Industrial IPA - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 241
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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: 103 | Hads: 241
Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich honey-amber into a pint glass with a finger of soapy white head. Relatively mild aroma of citrus and pine.

Very smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation due to the cask. Extremely tasty with a nice caramel/toffee sweetness balanced by some really juicy citrus and just the right amount of pine sting on the finish.

For the style, quite light and extremely well-balanced. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strongly, if not seriously, hoppy with a nice undertone of grapefruit. It pours a clear, brownish amber with a fairly thick, fluffy and somewhat persistent off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. Flavor is fairly hoppy, somewhat but not nastily bitter, with hints of sour citrus and wood. Texture is rather smooth and just a little fizzy. Finish is hoppy and woody and does not last. Overall, a decent IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice IPA from Total Wine Va Beach. I had never heard of this brewery before, but this is pretty good. The head is awesome. Explodes out of the bottle...Even a mild pour down the side of the glass results in a huge frothy antique white head. I experienced a bit of spilllage as well. The left over beer in the bottle still left a big frothy head. Nice color....hazy orange/copper color. Thick globs of patchy lacing. Smelll is strong citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops.

Taste is more mild than the smell would suggest but that's ok. Not much malt balance, so the milder hop taste is plenty bitter enough for a hop-head.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter...maybe a hair thin but still pretty good.

Drinkability is good. High abv but no hint of alcohol in the taste and fairly easy hops bite. Not a world class IPA but pretty solid anyway.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The amber body was clear, and the head enormous in size upon first poring. It eventually settled down to a more manageable half glass of foam. The aroma was somewhat soft for the style, with a citric and floral character. The taste was more bitter than the smell suggested, as a grapefruit rind taste was dominant. The malt backbone was not very prominent here, and the hops were there to sample in all their glory. Despite that, the beer never got overly unbalanced, primarily because of a creamy feel,m and because the hops were presented in a drawn out manner, than a heavy assault. If carbonation had been more in check, and had there been a bit more malt backbone, this beer would have been in the upper tier. As it is, it is a pleasing variant of the style.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coppery color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of West Coast hops, citrus (grapefruit), and some malt in the finish. A bit on the thin side for this style of beer. Not as much bite as you'd expect.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer is drinkable, it isn't what I would call groundbreaking.

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Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker honey gold pour with 1-finger light cream head. Good retention, with half the head still remaining at the bottom of the glass. Thick chunks of lace on the back half of the glass. Very active carbonation.

Lots of hops vying for attention here. Herbal mix, with nice orange and resiny pine on top of that. Fairly substantial malt profile, too, with caramel coming out.

Nice balance of caramel malt against the herbal hops. Still getting orange (peel) and pine resin in the taste. Not oily at all. Nice ramp up of bitters in the finish, with mostly pine covering.

Feel is right on for the style and mix of flavors.

Nice DIPA with a stand-up malt profile against a strong, but balanced, hop presence.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, bright copper color. The tall head has a soft orange tint and a fluffy, rocky, foamy texture. Retention is impressive, leaving a nice cap of rocky, chunky foam for a nice while. Extremely impressive lacing sticks peskily in narrow concentric bands. For what it's worth, one of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Some moderate sweetness - equal parts caramel and pale, sugar cookie malt aromas. Pithy citrus (orange and grapefruit), resiny pine, and light herbal/grassy hop notes feature most notably in the nose. A light, faint bit of alcohol is detectable.

T: There's a fairly robust maltiness here - caramel bordering on light toffee and some biscuity notes. Hop flavor is two parts pine resin, two parts citrus pith, and one part floral/herbal character. Bitterness is strong, but met amply by the maltiness. While not an out-and-out hop bomb, this one definitely seems like an authentic version of the style - an amped-up, robust IPA.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied. Carbonation is supple and on the lighter side. The finish builds gradually into a resiny dryness.

D: This is my first beer from Diamond Knot, and I'm pretty impressed. Not in the top tier of DIPA's, but not far off and definitely enjoyable on it's own right. I'd be interested in knowing more about the hop varieties added. There's a nice balance of different flavors that adds some nice complexity.

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

Big-ass 22oz bomber purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $6.25. Sadly, there was no indication of age to be found on the label. I was very interested in trying a bottle of this because this beer had very briefly appeared on-tap in a few local bars about 5 or 6 years ago, but had just as quickly disappeared. I'm guessing the distributors either had something more rewarding to push in its place, there wasn't much of a response, or DK was selling so much locally that they gave up on wider distribution. I had it on-tap at the Capone's in Post Falls and was impressed, but never saw it again.

Poured a dark amber color with a bit of a chill haze to it, and took on a brighter, orangey color when held up to the light. A small yet creamy-looking off-white head stayed around for a while, leaving a surprising amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

The scent of this beer was of sweet, tropical citrus fruit. Pineapple and grapefruit were upfront. There was the smell of a bready malt backbone as well.

Hops are the star of this beer's flavor, tending towards the fruity, citrusy end of the scale, less so the bitterness end. Like a lot of DIPAs, this seems as much dominated by malts as hops, with a big, meaty (figuratively, not literally) malt backup to the hops. The hops do stay in overall command of the proceedings however, climaxing with a bitter hop zap at the swallow that is considerably more assertive than the hoppiness that had gone before.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, oily mouthfeel that was nevertheless not as massive as the mouthfeel of some DIPAs I've had.

While not as huge-drinking as a lot of DIPAs I've had, I'm not sure that's a bad thing. This is almost a "lite DIPA,", as it's not as cloying as many of its style-mates and goes down a little easier. Make no mistake - this is clearly a big IPA, but it doesn't quite smack you over the head with a shovel the way some really malty versions of the style do, and from a drinkability aspect, I kinda like that.

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Photo of djmichaelk
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a nice head that settles to a thin cap, but leaves some nice waves of lacing against the glass. Smells fruity and full with mango, apricots, and citrus along with some sweet, honeyed malt. Similar in the taste, but with some delayed graininess that detracts a bit, and some nice bitterness in the finish, which works to subdue the malt. The mouthfeel is firm and maybe just the slightest bit sticky. Quite a nice hop profile- a piney bitterness comes out after awhile that is quite enjoyable. Nice, and I'm pleased to see this in Atlanta bottleshops.

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

Reviewed on 1/23/2010. Bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours a slightly hazy dirty orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of citrus, graperfruit, tropical fruits, grassy hops. Flavor is equally citrusy with a nice caramel malt base and bitter finish. Very tasty with a great hop profile.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep redish amber with a egg white head. Not much head retention but plenty of lacing.

Strong hop aroma, malts earthy notes. Mostly hops..Glorious hops!

Stinging oily hop flavor, some biscuity notes as well. Finishes a with a bit of a buttery flavor. No off flavors to be found!

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation..Very drinkable.

Very drinkable sums this one up. Its a nice solid DIPA. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp dark orange with a nice frothy khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of dank pine hops. The taste is a nice amount of pine hops in front of sweet caramel malts, a bit off balanced, but that's not always a bad thing. The beer is only slightly heavy with a nice dryness. This one was a bit of a surprise, better than I expected, but honestly not one I'd choose again over many of the other Double IPAs that are out there.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snapped up a $4 bomber, poured into a snifter. Orange-ish red with a 3/4 inch head that dies after a few minutes, leaving a thin cap that produces some lacing. Smell is hop forward, but a fair amount of pale malt in there as well. I get a healthy dose of citrusy, floral hops, possibly cascade and simcoe, in the taste, backed up by enough malt to balance it out. The bitterness is harsh enough to make me miss Pliny and take away a lot of the drinkability in an otherwise very quaffable DIPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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: more malty than regualr one... fantastic brew. its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection. decent hop presence, but a little bland, but decent..

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Photo of soze47
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Red Bones during the NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Light orangey brown. Light lacing, not too much carbonation activity.

Aroma: Very orange and malty for the style. Not a lot of hop bitterness expected from the nose on this one.

Taste: Wow, this one does bring a citrus rind bitterness into the fold, but that is after an initial burst of orange flesh sweetness. Nice balance, but could stand to be a bit more hoppy up front to balance out the initial sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: High. Nice balanced flavors and a very light, drinkable body. Its lack of oppressive bitterness increases the drinkability of this one.

Overall: This really doesn't seem to be a double or imperial to me. Yes, it is close to 8%, but its body, flavor, and drinkability all suggest something in a regular IPA area. I liked this beer and think it would be great for almost any occasion.

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4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I disagree with reviews that say this is not an IPA-- I'm sitting here with the aftertaste of bitter hop, and it most definitely is a double IPA in my humble opinion!

I'm visiting the Seattle area and found a bomber of this in a local grocery store. I was happy when I opened the bottle and could smell piney hops. Unfortunately I could only pour into a plastic cup (hotel room!), but it poured beautifully-- light foam and bubbles, which did dissipate somewhat as I drank. However, it even left a bit of a lace on the plastic cup!

Loved the taste of this brew. Not overly citrusy or bright; instead, malt balanced with hops, although absolutely leaning on the hop side. I would guess this beer would be around 70-80 IBUs.

I could drink another one!

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Photo of DanOLeary
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Rich nose full of hoppy grapefruit rind and orange juice (and I mean that in the best possible way) combined with some slight boozy alcohol notes in the background. There's also a follow up presence of rich bread dough and a slight detection of molasses. The molasses was not at all suspected, but I think the malt and alcohol are combing to create this effect. Something I haven't found in an Imperial IPA before. Nice aroma.

Appearance: Light amber to copper body with a thin white head that forms with a moderate pour. Slightly hazy likely from heavy hopping, or a chill haze. Moderate lacing follows the glass down.

Flavor: Alcohol seems to hit the palate first quickly followed by fresh cut grass jammed in a blender with a heavy handful of grapefruit rind hop flavor. Malt begins to back this up with some melanoidin character toward the middle. Sweet as well at the midpoint. Finish is surprisingly crisp and dry with only a mild amount of lingering malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Hops fade quickly in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Alcohol warms up the palate throughout while the hops provide a light to moderate amount of sting at the back of the throat. Not quite what you'd expect or hope for with a Double IPA, but there certainly is a hop bite at the back of the throat.

Overall: The aroma of this beer is excellent, maybe even outstanding. Rich hop character is all over the map for the Northwest IPA style and that molasses is quite unexpected. I shouldn't say it's an overpowering molasses aroma, it's not, but if you take just a moment to think about what you're smelling, you'll pick up on aroma's found in some Baltic Porter's or Oatmeal Stout's. The flavor doesn't quite follow through however. It seems the hops fight with the alcohol for dominance, and the alcohol probably wins by a nose. The bitterness falls a little flat in the end. I would like to see it carry through with a little more "Industrial" punch.

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Photo of froghop
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy amber-orange with a small egg-shell head, and great lacing.

smell is of caramel, a bit floral, some malt, hops, and a touch of nuts.

taste is creamy, hops, malt in the back, some citrus, and pine, ends a little dry and nicely bitter.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I just picked up at the brewpub into my Diamond Knot pint glass.

Appearance: rich, crystal-clear orange color with two fingers of ivory head atop. Looks good to me.

Smell: hops have a little citrus and a ton of earthiness. I like a good earthy IPA, so this appeals to me.

Taste: quite sweet, actually. The malt is a little sweet and toasty and hops are floral, earthy and citrusy with a bit of emphasis on floral characteristics. In fact, I'm reminded a bit of an over-brewed jasmine tea. None of this is bad, though, and the overall effect is pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a medium-low level of carbonation. Feel is OK, but not spectacular.

Drinkability: it's quite tasty and quaffable for a brew with a relatively high ABV. I could probably get myself into trouble with these.

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Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.