Hop-Trio Triple IPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Hop-Trio Triple IPAHop-Trio Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by KevT on 07-02-2013

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jagada
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSW
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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 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 is a superb Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing. When I compare Knee Deep's 2 Triple IPAs -- Hop-Trio and Simtra -- I find the smell and taste of Simtra to be danker, slightly smoother, and better well-balanced than Hop-Trio. That said, Hop-Trio has a more intensely citrus hop bitterness than Simtra. Again, 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? I prefer Simtra by a slim margin. Nevertheless, both 3IPAs are excellent and I'll take either one any day and twice on Sunday.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really really good hoppy IPA, deceptively strong, chewy and delicious! Oakland CA, June 2017

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Photo of blinding
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +0.2%
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 gr8fulbeerhead
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danasofia
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +6.1%
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 chefbigjon
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -2.1%
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 Mbbc
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you love hops this is the beer for you.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Wizzle32
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hop-Trio Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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