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Presidential IPA - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Presidential IPAPresidential IPA

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 40, Carapils
Hop Varieties - Goldings, Cascade, Fuggles, Amarillo
Original Gravity - 15.3*P
Bitterness Units - 57
Packaging Options - 12oz Bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

(Beer added by: karst on 12-02-2005)
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Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a mild nose light malt not as hoppy as most IPAs

T - Pretty good taste has a caramel malt taste upfront with a good hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good IPA thats fairly easy to drink that I enjoyed this would be a beer that I'd get again

09-15-2009 22:34:32 | More by armock
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Golden yellow with some orange highlights... decent white head and lacing.

S - Very Mild - grassy, semi spicy hops.

T - Grassy and spicy hops, suprisngly strong malt backbone. Slight bitter finish.

M - Odd... feels full upon first swig, but very light and dry on the backend.

D - Nice flavor, well hidden abvs... nothing really stands out as the star, but well balanced.

09-15-2009 01:30:21 | More by rfgetz
Photo of DoctorDog


3.2/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to beveritt for passing one of these along to sample. My first Arkansas brew, as far as I know anyways....

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Side of bottle is notched at "4" out of 12 possible, but with no year notch available.

A- Dark copper with a bit of a haze. Pours with ~2 fingers of creamy, tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving good lacing. Good retention.

S- Solid sweet, malty notes are quite forward, with a lightly citrus/flowery hops presence.

T- Moderate caramel maltiness kick it off. This is followed by some tea-esque, fairly harsh/somewhat astringent metallic-tinged hop flavors. This edge seems to temper acceptably as the beer warms slightly.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium feel, and slightly creamy.

D- OK. The hops didn't really mesh quite right, and the slightly metallic edge to the bitterness detracts a bit.

Future outlook: All in all, not really that bad, but not all that great either. Happy to have tried, but no reason at all to try again.

09-13-2009 04:46:44 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of WJVII


3.18/5  rDev -3.9%

August BOM 2009
Poured from a pint glass with an aggressive pour, this brew has a burnt orange color with a cream colored wildly large head that just lasts and lasts. Thick luscious lacing sticks to the glass. The aroma is very citrus with orange and lemon in the front. There is a sweet floral hop finish in the back of my nose. The taste has a great hops bite! A little more sweet than sour citrus, but there is a nice hop presence as there should be in an IPA. This so far is the best brew from August BOM. Not overpowering, but a decent balance and a nice session brew.

09-10-2009 02:49:29 | More by WJVII
Photo of bsp77


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
Photo of shivtim


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Nice rich copper color. Slightly murky. Small light tan head, good lacing.

Nose is quality west coast hops, sticky, gentle malt backbone. Taste matches. Simple but well done.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, average to good drinkability. It's a pleasing but gentle and simple IPA.

09-05-2009 19:02:10 | More by shivtim
Photo of mooseisloose


3.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Another BOTMC selection for my imbibing pleasure. Wow 7.37% ABV, let's give it a whirl. Bottle smell is zesty hops with a fruity ester and a little bit of malt. Pours to a slightly cloudy bronze with a mutli-size bubble head that stands strong. Taste is very balanced, nice malty backbone on the sip with the hops starting to kick in , then they take over for a bitter finish. Bitterness is much later than expected and not so fruity and upfront like a typical American IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk. More of an English style than I expected given the name. None-the-less a great brew in its own right. Something I would buy if locally available.

09-01-2009 22:32:05 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +20.8%

Acquired from via trade from davey, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness that comes in next and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice IPA that is that is worth drinking for a while.

08-31-2009 03:49:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of scoobybrew


3.93/5  rDev +18.7%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - light amber color, great foamy head with good retention

S - modest American-like hop aroma with strong malt behind it

T - assertive American-like hop flavor with a strong malt backbone, nice lingering hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is quite a nice American IPA. I suppose I didn't expect much as Arkansas isn't really known for a brewing state and, well, I assumed (incorrectly) that it would be a bit toned down. While it's not the hoppiest American IPA out there, it still delivers quite a bit.

08-29-2009 22:15:48 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of SpdKilz


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
Photo of cnally


3.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Part of my Beer Of The Month club, nicely pronouned "bottom" as an acronym.

This one pours with a dramatic tan head, huge and fluffy and sticky. The color in the beer is a hazy deep amber color. Nice, but a little too much like a root beer float on top.

A fantastic malty aroma, scents of autumn air, sweet and with just a touch of hops.

The flavor is astringent, very mossy and like old apples. Malt is between caramel and corn syrup. Finishes a little bitter, but overall the flavor is muted and can't decide whether it is going to deliver on the hop or malt front.

Fizzy, overly carbonated mouthfeel.

OK, but not much better than that. I feel the flavor comes out balanced...but overly so, with no aspects jumping out in the flavor. Better options on the table, but still passable.

08-28-2009 01:18:20 | More by cnally
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy copper in color with a creamy 2 finger tan head; decent foamy lacing trails down the glass.

Nice floral hoppy nose overall, with floral hops, piney hops, a hint of citrus hops, sweet caramel, wet bread, grains and some lemon zest; pretty pungent and sweet.

Tastes of floral hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, malt, sweet caramel and maybe some wheat or yeast; the floral hops tail off with a bitter finish which then has a roasted grain quality to it. A nice complex IPA where the hops/citrus that start the flavor get subdued by the malty backbone for an even balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and almost oily with very little to no carbonation and a medium body.

A rich IPA that was highly drinkable, enjoyable and hid the ABV very well. I could drink this all night as this is a good basic IPA that goes down easy.

08-25-2009 02:16:45 | More by CHickman
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

12oz bottle courtesy of my friends at FSRI. Served in my ST tulip. Poured a hazy amber with a frothy 2 inch off-white head. Nose reveals grapefruit, piney hops, citrus and some caramel notes. Taste follows nose - malt backbone with some bittering hops lingering at the finish; however, flavors are a bit muted. Mouthfeel was medium/light in body - a little watery and lightly effervescent. Decent IPA in terms of drinkability, but it didn't blow my mind. Balance was a little off for me, but respectable nonetheless.

08-22-2009 17:52:02 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a hazy dark orange with a very grainy head that starts to fall apart a little too quickly, although it does leave some scant lacing. Smells very sweet- like malt extract with just a tad of citrusy hops. As it warms some light graininess becomes noticeable and the hops are slightly more present. The taste starts out much better with a fair dose of piney hops, but it very quickly falls off into the sweet malt extract taste at first, and then a light seltzery taste afterward with just a touch of sour graininess. If the bitter start lasted throughout the taste, this would be a much better beer. Both grainy and a little watery in the mouth with just a touch too much fizz as well. A little worse than I was expecting- a punchier hop profile is really called for in an IPA.

08-20-2009 17:41:42 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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
Photo of beveritt


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%

From notes.

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
Photo of Reneejane


3.55/5  rDev +7.3%

The IPA is a deep amber color with a light cream head. It leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of hops, goldings? The flavor is definitely bitter at first. This is actually a fairly malty IPA. Personally, I'd prefer a whole lot more hop character to this beer, but otherwise it's pretty drinkable! You can also detect the alcohol a little in the flavor and an earthy aftertaste. The malts lend a surprisingly roasted character.

06-04-2009 03:12:15 | More by Reneejane
Photo of israel

New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A- The color is similar to coppery honey with a haze present as well as a nice beige head and some noticeable lacing.

S- Mild, but a hint of grapefruit with a caramel backbone...

T- Malt up front with citrusy hops letting their presence be known mid taste. Also a spicier hop seems present in the finish.

M- Light for the style and carbonation seems a bit high for the style as well but not bad.

D- a palatable IPA that if it was local would make for a good backyard beer.

05-08-2009 02:13:47 | More by israel
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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
Photo of Wheelinb


3.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Had this while on a trip to Arkansas. We were at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock and asked what the best local beer was and the bartender poured us a Presidential IPA.

It had a fairly typical hop and malt smell that you get with a typical IPA. Good color with a solid head. We were drinking from a bottle poured into a glass by the way. I had a full body and was very drinkable with little aftertaste. This is a good beer worth trying. We even picked up a couple six packs to bring home.

03-25-2009 09:33:09 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of dotsonjamesg


3.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Diamond Bear: Presidential IPA

Appearance: 3-finger, mousy, thick, off-white head. The brew contains a deep copper color and cloudy haze. The brew has some descent lacing and retention here as well.

Smell: Caramel malts, rich with hops, a tinge of apple cascade my nasal passages.

Taste: The initial sip is smooth with subtle flavor of malts, hops, and alcohol then lingers in to an intense and pleasant nutty and bitter aftertaste. I expected a little more of kick for an American IPA but there are definately some descent qualities here. I suppose I am also use to breweries being a little more generous concerning hop content with their IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little light on the carbonation but its fairly pleasant.

Drinkability: Its mild flavor and pleasant aftertaste make for great drinkability and the alcohol content, a whopping 7.4% is a great touch. Just be careful if you plan on having a whole six pack like me =)

Overall: I wouldn't go as far as to say Diamond Bear is a beer-enthusiasts dream but they do make a good quality brew -at a reasonable price- that can make as big of beer-geek as me stay satisfied; and I am one who is EXTREMELY picky of my ales. I also recommend the Paradise Porter if you haven't tried it yet.



02-28-2009 06:42:52 | More by dotsonjamesg
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3.55/5  rDev +7.3%

A 12 oz. bottle (notched on the '6', which I assume means best before June?...or brewed/bottled in June? Unknowable...), poured to a pint glass. With Inauguration Day barely a week away, I thought it fitting to crack open this one in honor of soon-to-be President Obama. Thanks to new trader jcdgoad for sending a couple of these - my first Arkansan beer.

A: I love a robust IPA in color: this one is a deep auburn-brown, about the color of the crust on a loaf of baked wheat bread. Cloudy and unfiltered, the haze glows a ruby-orange when held to light; tiny bubbles rise periodically. Terrific head, a fluffy tuft of khaki building to well over a finger high. Creamy lace sticks in wide webs from top to bottom.

S: A bit sweet (candied orange, caramel) and a musty herb and grass. Not bad, just very mild: really doesn't reveal much nor entice.

T: Pretty good hop bite, zesty citrus and a slightly straw-like grassiness. Spicy in the middle, when the baked bread and mild medicinal bittering enter. Finishes on the dry side. Early sips seemed to be more mildly hopped (leading me to consider this to be more 'English IPA'-like); hop depth improved with some warming, but it still pales next to the West Coast 'bombs' I'm accustomed to. 'Presidential' does have a nice malt/hop balance I appreciated.

M: Carbonation is mild and feel is about medium. After a few sips it becomes a bit more 'leaden' - by that I mean the alcohol begins to warm the cheeks and the malt skews toward being stickiness/heaviness.

D: Good IPA, one I'd have again (and will...1 more bottle). If I lived in Arkansas, I could be happy having this as a locally-brewed option. Was a little surprised to see the ABV nearing 7.5% (borderline Double IPA territory) - drinks like a beer in the 5-6% range.

Nice job, Diamond Bear, & thanks again, James!

01-12-2009 02:48:39 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles on top.

Smell: Grainy malt nose upfront, then some caramel wanders in, and then the spicy, citrus-minded hops.

Taste: Lightly grainy pale maltiness and caramel sweetness usher in an earthy, spicy, even citrusy hop character. Medium-plus, though reasonably balanced with the malts, bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an acceptable (but not quite exceptional) India Pale Ale! Yes, I accept it.

11-01-2008 17:17:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3/5  rDev -9.4%

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange/red with low carbonation, and average lacing. Delightful smells of big sweet malts and some big hops. First sip is somewhat bitter with a welcomed hop presence that is complimented with a strong enough malt backbone to really balance out the aggressive hops. Not too bad.

10-12-2008 03:07:52 | More by ATLbeerDog
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. My bottle was poured into a standard pint glass .Nice hazy amber body brew toped of with a good two fingers worth of off white head that turned to a nice big thick clumps of lace.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit filled my nose a real nice hop presence

Flavors of hops come up first then are tamed by the malts the mouthfeel is medium and crisp in the carbonation department.

Drinkability is great on this brew was a great beer to sit back and relax with.

09-21-2008 03:11:00 | More by joepais
Presidential IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.