Pale Ale - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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.

Photo of cbrowndsotm
4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Photo of dhump1967
4.66/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of estlinska
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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

Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.37/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dirty-penny colored beer supports a fast-fading white head that leaves light lace. Spicy and herbal hop aroma over sickly sweet malt. Sweet malt, tea, and honey taste sqeezes against ale fruitiness with hops bearing down from the other side. Aggressive bitter rides on an astringency and cuts through the chewy malt base with citric, and deeply herbal and floral hops. As the beer warms the malt side brightens a bit and very light resinous notes emerge. Just the way I like it. This a great pale, one of my favorites ever. It is full bodied, has good oomph, and brings the bitter but stays extremely drinkable.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Diamond Bear Pale Ale is my first brew from Arkansas thanks to fellow BA kmpitz2. Arrives in a 12oz brown bottle, which has a date strip of 1-12 on the side, this is notched 9 but has no other explination. Maybe brewed on 9-05? Pours a nice deep amber orange with an inch of foamy eggshell head on top. Aromas of rich, sweet caramelly malts with a nutty bread aspect to it as well. Lots of resinous, pine cone hops along with some citrus fruit. The aroma makes me think this is going to be a malty pale ale.

First sip brings a caramelly, bread dough malt that has a subtle roasted nut flavor as well. Earthy, piney hops make their way in along with some light fruity, citrusy tones as well. The brew finishes off with a touch of bitterness. The mix of hops and malts here just doesn't do it for me, but it's still a well made brew.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road with lots of active bubbles. An easy drinker overall, but it just doesn't have the hop/malt balance I look for in a pale ale. I'm glad I had the chance to try it, but I'm not gonna be seeking it out again anytime soon, although I hope to be able to try some of the other Diamond Bear offerings one of these days.

Music: Way Out West - Anything But You

Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by someone at bu11zeye's Super Bowl tasting. Sorry I don't remember who shared it.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of biscuit malt with some grassy and orange citrus hops. The flavor is very similar. The beer is very well balanced with equal parts biscuit malt and orange/grassy hops. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a medium to big off white head above a clear honey caramel colored ale.

This medium bodied beer has a laid back aroma of hops, a little citrus (lemon) and a faint caramel malt coming through.

A washed out citrus hops taste with some caramel malt backing, a pretty decent tasting beer that leaves a nice dryish aftertaste.

A pretty good beer to get someone started on hops with, I prefer to drink the bolder west coast style hops beers, but this beer has a definite place out there in the beer drinkers world. I think this beer is quite good at showcasing a light hops taste with selling out the hops. I recommend it to anyone that wants to get into beers with hops taste but isn't a real hop head.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond bear- Pale Ale

Thanks to Davey for this 1!

A- Golden amber brown with a small heavy sticking head.
S- Very light buttery caramel malt and bready biscuity malt. Slight touch of citrus. Very faint.
T- Very sweet buttery, biscuity, bread crust malt. Light sweet citric hops. Well balanced and very flavorful.
M- Very buttery and slick. Thick malt with a nice citric touch.

Overall- Very tasty English Pale. Faint on the nose but quite tasty!

Photo of BrewMaven
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my first BOM shipment.

Poured a nice copper/amber and had a shallow dense head which laced for the long haul. My sniffer usually detects what I taste in a beer and this was no exception. My tongue picked up pleasantly sweet malts and a hint of citrus. Not a hop monster by any means and the finish was clean and somewhat dry. Medium bodied with a satisfying mouthfeel and carbonation.

A VERY good session brew...I wish more NY beverage centers would expand their stock to include beers like this.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewski's

Mmmm. Delicious. This is a great example of a delicious, yet subtle English ale. The malts have a very smooth bready, caramel flavor that leads into sizable spicy hops that last long after the last sip. I'd love to try this on cask and see if the flavors really open up. Thanks to DB for making this seldom produced style.

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, tawny-coppery-bronze in hue; there wasn’t much animation in the liquid. The head was very small and at the apex the foam was only a fourth of a finger in height then it quickly faded to a fizzy cap. There wasn’t any subsequent lacing. The appearance is ordinary but how many ways can you make a Pale Ale? The aroma is sweet with lots of apples in the mix. Is this cider? Joking. Really I am. Caramel malt is a very fitting plaything. Hops don’t offer much, maybe some earthiness, I mean maybe. Really all I can detect is apples and caramel, aside from some vague fruitiness. The nose isn’t impressive or expressive. While it is not offensive it is a little too bland. So-So. The palate is more flavorful than the nose; this is a good thing. While the hops never bark let alone bite they do offer just an inkling of bitterness. Unorganized from start to finish, the fruitiness is too loud, way to much apple taste, some caramel malt as well. This beer is too malty or not hoppy enough. I realize this beer is an EPA and I’m judging it as so. Still, there is something about it that doesn’t quite work. It reminds of an ESB/EPA mix but there needs to me more flavor from the malt and more hop bitterness. They got the fruitiness down pat. Overall, the palate is decent. There is nothing flawed about it but there is nothing really terrific about it either. Good. Medium in body, prickly carbonation, workable, the mouthfeel is a little sharp and too harsh. A softer sensation would help; the water seems hard. No doubt this beer is drinkable. I don’t love it enough for me to need to drink it again but if I seen it, I’d give it another go. It is a bologna and cheese sandwich type of beer. There is nothing wrong with that. Thanks for the bottle rugger!

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Jonas!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and sinopia color with a finger of head. The beer is slightly effervescent and there's a few thin streaks of lace on the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose is more malt than hop with caramel malt coming out up front. There's some hop aroma as well including a slight citrus and earthy aroma.

Taste: The malt doesn't come through on the palate as it did on the nose. I wasn't expecting that. The beer starts out with more earthy hops and it's fairly bitter. The beer ends with a slightly citrus flavor that lingers.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very smooth. The carbonation is perfect. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: The beer feels great and goes down easy. This was a nice pale ale, though I will admit I was in the mood for something with some more hop flavor on the palate.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice beige head that fades to a ring around the glass with a bit of lace; with hazy copper liquid. Aroma is of sweet malt mixed with Cascades and Kent Goldings hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt accentuated with English and domestic (U.S.) hop flavor and enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. A good beer for those not used to strong bitterness without being too sweet, either. Finishes with a nice lingering maltiness and citrusy hop aroma. Nice medum-bodied mouthfeel. It is similar to Fuller's London Pride.

Photo of theghost3
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright copper. A good start, but the head is just a slight 1/2 finger with little lacing.

Smell is biscuit with some surprisingly sweet citrusy notes. The taste is biscuity malts, floral & slightly citrus with a weird medicinal/herbal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied, and somewhat sticky.

Overall, this is an OK English Pale Ale. The biscuity malts were as expected, but I did not care much for the medicinal flavors that made for an odd aftertaste.

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

A nice enough beer, but not particularly remarkable. Looks pretty good, smells ok, and tastes alright. Tends a bit more toward lager than a hoppy pale, but overall drinkable and not too bad. Just unremarkable.

Mellow hop profile, but well balanced. A little bit rough in the after. Crisp though, and a good lawnmower beer.

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

A: poured into a pint glass to a deep orange topped by a small white head that is quick to fade and leaves no lacing.
S: smells of bready and caramelly malts with a little bit of citrus hop bitterness
T: taste is slightly watery up front with some bready malt and caramel sweetness. slight hop bitterness at times with a slight citrus flavor. swallow is long and bitter spicy hops with some lingering pale malt flavor.
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft carbonation that's just slightly prickly and a slightly dry finish
O: Overall not a bad beer. it has good flavors, decent complexity and some solid balance. It goes down easily as well.

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a sweet light hop aroma which was mostly overpowered by a good caramel grainy malt.

The taste was upront light malts that faded to a semi dry oily and herbal hop. Thin biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a very drinkable EIPA. A bit on the hoppy side for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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