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Industrial IPA - Diamond Knot Brewery

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85
very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-13-2003

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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 238
Photo of Jesse13713
1.48/5  rDev -60.6%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.6/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. which fades fast leaving mere bubbles

S: Nose is caramel, graininess and grass

T: Starts a bit chewy, off balance, caramel, grass and then WHAM! A tital wave of ultimate disappointment. A blast of obnoxious bittering hops appears, with a splash of cleaning solution providing a stinging booziness, slicky buttery palate and we wind it down with cooked corn Mmmm!

M: Mouthfeel is mediium bodied and horrendous. Not exactly sure what to say here...

O: Scrap this and avoid at all costs. I want my money back! (585 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a CCB snifter.

A - Pours a hazy amber, with a thin half-finger of head that quickly drops to a ring around the glass. Patchy lacing on the sides of the glass. Plenty of sediment in the bottle.

S - More piney than citrusy, with an odd vegetative quality that doesn't sit well sith me. Showing some signs of oxidation too, with some cardboardiness.

T - Excessively bitter but not very flavorful. Piney hops in your face and not much else to smooth things out. Cardboard, orange pith, and vegetables. It reminds me of Hopsickle in some ways, only without as much yum.

M - Nice enough, it's just not exceptional in any way. About as you'd expect in every aspect.

D - The abv is a bit high, but so even if I actually liked the beer I probably wouldn't be drinking more than one.

O - This was a gift for the holiday, rather than something I picked up myself, and it's definitely one I won't be seeking out again. Disappointing. (947 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8/7/2011

Bottle shared by Jason, thanks!

A: Golden orange with a small white head.

S: Strong bread with matching caramel. Orange is faint, barely detectable. Alcohol is apparent in the nose. Way too malty.

T: Lots of bread and caramel with a little alcohol. Light orange notes. This is like a weak Barleywine. The hops are feeble. The malt dominates. Blah.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: This might pass for an IPA in Washington, and I'm sure they think it's great up there (another one of their local "gems"), but this is burdened by malt and the hops are pathetic. It's like a pitiful Barleywine. (648 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Grabbed this beer as an impulse purchase while waiting in line at Total Wine in Tampa.

Started to review this in the normal fashion, but once I tasted it I had to stop. This beer is old dammit. Syrupy and malty. Disgusting. I don't know how many times I've bought an IPA without a bottling date on it and been burned. No more.

Brewers, put freaking brewed on/bottled on dates on your beers. This beer may not have been bad when fresh however, the dozen or so CASES that Total Wine is selling (in Tampa) are all past their prime. I will never again buy an IPA wihtout a date on it unless I know it's fresh. (607 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a dark golden color, clear. big tall rocky off-white head. great retention. sort off-putting aroma - very lemon, like dish soap.
nice balance of biscuit malt and earthy lemony hops. but the nose overpowers the taste. medium thickness and medium carbonation.

overall - the bad aroma takes over the positives of this beer. I wouldn't try again (377 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to say I'm honestly stunned by this beer and not in a good way. It looks very pretty but aside from mouthfeel those sentiments end there. It smells oxidized and the bottle is fresh off the shelf and they haven't even been bottling long enough to give this level of oxidation off even if it were that old. (I should note I tried two separate bottles and both had this flaw)
I taste many delicious hop flavors but what the hell? Zero bitterness and way too much malt. This is the west coast, we don't need our hops hidden by sweetness thank you very much.
Not very drinkable. I won't buy this again because I wan't my double IPA's to pack punch, not offer apologies. (671 characters)

Photo of Cookeeman
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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 (808 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Tap House in Seattle as part of WA IPA tasting I put together. This finished 4th of 4.

Looks the part - bright yellow in color. Suprisingly little nose for a NW IPA. Where is my hops?

Entry is sweet - a bit too sweet for me. Not enought hops to clear that out. Some mango flavor...a little pine, but it fails to develop. Slight finish is clipped.

I didn't take enough notes, but it just did not live up to the other three offerings I had.

Overall, I'd call this IPA-light. (487 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber clear with a fluffy head that drops fairly quickly. The aroma is a bit on the syrupy side, speaking of a cheap IPA, but the flavor is somewhat better. It is heavy, with a surprisingly high degree of caramel flavor. The hops are aggressive and quite citrusy, with a bit of pine behind them. The bitterness is distinctly piny and resiny. There is an odd woody and chocolate edge to the flavor that I find puzzling. The mouthfeel is a little clingy.

Overall, this is a servicable but largely undistinguished double IPA. (529 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Large fruity flavor mixed with the hop cone extravaganza. Flavors all muddled up and xxx. Lots of grapefruit but with a sweet mango taste. Quite bitter and it keeps stabbing the back of the tongue. Some of the biscuit taste, well browned and more bitterness. Aromatic with fruit and flowers.

More of a golden amber than the usual DIPA orange. Modest mustache of foam. Fairly thick bodied and seems tro be oilier than most. Resins, aromatic hops, and quinine. Hot and spicy on the lips. Not my idea of drinkable, but those seeking the dominatrix may find her here.

From the 22 oz bottle bought in Orange County somewhere. I'm not quite sure about this brewery but they seem to be putting out a lot of stuff. (708 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(On tap) Clear orange pour with a smallish head that laced the glass surprisingly well for it's small size. Aroma was very low key, faint and musty. Taste was heavily roasted malt followed by borderline unpleasant bitterness that seemed to clash with the beer's other flavors. Not terrible by any stretch, but not nearly as good as some of the other reviewers seem to have experienced. Maybe it was just the dregs of the keg... (427 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Flying Pig Bar, Everett, WA

Poured clear honey color, with minimal head. Piney aroma with citrus hops coming through. Similar to the taste: pine and citrus hops, with a sweet maltiness accompanying, though the hops general take over. Light-medium mouthfeel, and moderately drinkable. (305 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass

Appearance - poured a light orangish red. 2 fingers of fine white cream colored foam. It sticks to the glass with descent lacing.

Smell- slight carmel vanilla and lavender. a light roasted coffee even. Odd for an IPA to not be so floral, and to even smell like this.

Taste- citrus some pine with a buttery roasted nuttiness. And a long Hoppy finish. It's funny it didn't seem very hop forward for an IPA. An unconventional one-two punch for the style IMO, but I like it.

Mouthfeel- not slick, no alcohol warmth. It's a tad dry, with a lingering finish.

Overall- It's a descent IPA offering, unique with its toffee nutty flavors. It has good lacing. I wouldn't say that it is out of balance but there are definitely two different tastes co-exhisting (not battling for supremacy) in the beer. I also think that the alcohol could sneak up on you in this one. I would order another ... but maybe stop after the two. (938 characters)

Photo of wknight167
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy orangish brown with minimal head.

Nose- Citrus hops, more specifically tangerine and grapefruit hops.

Palate- Complete 180 from the aroma. Strong caramel presence. sweet and tropical up front. Slowly builds to a caramelly/piney balance, yes balance. No in your face hops here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. (351 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Total Wine in Claymont DE, random pickup since it was $5, figured for a bomber it was worth a shot.

Poured into a tulip glass.
Relatively rapid pour delivered about 1 inch head that lingered throughout the drinking.
Immediate sweet notes of citrus smell, some mild pine. Hazy copper brown.

While this does have the characteristic hops of a DIPA, it was a bit sweeter that I would've liked. Grapefruit, pear, but overall notes of intense hops are lackluster. Dry malt.

Medium bodied, balanced carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Overall it's not a bad DIPA especially at that price point but I it's not the best I've had. (628 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sifter on 12/6/10

Ever-so-slightly murky; the color is a rusty, amber-brown. The head pours just shy of one finger, dropping quickly to a patch of bubbles. One long, drippy strand of lace.

The aroma is rather malty - somewhere between DIPA & barleywine. Toasted bread, biscuit, caramel & hints of candied malt. The hops yet hold their own; pine, over-ripe citrus & dense, floral notions. Some booze is appreciable. A touch of soapiness as it warms.

The hops are more forceful to taste with a sharp, dry, piney bitterness. The bitterness isn't quite to the point of aspirin. Undertones of juicy citrus zest. Toasted bread & caramel make up the malt foundation. Though warming, there isn't any appreciable alcohol heat.

Despite fairly dense flavors, the feel is a tad watery, so it comes across as medium bodied. There's enough carbonation to accent the bitterness. Finishes gritty & very dry. Bitterness & toastiness linger.

Industrial IPA seems caught up amid style designations: IPA, DIPA, barleywine, ASA. I'm inclined to go with the later, since it tastes pretty good but doesn't tally up as a by-the-book IPA. I hope to one day try this on tap. (1,167 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a small white head. Recent head retention. Fair lacing.

Big malt and alcohol aroma. Touches of citrus but mostly resinous hop oil. Nice but not amazing.

Balanced. That sounds wrong but it is. Plenty of malt balance out a moderate bitterness. Quite earthy and resinous. Not bad.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation.

A decent beer but nothing special. Give me a Kiwi IIPA any day. (418 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of mchlipala
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (442 characters)

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Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.