Industrial IPA - Diamond Knot Brewery

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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 236
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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: 101 | Hads: 236
Photo of MrKennedy
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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 chickenflea
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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 beerceller99
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on 03-29-05. Clear amber color with a decent head that leaves a nice lacing. Medium intense floral hop and sweet malt aromas. Has a medium-full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Strong malt sweet bread taste battles it out with an intense bitter grapefruit hop flavor in my mouth. A very well rounded brew here with intense malt and hop flavors.
A damn fine beer here. (387 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Diamond Knot pub. A hazy brown color. Excellent aroma: lots of citrus and floral and some pine, aswell. Not to the level of pine resin in Ruination, but just about the right level - not overpowering. Nice long finish with a great after taste. Doesn't coat the tongue the way some DIPAs do. (312 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber picked up at By the Bottle Bottle shop.

Slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Aroma of hops with some citrus. Flavor is dominated by hops, with a bit of caramel to balance it back a bit.

Starts off a bit thick on the tongue, but it drops down to a thinner feel as the glass empties.

I've always enjoyed this on tap. Nicely drinkable, really glad to see this in bomber bottles. (408 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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 CookstLiquor
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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 kosmoraios
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Diamond Knot Brewery on Front Street in Mukilteo. Pours a dark but crispy clear copper colour with a good thick off-white head that lasted the length of the drink.

Aroma is of piney, spicy hops and a hint of light caramel. Some floral notes appear in the nose as the ale warms.

Taste is fresh and hoppy - quite wonderful. Pine and pepper dominate over the light spice and flower tones of the hops. The malt backbone deserves an honorable mention.

Creamy, substantial mouthfeel with a nice spicy finish on the back of the tongue and an oily coating. An excellent IIPA. (585 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap @ Horse Brass Pub poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a finger of creamy off-white head that last for sometime before creating a nice thin layer around the glass. Aroma is a filled with piney and citrus hops, grapefruit and some caramel malts. The flavor has a lot of caramel malt as well as brown sugar and resinous hops. Its medium bodied and a bit on the syrupy side. Its a pretty decent beer. Pretty well balanced for a Double IPA but I would definitely prefer more hop flavor in this one. (532 characters)

Photo of blackc5
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The wife ordered this as I sipped on a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. It really isnt a fair comparison, but I did help her polish this off and it is a decent brew. If it wasn't going head to head with one of the top IPAs on the planet, it would surely seem more impressive, and it is a real nice local effort. The taste is surely quite good, although not quite in the top tier of DIPAs in terms of complexity. The fruity components are a bit overwhelmed by the lingering bitter finish. Yet, it definitely is still top notch for drinkability. (538 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 jhammel01
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 wknight167
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 ebrauser
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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 scootpolute
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 :~) (922 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Jeffsta1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A really nice IPA. Even better draft.
Light head, pleasant unfiltered golden brown color.
Rich mouthfeel for only 8% ABV.
Beautifully balanced bitter flavor.
In the same neighborhood as Dogfish Head 90 minute, but not as sweet, not as hot.
Excellent finish, good length, not super intense, but really nice nonetheless. (318 characters)

Photo of DanOLeary
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,975 characters)

Photo of FattyJLE
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 IPALOVER
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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! (752 characters)

Photo of LiquidSanity
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Cookeeman
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
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 bridgetowhophead
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Rangermonk
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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)

Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.