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Presidential IPA | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Presidential IPAPresidential IPA

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 40, Carapils
Hop Varieties - Goldings, Cascade, Fuggles, Amarillo
Original Gravity - 15.3*P
Bitterness Units - 57
Packaging Options - 12oz Bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

Added by karst on 12-02-2005

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 175
Photo of jimiboozer
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color Hazy reddish amber/heavy tan foam & lacing

Nose Pink grapefruit juice, sweet tanginess, malty middle, fresh cream

Palate Crisp, tart, citrus zing, sweet middle, pithy tang all the way

Body Creamy, tight froth, grassy toward the back

Finish Green vines of the hop notes take over just in time

Notes A fresh foray into local brewery Diamond Bear shows Arkansans can do a good IPA. All the right elements are here without an intense battle to go over the top as some can.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a neat beer from a brewery I'd otherwise never get to try! a hash in the 12 box on the side of the bottle make me think this was bottled in December.

A - rich golden color with a solid offwhite head

S - grassy hops and grainy malt texture dominate, undertone of biscuits.

T - solid american IPA! Solid piney / grassy hops blend with a citric kick on a biscuit malt / grainy malt base.

M - light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp finish

D - bold without being outrageous. Went quite well with dinner and even used a splash in a recipe with good results!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from via trade from davey, 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 orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness that comes in next and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice IPA that is that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the beer of the month club.

Has a hazy yellow-orange hue, good amount head (poured into a goblet. Nice lacing down the side. Earthy and citrus notes in the smell. The taste is malty, brown sugary, and a nice kick of hops, making for a decently bitter aftertaste. About medium on the amount of carbonation, good drinkability. I like the beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - light amber color, great foamy head with good retention

S - modest American-like hop aroma with strong malt behind it

T - assertive American-like hop flavor with a strong malt backbone, nice lingering hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is quite a nice American IPA. I suppose I didn't expect much as Arkansas isn't really known for a brewing state and, well, I assumed (incorrectly) that it would be a bit toned down. While it's not the hoppiest American IPA out there, it still delivers quite a bit.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

State number 48 for me is down now! Took me what seemed like forver to be able to get ahold of something from down here! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/17/2009.

Simply amazing pour and I was really shocked by this. Rich amber in color with a huge head of white that towered over the glass and really dropped a ton of side glass lace up and down the glass. Aroma was a bit light and a nice mix of biscuity malts and a touch of orange hops. Decent notes of sweetness in here for sure. I reach for the first sip and it is very smooth. Rich medium body with more then adequate carbonation leads me into a rich buttery sweet taste that is acceneted nicely by rich hop notes. Light citrus and pine accent it well and leave a very nice and semi dry flavor in the finish.

Overall this was pretty solid in my book and better then what I thought it would be. Glad to have put this one in my belt.

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Photo of joepais
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. My bottle was poured into a standard pint glass .Nice hazy amber body brew toped of with a good two fingers worth of off white head that turned to a nice big thick clumps of lace.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit filled my nose a real nice hop presence

Flavors of hops come up first then are tamed by the malts the mouthfeel is medium and crisp in the carbonation department.

Drinkability is great on this brew was a great beer to sit back and relax with.

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Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Little Rock Airport: This one pours a slightly orangish-amber color. There was a bit of a head on it with some lacing. The aroma is good, with notes of citrus and grassiness. It is a touch weak for an IPA, however. The taste is also decent enough, with a decent malt body in the background. Maybe we have all become a little de-sensitized to hops with all the IPA’s out there, but it could have used a bit more. Still, this was VERY drinkable.

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Photo of BeachRez
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received through BeerMonthClub.com

Poured into glass gave very nice deep amber color. Very nice head, didn't drop quickly.

The smell was more sweet than citricy. Subtle hop aroma.

The taste was clean. Pretty balanced although very mild. The hops didn't overpower and gave a good fruity aftertaste.

This would be a good warm weather semi-sessionable beer. I would have again if possible.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Bear- Presidential IPA

Thanks to Davey for this 1!

A- Glowing golden amber brown with a huge thick sticky head.
S- Very faint citrus hops with a light buttery caramel malt.
T- Very sweet butter/ caramel malt balanced nicely with a slightly bitter grapefruit citrus hop finish.
M- Big evenly blended sweet caramel malt and slight bitter tart citrus hops. Buttery smooth.

Overall- Wow, this was good! Big malt and hops yet so smooth!

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Photo of tpd975
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davey for knocking another state off the list. I am almost to 52.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a huge rocky off white head. Insane retention with lacing to match.

S: Lots of caramel malt with hints of honey. A touch of citrus can be picked up.

T: Really tasty actually. The malt is there in a nice way to provide balance. Mostly caramel with light honey, and a hint of fresh bread. The hop profile is sort of big to be honest. I don't know if I got an uber fresh batch or what but this one is pretty hopped up. Mostly fresh citrus, with notes of grapefruit rind. There is a nice bitterness in the finish that is very grassy and floral.

M: Wonderful carbonation, smooth, with a pretty dry bitter finish.

D: Good, I like this one. If I lived in Arkansas I think I would always have some on hand.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Diamond Bear: Presidential IPA

Appearance: 3-finger, mousy, thick, off-white head. The brew contains a deep copper color and cloudy haze. The brew has some descent lacing and retention here as well.

Smell: Caramel malts, rich with hops, a tinge of apple cascade my nasal passages.

Taste: The initial sip is smooth with subtle flavor of malts, hops, and alcohol then lingers in to an intense and pleasant nutty and bitter aftertaste. I expected a little more of kick for an American IPA but there are definately some descent qualities here. I suppose I am also use to breweries being a little more generous concerning hop content with their IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little light on the carbonation but its fairly pleasant.

Drinkability: Its mild flavor and pleasant aftertaste make for great drinkability and the alcohol content, a whopping 7.4% is a great touch. Just be careful if you plan on having a whole six pack like me =)

Overall: I wouldn't go as far as to say Diamond Bear is a beer-enthusiasts dream but they do make a good quality brew -at a reasonable price- that can make as big of beer-geek as me stay satisfied; and I am one who is EXTREMELY picky of my ales. I also recommend the Paradise Porter if you haven't tried it yet.



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Photo of Wheelinb
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this while on a trip to Arkansas. We were at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock and asked what the best local beer was and the bartender poured us a Presidential IPA.

It had a fairly typical hop and malt smell that you get with a typical IPA. Good color with a solid head. We were drinking from a bottle poured into a glass by the way. I had a full body and was very drinkable with little aftertaste. This is a good beer worth trying. We even picked up a couple six packs to bring home.

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Photo of CHickman
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy copper in color with a creamy 2 finger tan head; decent foamy lacing trails down the glass.

Nice floral hoppy nose overall, with floral hops, piney hops, a hint of citrus hops, sweet caramel, wet bread, grains and some lemon zest; pretty pungent and sweet.

Tastes of floral hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, malt, sweet caramel and maybe some wheat or yeast; the floral hops tail off with a bitter finish which then has a roasted grain quality to it. A nice complex IPA where the hops/citrus that start the flavor get subdued by the malty backbone for an even balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and almost oily with very little to no carbonation and a medium body.

A rich IPA that was highly drinkable, enjoyable and hid the ABV very well. I could drink this all night as this is a good basic IPA that goes down easy.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish brown in color. Thick khaki colored head and excellent lacing.

S - Spicey hop aroma boardering on a little funky. A faint sweetness as well.

T - A caramel malt sweetness up front quickly overtaken by a spicy hop bite with hints of a little citrus. Wellbalanced but not my favorite flavor combo.

M/D - Medium bodied but too much carbonation. A drinkable IPA.

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Photo of karst
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available until Jan 20th 2006

In celebration of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library, Diamond Bear Brewing Company introduced Presidential IPA. They claim it is a "big beer" with lots of flavor. An India Pale Ale with rich copper color and full body, balanced by a high hop rate. This beer has great aroma with generous amounts of cascade hops to stimulate all of the senses. This is truly a beer fit for a head of state!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of my friends at FSRI. Served in my ST tulip. Poured a hazy amber with a frothy 2 inch off-white head. Nose reveals grapefruit, piney hops, citrus and some caramel notes. Taste follows nose - malt backbone with some bittering hops lingering at the finish; however, flavors are a bit muted. Mouthfeel was medium/light in body - a little watery and lightly effervescent. Decent IPA in terms of drinkability, but it didn't blow my mind. Balance was a little off for me, but respectable nonetheless.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for including this in our trade.

Pours chill-hazed copperish amber with a foamy off-white head that leaves broken rings of lacing as it progresses.

The smell is lemony, grapefruity citrus with caramel backing. Nice, but pretty mild.

The taste is of citric fruitiness with a caramel sweetness. It has a bitterish, dryish finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. It holds up well enough, though could be chewier.

A milder, easy-drinking IPA.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear perfect amber color with a small capping of smooth lightly tarnished yellowed foam. Big blobs of lace stick close to the top of the liquid.

Aroma is mostly grassy and tingey with grains and a light perfume of cardboard and butter ascents.

Taste is more or less again quite grassy with a tender piney sided bite and pithy grapefruit/lemon nudge rounding off some toasted portions. Trace cardboard fluff and leafy hopped dryness float about the finish as it renders leftovers of pine and pithy citrus.

Body is fairly firm with a lessened medium girth. Shallow finish, kinda where it loses its way is the finish as its just kinda there, but impressionable enough to keep some interest in a fluffy textured hopped up leafyness, grassy, citrusy mildness.

A pretty standard IPA that's abit above an average for the most part. Won't be a problem drinkin' more.

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Brewskil's

This beer, especially at 5.5% is a bit thick. My guess would be they used too much crystal malt as there's a big caramel and toffee flavor. That's a bit much for an IPA, and while there are nice tropical fruit and citrus hops flavors, the big malts hold this beer back IMO. Still a pretty tasty drink overall and worth trying.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this is my first-ever Arkansas beer, and I thank msubulldog25 for providing it!

Guess I'm a sucker for a good-looking IPA, because this is just gorgeous stuff. I love the dense haze inside the rusty dulled orange color, and it sports an abundantly creamy head that's two fingers thick and takes awhile to diminish. By the looks of it, I would've believed this was a double IPA (and the 7.37% alcohol isn't far off!).

Aroma is nice, but incredibly malt-centered. Thick with buttery toffee and caramel sweetness, hops barely manage to exert themselves. I'm guessing this was bottled in June, but the notch system on the label basically makes such knowledge arcane and unknowable. I wish brewers would take more care to note bottling date--because then it would be easier to know if the relative lack of hops in the nose is an age thing or just part of this beer's character. Whatever. Moving along...

Flavor follows the characteristics of the aroma perfectly. Buttery toffee, gooey caramel, light zing of piney hops (although a bit stronger than the aroma). A fairly sour finish detracts from the flavor a bit.

Good big creamy body, although hardly thick, with just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Just a little too malty and not hoppy enough, but if the sour finish weren't there I would've enjoyed this a whole lot more. As is, it has enough character to make me wonder what this brewer's other beers are like. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a deep amber-orange color and thin white head with bits of lace. Aroma is bursting with citrusy domestic hops and sweet malt aromas. Flavor delivers strong hoppiness and supporting caramel malt backbone, as one expects in an IPA. Finishes pleasantly bittersweet.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy BOTM Club

Appearance - Dark amber color poured into my SA Perfect Pint. Ends with two fingers of nice, fluffy head which dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Instead of getting a "hoppy" or "piney" smell, I smell more of sweetness like caramel. Pretty mild and faint.

Taste - At first I do not experience much of a hop/bitter taste. It is sweet up front with different tones of citrus. However, as the beer warms a bit I do start to taste the hops and it starts becoming more of how one would think an IPA should be.

Mouthfeel - Both mouthfeel and carbonation is medium.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. I had this after a Blind Pig so honestly I may be a bit biased in this review in the smell/taste area. However, drinkability wise this is a decent brew. Cool looking graphics on the bottle. I for sure want to pick up some of these next fourth of July!

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Photo of Reneejane
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The IPA is a deep amber color with a light cream head. It leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of hops, goldings? The flavor is definitely bitter at first. This is actually a fairly malty IPA. Personally, I'd prefer a whole lot more hop character to this beer, but otherwise it's pretty drinkable! You can also detect the alcohol a little in the flavor and an earthy aftertaste. The malts lend a surprisingly roasted character.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow with some orange highlights... decent white head and lacing.

S - Very Mild - grassy, semi spicy hops.

T - Grassy and spicy hops, suprisngly strong malt backbone. Slight bitter finish.

M - Odd... feels full upon first swig, but very light and dry on the backend.

D - Nice flavor, well hidden abvs... nothing really stands out as the star, but well balanced.

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