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Midnight Hoppyness | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by KevT on 09-13-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
326
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
25.99%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
73
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 326
Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -10.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -4.2%
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 +5.9%
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 -5.9%
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 -1.2%
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 +1.5%
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

eyes...
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

nose...
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

verdict?
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 -2%
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 +1.7%
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 81tillinfinity
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -13.1%
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 -2%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of tasteology408
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Did not realize this was a black eye ipa to I got home with it. Not really my territory just yet. But this beer was so smooth. Blew Me awayi really enjoyed it. I think it's the rue that helped Smooth it out. Would buy this again

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a hoppy, spicy nose – definite rye notes and a hint of roast but the hops dominate. It pours brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” lightly tanned lacy white foam cap that dissipates slowly. The palate starts with initial hints of caramel followed by light roast backed up and balanced by some hop bitterness with fresh grain especially in the finish. The beer has dark beer roastiness but it is dialed back just enough and the hops have just enough presence to pull the beer back from being a porter or a stout and to evoke an IPA. There are just hints of darker malt sweetness and light chocolate but again the level of hops keep it back from falling into porterdom while the dark malts mellow the hops. It a little oily, medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This was a pretty solid Black IPA, it was very true to style and it had some nice balance to it. Not much stuck out about it, but it didn't have any off aspects at all and it's pretty much just what I would expect from a nice Black IPA. I would buy a bottle of this if I saw it.

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with a thick beige head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of roasted and smoked malts, rye and some citrusy.
Flavor with notes of rye, dark fruits, pine, grapefruit, grass, vanilla, coffee, licorice and cocoa. Dry aftertaste with a bitter and spiced long lasting note.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% is completely absent.
Beer with great malt complexity and a bold personality that is well balanced with a proper (lots of it) amount of citrus hops.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says 10/17/14

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Seamless melding of the piney, resinous notes from the hops and the roasty, somewhat sweet dark roasted malt.

T- Taste mirrors the aroma with some burnt sugar and vanilla flavors added on. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden. Caramel, mild coffee and dark chocolate is revealed as it warms. Bitterness is moderate.

M- Slightly creamy and thick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- How do they do it? These guys are becoming one of my favorite breweries, beer by beer. They know hops like just about no one else. The only Black IPA I can think of that's better than this is Wookey Jack.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as fresh as it should be, dated 22714.

Aroma is piney and citrusy, with loads of cocoa and a touch of roast malt.

Flavor reveals a base of charred malt, fairly bitter, with undertones of chocolate and a biting resin finish. Grapefruit is well represented, and notes of tropical fruit add subtle complexity.

The bitterness is more overwhelming than I'd prefer initially, but the chocolate malt and fruity hops are redeeming.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows the darkest root beer brown coloring, with a chocolate milk colored head that stands two fingers tall. This retains well, dissipating into chunky Swiss cheese lacing that is left clinging around the glasses. A chill haze is notable when held directly to light, but no sediment is seen. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives a beautiful blend between rich and dank chocolate and coffee malt roastiness, brown malts, and light peaty smokiness, with herbal, citric, and piney hops, light chemical phenols, lactic creaminess, lemon tea, black pepper and distant cinnamon spice, booze, soy sauce, musty cheddar, perfumed lace, and a hint of honey. The taste boasts a hearty, dark, and smoky grain profile of burnt chocolate, coffee, caramel, and brown malts, with lightly wet wheatiness and moldy barley adding an organic freshness to this. Otherwise we encounter notes of sweet and bittering molasses, biting herbal hoppiness, white sugar sweetness, café au lait creaminess, powdered espresso beans, dark cocoa, medicinal phenols, sweet vodka booziness, coiny metallics, peanutty oiliness, pencil woodiness, and green plant saps. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip offers nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, leaving the mouth fully coated before it dives into a bittering pucker and chalked astringency. The abv is up there for the style, and obviously present, but drinkability remains fair and intact.

Overall, we haven’t been able to get enough of black ales lately. We just love the interplay between the darker side of the malts and the fresh zesty hoppiness that often accompanies it. Here, we felt that balance slide a bit. Despite this, the mouthfeel remained creamy and inviting to the last sip. The hops through both the nose and the flavor, however, were somewhat muted. To this point, the aroma in general, especially when cold, was surprisingly and disappointingly light and seemingly far away. That wonderful hoppy stickiness and freshness was lost, allowing too much room for the singed malt bill. The latter was delicious, but again, the final product just lacked an intensity from the other half of what we felt was necessary. All in all this is a nice beer, but it doesn’t quite compete with some of the other powerhouse black IPAs coming from the west coast on the level of purity of flavor.

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