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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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 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. (491 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold pour with one finger medium cream head. Decent retention and nice thick lace.

Nice citrus nose with notes of grapefruit and straw. Slightly herbal and earthy, too, with dusty tones.

Nice citrus bitters to match the nose with citrus grapefruit and herbal flavors. Medium dry finish. Pepper in the finish, too.

Body matches the flavor profile. Not too thick nor creamy.

Nice little IPA. One I would easily drink again. Just a nice glass of beer. (465 characters)

Photo of BDJake
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish bronze hue with a finger of head that left good lacing and retained well. Smells of grapefruit, fir trees, and mildly of orange peel. Slight hoppiness up front, with a bit of citrus, and underlying sweetness- but not very bold in any manner. Somewhat watery, but with decent carbonation, with a slick aftertaste and finish. A decent, easy drinking IPA that I would love to re-review on tap and note the differences. A worthy beer to end 2010 with. (470 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a lovely thick, puffy head that extends beyond the limits of my glass. The aroma, while certainly on the hoppy side, shows signs of balance...sugar cookies, sweet tea, tangerine, and cedar. Sweet citrus peel, floral hops, dry wood, pine, caramel. A bit on the watery side, which is unfortunate, but still not a bad IPA. Medium bodied, fairly bitter, and easy to drink. Solid and a little different, though it won't go down as one of my favorites. (485 characters)

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. (294 characters)

Photo of ism
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold, with a frothy white head, subsiding to a thin, but permanent layer, leaving webby lacing behind. Nose of orange citrus, a bit of peel, and bready yeast. Thin body, on the watery side, a PacNW level of hop bitterness, dry bread, goes down smooth with grapefruit lingering. Fairly easy and enjoyable to drink, a solid offering, though quite straightforward. (375 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced and not extremely hoppy IPA. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection. decent hop presence, but a little bland, but decent.. (341 characters)

Photo of Spikester
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours burnished copper with a chill haze and an inch-plus head of slightly off-white.
Decent lacing throughout the glass and a thin skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics are fairly subdued for the style. A blend of grainy malt, grapefruit, and a trace of pine. Husky with light citrus, but you have to really whiff for the hops.

Medium bodied with a crisp, textured mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith, young pine bark, and husked malt start the palate. Shades of toasted biscuits and cereal follow through. Bitterness is spot-on for an IPA and the beer is quite dry and quaffable.

Finishes with a lingering pity bitterness, toasted grains and tannic citrus seeds.

Another decent, but not mind-blowing PacNW IPA. Cool label though. (739 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy amber with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grapefruit, floral, citrus, slight amount of caramel, and a touch of pine.

taste is creamy, grain, citrus, lots of hops, a touch of pine, caramel, and some nuts, ends nicely bitter. (271 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ours a coppper yellow, decent head that leaves some good heavy rings in the initial couple of mouthfulls.

Smell is light, hoppy, sligthly floral

Taste is nice and light, good hop and malt balance

Great light feel, a decent session IPA with just enough kick, could drink a couple of these easily

Scott (304 characters)

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. (514 characters)

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. (299 characters)

Photo of wknight167
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with a one and a half finger head fades rather quickly to a cap.

Nose- Slightly sweet grapefruit and pine hops.

Palate- Grapefruit comes through strong just for an instant, then sweet tropical fruits emerge to set the stage for the hops. The same citrus and pine hops grow steadily, but do not try to accomplish too much. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night and be happy about it.

Overall- After being unimpressed with the DIPA, my hopes weren't too high for this one, but I can see why it is their flagship. Diamond Knot, you have redeemed yourselves. (656 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

This was generously shared by d0b, thanks for the sample Davey! Diamond Knot IPA shows off a deep golden body with hints at sunset orange. The color changes with each movement. A thick cap of perfectly white lacing sits atop the body and slowly falls to a skim coat the solid sheet lacing down the glass. The lacing left behind is some of the nicest I've seen in awhile and the body is perfectly clear. This is a damn fine looking IPA.

The nose is full of candied citrus. Candied orange and grapefruit skins are the first things that jump to mind while a light toffee malt backbone sits in back. Some earthy, piney hoppiness comes along with each deep pull but the candied citrus dominates the nose of this brew, when I say dominates I mean that in the lightest of ways. This is a fairly well balanced IPA from the smell of things.

The flavor profile seems to follow what the nose previously laid down. A toffee malt base lays down the foundation upfront before a wave of candied citrus rolls through mid palate. Again, orange and grapefruit being most dominant with the grapefruit aspect leaving behind some bitterness on the swallow. There's a little piney, earthy hoppiness here and there but it's hard to put a finger on and fairly faint overall. As a matter of fact almost all aspects of this IPA are on the lighter side of the spectrum and it well balanced.

The body is my only real knock on the beer. It's a little on the light side for my tastes, not thin especially, just slightly lighter than expected. A soft bitterness coats the back of the tongue and throat each swallow while the carbonation is soft and light. The finish is nice and dry allowing the bitterness that's present to shine through.

Diamond Knot's IPA makes for one hell of a sessionable brew. One that should be sold in 6ers as a matter of fact, because a bomber simply doesn't cut it. It's a tough glass to put down while each drink makes me immediately crave more.

This isn't your typical left coast IPA; it's much more balanced and doesn't necessarily smack me over the head with bitterness. Usually not my kind of IPA but in this case I'll make an exception, it's sort of an IPA Light, sounds bad I know but it's a good brew. Thanks again, Dave! (2,244 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  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. (686 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of riversideAK poured into a tulip.

This one pours a clear amber with a huge creamy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is dominated by light citrus fruits, especially pineapples and oranges with a little bit of grapefruit as well. There's also ample sweetness from the caramel malts.

The taste is definitely more bitter than I was expecting and has a little more grapefruit than the aroma. The caramel malts carry the backbone and there are some floral hops in the finish, leaving the slightly astringent bitterness to linger.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with the citrus fruits and pine. The carbonation is light and soft.

This is a solid representation of the style and extremely enjoyable. The aroma is a bit fuller than the taste and the bitterness is a little bit astringent, limiting the drinkability slightly. (909 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a semi-hazy amber brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. Flavor of bitter hops initially with some sweet malt in the finish. Mostly just bitter grassy hops here, not too much citrus/tropical fruit that I got from the tap version. Still a tasty treat though! (337 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of erikm25
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (1,065 characters)

Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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