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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

Diamond Knot India Pale AleDiamond Knot India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%

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 Ranman1239


4.81/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 20:53:25 | More by Ranman1239
Photo of dirtylou


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Leary Traveller

appearance: served in a shaker pint and paired with a Brewers loss - hazy (perhaps end of the keg) orange body, thick foamy white head

smell: fresh citrus, grassy, tangerine

taste: A solid, but not spectacular, ipa - fresh tangerine, orange, grassy, caramel and toffee malts.

mouthfeel: pulpy medium body

overall: good

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 21:45:13 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Franch

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an entirely unobjectionable IPA (in the vein of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA), but especially in the pacific northwest, entirely unobjectionable for an IPA isn't good enough. maybe i just don't really like simcoe, i'm not sure, but it was the dim point in my very hoppy weekend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 04:56:53 | More by Franch
Photo of Bfarr


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 01:33:51 | More by Bfarr
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 20:11:00 | More by flagmantho
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 14:23:10 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 21:15:23 | More by PDXHops
Photo of erikm25


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 02:25:13 | More by erikm25
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/27/2006 (Tap @ Columbia City Alehouse, Seattle, WA):

Pours a brown, light brown color, good sized head, white, frothy. Very hoppy aroma, grapes, sweet, bitter. Pale dry taste, nutty aftertaste, semi-bitter, dry, slightly acidic. Very drinkable, clean taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 03:39:17 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of ccrida


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 00:58:10 | More by ccrida
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 19:38:43 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 18:38:51 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2007 18:46:32 | More by Derek
Photo of kdoc8


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 20:50:46 | More by kdoc8
Photo of RJLarse


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear with a foamy white head.

The smell is very sweet and piney, juniper..

The taste is very sweet and less bitter for an IPA. There is a bit of a bread flavor to the beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but just a bit cloying and filmy.

This is a very drinkable beer. Not sure what the ABV is but I get the feeling it's got a little kick to it. A very nice, unusually sweet and malty IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2007 01:28:37 | More by RJLarse
Photo of doubleipa


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Diamond Knot pub on our way from Seattle to Vancouver. Good frothy, white, half inch head with good lacing and not too cold. Nice big hoppy aroma. Typical floral/citrus. Not much in the way of pine, though. I was a little dissapointed though with the taste. Definitely not as hoppy as the aroma would have indicated. Still a good West Coast IPA. Maybe I get my hopes up when I smell a great hoppy west coast style beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 12:02:27 | More by doubleipa
Photo of xoqx


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2006 23:26:29 | More by xoqx
Photo of therica


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2006 01:38:31 | More by therica
Photo of beerceller99


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2005 19:46:41 | More by beerceller99
Photo of RoyalT


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2004 02:34:09 | More by RoyalT
Photo of brakspear


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2003 00:00:01 | More by brakspear
Photo of jcalabre


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2003 21:14:05 | More by jcalabre
Photo of ssteakley


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:53:45 | More by ssteakley
Photo of RenzoD


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, thick head. Slightly more pale than most IPA'S that I am used to. Smells delicious. The way I believe an IPA should smell. The taste is a wonderfull balance of hops and malts . Neither of which are TOO dominant. Enough hops to make it interesting and bitterly intriguing, and enough malts to make it incredibly drinkable. I normally dont drink bombers very fast but I downed this wonderful craft from the beautiful Mukilteo, WA.
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 07:13:56 | More by RenzoD
Photo of Fatehunter


3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:52:20 | More by Fatehunter
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