Hop-Trio | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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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:
Also 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 ErikNorCal
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours a hazy orange with a medium head,

The smell of pine, citrus and mango smacks you in the face.

Tastes nearly like the aroma, mouth is fairly thick and but works well for this brew.

Finish is bitter with some of the tropical hints, and booze.

This beer is awesome. Very bitter but the tropical flavors balance very well with it. One of the best IPAs I've ever had! It is a must try, but not for the faint of heart or people skeptical about hoppy beers. This is the king of TIPAs!

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Photo of davet100
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber purchased on a recent trip to San Diego.

A: Clear dark amber color, nice amount of lacing and head retention.

S: Amazing smell. Lots tropical, piney, and floral notes. Very fresh and hoppy, some hint of the alcohol and caramel malt. Quite similar to Simtra in some respects

T: Big hops and so much flavor. The hops (citra, mosaic, amarillo) are showcased so nicely with lots of orangey and citrusy notes, accompanied by some tropical (peach, mango) and pine resin. The malt is present, but so well balanced allowing the hops to shine through to be the focal point.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky, but the alcohol is expertly masked. Unapologetically hoppy in a good way in terms of the bitterness it brings, but so smooth and drinkable.

O: Excellent beer. I think Simtra just about wins out, but this is up there with some of the best I have tried. I can't get over how for a triple ipa this is so easy to drink and smooth, yet packed with tons of citrus hop goodness, complexity, and such balance. I would wholeheartedly recommend picking up this release, I just wish I had access to Knee Deep more regularly and the fine triple ipa's they bring out!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nose citrus, tropical fruit, herbal, pine, fresh baked bread. Pours brilliant amber under a 2” white foam cap that produces thick, clingy lace. It has a big bourbon palate with a dash of Regan’s Orange Bitter Number 6 and finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Hints of vanilla and butterscotch in the background. Chewy, creamy and delicious.

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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.75/5  rDev +12%

The mix of the three hop brew killer. Wow.. love the extensive bitterness of this beer. This is the style of beer that should ONLY be allowed to be called an IPA. Malt backbone - ha- NONE

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Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +12%

The hops used in this triple IPA play key roles. The Mosaic hops used actually provide a slight blueberry taste. This is a nice play on fruits,and the malt sweetness doesn't mess with the hops. Just another great big IPA from Knee Deep.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +12%

APPEARANCE - Clear yello with no head.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, piney.

TASTE - Hoppy, ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Soft. Little carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer, almost chuggable.

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Photo of Sorcerer
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Knee Deep in Hops is my first reaction!

Instantly enthralled with strong whiffs of fresh cut weeds and sawed open conifers, and so strong, and hate to say it, but it's as strong as Tom-Cat piss. Telegraphs strength.

Poured from the bottle, dated 07/15/14, into a large brandy snifter, a clear golden cheddar orange. I don't know what birch syrup looks like, but maybe like this. Or perhaps some rare fresh pine amber sap bleeding from a saw cut. Practically no foam or lacing.

Hop strength flavours intensely and covers up the booze with a thick coat of shellac, which stretched thin with a bigger gulp, bursts, and the alcohol breathes forth like a drying nail polish or spray paint. No matter, of course the booze is integral, and together these two titans of IPA, hops and alcohol, combine to overpower any maltiness. Malt buddy, somewhere in there, has taken a powder, or has chameleon-like, converted into a new compound, hardened into a figurative unseen steel network of rebar inside this pavement of unformly smooth yet bittersweet triple IPA. Yes it is large, and warms the belly, cleans the lips, and pulls anything hanging on my tonsils off, as it goes down.

It tastes so damn good I want it to last forever. I take my time. It would be wrong to waste this on an urgent hot afternoon thirst. Dominates even the habanero and ghost peppers nipping at my gullet from the casserole I am dining on. This is sunshine in a bottle. Rays of beautiful light twinkle as this cool yellow lava pours into my body like sunshine over the stoic mountains of the planet. The effect is most salutory.

This beer is pure hyperbole. A bombastic, loud, ostinato riff, ripples back and forth across my palette, like a sparkling long wet reverberation, of life, of living vines, of summer showers, hard work. It's an offense, and the launch hit the target, and explodes, and leaves a bomb crater on my tongue, on my tummy, and in my mind. A deep impression is made.

Bitter? Maybe, like a liberal hippie. Interesting conversation. The carbonation is right where I like it for this slow drinker. Yes, I can understand it could be foamier, but then, the mouthfeel would be otherwise. My experience right here is beyond outstanding. Syrupy, yes, and reeks through the nose. If I had my beard, I would imagine it would smell like great beer for a while after I drank this.

Well, thank you my friends for the gift of this fine libation. It's north of my price point! Yes it is worth the price. A glimpse of heaven for sure.

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Photo of sakayus
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Alron
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tupip glass out of a 22oz bottle dated 5/9/14.
...So obviously really fresh.
Really good beer the appearance was a fairly clear dark amber low head with little lacing. The smell was amazing. Im a big fan of Knee Deep. I absolutely love Simtra and find Hop Shortage very good. This one Smells to me like a cross between fresh Simtra and Hop Shortage... what I mean by that is... Simtra to me is all about the hops, while Hop Shortage has strong hops with a strong carmel malt. Personally, this beer has the really strong hops, yet is a bit more complex than Simtra.

Overall, Knee Deep makes some of the best tripple IPA's out there. Really love this one fresh. Quality.

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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 Mikeszab
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look is pale amber. The smell is sweet and hoppy. That is heavy but well balanced hop explosion. Beautiful lacing. Great triple IPA. Will try it again.

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

Look is filtered. Smell is amazing and juicy. Taste is very hoppy and juicy. Tastes sort of like mosaic or citra hops. There is a alcoholic taste but for a 11.1% brew, the alcohol is extremely well hidden

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a golden amber color with nice clarity and a fluffy white head. The nose very floral with tangy citrus hops. I couldn't stop smelling it.
The taste explodes with tangy fruity notes. I get apricots, apples and plenty of citrus. Hoppy as hell with a subtle bitter finish. The malts really cut down on the bite and the alcohol is really well hidden for 11%. It really stays away from the barley wine feel.

Overall an excellent double ipa. Best I've had from knee deep so far.

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Photo of Jefriedrichs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bought a bomber at a fair price so expecting great things. A-clear amber coloring. Foamy head diminishes but still apparent. Lacing is good. S-pine and malt amount my senses. I detect a floral note masked within. T-agreement with the nose a piney caramely after tone sets in. Bit of mango seeps through to clear it out. M-medium to heavy, for being a triple I would expect as much. The ABV is there so it gives a slight syrupy feel. O-this is what I like in an IPA, be it double or triple, the amount of hops should overwhelm the malt without masking it, giving it an "IPA" balance. Here, such is done, where I can take on those hops but still get a sweet smoothness from the malt. Knee Deep you keep on doing you.

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Photo of McSmack
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours golden with a amarillo hop nose. The draw is clean with a burst of citrus and hops. This does not taste like a heavy beer and could be mistaken as a DIPA. But the hidden ABV needs to be heeded at 11%. Great drinking beer on any hot day.

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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 Skrumpy
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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 santomark
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Very well filtered, a clear triple, almost reminds me of the younger with how clear this is. Almost NO head, pours nicely.

S - Man, hops. Up front you get the hops. And not just hops but their unique profile, the bitter, sweetness, pine, citrus, etc. Finishes with a faint sweet bread type of smell and some alcohol to punch the nose.

T - The taste up front is hard to describe, the malt is almost too imposive. Mild sweetness, pine, citrus undertones, explosion of bitters, very mild versus the nose.

F - A very palate cleansing beer. Dry finish on the tongue, not the throat, oil/resin. I would put this in the light to medium body. Which is absurd considering this is a triple.

O - This is a great TIPA. I personally would not reach for another glass, mainly because I am not a fan of the Amarillo hop. But despite my disdain, it really shines through in a unique way with this beer. But the biggest drawback is at some points I almost feel the alcohol and body take away from the hops. This definitely feels like this beer is on the verge of becoming something great, but the malt is just to forward.

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Photo of Tracs
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: medium yellow, honey color. Fine minimal head that stays put throughout.
S: some good hop smell but not the overwhelming fruit/citrus you might expect from citra/Mosaic. As the name suggests more amarilo-resiny character.
T: sweet smooth. Minimal evolution from start to finish. This beer is about the taste. Lots of hop character that finishes with just a hint of bitter. Overall so surprisingly smooth and drinkable for an 11% imperial IPA. Dangerous.
M: smooth. Resin-y. Consistent carbonation. Stays with you but maybe less than expected for a big IPA.
O: excellent imperial IPA. Nothing to distinguish it from others in the field except maybe the smoothness? I'd never have guessed this was an 11% beer.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a decent beer overall, definitely outstanding, not world class. Lupulin River definitely wins. The aroma is amazing, but I kept getting a really bad, almost fishy aftertaste.

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Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with an orange hue in the middle and a heavy chill haze that slowly disappears. Poured with short, dense, bright foam with soapy lacings and excellent retention. Medium hop aromas of ripe orange, lemon zest and floral notes. Medium malt aroma with sweet, mellow, boozy notes at the tail end. On the heavier side of medium bodied with an incredible creamy, smooth feel. Medium light carbonation follows the creaminess. After the first sip – Wow – this is dangerously drinkable at 11%. Medium high citrus and floral hop flavors with a medium malty backbone beneath. Medium high bitterness through the middle followed by pleasant, mellow, boozy warmth. Finished dryly with lingering sweet boozy and notes along with light hop bitterness. Well balanced flavors and an excellent feel. Dangerously drinkable for the higher abv.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer poured with a hazy orange appearance, but still clear enough to see visible carbonation. Really thick lacing on the side and a head that dissipated a little bit to form medium-sized head. Aromas included grapefruit and orangepeel with a large amount of spicy hops. Taste packs a punch of citrus flavors and hops with the initial sip then the aftertaste highlights a malty sweetness. Really tasty with an interesting balance, especially with such a vocal hop flavor. Great body overall with a carbonated crispness helping to make the drink somewhat refreshing even with its heavy flavors. Overall, I really enjoyed this drink's tastes and aromas.

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Photo of mabermud
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had been hearing about this beer for the last year or so, and definitely wanted to give it a go. It met all of the expectations created for it in my imagination.

The beer looked deep, golden orange/bronze. The head was short, off-white, and clingy. This thing had some lacing and nice legs. The taste was outstanding. Big, deep, rich, hop taste. The taste wasn't bright and shiny, for me it was heavy and bright. There was nothing bad about it rich, heavy, and hoppy. This tastes like Port Brewing 15th Anniversary, but with less heat. There was also mango, and some background zest. The mouthfeel of this beer was heavy...and substantial. Nice, dense, creamy carb.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I would highly recommend this to anyone who can get their hands on it. I know this was better than Simtra. This beer is enhanced as it warms.

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Photo of GDrew93
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good not great. Has a perfumey/mild-chemically taste mid way thru, after a great nose and initial flavor. Smooth finish with lil to no bitterness for a beer north at 11.1% ABV.

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Photo of theholygose
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - light amber, not much in the way of head on this pour.

Nose - roasty, sweet caramel malts. Some bready, biscuity notes.

Taste - heavy, but clear grapefruit and citrus notes upfront, making way for those sweet caramel malts. Light pine. Lingering hoppy bitterness, some resin.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a weighty body.

Overall - a great imperial IPA, and a fantastic show by Knee Deep. 4.5/5

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