Simtra (Knee Deep Brewing Company)
10.1% ABV, 131 IBUs
Gifted by Knee Deep and poured into tulip glasses.
Simtra is the Triple IPA relative of Lincoln-based Knee Deep’s award-winning Hoptologist DIPA. It pours a pale gold with a tight white head, and has a surprisingly sweet nose of cotton candy, citrus fruits, and spruce needles. Much like Hoptologist, there is little in the way of traditional west coast IPA hop/pine/citrus/floral flavors here. Instead, Simtra is dry and cracker-like on the tongue, with dusky spices and an almost wormwood-like twist to the finish. The hops are dank and chewy, and despite the triple-digit IBUs, this beer doesn’t crush you with bitterness – it insinuates and distracts you with its unique flavor profile while quietly coating your mouth with delectable hops.