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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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of dabeers1013
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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 Amp
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 FortSmithHops
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of akinsja
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jackpritchard
5/5  rDev +50.6%

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 emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to my smokin’ hot wife for bringing some Diamond Bear beers back from her recent trip to Arkansas. Poured a medium orange amber color with a decent white head. Aromas of muted hops, caramel and bread. On the palate, this one was light bodied and fizzy, with flavors of light hops, caramel and bread dough.

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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 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 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 brewerburgundy
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled in February (hopefully of 2011). The man answering the phone at Diamond Bear today said that the ticked number, 1-12, on the label indicates month of bottling.

The pour is an attractive deep copper, very clear, and topped with a creamy quarter inch of head.

Aroma is much as I remember it on draught; soft grapefruit, vegetal hops, and the same coriander. Caramel malt lends a sense candied grapefruit. The coriander is surprising, but not altogether out of place. It's a bit earthy with lemon zest and herb. The aromas are very weak, but it doesn't smell like a two week old IPA or a ten month old one. I'm a bit confused.

The flavor profile is tediously close to what is found in the nose. There is more pop in the grapefruit and vegetal earthiness here. Malt is medium but not a star either. A moderate amount of pithy bitterness props things up and grows as the beer warms. Fleeting, appropriate alcohol.

The mouthfeel is nearly great. Body starts off moderate but finishes almost watery. Carbonation is creamy.

This beer somehow just underachieves severely. Everything seems headed in the right direction. I admit I'm trying to like it because Diamond Bear is the only bottling brewery in my adopted state of Arkansas. Maybe that's all the more reason to be hard on them. That said, let this warm quite a bit.

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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 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 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 BeerAndBourbon
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a clear orange with lots of ruby/amber in it. The creamy off-white head rises to 1/2 finger and then settles down to a thick coating leaving a lot of residual lacing.

S. Caramel with breadiness along with citrus and earthy hop notes. Citrus/tropical notes come out more as the brew warms.

T. Some sweet caramel starts off, but the brew quickly turns bitter with lots of pine and earthy bitter notes with a bit of slightly sweeter citrus hop notes as well. Some bready sweetness comes through. As with the aroma, some of the earthy hops settle down leaving room for the citrus/tropical notes to come through.

M. Medium bodied with medium creamy carbonation.

D. I like this a bit better as it warms. Overall a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a thick soapy white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of pinesol and tons of floral hops with a hint of citrus. Tastes of loads of bitter hops with a little citrus undertone and some pine notes. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium amber color. Pours about a finger and a half, frothy, white head. Settles pretty quickly, but leaves a soft little blanket of foam on the surface. Some beer ring lacing remains.

S: Oak, pine nuts, some clove and a bit a leathery tone.

T: Nice and hoppy, with a subtle sweet and fruit hint. Piny and oaky.

M: Hops punch you in the tongue and hang out throughout the experience. Dry finish.

D: Probably a slow drinker due to the bitterness.

Atmosphere is solid. Nothing exciting about the appearance, but a nice rich color and frothy head. Nose is pretty typical of the style; the hop components rule the day. Flavor is hoppy and full, and I detected some slight fruit notes. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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 jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Coppery orange. Nice head, with bonus points for retention.
S- A bit of tropical fruit, grapefruit/pineapple, with just a hint of malt.
T- Fruity, but not altogether that hopped for an ipa. Citrus, with a bit of malt.
M- Medium, maybe a little bigger, body. High carbonation.
D- A pretty good Ipa, goes down easy enough. Nothing to go out of your way for, but a good enough beer.

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Presidential IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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