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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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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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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear bass color with a thinner,sticky white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settles slowly.Floral hops stick out most in the nose,some toasted "raw" grain as well,quite an odd mix.Herbal hop flavors hit up front with some of that toasted grain,to me the hops dont have quite the punch that I expected,again herbal with some light citric quality but not really hitting home.I like the Industrial DIPA and I kinda like this, but not nearly as much.

oberon, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot India Pale Ale
no freshness dating or codes
$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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

nickfl, Jul 21, 2013
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
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a modest head but it recedes rocky leaving some spotty, but chunky, lace. The color is gold to amber. The clarity is hazy.

The nose starts off with a malty base with a piney hop spice. I also smell clove.

I am impressed with the taste. This starts off with a regular pale ale balance--paler malts and peppery hop. The hop quickly dominates the flavor without becoming extreme. The swallow and aftertaste is very dry and bitter. The body is moderate and the carbonation is slightly elevated.

smcolw, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Gavage, Jun 05, 2012
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
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -16.4%

wrightst, Jun 25, 2014
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
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

rab53, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

chinchill, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road IPA. Still good. Really unremarkable in every way.

Appearance, amberish IPA appearance, clarity is there, if you're into that kind of thing.

Taste is very bitter, that's probably one of the things that is better than average. Alcohol is low, 6.2% I believe, not really low, but not over the top, middle of the road again. Plenty of bitterness, but not much in terms of hop flavor.

Its pretty standard stuff, high bitterness, some caramel.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dmorgan310, Jul 29, 2012
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
Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

HopHead84, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Derek, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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

dirtylou, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

flagmantho, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

ccrida, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of hops, caramel and malt.

T: Tasted of hops, first and foremost, with some caramel, citrus, and malt. Not the most groundbreaking of flavors, but good enough to drink.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a generally enjoyable IPA, and drinkable, but there are better examples of style out there.

avalon07, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Boone757, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite, if not epically, hoppy, promising an at least decent IPA. It pours a nice clear amber with a fluffy off-white head. Flavor is fairly hoppy with hints of grapefruit and evergreen - not too shabby! Smooth, pleasing texture has a nice tingle to it. Definitely worth at least a try.

Cyberkedi, Dec 29, 2010
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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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