Pale Ale | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 40
Hop Varieties - Goldings, Cascade, Fuggles
Original Gravity - 13.4*P
Bitterness Units - 33
Packaging Options - 12oz bottles, 1/2bbl 1/6bbl

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Photo of Taybeh
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a single (without a bb date as far as I can tell), into a tulip. Pours an attractive siena but just a little wispy head, very little lacing. Nose is pretty nondescript, a little burnt bread crust, some bitter herbal Taste brings out more of the herbal bitterness paired with bready hops...medicinal notes linger. Feel is thin but fairly sharp and to the point...a little odd for the English style, to me. First beer from Arkansas for me, muled by a buddy who took a road trip. Wish I knew how old this was. Can't say I'm a big fan.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight citrus hops, slight piney hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of tea. Overall, good appearance and blend, but the aroma and body are lacking.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40 degrees on tap at Hilton Garden Inn, North Little Rock, into a shaker
$ 4.00/16 oz glass
Aroma somewhat like floral perfume
Head removed by bartender – what remains is 1.5 cm, off white, creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete curtains of tiny bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor slightly bitter, floral; no alcohol, no hops
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4. This is a very pleasing ale although I may be somewhat prejudiced since I’ve been driving for 17 hours.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

A: poured into a pint glass to a deep orange topped by a small white head that is quick to fade and leaves no lacing.
S: smells of bready and caramelly malts with a little bit of citrus hop bitterness
T: taste is slightly watery up front with some bready malt and caramel sweetness. slight hop bitterness at times with a slight citrus flavor. swallow is long and bitter spicy hops with some lingering pale malt flavor.
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft carbonation that's just slightly prickly and a slightly dry finish
O: Overall not a bad beer. it has good flavors, decent complexity and some solid balance. It goes down easily as well.

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Photo of NickT2121
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice burnt murky orangish copper color. Little head that disappeared rather quickly with very little lacing left behind.

S - creamy malt grainess little pine scent to it

T - okay at first all I really got was bitterness but after letting it sit for a bit the malt and pine taste came through and the bitterness died down a lot. I'venever had that hhappenbbefore. But after it died down the ale became very easy and balanced in flavor.

M - a medium light creamy feel with a oily bitter finish

O - to me it's a good pale ale very basic but very good and easy drinking. Not session able though but very refreshing.


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Photo of dhump1967
4.66/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me this is just one of the most balanced pale ales out there. On tap this ale is a perfect balance of light hoppyness and malt flavor, has a nice fragrant aroma, and a good full body texture in the mouth. This beer is in the same range as Sierra Nevada Pale ale but without out the sweetness. This beer is only "good" in bottled form, but is excellent on tap.

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Photo of estlinska
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap to a chilled shaker at NYPD Pizza on 3/15/13. Pour a very nice color of muddy red-orange like Alabama clay after a day or so of springtime rain. Didn't really have much head or even very much lacing overall. It was almost opaque with just a sunset of orange light on the edges of the glass. The nose was fairly average for the style with mostly malt that smelled of store bought french bread and a slight puff of mostly floral hops. The flavor was pretty good; very refreshing and quaffable. Not quite sessionable at 6.2% ABV, but the balance was there with good sweet malts and a citrus and floral tang of hops to balance it out. Bittering was there, but not abrasive. Mouthfeel was very light, fair on the carbonation side. Overall a good beer; something I would use to fill a cool at the lake or something I would sip at a baseball game.

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Photo of ubenumber2
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while at the brewer

Nice copper color , one inch off white head with small amount of lacing

Nice hoppy full body beer that finishes a little dry to me

I really enjoy this beer , buying it at the brewer I know its a lot fresher than I can get anywhere else , Ive bought this beer before and not enjoyed it as much , so this is really one that needs to be as fresh as you can get it. I will buy this beer again for sure

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper body with an almost tan layer of head.
Big pine tree and grapefruit smell.
Almost sweet at first, malty, dry pine bitterness at the end.
Crisp texture, moderate to higher carbonation, medium body.
Solid pale ale. Perfect summer drinkin' beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 05-29-2012
Freshness: Bottled 05-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Hazy amber color, topped by an off-white head of 2 fingers high. Both lacing and head retention are good.

S: Clean aromas of citrus and floral hops.

T: First impression is hop bitterness, followed by a lesser amount of caramel malt sweetness. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium amount of body and highly carbonated. The aftertaste is mostly bitter with a small amount of maltiness.

O: My first beer from Arkansas -- I thought it was a good pale ale and would recommend it.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

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Photo of realbrewfan
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on tap at the brewery, bottle, and growler. This is one of the first ales I ever tried so I may be prejudiced, but it will always have a place in my fridge. After trying many more pale ales since, this one can hold it's own with any other IMHO. Pours an amber color, with about decent head, smells of slightly roasted malt, mixed with light hops, balanced and easy to drink. Bear in mind I love IPA's, but I can sit in a boat and drink this all day long. Love it!

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Photo of obywan59
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month club.

Slightly hazy golden-orange in color, approaching amber. 2 1/2 finger tanish head that quickly dissipated initially leaving thick lacing.

Some light hoppy spice in the aroma, with some faintly sweet toasted malt.

Lightly sweet with citrusy tartness and a bitterness that seems a bit overbalanced.

Medium-bodied with light pepperiness and light alcohol warmth. Somewhat drying.

Decent enough, but nothing spectacular. Easy drinking. Definately a step up from the macros.

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Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally, a beer from Arkansas! Annnd it's the most boilerplate of Pale Ales! Hooray!

Smells and tastes like a cross between a BPA and an APA. Medium strength, with good balance between the malt and hops. The malts lean towards toffee and biscuit, the hops are a cross between citrus and potting soil. So, basically it's an EPA but with a little kiss of American cascade in there. The aftertaste is probably (weirdly) the best part of the beer, as a lightly tart sweetness lingers long after its been swallowed.

I don't know if I've ever had less to say about a beer. It's solid enough where I'd definitely take it were I in a bar in Little Rock and my choices were this and BMC. Otherwise it's not remarkable in the slightest, even in spite of being quite solidly brewed.

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Photo of boyessen
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received this as a beer of the month 12/2011.
Not exceptional or even that great, a mild pale ale that is very easy to consume.
Has a balance of hops and malts but not much of either.

Nothing complex about this but really nothing wrong with it either.

I probably wouldn't buy it again just because my personal preference is a more hop flavored IPA style.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying this one was not exceptional or even that great, just a decent drinkable pale ale. The hopping is a tad weak and almost on balance to the malt. The finish has a slightly dirty and leaves a bitter aftertaste. The mouth feel is adequate.

The color is a slightly yellow caramel.

The head is decent blond in color and there is adequate lacing as the head settles.

The nose is weak and almost non existent

I am not that impressed with this beer and will most likely pass it up the next time I come across it. There are just too many other beers that are more outstanding.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber with a tight and frothy off-white head.

S - Caramel and citrus hops fill the top of the glass.

T - Herbal and citrus hops wrapped around a lightly sweetened caramel malt. The hops turn grassy and bitter toward the end.

M - Medium body with creamy carbonation. Slightly acidic with a dry finish.

An average English Pale Ale that drinks easy and finishes dry. The herbal hops could get in the way of this being session-able.

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Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got as part of a BOTMC, orange pour, 2" head. The aroma is grassy, bready. There is light citrus, herbal notes, easy drinking, lingering finish. The body is medium/light, good carbonation. Easy drinking beer that does not stand out too much, surprised it is over 6% abv. It could be a nice gateway brew.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured the gold-orange beer into a pint glass, which produced an enormous head that lingered for a minute or two before gradually diminishing.

I didn't notice any particular smells, but the beer's taste is fairly well-balanced between hops and malt, with a number of interesting tastes swirling around. It tasted a bit like citrus, balanced with light caramel.

At 6.20%, I found the alcohol content to be higher than one would find in an English pub if ordering a comparable pale ale. That's not bad, just notable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: caramel and some soft citrus is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some bread, orange, pear, and a mild bitterness are the main falvor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very short, almost clean.

Overall: a mild pale ale that is very easy to consume. The flavor profile is a bit muted for the style, but it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a medium to big off white head above a clear honey caramel colored ale.

This medium bodied beer has a laid back aroma of hops, a little citrus (lemon) and a faint caramel malt coming through.

A washed out citrus hops taste with some caramel malt backing, a pretty decent tasting beer that leaves a nice dryish aftertaste.

A pretty good beer to get someone started on hops with, I prefer to drink the bolder west coast style hops beers, but this beer has a definite place out there in the beer drinkers world. I think this beer is quite good at showcasing a light hops taste with selling out the hops. I recommend it to anyone that wants to get into beers with hops taste but isn't a real hop head.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice beige head that fades to a ring around the glass with a bit of lace; with hazy copper liquid. Aroma is of sweet malt mixed with Cascades and Kent Goldings hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt accentuated with English and domestic (U.S.) hop flavor and enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. A good beer for those not used to strong bitterness without being too sweet, either. Finishes with a nice lingering maltiness and citrusy hop aroma. Nice medum-bodied mouthfeel. It is similar to Fuller's London Pride.

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Photo of teromous
2.05/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: It has a surprisingly dark color for a pale ale. It's a dark shade of bronze, with a slight orange tint. It is also very hazy. The head is amazingly thick and frothy, with great lacing. Overall the color is what brings this down.

S: Its scent is very subdued. There is the mellow scent of hops, but it is overwhelmed with a malty scent.

T: Again, the malt flavor dominates the hops. It tastes a bit like caramel. The hops have a resinous quality, but stand in the back. It's very uncharacteristic for a pale ale. The beer isn't well balanced, at all.

M: There isn't much bitterness at any point while drinking the beer. It has a sticky mouthfeel, but it feels well carbonated. I can feel it bubbling in ever corner of my mouth, but there isn't much to compliment it.

O: Overall it's not bad...for a beer...but it's definitely not up to par with other commercial beers. It just doesn't fit as a pale ale, and it isn't quite there. It's more like a foul ball, than a strike out. I'm pretty sure an Englishman would disown this.

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Photo of jadpsu
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Corner Market on visit in Laurel Ms.
This should mark my 100th brewery and 22nd state.
Pours a slightly hazy amber with an off white head that has decent retention.
Aroma: Malty scents are most noticeable. Toffee and brady malts. Also a little floral hops.
Taste: Begins sweet, then nice bitter taste comes in quickly. Has a dry after taste as hops become more prominent, providing a nice balance.
This was a pleasent surprise. Liked this one alot.

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Photo of theghost3
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright copper. A good start, but the head is just a slight 1/2 finger with little lacing.

Smell is biscuit with some surprisingly sweet citrusy notes. The taste is biscuity malts, floral & slightly citrus with a weird medicinal/herbal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied, and somewhat sticky.

Overall, this is an OK English Pale Ale. The biscuity malts were as expected, but I did not care much for the medicinal flavors that made for an odd aftertaste.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to my smokin’ hot wife for bringing some Diamond Bear beers back from her recent trip to Arkansas. Poured a nice amber color with minimal beige foam on top. Aromas of caramel, biscuit and light citrus. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with flavors of caramel, biscuit and light citrus.

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