Industrial IPA - Diamond Knot Brewery
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Reviews by FattyJLE:
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
12-23-2011 01:57:31 | More by FattyJLE
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3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-25-2010 19:03:25 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
04-10-2011 00:43:28 | More by RoyalT
3.71/5 rDev 0%
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!
12-26-2009 22:32:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
British Columbia (Canada)
2.85/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
12-01-2012 01:31:32 | More by Cookeeman
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
01-20-2011 22:52:42 | More by Metalmonk
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
03-25-2007 12:47:37 | More by BillyB
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
06-11-2011 19:06:36 | More by Rangermonk
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
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!
09-24-2011 03:33:52 | More by NeroFiddled
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-29-2011 01:53:55 | More by cjgator3
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-26-2011 04:04:11 | More by MrKennedy
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
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 :~)
05-07-2012 23:40:39 | More by scootpolute
Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.