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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 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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Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, big thanks to byaeger who shared this. Knowing I'm the tickiest of the tickers and needed to put an Arkansas notch on my proverbial bedpost, Brian busted out this bottle during a party at his apartment and I almost regretted choosing not to wear my "Oops I Crapped My Pants" undergarments to the event.

Pours a hazy copper color with a well-formed white head that lasts.

Very nice tropical fruit aroma, hoppy with some sweet malt poking through.

Decent flavor, not too hoppy though. The hops have a mainly citrusy/pineappley flavor to them, and are accompanied by sweet pale and caramel malts. Bitterness is pretty low.

Fairly sweet on the palate, not dry at all, with medium body for the style.

Drinkable if nothing else. A surprisingly good beer overall, as I expected it to suck and it ended up being decent.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for this one
A - Clear amber with light tan head that stays aloft for a while.
S - Piny hops and deep rich malt.
T - Grapefruit, little watery in the flavor. Bitter aftertaste.
M/F - Medium body. Fairly highly carbonated.
D - I'm not getting excited about this brew but am not hating it either...it's middle of the road.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, is was in Little Rock, waitin' on a plane when I found this on tap in the airport lounge.
Poured a nice dark amber, with a fairly small head, with good lacing which held up well.
Not much in the the aroma category, perhaps a bit of citrus.
The grapfruit bitterness hit immediately, followed by a nice roasted malt.
Nicely carbonated and smooth.
A bit too much bitterness for me and not real interesting, but a decent beer overall.

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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 mrasskicktastic
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Very hazy reddish copper brew with an enormous durable head and copious lacing.

S - A clean aroma with some pepper and grapefruit pith with some mild bready and sweet malty tones.

T - Grapefruit pith, hint of lemon and a touch of medicinal tasting hops (like ground up aspirin, not NyQuil). Aftertaste is of lingering slightly medicinal hop bitterness with some bready notes.

M - A little drying. A bit harsh. Froths up immediately, under that, I'd guess it has a medium body.

D - Alright, too blandly bitter in the finish. After my three bottles, I don't think I'll have this again. If I ever see another from the brewery, I will try.

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Photo of Jayli
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big thank you goes out to him!

A: This beer poured a hazy burnt amber with a one finger off white head. Head retention is nice, leaving ringlets of lacing.

S: Nose is of floral and grassy hops

T: Taste starts with a nice malt kick lendings way to the grassy hops picked up in the nose, a touch of spicey hops are mixed in here with the beer ending with a sharp floral hop bitterness. Malt backbone is blended the entire way through.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slight feel with a dry finish.

D: This is a decent offering, one that you could certainly kick a few back.

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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 thesyko56
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received through BeerMonthClub.com

A: Dark amber color. I got about a two and a half finger yellowish head.

S: Sweet with hints of floral hops.

T: Taste is kind of a let down. Very bitter but not in the good way. Seems that perhaps the flavors do not go together.

M: Highly carbonated and slightly heavy body.

D: Not a very impressive IPA

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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 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 cdkrenz
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy dark copper colored body. Its head stands at about one and three quarter inches and is an eggshell white with a hint of tan. The top is hummocky and frothy.

S - Pungent fruit aroma. The scent's strength is not well exercised.

T - Its bitter in a way that's not all that desirable. The flavors are too pungent and don't work in sync with one another. There are apricot, banana, black licorice, and brown sugar tastes here but all are a bit off.

M - The feel is easy and mellow, unfortunately the feel isn't a big enough reason to drink this IPA.

~ This is a tough beer to really sit back and enjoy. While it looks good I think something may have gone awry with this batch. However, maybe the name means more than I realized initially. Presidential IPA, looks good but looks are deceiving when it comes to politics.

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Photo of armock
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a mild nose light malt not as hoppy as most IPAs

T - Pretty good taste has a caramel malt taste upfront with a good hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good IPA thats fairly easy to drink that I enjoyed this would be a beer that I'd get again

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

Thanks to beveritt for passing one of these along to sample. My first Arkansas brew, as far as I know anyways....

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Side of bottle is notched at "4" out of 12 possible, but with no year notch available.

A- Dark copper with a bit of a haze. Pours with ~2 fingers of creamy, tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving good lacing. Good retention.

S- Solid sweet, malty notes are quite forward, with a lightly citrus/flowery hops presence.

T- Moderate caramel maltiness kick it off. This is followed by some tea-esque, fairly harsh/somewhat astringent metallic-tinged hop flavors. This edge seems to temper acceptably as the beer warms slightly.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium feel, and slightly creamy.

D- OK. The hops didn't really mesh quite right, and the slightly metallic edge to the bitterness detracts a bit.

Future outlook: All in all, not really that bad, but not all that great either. Happy to have tried, but no reason at all to try again.

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Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

August BOM 2009
Poured from a pint glass with an aggressive pour, this brew has a burnt orange color with a cream colored wildly large head that just lasts and lasts. Thick luscious lacing sticks to the glass. The aroma is very citrus with orange and lemon in the front. There is a sweet floral hop finish in the back of my nose. The taste has a great hops bite! A little more sweet than sour citrus, but there is a nice hop presence as there should be in an IPA. This so far is the best brew from August BOM. Not overpowering, but a decent balance and a nice session brew.

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Photo of bsp77
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received in the ever increasingly crappy August shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber-orange with bubbly off-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Very slight citrus and sweet toasted malt. Very hard to detect much here.

Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malts grapple with citrus hop bitterness. Unfortunately the sweetness wins until the aftertaste when some spicy bitterness is evident. I really don't like sweet IPAs.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Does not have the kind of dry finish I expect from an IPA.

Drinkability: While not really bad, I am not a fan of sweet IPAs.

Honestly, this has been a pretty meh month from my club. A decent Pils and then a mediocre Brown Ale, APA and IPA. Really, that is the best they can do at this time of year?

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Photo of shivtim
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich copper color. Slightly murky. Small light tan head, good lacing.

Nose is quality west coast hops, sticky, gentle malt backbone. Taste matches. Simple but well done.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, average to good drinkability. It's a pleasing but gentle and simple IPA.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another BOTMC selection for my imbibing pleasure. Wow 7.37% ABV, let's give it a whirl. Bottle smell is zesty hops with a fruity ester and a little bit of malt. Pours to a slightly cloudy bronze with a mutli-size bubble head that stands strong. Taste is very balanced, nice malty backbone on the sip with the hops starting to kick in , then they take over for a bitter finish. Bitterness is much later than expected and not so fruity and upfront like a typical American IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk. More of an English style than I expected given the name. None-the-less a great brew in its own right. Something I would buy if locally available.

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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 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 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 cnally
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of my Beer Of The Month club, nicely pronouned "bottom" as an acronym.

This one pours with a dramatic tan head, huge and fluffy and sticky. The color in the beer is a hazy deep amber color. Nice, but a little too much like a root beer float on top.

A fantastic malty aroma, scents of autumn air, sweet and with just a touch of hops.

The flavor is astringent, very mossy and like old apples. Malt is between caramel and corn syrup. Finishes a little bitter, but overall the flavor is muted and can't decide whether it is going to deliver on the hop or malt front.

Fizzy, overly carbonated mouthfeel.

OK, but not much better than that. I feel the flavor comes out balanced...but overly so, with no aspects jumping out in the flavor. Better options on the table, but still passable.

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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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