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 tone77
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
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 TheRougeBastard
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 festizio
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alpine44
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle via AJ's in Rochester. Label was "Hoparilla" Triple IPA

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Photo of h4ger
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shortbox81
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yuno
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +0.9%
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 -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSW
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
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 CraftBeerRunner
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -0.2%
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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Hop-Trio Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 601 ratings