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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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2003)
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Photo of Jrbutterworth
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Ranman1239
4.81/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Photo of Lazaro
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Dave128
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of tesla92
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ralree
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of wknight167
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of jnoelani
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of xoqx
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Sparrow_Feather
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of erikm25
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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 ferrari29
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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..

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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