Well…Here it is. A Quadruple IPA…While perhaps technically a wine, Hop-Deranged still has a home on BeerSpeculator and rounds out the Knee Deep Brewing Co. series (for the most part). It’s good to see the Hoptologist make his return after his absence from the Simtra bottle art. Some say this was his last potion before descending into insanity (no one has ever said that).
Hop-Deranged pours a thick, dark amber with a cloudy head that rests on top of the murky hop spring. The aroma is much sweeter than I expected with an underlying piney essence. Judging from the aroma, there is likely a fair amount of sweet malt in this ale to hold up the outrageous ABV.
The flavor resembles the aroma in almost every way. There is an enormous malty body that barges its way to the front, leaving the piney hop notes to play second fiddle. While this masks the liver-crushing ABV, it pummels the hop flavors into submission. As expected, the mouthfeel is uber thick, almost syrupy. Lumberjacks probably pour this on their pancakes.
In my unprofessional opinion, quadrupling an IPA may be taking it a tad too far. The heavy-handed ABV masking techniques severely detracted from Hop-Deranged’s true hop flavor. This quadruple pairs well with… drinking this quadruple. You probably won’t really care what you’re eating after polishing off this bottle.
- Appearance: Dark amber
- Aroma: Piney sweetness
- Flavor: Pine, sweet malt, bitter finish
- Mouthfeel: Heavy, syrupy
- ABV: 13.1%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $12 – $14
- Score: 89