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 seasmokiee
2/5  rDev -49.1%

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 Arbitrator
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
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 -28%
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 -24.4%
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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Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
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 lordofstarside
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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 -20.6%
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 -19.3%
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 AgentMunky
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A finger of off-white head. Clearish, dark amber.

S: Garlicky-sweet hops. Onions and sweet, red fruit (apples?).

T: Tasty, but underwhelming. The ABV doesn't show at all. Moderately rich, with little impact on the tongue, and a very light flavour. Bittersweet hops and a drying endtaste. It's not that the taste is bad -- far from it -- but there's so little of it.

M: Smooth and flat, if thickish.

O: Unfortunately boring. I would not have another or recommend it.

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Photo of Lordmuffinpants
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice bitter but just nice, the head was thick and creamy. The taste was less then I expected for a bottle of this price.

All in all drinkable just not driving all overtown to find one

My litmus test is the wife, she thought it was smooth, means a tad weak even for a stroke ach content

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber from a trade on 05/15/13 w/ a bottling date of 03/15/13 had in a Burley Oak tulip

A: A very hazy dirty blonde with ok lacing. Minimal head.

S: I get a lot of nice citrus notes here. It is nice but not too strong of a smell.

T: Lots of boozy alcohol with the pine only coming through on the tail end and in the aftertaste. Not a sharp alcohol burn, but a kind of mild steady presence, which taints the hop profile and covers a lot of it up. An odd malty pine resin aftertaste that is kind of dulled due to alcohol burn bit.

M: It is quite crisp with a ring of coarse bubbles in it. Crisp and coarse if you keep it in your mouth.

O: I will have trouble finishing this beer. It was an extra in my first trade, so I can't complain. I was worried that my waiting a month from when I got it to open it would make it be bad, but not with this high ABV. There is no alcohol shortage here.

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Photo of DoctorQ9
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Taste is disappointing. When you advertise a beer as "Will Work for Hops", I expect a strong hoppy finish. A good brew, but did not deliver on its promise. Weak finish with slightly astringic opening. Bitter taste without the deep floral tones that most highly hopped beers exhibit.

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Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of VTFriar
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hard to be objective, as I'm a big fan of 3x Simtra....This bomber cost me over $10 though.

ABV is extremely well hidden by hops. A little disappointed with the aroma - I expected more. It says it's a triple-hopped IPA. Still a little more hoppiness in the aroma would help.

Bitterness really lingers...For at least a minute. Strong, but not overwhelming.

Color is amber, clear/filtered. A medium to dark amber - more towards Medium.

Nice body. Very full and hangs in there - especially holds up well to the hoppiness and alcohol. Not watery at all. Nice.

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Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed clear orange colored brew with a medium sized white head.

Smells sweet with a strong citrus aroma. There is a savory scent here to a little like caramelized onion. There are pine, cedar and cinnamon scent in this too.

Starts out mildly sweet with a sharp hop bite in the back of the throat. Bittersweet with some strong tea and woody flavors. Slight mushroom flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer that could be more complex.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a half-inch off white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty and streaky lace.

N: Plenty of grapefruit and citrus along with pine plus sweetish malt, some orange and juicy tangerine also.

T: Big malt profile present up front followed by oily, sticky and resiny pine sap.. ABV is notable. Pretty amped up all around.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. Bitting, bitter finish.

O: No hop shortage here, that's for sure. Big ABV and big malt make this a kicker.

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Photo of santomark
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a frothy head into my glass. A glance at the label reveals that this is a "triple-hopped IPA". Hmmmm.

Buttery citrus biscuits. Mango and grapefruit. A good whiff of alcohol burn. Very encouraging.

Triple hop goodness! God, that was so cliche. Buttery bread, pine needle/mango bitterness and alcohol heat.

Bitterness envelopes the mouth, leaving very little room for else. Alcohol warmth is at its' peak here.

Definitely nails the bitter part. I'd prefer a bit more balance but this will do for hop fanatics.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ChanChan
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had heard this beer was somewhat close to Pliny the Younger. I won't believe it till I taste for myself.

Appearance: Nice orangy/copper color. Decent lacing!

Aroma: very west coast IPA. Huge resin notes, some tropical fruit but more resin as it warms up.

Taste: very similar to aroma, I can feel the heat but it is not cloying!

Mouthfeel: medium to full body, the alcohol heat makes this beer feel heavier.

Overall: This is a solid IPA, definitely feels stronger than a II IPA. It is not a special beer tho!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this at my wife's work a few days ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. It wasn't the best I have had but it was still very good. I definitely would like to drink it again.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 HeadHopperz
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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