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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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 85
Photo of dkseaverns
1.6/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from a 22 oz. Bomber Was not Impressed. Didn't even taste like an IPA! Taste... had no hop flavor, very weak citrus flavor. Overall Not very happy with this beer. Bought at a Total Wine in N.C. not sure what went wrong here. Travel, or time not refrigerated...

Photo of harrymel
1.74/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

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 MacTruk
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

For a flagship beer, I worry about the ship going down.

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 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 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 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 DoubleJ
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A bomber with steak and potatoes. Why not? On to the beer:

It's an orange colored beer with hues fading to a paler orange. A little hazy in the body. It's head is rocky on top, retains well, and leaves good lacing around the glass. Upon opening the bottle, the aroma was great, filled with succulent tangerines and grapefruit. However, a good amount of plastic crawled out and disturbs the nose of the citrus.

Not nearly as plastic ridden as the aroma, but it's still bothersome. It's a good IPA mixed with burnt plastic. The tangerine, grapefruit, and caramel all make a great foundation to this beer to succeed, only to be interrupted by you know what. Its body is medium, and it is pretty smooth.

Diamond Knot has the potential to be a very good IPA if it weren't for the bottle infection. Here's hoping the winter warmer I also bought isn't ridden with the same problem.

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 jzeilinger
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light copper color with a small amount of white foam, thick lacing, and light traces of carbonation.

S - Faint, but yet bright, grapefruit and light caramel malt. Not much going on in the nose and I really had to dig to even detect that.

T - Matches the nose, weak amount amount of tart grapefruit nibbles at the tongue up front, acidic hops hits midway through and finishes with a delicate bite of grapefruit bitterness at the very end. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for a minute or two before fading away. Light caramel malt underneath.

M - Light body and smooth on the tongue.

O - This isn't doing it for me, I'm going to blame it on a bottle that's past its prime since that seems to be the norm for West Coast beers distributed on the East Coast, we can't seem to get 'em fresh out here very often. It's unfortunate.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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...

Photo of Bfarr
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange tinted light amber with a frothy tan head with good lacing. Light floral hop aroma with a little sweetness. Malty upfront with some spicy hops light floral bittering. slightly unpleasant hop lingering. A watery mouthfeel with thin carbonation.

This is a fairly balanced an easily drinkable IPA. It's a little too malty for my taste with the hops flavorful but not too bold. What turned me off mostly was the watery feel. It was very thin and did not compliment either the malt or hops. Certainly not bad but I won't be looking out for it too much.

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 HopHeadRyan
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
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...

Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a hazy copper color, leaving a short dissapating head and fair lace. Smell of caramel in the sweet malt with a good balance of the floral hops that overall seems pretty light. Taste again has a good balance of lightly sweet malt and citrus hop. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall not bad, maybe a little light for the style, but still good flavor.

Photo of HopHead84
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 8/14/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. Appears light golden with a frothy one finger white head. The nose is floral with some grapefruit and orange pith. Malt is slightly sweet and caramel. The flavor is bitter grapefruit against a backdrop of sweet caramel. Notes of orange are present and the alcohol is well hidden. The hops are rather dull in the flavor and in the aroma, making for an okay yet unimpressive IPA.

Photo of bogus564
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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...

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 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 Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of ssteakley
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some people rave about this beer. It is Diamond Knot's flagship and a very satisfying ale, but I can't bring myself to rave about it. It is clear brassy yellow and kicks up a breezy head of white foam and a sweet and sensual floral hop aroma. All parameters are workable and intact, and it is an easy beer to drink. But aside from the rich aroma, it doesn't go far in distinguishing itself.

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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