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Two Term Double IPA | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Two Term Double IPATwo Term Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States
diamondbear.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 12-05-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
92
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
26.32%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
13
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

review from notes, 6.15.12. 12 oz bottle.

A: hazed amber, not too hazy, but definitely not clear. off-white sticky head. good lacing/retention.

S: earthy hop mixes with a thick malted aroma. maple brown sugar oatmeal. not piney, but more of a cantaloupe or weak mango aroma. definitely some residual sugary smell.

T: vanilla and toffee notes with a body that doesnt scream hoppy. bitter fusel alcohol notes towards the finish. melon. finish is slightly bitter, but mostly dry.

M: not overly meaty. carb is definitely on the milder side. fine bubbles, velvety feel. cant decide if it is better or worse like this or with a firm carbonation.

D: overall, unimpressive. not a bad beer, but too many beers are excelling in this category and this one feel short for me. imo, add more hops.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this growler.

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is strong grapefruit with some pine and orange notes. The flavor is similar with strong grapefruit, orange and pine hop flavors as well as some nice hop bitterness. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BigMac59
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives one a super big head, over half the glass worth of head that takes its time to recede into a pretty decent lacing that just sort of sits there.

The aroma and taste are very much the same, a light sour citrusy hops with hints of oranges.

A medium bodied beer that is a pretty decent drink but to me doesn't quite live up to the double IPA name one would expect.

I did like the dryness of the aftertaste though.

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Photo of lcdawg
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nuebs
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at the Smoke & Barrel, Fayetteville.

Dark straw in color reminiscent of a wheat beer. Lighter in color than Diamond Bear Presidential IPA by my reckoning. Good sticky little head and average lacing.

Not much of a nose. Only slight pine and a whiff of orange peel, as well as some fairly sweet caramel malt.

Weak orange-y, cascade-y with solvent and fairly prominent alcohol. Soapy bitterness, coriander. Moderate to heavy bitterness but not on an overwhelming level. Pineapple, grass.

Slick alcoholic body with balanced carbonation.

I'm not impressed with the attempt. All they've done is to up the alcohol without improving the flavor or aroma. This is drinkable for a pint, but the alcohol is sufficient to effect you. There are many superior options, including the normal Diamond Bear IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Nice two fingers of foam head. Cloudy copper with lots of bubbles visible.
A soft grapefruit smell.
Bold pine and lemon taste. An almost crushing bitterness without let up.
Medium body and moderate carbonation.
A solid double IPA. From beginning to end it lets you know with its bitterness. A little more complex taste would be bonus.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grassy hops, kind of the weak point of this beer IMO

T: breadyness, caramel, herbal & woody hops up front. Dryness, grapefruit & breadyness show as this warms, plus more woody hops. Finishes with a touch of caramel & much grapefruit & just a bit of pear

MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, ABV is well hidden; not a mind-blowing DIPA, but worth a go if you like em balanced

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of wellsnb
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BruceBruce
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DanE
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BrewAskew
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large wine glass (10-12 oz.). Pours to a 1/2 inch white head and hazy orange-amber color. Head falls to thin ring with minimal lacing. Aroma is gloriously hoppy with a very citrusy and piney effect. Flavor was less bitter and alcoholic than expected. Hoppy flavor was dominant and bitterness was on the low side for the "double IPA" style. A balancing malt backbone was also present which is typical for Diamond Bear. Light-Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very tasty and technically clean beer although it barely qualified as a double anything. However it tasted brewery fresh and was truly satisfying. At 8.5% abv, it will sneak up on you. If you are in Downtown Little Rock during the winter, this is a must-do.

Update: I took home a 5 gallon keg of the December 2010 version. It has a stronger hop presence than the previously reviewed version.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SickGnar
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Plenty of head, great retention, and spectacular lacing. Golden amber and slightly hazy. With distinct legs, it looks like the hefty beer it claims to be (8.5%).

S: Crystal malts dominate the nose. Faint alcohol. Hops are in the background and sort of vague, certainly less than expected for a big IPA.

T: Malty and a touch sweet. Lots of caramel, some toffee, hints of honey-like sweetness. Slightly grainy at the margins. Hops are definitely there for bittering, but seem to just balance the malts. Citrus rind and maybe some pine. General C-hop impression. Not really noticing the booze in the palate. Actually, it is pretty clean for its size. It has plenty of malts, but I was expecting a bit more complexity. The biggest thing, though, is the shyness of the hops (especially for aroma and flavor).

M: A bit beyond medium body with okay carbonation level. Slightly slick and a little bit sticky. Semi-sweet finish with alcohol warmth.

D: Doesn't really smell or taste as big as it looks, feels, and is. But is clearly not a session beer (too much body & abv). It is more of a sitting and thinking beer. Mostly I was wondering were the hops were. It would also have been nice to have some more complexity to contemplate in a beer of this size. Overall there is nothing really wrong with it, but there does seem to be room for improvement.

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Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Sweet citrus dominates here with oranges and pineapple followed by a caramel sweetness and slight pine notes.

T: Grapefruit and earthy pine hop flavors dominate here with some caramel sweetness as well. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is slightly on the thick side for my tastes.

O: An alright DIPA overall, though nothing special. It's a bit simplistic and may be a little past it's prime, but not too shabby (especially considering how extremely limited beer choices are here in Arkansas).

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Photo of kmorri01
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of larshultqvist
4.88/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been testing this beer longer and more than any other beer in my long career as a Beer connoisseur.

I stocked up on 10 cases when this beer surprisingly came on sale at the Diamond Bear brewery in Little Rock. I didn't by all 10 cases at once but after a first try, I realized that this was an exceptional beer and went back for more before they sold out of it.

After months and months of living with this beer as a 'house beer', I have never got tired of it. It simply seems like this is my favorite beer of all time.

The way I have tested it and been drinking it is from my special beer tasting glass which holds one quart. One bottle only fills the bottom of my glass but the beer foams up with a beautiful head. The color is like faded copper. A first smell reveals great hops character but not overwhelming. The strength in this beer is the mouthful, taste and drink ability. Factors that sometimes can be hard to combine. The balance between malt and hops is perfect where the hops is slightly dominating over the malt.

The perfect balance between malt and hops and the great drink ability together with the full flavor makes this the best beer in the world. It is not extreme, but perfect. A beer you never get tired of.

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Photo of mechanicalprints
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ohearns
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheBishopco
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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Two Term Double IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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