Knee Deep Brewing – Hoptologist DIPA

Don’t get mad, get a Mad Scientist!

Knee Deep - Hoptologist DIPAIf you’re having one of those days where nothing is going right and you feel like you really need a drink, don’t reach for the hard stuff. Grab one of these and you’ll be feeling better in no time. Just look for the mad scientist with the hop cone head. I recently had one of those days, and the Hoptologist came to my rescue. All is right in the world again. Thanks, Knee Deep Brewing Company!

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Citra – Knee Deep Brewing

Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Located in Northern California is an All-American town called Lincoln. I remember driving through Lincoln many times back in college on my way from Chico State to Lake Tahoe. It was a sleepy little train town that you might miss if you blink on your drive down highway 65. But over the year’s it’s grown and now Lincoln even has an award-winning brewery, Knee Deep Brewing Co. I had a chance to try the single hopped Citra Extra Pale Ale over the weekend.  Continue reading

Knee Deep Hopstar IPA

The Beer
Knee Deep Brewing Company
Hopstar IPA

A full-bodied India style Pale Ale, Knee Deep IPA is brewed with six malts and four hop varieties, delivering a smooth finish and mild bitterness, balanced with an intense piney and floral aroma.

7.5% ABV, 75 IBU

The Review
Remember the movie “Rock Star” a few years back starring Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg to you kids)?  Not a bad movie, but nothing I’d watch more than once either.  I think HopStar is in the same class, and that’s unfortunate because I wanted it to be good with a name like that.  It’s really not a bad beer, but for my tastes, it’s just not enough.  I like beers to have at least one thing that stands out and makes me want to drink it again, but I didn’t find that here.  Hops and malt were there, but not in abundance.  I didn’t find a distinct hop note either; be it pine, citrus or floral.  Maybe I set Hopstar up for failure by drinking a couple Ballast Point Sculpins earlier in the day while grilling dinner (salmon and veggies), but I don’t think so.  Again, it’s not a bad beer, just not enough to pull me away from a good game to head to the man fridge (and that Eagles/Falcons game was good).  Just like Marky Mark’s musical prowess, Hopstar didn’t leave me with good vibrations.  Beer Soaked Scott says…