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Hop-D-Ranged | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Briefly known as Hopoholic

Added by mookihouse on 04-24-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
222
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
29.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 222
Photo of HeadHopperz
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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.
L-4.25
S-4.25
T-4.75
F-5
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!!!!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of sullyb
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gambelli
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw, clear. Voluminous head, dwindling to very good lacing.

S: Dankness, pine, and pineapple.

MF: Quite chewy. Moderate carbonation.

T: Incredible Hop flavor. An absolutely dominating hop bitterness that knocks down poor, unsuspecting tastebuds. Sweet malty base, with a decent heat from the high abv.

O: Would buy again, but only every now and then. Would I call it a quad IPA or an ipa-wine. Not sure. But tasty

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Crazy Harry's in Winnetka, CA.

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of onion, garlic, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with onion, garlic, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice combination of herbal and citrus zest hops that are slightly better in the taste, but this one is quite boozy as well.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

04/29/15

Look - Pours a golden light orange with an absolute glorious head. Head is white with good distribution from very small to small. Retention is excellent. Great clinging.

Smell - Overflowing with resinous hop aromas. Lots of pine and citrus, smells as if you opened a bag of hop pellet and shoved your nose in. Underlying catbox. Faint herbal aromas of chamomile, rosemary and tarragon.

Taste - All citrus rind up front. Hops aren't listed but I suspect El Dorado, I'm picking up on the chocolate orange thing I always get from El Dorado. Numbing sensation as if biting into a whole orange. Alcohol is hidden well, but is definitely there. A bit hot on the finish.

Feel - Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy.

Overall - Very tasty but whoa, I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I'm a bit buzzed and this huge beer already has me stumbling. Not an everyday drinker to be sure, but worth checking out.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear gold body, a full head of tainted ivory left laces down the glass

S: sweet candied fruits and flowers, citric and resinous, but definitely sweet, like with honey and caramel

T: sweet pale fruits, citric and resinous, with a muted bitterness that crept up and enveloped the tongue

M: medium-to-light-feeling, a little bit of stickiness, smooth and slick - drinks quick and easy - dangerous at this abv

O: really nice quadruple IPA (?) - barleywine strong but very lean, albeit sweeter than I'd normally go for - good drinking - recommended for big pale ale drinkers with a tooth for sweetness and high abv...

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Photo of Jeffrey84
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dank resin,tropical notes with a little booze. This is the first knee deep beer I've tried...will be buying more of ther offerings after trying this. $15.99 is steep but at 13.1% I thinks it's worth it.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops-grapefruit seems to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruits and slight hints of alcohol.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are stronger than the citrus—mango stands out in particular—and there are stronger notes of alcohol that linger into the finish. Slight hints of underlying sweetness from the malts are perceptible.
M: It feels crisp and a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Subtle bits of warming from the alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong with the flavors of alcohol from the taste, but it was a lot more drinkable than I expected because it didn't seem overly malty or heavy on the palate considering the strength. It's a pleasant beer to be sipped if you like the strength of a barleywine but the aromas and flavors of hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PaulWaters
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Personally, I think this is an amazing Quad IPA. Its boozy, balanced, layered and incredibly awesome to enjoy. Its expensive, but what a treat. Knee deep is seriously at the top of the extreme hop IPA game.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A little light on the nose. Expected a stronger aroma. Taste has a lot of malt to it. Booze is noticeable. Feel is chewy as one would expect from such a gigantic beer. Overall very good but don't think it stands out among Knee Deep's big DIPA lineup.

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Photo of scootny
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super clear golden liquid. Large white head and and decent lacing.

Nose has lots of sweet malt and a strong but not over the top hoppiness. A hit of mint and leafy fresh hop cones. Just a whiff of alcohol, surprising considering the abv.

Taste is also a surprise. Sweet mellow, malty and very well hopped but not abrasively. Balance is the word over and over again. Finish is clean and short, with a lingering trace od minty hops.

Feel is supple and lightly creamy, smooth and highly drinkable. This goes down like a session ale, unbelievable.

Just fantastic. A superb brew that drinks like and IPA and hides the alcohol like magic. If you have time for only one beer and need to feel like you had two or three, crack open of these.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - 1-finger head that dissipates. Light, clear. Tons of lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, pine. ABV unbelievably well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, lingering, light, effervescent, crisp, acidic, refreshing.

VALUE - $12 for a 10-oz glass. Pricey for domestic draft.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - This is the first Quadrupel Imperial IPA I've tasted. Yet another hophead masterpiece from Knee Deep.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After having only two beers since New Year's eve,neither of wich were hop driven I was ready for a beer named Hop D-Ranged believe that.Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear rich copper color with a sticky half finger slight off white head,aromas of citric hops,sweet alcohol,and more sweet caramel,big alcohol sweetness mixed with a sharp pithy hoppiness is what stands out.A full almost chewy,it's a big beer and it feels big.Full on sweet alcohol on the palate with some drunken fruitiness before a big shot of grapefruit-like hops cuts into the sweetness...a little.The size of this beer makes for a whole lot of sweet alcohol burn but there is still enough hops make it interesting,I like it but getting through the 22 is a challenge.

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Photo of DrRambis
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a goblet. Date unknown.

Look: Dark golden brown, sort of an orange amber quality to it, maybe even maple syrup, with a two inch frowthy cream colored head. Opaque without any sediment. Head dies in time leaving behind a modicum of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet overripe tropical fruit aromas, like sickly sweet on the verge of rotten fruit, brown sugar/molassas, strong lemon pine aromas, extremely aromatic

Taste: Tastes like sugared candy, like sugar coated dried fruit, peaches, melon, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and pine, lots of big flavors swirling around but they seem to be pretty balanced. Sweet buttery biscuit dough round out the palate. Some mild roasty elements are apparent on the finish. Very very sweet.

Feel: Slick body, not quite chewy but very silky, leaves a bit of alocohol burn on the way down but still quite smooth and one can only expect some heat from a beer of this gravity. Leaves a medium astringency in the mouth on the finish but not nearly as bitter as many other American Barleywines.

Overall: An enjoyable and complex tasting beer that definately leans on the sweet end of the spectrum. Id say that is my number one criticism of the beer but I also think that the intense sweetness allows the other flavors to meld without becoming overly biting. Its okay but my clostest comparisons would be Hi-Resin from Sixpoint or Hopsolutely from Fegley's and I'd take either over this. Still worth a shot if you can stand the sweet stuff.

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Photo of retry4z
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outlier detected. Justify rating with a review. So, O.K., this is the bomb. Perfect balance of malt and hops, with a burst of hop flavor and a river of malt washing it all into a perfect blend of nirvana. Taste of caramel and candy cane. There are no words for it, just try it and ride the wave of happiness.

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Photo of SplitsAtoms
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a crazy big beer. A bit boozy to start for me but that mellowed out after a few sips and then it leads you into hoppy nirvana. Good stuff, wish i had a fresh example. Hat tip again to metsfan1 for the sample ... Wish we could get something half as good here in GA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch bubbly light tan head that retains well before slowly descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Tangy, somewhat sweet hop aroma with a malt profile that reminds me of a barleywine but the juicy quality of the hops keep it within IPA territory.

T- Totally mind-boggling that this has a 13% ABV. So smooth and tasty with just enough hop bitterness and flavor. The sturdy malt backbone also keeps things in check. After multiple sips, the alcohol flavor does start to creep in but still ends up being rather complementary. Nice sweetness which once again evokes the barleywine style but the large hop presence once again immediately puts that to rest. Notes of tangerine, orange and grapefruit.

M- Bright, sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is incredibly dangerous stuff. I have no idea how they were able to make all the elements so balanced across the board. Share with a friend.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

The color gives away just how Deranged this is, as the color is a deep dark brown. The nose is certainly hoppy, full of darkness. I'm reminded of a onion bagel as the malt gives some bread and the hops supply the onion, chive, pepper,poppy seed and garlic. I do get a bit of grapefruit and citrus at the back.

The flavor is part sweet, caramel malt, and kind of spicy. The hops emit an onion flavor to me, and again it's that spicy onion from a bagel; garlic maybe. There's a bit of citrus near the end: lemon, orange and tangerines.

Most impressive is the intense ABV that is never perceived. It is incredibly smooth and actually easy too drink which may be a problem as I write this.

Despite the onion dominance, that probably is my palate, I can truly appreciate the craft.

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