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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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 330
Photo of cavedave
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black colored beer with a minimal tan colored head.

Scents of Pine and Burnt Coffee. Patent malt is strong. High Hopping plus Patent malt equals carrot. Strong aroma of carrot and parsley.

Starts out sweet and savory. Burnt sugar and coffee tastes. Flavors of caramel and carrot. This is decidedly on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall an OK beer on the sweet and heavy side for the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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 TrojanRB
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Midnight Hoppyness....I was surprised when I poured this from a bomber into a pint glass, and it came out black....hence the name. Duh.

Good looking beer. Dark black with a large muddy head.

Smells of sweet chocolate, with a crispness that hints of hops. That would be the only clue so far that this isn't a stout.

Tastes pretty strongly of alcohol, starts somewhat sweet, and finishes bitter. Kind of rough.

Pretty strongly carbonated..

Overall, this tastes a little unfinished. Like it should be aged, or tweaked a bit in the brewing process. A bit rough for me.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitche black with a big brown head. Roasty and piney on the nose. Really bold flavors that somewhat conflict. Dank, piney, and bitter, then roasty and bitter. It just ends up being a bit bitter for me overall. Not bad, but not easy to drink. The mouthfeel is as it should be.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They call this an "Imperial Black Rye IPA." It seems to be a new twist on the "Cascadian" theme. This stuff is firewater with a hoppy burn that never goes out. Opaque dark brown in the really big duvel snifter with an adequate beige head.

Not overly carbonated on the tongue, which is a good thing because it's extremely acidic in addition to the alcoholic prickle. Massive aroma of some night-blooming flower growing in the barnyard. The flavor is so big you have to come at it from different sides. Burnt malt, burnt house, burnt lips. Serious, massive bitterness with some tar and wintergreen notes. Some barbecued peach and mango.

I wouldn't call this drinkable, being so rough and ridiculously hopped, but the hop fanatic will find it a worthy challenge. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park in San Diego.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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 TruePerception
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Tilly
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- black color, tan headrnrnSmell- malt, piney hopsrnrnTaste- malt, some piney hops, coffeernrnMouthfeel- medium to full bodiedrnrnDrinkability- I thought it was very good. I would definitely drink it again. Knee Deep did a great job with this one.

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Photo of zshaft
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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 gonzo000
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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 TerryW
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottled 4/8/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, citrus juice, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has an interplay of cocoa and citrus characteristics that make this one almost like a chocolate orange candy all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

22 purchased at Brewer's Haven Boise yesterday afternoon (but most of the bottleshops will have it too)... Enjoyed tonight from my Funk Fest tulip... Pours the expected black with a pillowy dark tan head... good lacing.

Nose is big pithy citrus hops with some lesser tropical fruity hops.. surprisingly there isn't a strong piney element.. roast malt element is present but only as a mild backdrop and allows the hops to play.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. traditional Cali IPA bitterness is tempered by the roast malt and residual sugars... hop flavors are again bigger citrus and hints of tropical fruit.. burnt malt comes in on the finish and lingers pleasantly with the hops.

Big body ... No EtOH burn at all, surprisingly... pretty well done, that said I doubt I will buy again because there are too many other fantastic brews out there and I don't really appreciate this style too much.


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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with mahogany highlights around the edges, and a low profile, frothy, light tan head. Nose of dank, resinous hops, subtle grapefruit notes, and a roasted malt backbone. Flavors are roasted and resinous forward, with a pine pitch character, tangy grapefruit blast, on a roasted bitter coffee backbone. Subtle chocolate notes round out the palate, with sticky green hops highlights. Some tropical fruit characteristics, too. Smooth and light bodied, with a roasted, bittersweet, and resinous aftertaste. The finish is slick and slightly dry, with a bitter and roasted linger. Nice, well put together brew.

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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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Photo of tasteology408
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 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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