Midnight Hoppyness | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Midnight HoppynessMidnight Hoppyness

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by KevT on 09-13-2013

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Photo of KevT
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are reading this, I would suggest you stop right now and go and try to find a bottle of this beer while it is still available!

Tonight I had the privilege of buying a 22 oz. bottle of this beer from Market Beer Company in San Jose for $15; it was served in a 12 oz. tulip glass.

First impressions are wow, this beer is dark, easily as dark as a coal miner's lungs marinated in Guinness. Hints of roasted malt in the nose, rye spice and hops are perfectly balanced; with the roasted flavors becoming more pronounced as the beer warms a little. Nice dry finish, especially for a 9.5% ABV beer.

Once again, Knee Deep knocks it out of the park. If you like Wookey Jack, Sublimely Self Righteous, or Bryeian you will love this beer!

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Photo of 111213forlife
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

it's not perfect, i just really really really like it. dark as the night time that it's named after, it poured into my tumbler smoothly and left a dark caramel head. ringlets are all i see now as i look down into the empty glass. this smelled stronger than it tasted, the hops were very aromatic in the nose, but not as strong on the tongue while on the way down. only slightly marked down; mine was carbonated a bit more than i wanted, and it could have been just a bit thicker. as drinkable as it is, i plan on trying a few more soon! so glad my local shop started stocking this! get it while it's hot!

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Photo of burnzgtm
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

had at the Parson's Pub in Murphy, NC.

What a beer!

A: pours a dark coffee color with a thick caramel colored head.

S: smells of hops

T: SO EFFIN GOOD!! starts mellow and then finishes with a hoppy goodness.

O: it is a beer i could definitely have more than one of. great job knee deep!!

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Bomber, no bottle date.

Appearance dark with tan to mocha head, 1 finger.

Smells like a great west coast ipa. Strong citra type smell. Not sure of the exact hops

Taste is really impressive. Similar to hoptologist but with a malty/chocolate background. Dare I say better than Wookey Jack

Highly recommended but make sure it's fresh

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Adriatic
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Walked into a local liquor store and randomly found a bottle of this stuff! Had never seen/heard of this specific beer but I had recently enjoyed Knee Deeps Belgo, Simtra, and Hoptologist. I am new to Black IPA's but I did enjoy this beer. Like the beers name, the beer poured a black "midnight" color and had a very distinctive IPA taste. I reside in California and I am currently experincing an "Indian Summer". This beer fit perfectly with the in between summer/fall weather. Not to heavy and not to crisp. Not going to lie, I am excited to switch over to porters and stouts. The only other Black IPA I have tried was Bear Republic's Racer X. Out of those two options, I would choose Knee Deeps over Bear Republic's. This was a great tasting beer with a cool name and label!

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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 rand
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Schnauzerlord
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me preface this by stating that I'm a big fan of the style. Whether 'Cascadian Dark Ale' or 'American Black IPA', there's not many that I don't like. This one is a real winner, up there with Wookie Jack by Firestone Walker and DeSchutte's Hop in the Dark.

I am currently enjoying a pint glass of this delicious brew from a 22oz bottle, and right around $9 seems to be the average price when I've seen this in stores.

A: Pours as dark as it's name, with a thick, full head that's a creamy toasted brown color and lasts nicely

S: While the aroma is big, it's hard to distinguish any one aspect. There's a hoppy bitterness, but I can't pick up specific hop characteristics as I usually do, as the roasted malt smell is almost 'burnt' (in a good way) and kind of bullies all the other smells. It's far from bad, but I DO prefer a more distinctive hoppy nose.

T: excellent combination of coffee and that distinctive rye flavor mix it up well with 100 IBU worth of hops. Again, it's more difficult than normal to pick out specific elements, but the 9.5% ABV is definitely there, without being obnoxious. I really enjoy the roasted malt flavor and that rye dryness.

F: Not as thick or rich as many of the more common darker beers, but that fits well with the big hoppy flavor. Kind of dry for the high ABV, but again, that's not a complaint, just an observation.

Overall: Great beer for our SoCal 'winter'. Heavier than other similarly hopped offerings, but a big step below the standard porters and stouts we see as winter offerings when it comes to being filling. This one will be a regular in the fridge for as long as it's available.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Didn't even realize this was a black rye ipa. Whoops.

Pours a dark black ale with a mountain of foamy dark beige head and great lacing. The foam looks like beige whip cream floating on top. Nice.

Some good orange/light citrus on the aroma but an overwhelming amount of dark malt, rye and a touch of chocolate. Some black coffee and hops.

The taste is one of the most rye forward beers I have had. Smacks me in the face each sip followed by some dark malts, leather, dirt and light char. There is a good splash of hops in each sip which it should be since this is listed as 100 ibu's. Not overly bitter though. Blended well.

Overall I think the Knee Deep crew did a great job on this. They nailed the style and then some. I've had brews that read "rye" on the label but was very much lacking. This? Rye with a splash of citrus on the side. Excellent work. Enjoyable session.

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Photo of lochef81
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This black ipa pours a near black mahogany color with a generous off-white head that lacks retention but does leave nice lacing. The nose is very hoppy. Lots of west coast hop qualities under ridden by a very roasty malt consisting of dark roasted coffee and burnt dark fruits. The mouth is quite full and heavy. Needs a little more carbonation to be classified as smooth. The flavor is big and rough. The hop and roasted malt qualities are very abrasive but in a very good way. There is also quite a boozy bite on the finish. If you like big, abrasive ales seek this out. If you like subtler flavors, look elsewhere.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/7/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, dark bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, dark bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, dark bread, floral, grass, pine and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA! All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my lovely wife for hauling this bottle back from her vacation...err, work trip to San Diego. On second hand, screw that. It's only my due for being left here in the harsh Minnesota cold. Split with aforementioned wife.

The pour is very dark & very carbonated, with light leading bloody around the top eight inch or so of the brew. Nose is that distinctly unnatural marriage of roast & piney hops with a sideswipe of Hershey's Kiss. Not bad, but light.

Midnight Hoppyness probably made early parole. Wild mix of roast, sweet malts, piney hops, & after all that marches by the parade stand, there's a blast of earthy, spicy rye. At the exact moment of rye detonation there's a hump of bitterness: the finish is a tumbling shaker of everything trying to shout at the top of its lungs for my tongue's attention. Smoothness on the palate contrasts with the edged weapon of the chaotic neutral taste bombardment. I was just told I'm "sucking this down" & indeed my wife has twice as much left as I do. Pace yourself, max.

The wild-eyed madness of this brew tickles my fancy & the rye tickles my happy sack; this is an excellent joining of ingredients that aren't easy to meld into an excellent beer: but Knee Deep has succeeded. Thanks dear!

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Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a clumpy mocha head. A bit viscous on the pour. Retention is ridiculously high and the lacing is very tight despite the frothy pour.

Roasted malt provides bready undertones with darker malt aromas of blonde coffee and browned toast, the dark malt is subtle and well integrated. Surprisingly I find the hops in this beer to be tropical and floral, ripe papaya, dried mangoes, pine forest and some earthy mulch blends well with the coffee aroma.

Substantial toffee and bready malt, hints of bittersweet cocoa powder and used coffee grinds. Hops are tropical like the nose but the pine is ramped up considerably, papaya and orange citrus round it out. Beer dries well leaving some acidic burnt malt to toy with the lasting pine aftertaste and astringency left by the alcohol.

Appropriate body and good carbonation, goes down easy and with a really dry, clean malt. Alcohol isn't harsh but it does add some off flavors near the finish.

A good representation of a black IPA, Knee Deep clearly knows what they are doing when it comes to hops. Will revisit.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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 HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Ego
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 JakerLou
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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 barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 arizcards
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 metter98
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the smell along with notes of roasted malts and slight hints of pine.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of citrusy malts but these are quickly replaced by flavors of roasted malts that linger through the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable beer as it does a nice job balancing flavors of citrusy hops and roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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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