Industrial IPA | Diamond Knot Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery
Washington, United States
diamondknot.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
252
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a nice head that settles to a thin cap, but leaves some nice waves of lacing against the glass. Smells fruity and full with mango, apricots, and citrus along with some sweet, honeyed malt. Similar in the taste, but with some delayed graininess that detracts a bit, and some nice bitterness in the finish, which works to subdue the malt. The mouthfeel is firm and maybe just the slightest bit sticky. Quite a nice hop profile- a piney bitterness comes out after awhile that is quite enjoyable. Nice, and I'm pleased to see this in Atlanta bottleshops.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I just picked up at the brewpub into my Diamond Knot pint glass.

Appearance: rich, crystal-clear orange color with two fingers of ivory head atop. Looks good to me.

Smell: hops have a little citrus and a ton of earthiness. I like a good earthy IPA, so this appeals to me.

Taste: quite sweet, actually. The malt is a little sweet and toasty and hops are floral, earthy and citrusy with a bit of emphasis on floral characteristics. In fact, I'm reminded a bit of an over-brewed jasmine tea. None of this is bad, though, and the overall effect is pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a medium-low level of carbonation. Feel is OK, but not spectacular.

Drinkability: it's quite tasty and quaffable for a brew with a relatively high ABV. I could probably get myself into trouble with these.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 picked up last night at Brewforia.. paid about $6 ... Poured into my little Cigar City snifter... short lasting off white head still provides nice lacing as the clear light amber brew drops.

Nose has a pretty mild hop profile... a restrained citrus zest but is bullied out of the way by too much malt... plenty of pale malt and more than a hint of dry toast.

Flavor is more "bitter" from front to back than ever just focusing on the hops... there is the above mentioned citrus note... but between the heavy handed malt and bitter bite, the hops seem to play second fiddle.

Body is about right.. carbonation too.. pretty "creamy", and that adjective seems out of place too.

Okay.... but only okay... I doubt I would ever buy this again unless I was bellying up to the bar at the brewery.

4/3/3/3.5/2.5

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Photo of John_M
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Beertunes (Terry) for the opportunity to try this one again.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with pretty decent head retention and good lacing. At the outset, the first thing one notices is that this is pretty dark for an IPA. On the nose, there is a fairly pronounced citrus and pepper aroma, coupled with some noticeable malty sweetness. That malty sweetness comes on strong on the palate, though it's cut pretty nicely by a considerable hop bite in the finish. The combination of sweet malt and hoppy bitterness imparts some interesting flavors, consisting of cherry, orange, brown sugar and light chocolate. The bitterness really takes over in this medium bodied IPA, and drinkability is pretty decent. However, there's a bit of an alchol bite in the finish, which detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

All and all, this is a nice enough beer, though it's not very IPA-like (in my book). Also, I've had this beer on draft a number of times at the 74th Street Alehouse in Seattle, and my impression is that this beer is considerable better on tap. Cheers!

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Photo of Derek
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a white head, some retention, excellent lace.

S: Pine, dark toffee, nectarine & tangerine.

T: Very piney, assertive bitterness, tangerine, toffee & biscuit. It has a little more bitterness & malt flavour than their standard IPA, but not quite as much fresh hop citrus.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, some acidity, not too much residual sugar.

D: It's big & bold, but it's good.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep burnt amber with a medium white head, no lace.

S: Lots of pine, cedar and white grapefruit, classic NW hops.

T: Pine heavy with grapefruit and orange. Lots of hop character with some nice crystal malt flavour.

M: Medium to full-bodied. Oily and very resiny, intense.

O: A very good, but very northwest DIPA. I liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish gold with one-finger head that has lace patches and sticks around awhile. Strong citric hop smell as well as some caramel and biscuity/bready dry malt. Smooth, a little creamy, there is a prevelant citric and floral hop presence that is balanced w/ a bready dryness and sticky caramel sweetness. Finishes crisp w/ a little bit of a citric bite. I enjoyed this beer very much but for the style I thought the hops were subdued; wish they stuck out more (although the ABV is well-hidden in this beer).

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Photo of HopHead84
2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8/7/2011

Bottle shared by Jason, thanks!

A: Golden orange with a small white head.

S: Strong bread with matching caramel. Orange is faint, barely detectable. Alcohol is apparent in the nose. Way too malty.

T: Lots of bread and caramel with a little alcohol. Light orange notes. This is like a weak Barleywine. The hops are feeble. The malt dominates. Blah.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: This might pass for an IPA in Washington, and I'm sure they think it's great up there (another one of their local "gems"), but this is burdened by malt and the hops are pathetic. It's like a pitiful Barleywine.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of caramel and some faint citrusy hops as well. 

T- The taste thankfully has more of a hop presence. Sweet malt and caramel up front, and a nice bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, this is an okay IPA, but it falls a little short in my book.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ice-tea coloring with some rustic orange highlights. Medium clarity with a light whisper of carbonation. The head is bready and frumpy in texture, a beige coloring and shows a good resilience along with an ample amount of lace coverage consisting of stratified rings.

S: Spicy citrusy-pineapple, much more pronounced then thier ipa. A bit of mango, orange and toasted bread. Good presence upon first pour but does significantly drop off there-after lacking sustainability.

T: Spicy bite of hops, bright tropical fruitiness of pineapple-mango mixing with citrus. Spicy, crisp and clean turning to a bittering of dry hopped citrus mid way through the experience. The finale turns dry toasted bread, very malty with a pine and dry grapefruit ending. Moderate alcohol presence.

M: Medium body, creamy, bitter, very similar to thier base ipa with a bittering finish.

O: A bit bigger and hoppier then thier ipa thus drinkability and repeatability is a bit lower. Thier ipa is ideal for multiples is a bit lighter and crisper, while this is a bit fuller malt wise with a bump of dry hops. Both are ideal for the right occassion.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange pour with a thin off white head in the range of 1/3". Aroma has the usual c hop grapefruit thing going for it.

Thankfully isn't a simple bitter bomb c hop double ipa, the bitterness is restrained for style. The abv is a smidge under 8% so its not a gigantic double. Enjoyable, hardly unique but serviceable. Wouldn't repeat the purchase though, its a bomber and only a 'good' one at best.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.6/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. which fades fast leaving mere bubbles

S: Nose is caramel, graininess and grass

T: Starts a bit chewy, off balance, caramel, grass and then WHAM! A tital wave of ultimate disappointment. A blast of obnoxious bittering hops appears, with a splash of cleaning solution providing a stinging booziness, slicky buttery palate and we wind it down with cooked corn Mmmm!

M: Mouthfeel is mediium bodied and horrendous. Not exactly sure what to say here...

O: Scrap this and avoid at all costs. I want my money back!

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Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a deep golden amber with a slight reddish tint. A very thick and full head was just off-white and had very good retention and lacing.

The smell is very hop forward, with pine notes most noticeable. There is just a hint of malt sweetness on the nose to provide some balance. The flavors follow the template made by the aromas, with some citrus hop flavors combining nicely with the pine.

The body is very good, solid and full without being heavy. Drinkability is well above average for a strong, hoppy brew. Overall, a very good brew by one of the PNW's lesser known gems. Worth some effort to try.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coppery color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of West Coast hops, citrus (grapefruit), and some malt in the finish. A bit on the thin side for this style of beer. Not as much bite as you'd expect.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer is drinkable, it isn't what I would call groundbreaking.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. When I opened it, foam began pouring out of the bottle and I had to run and put it over a trash can. Should've guessed that could happen, since I tried their regular IPA and it had lots of foam but didn't overflow like this one. No freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a 1/4 inch head that lowers to a white ring and a near-symmetrical foam pattern on the surface. Not very much lacing.

S- Smells strong, full and citric. Definite grapefruit, fumy alcohol and just a tad of funk.

T- Bitter with plenty of malt backbone. The citrus in the aroma isn't as pronounced in the flavor. Still some grapefruit and has a crisp finish but not much else. There are plenty of hops to match the amount of malt but they clash some, making it not as enjoyable as it could be. Slight metallic taste. Not bad, but not great.

M- Decent medium carbonation with the usual prickly mouthfeel of a solid IPA.

O- I liked their regular IPA better. This one is just trying too hard.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing his Growlin' At The Moon prize.

A: The IPA is tea colored, a nice mix of brown and orange with the trend towards the darker hue. 1 finger of head lingered for half of the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of citrus and grassy herbs, almost like tobacco. Caramel malts add a minor counterpunch.

T: The ale, for being a DIPA, is nicely balanced. The caramel malts support the herbal hops without creating too big of a taste. The hops are citrusy with plenty of grassy flavors. The longer that I linger on the ale, the more a boozy warmth emerges. That heat accentuates the hops, making the ale seem stronger than it is.

M: The hop profile is herbal, grassy with a touch of green onions. I enjoyed sipping on this one.

D: The DIPA was not a disappointment, sporting a big hop profile that is unusual enough to keep me interested.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So they used to have an Industrial ESB, eh? That's interesting, 'cos I could have mistaken this for an Imperial ESB in the PNW vein if I was tasting this blind. Thanks, John!

The pour is deep ruby red with decent clarity and a thin, spotty white head with OK retention and lacing. This is way to dark for an IPA (and don't get me started on black IPAs).
The nose has plenty of hops with citrus and a definite pine/ fir like character, not unlike what I expect mountain forests to smell like. Perfumey with a touch of earthy, leafy and minty character, the malt is moderately noticeable with a caramel and toffee character wit some honey. Not really an IPA, this is more like an overly hopped ESB. Mildly fruity, this smells great!
The palate opens with plenty of hop bitterness and moderate hop flavor as well, with citrus (grapefruit and grapefruit zest and orange). Malt flavors are present with caramel, an almost toffee like character with a touch of nuttiness, but the sweetness is low (and thankfully). Drying on the finish with a prominent bitterness with a mildly earthy character, this beer is medium light in body with a medium level of carbonation. With a solid finish, this is enjoyable stuff, one I would drink more if it were local.

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Industrial IPA from Diamond Knot Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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