Knee Deep Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #226
Ranked #1,428
4.23 | pDev: 8.04%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Formerly known as Hoparillo

Triple IPA brewed and dry hopped with large amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops that delivers exploding tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavor. Intense hop aromas that are sure to stimulate your olfactory receptors.
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Photo of kitch
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 23rd July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear copper colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had great retention and left lots of nice fluffy sticky lacing.

Aroma: Resinous pine, grass, grapefruit, citrus rind, orange juice, light caramel and a touch of booze.

Taste: Pine, resiny, light caramel sweetness, citrusy, grapefruit rind, orange peel, orange juice, booze, a touch of stone fruit, and a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad at all, but perhaps a bit too boozy. I would have enjoyed it even more if the booze could have been hidden.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and amber colored with an impressive two fingers, good persistence and solid lacing action

Smell: Tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine

Taste: Papaya, blueberry and melon forward, with grapefruit pith tones building; piney, with a growing dank bitterness, through the middle and a palate numbing finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A TIPA from the days when brewers competed to see who could brew the highest IBU IPA, it was fun to visit from a nostalgic perspective as it is a good example of that style of beer

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Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper and clear filtered with almost no carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of pineapple, spicy hops, pine, candy corns, blueberries, green strawberries, and dank skunk cabbage.

Tastes of dank skunk cabbage, pine resin, pineapples and a big, bitterness.

Medium body, slightly syrupy, with little to moderate carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Oct 11th, 2018. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Shimmering amber with an uneven bubbly off-white collar.

Smell is Triple Sec, hot pine and sweaty, catty rug all with a nose-numbing tingle.

The palate displays its all too forward boozy potency right off the bat, bringing with it fiery pine, orange liqueur and a pungently hot exhale.

The medium, slick body has a crunchy sort of froth before a chewy, semi-dry finish. It's far too hot.

This one does not quite have the deft execution of other high octane hop cocktails we enjoy locally, like Hop Juju and Creeper, or even the more widely distributed The Waldos.

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Photo of Avitra
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great intro to the world of triple (or quad) IPAs, mostly because it's really not too bitter or too boozy. Just the perfect amount of both.
Extremely summary drink for someone who likes his summer with a kick. Lemony, very grapefruity and even a little beautiful tangerine finish. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy golden yellow with very nice head and lacing. Pleasant citrus smell. Very citrusy taste, mostly grapefruit with some lime. The taste was well- balanced and not overly boozey or bitter. Very good tasting IPA!

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very hazy burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dank, some herbal notes. Taste is dank, herbal, malts and citrus are present, as well as a bit of alcohol, it's bitter, but not as much as I expected considering the ibu. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottled 12/15/17, consumed 1/17/18.

Pours clear gold with a small solid head.

Aroma is mainly tropical and citrus fruits, really pleasant.

Taste is smooth, mainly citrus fruit and pine with some tropical notes. Solidly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium-full body and dry. Really easy drinking triple IPA for sure.

Overall another tasty, well-crafted Knee Deep brew. I would probably say that I like the taste of Simtra more but Hop-Trio drinks easier. All good either way.

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Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with solid clarity with bubbles racing upwards; small white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits. Pineapple and grapefruit are there. Some orange in the mix. Hints of fresh bread and crackers. Some malts, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors basically follow the nose. More pineapple and grapefruit along with some subtle hints of orange and lemon. The citrus seems to outweigh the tropical notes. Lots of fresh pine needles along with some pine sap. Subtle spiciness. Hints of black pepper. Possibly some rye in the mix. Mild warmth, but it becomes balanced the more you drink it. Malts do their thing, but take a backseat to the hops. The alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice "Triple IPA". It's pretty bold and drinks big without being extreme or over the top. Knee Deep is really good with hops, and this one is no exception. It's possibly even better than the "high numerical score" might indicate. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am now going back-and-forth between The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & The CANQuest (tm), which many felt was getting short shrift. Hey, I listen to my fan base, if nothing else. Thus begins a short brewery horizontal.

From the bottle: "122 IBU"; "Amarillo[;] Mosaic[;] Citra".

122 IBUs?!? I donned asbestos gloves before I picked up this too-hot-to-handle bad boy in order to Pop! its cap & give it a gentle pour. Unbidden, it formed a solid cap of a finer of dense, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was as piney and minty as a freshly-cut Christmas tree! I got sticky resins in my nostrils as a result. The caramel malt base did nothing to alleviate the unexpected blast of pine in this champ. I thought back to the first time that I got to use turpentine as a very young oil painter. My parents bought a small CAN for me to deCANt into a glass CANtainer in which my oil brushes were to be soaked. I will never forget that smell on the first occasion when we screwed off the top & poured some out. This beer had the same resinous scent that was so evocative of my childhood. 8=O I have not painted in 40+ years, but the memories remain. By Bob, I am old. To be reminiscing on my youth is a sure sign of encroaching age. I apologize, but some beers simply take me on a trip down memory lane. This was literally sticky & resinous on my lips! George Brett would have been envious. Man, but it was also very mellow, dig? I had some hop tea earlier, right? But this was like hot hop tea. See, it was piney, resinous and sticky, but at the same time, it was bringing a mellow vibe that I had not felt in a while. I was a young sailor in 1984 & baby, I fell for this sister with a wild afro. Her music was this kind of mellow, dig? Groovy, but not trippy, man. Some cats were unwound, but a lot of guys were impressed by her presence. We went night clubbing a lot & she got a charge out of the looks as a statuesque African-American walked in with a short, nebbish white boy. I got the same charge from this beer. Electrifying, man. Like a charge out of an electrical socket. Baby, I loved to touch her springy hair & this was springing me up, real good. It was not so much the latent (blatant?) alcohol so much as just the aggregate pine sappiness that was just worming its way into my brain. I could hear the Hop-Trio jazz band wailing away as she & I did the rock & roll well into the night. The finish ended with that sax note that stays with you, well after you leave the club. I could taste the pine for days on end, daddy-o. I just sat back in my chair & reflected on all that had just transpired. It was a solid gig & the empty bottle was a nice souvenir.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a bomber of Hop-Trio Triple IPA ("3IPA") from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 06/12/2017. Bottled on 02/10/2017. 11.1% ABV. 122 IBUs. Funky yellow label. Knee Deep Brewing hails from Auburn, CA.

Hop-Trio 3IPA is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops. This 3IPA pours a golden orange with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of off-white foam. Not much lacing. The smell is citrus, tropical fruits, stone fruits and pine. The taste starts with a big blast of citrus, tropical fruits and fresh, resinous pine, followed immediately by an intensely citrus hop bitterness which lingers long after each sip -- all this against a moderate malt backbone. Despite the 11.1% ABV, the alcohol taste is relatively well hidden behind the intense hop bitterness.

Hop-Trio really is a superb Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing. When I compare Knee Deep's 2 Triple IPAs -- Hop-Trio and Simtra -- Simtra is danker, slightly smoother, and better well-balanced than Hop-Trio. Nevertheless, Hop-Trio has a more intensely citrus hop bitterness with a bigger resinous pine taste than Simtra. To iterate: Hop-Trio is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops; Simtra is brewed with Citra and Simcoe hops. So, which of these two Knee Deep 3IPAs is better? It's a complete toss-up -- both 3IPAs are superb. I'll take either one any day and twice on Sunday.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a mixed 6pck from the beer store around the corner. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that left some lacing. The scent had hints citrus peel spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for a triple ipa. The malt helped keep the bitterness in check. Mostly tropical fruit present. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish orange. Thick, medium, white head that lasts a while with lacing.

Smells citrus, doughy malt, light tropical, pine and earthy.

Tastes citrus, orange, bitter. Balanced well with doughy malt and honey. Hints of earthiness and pepper. Finish is dry with a citrus peel linger that lasts a while. Full body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malts, tropical fruits, and resinous pine. Lots to take in on the aroma.

T/F: Lots of rich caramel malts. Some malt sweetness, augmented by the high ABV. The hop profile tends towards the citrus. Lots of mango and pineapple. Grapefruit and pine. Mildly spicy. Medium to thick in body. Well carbonated... finish is citrus. Warming and a bit boozy.

O: A pretty terrific triple IPA. Lots of malt and hop flavor... drinkable.... overall a great beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 3/31/2017 at Grid Iron Ale House & Grille in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in along with a touch of booziness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

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

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Photo of danasofia
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look - Burnt deep gold, with an ombre of amber to wheaty gold toward the bottom of the glass. Two finger head from a hard pour, which dissipates to an almost full-surface lacing with a slid ring of head around the glass walls.

Smell - Brilliantly fruity and malty sweet on the blonde side of things, crisp and faintly piney, nice balance of citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste - Follows the nose, but with more malt presence as it warms, basically shifts from fruity hoppiness and bitterness to lighter fruit with more faint caramel and honey malt flavors. A bit boozy from the high ABV, but not unpleasantly so.

Feel - Incredibly dry for a triple IPA (or any IPA, really), this definitely lightens the whole beer, cutting down on dank bitterness and resiny linger so that the hop flavors shine while keeping them full enough to balance the beer perfectly.

Overall -

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For a triple IPA it has a great taste and finish. Aroma is very nice. Nice lacing. Many triple ipa's have a strong alcohol flavor, this beer does not. Gives you you that numbing of teeth and gums. I will be going back for seconds.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dense, bright pumpkin orange glow is filled with a dense and lively state of carbonation. Frumpy, chalk white head is one inch standing, foamy, and holds very well. Nice haziness within, moderate lasting lacing on vessel.

S: Fresh pineapple and mangoes with grapefruit juice of a generous nature. Fruity, tropical notes with orange and peach juices being fresh and wet with a nice level of awareness.

T: Flavor was fruity orange and tropical notes of pineapple that was sharp and wet in taste, followed by a beautiful flowery hopping of pine. Freshly toasted caramelized malt provides a sturdy backbone and dryness, as well some sweet appeal to balance the hops. Grapefruit peel and orange sweetness moves in with a finish of citrus and spicy herbal peppery hops.

M: Medium body, heavy cream texture, with a good rate of carbonation. Warming glow of orange-alcohol.

O: Fruity tropical hops meets a flowery bitterness for balance and check with some peppery herbal notes on the finish. Nice complexity and high hop bitterness, tasty and very drinkable. Another hop bomb winner from knee deep that shouldn't be passed over.

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Photo of Philsadvns
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer from knee deep. The look is the only detractor, and even that is pretty darn good. I just would like to see a more unfiltered look, it's a bit too clear in that aspect. Other than that it's great. Citrusy goodness and crisp carbonation. I can't detect any alcohol at all and it's a pretty big beer at 11.1%. I'm a big fan and will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is about as good as it gets for the world of IPAs. Dark amber with an orange cream head. Solid retention and plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is tropical fruit, ripe melon, floral and citrus notes. Caramel malt and orange blossom honey. Syrupy but in a good way - nectar. Pure, sweet nectar. Smooth for the higher ABV. What more can I say? Amazing beer this one.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: floral, orange zest;

T: a combination of ripe pineapple and orange from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied - a little syrupy; moderate carbonation; alcohol is warming, but not hot;

O: an interesting take on the style;

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Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My wife brought this back for me from LA. Unfortunately, it is a bit old. Remarkably, it still tastes good, though I am sure not as good as if fresh. Lots of tropical and citrus fruit, with a caramel backing that is a big stronger than it probably ought to be. The alcohol is very well hidden considering how strong it

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber from local grocery store for $8.99. Bottled on date of 8/5/2016.

Vigorous pour into Lawson's snifter yields a fluffy, one-finger head of tiny, white bubbles sitting atop a clear, yellow-honey elixir. Wisps of lacing across the glass.

Tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, kiwi, with some pine, resin and earth/spice tones.

The tropical fruits are somewhat muted by a smoke flavor that was not apparent in the aroma. The hops do make a nice comeback on the back end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth with the alcohol extremely well hidden.

A decent, remarkably easy drinking triple. The smoke flavor is a bit odd and is reflected in the overall score.

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Photo of sakayus
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The challenging part about this beer is getting it either fresh or well stored otherwise it tastes rather disgusting.
Fresh or kept cool up to 3 months (which still is exploding with hops) and this is just a great beer!
When you think of a classic west coast beer loaded with citrus and mango flavors, it really comes down to either hop-trio (formerly hoparillo) or west coast ipa
Fresh, the smell reeks of tropical fruit and exudes tons of citrus smell
It does have a bit of heat but is well welcomes and well balanced
It's a bit on the sweeter side to help balance the high IBU rating and carries over into the beer with finesse
The main problem I have with most IPAs out there is it's usually too malt forward or the bitterness is pretty harsh and this beer carries some sweetness with tons of fruit flavors
This is truly one of the best IPAs for me at least and I even used it in my wedding ceremony!

Just to note, the date rubs off very easily so be cautious if you don't see a date. It changed names from hoparillo to hop-trio I believe around 5/2016 although this could be wrong, but if you see hoparillo it's definitely too old.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a vibrant reddish orange color with an inch of fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is lots of pine and citrus hops. Some light dank and tropical notes as well. Mango and grapefruit mostly. The taste is sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Tangerine, grapefruit, pine along with some caramel and brown sugar. Bitter pine finish. Noticeable alcohol heat. Heavy, oily mouthfeel. I still prefer Simtra, but this is another great Triple IPA from Knee Deep. Worth seeking out.

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