Hop Shortage | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

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?

Added by Ghenna on 10-11-2012

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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of seasmokiee
2/5  rDev -49.9%

This is sad. Overly bitter, alcohol in excess and a bad after taste. Imagine golden drak that's bitter with an after taste of floor cleaner. If that's your thing. Only second beer I have ever poured out. Maybe I got a bad bottle and will need to try again to confirm. Until then, two is a gift.

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Photo of AdamPenna
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Photo of Omnium
2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint glass
A. Clouded orange with. Finger of foamy off white head.
S. Malty alcohol and with spicy hop resin. Just poor aroma.
T. Diacetyl is huge in this beer , huge alcohol burn, abrasive spicy hop resin burnt caramel. Massive bitterness.
M. Super sticky chewy abrasive with tons of burn.
O. I quit with knee deep after this. I was so excited when I found this along with hoptologist and simtra. All three are horrible, this being the worst. Diacetyl alcohol malt hop burn.Gross

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Photo of PhxHorn
2.97/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a transparent light copper color, but does not generate much head at all. Nor does it leave lacing on the glass. Smell is a light aroma of hops, but not that intense. The flavor is on the tangy orangy side for an IPA, with some hints of grass and herbs in there. The finish is intensely bitter. Carbonation is on the light side, imo. This would be considered a decent IPA, but for an imperial it's definitely on the thin and wimpy side.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served from 22 oz bomber with bottled on date of 03/15/13, into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden, copper color with about a finger and a half of dense white head the recedes to a thin cap after a few minutes.

Smell: Hop resin, and malty sweetness, a touch of citrus, and a faint earthiness.

Taste: A touch of piney, resinous hop bitterness up front, followed by a massive amount of alcohol, that ends with a piney bitter aftertaste. Just a straight up boozy mess, hardly any hop character when compared to the alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a very nice prickly carbonation.

Overall: Just a boozy mess IMO, lacks any real hop punch, after a few drinks all I can taste is the alcohol.

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Photo of travolta
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofstarside
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another imperial ipa from knee deep. I wasn't impressed with Hoptologist but liked Simtra, so let's see where this one falls. Bomber to a snifter, bottled on 1/4/13

Pours a balanced coppery gold with a finer of foam. Really good color on this, right where a dipa should be. Very little carbonation, maybe a single bubble every three or four seconds. Foam has died down a bit, nice froth in the middle with a nice ring around the edges. Good lacing, with a bit longer of a retention time this would have been perfect

Aroma of hops, some spicy resin, lemon and orange zest, along with a subdued alcoholy malt. Some more floral hop and citrus come out as I agitate the glass

Taste is very boozy. Good amount of hops backed up with some sweet malt, but the alcohol is the first thing to stick out and the last thing to leave, not very concealed at all

Feel is full bodied with little carbonation. Good tongue tingle, sticky, nice finish. This isn't something I'd want to have more than a bottle of

This beer could really be a lot better. The alcohol is high and poorly masked with eclipses all the other flavors of the beer. Drop it down a couple percent and add more hoppy citrus. Frankly, this stuff isn't worth $10 a bottle, I'd advise against it if you paid what I did

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Knee Deep - Hop Shortage - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Clever bottle. Pours a dark copper/amber with a minimal, bubbly head. Minimal lacing and carbonation. Hazy.

Smell - Hops are present, as well as sweet honey and some citrus.

Taste - Bitey sweet malt intro, wave of sweetness in the middle, driest of the dry hoppy finish. Booze somewhat throughout.

Mouthfeel - Rests like a tough IPA on the sides, a little overly bitter. I'm somewhat reluctant to keep sipping but curiosity killed the cat so I do. Ends quite a bit on the boozy side, which is not surprising considering the strength of this brew. I would say the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this brew, which is big.

Overall - Not quite sure what to make of this one, I wanted to like it but I'm afraid it's so-so. Less alcohol would be one place to start as it would likely soften the boozy blow at the end and lend more attention to the complex flavor. Oh well, can't love them all!

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Photo of flayedandskinned
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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Photo of Kaymord
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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