Belgo Hoptologist | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgo-Hoptologist is brewed with Citra, Columbus and Cascade hops which give this American Belgo Style IPA enormous hop aromas of American pine & grapefruit and eccentric fruit and phenols flavors from the Belgian yeast.

Added by Halcyondays on 04-27-2013

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Near clear medium auburn. fine bubble head, film, collar and mderate fine sheets of lace.

Some Belgian yea, pepper and coriander on the nose.

Full throttle DIPA with an ample malt base, and peppery hops in the finish. the Belgian character seems to be fairly minor, as I'm picking up yeasty qualities, but not really as much as I'd like. On the malty side for a DIPA. So all in all, not really what I'm looking for in a "Belgo" inspired brew. But a decent and heady drinker, none the less

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper hue this one was bottled on 2/1/14, I'd like a bit fresher but it's a Belgo version of their Hoptologist DIPA clocks in at 9% abv with 102 IBUs. Pours a hazed deep copper hue with a light shade off white head, fine even layered lacing.

Aroma has pungent hop pellets intense grapefruit, dank pine cone notes as well, spicy Belgian yeast character hints of black pepper and funky mild barnyard. Overall it smells nice inviting and makes you want to take your first sip.

Flavor has upfront hop complexity a touch of Summit or something similar with a hint of green onion/garlic spiciness, grapefruit peel bitter pith, crushed aspirin a strange hop profile that doesn't work too well with the Belgian yeast characteristics, black pepper spiciness, earthy herbal, and funky finish. The lingering green onion almost kills the experience for me, I'm pretty sensitive to that hop/similar hop varieties.

Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied goes down great pretty smooth for the high alcohol. A bit cloying as it warms the hops just tend to collide with the Belgian yeast they compete with each other the slightly funky spicy yeast with the garlic/onion hop tones wear me down a bit.

Overall I'm glad I gave one of the Knee Deep hoppy offerings a shot, I will keep my eyes peeled for fresh Simtra.

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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/10, poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Poured clear orange/amber color, half inch white head. Good lacing and retention.
Aroma: Dank, grassy and piney, with some light flowery and grassy notes. Very little sweet malt aroma.
Taste: Big piney flavors, a little citrus tartness, and some slight malt sweetness. Got a weird slightly metallic flavor that was a little off-putting.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, decent carbonation, felt a little thin for the style. A little alcohol burn as well.
Overall: Certainly not a bad beer, Knee Deep really brings the hoppiness in this one, but I really missed the belgian funky yeastiness I thought it should have.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is the same clear, deep gold-orange as the original. The fluffy off-white head stands just over one finger in height. Interestingly, as is the case with the non-Belgo version, the retention is more in the lasting of the foam that remains rather than how long it stays at its height. Patching is solid.
The difference in the aroma is essentially that the bitterness is toned down and evened out by earth and mild sweetness, such that's it's similar to the original but softer with a very little added gentle spiciness. I still get the wood, pith, flower herb, and pine of the original, just toned down and added to. Ultimately, it ends up being give and take.
There's no hint of the slight tang and acidity found in the American version. The wood, pith, herb, flower and pine are still present, but with more juicy fruits, light sort of sugary sweetness, earth, clove, and even a gentle sting to the alcohol. The finish ends up being a little weaker, and the Belgian character needs to kick it up to reach the upper echelon of this particular style. Well done, though.
The body is still big enough to support the base and while being a touch lighter in this version. It reaches moderate levels of both crispness and smoothness with a likewise moderate and consistent carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Speigelau ipa glass.

A: Darkening orange in the vessel produces a generous, frumpy textured, light hay colored head with a relatively moderate rate of stay (2-3 min). Quick paced macro-effervesce within, slightly hazy forecast with a nice window dressing, of soapy spotting.

S: Freshly squeezed breakfast juice, grapefruit and orange with a slight injection of tropical notes. Hops are fresh and wet, of short duration leading more into some fruity factors such as breakfast fruit, melon, with a soft dry finish of hay and nutshells.

T: Flavor started with a bit of grassy-orange hopping, above average showing, that was backed by a bright crisp carbonation factor that seemed to make it pop a bit more. Dry grains, green melon, and floral citrus hightlight the mid-palate. Nice breakfast juice fruitiness from the yeast, tangerine and orange finish, toasted hay, with flashes of light intermittent flashes of sweetness from the speciality grains that are supportive, and never intrusive or overly used to cover the hops and yeast. Finishes with a lightly dry and bittering duration.

M: Mouthful is fairly crisp and bright, body seems a bit lean for 9.0%abv leaning more towards the lighter side of medium weight.

O: Overall nice fruity contribution from the yeast and hops, with an adequate and well balance of hoppiness (102 ibus) that shows warming floral and orange hopping with a soft belgian yeast and tropical fruitiness. This is meant to be a belgian hopped ipa, so don't expect some humongous west coast dry hopped bomb that would ultimately would cover the gentle belgian yeast attributes, instead respect and enjoy the well balance and soft features. This held my attention throughout the drink til the very last sip. A bomber is a perfect serving size here.

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3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Belgo Hoptologist from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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