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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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 ntalexan
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

-Color: A hazy golden hue.Very little head on top. Slight carbonation.

-Nose: Grapefruit on the nose which gives me hope that this is going to be like biting in a nice juicey glass of beer. I don’t get the cedar as the brewer promises on the side of the can.

-Flavor: Unfortunately for me it didn’t end up in the grapefruit in a glass I was hoping for. More piney and floral than anything. Overpowers the malt.

-Rating: 2.75/5- It was too floral for me. I like a balanced beverage especially when it comes to an IPA. Wasn’t the freshest tasting either. Do not see me picking up a 6 pack anytime soon. Its pretty middle of the road when it comes to IPAs. (663 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery, served in a mug

A: See through with no haze, dark orange, 1/2 finger of frothy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lots of apparent carbonation, laced the glass a little bit.
S: Pine, grassy, oranges, grapefruit, sweet malts. Pretty sure this has Simcoe hops in it, it has shades of that distinctive Simcoe "catty" aromas
T: Pine, sweet orange, bready malts in the middle mouth and a bittering in the middle mouth, finishes with pine and sweetness in the aftertaste
M: Lots of carbonation, but not too strong of a bite on the tongue, complements the hopping and bitterness well. Drinks just right for an IPA, light-medium mouthfeel and a dry finish made it really easy to drink quickly.
O: Solid take on an IPA, nicely balanced malts and hops with good aromatics and flavor. Enjoyed a lot and would drink again given the chance. (859 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and noble hops, a bit more European than North west. Flavor is light caramel malt, grassy hops with a light piney element, starts fairly balanced, but the finish has some astringency that is not supported by the hop flavors. A good, but somewhat unbalanced IPA in a crowded field. Flavor also seems more continental than Northwest in hop choice. I enjoyed this IPA, but nothing stands out to bring me back regularly. (573 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive orangey amber brew with a skimpy head. Not much aroma. Tangy and a little hot in the mouth.

Pleasantly sweet and warm. Fruity taste with the zingy acid note is interesting. Not overly bitter.

Drinkable and less bitter IPA. From the 12 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham. (300 characters)

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the few cases I will take a light but nice aroma and give it a positive review that overtakes an also light ipa flavor that underwhelms. Color and clarity is nice, but I cant rank this overall positive with how pilsner-y with a slight hop bite beer any better than ive already given it credit for... (306 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Beer can grow a bit on you. Taste better as you drink it. Better then a Ranger IPA but close in taste, just a little bit better. The Ranger never got better after the first taste. Another IPA good for a Hot day in Texas but doesn't fit the PNW weather at all. Not for Sailors. (281 characters)

Photo of RenzoD
3.84/5  rDev +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. (383 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (303 characters)

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 hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with an almost overwhelming head that has significant retention – over 30minutes!? I worried that the bottle was infected, but neither aroma nor taste show that indication – think it’s just an oddly pressurized bottle. The beer itself maintains some limited carbonation, so still has a reasonable mouthfeel.

Aroma of caramelized hops with a mild undercurrent of citrus. Some tropical fruit hop tones enter the flavour, but more malt-forward than many other beers of this style. Finishes with a decent bitterness, albeit less "west coast" oriented than my own tastes would prefer. (606 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Yoda22
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (719 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 JosiahS
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: nonic

Extremely large head. Typical cloudy orange color. Lots of fine bubbles. Sticky, frothy lacing. Primarily lemon on the nose, some pine but not much, maybe a bit of kiwi, a little doughy scent along with some gym socks.

Taste comes off somewhat muddy. There's some lemon but much more papaya and other sort of musky tropical fruit. Orange and lemon rind on the finish. Bitterness is fairly low.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium carbonation and feel. This is close to mediocre for me but there are no faults i can see. Yea, i rhyme sometimes in my beer reviews. (575 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried a great collaboration beer between these guys and 2 Brothers Brewing in Australia at the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, so when I came across this bottle in Portland OR, I thought it was well worth giving them a shot on their own.

Beer pours a hazy, slightly mucky golden colour, wiht a very firm head of off-white, that leaves pocked craters as it subsides, and solid, sheeting lace. Body looks a little bit weak, which is a bit of a shame. Overall, I'm a bit unimpressed.

Nose is generically hoppy, with more than a touch of earthy, tea-like characters. Some musty huskiness comes through as well, leaving the sensation of wet grain-bag. Very underwhelmed.

Taste is similar. Earthy hoppiness, reminiscent of the English style, with sweetish malt giving a honeyed character that cloys a little. Some peppery bite on the back, but the sweetness actually manages to stick through to the end, meaning what should be a crisp, hoppy finish is damaged.

Feel is slightly overcarbed, but otherwise fine.

Dudes, what happened? I'm not overly enamoured of 2 Brothers, so I was placing most of the credit for the Bloody Oak collab at your feet. But this is a genuinely average brew. Please tell me you have better in your repertoire... (1,244 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a two finger head. Some moderate lace arrives during the session.

Smell: caramel, grapefruit, and some lemon are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, some lemon zest, some earthy hop bitterness, and a hint of pear create an average flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother and a touch of dryness arrives late.

Overall: if you like a mix of earthy and citrus tones in your IPA this is for you. Flavor profile was a bit muddled IMHO, so one glass was enough in the session. (570 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.74/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk
Dark amber with a finger of thick off whites, which leave really thick lace billows. Nose of malts, english malts and some hints of grassy, soapy and minty hops. Almost also has a slight, slight snus note. Tastes like malt with some bittering and spleny of floral and soapy hops. Malts are brutally oxidized with cardboard strait up in a mutha. Also has a slight seltzer tone and hollow character. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb. This beer fails. (466 characters)

Photo of MQ4188
1.76/5  rDev -51%
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!!! (598 characters)

Photo of bogus564
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

Just downed some chicken tenders, so I'm thinking that an IPA should do nicely. The saltiness of the chicken should be a good counterbalance for the hoppiness of an IPA. That said, let's get this party started...

A: Not what I expected, or maybe it is and I forgot. It's a cloudy orange, with an orange rind-colored head that holds for quite some time before leaving a cloudy residue on the glass. More Beasley Reese than Reese Witherspoon.

S: It's the weirdest thing; I can smell hops, a little grapefruit, a dark fruit that's more plum than raisin, a hint of caramel. Here's the weird part - it smells more than a little bit soapy. I don't wash my beer glasses with soap, so go figure that one. Now I'm almost afraid to taste it. I don't want to wash my mouth out with soap...

T: Okay, it's bitter from hops, as expected. There's also a grapefruit fighting with lemon taste going on. I'm not picking up the dark fruit or caramel notes, and that's disappointing. On the bright side, I don't get the soapy sensation, either. It is highly carbonated, however, and I suspect that if I dropped a Mentos into it, it would explode like a bottle of Pepsi.

M: Average, almost good. It's medium-bodied, over carbonated, okay on the palate, but the flavors weren't in good enough proportion to be much more than average. The hoppy finish is expected, but even that is a slight letdown.

O: It's an okay beer, it good be good with some tweaks. That said, I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered me one. I'd call it the Debra Messing of beer; almost... (1,585 characters)

Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy, opaque light-copper amber tone. Very little one-finger head produced , most of which dissipated quickly with a couple millimeters of it remaining for some time leaving lots of lacing.

S - Smells like a deliciously hoppy IPA. Very fragrant and a little floral. Spells like citrusy hops.

T - Tastes immediately like citrus hops with a little pine and a bit of bitterness. It is good and I want it to remain, but it is not a lasting taste, it gets chased away by malt character and a strange saltiness aftertaste.

M - Light, crisp, dry and smooth with slightly above average carbonation.

Overall - IPAs are good. This IPA has a lot of the good IPA tastes that you look for and while it is in your mouth it is an above-average IPA. However; after it leaves the mouth, it becomes a below-average IPA in aftertaste. It's a funny chalky green olive flavor. It was a good beer with a weird aftertaste, but at 2.99 or 3.99 a bomber it was a hell of a deal. (970 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a tumbler pint...

A - Average or below, slightly hazy, orange-gold...way too much carbonation...possibly a quality control issue...poured out half foam/half beer...the bottle was not shaken at all...over carbed...way bubbly

S - Herbal, slight citrus peel, bready, nutty, very slight floral-pine essence - Not impressive

T - Not balanced, lacking flavor and complexity, citrus, not enough malt character...a little too metallic/minerally...

M - An unwelcome effervescent sting from the extreme carbonation...come on Diamond Knot its not soda pop! Very thin...watery...not good

Overall - Easy enough to drink, but not one I would revisit. Pass on this one if you are an experienced IPA drinker. (716 characters)

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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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