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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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BA SCORE
82
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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2003)
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

sw2112, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of dkseaverns
1.55/5  rDev -56.8%
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...

dkseaverns, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of MQ4188
1.65/5  rDev -54%
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!!!

MQ4188, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.65/5  rDev -54%
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.

harrymel, May 07, 2012
Photo of Spikester
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Spikester, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of shand
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

shand, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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.

Kegatron, Nov 17, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

BESTIALEX, Dec 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

SnatchyMcPants, Sep 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

rab53, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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. 

cjgator3, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

SmellsofMahagony, May 05, 2013
Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

distantmantra, Jul 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

dertyd, Feb 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

mobrockman, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

timwardjr, May 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jaswilson2, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

wrightst, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

jzeilinger, Sep 22, 2011
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...

lacqueredmouse, Jul 05, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Bfarr, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 07, 2011
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3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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...

Valley_Town_Sipper, Apr 20, 2014
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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.