Whip Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Whip AleWhip Ale

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 07-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by Kakaraht:
Photo of Kakaraht
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown in color with a thumb of white head that has a decent retention.

S: Carapils and Munich malt on the nose, with that cereal grain presence. The floral hoppiness is leaning towards the citrus side.

T: This is a nice pale ale. The malts have that beautiful lightly toasted grain flavor to them, and the hops have a really decent smooth citrus tang.

M: Medium body with a good pop of carbonation, finish is a little on the dryer side for a pale ale.

D: More than I expected from this beer, definitely worth a try if you see it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a medium to full golden with a nice one finger well defined sticky white head that never really completely settled,a frothy mass was there thru the duration.Aromas are somewhat mild but they bring a nice mix of toasted malt and leafy hops,the citric qualities of the hops are more mild.At first I was disappointed in the hop profile of the beer but after I drank more the leafy and citric hops came into play more,there is a firm dryer toastiness with only a light caramel/biscuit malty sweetness in the finish.Its a solid APA,it wont blow you away in any flavor category buts it's pretty damn good.

Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a huge off-white head that quickly fills up half the glass. A lot of carbonation in this one. The aroma is grainy malts, citrus and yeast. The taste is pale malts up front with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is a very drinkable pale ale that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of KTCamm
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy mostly dark amber, some black tones. Light layer of creamy white foam. Laces. Toffee nose, floral notes. Evenly balanced pale taste. Bready with vanilla and caramel. Light hop closes for a supremely drinkable, yet less bitter, pale ale.

Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge head in the Stella glass. Every pour is the same. Attractive golden amber color. The head looks nice, but it gets in the way of tasting the stuff. Just a whiff of band-aid.

This is just a peculiar beer. The odd mustiness rises in the nose as you sip. A touch of nuts and plastic in there as well. Grain flavors, sort of a sourish oatmeal. Quite distinctive, but I have trouble finding an exact comparison. Everything seems kind of raw and random. The bitterness grows as you sip, but I don't get any hop aromas or taste. You end up with a bitter water aftertaste.

Too much resemblance to the bad homebrew I used to make for me to like it. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a non descript bomber into a RJ Rockers pint and the brew transformed into half a glass of hazy clearish yellow orange brew and half a glass of frothy foamy off white head.

After it had settled I repoured to fill the pint once again for a 2 finger head that hangs around for quite some time. The lacing is thick on the glass and hangs on for all it can. I've never experienced a head or lacing like this before.

The smell is fairly heavy fruit esters and floral notes with malts just breaking through.

The flavor is malty with some citrusy hop bitterness and a touch of sourness on the back of the tongue.

A highly carbed brew with a mouthfeel that is nice and medium+ with a fairly dry finish thanks to the citrusy hops.

This is only my 4th brew of this style and the interpretation is pretty wide open so I'm gonna whing it on this brew. While it's not extreamly complex it is still a nice brew. I like the looks of it and the taste is above par. Also the mouthfeel is enjoyable an easy drinker if you will. I'd give this a Plus on the B side. Cheers

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a glass mug.

Appearance: cloudy yellow-orange body with a finger of fluffy ivory foam. Pretty solid pale ale look.

Smell: floral, funky, slightly citrusy hops atop a bready malt base. Overall effect is pretty good, but the aroma is not very intense at all. With the volume turned up a little bit, this could be a darn good aroma.

Taste: basically what the aroma promised, although a little more malt-centric than hop-centric. Malt is bready and a little biscuity; hops remain floral and ever so slightly funky. The flavor has a surprisingly strong bitterness at the end, which rounds it out quite well. Personally I'd like those citrus notes in the aroma to carry through to the flavor more, but in all this is a very well-crafted pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. I find pale ales rarely appeal to me in a strong way; Whip Ale is quite the exception. It's got some roaminess to the body and is creamy to boot. Good on ya!

Drinkability: a tasty and easily quaffable APA. I want to try this at the brewery now; perhaps there I can get some more aroma and kick the experience up a notch.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat murky honey orange with a very foamy orange-white head that settles to a huge wall of foam on top of the beer. The head turns very thick after it sets, almost like whipped cream. Thick chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, alcohol, and some mild citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that has some weird issue going on that I can't put my finger on. It makes the beer look good but the smell and taste are off.

Photo of bogus564
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I've been off beer for quite some time while fighting a serious illness, but I'm back and better than ever. I have a beer fridge full of beers I've never tried, so I'm going to get some reviews going. That said, here we go...

A: Golden amber in color, with a humungous head that takes up two thirds of the glass' volume, even with a reasonably careful pour. The head is wheat colored, and holds for quite some time before a cloudy dissolution.

S: Very interesting; there's the hoppy scent you'd expect from this type of beer, but there's a pleasant citrus along with it. To me, it's lemony, with a grassy note to it as well. I'm trying to find a blancing malt character, but my nose isn't picking it up. Still, I do like the smell.

T: It's nice, like the neighbor girl you just want to be friends with. It's nice, not sexy. There's the obvious hops, grapefruit, grass, a hint of bread. Nothing overpowers; it's well-blended, but it's not strong. At 6% ABV, I probably should have expected that.

M: Good, not great. Highly carbonated, a litle chewy, if that makes sense, leaves a hoppy aftertaste.

O: A nice drinking beer, good for enjoying while playing guitar or watching a sporting event, like the Australian Open. Really good with a chicken parm sub, pasta, or most Italian fare.

Photo of philbertk
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot Brewing Company Whip Ale Bold, Rich, Aromatic Pale Ale--Supurb Quality--www.whipnation.net--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 45 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace thin dissappointing 1/4 inch white head. Clear bright fizzy dull gold color. Aromatic floral delicate hop front. Soft doughy mildy creamy sweet hint of zest tasty smooth rich refreshing light caramel pale malt body. Clean smooth mellow hop spice refreshing mild citrus rich Pale Ale end. Nice rich Pale Ale. Decidedly doughy. Sampled 4/14/2011. Purchased for $4.25 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 4/14/2011.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle picked up in late summer at By the Bottle (Vancouver, WA), cellared ever since. Poured to a pint on a dreary November afternoon. An undated bottle, but well cared for while awaiting this day.

Gold print on matte black make for a simple but sophisticated label: 'Superb Quality' and 'Bold Rich, Aromatic' pepper the perimeter. A small 'Brewed and Bottled by:' tag on the left fringe is the only indication of who the brewer is.

A: Copper and a lightly hazy, but leaning well toward it's 'golden' side. Nice whitish head that halts abruptly at a finger, bottoms out in a couple minutes as thin film and patchwork of foamier bits; good lace in draping webs.

S: A sweeter aroma, more malty and 'blond' - a lighter, less toasted cereal grain. Minty and grassy/hay-like scents fill the nose; don't know if 'Bold' and 'Rich' are true, but 'Aromatic' is. Whether this (at this stage in life) is TOO mature is anyone's guess; all I know is I like it where it is right now.

T: Well, well... nice, gently-spiced grain covering over a peachy/orange-y fruitiness. Some cracker/biscuit doughiness and a good bitterness in the finish. Scones. Flowers, dried ones.

M: Smooth and medium body to this APA. A fuzzier and lasting coating feel that doesn't prove to be sticky.

D: For all the modest 'plus marks', I found this extremely easy to drink. Good balance, cleaner and more refreshing than many of the style. I really like it quite a bit now, and would would buy agin whether fresh or aged.

Bonus: A website, http://www.whipnation.net gets accolades at the bottom of the label... rock out (with your cock out)!

Photo of dtreindl
2.29/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 1+ pint bottle into pint glass. Bought the bottle at Total Wine & More in Alexandria, VA.

Received 1/5 beer, 4/5 foam. Waited 5 minutes for foam to recede so I could finish pouring. I almost put an eye out with the cap that shot off the bottle like a rocket on its way into orbit! I thought someone must have let this bottle get hot and go bad until I read similar reviews of the excessive head. Not a good start...

Barely any noticeable hop aroma. taste was nearly bitter, like a bad flemish sour ale. No sweetness. Apparently all the sugar fermented into 3 cups of foam. It gets a little better after several sips; the hop profile tries to make an appearance. But this has still been the worst beer experience I've had in a year. If this is what happens when rockers make beer, they need to keep their night job playing music.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light gold color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: SOme hop bitterness, but otherwise faint

T: Has syrupy taste to it, like a wheatwhine syrup, mucho bitterness on the end

M: Bitterness on the end which is also seen in the middle.Lighter to medium body

D: Ok overall

Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium golden orange with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that lasted throughout, reducing finally to a large cap which produced some rally good streaks of lacing.

The aroma was mild of a bread malt, spruce and citrus hops and an earthy doughy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was light and satisfyingly bitter with a malty caramel sweetness early on and then gradually became a tad hoppier with a good bitter citrus finish. The flavor hung on for a good long while after the swallow with a pronounced bitter citrusy taste and a hint of spice left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a nice creamy dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a fantastic brew with superb balance of flavor, giving this beer an awesome drinkability...

Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: large thick frothy head with nice lacing on a murky crimson with golden hues body.

S: aroma is light, likely covered by the head and is mostly musty and soapy. some earthy and mild cirtus hops get through.

T: mild malts with the hops providing a non-bitter floral and herbal note which is very easy to drink but not very exciting.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a very drinkable beer with little imagination. simple with nothing standing out.

Photo of youradhere
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from Tacoma Boys

This beer pours a clear, light golden body with a plentiful white head that takes its time to fall back into the suds. Upon first wiff one detects citrus hops and malt, very reminiscent of an IPA; the first sip reveals a light bodied, hoppy, off-dry APA. Slight hop bitterness to the back of the tongue with slight pine and bite up front. Malt characters fight to be known but the hops only let them through like the cries of a man lost at sea during a storm. Drinkability is awesome, as this beer would go smoothly in summer or winter. I wish I had picked up a second one to have tonight after I finish this one.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very faintly hazed, light amber body with a very high (questionably high, even), near white head.

Smell: Faint floral and malty bread-scented notes, that's really about all that's getting past this inhumanely tall head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts with a scant toastiness about it. Hops present light lemon, light florals, light herbs giving a hint of fresh-brewed tea. Medium-light bitterness. Medium level of acidity. Drying all the way up until the lemon, herb finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very high carbonation.

Overall: Woof. So much fizz, so much carbonation -- I'm burping up a storm over here, Diamond Knot.

Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from 99 Bottles, shared with colleague poured into Shaker pint glasses 4.15.11.

Finger and a half white head, medium-slow dissipation with pretty good lacing. Cloudy golden body, multiple streams of visible carbonation rising to surface. Nose is fairly well balanced, bready malts, good dose of citrusy hops. Taste mirrors nose, meyer lemon profile. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Not all that memorable, a bit on the citrusy side for the style without the backend bitterness.

Photo of nickfl
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with three fingers of white foam on a hazy, golden-brown body. The rocky head settles very slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass as it goes.

S - Light, bready malt with a hint of vanilla and that's all. I'm getting no hop aroma at all from this one.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with some yeasty notes of red apple and vanilla in the middle. Some light pine and bitterness in the finish as well as more bready malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - If I didn't know better I would assume that this was some sort of American wheat beer. The hop character is minimal and the malt is completely unbalanced. Strange and not that pleasant. Perhaps it was an old bottle, but it has no date and just came from the store, so how am I to know?

Photo of ffejherb
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Diamond Knot brewpub. According to the beer menu, this was a collaboration with Michael Wilton of the band Queensryche. Brewed with Nugget, Simcoe and Cascade hops.

A - Slightly hazy golden/amber liquid with a creamy off-white cap that reduced to a thin veil but deposited thick, barnacle-like lacing all around the glass.

S - Sweet nose with minimal hop aroma, perhaps some citrus juiciness but mainly subtle floral notes as well as a hint of butter.

T - Bittersweet flavor with a hint of floral hops and light citrus fruit. Bitterness is mild overall, with the sweet malt taking center stage here.

M - Light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and minimal carbonation. Finishes sweet with light bitterness on the palate.

D - Easy drinking pale ale with a decent hop presence, although the aroma could use some tweaking. Overall, it was a tad too sweet but still tasty and pleasant.

Whip Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.