Knee Deep Simtra

I picked up this bomber for one reason, it’s made with only Simcoe and Citra hops, which are the names of my cats. Dumb, I know, but I’m a sucker for a good name on a beer. It also helps that Knee Deep gets pretty good reviews.


ABV: 11.25%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very dank hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. You wanted more hops, you got them”

Random: Simcoe has gotten significant bigger than Citra. It’s like Citra wants to be a kitten forever.

This beer poured with a three finger, thick, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was light orange in color, with slight haze to it and high carbonation was visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of dank pine and alcohol as well. After a few sniffs, I picked up fresh pine needles too with some pineapple and lemon balm. The taste was filled with lots of pine resin. Grapefruit rind was next with pineapple and peach. Alcohol was noticeable, but not 11% worth. It had a thick and oily mouthfeel with light carbonation. The bitterness was intense without being overpowering. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit rind, pine needles and a mild alcohol burn at the back of the throat. The bomber set me back $10.99, which was $.50 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Knee Deep Breaking Bud

I picked this beer up at a beer store in Lambertville that I hadn’t been to in awhile. We were going to a BYOB Thai restaurant and picked up a few other things for dinner, so this went in the bomber fridge when I got home. It’s my first beer from this brewery, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the classic IPA. At 50 IBU’s and 6.7% ABV, Breaking Bud features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a class IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic. Also in the hop mix are Simcoe and CTZ, creating layers of mango, passion fruit, pine and dank. A malt bill with a pinch of crystal malt and a hefty dose of flaked wheat keeps the beer crisp while adding flavor complexity.”

Random: At least today isn’t as oppressively hot as yesterday.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, thick, pure white head into my IPA glass. It dissipated very slowly and left lots of leasing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with high carbonation. The nose presented with a lot of grass and grapefruit with absolutely no malt. Some mango was present as well. The taste had a lot of grass, but was not as aggressively bitter as the nose. Grapefruit pith and pine came through too. It was really crisp with a light body. It had high carbonation, which made this very easy to drink. The finish was quick finish with grapefruit bitterness. This was $8.99 for the 22 ounce bottle ($.41 per ounce), which isn’t a bad price for a bomber. I enjoyed this beer a lot, especially on a summer day.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0