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Presidential IPAPresidential IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
175
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
21.99%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With training wheels firmly attached, this is the IPA that can take you from the security of American Pale Ales and into the more daringly bitter world of India Pale Ales.

Presidential IPA pours with a medium amber color, closely linked to copper and bronze. The beer builds a creamy off-white head that forms, retains, and laces as well as is perscribed by the style- a very handsome ale.

Caramel and butterscotch kick off the surprisingly balanced aroma; and with the quick charge of piney, grassy, and citrusy hops. Apple and bread dough allow for an estery and aged character to accompany the malty/hoppy dance.

As with aromas, the medium malty richness carries a little more weight than expected with flavors that are reminescent of caramel, butterscotch, and sweet breads (unfortunately on the stale side). The hoppy rebuttal balances the malt with a mix of white and red grapefruit pulp, orange zest, lemon, pine resin, and herbal grasses- all in even proportions with malt, careful not to dominate. Apple character carries an almost bruised fruit flavor and begins to detract from taste as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, the moderate malty richness is carried by creamy carbonation initially. With only moderate dryness from hops, the beer largely requires the warming alcohol to finish the beer.

Although the beer balances wonderfully, I generally prefer IPAs to showcase hop aroma and flavor far beyond the malts and thus prefer this sweeter and maltier version lesser so. Apple, butter, and stale bread character further deminish the drinkability of the beer somewhat- perhaps use of degrading ingredients or simply old beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a super sized off white head above a clear honey golden colored beer.

A light sour on a citrus hops aroma is quite noticeable.

The taste is more of the light sour citrus with a dry slightly bitter hops taste.

A medium bodied beer that leaves a lightly sour dry aftertaste.

An alright IPA but, these guys do better with their Paradise Porter and some of their other stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.29/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to spycow for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a moderate golden-orange color with a single-finger of head with pretty good retention and a light cap on top throughout. The nose is quite strange and reminds me a bit of Corn Pops. Other than that, there's some light caramel alongside a tiny hint of floral and herbal hops. Quite bready and yeasty underneath. This bready character totally dominates the flavor, and not in a pleasant way. Feel is medium without much bitterness. An odd beer that I did not particularly enjoy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles on top.

Smell: Grainy malt nose upfront, then some caramel wanders in, and then the spicy, citrus-minded hops.

Taste: Lightly grainy pale maltiness and caramel sweetness usher in an earthy, spicy, even citrusy hop character. Medium-plus, though reasonably balanced with the malts, bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an acceptable (but not quite exceptional) India Pale Ale! Yes, I accept it.

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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 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 russpowell
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Fayetteville, the 9 is notched, so I'm guessing a BBD of Sept 08??

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight metallic hops

T: Herbal & citrus hops, grainyness & biscuitty malt up front. Slight citric malt, some grainyness, & more biscuitty malt & lemony hops as this warms.

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance, skews malty, but I like'em that way

Drinks pretty easy, but doesn't quite pull together for IPA greatness, I could do a few before moving on, not bad

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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 MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to spycow for helping me track down one of the elusive final states. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving behind no lace but featuring excellent retention. The body is a pleasant transparent golden color.

S - There are some light floral hops, but this is quite malt-forward with notes of honey, caramel, and yeasty bread. Not sure of the freshness, but in any case it smells alright.

T - Again, it's mostly caramel and honey malt with a bit of fruitiness. Not much bitterness, but thankfully not alcohol either.

M - Smooth medium body, lower carbonation, finishes surprisingly chewy which is an attribute I'm not really seeking in an IPA.

D - Pretty average, but not offensive either. It'd do in a pinch - for instance if I were stuck in the beer wasteland of Arkansas.

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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 Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by someone at bu11zeye's Super Bowl tasting. Sorry I don't remember who shared it.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and bready malt with some orange and grass notes coming in from the hops. The flavor is similar. I get some grassy and orange citrus hops, as well as some bread from the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark orange with a very grainy head that starts to fall apart a little too quickly, although it does leave some scant lacing. Smells very sweet- like malt extract with just a tad of citrusy hops. As it warms some light graininess becomes noticeable and the hops are slightly more present. The taste starts out much better with a fair dose of piney hops, but it very quickly falls off into the sweet malt extract taste at first, and then a light seltzery taste afterward with just a touch of sour graininess. If the bitter start lasted throughout the taste, this would be a much better beer. Both grainy and a little watery in the mouth with just a touch too much fizz as well. A little worse than I was expecting- a punchier hop profile is really called for in an IPA.

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

A: Dark amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Inconsistent lacing.

S: Citrus, pine and some spice. Sweet, bready malt. Also an earthy aroma in the background.

T: Duplicates the smell. Resiny pine in the middle ahead of an almost mellow finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonaation. Resiny and dry.

D: Flavorful and drinkable for sure; just nothing real special. ABV masked fairly well.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My parents brought a sixer of this back with them from their Arkansas trip.

A sturdy two finger head that justs crests the top of my glass recedes to a nice film of foam and leaves a little nice lacing as well. The color is a dark, toasted orange peel color with good carbonation.

The aroma is a very toasted bread crust malt with a little citric musk from the hops.

What a musty bread flavor from the starting gate. The toasted white bread crust is smacked together with the earthy must and citrus from the hops. This is not a bad musk, but keeps this beer from tasting as good as it could.

The palate has some carbonation lingering but still musty. This doesn't linger very long after each sip, thats a plus. Maybe this sixer was sittign on the shelf too long when my parents picked it up for me. Not a bad IPA by any means, though.

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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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Photo of RBorsato
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on-tap 04/18/07 at a bar in the Little Rock, AR airport.

Solid golden in color with a low off-white head. Nicely balanced India Pale Ale from a hop/malt perspective. Some definite buttery tones which detract from it's positives. Medium bodied and smooth with a disappointing lt butter finish.

Wondering if the butter character is present in the bottled versions or if was just bad handling at the airport pub...

Per DB website:
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel 40, and Carapils
Hops: Goldings, Cascade, and Fuggles
ABW 5.82%
OG 15.3P
IBUs 57

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark orange, very cloudy. Explosive yellowish head. Great retention and lacing.

S- Citrus - oranges.

T- Sweet malts, some more citrus.

D- Very lively carbonation. A bit chewy for an IPA.

Overall - Crazy fizz, but a touch too sweet for me.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to Chris for the elusive Arkansas tick...Medium orange pour, light tope head that is ok...A very malty aroma, tons of caramel, only the lightest bit of hops. Average, but too much alcohol...The taste is not good at all, caramel malt dominates this, hardly any hops, weird taste and feel.

Not as bad as I expected, but not good by any means. Below average IPA.

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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 AgentZero
2.14/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Chris for the Arkansas tick.

A - Orangish copper beer with a finger of head that had good retention and left a bit of lacing.

S - Caramel, floral and herbal hops. A bit of honey, caramel, yeast. Has kind of a weird popcorn smell that is unpleasant, as is the aroma as a whole.

T - This tastes pretty bad. A lot of bread, skunk, bit of rotten fruit, a little floral and citrus hops. This beer is really not good at all, was hard to drink.

M - Medium bodied with some active carbonation.

O - Bad beer that I did not care for at all, glad to have knocked Arkansas off, but this was gross.

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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 Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Golden to amber with a finger of head that held well.
A blunt citrus; mostly lemon smell. There is a malty smell lurking in the background but he never really comes out to play.
Greeted with a medium bitterness, followed by honey and grapefruit. A balanced, straightforward profile.
Crisp, bubbly and medium bodied.
This is an easy drinking IPA. When you are looking for a classic IPA to throw back, here it is.

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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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got this beer as an extra in a trade with Tilley4

12oz bottle, with a '12' notched on the bottle label, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, orange/amber color with a small beige head that fell to a ring with a few clumps, leaving tight sticky bubble lacing.

S - slight funkiness and light citrus hop aroma.

T - sort of a musty hop flavor, bitterness is there, but it leaves a sweet after taste. no hop burps :(

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - it's ok, and I would drink it over a Bud Light, but I would pass it up for a whole slew of other IPA's.

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Presidential IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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