Apology Part I:
First off, I feel compelled to apologize for the pretentious IPA-specific glassware. I’m a sucker for marketing, and while it likely does nothing for the actual taste of the beer, it does make the experience more pleasurable in some way. It also forces your nose down into the glass when you’re drinking, so maybe there is some aroma enhancing quality?
Back to the beer. The Hoptologist DIPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co. is a 9% ABV double IPA with an IBU (International Bittering Units) value of 102. For those of you unfamiliar with the IBU scale, anything over 100 is going to obliterate your palate with bitterness, which is to be expected given the style. Although the grouch-like creature on the bottle isn’t the most visually appealing, the beer has a nice murky, yellowish/orange appearance.
Apology Part II:
On to the second apology of this post. There is hardly any head to this beer. I don’t know if this was the intent of the brewer, but I am a chronic poor pourer (puns /sigh). At any rate, you don’t drink the head, so I don’t see the point to it any way.
As a contrast to the expected bitterness that the high IBU implies, the aroma is actually pretty sweet and biscuity with some dank notes.
Apology PART III:
Use of the word “dank.” Sorry…
After exhausting every last ounce of self control in my body through the viewing and smelling process, I finally dove into this beer and took a gulp. WOW! This one hits you right in the chops with bitterness immediately. I’m not usually one to pick up on the fruity notes of a beer, but I did taste a hint of citrus/grapefruit before being overpowered by bitter hops again on the back end.
I would say that this beer has a medium to medium plus mouthfeel. I would also like to say that mouthfeel is not a real word, and I have no idea what the actual scale is for rating it. So there ya go.
Overall, Hoptologist DIPA is a really solid double IPA. This is your quintessential west coast DIPA, and the execution here is brilliant! Dank…
- Appearance: Murky, yellowish/orange, minimal head
- Aroma: Sweet, biscuity, hints of dankness
- Flavor: Bitter from front to back, citrus/grapefruit notes
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 9.0%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $8-$9
- Score: 92