Two Term Double IPA - Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +14.3%
Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this growler.
Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is strong grapefruit with some pine and orange notes. The flavor is similar with strong grapefruit, orange and pine hop flavors as well as some nice hop bitterness. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
02-05-2010 21:06:59 | More by Mora2000
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives one a super big head, over half the glass worth of head that takes its time to recede into a pretty decent lacing that just sort of sits there.
The aroma and taste are very much the same, a light sour citrusy hops with hints of oranges.
A medium bodied beer that is a pretty decent drink but to me doesn't quite live up to the double IPA name one would expect.
I did like the dryness of the aftertaste though.
12-08-2011 23:02:13 | More by LXIXME
3.08/5 rDev -12%
Served in a pint glass at the Smoke & Barrel, Fayetteville.
Dark straw in color reminiscent of a wheat beer. Lighter in color than Diamond Bear Presidential IPA by my reckoning. Good sticky little head and average lacing.
Not much of a nose. Only slight pine and a whiff of orange peel, as well as some fairly sweet caramel malt.
Weak orange-y, cascade-y with solvent and fairly prominent alcohol. Soapy bitterness, coriander. Moderate to heavy bitterness but not on an overwhelming level. Pineapple, grass.
Slick alcoholic body with balanced carbonation.
I'm not impressed with the attempt. All they've done is to up the alcohol without improving the flavor or aroma. This is drinkable for a pint, but the alcohol is sufficient to effect you. There are many superior options, including the normal Diamond Bear IPA.
03-13-2010 20:37:35 | More by brewerburgundy
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Into a pint glass. Nice two fingers of foam head. Cloudy copper with lots of bubbles visible.
A soft grapefruit smell.
Bold pine and lemon taste. An almost crushing bitterness without let up.
Medium body and moderate carbonation.
A solid double IPA. From beginning to end it lets you know with its bitterness. A little more complex taste would be bonus.
10-06-2012 18:38:59 | More by Fatehunter
3.78/5 rDev +8%
Pours amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing
S: Bready & grassy hops, kind of the weak point of this beer IMO
T: breadyness, caramel, herbal & woody hops up front. Dryness, grapefruit & breadyness show as this warms, plus more woody hops. Finishes with a touch of caramel & much grapefruit & just a bit of pear
MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, good balance
Drinks pretty easy, ABV is well hidden; not a mind-blowing DIPA, but worth a go if you like em balanced
02-17-2011 06:14:43 | More by russpowell
4.3/5 rDev +22.9%
Served in a large wine glass (10-12 oz.). Pours to a 1/2 inch white head and hazy orange-amber color. Head falls to thin ring with minimal lacing. Aroma is gloriously hoppy with a very citrusy and piney effect. Flavor was less bitter and alcoholic than expected. Hoppy flavor was dominant and bitterness was on the low side for the "double IPA" style. A balancing malt backbone was also present which is typical for Diamond Bear. Light-Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very tasty and technically clean beer although it barely qualified as a double anything. However it tasted brewery fresh and was truly satisfying. At 8.5% abv, it will sneak up on you. If you are in Downtown Little Rock during the winter, this is a must-do.
Update: I took home a 5 gallon keg of the December 2010 version. It has a stronger hop presence than the previously reviewed version.
01-05-2010 02:57:26 | More by EagleTalon
3.43/5 rDev -2%
A: Plenty of head, great retention, and spectacular lacing. Golden amber and slightly hazy. With distinct legs, it looks like the hefty beer it claims to be (8.5%).
S: Crystal malts dominate the nose. Faint alcohol. Hops are in the background and sort of vague, certainly less than expected for a big IPA.
T: Malty and a touch sweet. Lots of caramel, some toffee, hints of honey-like sweetness. Slightly grainy at the margins. Hops are definitely there for bittering, but seem to just balance the malts. Citrus rind and maybe some pine. General C-hop impression. Not really noticing the booze in the palate. Actually, it is pretty clean for its size. It has plenty of malts, but I was expecting a bit more complexity. The biggest thing, though, is the shyness of the hops (especially for aroma and flavor).
M: A bit beyond medium body with okay carbonation level. Slightly slick and a little bit sticky. Semi-sweet finish with alcohol warmth.
D: Doesn't really smell or taste as big as it looks, feels, and is. But is clearly not a session beer (too much body & abv). It is more of a sitting and thinking beer. Mostly I was wondering were the hops were. It would also have been nice to have some more complexity to contemplate in a beer of this size. Overall there is nothing really wrong with it, but there does seem to be room for improvement.
02-20-2010 02:45:45 | More by SickGnar
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.
S: Sweet citrus dominates here with oranges and pineapple followed by a caramel sweetness and slight pine notes.
T: Grapefruit and earthy pine hop flavors dominate here with some caramel sweetness as well. The finish is moderately bitter.
M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is slightly on the thick side for my tastes.
O: An alright DIPA overall, though nothing special. It's a bit simplistic and may be a little past it's prime, but not too shabby (especially considering how extremely limited beer choices are here in Arkansas).
11-04-2012 02:06:42 | More by n2185
4.9/5 rDev +40%
I have been testing this beer longer and more than any other beer in my long career as a Beer connoisseur.
I stocked up on 10 cases when this beer surprisingly came on sale at the Diamond Bear brewery in Little Rock. I didn't by all 10 cases at once but after a first try, I realized that this was an exceptional beer and went back for more before they sold out of it.
After months and months of living with this beer as a 'house beer', I have never got tired of it. It simply seems like this is my favorite beer of all time.
The way I have tested it and been drinking it is from my special beer tasting glass which holds one quart. One bottle only fills the bottom of my glass but the beer foams up with a beautiful head. The color is like faded copper. A first smell reveals great hops character but not overwhelming. The strength in this beer is the mouthful, taste and drink ability. Factors that sometimes can be hard to combine. The balance between malt and hops is perfect where the hops is slightly dominating over the malt.
The perfect balance between malt and hops and the great drink ability together with the full flavor makes this the best beer in the world. It is not extreme, but perfect. A beer you never get tired of.
05-27-2010 02:10:34 | More by larshultqvist
2.98/5 rDev -14.9%
12 oz bottle pours a hazed orange color with a thick cap of white froth. Sticky and leaves nice lace.
Nose is just as much malty as hoppy, with a leafy hop note to go along with a rich, honeyed caramel malt. Alcohol is noticeable as well.
Taste is a bit redeeming as some nice hop bitterness comes forth to combat the sweet, caramel maltiness. Full mouthfeel is to be expected with such a sweet offering...it is not a half bad strong ale, but lacks a bit in a crowded DIPA category.
09-16-2012 20:25:46 | More by twiggamortis420
3.78/5 rDev +8%
Picked this up in a Winn-Dixie in Meridian, Miss is a mixed sixer. I don't know which Win-Dixie it was but for a southern grocery store it had a decent selection. Pours a light brown with orange highlights.medium off white head. Nose is braced in pine, citrus and alcohol, and has barleywine notes as well.
The alcohol tinged malt sweetness is the initial flavor early, with a bit of a burnt sugar note. There is some pine and grapefruit but its not as dominant as I expected. Body is thick and coating in nature, very much a sipper. Not enough hop for my taste as an IPA, but as an American Strong Ale or a Barleywine it works well enough.
11-26-2012 04:20:53 | More by daliandragon
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, 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 gold color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and some floral hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in followed by a hops presence that is mild for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, although it’s not quite as hoppy as most 2IPA’s, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while.
12-20-2011 03:40:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
From the bottle at SAVOR 2011.
Pours a clear golden color with an average white head. A slight amount of lacing as it goes down before setting into a thin collar. The nose was really grainy with some slight citrus and floral hops in the background. Similarly, the taste was just overrun with grainy malt and bordered on being tannic. Body was medium and dry with some slight bitterness in the finish. I wasn't a big fan.
06-04-2011 12:55:40 | More by Thorpe429
Two Term Double IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.