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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 LiquidSanity
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To keep this review short and sweet, this is a very intense beer but for the wrong reasons.

Ap: beautiful dark caramel maple syrup copper brown with a modest lacing and tiny bit of head.

Ar: the hops resonate and tickle your nose. Very refreshing earthy hop. Just teases you and invites you to taste.

Ta: here is where it gets weird. The hops are very potent. A very rich earthy piney hop but it is equally matched with a very bitter flavor that is unnecessarily masked by a strong presence of malt. The malt overtakes the hops and makes the beer a little unpleasant. It still tastes good but requires a little more conservative approach when sipping. The malt is a little too rich.

Mf: very mildly carbonated but not very refreshing. It doesn't satisfy or have a nice bite. Felt like a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Thin and somewhat watery. Strange for double IPA.

Ov: delicious but the malt is a little much. The hops are strong and very convincing. It isn't an overly entertaining beer as you sip it which is disappointing. It required that I sip it slowly and endured a rather painful malt presence. A little much if not acquainted with IPAs or double IPAs. The malt just made the beer difficult to enjoy. There is definitely better representations that allow the hops to dominate and let the malt tickle but not tackle your senses. Cheers! (1,344 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours with an average off-white head over a clear light amber body. Very good head retention, and foamy lacing. Massive aroma of mango, exotic fruits, pine, marshmallow and caramel. Taste is light caramel, honey, peach, spicy and earthy hops. Very bitter aftertaste. I would have bet the IBUs were higher than the advertised 75! Full-bodied and sticky like a double. Medium-light carbonation. A very pleasant IPA. I will keep an eye on other offerings from this brewery. (478 characters)

Photo of FattyJLE
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper into a Snifter glass, with a foamy 2 inch head that fades into a 1 inch lacing that last till the end.
Grass and pine on the nose, citrus hops, some sweetness also.
Wonderful warmth in the palate, hops present, but not overwhelming. Chewy palate, again some sweetness, citrusy, medicinal flavor. Alcohol makes it's presence with the 7.9% ABV.
A very decent Imperial IPA, worth a try.
Recommended. (416 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 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 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 ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy copper orange hue which leaves a two finger dense,creamy dimple laden head.

S-Piney resinous hops,boiled candy,oat biscuts and peaches.

T-Piney resinous hops,grapefruit,boiled candy,nectarines and finished with a very piney hop bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and a touch sticky.

O-A tasty DIPA thats nice and drinkable but have had better cheers. (354 characters)

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to doughanson78 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of caramel malt with some citrus and pine hop scents

T - Like the nose but the hops are slightly stronger and more up front but the malt stands out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Overall this isn't a bad beer but for a DIPA I was expecting more hops from a west coast DIPA but it tastes good enough to finish the bottle with out much of a problem not bad but noting to rush out for (576 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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! (1,749 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 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 doughanson78
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Nice dark amber color. Super crystal clear. One finger slightly off white head with great reteintion and sticky lacing.

S: Citrusy hops. Mainly pineapple. Tangerine, mango, slight orange. Hardly any grapefruit like most is dominated by. Also nice floral hop aroma. Very slight caramel malts in the background.

T: Nice caramel sweetness up front. Not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest. In fact as the citrus tries to come through it creates a slight funkiness. A little piney hops do make it through towards the end and slightly balance it out.

M: Light to medium bodied. A nice stickiness. Decent carbonation.

O: Was hoping for more as I've had the regular IPA and love it. Haven't reviewed it yet. A decent IIPA for $3.99 a bomber. (790 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange in color, head is reasonably tall at first, recedes quickly, and deposits acceptable lacing.

Nose is restrained, very similar to the IPA. Malts bring a little more diacetyl to the caramel sweetness. Hopping is citric and grassy, but more strongly in the pine and herbal department. Balance is key here.

The flavor is definitely hop-forward, but the malt base of caramel and toffee doesn't quite do the trick. Citric fruit rinds mingle with pine cones, notes of lemongrass, hay, and flowers drop by.

I didn't find the body well put together at all. Thinner than it should be, neither lush nor full. The carbonation was off if it was meant to be creamy, and the hopping was big enough to accept a couple more scoopfuls of malts. Tweakable recipe, but not one of my favorites. (791 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clean and clear orangish-brown with a thick dirty white head of very bubbly foam. Smattering of lace left haphazardly on the glass. Head is a solid three fingers after a gentle pour and slowly fades to about a finger of lingering foam.

S - Big graprefruit aromas up front mixed with a touch of pine and some caramel sweetness. As the beer warms I get some more caramel, burnt sugar and still alot of citrus fruit. The hop aromas certainly dominate the smell and the sweetness provides just enough backing.

T - Lots of grapefruit and orange up front with a rather harsh bitterness. Taste is a bit one dimensional with the bitter citrus notes really dominating everything else. Just a bit of sweetness lingering underneath. As the beer warms the flavor profile actually falls apart a bit more with a strong astringent bitterness taking over and the nice citrus tastes and caramel sweetness really falling to the back.

M - Medium bodied with moederate carbonation. The beer is a bit sticky in the mouth and the bitterness really sticks with you.

O - A decent double IPA. The flavors dont come together quite as well as the world class DIPA's but the tastes of a good DIPA are certainly there; lots of hop taste and bitterness with just a touch of sweetness backing it up. (1,284 characters)

Photo of Rangermonk
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish gold with one-finger head that has lace patches and sticks around awhile. Strong citric hop smell as well as some caramel and biscuity/bready dry malt. Smooth, a little creamy, there is a prevelant citric and floral hop presence that is balanced w/ a bready dryness and sticky caramel sweetness. Finishes crisp w/ a little bit of a citric bite. I enjoyed this beer very much but for the style I thought the hops were subdued; wish they stuck out more (although the ABV is well-hidden in this beer). (514 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thin white head on a sandy orange, clear base.

Aroma: Grassy, resinous northwest hops. Lemon, grapefruit, and yeast notes.

Flavor: Commanding hop flavors with a very earthy base. Grapefruit and bitter citrus take over from the early grassy notes to finish the beer. Hops are dominant through and through.

MF: Not syrupy or big bodied, but lacks the malt backbone to support the hops. (399 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bomber into a tall glass.

A: Clear copper color with a half-inch or so of decently thick head.

S: Has some piney, resinous notes to it. Pretty good smell.

T: Pretty malty up front with a rush of bitterness that follows. Pretty well balanced, the hops aren't overly aggressive but you definitely notice this is a double IPA. Pretty well done.

M: Fairly heavy on the mouth but not overly so. Decently bubbly and carbonated.

O: Not a bad double IPA, overall. Would drink again. (489 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 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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and dry pine cones, with some copper and a little honey malt.
T: It tasted like strong grapefruit and pine hops, with sweet caramel and cream. It had a bitter aftertaste with smooth sweetness.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Pretty nice body.
D: This was a very nice 2IPA, with much better taste and finish than their regular IPA. It had better body too, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Solid beer, although still nothing special. (564 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (803 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)

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