Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot India Pale AleDiamond Knot India Pale Ale

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2003

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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by Chyren:
Photo of Chyren
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden hue, clear, with low-med carbo. The head builds strong and eggshell colored. It slowly subsides to a thin foam and leaves powerful lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus, pine, hoppy and resinous. A nice grain feature there too.

T: Resinous hops, some citrus, some pine, some oily soapiness. A little caramelly malt.

M: Smooth, creamy, and oily with hop blood.

O: A very very stand-up IPA in the good PNW tradition.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear bass color with a thinner,sticky white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settles slowly.Floral hops stick out most in the nose,some toasted "raw" grain as well,quite an odd mix.Herbal hop flavors hit up front with some of that toasted grain,to me the hops dont have quite the punch that I expected,again herbal with some light citric quality but not really hitting home.I like the Industrial DIPA and I kinda like this, but not nearly as much.

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I had this on-tap at a Silvertips hockey game and the cup was filled to the top so I couldn’t gauge the head, but the body was a beautiful, hazy orange in color.

Smell – This has a nice orangish hop aroma with a serious malty compliment.

Taste – This was a heavy hitting IPA. The hops are sharp and complex. I could pick out some nice floral and resiny notes along with an ample supply of grapefruit. The malt base was big and chewy with a bit of sugary sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel – This was bigger than medium-bodied but not full. This one was dry and very, very bitter. The ale felt exceptionally smooth and complex in the mouth. Terrific!

Drinkability – Yeah, we lost 0-2 and my chuck-a-puck landed in the penalty box, but this offering from Diamond Knot was a definite winner.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road IPA. Still good. Really unremarkable in every way.

Appearance, amberish IPA appearance, clarity is there, if you're into that kind of thing.

Taste is very bitter, that's probably one of the things that is better than average. Alcohol is low, 6.2% I believe, not really low, but not over the top, middle of the road again. Plenty of bitterness, but not much in terms of hop flavor.

Its pretty standard stuff, high bitterness, some caramel.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours clear amber with a huge creamy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves lots of lacing on my snifter. The aroma [3.75] is dominated by light citrus fruits and sweet malts. There is some sweetness from the malts in the flavor, but this is more bitter and hoppy than the nose suggests. The citrus fruit notes are accompanied by pine and pineapple as well as some earthy and herbal notes.

Medium bodied with ample but soft carbonation. A bit too astringent.

O: A solid IPA with a striking, huge and creamy head.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, chilled, and served in a pint glass.

A-Light peach amber with a creamy white head fed from some pretty visible and active carbonation.

S-Rather wimpy nose, grassy hops and a hint of malt.

T-Bready malts and grassy floral hops dominate the character of this brew. Slighly offbeat but certainly refreshing. Decent overall beer.

M-in spite of the active carbonation present in the pour, this is very well balanced in all respects.
O-decent, if unremarkable brew. I'd probably but it again if I saw it for an IPA switchup but I would not go out of my way to seek it out.

Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Light yellow/amber color, extremely opaque. Thick head of foam that dissipates quickly, but there is significant lacing present.

S: Malt, caramel and honey with some citrus in the background. I don't notice hops at all.

T: Strong malt flavor up front with just a faint hint of hops at the end.

M: Standard carbonation and very light mouth feel.

O: Very easy drinking with not much bitterness. However, the lack of hops is off-putting. Good for a hot summer day, but not if you're looking for a strong hop profile IPA.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot India Pale Ale
no freshness dating or codes
$4.99 (22 oz.) at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear deep golden / amber body. Full head of rocky off-white foam. Good head retention. Much better than average lacing that leaves almost solid walls of lace with each sip.

Smell: Balanced hops and malt. Leafy, grassy, citrusy, piney, minty, and gently floral hops over a straw-like malt base. Just a hint of yeasty fruitiness.

Taste: The flavor is more hoppy than the nose suggests, although the malt is still clearly present: bready and lightly caramelish. It's also more citrusy and piney than the aroma lets on. Solidly bitter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth.

Overall: "Authentic". There are some citrusy and piney hops to it, but it's otherwise very "English" in nature. It's balanced, rounded, and drinkable.

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Leary Traveller

appearance: served in a shaker pint and paired with a Brewers loss - hazy (perhaps end of the keg) orange body, thick foamy white head

smell: fresh citrus, grassy, tangerine

taste: A solid, but not spectacular, ipa - fresh tangerine, orange, grassy, caramel and toffee malts.

mouthfeel: pulpy medium body

overall: good

Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice golden copper color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing. 

S- The aroma has a high amount of malt for an IPA with sweet caramel and some citrusy hops. I don't mind the high malt presence in the nose but I would like the hops to be kicked up and little bit and not take such a backseat role. Overall, the aroma is just a little subdued or "watered down".

T- The taste like the aroma has quite a bit of malt up frog with a very moderate bitterness in the finish from the hops. Again, for the amount of malt I would like to see some more hops in the taste as well. Like the aroma, the taste just seems to be lacking a little "oomph" and almost tastes a little watered down.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I would pass on this one in the future. 

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured three fingers of head on a clear, medium straw body with lots of bubbles.
The aroma is a wonderful pine and lemon smell, really nice and bright.
The taste has a softer bitterness overall. It is balanced with some honey sweetness.
The texture is a little fizzy with a crisp body.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of kdoc8
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA had a 6.0% ABV. It had a thick bubbly, white head. The color was reddish-amber and the smell was fantastic! Floral, sweet hops - strong and complex. The taste is hops up front and hops on the end - not as complex as the smell. Oh well - I'd still drink it again.

Photo of RenzoD
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick head. Slightly more pale than most IPA'S that I am used to. Smells delicious. The way I believe an IPA should smell. Enough hop character to make it intriguing, and enough malt to make it nice and drinkable..
I have been wanting to try this beer for some time now and I am glad I finally did. What an excellent NW style IPA. I cannot wait to experience more from Diamond Knot.

Photo of Kegatron
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a hazed copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a rich ¾ finger flare-up that leaves back a big creamy cascade of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells REALLY dank (with an almost sour feel that mixes in), with added notes of citrus and grainy malt. There isn’t a whole lot in the way of floral or pine notes here that would help give this some airiness in the nose.

The taste has a zesty citric bite, with leafy edges and a whole lot of herbal character going on with it. Some grainy sweetness from the malt sits along the back and clashes a bit with the earthy and herbal hop flavors. The finish is pithy feeling with a moderate amount of lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling along the tongue and roof of the mouth. Some slickness rides along the middle of the feel, helping keep this mostly smooth and drawing out a lot of those herbal qualities.

I just wasn’t overly impressed with this one. Just not a whole lot of emphasis here on fresh hops flavors, with a ton of dank character here that control this way too much. There are a lot of better off-the-shelf American IPAs out there for you to spend your money on.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A glass consuming beige tinted head towers above the rim building to a staggering height with a time consuming manner of demise. A light rustic orange colored body shows a moderate display of effervesce. Significant sudsy patchwork generously lines the glass.

S: Aroma of sweetly toasted grain and pine. Awareness is a bit lacking per ipa standards.

T: Toasted grain along with toasted citrus come to life. Flowery dry citrus with a respectable amount of hop bitterness. Has a bit of sweetly toasted nature upfront and follows through with a finish of pine-citrus hopping.

M: light and creamy, bittering with a low presence of carbonation, dry bittering finish.

O: Generous amount of flowery citrus, yet hits the sweet spot between hop respectability and drinkability. Bitter yet delightful enough for multiples. Leaves you with a lingering hop spiciness that easily invites more. At 6.2% this feels much lighter and crisper going down. good for a few.

Photo of Spikester
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy light amber, one finger of off white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is over ripe fruit. Taste is modestly bitter hops with a plenty of sweet malts. Very leathery, some soap, over ripe grapefruit. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Low carbonation. Not a beer I enjoyed much. Might be a bad bottle but with no freshness date there is no way to tell. I have consumed about 16 ounces thus far and am seriously thinking of dumping the remainder.

Photo of tikibeer
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep muddy amber with minimal head with spotty lacing that melts down the side of the glass.

Aroma is strong and rich. Not very hoppy. I am getting a lot of sweet sticky malts and a plum or raisin aroma.

Taste sweet sticky and tangy with lots of malt. Not much hops. This beer may be a little old, so that might explain the lack of hops.

Not bad, but not very amazing. Would love to try one that is fresh, I might have a whole different option.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 picked up tonight at Brewforia in Meridian.... Good conversation and good people... The brew was about $4.80ish... a bit pricey, but I'm not complaining too much.

Poured into my Cigar City goblet.. short lasting 1" head dies quickly leaving a decent drape of lacing... the brew is very clear dark gold.

The nose is a bit malt heavy... I will call it "Midwestern IPA"... Pale malt and an okay punch of citrus zest... maybe even some floral hoppiness...

Flavor begins okay with a decent bitter hoppiness, but quickly gets swept away by the malts.... even some toasty notes in there... citrus hops come in as quickly as they are whisked away... finish is a touch sweet and sorta fruity and minerally... reminds me of the Flintstone vitamins my mom made me take as a kid.... "Amarillo?" Pretty astringent with warmth.. husky...

Body is on the high side of expected for sure... and the carbonation is definitely light... decent... but that is the best I can give.

3.5/3.5/3/3/3

I doubt I would buy this again unless I am in the taproom.

Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a lovely thick, puffy head that extends beyond the limits of my glass. The aroma, while certainly on the hoppy side, shows signs of balance...sugar cookies, sweet tea, tangerine, and cedar. Sweet citrus peel, floral hops, dry wood, pine, caramel. A bit on the watery side, which is unfortunate, but still not a bad IPA. Medium bodied, fairly bitter, and easy to drink. Solid and a little different, though it won't go down as one of my favorites.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. The colour is rich, deep yellow with an orangish tint. Huge hit of earthy, piney, spicy hops in the nose. Really lovely aromas. On the palate this is a super-drinkable, nicely balanced IPA with plenty of earthy hop flavours.

Photo of MQ4188
1.76/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Hazy / Opaque copper color. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a 20 ounce Devil's Backbone pint glass.

Smell was a bit vacant.

Taste was an off-putting esters soap.

I sure hope that by chance I bought a bad one. I like this .abv range IPA. This one was not good. I bought it fresh from Total Wine in VA hoping it would be good. This one has an awful chemical aftertaste that is horrible.

I was not able to drink more than 4 ounces of it.

I'm not a hater, but this was bad. I also have a bomber of their Industrial double IPA. I will use the remainder of this one to water my lawn. Sorry!!!

Photo of Yoda22
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy copper with exceptional head retention - appears overly carbonated/bubbly

S- Good sweet smelling mix of malt and hops. I get hints of caramel and apple with floral/citrus notes.

T- The hops takeover here more than the malt for sure; more bitterness than anything. Not a TOTAL palette wrecker but the bitterness really sticks around . I wish some of the sweeter elements I detected in the smell came through in the taste but unfortunately not.

M- Very prickly, high end carbonation. Combined with the overwhelming bitterness it's all just a bit too much.

O- I've had worse, but would not buy again. It just needs more balance. Started out looking decent and smelling nice, but downhill from there.

Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 14 November 2002. I did a swap with a coworker who lives in Seattle. he got some stone, I got a growler of diamond knot IPA and I wasn't disappointed. This is a very nice hopmonsterful IPA. Hops are all over the nose and palate. I really enjoyed drinking this.

Photo of shand
2.47/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

A pretty uninspiring pour. Hazy rust coloured with a finger of head. Poor retention, decent lacing. Not very good looking for what's usually an awesome looking style. The nose is huge and malty. There's also some citrus that reminds me a just a little bit of Pledge, and a touch of piney hops. The taste on this one is downright strange. It's a backwards IPA. The malty flavor comes in first, then the cleaner-esque citrus, then the bitter piney, slightly astringent hops. A lot of this reminds me of household products, really! It sure is awful "cleaner-y". Bottle is unfortunately sans freshness date, so I have no idea if this is how it's supposed to taste. The mouthfeel is very drying and carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty alright, all things considered.

Not impressed by this offering from Diamond Knot. Not sure if something went wrong with this bottle, because there's barely any hops for the style.

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Roth;s Keizer store. $5.49 Appearance?Typical orange IPA body but the head is large and rocky/thick. off white in colour. Very nice fruity, sweet hoppy aroma here.More lemon zest that anything. Taste is again hop not so sour/sweet though more grapefruit style. Malts somewere? Not too bitter really Palate is on the thin side even for style but has a nice bitter after taste buzz about it. Overall though an average IPA..might be better come the 100 degree days of late July and August!

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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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