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.

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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 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 HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -4.5%
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 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 PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a orange color with a 2" head that is thick and fluffy.

Aroma: pine and citrus dominate the aroma.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, pears, and a mild alcohol flavor arrives late. Bitterness level is strong.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness throughout with a dry finish.

Overall: a slower sipping big IPA that has strong flavors and a bit of an alcohol burn.

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Photo of zshaft
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours nice clean dark orange. minimal head. nice lacing. nose is quick biscut with orange and tangerine as well as peaches and some apricot. mouthfeel is nice and slick with full coating. nice! taste is following the nose but not as much fruit as the alcohol seems to take over with this brew. I get some nice orange followed by alcohol presence giving way to white peach and then a nice sticky hop resin finishes the sip. this is a pretty good brew and the only drawback seems to be the overwhelming alcohol I got intermittantly throughout the beer. better than average but not world class imo. would rather reach for a nine percent dipa but as far as triples go this one is good. not as malty as others. worth a try

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible big imperial IPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy/dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This was extremely well attenuated and dry for the ABV on malt sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear, deep yellow pour, bottle to glass; little froth, but notable lacing. This is a tasty triple with some sweet citrus aromas and flavors. Alcohol is detectable, but not hot at all. Finish is a bit sticky, but a consistent, pleasant hop chorus makes for a really good brew.

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle dated 01/29/16, opened and poured into 13 oz tulip on 03/27/16 so it is 086-029 = 57 days old.

A — Pours a deep crystal clear gleaming orange hue into the glass. A rocky and billowy off-white head rises rather quickly to the top and leaves behind some soapy lacing with large bubbles and pockets of foam among the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is incredibly zesty and tropical, with notes of pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, Mandarin orange, citron, a little bit piney and floral as well, not sweet, but notes of fleshy tropical citrus fruits abound here.

T — Orange peel and citrus, grapefruit juice with a bit of honey and brown sugar, a bit of lemon and melon as well, a bit of sweetness on the finish. A warming alcohol presence as it is consumed, packs a punch, but it is rather understated and comes on slowly.

M — Medium-Full bodied, a lingering creamy smooth sticky hoppy finish, a bit of alcohol warmth again.

O — Incredible overall, I might prefer Simtra just a touch over this if only for its added piney punch and sharpness. This remains incredibly smooth, juicy, tropical, and layered, worth seeking out for sure.

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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 Rogerlb
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: Isn't this "Hoparillo"? I see "Hop-Trio" on the title now, although the picture's the same. Guess they changed the name.

Poured into a Stone pint glass -- light yellow and clear. Head is thick, many small bubbles that recedes slowly, and carbonation is evident. Aroma is citrusy, some earth in there. Not bad.

Taste hits as bitter and as citrus hoppy pretty quick in good balance. The alcohol (11.10%) is obvious and almost sours the whole package. Malt mellows it out without being too creamy. Hops, and also hops, and the bitter which is listed as 122 isn't as killer as you might think. Then the sip quickly becomes dry and resiny for a finish that is clean and resiny. Aftertaste is sweet pine, if that makes sense. A lot of nuances happening here, and it's a bit of a mess. Did I mention the hops?

As a triple IPA, it drinks like a double. Feel is big, and I'm thinking I'm getting drunker than I realize. Ultimately sweet, almost like candied oranges. Alcohol comes in stronger as it warms. Careful, it's good but maybe too much by distracting you.

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

P: Golden amber with a big bubled two finger head that settles down with nice lacing.
A: Dank resin, bready yeast, citrus grapefruit.
T: Much like the aroma bit great mild bitterness. HOPS! BIG HOPS?
M: smooth, crisp, clean, nice balance, medium body.
O: Triple! Must we? We must, we must! A remarkable Triple!

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Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Ground Control in late November for $10.99. Bottled on 10/8/15. It has been refrigerated the whole time since bottling assuming it was shipped in a refrigerated truck.

Beer poured golden with a huge uniform white head that is leaving a nice trail.

Nose is citrus forward and surprisingly fresh.

Taste is grapefruit forward with a well blended mix of tropical and floral hops. Malt backbone has to be huge but it plays the second fiddle quite well. Alcohol is warming with each sip to let you know the whopper of a beer you are dealing with.

Mouthfeel is awesome. The light footprint of this brew is incredible given the abv. My hats off to the brewer!

Overall this is a very impressive beer. Pick it up if you see it fresh!

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle

Pours typical near clear almond Amber and leaving fine strands of lace

Hopped up grapefruit nose

Delicious citric hop bomb, loaded w grapefruit goodness. Dangerously drinkable.

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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 gonzo000
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. The look is very clean and the smell is grapefruit. The taste is grapefruit and a bit of alcohol, but nothing that takes away from the taste of the beer. The feel is syrupy - think but not as thick as other triple IPAs I have had. Again, overall this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden Amber body that is slightly cloudy with a nice gold tint. Head is straight white, thick maybe three quarters of an inch.

Smell: Hard hops, you can feel strong citrus but disappears quick after one sniff

Taste: Bitter but slightly citrus sweet. Has pink grapefruit properties with hard hits of hops.

Mouth: Medium bubbles, light sour finish...think of lemons and grapefruit. Knee Deep went full throttle with this brew.

Overall: Incredible brew, top notch IIPA and might go down as a classic. Complex beer, definitely worth grabbing or trading for. Salud!

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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 brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz undated bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of dense white. A solid skim coat and plenty of lacing for the duration.

Tropical fruit and resiny hops waft from the glass. Melon, mango, apricot, and peach.

On the thicker, chewier side of medium bodied with a tacky, jammy mouthfeel.

A carpet-bombing of citrus-laden hops lands on the palate. Loads of tropical fruit with a medium bitterness and a trace of honey. Light malt and drier than expected.

Finishes with more pine than fruit, warming alcohol, and a lingering bitterness. Hop burps aplenty.

Great beer and seriously easy to drink for such a hop monster.

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Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My god, it's full of hops!

Attractive transparent gold brew; good head retention and nice lacing.

Hoppy aroma featuring pine, resin, grapefruit pulp, and pineapple.

Flavor follows, adding lemon, mango, and green leaf. Malt is there primarily to add honey-like sweetness and body.

Very lively, smooth; medium-full.

It's difficult to rate a brew that seeks (and achieves) to be a huge hop bomb.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm always surprised to open a Knee Deep bottle and discover that the liquid inside isn't actually green - it smells green, it tastes it, lord knows it's brewed with enough of the little green pellets. Hoparillo, like the others, has a semi-turbid, almost apricot colour and patchy white head that sticks like scotch tape.

This is a smell that might knock you out - figuratively, but perhaps literally too. It's very difficult to hide double digit alcohol in a beer, though the fantastic citrus rinds, flower petals, and baked bread maltiness of this aroma do an extremely admirable job of distracting from it.

Hoparillo has one of the most pulpy tropical fruit flavours of recent memory. It drinks like a breakfast smoothie prepared in a particularly old, dull blender; huge chunks of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and peach persist and are infused with guava and a teaspoon of full-fat vanilla yogurt.

Refreshingly acidic and zesty, yes, but this ain't your typical light-and-breezy California hopbomb. It's considerably filling. As I just alluded to this feels rich in protein; all those citrus fruits are accompanied by a hearty bowl of honey-drizzled cereal grain porridge (and a whopping amount of alcohol...)

If you're wondering how Hoparillo compares to others in the Knee Deep lineup (given they're virtually all spin-offs of the same show) this is definitely the strong one of the bunch. It has 'heat' on the back end and the fruity notes, while vivid, also taste overripe to the point of festering. Each sip feels like two.

There's a very specific, evident identity to Knee Deep Brewing: hops. Their portfolio is almost entirely variations of IPAs - no varietal or characteristic is left un-turned. And why not? They do what they do well. Hoparillo, like all of their brands, is one you're not likely to regret putting in the shopping cart. But know what you're getting yourself into - "Triple IPA" is as advertised so don't take it lightly.

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Photo of cfalls
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - clear gold color, huge white head with lots of lacing

S - fantastic floral fruity smell, malts in the background

T - too sweet for me, but otherwise follows the excellent smell with extra pine and dank, bitter finish

F - some burn, though not as much as you'd expect from 11%, medium carbonation, slightly oily, leaves your mouth coated in bitterness

O - Pretty great. My only complaint is the sweetness. I can't figure out why the sweetness is off putting here but fine in the equally sweet Captain's Daughter. The hop bills are similar. Maybe something about the malts?

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange with a big white head and great lacing. Notes of clementine, mango, orange, light pineapple, light sweetness and alcohol. Full side of medium body, creamy feel and coating on the finish. I tend to shy away from these north of 9% ABV IPAs but these from knee deep do it well. There is no hiding the alcohol, it's present in the feel, the taste and even the aroma. The other flavors hold up enough to make this pretty great.

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Hop-Trio from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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