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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 | 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

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 174
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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 NJpadreFan
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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 beveritt
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label has a red, white, and blue starburst pattern. Notched at 4? Maybe this was made in April.

Appearance: 4.5 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a pillowy coating of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of bright copper. Decent layer of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet bubblegum esters.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt with butterscotch undertones. Some vegetal flavors. Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to a little below average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Okay, but kind of a mix of not so well blended flavors.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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 israel
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The color is similar to coppery honey with a haze present as well as a nice beige head and some noticeable lacing.

S- Mild, but a hint of grapefruit with a caramel backbone...

T- Malt up front with citrusy hops letting their presence be known mid taste. Also a spicier hop seems present in the finish.

M- Light for the style and carbonation seems a bit high for the style as well but not bad.

D- a palatable IPA that if it was local would make for a good backyard beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Wheelinb
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
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 dotsonjamesg
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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 msubulldog25
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle (notched on the '6', which I assume means best before June?...or brewed/bottled in June? Unknowable...), poured to a pint glass. With Inauguration Day barely a week away, I thought it fitting to crack open this one in honor of soon-to-be President Obama. Thanks to new trader jcdgoad for sending a couple of these - my first Arkansan beer.

A: I love a robust IPA in color: this one is a deep auburn-brown, about the color of the crust on a loaf of baked wheat bread. Cloudy and unfiltered, the haze glows a ruby-orange when held to light; tiny bubbles rise periodically. Terrific head, a fluffy tuft of khaki building to well over a finger high. Creamy lace sticks in wide webs from top to bottom.

S: A bit sweet (candied orange, caramel) and a musty herb and grass. Not bad, just very mild: really doesn't reveal much nor entice.

T: Pretty good hop bite, zesty citrus and a slightly straw-like grassiness. Spicy in the middle, when the baked bread and mild medicinal bittering enter. Finishes on the dry side. Early sips seemed to be more mildly hopped (leading me to consider this to be more 'English IPA'-like); hop depth improved with some warming, but it still pales next to the West Coast 'bombs' I'm accustomed to. 'Presidential' does have a nice malt/hop balance I appreciated.

M: Carbonation is mild and feel is about medium. After a few sips it becomes a bit more 'leaden' - by that I mean the alcohol begins to warm the cheeks and the malt skews toward being stickiness/heaviness.

D: Good IPA, one I'd have again (and will...1 more bottle). If I lived in Arkansas, I could be happy having this as a locally-brewed option. Was a little surprised to see the ABV nearing 7.5% (borderline Double IPA territory) - drinks like a beer in the 5-6% range.

Nice job, Diamond Bear, & thanks again, James!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange/red with low carbonation, and average lacing. Delightful smells of big sweet malts and some big hops. First sip is somewhat bitter with a welcomed hop presence that is complimented with a strong enough malt backbone to really balance out the aggressive hops. Not too bad.

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Photo of joepais
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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 orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice hopy ipa that is bordering on a red color, this is a piney tipe ipa with a little floral flavor, i would drink this agan if i could find it in new york, this is a beer you should find and try, i could find myself drinking tow or three as i mowed the lawn

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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 russpowell
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
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 deepsouth
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an aggressive pour of this amber colored ipa causes a HUGE head of about four fingers. dare i say reverse cascading. didn't expect that. lacing all the way down the glass. almost can't ask for much more. i guess it could be a little more clear.

the smell is hoppy, but seemingly super malty and a bit peppery as well. very interesting.

the taste is right on with the smell. maybe not super malty, but as malty as hoppy i'd say. peppery bit is there too.

the mouthfeel is light. carbonation is moderate, not agressive at all.

overall, this beer is easy to drink and i could drink a couple for sure. it actually has a little alcohol burn if that's possible at 5.5%. it could just be the pepperiness of the beer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
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 homebrewhawk
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a thick head of off white bubbles. Pine/citrus hop aroma with a little caramel malt as it warms. On the malty side of the IPA fence, though there is a decent hop bite in the finish. A little buttery flavor, maybe an older bottle? Decent IPA, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of NCBeernut
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tilley4 for this interesting local.

Poured a glowing reddish orange with a massive head for an IPA. Pretty good lacing as well. Smells of berries and fruity hops. At this point I am expecting big things. Very interesting.

T&M: Not all the greatness I was expecting. The berry, fruity cocktail of hops and esters is there, but kind of thin and weak. A little grassy as well. Not much of a malt profile, just some to keep everything in balance. A little bit over-carbonated. Still not bad, but not what I was expecting. I had no problem finishing this one and I would have another if there was nothing better.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Very surprised by this beer. Picked it up at a local bottle store on the advice of a total stranger.

Poured a nice golden with a huge fluffy head.

Smells faintly hoppy with a nice malt balance.

Surprised by the taste. Expecting something watery and weak. It wasn't explosively hoppy but it had a nice subdued hoppiness to it.

Quite drinkable. Wish I had bought a few more of these.

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Photo of jimiboozer
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Presidential IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.
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