Diamond Knot India Pale Ale | Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot India Pale AleDiamond Knot India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-11-2003

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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a hazy copper color, leaving a short dissapating head and fair lace. Smell of caramel in the sweet malt with a good balance of the floral hops that overall seems pretty light. Taste again has a good balance of lightly sweet malt and citrus hop. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall not bad, maybe a little light for the style, but still good flavor.

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Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Light yellow/amber color, extremely opaque. Thick head of foam that dissipates quickly, but there is significant lacing present.

S: Malt, caramel and honey with some citrus in the background. I don't notice hops at all.

T: Strong malt flavor up front with just a faint hint of hops at the end.

M: Standard carbonation and very light mouth feel.

O: Very easy drinking with not much bitterness. However, the lack of hops is off-putting. Good for a hot summer day, but not if you're looking for a strong hop profile IPA.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clearly a Total Wine distribution theme..

Orange-gold in color, somewhat hazy with pretty nice retention and lacing from the whitish-gray foam.

Too clean for an IPA, somewhat hoppy but well-balanced. The Simcoe-grapiness hangs over this one, alongside some hay, pine, grass, and floral notes. Malts are sweet and lightly caramelized. Mostly pale.

Bitter, but not exactly a well-rounded hoppiness. Malts are toasted with a dose of caramel. Body is middle of the road, a little light. Hops bring a vinous character with flowers, herbs, and a strong pepperiness. Again, bitter but not that enjoyable.

English in its restrained flavor, American in its choice of piney and herbal hops, a little bit thin overall. Drinkable and smooth but unchallenging.

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Photo of Franch
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an entirely unobjectionable IPA (in the vein of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA), but especially in the pacific northwest, entirely unobjectionable for an IPA isn't good enough. maybe i just don't really like simcoe, i'm not sure, but it was the dim point in my very hoppy weekend.

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Photo of fdkayti
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really light amber in color, clear as clear can be. Thinnish white head with lots if nooks and crannies, thought it dissipates rather quickly. Lacing sliding down the glass.

S- Much sweeter smelling than expected, caramelly undertones with some of that citrus I love so much. Not a lot of hops on the nose.

T- Nutty and malty sweet, almost like a trail mix? Can't taste the hops until everything else has had it's turn, but a good hop bite at the finish. Bitterness is minimal.

MF- Good ol' bubbly carbonation. Pretty thin mouthfeel.

O/D- The low bitterness of this IPA makes it extremely easy to put down. Would be good on a hot afternoon. Not for those looking for that big hop bite, but still pretty darn good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot India Pale Ale
no freshness dating or codes
$4.99 (22 oz.) at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear deep golden / amber body. Full head of rocky off-white foam. Good head retention. Much better than average lacing that leaves almost solid walls of lace with each sip.

Smell: Balanced hops and malt. Leafy, grassy, citrusy, piney, minty, and gently floral hops over a straw-like malt base. Just a hint of yeasty fruitiness.

Taste: The flavor is more hoppy than the nose suggests, although the malt is still clearly present: bready and lightly caramelish. It's also more citrusy and piney than the aroma lets on. Solidly bitter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth.

Overall: "Authentic". There are some citrusy and piney hops to it, but it's otherwise very "English" in nature. It's balanced, rounded, and drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Roth;s Keizer store. $5.49 Appearance?Typical orange IPA body but the head is large and rocky/thick. off white in colour. Very nice fruity, sweet hoppy aroma here.More lemon zest that anything. Taste is again hop not so sour/sweet though more grapefruit style. Malts somewere? Not too bitter really Palate is on the thin side even for style but has a nice bitter after taste buzz about it. Overall though an average IPA..might be better come the 100 degree days of late July and August!

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Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and grapefruit, with resin and honey.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and orange zest, with strong bitter resin and sweet honey. It had a lasting harsh bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Too light.
D: This was an average IPA with standard scent and taste. It had weak body and a harsh finish too. This beer is a dime a dozen these days. Not bad, but not recommended.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter

A - Beer poured with a one finger foam; white and rocky in appearance; body was clear and had a dark copper color; plenty of carbonation was visible and had a formed a fair amount of lacing on the sides

S - Citrus and hop notes come up immediately; pine; slightly astringent smell, tingles the nose a bit and finishes with a clean-rinse smell

T - Citrus and hop taste are prevalent; ABV is also prevalent in this beer, quite a surprise to me especially since it has a moderate alcohol level; strong aftertaste; kind of dry

M - Creamy/foamy consistency; not as effervescent as I expected with plenty of visible carbonation; smooth down the hatch

D - Great IPA, good and not necessarily too heavy for a beer of this caliber; would be a good food pairing beer

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Photo of tikibeer
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep muddy amber with minimal head with spotty lacing that melts down the side of the glass.

Aroma is strong and rich. Not very hoppy. I am getting a lot of sweet sticky malts and a plum or raisin aroma.

Taste sweet sticky and tangy with lots of malt. Not much hops. This beer may be a little old, so that might explain the lack of hops.

Not bad, but not very amazing. Would love to try one that is fresh, I might have a whole different option.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice golden copper color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing. 

S- The aroma has a high amount of malt for an IPA with sweet caramel and some citrusy hops. I don't mind the high malt presence in the nose but I would like the hops to be kicked up and little bit and not take such a backseat role. Overall, the aroma is just a little subdued or "watered down".

T- The taste like the aroma has quite a bit of malt up frog with a very moderate bitterness in the finish from the hops. Again, for the amount of malt I would like to see some more hops in the taste as well. Like the aroma, the taste just seems to be lacking a little "oomph" and almost tastes a little watered down.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I would pass on this one in the future. 

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Photo of ralree
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful white head on a deep reddish gold brew. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Great hop smell, very strong. Sweet malt to back it up. Perfect.

T: Super hoppy, northwest hops are very strong. Great citrus in there - grapefruit. Lightly toasted malt finishes it off. Good - a little bitter, almost like burnt toast.

M: Carbonation is a little strong. A bit oily. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down great - would be wonderful outside on a summer day.

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Photo of shand
2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

A pretty uninspiring pour. Hazy rust coloured with a finger of head. Poor retention, decent lacing. Not very good looking for what's usually an awesome looking style. The nose is huge and malty. There's also some citrus that reminds me a just a little bit of Pledge, and a touch of piney hops. The taste on this one is downright strange. It's a backwards IPA. The malty flavor comes in first, then the cleaner-esque citrus, then the bitter piney, slightly astringent hops. A lot of this reminds me of household products, really! It sure is awful "cleaner-y". Bottle is unfortunately sans freshness date, so I have no idea if this is how it's supposed to taste. The mouthfeel is very drying and carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty alright, all things considered.

Not impressed by this offering from Diamond Knot. Not sure if something went wrong with this bottle, because there's barely any hops for the style.

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Photo of dkseaverns
1.6/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from a 22 oz. Bomber Was not Impressed. Didn't even taste like an IPA! Taste... had no hop flavor, very weak citrus flavor. Overall Not very happy with this beer. Bought at a Total Wine in N.C. not sure what went wrong here. Travel, or time not refrigerated...

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber (no date) into pint glass. Pours a light orange-gold, a little hazy and a frothy white head that fizzled quick leaving thin laces throughout. Substantial caramel malt aroma with a light citrus lemon-grass scent and some pine resin in the background. Medium and caramel malt sweetness and medium citrus and resin hop bitterness. Malt sweetness reveals first on palate but a quick hop attack ends that. Great balance in the middle with a long and slightly astringent finish. Medium body and decent carbonation. I've had better IPAs, but was a pleasure of mine to try out a Diamond Knot beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of hops, caramel and malt.

T: Tasted of hops, first and foremost, with some caramel, citrus, and malt. Not the most groundbreaking of flavors, but good enough to drink.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a generally enjoyable IPA, and drinkable, but there are better examples of style out there.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint.

A - Golden amber coloration, mostly clear, decent head of fluff, good retention and lace.

S - Big citrus nose, hoppy, and a little sweet.

T - IPA light? 6.2% on the bottle, but you would never know this from the taste. It is slightly hoppy, yet decently balanced, however, the little bit of flavor comes and goes.

M - Light body, mild carbonation, slightly dry on the finish.

D - Very enjoyable, but not very hoppy. Or malty. It seriously tastes like an IPA light. Good beer, but don't go into this one expecting a big brew.

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Photo of loren01
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear golden color, frothy white head decent lacing down the glass
S: Smell is caramelly up front with citrusy, slightly flowery smelling hop scent
T: Caramel maltiness up front with herbal/citrusy hops toward the end
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
D: Nice balanced IPA, good beer...would buy this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a modest head but it recedes rocky leaving some spotty, but chunky, lace. The color is gold to amber. The clarity is hazy.

The nose starts off with a malty base with a piney hop spice. I also smell clove.

I am impressed with the taste. This starts off with a regular pale ale balance--paler malts and peppery hop. The hop quickly dominates the flavor without becoming extreme. The swallow and aftertaste is very dry and bitter. The body is moderate and the carbonation is slightly elevated.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear bass color with a thinner,sticky white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settles slowly.Floral hops stick out most in the nose,some toasted "raw" grain as well,quite an odd mix.Herbal hop flavors hit up front with some of that toasted grain,to me the hops dont have quite the punch that I expected,again herbal with some light citric quality but not really hitting home.I like the Industrial DIPA and I kinda like this, but not nearly as much.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold pour with one finger medium cream head. Decent retention and nice thick lace.

Nice citrus nose with notes of grapefruit and straw. Slightly herbal and earthy, too, with dusty tones.

Nice citrus bitters to match the nose with citrus grapefruit and herbal flavors. Medium dry finish. Pepper in the finish, too.

Body matches the flavor profile. Not too thick nor creamy.

Nice little IPA. One I would easily drink again. Just a nice glass of beer.

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Photo of BDJake
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish bronze hue with a finger of head that left good lacing and retained well. Smells of grapefruit, fir trees, and mildly of orange peel. Slight hoppiness up front, with a bit of citrus, and underlying sweetness- but not very bold in any manner. Somewhat watery, but with decent carbonation, with a slick aftertaste and finish. A decent, easy drinking IPA that I would love to re-review on tap and note the differences. A worthy beer to end 2010 with.

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Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear orange color with a lovely thick, puffy head that extends beyond the limits of my glass. The aroma, while certainly on the hoppy side, shows signs of balance...sugar cookies, sweet tea, tangerine, and cedar. Sweet citrus peel, floral hops, dry wood, pine, caramel. A bit on the watery side, which is unfortunate, but still not a bad IPA. Medium bodied, fairly bitter, and easy to drink. Solid and a little different, though it won't go down as one of my favorites.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite, if not epically, hoppy, promising an at least decent IPA. It pours a nice clear amber with a fluffy off-white head. Flavor is fairly hoppy with hints of grapefruit and evergreen - not too shabby! Smooth, pleasing texture has a nice tingle to it. Definitely worth at least a try.

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Photo of ism
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold, with a frothy white head, subsiding to a thin, but permanent layer, leaving webby lacing behind. Nose of orange citrus, a bit of peel, and bready yeast. Thin body, on the watery side, a PacNW level of hop bitterness, dry bread, goes down smooth with grapefruit lingering. Fairly easy and enjoyable to drink, a solid offering, though quite straightforward.

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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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