really surprised to find the opposite experience. Chill haze?

S: Traditional citrus hop aromas (grapefruit, orange), pine, and a noticeable sugariness that gives a candied impression to the whole affair.

T: Citrus-dominated, especially when cold: grapefruit, orange, and tangerine are most evident. Pine comes later. The hop flavors are buoyed on a strong backbone of caramel malt; its sweetness pulls into the finish with a mild burn, giving a candied citrus aftertaste. As it warms, however, it becomes one-dimensionally bitter.

M: Medium-plus bodied. A warming effect gives nod to the high ABV of the beer, and a slight sugary burn in the finish reveals its heft. Tolerable when cold, but when warm, it becomes unbearably bitter.

O: I generally don't buy Knee Deep -- no bottle dates means that you never know if you're getting the six-month old batch or the fresh one. This is relatively fresh, having been released just once, and I don't find it that remarkable. It is outdone by Stone Ruination 10th, Stone Enjoy By, Knee Deep's own Simtra, Drake's Black Label Hopocalypse, and others. It's good that TIPAs are getting more commercial, but the flip side is that we're starting to see some mediocre entries. Its shortcomings are especially apparent when warm; I wound up drainpouring it.

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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.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Nathan!

A big triple IPA that hides the alcohol fairly well with decent amount of bitterness but a lot of sweet malt character as well. Drinkable, and perhaps I'd try a glass on-tap, but once was enough for me as far as bottles go. The hops do lean toward a passion/citrus fruit arena though. Definitely worth trying, but not a world-beater.

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Bottled 7/4/13 no hints of age drinks super hoppy. Imperial pint glass full of this liquid glory is a happy one, pours deep copper slightly hazed with hop proteins, full thicket of cream head. Aroma is full of dank hops, including tropical fruit notes, big citrus and grapefruit tones, with pine and herbs. Drinks satisfyingly smooth for such a big beer, the 11.3% abv provides a decent alcohol burn and the malts here bring candied coated hops to mind, very big intense flavors not for the beginner in the realm of hops. This beer coats the palate with honey coated hops and big layers of bitterness and hop flavors, citrus mango and pine needles with a hint of herbal fresh mint leaves. Very tasty, the mouthfeel is big bodied with resinous hop oils, leaves the bitterness on the palate, but the carbonation level is so smooth it adds a bit of creaminess to the texture. It's like a hop milkshake, overall I'm a fan my first go round with Knee Deep definitely worth seeking out some of this big bad triple IPA.

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Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.
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