Hop-Trio | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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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 jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Well I do love Citra and Amarillo hops, Mosaic can kill be if it brings the piney sap notes, so we'll see. This could be an awesome or terrible beer based on that. 6/05/15

Pours a nice creamy large fluffy 1.5 finger head, nice for an IPA, very nice for an 11% DIPA, brilliantly clear, like filtered cold crashed and somehow pulled out the hop oils, golden straw pilsner color.

Nose is very big, tons of hops all over, some herbal tea and grassy earthy pine out front, unfortunately the mosaic dominates, super dank like armpit stank dankness, hop oils all over as well, dank passion fruit and guava melon, some orange peel and a lot of pith, the juicy citrus and tropical notes are mostly background to the huge dank resin and earthy pine sap and black tea. A bit of a candy like malt in there as well.

Taste is nicer thankfully, a nice fruity amarillo out front, fruity bubblegum notes, generic tree fruit and fruit punch notes, with some citrus, a little orange juice and pith. Then the mosaic kicks in again, super dank and resinous again, hop oils all over, but the black tea comes through, with earthy pine, and a little sap, thankfully not super strong, but plenty there to make it annoying and not so tasty. A little fruit juice and tropical notes come through on the back end after the pine and black tea subsides a bit, as well as some mild candy malts, and a candied hop oil flavor somehow, with some warming slight tingly booze as well. Finish is a little sweet and sticky, very bitter, with lots of pine sap and earthy pine lingering, a mild tropical and even grapefruit pith lingering, more citrus notes and generic fruit lingering, with a bit of booze and malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little sticky syrupy like, some warming booze, decent carbonation though, at least balanced.

Overall, well, not quite my style of IPA or DIPA at all. First the mosaic just makes it bad, all that pine sap, earthy flavors, black tea, etc, not so great, even with the tropical fruit and tree fruit in there, just not good. The malts aren't bad, mostly just a background to balance and make it at least drinkable, but still not enjoyable. I also though the crazy bitterness, highest IBU possible, craze was over, but this seems like it's 5 years behind on that craze.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is super dank citrus.
The taste is sweet, then dull dark bitter. Heavy bitter finish.
The texture is thicker.
It's a big beer.

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Photo of Hopsauce_McGee
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brew date 4/24/15, purchased in 22 oz bomber on 7/17/15, stored unrefrigerated, at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Look (3.75): Clear (filtered) and somewhere between a golden and amber yellow. Carbonation is excellent.

Smell (4): Pungent of citrus, as one would expect of this hop combination (Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic), but I didn't catch many floral notes at all.

Taste (3.25): On the front, a honey-like sweetness that carried through some citrusy tones but very little hoppy/bitter notes. The sweetness lingered as the beer ran over the palate, but almost immediately upon swallowing, the pungent hop bitterness rang through intensely. The lingering flavor on the palate was incredibly bitter--grapefruit-like pith with a slight lingering of sweet citrus--no honey-like notes lingered on the tail end. As much as I love bitter (and trust me, I do!), the pithy aftertaste was a bit much. After three sips, my palate became saturated. Ended up sealing half of the bomber airtight and saving for this evening.

Feel (4.5): Medium to medium-heavy body with a very slight syrupy mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Excellent mouthfeel.

Overall (3.75): The bitterness was to be expected, though the pithy aftertaste could have been combatted by a slightly heavier malty backbone. I tell people I hate well-balanced IPAs and prefer IPAs with a hop bitterness that rings through, but the aftertaste on this one was a little too much.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Picked this up at Brewers Haven Boise a week or so ago, but now most of the Geek places have it on ... cool.

22 for about $8 ... poured tonight into my CC Teku... short lived white head and only decent lacing... nice clear orange brew.

Nose is sweet and bitter.. pithy citrus and a bunch of pale maltiness... fruity hop bowl is reminiscent of papaya, guava and perhaps strawberry.

Bitter up front but a pretty heavy residual maltiness moves in quickly.. tropical fruity hops and some floral hops magically grow wings and move the ABV into the more drinkable realm.. mango and lesser melon, I am impressed.. Bigger ABV and should be enjoyed cool and allowed to warm up... The hops really morph as the temperature changes.. Very well done DIPA.

All 3.75

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Photo of Black_Dog_Brew
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Just popped the top on this one bottled in May...it is now August so 3 months old.

First thing to note is the aroma while pouring....sweet Tropical fruit and ..berry notes.
Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice thick white head that relatively quickly turns to a fine lace on the edge of the glass.

Aroma in the glass consists of more big tropical fruit and berry. a touch of piney resin but not much. Hard to believe this is all hop imparted.

on the pallet.... flavor is sweet, blueberries are my first thought, then pineapple and mango. resinous pine finish. the high alcohol is very present in this bottle. As it warms a sharp booziness appears on the tongue with a bit of heat in the belly as well. The 11+% of this beer is defiantly present in this one. 121 IBU is more than my normal "comfort range' but the bitterness is not seems to play well with the sweet berry and mango flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and bit syrup like, I think i would like a touch more carbonation to help lighten this beer.

Overall a fairly good beer with an amazing aroma but just a bit boozy for my pallet.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Ours was just a bit oxidized in the bottle here, but the hooping is enormous and delicious just the same. Honey colored and textured brew with a great big white head. The aroma is mostly mosaic and some leftover dextrose for abv purposes. The alcohol is really exposed in the sweet finish of this beer, it's a little much for me, but I like how the hops are more middle palate than finishing. It lets that fruity mosaic last longer, although the booze sort of interferes with the hop experience at least for me. Thick on the palate, frothy and big in feel, I like this a lot but think it would be a much better brew at closer to eight percent abv

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Photo of elNopalero
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Candied orange peel and jet fuel.
Sweet and strong.
Packs a wallop.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Golden-orange pour with a very mild haze. Foamy off-white head holds fast at a solid three fingers. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

S: Heady. Sweet and dank bud, wet leaves, hop spice, tangerine slices, grapefruit, mango, orange gummy wedges. Light whiffs of melon rind and passion fruit. Honeyed malt aromas.

T: Very dank and heady. Cannabis, wet leaves, and resin up front. Grassy. Spicy. Stiff bitterness. Candied orange, tangerine, and mango. Honeyed malt base. Alcohol creeps in toward the back. Spicy and leafy hop finish lingers.

M: Hefty body. Thick, full, chewy texture. All of this is lifted by sharp scrubbing carbonation.

O: This is pretty straightforward. There's nothing too complex or complicated about it, but what's there is good. It drinks pretty easily for an 11% 'triple' IPA. I found Simtra to be more memorable and a bit more drinkable, but this ain't too shabby either.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle found in a fridge in an AirBNB home. No date visible on the bottle. Poured in water glasses, for lack of a better description.

Pours hazy pale amber with a small white head. Smell is very citrusy, piney, a little green.

Taste is very powerful bitterness, powerful honey/honeysuckle sweetness. Bitterness is a little vague. Some tropical juiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Vlaminck
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the idea of this hop schedule
for a triple the alcohol is well masked. My only problem is i didn't look at bottled on date. 3+ months ago so this probably isn't a great sample but the potential is there. Will have to try a fresh one as i see this could be a great regular find. I'm really starting to hate bevmo and there rotation process. Wine and more here i come. This is a try again fresher.

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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 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 earlolson
4/5  rDev -5.7%

I think fresh hops just made sweet love to dry hops and dried apricots in a pIne forest. Copper and honey, lighty translucent. I had to finish the first pour and grab a new glass to see if the head was really that retentionless. It was. Pretty one dimensional, but very tasty. If you like hops. ...and more hops, this is for you. Not my favorite from knee deep, but solid.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale colour
Smells great. Citrus hoppy dankness
Taste is sweet maltiness fades hop bitterness; lavender and pine.
Good carbonation and medium mouth feel

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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 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 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 putonyourwalkingshoes
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color. Pretty minimal head. Little bit of lacing.

S: Citrus malty. Spicy. Deep grape. Smell dissipates quickly. Hard to detect much there after sitting.

T: Good clean hop bomb. Lot of nice lemon notes with a good malty backbone and...hold the phone there's that grape finish. Presence of alcohol. Could see this being an issue if this bottle sat longer than a month. Crisp. Leaves that pine cone aggressive aftertaste.

M: As mentioned above, nice malty full feeling. The abv opens the nostrils so the tongue really gets the spice hit. Love that hard grape starchy yeast mouthfeel that makes feel like I survived in the wild eating pine cones all weekend. Good indication of a triple IPA. Reminds me of exponential happiness in mouthfeel.

O: A solid offering from a not so well known brewer. I like this more than simtra. Its odd to me that the app and smell dont give way to what this is. Its a hop bomb without producing a over the top hard to drink IPA. I'm in flavor country. I'm not liking this price point $11 but I say worth it at least once.

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

A: Pours a clear honey yellow/orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange, citrus/grapefruit rind, tropical/mango, and light amounts of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to heavy flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit rind, and tropical/mango hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks much easier than the fairly high ABV and is quite the hop bomb - though it has really nice flavors and aromas.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A deep reddish bronze body, nearly crystal clear, slight bit of dull haze but quite easily can see some great slow rising carbonation. Head is creamy thick, off white and fistfull tall. Big creamy retention and whipped up with some small bubbles mostly and some large pebble sized ones as well.

Solid hop aroma. Juiced orange and spicy malt notes slightly. Some very floral and airy perfume like qualities too. Slightly sweet, and a hint of brown sugar and syrup.

Palate comes really surprisingly in the feel more than anything. Creamed sweet bodyfeel and almost biscuity like malt qualities like an English bitter on the malt angle. Hop angle is nicely subtle with aromatics popping into mint and treacle syrup. Finishes thick and juiced up, with some coating malt and resin. Sweetness comes out quite a bit on the malt angle as well, almost into barleywine territory here.

Overall it's a neat one, but doesn't come off with a huge impression, and seems to get into barleywine stradling territory. Still a solid decent brew.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: clear gold color. Nice head that doesn't last long. S: rich, stinging citrus fruit. Mango/pineapple/pine presence stands out. T: juicy hops, very bitter backbone, not much malt presence. Punches you in the face with hops, not for the timid. The amount of hops in this stings your tongue and throat. Its an experience. F: a bit abrasive. Rich, coats your mouth with a bit of sweet alcohol burn paired with bitter hop flavors that make you pucker just a bit. O: liked it, but I will stick with Simtra for KD's triple. I think this needs more malt presence for balance.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a solid 4 but I can't say I would personally hunt it down again. The hops are strong but the initial taste was a muddy malt on the front. As it warmed, it mellowed to a more tropical kick on the nose. Good but hot one of my faves.

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

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

A big, dank, super-hopped IPA from the guys that brought us the delicious Lupilin River, another straight-up, West Coast style, dank and floral IPA. I keep thinking I'm getting jaded with hop bombs, but I think it's because they're usually just not that good - or they're 'keeping up with the Jones's ' for commercial purposes. This offering is aggressively hoppy, with resin seeming to ooze out of it, and an untamed blast of booze that accentuates all of the bold aspects.

The nose is orange zest, pine, and floral dankness (if you've ever used orange peels to rehumidify the green stuff, you could imagine the aromas). Alcohol volatiles propel the giant bouquet right to the back of your brain. Flavors are no less timid, albeit more complex. Orange candy, hop resin and bitter citrus pith at the front of the palate. As the sip washes over, there's a strong honey sweetness that's balanced by an almost salty astringency, which combines with heating booze. This becomes a little hard to drink toward the finish, which is bittersweet, long and lingering.

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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 Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to labrat for the trade, enjoyed with tenderbranson69 -poured chilled in an IPA glass from the bomber.

The color is dark amber with great clarity and 3 finger cream head with fine bead and visible carbonation with thick/clumpy lace pattern. The smell is very juicy with citrus/fruity smell with herbal hop and slight orange rind grapefruit quality with mild yeast ester and gentle sweet malt in the mix. The feel is great -very light for such a strong beer with juicy resinous and moderately carbonated with medium high bitterness and light sweetness mid-palate with balanced feel and mild alcohol warmth in the back.

The taste is very citrus and slight floral flavor with gentle grapefruit type bitterness from the hops with light peppery element and mild malt comes in the taste with a caramel quality and blends with a more assertive alcohol flavor from mid-palate on with a light sweet/bitter lasting taste. Overall pretty strong alcohol is the only thing holding this back with an equal amount of hop intensity -pretty extraordinary for such a big beer to be this easy to drink definitely above average for a 'Triple' IPA.

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