Knee Deep Brewing Co. ‘Lupulin River’ Imperial IPA


13495104_533793403471476_8724553752501201776_n“This Double IPA includes Mosaic and Simcoe hops, South American specialty malt, and tons of tastiness. Looks like liquid gold, smells like a bright tropical fruit pine forest, and tastes like all that and more.”

Served in an IPA glass. Our eyes gaze over a gorgeous Amber body that’s topped off with a healthy two and a half finger crown. The head stubbornly holds up only peeling off a cm or so and retaining a thick blanket that sheds a wall of lace down the glass. As far as looks go this would have to be up there with the best. The aroma is just as exciting – it reminds us of Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter with its super clean hop oil aroma. Fresh scents of ruby grapefruit, passion fruit and pine needle are enhanced by tropical lychee, grape and kumquat notes. There’s a lovely floral accent too, a bit like lavender and or sage. Keeping with the character of the aroma the clean malt backing imparts a delicate honey sweetness which leads us to believe pilsner malts were used. Superb. You don’t get much better IPA aromas than this. The mouth feel is smooth as silk with an oily texture. A crisp bitterness and a medium body is further complimented by the perfect amount of carbonation. Just a brilliant progression on the palate. The flavour follows on from the aroma really well, initially we get a marriage of crisp pine needle, citrus and floral hops. A bold grapefruit note underlines it all and continues in to the mid. The snappy bitterness annexes to the grapefruit as tropical fruits and herbal notes lead in to a dry, crisp and ultra clean finish with excellent length on the back. Hot damn! This is one seriously tasty IPA. Everything from the appearance to the back palate is dead set spot on. We literally can’t find a thing wrong with this. It’s flawless.