Hop Shortage | 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): 11.30%

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

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

first off the only reason i didnt rate this as a 5 is because its not as good as their Simtra

a: golden amber and clear

s: resiny citrusy piney hops

t: at first u can feel and taste hop oil coat your mouth. then a thick chewy piney flavor
and hints of lime citrus and peaches. finishes with a bit of spice and a bit of citrus.

m: at first airy but then oil coats your mouth followed but last bit of small carbonation

overall its an amazing triple ipa. at 11.3% its amazing that it isnt boozy at all. also a great go to beer

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Photo of beerviews2013
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great great awesome fresh brew

Pour: off the tap got a nice thin white 2 finger head and a nice golden brew

Taste: freshness all around nice hoppy bitterness thats very very fresh one of the best ipas i've come accross. Great light malt flavor a light citrus also. Good stuff!!!

Smell: the smell of fresh pine all over this beer

Overall: this is a awesome brew!!! Good for the ipa lover!!

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Photo of timc100
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent doubleIPA. Big citrus, floral characters from the Centennial and Chinook hops.

I get a big alcohol feel, and the biscuit taste that many talked about does come through. Overall a big IPA. Just the way it should be. Very complex in the flavors associated with this Double IPA.

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Photo of ErikNorCal
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours golden/orange, medium head.

Smell of pine is very strong, some citrus.

Taste is off the charts, lots of bitterness but balanced well with citrus. A little boozey on the finish. Very fresh and surprisingly refreshing for a TIPA with 11%.

If you love strong IPAs, with tons of booze and citrus bitterness this is it. Doesn't get much better than Hop Shortage. Tastes even better from the taproom! This beer is slightly better than Simtra in my opinion, seems more balanced.

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Photo of BeerBaron666
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Really enjoying this beer. for some reason i thought i was around 7.3%..as i tried it i thought to myself "HOLY FK! what huge flavor! and so drinkable!" turns out after i checked the bottle its 11.3% mind = blown. HUGE hops kick you in the freaking mouth and leaves you asking for another

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice big hop profile throughout with good bitterness and enough body to balance.

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Photo of azdback
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A copper or dark orange color. Crystal clear with medium sized carbonation bubbles leading to a small one finger head that is dirty white in color and creamy in appearance. Lace is minimal.

Smell is sweet. Caramel, taffy, some mild dark citrus. Mild pink grapefruit, blood orange, lots of grain or malt. Some alcohol but mild.

Taste is great!! Sweet malts that are caramel sweet mixed with the citrus hops. Do they caramel cover grapefruit like they do apples. This tastes like that would, with quite a bit of alcohol added.

Mouth is medium with some bright carbonation. Body is medium to heavy. Finish is long and wet with some alcohol legs.

Overall I really didn't expect much from this. I was given this as a sample from the distributer and read the reviews on this and knew it wasn't going to be much but oh was I wrong. This drinks a lot like a Barleywine but one that is really hopped. Remember 13th Anniversary from Stone? This tastes like that did fresh. Great nose, great taste and great mouth, what else could I ask for. A huge surprise and a must try for any DIPA or Barleywine fan. Thanks Gwen for the sample.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Drewgthedog
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Smells citrus with a buttload of hoppigoodness

T: bitter and medium level to drink

A: Dark amber color with lots of carbonation, medium level of foamy head

O: Hop shortage covers up the ABV very well. The hops had a bitter taste that was citrus. This was the first triple IPA that i have tried. It was not as good as Pliny the Elder or Ruination.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant quite clear copper, near white foamy head, lots of lace.

S - Perfumy, with both citrus and pine going on. Fat malt wafts around the hops.

T - I love IPAs like this. Very malty, but the hops keep up, and the booze helps to even the keel on the malt too. Yum

M - Medium to Medium/heavy, plenty of carbonation, pretty good balance considering the hugeness.

D - Quite scarily drinkable. I could make bad mistakes drinking this one :)

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber, bottled 4.30.13, drank 5.6.13,

A: Pours amber with a solid somewhat fizzy white head, solid amount of lace.

S: Lots of grapefruit and greenery, pungent.

T: Pine oil with a lot of citrus and pineapple. Very little malt flavour, this is all about the hops as expected.

M: Full-bodied, resiny, thick. Quite easy drinking for the size.

O: A very good DIPA, though the price is a bit off-putting. Worth a try once for hop fans.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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 RonfromJersey
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Ghenna
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the day it was bottled, 10-5-12. Consumed 5 days later.

Big pine on the nose, with a solid backbone of citrus following. As it warms up a bit the citrus takes over. Malt sweetness is pretty evident.

Bitterness is really the overwhelming impression you get from the taste- especially as it warms. And it lingers. Citrusy. Caramel sugars were apparent earlier as it was colder, but warmed up a bit it is just super bitter. Still, surprisingly drinkable for a beer that is 11.3%.

Can a beer be too fresh and too hoppy? If there ever was a candidate for that title, this may be it. But it is good. The aroma is divine, and produced with with just centennial and chinook. Weirdly the chinook was particularly evident when cold, but the centennial became more present as it warmed. An awesome beer, the only thing that could make exceptional would be a bit lower of a price point. Still worth a shot though.

Note: listed as year round as it is included in the year round portion of their website.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a nonic pint.

A- Copper-colored and hazy-looking in the body. Creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. 4

S- Resinous, piney, pineapple juice, vanilla and caramel malts. Huge amounts of fruitiness on the nose. Pretty lovely. 4.25

T- Continued fruit flavor, pineapple and passionfruit, along with a spicy hop flavor and creamy caramel malt. 4.25

M- Spicy and well-carbonated resulting in a colorful feel on the tongue. The bitterness is spread throughout and thus mellowed and the finish is dry and just a tad boozy. 4

A tasty brew with big fruit flavors, mellow bitterness and the booze subdued. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- amber, 1" fluffy white head

S- very intense, sweet malts, piny, fruity, oniony, dank cat piss, slight alcohol

T- follows the nose perfectly, though more subdued

M- medium to heavy body, nice carbonation, slight alcohol heat

O- pretty damn tasty. Super dank with sweet malts and some booze. The aroma is very intense, while the flavor is more subdued and dangerously drinkable. A super dank brew with a solid malt backbone is exactly what i look for in this style, and this has all of that.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Holland
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously sent from Mister_Joshy, thanks!

A: pours a clear golden color with minimal head since it was cold. Looks thick at first, but lightens up as it warms.

S: huge citrus smell from these beautiful hops, but it comes with a few off smells like onion and alcohol. Still delicious.

T: citrus and light fruit like apricot come through at first with sweet malts followed by a bitterness that is almost as intense as eating the skin of a grapefruit. Crazy stuff here.

M: no doubt on the thicker side even for a double IPA, but it's well carbonated.

O: drinkable for quite a while; I could have done the whole bomber. Delicious and over the top, as I have come to expect from Knee Deep.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Hop Shortage from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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