Simtra by Knee Deep Brewing

Tasting: July 29, 2014
Style: IPA (Triple)
Beer #: 565

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Simtra

First thing that strikes me about Simtra is the fantastic hop aroma and the oddly brownish yellow coloring. The second thing about Simtra is the stunning 11.25% ABV and reported 131 IBU – just wow! This is another trophy from a co-worker’s visit to North Carolina. Funny, he had to go to North Carolina to find a California beer. Oh well, maybe someday we’ll see Knee Deep Brewing’s brands on New Jersey shelves.

The name of this beer is derived from the two hop varieties used in its recipe – a combination of Simcoe and Citra. Simcoe was developed in 2000 and is used primarily for bittering. It lends flavors and aromas of citrus, pine and earthiness. Citra was developed just 7 years ago and is primarily an aroma hop known for strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee.

Sipping from my reliable oversized cognac snifter, I get an oily and chewy mouthfeel ripe that is ripe with resinous hops just as advertised. Simtra presents itself more like a barley wine than triple IPA (ala Devil Dancer). The flavors are dank and just burst in an avalanche of honey, pepper, toffee, orange rind and tropical fruit – wow. This California beauty is really balanced as one sip leaves me with a sweet aftertaste the next with a strong bitterness. Surprisingly, the alcohol is wonderfully concealed. I love Simtra and will give it a very strong 95 points. Now, I really hope that Simtra and Knee Deep make it to our neighborhood.

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