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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2003

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 184
Photo of Ranman1239
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pure, clean, satisfying IPA. There's a realness to the venue and the proximity to the harbor added to the psychology of the taste experience. The in-house keg facilities along with the subject-matter-expert staff support the great taste of this superb IPA. (256 characters)

Photo of ralree
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful white head on a deep reddish gold brew. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Great hop smell, very strong. Sweet malt to back it up. Perfect.

T: Super hoppy, northwest hops are very strong. Great citrus in there - grapefruit. Lightly toasted malt finishes it off. Good - a little bitter, almost like burnt toast.

M: Carbonation is a little strong. A bit oily. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down great - would be wonderful outside on a summer day. (450 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hillside Pub in Seattle this is one of the most sophiscated IPA's I have had in awhile. The pretty orange colour was set off by fragrant hops but what sets apart this IPA is the luscious finish which I can only describe as silky. I was happy as an Ivar's clam drinking this pint with no balance issues at all. Very worth the search. (346 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub, Diamond Knot's IPA is pale orange with a nice sized, tight bubbled white head leaving heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is bright hops, plenty of Columbus but nicely balanced but the fresh herbal Galena's they're so partial to, cedar like. A bit muted though, perhaps if I let it sit for awhile it would open up more, but this is served at the brewpub, where are their beers are ales, and I shouldn't have to wait for it to warm up from ice cold.

Taste is really nice and well balanced, nice and hoppy with just enough bitterness without beating up the palate. Really nice hoppy flavor, and exceptionally clean. With the dominance of DIPAs, it's easy to lose track of what makes a good IPA great, and it doesn't require obliterating hoppiness. But a firm punch never hurts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, oily and medium bodied.

Drinkability is high, I've always loved this IPA and drink it anytime I can - the classic Puget Sound IPA in my book. At 6.2% it's stout enough to satisfy but also allow for that extra round you'll inevitably crave. (1,065 characters)

Photo of wknight167
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with a one and a half finger head fades rather quickly to a cap.

Nose- Slightly sweet grapefruit and pine hops.

Palate- Grapefruit comes through strong just for an instant, then sweet tropical fruits emerge to set the stage for the hops. The same citrus and pine hops grow steadily, but do not try to accomplish too much. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night and be happy about it.

Overall- After being unimpressed with the DIPA, my hopes weren't too high for this one, but I can see why it is their flagship. Diamond Knot, you have redeemed yourselves. (656 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a bright brassy color with medium head and little retention. It had nice rings of lace with each drink. The smell is that of a piney hop. This is a big and balanced beer. The first thing, before even the taste though, is that it’s rather rounded, soft and creamy for a bitter IPA. The hops just abound but there is so much honey malt flavor, very freshly brewed tasting, interspersed. The malts really have strong honey orientation, yet it’s a light taste, nothing sticky here. This is a very drinkable beer, the kind one thinks about a few too many times after having it. This is one to seek out of you’re an IPA fan. (635 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Has a dark yellow hue with a decent sized white head that leaves a nice lacing. Strong smell of grapefruit and floral hops. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. A sweet grain flavor quickly turns to bitter hops and lasts the remainder of the drink. The fresh smell of this brew is something to behold. Very nice. (335 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great representation of the Pacific Northwest IPA, Diamond Knot pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy tannish head. The aroma is full of citrus hops, but not as grapefruity as some, perhaps it is dryhopped with Columbus hops rather than Cascades or Centennial. The taste is surprisingly smooth. A faint malty sweetness overshadowed by a nice hop bite. Not oppressively bitter, this IPA is very easy to drink. A very good beer to search out while in Seattle. (462 characters)

Photo of erikm25
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From notes taken on 03/31/09. Pours a fiery mandarin orange. Hazy. Darker bronze hues. Solid creamy off white head. Good retention. Webbed lacing clings to the glass.

S: Floral and citrus aromas. Crisp and fresh smelling. Pungent. Apples and spices with an earthy malt character.

T: Solid bitter and sharpened hops. My first thought was that this bordered on a IIPA. Hits of peaches and grapefruit. Some solid sweetness is thrown in to help make this a tongue puncturing treat. No hints of alcohol. A slight honey tinge towards the back of each sip.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: This beer was probably number one on my list to try since moving to WA. I was glad to finally grab a pint. A first rate IPA. I am anxious to try and IIPA from this brewery. Very drinkable and highly recommended for locals and tourists alike. What a fine beer. (848 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter

A - Beer poured with a one finger foam; white and rocky in appearance; body was clear and had a dark copper color; plenty of carbonation was visible and had a formed a fair amount of lacing on the sides

S - Citrus and hop notes come up immediately; pine; slightly astringent smell, tingles the nose a bit and finishes with a clean-rinse smell

T - Citrus and hop taste are prevalent; ABV is also prevalent in this beer, quite a surprise to me especially since it has a moderate alcohol level; strong aftertaste; kind of dry

M - Creamy/foamy consistency; not as effervescent as I expected with plenty of visible carbonation; smooth down the hatch

D - Great IPA, good and not necessarily too heavy for a beer of this caliber; would be a good food pairing beer (798 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced and not extremely hoppy IPA. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection. decent hop presence, but a little bland, but decent.. (341 characters)

Photo of kdoc8
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot India Pale Ale
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$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. (858 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, white head, very little retention, excellent lace.

S: Pine, nectarine & tangerine hops with some underlying American Pale malt.

T: Pine, tangerine & nectarine, light biscuity malt good bitterness. Better than 'good', but not quite a 4.5.

M: Moderate body, well-attenuated, dry finish, slight acidity.

D: Good. (339 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Diamond Knot brewpub in Mukilteo.

A: light but rich orange hue with a slight haze. Head is a finger of light white foam. Looks appealing to me.

S: sharp citrusy hops, a bit unbalanced with very little malt aroma coming through. I like it.

T: quite earthy with some citrus hops. Malt backbone is dry with a hint of toastiness. Overall, quite a nice IPA.

M: medium body with a good level of carbonation for the style.

D: a solid and tasty IPA; I'd gladly have a few of these in a session. (514 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold pour with one finger medium cream head. Decent retention and nice thick lace.

Nice citrus nose with notes of grapefruit and straw. Slightly herbal and earthy, too, with dusty tones.

Nice citrus bitters to match the nose with citrus grapefruit and herbal flavors. Medium dry finish. Pepper in the finish, too.

Body matches the flavor profile. Not too thick nor creamy.

Nice little IPA. One I would easily drink again. Just a nice glass of beer. (465 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy tannish head. Nose is full of citrus but not as grapefruity as some. Taste is surprisingly smooth. A faint malty sweetness overshadowed by a nice hop bite. Some ditrus, very dry, not a big hop oil IPA. Not oppressively bitter, this IPA is very easy to drink. (299 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint.

Golden yellow slightly hazy body with a finger of off-white head. Retention is just OK, but lacing is pretty nice.

Pleasant bouquet. Fairly strong hoppy aromas- pine, grassy, touch of grapefruit. Some honeyish light malt.

Tastes really good. The bitterness is quite strong without being overpowering, thanks to the lightly sweet malt backbone- honey and baked apples. Grapefruit is a bit stronger than the nose led me to believe, but pine and grassy hops still lead the way.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. The malt dries out at the swallow, leading to a sticky bitter finish.

Overall impression: Very solid IPA. I could drink this stuff all afternoon. (686 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - On a gently pour it produced a massive 4-finger head that would have grown if I hadn't stopped pouring it. Lots of visible carbonation, very high. Hazy orange colored brew. Head slowly fell to a dense looking dollop atop the beer.

S - Fresh orange, lemon, and pine dominate the beer. Papaya, cracker like malt, herbal hop. The orange is very bright and fresh smelling, almost like a Witbeer.

T - Orange, papaya, and grapefruit hit you upfront. Herbal hop, cracker and toasted bread follow. It finishes dry and a bit astringent. Bitterness is medium-high and sits on the tongue long after you swallow.

M - Medium-high crispness with a smooth, viscous like feel. Around full bodied.

O - I'v seen this brew on the store shelves for quite some time now, and I'm happy to have finally tired it. I really enjoyed the fresh fruitiness in the smell and taste, and it was nice and bitter as well. However I didn't like the huge head that was a result of far too much carbonation. Other than that, it was tasty and priced right. I'd drink it again. Cheers! (1,069 characters)

Photo of ism
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold, with a frothy white head, subsiding to a thin, but permanent layer, leaving webby lacing behind. Nose of orange citrus, a bit of peel, and bready yeast. Thin body, on the watery side, a PacNW level of hop bitterness, dry bread, goes down smooth with grapefruit lingering. Fairly easy and enjoyable to drink, a solid offering, though quite straightforward. (375 characters)

Photo of therica
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My scores are based upon the more recent 2013 review, below.

9/26/2006 The server in Redmond said that this was her favorite. I'd already had a Mirror Pond Pale Ale and a New Belgium Skinny Dip on-tap, so I went with her choice. It went well with the few dozen oysters we were eagerly consuming, although it was not my favorite of the three (Mirror Pond).

Nice golden color although served after the head had long faded. Nice bouquet, the taste followed although it was a bit more gutsy than the bouquet would allude.

Taste overall was very nice, and left a strong hops bite in my mouth. I think I would like to try this on-tap again and have it handed directly to me, rather than sitting on a counter for 5 minutes until it's brought by a server.

8/19/2013 So here I am at Arnie's up the hill from Diamond Knot in Mukilteo with a freshly poured one. Nice modest white head on a pint of caramel-brown ale, excellent nose with mixed florals and caramelized malts. The taste is about the same, nicely bitter without being insane. Very typical of the current IPA's brewed by various craft brewers throughout the USA. (1,117 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Malt and Vine of Redmond. I know you can also get it at the Pump House in Bellevue.

The beer poured well with a finger of head that lingered slightly and left some nice lace. The hops were fruity and very floral smelling. The taste was good. The hops wasn't bitter or overwhelming, this brew had a nice balance of malt and hops. More hopyness of course because it was an IPA. Over all it was a nice beer, I wonder when they will have it on bottles, or if it will be just a tap only beer? (509 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

This was generously shared by d0b, thanks for the sample Davey! Diamond Knot IPA shows off a deep golden body with hints at sunset orange. The color changes with each movement. A thick cap of perfectly white lacing sits atop the body and slowly falls to a skim coat the solid sheet lacing down the glass. The lacing left behind is some of the nicest I've seen in awhile and the body is perfectly clear. This is a damn fine looking IPA.

The nose is full of candied citrus. Candied orange and grapefruit skins are the first things that jump to mind while a light toffee malt backbone sits in back. Some earthy, piney hoppiness comes along with each deep pull but the candied citrus dominates the nose of this brew, when I say dominates I mean that in the lightest of ways. This is a fairly well balanced IPA from the smell of things.

The flavor profile seems to follow what the nose previously laid down. A toffee malt base lays down the foundation upfront before a wave of candied citrus rolls through mid palate. Again, orange and grapefruit being most dominant with the grapefruit aspect leaving behind some bitterness on the swallow. There's a little piney, earthy hoppiness here and there but it's hard to put a finger on and fairly faint overall. As a matter of fact almost all aspects of this IPA are on the lighter side of the spectrum and it well balanced.

The body is my only real knock on the beer. It's a little on the light side for my tastes, not thin especially, just slightly lighter than expected. A soft bitterness coats the back of the tongue and throat each swallow while the carbonation is soft and light. The finish is nice and dry allowing the bitterness that's present to shine through.

Diamond Knot's IPA makes for one hell of a sessionable brew. One that should be sold in 6ers as a matter of fact, because a bomber simply doesn't cut it. It's a tough glass to put down while each drink makes me immediately crave more.

This isn't your typical left coast IPA; it's much more balanced and doesn't necessarily smack me over the head with bitterness. Usually not my kind of IPA but in this case I'll make an exception, it's sort of an IPA Light, sounds bad I know but it's a good brew. Thanks again, Dave! (2,244 characters)

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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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