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Pale Ale - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 40
Hop Varieties - Goldings, Cascade, Fuggles
Original Gravity - 13.4*P
Bitterness Units - 33
Packaging Options - 12oz bottles, 1/2bbl 1/6bbl

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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Photo of dhump1967
4.7/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me this is just one of the most balanced pale ales out there. On tap this ale is a perfect balance of light hoppyness and malt flavor, has a nice fragrant aroma, and a good full body texture in the mouth. This beer is in the same range as Sierra Nevada Pale ale but without out the sweetness. This beer is only "good" in bottled form, but is excellent on tap.

dhump1967, May 03, 2013
Photo of estlinska
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap to a chilled shaker at NYPD Pizza on 3/15/13. Pour a very nice color of muddy red-orange like Alabama clay after a day or so of springtime rain. Didn't really have much head or even very much lacing overall. It was almost opaque with just a sunset of orange light on the edges of the glass. The nose was fairly average for the style with mostly malt that smelled of store bought french bread and a slight puff of mostly floral hops. The flavor was pretty good; very refreshing and quaffable. Not quite sessionable at 6.2% ABV, but the balance was there with good sweet malts and a citrus and floral tang of hops to balance it out. Bittering was there, but not abrasive. Mouthfeel was very light, fair on the carbonation side. Overall a good beer; something I would use to fill a cool at the lake or something I would sip at a baseball game.

estlinska, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of ubenumber2
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while at the brewer

Nice copper color , one inch off white head with small amount of lacing

Nice hoppy full body beer that finishes a little dry to me

I really enjoy this beer , buying it at the brewer I know its a lot fresher than I can get anywhere else , Ive bought this beer before and not enjoyed it as much , so this is really one that needs to be as fresh as you can get it. I will buy this beer again for sure

ubenumber2, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper body with an almost tan layer of head.
Big pine tree and grapefruit smell.
Almost sweet at first, malty, dry pine bitterness at the end.
Crisp texture, moderate to higher carbonation, medium body.
Solid pale ale. Perfect summer drinkin' beer.

Fatehunter, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 05-29-2012
Freshness: Bottled 05-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Hazy amber color, topped by an off-white head of 2 fingers high. Both lacing and head retention are good.

S: Clean aromas of citrus and floral hops.

T: First impression is hop bitterness, followed by a lesser amount of caramel malt sweetness. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium amount of body and highly carbonated. The aftertaste is mostly bitter with a small amount of maltiness.

O: My first beer from Arkansas -- I thought it was a good pale ale and would recommend it.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

sommersb, May 30, 2012
Photo of realbrewfan
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on tap at the brewery, bottle, and growler. This is one of the first ales I ever tried so I may be prejudiced, but it will always have a place in my fridge. After trying many more pale ales since, this one can hold it's own with any other IMHO. Pours an amber color, with about decent head, smells of slightly roasted malt, mixed with light hops, balanced and easy to drink. Bear in mind I love IPA's, but I can sit in a boat and drink this all day long. Love it!

realbrewfan, May 14, 2012
Photo of obywan59
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month club.

Slightly hazy golden-orange in color, approaching amber. 2 1/2 finger tanish head that quickly dissipated initially leaving thick lacing.

Some light hoppy spice in the aroma, with some faintly sweet toasted malt.

Lightly sweet with citrusy tartness and a bitterness that seems a bit overbalanced.

Medium-bodied with light pepperiness and light alcohol warmth. Somewhat drying.

Decent enough, but nothing spectacular. Easy drinking. Definately a step up from the macros.

obywan59, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally, a beer from Arkansas! Annnd it's the most boilerplate of Pale Ales! Hooray!

Smells and tastes like a cross between a BPA and an APA. Medium strength, with good balance between the malt and hops. The malts lean towards toffee and biscuit, the hops are a cross between citrus and potting soil. So, basically it's an EPA but with a little kiss of American cascade in there. The aftertaste is probably (weirdly) the best part of the beer, as a lightly tart sweetness lingers long after its been swallowed.

I don't know if I've ever had less to say about a beer. It's solid enough where I'd definitely take it were I in a bar in Little Rock and my choices were this and BMC. Otherwise it's not remarkable in the slightest, even in spite of being quite solidly brewed.

mynie, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got as part of a BOTMC, orange pour, 2" head. The aroma is grassy, bready. There is light citrus, herbal notes, easy drinking, lingering finish. The body is medium/light, good carbonation. Easy drinking beer that does not stand out too much, surprised it is over 6% abv. It could be a nice gateway brew.

bonkers, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: caramel and some soft citrus is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some bread, orange, pear, and a mild bitterness are the main falvor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very short, almost clean.

Overall: a mild pale ale that is very easy to consume. The flavor profile is a bit muted for the style, but it is quite drinkable.

Gavage, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of cbrowndsotm
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review, and I figured it would be appropriate to review a beer from my local brewery. I still consider myself a novice, so wish me luck.

Appearance: Amber/copper in color with a large (slightly off white) head that leaves lacing all down the glass.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a little citrus and a hint of the 6.28% abv.

Taste: A sorghum molasses biscuit-malt flavor evened out by citrusy hop bitterness. The high abv isn’t very noticeable. The citrus rides out on top, but nothing is too prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Leaves you with a dry mouthfeel, but it doesn’t last long.

Drinkability: I consider it highly drinkable, but you have to be careful because the high abv will sneak up on you.

Overall: There are probably better pale ales out there, but there are also many far worse. This is a beer I occasionally come back to. I just wish Diamond Bear would get a better label, but you can’t always judge a beer by its cover. Especially when you poor it in a glass anyways.

cbrowndsotm, Jul 20, 2011
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Pale Ale from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.