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Industrial IPA - Diamond Knot Brewery

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BA SCORE
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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-13-2003

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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by FattyJLE:
Photo of FattyJLE
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

S - Pine and grapefruit hops. Caramel malt sweetness. A hint of booze.

A - Clear, light amber with a quarter inch off-white head. Delicate, sticky lacing.

T - A peppery, spicy bitterness upfront. Bitterness gives way to an impressive pine and spicy hop flavor. Ever-present sugary, candy/caramel-like malt sweetness. Lingering bitterness and sweet finish. A welcome, hefty dose of alcohol on the end.

M - Moderate carbonation. Medium body. Alcohol warming. Sticky mouthfeel from the sugars.

O - Not knowing what to expect, I was very impressed by this beer. Strong bitterness, flavor and malts but well-balanced throughout with a perfect amount of alcohol warming. A very satisfying beer for both the hop and malt lover. Recommend.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another Pacific NW brewer here in the triad of North Carolina.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear copper/brass color with a thin but well defined white head that left broken laayers of lace as it settled quickly.Herbal hop notes mainly in the nose with a bit of caramel,flavors are sharp and herbal up front not much citirc hop,wich kinda surprised me,a hefty caramel base holds well.A more herbal hopped IPA but its quality,I like resiny,and citric flavors but this was pretty good.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a nice, light to medium copper with a tremendous off-white head that came up easy and left some awesome pitting.

Smell - This is a very balanced nose. The hops are light but fresh and very floral and the malt is exactly the right size for balance.

Taste - The balance is equally terrific at the taste. The malt is lightly toasted with a terrific sweetness that was kind of off-putting when I had it years ago at the pub but here is awesome. The hop flavor comes over righteously as well.

Mouthfeel - This is the ale's strongpoint IMO. Some would say a bit light in the ass for a DIPA, it's not quite medium-bodied, but it is so smooth and creamy on the tongue it goes down like water.

Drinkability - This is a very sessionable, balanced DIPA that reflects the brewmaster's care.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah, another Christmas beer by the bonfire. Pours orange, thin head, good carbonation. Smell is faint, but you get the forthcoming grapfruit tangerine type aroma that you'll soon be tasting.

Those hop flavors aren't accompanied by much in the way of bitterness. Wouldn't know it's a double IPA from a sip n sniff. But, the bottom line is, despite a lack of bitterness, the taste is still quality. Mouthfeel, holds up throughout the bottle. And we were drinking this in colder than preferred environment (outdoors, 10 degree weather), but even the small amount of frost on the glass didn't water down the experience throughout the sample. In fact, it was quite drinkable throughout, everyone appreciated the ebb and flow of this beer. Christmas beer fest lives on!

Photo of Cookeeman
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical IPA colour. The smell was pretty hop-potent, had me ready for a hop bomb. Alas, it was not to be. The hop flavour is mild, dominated by fruit of the tropical variety, mostly mango. A little pineapple-melon-grapefruit melange as well, but very soft and mild. The thing that I found the most disappointing was the finish. It didn't linger at all, it wasn't dry, it wasn't anything: there was just nothing there. For an Imperial/Double IPA that is just unacceptable in my opinion. The impression I was left with was that it sacrificed flavour for drinkability, which is fine, except that they scaled it back too far. At some point when you scale it back it ceases to be an IPA (never mind an 2xIPA), and unfortunately thats what I believe happened here. I want to clarify that there isn't any particular flavour I disliked, I just didn't think it stayed even remotely close to the style, which is why it will get a poor score from me.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sports a seaweed-green label showing brewery logo and deep sea diver helmet. "Fermenting change in taste since 1994." Wow, 1994...who knew?

The lightly clouded orange/rust color screams "hop-haze" and the dirty white head is on the thin side but lasts and lasts, splashing bit of lace onto the glass as it lessens and as the liquid is moved and swirled around.

Aggressive resiny hops dominate the nose, backed up with toasty, toffee-like malt. I see green in the mind's eye with every single whiff.

Doncha know, hops absolutely dominate in the taste as well. Resin pungency without tasting or feeling oily, you have to love big hops to love this. I do, and I do. Hops are even close to bracingly bitter, but the well-considered caramel/toffee sweetness of the malt has something to say about that. Hints of peppermint and citrus peel/rind are, well, more than just hints. And here come some flowery and herbal elements too. This just avoids the saltiness that many beers of this type can have. Finishes quite bitter, and the 7.9% is just about invisible. If not complex, Industrial India Pale Ale is at least hardly one-dimensional.

Smooth and slick, yet with remarkable tingle from the carbonation, this trades in creamy for tickling bubbles, and though it feels fine, I like a creamier, chewier Double IPA.

So green and bitter that it's probably not the most drinkable in its class, but the ABV is on the friendlier side of that scale. A very enjoyable hop-forward ass- and tongue-kicker.

Photo of BillyB
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice amber brown color with a medium, off-white head.

Herbal, piney, citrusy hop notes. Also some grassy aromas with a bit of toasty malt.

Taste is very bitter. Piney, citrus, grassy hop bitterness. A sweet, somewhat toasty, breadlike malt taste. Not much balance but this is a DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, chewy, bitter.

Overall, i'd say an above average DIPA.

Photo of Rangermonk
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and amber.

Big fat creamy head that sticks around, nice lacing.

Smells of citrous and piney notes and biscuit.

Tastes of pine resin, almost feel like I'm chewing pine needles mixed with biscuit. Not a bad experience, but almost overwhelming on the taste buds. Biscuit is there in the aftertaste.

Good body, a little warmth in the background.

This is a good IPA. Strong and very assertive hops, with this interesting grain character in the background. As the beer sits and the head falls away, you can smell the malt.

i would recommend to friends.
My cat approves, she is sniffing heavily over the rim and trying to lick the lace.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Diamond Knot Industrial India Pale Ale
no freshness dating or codes
$4.99 (22 oz.) at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

I'm stupid. I'll admit it. I bought a bottle of Diamond Knot's IPA and failed to grab the Industrial while I had the chance. Then when I went back later on, I grabbed the Industrial but failed to grab another IPA for comparison. DOH! But from what I recall, I think that these are basically the same beers with the Industrial amped up a bit, and not different recipes altogether. That said...

Appearance: Clear amber-orange 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: Malt first, then hops. Bready, cake-like malt with a light edge of caramel interwoven with leafy, grassy, woody (almost like oak, but not quite), citrusy, piney, minty, and floral hops. A soft berry-like and gently cherry-ish yeasty fruitiness adds an additional note of complexity.

Taste: The flavor is more hoppy than the nose suggests, although the malt still maintains the dominant edge at the outset. It's bready and caramelish and, dare I say it again, almost cake-like - but without being sweet (how can that be? Maybe I'm just finding some vanilla?). The 'berry/cherry' yeastiness adds a nice rounding component to it. It's solidly bitter and it dries in the finish with a note of cedar, alcohol spice, and piney and gently citrusy hops. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Somewhat dextrinous, supple, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: Impressive. A richly malty (without going overboard) double IPA that still presents its hops. It's balanced, rounded, and drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden but the strength will get to you! Cheers!

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of caramel and some faint citrusy hops as well. 

T- The taste thankfully has more of a hop presence. Sweet malt and caramel up front, and a nice bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, this is an okay IPA, but it falls a little short in my book.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from The Local Bottlestore & Provisions, poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

Hazy orange appearance, with a slow forming head of beige-orange foam. Retention wasn't great. Beer looks bright in a sense.

Smell has a lot of grapefruit there, mixed in with a touch of pine. Decent aroma that is not over the top.

Taste is consistent with grapefruit throughout. A little one dimensional as only a little bit of pine can be detected and it is late.

Mouthfeel is quite good. The consistency of flavour combines with consistent bitterness to keep it drinkable, yet still let's you know its a big IPA.

Solid IPA, could be accused of being a one trick pony, but it is pretty good and consistent.

Photo of scootpolute
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One Pint 6 FL OZs...Poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Strong hops, Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…drying finishes…with lingering alcohol due to the close to 8%...

M: Pretty much a full bodied, 'BIG' beer, juicy, crisp and bitter.

O: Very clean, Very drinkable.Just an outstanding Double American IPA all around… pretty much nailed it with this one! Although...take the 'very drinkable' comments with warning... if you have more than 2-3 of these, you 'could-be' in TROUBLE...Drink with care as after just one bomber, it gets you in the 'woo-woo!!'...Chasin'-Cheers :~)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

My first brew from Diamond Knot and it is a winner !. Pours a decent head with incredible lacing. Cloudy gold color. Aroma is very malty with a touch of sweetness. Taste is great and everything I expected in this beer. Great hoppy, resiny taste with just a hint of citrus and malt. The bitterness is great and very appropriate for this beer and the name of this beer. The sweetness leaves fast and the lasting taste is a great hop bitterness. Kudos, can't wait to try more from this craft brewery. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ice-tea coloring with some rustic orange highlights. Medium clarity with a light whisper of carbonation. The head is bready and frumpy in texture, a beige coloring and shows a good resilience along with an ample amount of lace coverage consisting of stratified rings.

S: Spicy citrusy-pineapple, much more pronounced then thier ipa. A bit of mango, orange and toasted bread. Good presence upon first pour but does significantly drop off there-after lacking sustainability.

T: Spicy bite of hops, bright tropical fruitiness of pineapple-mango mixing with citrus. Spicy, crisp and clean turning to a bittering of dry hopped citrus mid way through the experience. The finale turns dry toasted bread, very malty with a pine and dry grapefruit ending. Moderate alcohol presence.

M: Medium body, creamy, bitter, very similar to thier base ipa with a bittering finish.

O: A bit bigger and hoppier then thier ipa thus drinkability and repeatability is a bit lower. Thier ipa is ideal for multiples is a bit lighter and crisper, while this is a bit fuller malt wise with a bump of dry hops. Both are ideal for the right occassion.

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing his Growlin' At The Moon prize.

A: The IPA is tea colored, a nice mix of brown and orange with the trend towards the darker hue. 1 finger of head lingered for half of the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of citrus and grassy herbs, almost like tobacco. Caramel malts add a minor counterpunch.

T: The ale, for being a DIPA, is nicely balanced. The caramel malts support the herbal hops without creating too big of a taste. The hops are citrusy with plenty of grassy flavors. The longer that I linger on the ale, the more a boozy warmth emerges. That heat accentuates the hops, making the ale seem stronger than it is.

M: The hop profile is herbal, grassy with a touch of green onions. I enjoyed sipping on this one.

D: The DIPA was not a disappointment, sporting a big hop profile that is unusual enough to keep me interested.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral aroma is quite engaging. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with some floral undertones and some lightly sweet caramel malt notes. Pine notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too sweet for my taste but still extremely enjoyable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 picked up last night at Brewforia.. paid about $6 ... Poured into my little Cigar City snifter... short lasting off white head still provides nice lacing as the clear light amber brew drops.

Nose has a pretty mild hop profile... a restrained citrus zest but is bullied out of the way by too much malt... plenty of pale malt and more than a hint of dry toast.

Flavor is more "bitter" from front to back than ever just focusing on the hops... there is the above mentioned citrus note... but between the heavy handed malt and bitter bite, the hops seem to play second fiddle.

Body is about right.. carbonation too.. pretty "creamy", and that adjective seems out of place too.

Okay.... but only okay... I doubt I would ever buy this again unless I was bellying up to the bar at the brewery.

4/3/3/3.5/2.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear coppery amber. Half finger off-white head with moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, pineapple, light bready malt and citrus. Taste is moderate hops, light bready malt and citrus. Finish is grapefruit citrus. Flavors somewhat subdued, but well integrated. Pleasant, but could use some more distinct hops. Since the hops are not too forward, the malt / hop balance is pretty good. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A satisfactory tasty IPA that needs a little extra hop intensity.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as an extra in a BIF and just got around to trying it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/02/2009.



The pour was very nicely done. Rich amber in color with a huge billowing head of white that came up and over the top and settled down nicely into a firm pillow of lace that dropped tons of nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Rich aroma of pungent grapefruit and rich orange notes that really just carried over wonderfully. Warming brought some light balance to it, but it will still done, very, very well. Each sip seemed a bit bigger then the one before. Huge notes of pineapple and grapefruit are quickly thrown together with some very nice touches of caramel malts. Nice medium body was well carbonated and the smooth, delicate flavor hid the ABV quite well.



Overall I have to admit this one was very well done. I would have no issue at all with trying another one any day. Really top notch stuff. I would have to recommend this one to anyone.

Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. When I opened it, foam began pouring out of the bottle and I had to run and put it over a trash can. Should've guessed that could happen, since I tried their regular IPA and it had lots of foam but didn't overflow like this one. No freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a 1/4 inch head that lowers to a white ring and a near-symmetrical foam pattern on the surface. Not very much lacing.

S- Smells strong, full and citric. Definite grapefruit, fumy alcohol and just a tad of funk.

T- Bitter with plenty of malt backbone. The citrus in the aroma isn't as pronounced in the flavor. Still some grapefruit and has a crisp finish but not much else. There are plenty of hops to match the amount of malt but they clash some, making it not as enjoyable as it could be. Slight metallic taste. Not bad, but not great.

M- Decent medium carbonation with the usual prickly mouthfeel of a solid IPA.

O- I liked their regular IPA better. This one is just trying too hard.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Something of a distinctive Double India Pale Ale, this actually pours a yellowish-brown colour. Not a typical NW hop bomb as far as the nose goes. There's more in the way of sweet malt notes, but you can still find a touch of fruity hop scents in there as well. Similar on the palate--a lot of sweetness balanced with grassy, herbal hops and a massive finishing bitterness.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a clear copper hue, with a short loose creamy off-white head.

Dry biscuity malt with a bit of toastiness, sweet orange and peach esters, dry citrus hops.

Tastes to me like some Amarillo hops are doing some legwork in the flavour, right off the top. Dry toasty, biscuity malt officially steps in up front, followed by floral and herbal hops, and finishing with sweet orange citrus hops, and a surprising appearance of some bready, caramel malt. Big win for balance throughout. Aftertaste is dry citrus pith, astringent but clean.

Medium-light mouthfeel, smooth and clean texture, with moderate texture.

Not amazing but still really good, not to downplay its merits, this still delivers the goods. Balanced and rounded, it nearly flies under the radar of the style, but in a tasteful way, a great gateway beer for the style, I know I want more.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.48/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Ordered from LetsPour and poured into a Pike pint glass.

Appearance - The bottle art of this double turned me on, but I was disappointed as soon as the liquid hit the glass. A watery sewer/caramel appearance. Light carbonation with decent lacing. The head disappears quickly and is extremely white.

Smell - Extremely faint. Does not smell fresh at all - I wish the bottle had a date on it. Very faint toffee.

Taste - Fairly rotten. It gets a little better as my palate adjusts. Rye is the most prominent flavor, while dying grass and a bit of beets and alcohol kick in later. Faint caramel and toffee that does combine well with the sad excuse for hops

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light-bodied with a sewery alcohol taste that is unbalanced. It's hard to get through this glass honestly. The whole thing tastes extremely rotten, like I am drinking very dirty well water. This beer was a HUGE letdown for me. The taste is just bland. It is not sweet, nor is it bitter. It isn't thick like honey, nor is it terribly watery. I don't know what this is.

Photo of mchlipala
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber courtesy of olympuszymurgus.

Pours a hazy amber with a beautiful thick head. Upon the initial smell, I had to check the label again; sweet caramel malt scents dominated and left me wondering how this was classified as an DIPA. Not getting much hop character with this one and a total lack of the traditional bitterness; taste is almost overrun by the sweet caramel malts which just left me scratching my head after the first few sips. Once I stopped caring about the lack of hops, I really started to enjoy the beer though. The taste and resulting bitterness that did start to come through reminded me more of a cross between an amber and pale ale. Has a medium mouthfeel with a certain syrupy-sweetness to it.

I'd have a tough time comparing this against some of my favorite DIPAs as the character of the beer felt more in line with an amber or pale ale (although slightly high on the ABV side). A really solid beer, but just not what I was expecting from something labeled as a DIPA.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Great price on this bomber at TW. With a bomber being about two standard brews many craft brewers appear to be gouging the consumer for a trial size of their brews. Not true in this case. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of very earthy hops and some butterscotch maltiness. Pouring into one of my trusty SAPPs I get a light bronze brew with a dense multi-sized bubble head that stands like a champ. Upon tasting the first impression is the mouthfeel super high viscosity thick like you can stand a spoon in it. The taste then starts with an evenly balanced hard and dry hop bite but sweet banana maltiness that both slam up front then stay in lockstep throughout only evenly fading in the end to a more sharp bitterness yet lingering sweetness. This brew packs a wallop in both flavor and ABV so a bomber is about the limit. A definite find for the hophead who likes a bold brew but way too powerful for any kind of sessioner. As for what it is, spot on.

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Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot Brewery
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