Neck-high in IPA: Knee Deep’s Simtra

Knee_Deep_SimtraOn the docket:  22 oz.  bottle of Knee Deep’s Simtra

Aroma:  A beautiful, heady meld of lime, grapefruit and dank pine resin fill out the hop side, with a clean white bread-crust malt presence and just a touch of prickly booze.

Sight:  Largely crystal clear and burnished bronze body showing off subtle No. 2 pencil yellow highlights.  The head wells up and sits around, thick and creamy.  Lacing is big and patchy, though consistent with every sip.  Bubbles purposefully make their way from the bottom of the glass to join their spherical brethren.  A large super-continent of suds covers the surface as the head recedes.

Taste:  The hops are the star of this beer, with much of the nose following through to the palate.  Bright citrus and melon, and a good helping of sappy pine.  There’s a fleeting sweetness from the bready malt.  Boy does that exit quickly, making room for a drying, crisp, bitter finish.  As the beer warms, the alcohol is more apparent, but considering the abv (11.25%) it’s quite smooth and well-integrated.

Feel:  Medium-full, crisp, bitter.  for a high-abv IPA, this one has a considerably smooth and creamy mouthfeel.  Carbonation is enough to lift the weight of the beer off your tongue, but by no means lively.

Overall: Deceptively smooth and easy to drink for a double, or maybe “triple” IPA.  Consider pairing with a Davidoff Millennium Blend cigar.  Well-crafted high abv offering.

Suggestion food pairing:  Creamy white cheddar cheese, lemon-pepper chicken, salt-cured ham and other charcuterie, messy sauce-glazed barbecue ribs