Presidential IPA - Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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Reviews by Strix:
2.58/5 rDev -22.1%
Smells quite good, dominated by grapefruit and flowery hop flavors. Taste is hoppy with a bit of alcohol, has a buttery aftertaste noted by the last reviewer. The buttery taste doesn't go well with the hops and really turns me off on this. The buttery taste kind of moderates to a grassy taste as the beer warms, but it's still not something I like. I applaud small breweries for trying stuff, but I really wish they could improve the aftertaste on this one.
09-18-2007 03:18:20 | More by Strix
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3.2/5 rDev -3.3%
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 heavy on the toffee and bready malt with some orange and grass notes coming in from the hops. The flavor is similar. I get some grassy and orange citrus hops, as well as some bread from the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-18-2011 05:10:20 | More by Mora2000
2.63/5 rDev -20.5%
Received in the ever increasingly crappy August shipment of my BOTM club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Cloudy dark amber-orange with bubbly off-white head and some nice lacing.
Smell: Very slight citrus and sweet toasted malt. Very hard to detect much here.
Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malts grapple with citrus hop bitterness. Unfortunately the sweetness wins until the aftertaste when some spicy bitterness is evident. I really don't like sweet IPAs.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Does not have the kind of dry finish I expect from an IPA.
Drinkability: While not really bad, I am not a fan of sweet IPAs.
Honestly, this has been a pretty meh month from my club. A decent Pils and then a mediocre Brown Ale, APA and IPA. Really, that is the best they can do at this time of year?
09-06-2009 01:18:47 | More by bsp77
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a super sized off white head above a clear honey golden colored beer.
A light sour on a citrus hops aroma is quite noticeable.
The taste is more of the light sour citrus with a dry slightly bitter hops taste.
A medium bodied beer that leaves a lightly sour dry aftertaste.
An alright IPA but, these guys do better with their Paradise Porter and some of their other stuff.
12-08-2011 22:49:30 | More by LXIXME
3.83/5 rDev +15.7%
Diamond Bear- Presidential IPA
Thanks to Davey for this 1!
A- Glowing golden amber brown with a huge thick sticky head.
S- Very faint citrus hops with a light buttery caramel malt.
T- Very sweet butter/ caramel malt balanced nicely with a slightly bitter grapefruit citrus hop finish.
M- Big evenly blended sweet caramel malt and slight bitter tart citrus hops. Buttery smooth.
Overall- Wow, this was good! Big malt and hops yet so smooth!
08-14-2009 23:05:25 | More by NJpadreFan
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Pretty sure this is my first-ever Arkansas beer, and I thank msubulldog25 for providing it!
Guess I'm a sucker for a good-looking IPA, because this is just gorgeous stuff. I love the dense haze inside the rusty dulled orange color, and it sports an abundantly creamy head that's two fingers thick and takes awhile to diminish. By the looks of it, I would've believed this was a double IPA (and the 7.37% alcohol isn't far off!).
Aroma is nice, but incredibly malt-centered. Thick with buttery toffee and caramel sweetness, hops barely manage to exert themselves. I'm guessing this was bottled in June, but the notch system on the label basically makes such knowledge arcane and unknowable. I wish brewers would take more care to note bottling date--because then it would be easier to know if the relative lack of hops in the nose is an age thing or just part of this beer's character. Whatever. Moving along...
Flavor follows the characteristics of the aroma perfectly. Buttery toffee, gooey caramel, light zing of piney hops (although a bit stronger than the aroma). A fairly sour finish detracts from the flavor a bit.
Good big creamy body, although hardly thick, with just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.
Just a little too malty and not hoppy enough, but if the sour finish weren't there I would've enjoyed this a whole lot more. As is, it has enough character to make me wonder what this brewer's other beers are like. Thanks again Brian!
04-01-2009 22:28:21 | More by Metalmonk
2.98/5 rDev -10%
12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled in February (hopefully of 2011). The man answering the phone at Diamond Bear today said that the ticked number, 1-12, on the label indicates month of bottling.
The pour is an attractive deep copper, very clear, and topped with a creamy quarter inch of head.
Aroma is much as I remember it on draught; soft grapefruit, vegetal hops, and the same coriander. Caramel malt lends a sense candied grapefruit. The coriander is surprising, but not altogether out of place. It's a bit earthy with lemon zest and herb. The aromas are very weak, but it doesn't smell like a two week old IPA or a ten month old one. I'm a bit confused.
The flavor profile is tediously close to what is found in the nose. There is more pop in the grapefruit and vegetal earthiness here. Malt is medium but not a star either. A moderate amount of pithy bitterness props things up and grows as the beer warms. Fleeting, appropriate alcohol.
The mouthfeel is nearly great. Body starts off moderate but finishes almost watery. Carbonation is creamy.
This beer somehow just underachieves severely. Everything seems headed in the right direction. I admit I'm trying to like it because Diamond Bear is the only bottling brewery in my adopted state of Arkansas. Maybe that's all the more reason to be hard on them. That said, let this warm quite a bit.
02-16-2011 23:09:32 | More by brewerburgundy
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
On-tap at Brewskil's
This beer, especially at 5.5% is a bit thick. My guess would be they used too much crystal malt as there's a big caramel and toffee flavor. That's a bit much for an IPA, and while there are nice tropical fruit and citrus hops flavors, the big malts hold this beer back IMO. Still a pretty tasty drink overall and worth trying.
06-06-2008 16:12:08 | More by tempest
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured into a snifter. Golden to amber with a finger of head that held well.
A blunt citrus; mostly lemon smell. There is a malty smell lurking in the background but he never really comes out to play.
Greeted with a medium bitterness, followed by honey and grapefruit. A balanced, straightforward profile.
Crisp, bubbly and medium bodied.
This is an easy drinking IPA. When you are looking for a classic IPA to throw back, here it is.
10-17-2011 20:17:36 | More by Fatehunter
3.55/5 rDev +7.3%
12oz bottle, big thanks to byaeger who shared this. Knowing I'm the tickiest of the tickers and needed to put an Arkansas notch on my proverbial bedpost, Brian busted out this bottle during a party at his apartment and I almost regretted choosing not to wear my "Oops I Crapped My Pants" undergarments to the event.
Pours a hazy copper color with a well-formed white head that lasts.
Very nice tropical fruit aroma, hoppy with some sweet malt poking through.
Decent flavor, not too hoppy though. The hops have a mainly citrusy/pineappley flavor to them, and are accompanied by sweet pale and caramel malts. Bitterness is pretty low.
Fairly sweet on the palate, not dry at all, with medium body for the style.
Drinkable if nothing else. A surprisingly good beer overall, as I expected it to suck and it ended up being decent.
03-08-2010 17:32:50 | More by nickd717
3.38/5 rDev +2.1%
Picked this up in Fayetteville, the 9 is notched, so I'm guessing a BBD of Sept 08??
Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & good head retention
S: Slight metallic hops
T: Herbal & citrus hops, grainyness & biscuitty malt up front. Slight citric malt, some grainyness, & more biscuitty malt & lemony hops as this warms.
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance, skews malty, but I like'em that way
Drinks pretty easy, but doesn't quite pull together for IPA greatness, I could do a few before moving on, not bad
07-14-2008 05:25:36 | More by russpowell
3.05/5 rDev -7.9%
Received through BeerMonthClub.com
A: Dark amber color. I got about a two and a half finger yellowish head.
S: Sweet with hints of floral hops.
T: Taste is kind of a let down. Very bitter but not in the good way. Seems that perhaps the flavors do not go together.
M: Highly carbonated and slightly heavy body.
D: Not a very impressive IPA
10-09-2009 02:41:42 | More by thesyko56
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label has a red, white, and blue starburst pattern. Notched at 4? Maybe this was made in April.
Appearance: 4.5 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a pillowy coating of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of bright copper. Decent layer of sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Sweet bubblegum esters.
Taste: Semi-sweet malt with butterscotch undertones. Some vegetal flavors. Medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Average to a little below average carbonation level. Body is decent.
Drinkability: Okay, but kind of a mix of not so well blended flavors.
08-11-2009 17:49:04 | More by beveritt
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours to a deep amber-orange color and thin white head with bits of lace. Aroma is bursting with citrusy domestic hops and sweet malt aromas. Flavor delivers strong hoppiness and supporting caramel malt backbone, as one expects in an IPA. Finishes pleasantly bittersweet.
11-29-2013 06:01:02 | More by EagleTalon
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Courtesy BOTM Club
Appearance - Dark amber color poured into my SA Perfect Pint. Ends with two fingers of nice, fluffy head which dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves decent lacing.
Smell - Instead of getting a "hoppy" or "piney" smell, I smell more of sweetness like caramel. Pretty mild and faint.
Taste - At first I do not experience much of a hop/bitter taste. It is sweet up front with different tones of citrus. However, as the beer warms a bit I do start to taste the hops and it starts becoming more of how one would think an IPA should be.
Mouthfeel - Both mouthfeel and carbonation is medium.
Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. I had this after a Blind Pig so honestly I may be a bit biased in this review in the smell/taste area. However, drinkability wise this is a decent brew. Cool looking graphics on the bottle. I for sure want to pick up some of these next fourth of July!
08-28-2009 18:55:16 | More by SpdKilz
3.88/5 rDev +17.2%
State number 48 for me is down now! Took me what seemed like forver to be able to get ahold of something from down here! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/17/2009.
Simply amazing pour and I was really shocked by this. Rich amber in color with a huge head of white that towered over the glass and really dropped a ton of side glass lace up and down the glass. Aroma was a bit light and a nice mix of biscuity malts and a touch of orange hops. Decent notes of sweetness in here for sure. I reach for the first sip and it is very smooth. Rich medium body with more then adequate carbonation leads me into a rich buttery sweet taste that is acceneted nicely by rich hop notes. Light citrus and pine accent it well and leave a very nice and semi dry flavor in the finish.
Overall this was pretty solid in my book and better then what I thought it would be. Glad to have put this one in my belt.
10-18-2009 00:36:41 | More by mikesgroove
Presidential IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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