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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-11-2003

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 198
Photo of Kegatron
2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a hazed copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a rich ¾ finger flare-up that leaves back a big creamy cascade of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells REALLY dank (with an almost sour feel that mixes in), with added notes of citrus and grainy malt. There isn’t a whole lot in the way of floral or pine notes here that would help give this some airiness in the nose.

The taste has a zesty citric bite, with leafy edges and a whole lot of herbal character going on with it. Some grainy sweetness from the malt sits along the back and clashes a bit with the earthy and herbal hop flavors. The finish is pithy feeling with a moderate amount of lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling along the tongue and roof of the mouth. Some slickness rides along the middle of the feel, helping keep this mostly smooth and drawing out a lot of those herbal qualities.

I just wasn’t overly impressed with this one. Just not a whole lot of emphasis here on fresh hops flavors, with a ton of dank character here that control this way too much. There are a lot of better off-the-shelf American IPAs out there for you to spend your money on.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a tumbler pint...

A - Average or below, slightly hazy, orange-gold...way too much carbonation...possibly a quality control issue...poured out half foam/half beer...the bottle was not shaken at all...over carbed...way bubbly

S - Herbal, slight citrus peel, bready, nutty, very slight floral-pine essence - Not impressive

T - Not balanced, lacking flavor and complexity, citrus, not enough malt character...a little too metallic/minerally...

M - An unwelcome effervescent sting from the extreme carbonation...come on Diamond Knot its not soda pop! Very thin...watery...not good

Overall - Easy enough to drink, but not one I would revisit. Pass on this one if you are an experienced IPA drinker.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A bomber with steak and potatoes. Why not? On to the beer:

It's an orange colored beer with hues fading to a paler orange. A little hazy in the body. It's head is rocky on top, retains well, and leaves good lacing around the glass. Upon opening the bottle, the aroma was great, filled with succulent tangerines and grapefruit. However, a good amount of plastic crawled out and disturbs the nose of the citrus.

Not nearly as plastic ridden as the aroma, but it's still bothersome. It's a good IPA mixed with burnt plastic. The tangerine, grapefruit, and caramel all make a great foundation to this beer to succeed, only to be interrupted by you know what. Its body is medium, and it is pretty smooth.

Diamond Knot has the potential to be a very good IPA if it weren't for the bottle infection. Here's hoping the winter warmer I also bought isn't ridden with the same problem.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden orange straw color with an inescapably excessive slightly off white head. Good retention though, it's going to take me 5 minutes to pour a full glass. There we go, solid lacing. Really nice visually if I could get some beer in this glass.

S - Bready/grainy/grassy notes, some light sweet malts. Slightly citrusy

T - More going on than the nose would indicate. Fairly bitter, lots of grapefruit type flavors. Some orange and lots of grassy flavors as tons of sugary malt in the back end. Nice bitter aftertaste. Pretty good

M - Fairly light, if 1 is water and 5 is medium-bodied I'd say 3 or so. Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

O - Tastes well but could be blended better, the tastes themselves are quite good but they don't really mix too well. Overall the taste and mouth feel are the best parts of the beer (which is most important). The color of the beer is great but this thing is soo foamy, I'm not sure why, maybe less than ideal storage conditions, can't seem to find a "best by" date either.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Leary Traveller

appearance: served in a shaker pint and paired with a Brewers loss - hazy (perhaps end of the keg) orange body, thick foamy white head

smell: fresh citrus, grassy, tangerine

taste: A solid, but not spectacular, ipa - fresh tangerine, orange, grassy, caramel and toffee malts.

mouthfeel: pulpy medium body

overall: good

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light copper color with a small amount of white foam, thick lacing, and light traces of carbonation.

S - Faint, but yet bright, grapefruit and light caramel malt. Not much going on in the nose and I really had to dig to even detect that.

T - Matches the nose, weak amount amount of tart grapefruit nibbles at the tongue up front, acidic hops hits midway through and finishes with a delicate bite of grapefruit bitterness at the very end. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for a minute or two before fading away. Light caramel malt underneath.

M - Light body and smooth on the tongue.

O - This isn't doing it for me, I'm going to blame it on a bottle that's past its prime since that seems to be the norm for West Coast beers distributed on the East Coast, we can't seem to get 'em fresh out here very often. It's unfortunate.

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

A: Pours a deep golden hue, clear, with low-med carbo. The head builds strong and eggshell colored. It slowly subsides to a thin foam and leaves powerful lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus, pine, hoppy and resinous. A nice grain feature there too.

T: Resinous hops, some citrus, some pine, some oily soapiness. A little caramelly malt.

M: Smooth, creamy, and oily with hop blood.

O: A very very stand-up IPA in the good PNW tradition.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, chilled, and served in a pint glass.

A-Light peach amber with a creamy white head fed from some pretty visible and active carbonation.

S-Rather wimpy nose, grassy hops and a hint of malt.

T-Bready malts and grassy floral hops dominate the character of this brew. Slighly offbeat but certainly refreshing. Decent overall beer.

M-in spite of the active carbonation present in the pour, this is very well balanced in all respects.
O-decent, if unremarkable brew. I'd probably but it again if I saw it for an IPA switchup but I would not go out of my way to seek it out.

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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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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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