Knee Deep Hop-De-Ranged Quad IPA

Knee Deep Hop-De-Ranged Quad IPA

Brewed by: Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: Quadruple
  • Limited: Yes
  • ABV: 13.1%
  • IBU: N/A

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

A quad IPA that borders on insanity.

Hops: N/A

Malts: N/A

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First Impressions

Artwork: The Hoptologist is hop deranged. He’s wrapped up in a straight jacket, inside a padded cell.

Color: Hazy dark golden, to light orange.

Aroma: Quite tropical with some tangerine notes, over straight booze.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Specialty IPA glass

This IPA did border on insanity, and you should almost treat it like a barleywine for optimal enjoyment. We drank the first bottle cold right out of the fridge, but the second we sat out for a bit. It mellowed out closer to room temperature, making it less edgy with opened up flavors. Pour yours and let it rest for 10-15 minutes to improve the experience.

Hop-De-Ranged was a surprisingly clear color. We were expecting it to look a lot more malty / murky, since it was a quadruple IPA. The ale poured a tall stack of bubbly sea foam, which barely subsided for most of the glass.

Its head was bulletproof, and even left a frothy ’stache stuck to our upper lip after the first few drinks. Lick your lips after a sip, and you might find some residual citrus and tropical hop residue.

Based on Knee Deep’s other heavy hitting IPAs (their triples) Simtra, Hoparillo, or Hop Shortage we ballparked Hop-de-ranged at 130-140 IBUs. The hops were another spec Knee Deep didn’t disclose, but it was probably brewed with a boatload of at least a few “C” hops.

This IPA was morbidly obese with hops. Of course it was on the un-balanced side, but what did you expect? We were actually anticipating it to be a bit more malty, but it was still very smooth nonetheless. We were glad this IPA was so hopped up, since we wanted to know exactly what all that hop strength felt like unleashed, without it being perfectly balanced like a smaller IPA (I or II).

Hop-De-Ranged quad IPA left our tastebuds burning with hoppy goodness. It started with a sharp attack of citrus rind up front, followed by bold tropical sweetness, and a stinging resiny bite for the finish. The flavor was not clean or refined – just raw hop power in all its glory:

  • It felt like 2 prizefighters using our tastebuds as a punching bag.
  • It was a violent hop shoot out that ended in explosion.
  • It coated our tongues in hoppy oil resin, then lit them on fire.
  • It threw our tastebuds under the bus, only to be run over again and again.

Hopefully those metaphors painted enough of a picture for you, but we still struggled with how to score something of this hop-titude. Was Hop-De-ranged a perfectly executed quadruple IPA? We’ve had 2 in our life to compare, and the last one was smoked, which masked some of the hop bitterness. This was pure au-natural quadrupleness.

Do we just give it a straight up A+ for how badly the hop intensity slaughtered our tastebuds? Hop-de-ranged left us quite divided on score, which rarely happens.

Mike loved this IPA because of its huge, drying hop bitterness. Sara’s favorite IPAs are the citrusy variety, but the magnitude of Hop-De-Ranged’s bitter citrus peel became overwhelming for her.

Our division with this ale really proved the two sides of the coin with this IPA: it was either too much, or you could barely handle its intensity. Regardless, we always joke about how no IPA is heavily hopped enough for us, but we may have met our match with Hop-De-Ranged. Or at least one of us did. Wow.

Please don’t let this review scare you away from Knee Deep – they are one of our favorites, and brew excellent beer. But maybe try one of their other IPAs that are hopped down to earthly, mere mortal levels first.

FYI: The Hoptologist’s creations are so heavily hopped, you need to drink them like 5 days ago fresh, so be sure you check the date on the bottle.

Final Score: 3.5/5

3.5 Stars

Knee Deep Hop-De-Ranged quadruple IPA is not for everyone. If you are a pure thrill seeker when it comes to hop intake like we are, then give it a whirl. The Hoptologist brewed an absolute beast of an IPA that pushed our limits.

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