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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
kneedeepbrewing.com

Style: American 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?

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,223
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
474
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
101
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 4/23/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber/orange with a white 2 finger head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma; Not nearly as aromatic as a I'd expect from a triple IPA.; sweet orange blossoms, resinous pine, some distant notes of grapefruit. There is an overbearingly sweet malt presence that really bogs the nose down. So sweet in fact, that it actually smells akin to malt extract. No alcohol is present in the nose.

Taste: The beer opens with very pine forward hops with a growing grapefruit presence. Some sweet caramel-y malts cut the initial hop nuances a bit short, but the dry finish leaves the bitter hop oils naked on your palate with lingering notes of resinous pine and grapefruit rind. For 11.3% ABV, the alcohol is remarkably masked and the the little that there is coalesces nicely with the strong and assertive hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very oily in texture with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not nearly as explosively hoppy in aromatics and in taste as I'd want a Triple/Double IPA to be. The hop notes that do come across are fairly simple and are left dulled by the overbearing malts. The hops do come across a bit more in the finish, but they of a more oily and resinous nature rather than bright and citrusy. For what it's worth it definitely does go down very easily, a bit too easily in fact, for 11%.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hbchrisg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of timc100
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is bitter! Incredibly resinous, biting bitter grapefruit oil, and sharp pine smack you in the face. There is a underlying medley of tart pineapple and mango. Aroma is stanky, danky, astringent pineapple, grapefruit peel and pine. A perfect looking unfiltered pale ale - opaque tangerine orange with a high alc looking large bubble white foam head. Feels refreshing, medium body. Overall this is a fantastic, bitter bomb of a 'triple' IPA.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of KMitch
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of smccann
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OGkushington
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of barrelofbastard
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of illtexzona
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.19/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Rock Art Pint Glass

A:Golden honey colored with a little bit of orange. There is a white head that lingers for a pretty good amount of time. It is clean and totally translucent.

S: The malt is strong here I can smell the hops but they are definitely in the background its not bad just different for an Imperial IPA its almost nutty smell to it

T: not a malt bomb but close I know it is called hop shortage so expected more malt but it is not balanced there is some hop flavor and a little bit of resin taste but the malt is nearing over powering. There is a hop bitterness in the finish, but not overwhelming. It is not bad its just not my style

M: Smooth very oily and thin but extremely drinkable goes down like water which is impressive for the fact that there is 11.3% as the alcohol is completely unnoticed. There is some resin and stickiness to it but not enough to be it classified as a resiny ipa

O: I don't like maltly IPAs intact I usually hate them as I think hops are the only thing that should be powerful in an IPA but this one of the first malty ipas i have that I actually enjoyed and it is very impressive beer considering the amount of taste and high abv. Its worth a try for sure especially if you like malt.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cornpone
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Jufu07
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 474 ratings