Knee Deep Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #540
Ranked #2,931
4.17 | pDev: 10.79%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Briefly known as Hopoholic
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 257 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Weylan221 from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic! I’m not usually a fan of IPA’s but this was superb. Not at all what I expected. The slogan on the bottle is: “Borders on insanity.” When I took my first sip, I literally said “This is Crazy!” If you see this beer, Buy It! Forget about the abv, taste makes this beer.

Jul 17, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet hoppy aromatics on this one! Taste follows with a smooth and creamy bitter finish that is slightly boozy...but expected at 15% ABV! Its supposed to be a quad or QIPA...but this is pretty good!

Jun 29, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus hop and malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with citrus hop and strong malt flavors
M-A heavy bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Quadruple IPA with a whooping kick!

May 26, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa.
Kegged 04/04/19, 12.5%.

Bright golden pour, with soft, consistent head that settles to about a quarter inch above the beer and leaves pretty heavy lace retention all around the inside of the glass.

Lots of dank hops on the nose, piney/earthy predominantly. Decent malt bill rounds it out nicely.

Sharply bitter and hoppy flavors, but a distinctly sweet malt presence as well. The two combine and balance fairly well, but those pithy hops definitely showcase here. Pretty straightforward, malty/hoppy/boozy.

Smooth, sticky, resinous as hell. Low but sharp carbonation and very boozy going down. Hop bitterness lingers.

Apr 29, 2019
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Trovezine from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is exactly what the label says it is- 14% alcohol super hop ass kicker. I had a crap day and love ipa’s so this was perfect. Drank the whole 22 over dinner and now I’m buzzing with hops on my breath.
Look: coppery nw.
Smell: hops bitch
Taste: POW! Hops and booze. Or maybe booze then hops.
Feel: yup. Got some. Not too thick, not too thin.
Overall: The reviews that describe this as a barley wine make sense. It’s an over the top banger for ipa lovers who had a crap day. Or for hop lovers who want to melt into their bar stool.

Oct 16, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/19/17 - Draft 10 oz pour into snifter, $17 w/ tax and tip. Copper light pour, minimal white head. Sharp and pleasant pine hop aroma. Very sharp and bitter hops taste, pleasant for my taste. Firm dry mouth feel, strong beer but not overwhelming. Overall excellent beer, glad I closed with this one.

Jan 01, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shiny copper penny colored with an inch of creamy beige on top the dwindles down to a fingernail within 5 minutes. The aroma is of a massive quantity of piney and a bit of tropical hops. That first taste clobbers your taste buds with pine and tropical fruit including pineapple, pear, and mango. This one is definitely sticky, resinous, and a bit boozy.

Sep 16, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't sure if I was going to review this because it seemed like it was coming across as an American barleywine to me for a little bit, and though I couldn't find a date, I decided against not reviewing it because this still came out pretty well. Consider this an aged review, I think.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a murky golden color with a film of a little white foamy head that had a light little valley-like cap of a head that slid off fairly slow to leave some speckled lace running here and there.
The aroma had some traces of that "American Barleywine" sort of grippingly bitter grapefuity hops beating at some grassy to almost tobacco-like dry sweetness. Some floral hop bits, some red delicious apple and a little bit of hop spice.
The flavor moderately traced the edges of tobacco to pine to floral to red apple to grapefruit and lead with a semi-sticky sort of apple to grapefruit and tobacco blend of an aftertaste, which was somewhat dry as well.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a steady sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt, well, perhaps a touch under having a nice ABV to it. Finishes mainly grapefruity to apple with a touch of the tobacco dryness.
Overall, to me at least, it came across somewhat as an aged American Barleywine. Why didn't I get all of the attributes that seemed like what everyone else got? Still, it's definitely good enough to want to have again and am hoping next time I know the bottling date of this.

Aug 27, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into Snifter. No date.

L: Honey gold, clear, finger and a half of off white head that has very good retention.

S: DANKITY DANK piney hops.

T: Super dank again, like chewing on a hop. Super tasty, alcohol is surprisingly hidden well underneath all the hops.

F: Chewy, slightly syrupy, crisp, semi-dry.

O: Wow this is so hoppy and unique and tasty. Wonderful.

Aug 11, 2017
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R_i_P from California

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up 3 bombers of Hop-De-Ranged quadruple IPA from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 05/15/2017. Bottled on 03/06/2017. 13.8% ABV. Knee Deep Brewing hails from Auburn, CA. Knee Deep only releases this beer on a seasonal basis.

Hop-De-Ranged pours a clear, lemon amber with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of off-white foam. Good lacing. The smell is pure pine and intense dankness. The taste starts with pine, followed immediately by a huge blast of resinous pine supported by a moderate malt backbone. The 13.8% ABV alcohol warms the mixture, lending a big, decadent boozy taste which perfectly compliments the blast of pine and malt backbone. But the standout truly is the blast of resinous pine which lingers on the palate long after each quaff.

Hop-De-Ranged is downright hedonistic -- the hophead's ultimate dream. Every taste here is big, bold and beautiful -- without the slightest harsh hop taste whatsoever. This quad IPA is so damn smooth and well-balanced. Effing delicious! I simply can't get enough of it -- it's literally addictive. Next time, I'm buying a whole case!

Jun 04, 2017
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This is like hopped brandy. It is clear, golden/amber, with a nice white head. The aroma is pure hop bitterness. I got some flavor of apple and orange and a whole lot of bitterness and alcohol. What else is there to say. If you like hops, it has it in spades. You can enjoy the flavors of the hops, the bitterness, and the strong alcohol like an after dinner drink. Peace be upon you.

May 21, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 3/06/17 poured gently into a tulip. It has that classic clear west coast style look, Carmel colored with a white bubbly heads that fades. Spotted lacing when consumed. The initial fruity hops smell gets masked over by crackery malt then some traces of alcohol. Slight metallic smell and some pine hops too! The taste starts off good with hops the into those Carmel malts, and finishes with the slight alcoholic burn. The more I drink the more it turns into sweet malt and pine hops! This really punches your mouth!! The feel is definitely slick and full and that alcoholic finish! Overall they did great balancing malts and hops but IMO it's too much. I won't buy or consume again but I rated it fairly! Cheers.

Apr 14, 2017
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Bum4ever from California

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is the harshest IPA I have ever had.
look: was clear and orange with a small light head
smell: right away told me this was full of hops and they were over-powering
taste: was literally a punch in the mouth of hops and I just couldn't taste anything else.
feel: was nice for a Quad IPA, I guess but this might be my first one.
overall: I really don't know how I feel. After a few sips I thought I hated it because it was just too much hops and almost had like an alcohol after burn to it. Then I maybe adjusted and started to really like it. By the end I think this is a super slow sipper of an IPA that you should only drink if you love hopped up west coast style IPA's.

Mar 19, 2017
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unclekeith from Alaska

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brand new beer to Alaska - unfortunately its 3 months old - bomber into a Teku

L: Crystal clear golden hun with a small white head,
S: Citrusy and piney on the nose, a bit of heat in there too, there's a sweetness too
T: Overwhelming, long lasting, all over the place, boozy
M: full bodied, unpleasant after taste sticking around
O: Not subtle, but I guess that's the point, no balance, going big for the sake of going big - interesting, but will not revisit

Feb 26, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8 Oz pour on tap into snifter

A: light yellow gold body with great clarity. Almost no head because of a completely full pour.

S: Very resins hops, getting some candied citrus hops, smells sweet, and maybe a little alcohol.

T: Lots of resin hops, light citrus, a lot of sweetness and light malts.

M: This is a heavy Beer the beer feels full on the tongue and coats it

O: It's a big beer drinks like a barleywine which in a few more months it will be. It isn't really face searingly hoppy but it's there booze is barely contained under a thick body.

Dec 30, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/17/2016 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some piney hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a subdued hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. There’s a touch of an alcohol sting but it is mild for a beer with such a high ABV. The after-taste is slightly sticky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger 2IPA to drink for a while.

Dec 18, 2016
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HeadHopperz from Texas

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So i had the Karbach Quintuple a couple of days ago and finally rated it. This BAD MOFO was bought a D&Q Beer in Montrose last night. It looks to be the last shipment since his 1st one was sold out in about 2 weeks. So i randomly decided to take a trip to D&Q to find the last new IPA's. The owner knows im only looking for the hoppist pineyist IPA's so it doesnt matter how much the price is. To me its the experience. I've had (not yet to be reviewed as im a slow mofo) Hoptimum, Palate Wrecker that ARE my top ones in my book.
Finally had this and spent an $15 even. It was already refrigerated before opening this bad guy.
Overall is almost a 5!

This one is a heavy hitter. I taste the malt caramel, pinenuts and what lingered after the initial swig was BITTERNESS HOPS. HOP EFFIN MADDNESS. I savored this moment for the next 5 minutes before taking another sip. Slowly but surely the 2nd and the 3rd swig a halo-buzz came upon feeling as good as someone on CLOUD-9!
I wasnt evem half-way to the bottle end and it was more hops. This resonate and was perfect to me. I wouldnt advise drinking this everyday because you wouldnt appreciate how the quality of this beer is. Its in my book and i hope it does for you too. Wish they can distribute faster from California! Its stars across in my book!!!!

Oct 19, 2016
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent golden orange color with an inch of thick white head. Tons of lacing. Boozey and sweet aroma with pine and tangerine. Lots of alcohol heat in the first sip. Sweet nail polish remover, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, melon and honey. There's a lot going on. Reminds me of a hopped up Olde School. Hot, boozey finish with tons of bitterness. Guava, grapefruit, tangerine and piney hops at the end. There is no forgetting this one is 13%, but it's not abusive. The hoppy bitterness works with the high ABV. Chewy mouthfeel. Oily. I've liked the other Knee Deep high octane Imperial IPAs (especially Simtra), and this is another solid entry. Worth seeking out.

Sep 15, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/2/2015. Pours crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, fairly grainy/creamy, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding big imperial IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This was impressively dry and well attenuated on the malt sweetness for the 13.1% ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Mar 20, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear deep gold.

The aroma hits of dank qualities, sweet grapefruit peel, pineapple, sugary sweetness.

The flavor offers huge flavors, sweet grapefruit and pine needles. Very much a familiar West Coast profile with a smack of sugary sweetness and caramel sweet malts, onto a chewy malt quality and onto resin and dank on the finish. The beer is enormous, drinks a few points below its ABV. Onto an intense warming as it goes down as the beer warms. I would prefer it served a bit more chilled.

Feb 21, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Arch Bridge in Oregon City the other day.

The beer certainly looks nice enough, as it pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The aroma profile is the best thing about this beer in IMHO, as on the nose I get a huge presence of skunky hops, dry citrus and sweet tropical fruit. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but I thought the sweetness was just a bit much. It was one of those things I noticed more and more as I drank my glass, making it increasingly difficult to drink. The finish is still fairly dry and bitter, but it was hard getting by the sweetness level, and I thought it made the 13% abv. all the more prominent and noticeable.

A solid beer, but given what's generally available here in the NW when it comes to amped up DIPA's (notorious, Third Word, etc), I'm not sure this is something I need to revisit again any time soon.

Edit from 7/7/19. I gather knee deep has amped up the recipe for this beer, to the point it's now undrinkable. On the tap list at John's, it's listed as a barrel aged TIPA at 15% abv. The beer is sweet and boozy, and is now very barleywine-ish. Yes, there's a hint of bitterness on the finish, but it's completely overwhelmed by the sweet malty flavor profile and huge alcohol presence. Not sure what the brewer is going for now, but imho, it's a big fail. If i were to review this beer now, my rating score would likely be in the sub three range.

Feb 20, 2016
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A big beer that'll sneak up on you and kick your taste buds in. Deep resin hop flavor leaning more toward the tropical fruit side. Sweet but not sticky the alcohol bite subdues the sweetness. Aroma is in your face hops tickling your nose. An awesome beer.

Jan 23, 2016
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sullyb from California

4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a tad bit sweet and you are reminded that its a 13% abv ale often. might need a few modifications and this will be will be my favorite strong ale this side of the pond and Knee Deep will be the brewery to do it.

look: golden yellowish, a little head, not surprisingly since this is a high alcohol brew

smell: not overly hoppy as i was expecting, but hoppy non the less

taste: a tad sweet, lots of hops

feel: heavier than i expected for a high alcohol brew. but too overly heavy

overall a great beer!

Aug 06, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strangely enough, this beer pours a light transparent golden color. I would've assumed a "quadruple ipa" would have a little more color and depth to its appearance. It does seem to hold a small head fairly well. Nice lacings throughout.

Aroma is hoppy, fruity, and occasionally reminds me of orange juice or hard, irony well water.

The flavor is great. It drinks similar to a belgian. Very fruit-forward hops here. Orange juice and sweet apricots seem to mask the hop flavor that I thought would probably overpower here.

Very interesting, and might I say well done. 13.1% is a BIG beer, and although the higher abv can be noticed, its not as intense as I would assume. Pretty sneaky good here.

Aug 05, 2015
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Gambelli from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- 22oz. bomber, bottled on date of 4-29-2015. Consumed on 5-14-15. Very fresh. A 1" cap of foam tenaciously hangs on this dark gold brilliantly clear brew.
S- Booze, not surprising considering the 13% ABV. Hop resin and oils, a bit of pine forest in there, as well as a grainy malt presence. Not much in the way of tropical or citrus fruit in the nose.
T- Hop profile dominated by pine sap stickiness. Incredibly bitter. Sweet, grainy malt on top of alcohol heat. Knock your socks off bitterness all the way through.
M-Oily, sticky and lightly carbonated. Sweet and dry.
O- As advertised. A 4X IPA with hops, sweet malt and alcohol to prove that claim. Not as balanced or floral/tropical as I thought it might be, but not sure it was intended to be.
Might visit this again some day, but with all the exceptional Knee Deep beers out there, I would probably not choose this one over the others.

Jun 29, 2015
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