Midnight Hoppyness
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #28
Ranked #3,847
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Midnight HoppynessMidnight Hoppyness
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/17/19

Appearance - Pours near black with some ruddish, cola brown edging. Tan, frothy two-finger width head shows good retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of surface suds, thickening up around the edge of the glass. Nice lacing, with broken sheeting, some spotting, and lines.

Smell - Citrus, faint roast, and a touch of booze.

Taste - Hops smack the mouth first with citrus; grapefruit, lesser tangerine and a touch of orange. Mid-taste brings a noticeable boozy bite before light hints of roast, rye spice and faint chocolate come into play. Finish brings some grapefruit pith bitterness, leaving an aftertaste that's mostly bitter and with some residual alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Drinks slick and easy before a dry, slightly boozy finish.

Overall - Nice imperial black IPA, but it does have that big boozy bite mid-taste. Not totally unexpected for a 9.5% brew, but it does tend to detract from what might otherwise be a very, very good Imperial BIPA.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a ruby tinge when held to the light, and 3 fingers of deep beige head.

Smells like pine, fresh cut hay, grass, cocoa and toasted malts.

Tastes of cocoa, rust, chocolate, more rust. Cocoa. Rust.

Thick mouth feel with moderate, foamy carbonation.

This was produced in Sept, 2018, and I got it this week, drinking on June 14th, 2019. Lost the hops and replaced with the taste of rust.

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Photo of baref
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just an ordinary beer drinker here. this is one of the best beers i have had in awhile. pine, hoppy, smooth, good color. just an all around good beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Knee Deep Brewing Co

A: Pours mahogany brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some thin lacing.

S: Roasted malt, nice dark chocolate and coffee notes, pine, a little spice, fruity notes, and toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty malt, coffee and dark chocolate, spicy pine, floral, light tropical fruit, apricot and mango, and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Got more of a malty/stouty side rather than just the dark color that some black IPAs have. Really solid.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head. Smells of roasted malts, hops, and citrus. Tastes of bitter hops, citrus zest, roasted malts, and light chocolate. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Overall a very good black IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown-black with a frothy coffee head.

Aroma is of citrus, hops similar to C4, Breaking Bud, Lupulin, etc. No indication it's different apart from the color.

Flavor of grapefruit and rind, slight rye, and finally roast malts. A little abc bubble gum floating around in there a bit. Too much citra, not enough roast malts to balance. As it warms it does Balance a bit though.

Feel is slightly resinous and pretty carbonated, semi dry.

Overall not bad, not something I'd go back to.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark brown. Almost black.
S: all hops at first, then later chocolate.
T: really good flavor. Hops but not too much, chocolate and sweetness.
F: perfect feel almost like an IPA and porter mix.
O: really solid beer that blends two styles very nicely.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: opaque; deep brown in color - almost black; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: the first whiff was all hops - I wouldn't have guessed this was a black IPA; subsequent whiffs gave off dark chocolate and deeply roasted grains;

T: earthy, piney hops from start to finish; aftertaste brings in the dark chocolate malt character; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nicely done;

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with easily 2 inches of brown creamy foam resting on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is a light pine aroma with a hint of smoke? That's a bit unique, but I dig it. I taste pine and roasted barley. Wow, that's pretty interesting. The mouth is very sticky and resinous. I have to admit this is a pretty interesting and unique black IPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Summer 16 - pours dark black, light tan foam. Coffee dark malt rye nose. Roasted rye flavor. Smooth. Bitter finish, very strong. Usurps the flavor. Closes like burnt coffee. Some grape and fruit flavors hidden within.

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Photo of rand
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into nonic pint glass

Midnight Hoppyness is as dark as its apt title portends, a medium pour yields a fluffy, 1-inch head that leaves sticky dots of lacing across the top of the glass

Hop-forward nose, IPA-essence right at the front. Undertones of roasted grain and oak add to the bouquet. Notes of citrus rind, pine, coffee and earthy tea, all ushered by ample alcohol volatiles.

The flavors follow the nose, perhaps bending a little more citrus-hoppy. Notes of lemon-pepper,, grapefruit rind and tobacco come through on the palate, and the booze is a little more masked than expected. Long finish, with bitter, roasty residuals lingering.

Medium-light mouthfeel, super oily, leaves a nice coating in between those long finishes.

This is a damn tasty brew. A lot of times I feel that black IPA's should go one way or the other...this is dialed-in and has a much more singular flavor profile than most of its brethren.

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Photo of zshaft
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip from bomber. looks sweet in the glass. like a nice thick stout. awsome head that really grows for first few seconds after the pour. nose is some black malt with some floral and piney hops. taste is pretty typical for the style with some pine and black ale chatacter. hops get sweet toward midpalate as they intermingle with the malt. finishing bitter pine. overall typical for this style. pretty good with no notice of the alcohol. well done beer. worth a try.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pitch black color with a small brown head. Retention is minimal and lacing is mild. Very nice resinous aroma with some darker malts and citrus. Big coffee taste that I do not get with the aroma. Piney resin with some slight licorice at the end. Medium bodied with low carbonation. I was impressed by this beer. Different than most black IPAs that I have had.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Knee Deep Midnight Hoppyness, black IPA. Lighter dark malt characteristics. Surprisingly well balanced for 100 IBUs! Very easy drinking, though a little lacking in malt compared to Firestone's Wookie Jack.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a large dark color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of green hoppy notes with light citrus flavours and some dry roasted malt. Taste is a nice mix of dry roasted malt with some green citrusy hoppy notes with medium bitter finish. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Not a big fan of the style but this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Ego
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date 2.1.16

Second offering from Knee Deep in so many nights

definitely dark, a nice cap of brown foam rises about 2 fingers, lacing and head structure is spot on, not much else to describe but that doesn't mean this is not good

peaty malt, slight hints of smoke, hops are subdued but can be sought out, some dark honey

taste etc...
nice mouth feel, creamy and the carbonation is almost nitro esque, there is mild coffee tones more tempered by chocolate and then fading into some mild bitterness... which then kind of mellows out in a deep embrace with milk chocolate, this is as smooth as a Sinatra serenade, no sense of the ABV in this swirl of velvet except for an occasional kick in the gullet, the after taste lingers longingly here - and is a welcome guest

damn tasty black rye ipa, the rye is pretty subtle here but definitely makes its mark, good brew

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Photo of TerryW
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

More malty sweetness than hoppiness. This seems to me to be misnamed. Chocolate, coffee, a touch of smoke. Sweet upfront before finishing with pretty sturdy bitter hops. Almost strikes me as being built backwards, but still pretty tasty. Looks great, big firm long-lived head and lots of lace. Sweet molasses nose with a noticeable dose of alcohol. Tasty, big flavor, not what you might expect. Yup, that's the alcohol you're feeling.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours two fingers of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt, licorice, spice and earth.
The taste is rye at first, deep lemon bitter, some pine and finishes with some heat.
The texture is smooth.
This is great.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer with roasted malts waving through dankness, citrus, and a tropical fruit nose. Definitely not a boring beer here so much flavor going on with little nuances popping up with each sip.

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Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: This is an exceptional Black IPA. Great black opaque pour with a wonderful frothy head, fantastic, thick lacing.
A: Pine, hops, malt, fresh bread and smoke.
T: Just like the aroma. In that order.
M: Kicks you at first with a back of the mouth slam. Medium bodied with pretty decent bitterness.
O: Never heard of Knee Deep, but if live to hear more in the mid west!

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Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Ground Control on 11-21-15. Bottled on 11-5-15.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts and citrus hops.

Taste is a huge roasted malt backbone offset nicely by a generous amount of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a nice black ale, a big bad ass beer that most folks find is an assault on their senses. It is a rough style that for some reason my pallette gets and enjoys. Check it out if you can handle the assault!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a purported 'Imperial Black Rye India Pale Ale' - not gonna even try to parse that one, so let's drink it instead!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with subtle basal cola edges, and three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some inconsistent broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of roasted, somewhat meaty caramel malt, muddled pine resin and burnt leaf green notes, some free-agent wet ashiness, warmed orange, lemon, and red Texas grapefruit citrus flesh, a twinge of bittersweet cocoa powder, and further earthy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy, and lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt, very mild spicy rye astringencies, a bit of stale cafe-au-lait, chocolate wafers, some mixed pine, citrus, and floral hoppiness, more damp ash isolate, a vanilla-tinged dark sugary character, and weak earthy, leafy, and floral hoppy add-ons.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their palatal pinging, but adequately supportive otherwise, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, just a wee bit of char lurking about, looking for a place to happen. It finishes off-dry, the grainy and caramel essences of the malt trying to shake off the lingering smokiness, which appears to have consumed the hops.

For the style, this is aiiight, as Cascadian Dark Ales, by nature, still seem an unnecessary thing to me. Maybe it's the ably integrated 19-proof booze luring me in and obscuring my better senses - no, this is indeed well-made, the 'midnight blackness' not overpowering, and allowing the hops to at least show their stuff before blotting them out. Baby steps, I suppose.

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Photo of cavedave
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Darkest brown with slightest red cast, thick dark beige head that overtops the glass. It leaves wallpaper lace as it slowly recedes. Perfect look.

Mmmm pine hops and dark caramel,, spicy roast notes, lighter hints of neutral sweet, and tying it together is a citrus character that works behind the other flavors. Strong aroma, very alluring.

A lot going on here in a strong flavored beer. The roast hits first but orange zest and pine join in quickly. Ashy roast and some spicy notes come along for the ride. Sweet is minimal, but is provided by dark/ burnt caramel. Roast wins out, but there still is a lot of pine and citrus pith at the end of the sip. As the glass empties and the beer warms it gets more of an astringent character that detracts.

Very viscous, quite carb.'ed, and a finish that could be a bit cleaner. Almost a buildup of ash on the palate. beer's worst feature.

I really want to like this beer more than I do. Harsh finish, ashy notes to the roast, but plenty of flavors for those folks who love strong and complex brews. Not recommended

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Photo of gonzo000
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the Rye aspects of this beer. I expected more (maybe too much) from the hoppy IPA side. This may have been a distinction I bestowed on the beer, as it is called a Black Ale here on the site as opposed to a black IPA. Beer pours black as night with little to no head to speak of. The nose was of pine hops and rye. The taste was mostly rye with some hops. Nice Flavor.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Black IPAs. I find the smoky, burnt flavor to be too much of a contrast with the citrusy IPA flavors. Just not my thing. Having said that, this is a really good beer. It's not in my wheel house but the bitterness, char (smoke), and citrus flavors are really well balanced. Imagine a really good west coast IPA with a smoky/charred finish. Really well made beer even if it's not my thing.

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Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 345 ratings