Two Term Double IPA | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Two Term Double IPATwo Term Double IPA

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of larshultqvist
4.88/5  rDev +42.3%
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 BrewAskew
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, 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 gold color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and some floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in followed by a hops presence that is mild for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, although it’s not quite as hoppy as most 2IPA’s, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of jnezda
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a pint glass. Deep copper/amber color and full off white head. The immediate smell is of malt and hops with a slight hint of sweet fruit. The head stuck around all the way down the glass leaving a web of lacing. The flavor was hoppy on the front with only a tinge of malt and fruit. The hop aroma prepared me for more full bitterness but I suppose, that is just because I was expecting a west coast double but this one was a little more tame. Good beer all the way through with nice mouth feel and full finish.

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Photo of ubenumber2
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok after giving this beer a second shot I felt a strong urge to come back and edit my review. The beer that I had before came from a bar that I found out had a keg of Goose Island Ale on tap with the same keg for 7 months , so the first beer I had from this was probally old as the hills

I had a chance to go to the brewery Saturday and all I can say is I was wrong about this beer.
Had it from tap , about as fresh a keg as they get
Poured a golden/amber color with about a 2 finger head , lots of nice lacing., The smell was wonderful and a great mouthy beer , the taste was great , I bought a case to carry out the door

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Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a Winn-Dixie in Meridian, Miss is a mixed sixer. I don't know which Win-Dixie it was but for a southern grocery store it had a decent selection. Pours a light brown with orange highlights.medium off white head. Nose is braced in pine, citrus and alcohol, and has barleywine notes as well.

The alcohol tinged malt sweetness is the initial flavor early, with a bit of a burnt sugar note. There is some pine and grapefruit but its not as dominant as I expected. Body is thick and coating in nature, very much a sipper. Not enough hop for my taste as an IPA, but as an American Strong Ale or a Barleywine it works well enough.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a thin whitish head that fades quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus fruits at the forefront with some malty sweetness, followed by resiny hops and earthy notes.

Taste: More of the aroma with malty sweetness overpowering any apparent bitterness. Slight bitter character but smooth drinking overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with solid carbonation and easy drinking at 8.5%. Not overly bitter due to the abundance of malt to balance out the hops.

Overall: A solid DIPA here that is definitely worth a try. I've had many better beers of the style but this is good nonetheless.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, muted orange-hued body with an off-white (faintly yellowed) head.

Smell: Peppery notes and resiny hints integrated into a scent of orange marmalade atop the base maltiness yielding notes of bready pale malts, a little bit of golden syrup. Slight whiffs of alcohol, too.

Taste: Bready pale maltiness with a modest sweetness akin to treacle in the fore. Floral, citrusy hops, slightly resinous with a moderate degree of hop bitterness. As with the nose, a little alcohol showing. Dry, bitterish, citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It'll do in a pinch!

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Photo of wisecracka
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by the staff at Arkavalley liquors.

Pre-tasting notes: Despite the label, this is not a DIPA; however I will grade it against a DIPA standard.

A: Pretty goldenrod color with a touch of orange; slightly opaque. Small head (probably because of the pour). Nice lacing. It looks slightly thin.

S: A mixture of alcohol, malt, and an assertively subtle citrus hop aroma.

T: A very balanced beer. None of the alcohol sting that the nose leads one to expect, however the alcohol has a pleasant warming quality. The hop flavor is delicate (still assertive though), comes later, and lingers throughout an overall dry finish. This beer is not too bitter. While enjoyable, this does not taste like a DIPA.
Side note: The more I drink of this, the more hop content i notice; however the above still stands.

M: Absolutely medium, Nicely carbonated. It's nice.

D: This is very drinkable. I'm on number three right now. The only problem is that DIPAs shouldn't be this easy to drink.

Final Notes: I enjoyed this beer. I'd give it a definite 7/10. However, this is NOT a DIPA. Would I buy another sixer? Not when the Torpedo extra IPA or Avery's IPA are cheaper. However, I still like this beer and continue to look forward to Diamond Bear's releases.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Czechvar tulip...

A: pours a hazy pumpkin-colored orange with a big moussey off white head. leaves lots of chunky lacing and a nice cap as it settles.

S: earthy, piney hops, with a pilsner malt and caramel malt aroma, creating hints of caramelized orange peel and nougat. altogether, aroma is very faint.

T: again, sweet, caramel-y, and orange-y flavors upfront, turning to flavors of pine cone, grass, and citrus peel. finishing dusty and bitter

M: medium full body, with a soft, velvety texture and low carbonation. finishing out slick, off-dry, and slightly warming.

Overall, nothing extraordinary here, yet this is a highly drinkable double ipa, which i feel was this brewery's intent. At no point in this review did i pick up any trace of alcohol other than the warming finish, which was faint. Could easily have a few of these sequentially.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-copper coloring, with a solid amount of sediment suspension, a few strong legs of carbonation, and a filmy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of tropical fruits, with a subtle astringency peeking through in there. Some grassy highlights in the nose, too. Flavors are grassy and tropical fruit sweet forward, with a blend of melon, apricot, and mango. Very sweet, almost sugary sweet, with the grassy hops notes developing a subtle herbal tone further down the palate. Roasted overtones, too. The body is chewy and dry, and there is a subdued aftertaste of fruit sweetness and subtle sugary residue. The finish is slick, oily, and slightly dry, with a cloying fruit sweet linger. Not bad, but nothing that really sets it apart for me.

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Photo of Gus_13
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Color has a golden/honey hue to it. Decent 1 finger head that faded into a thin ring. Does have a good amount of head lacing as you drink. Very good carbonation on this brew. Bubbles coming from bottom and sides through out the drink.

Smells of piney, floral hops with a touch of sweetness again from a honey type properties maybe. Mostly floral/citrus type notes that are expected in an IPA. Little bit amped up as it isn't double IPA.

At first taste it has a good hop front bitterness that turns into the sweetness the smell leads on. Aftertaste is what you would expect from a double IPA. Not too over bearing. You do know you are drinking something hoppy and a little stronger than a standard IPA. Very faint alcohol warmness at the end and after you are done drinking. Nothing too overwhelming though. It fits it well an males for a good drink. At 8.5% ABV it's not a session beer, but it is a beer I could have maybe 2-3 of. Good summertime late afternoon beer.

Overall this is a good drink. It's not the best Douple/Imperial IPA, but it fits a niche for those who haven't had one and could try this. My favorite brews have turned to hoppy ale/IPAs. I would recommend this and will have again. (it comes in 6 packs)

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Photo of SickGnar
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a wine glass sort of. Beer is yellow and hazy, thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is piny and malty, a very malty IPA.

Beer is super sweet and piny in the body. This is a heavy heavy IPA, it is a malt forward sweet mess of a beer. I don't like it. There are plenty of IPAs that do this better.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Jimmys
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Bitterbill
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

The label has the numbers 1-12 with the 1(Jan) notched. Bottled on or best by?

It pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger head of foam and has some nice lacing. Excellent head retention and lacing retention.

The smell is mostly grass with just a tad bit of some sort of malt peeking through. Hard to say what impact is has on the smell.

Grassy hops start things off, some bready malt about mid palate, it finishes bitter like an aspirin but still retains a bit of bread. This is a pretty straight forward DIPA that doesn't confuse my palate with a complex flavours...I kind of wish it did. Gotta say, the alcohol is hidden very well.

Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty good mouth feel but, I hate saying but, but, I don't find it all that drinkable despite the lack of a boozy punch. The flavours just don't do it for me.

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Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -9%
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 brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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 twiggamortis420
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a hazed orange color with a thick cap of white froth. Sticky and leaves nice lace.

Nose is just as much malty as hoppy, with a leafy hop note to go along with a rich, honeyed caramel malt. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

Taste is a bit redeeming as some nice hop bitterness comes forth to combat the sweet, caramel maltiness. Full mouthfeel is to be expected with such a sweet is not a half bad strong ale, but lacks a bit in a crowded DIPA category.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty mediocre DIPA, at best, but I wasn’t really expecting all that much going in. First beer I’ve tried brewed in Arkansas.

Looks nice enough; decent clarity, orange-gold body, average head, retention, and lacing. Significant malt aroma; I get malty notes a few feet from the glass, putting me in the mind of bread, caramel, and dry cat food to some extent. Some grapefruit and pine aroma lurking around underneath.

Fortunately there’s a wee bit more balance in the flavor but it’s still led by sweet, chewy, bready malts. Not much of that cat food thing going here, thankfully. If you have cats you should know what I’m talking about; it’s the smell when you open the dry food bag and this beer has it. Hmmm. Again there is moderate grapefruit and pine hop character and accompanying bitterness, but the beer is mostly sticky and on the sweet side rather than dry and bitter. Booze makes its presence felt slightly.

The body is medium-full, carbonation is moderate; feels a little heavy and clunky. This is simply not all that well done or very appealing, I’m afraid.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head. A slight amount of lacing as it goes down before setting into a thin collar. The nose was really grainy with some slight citrus and floral hops in the background. Similarly, the taste was just overrun with grainy malt and bordered on being tannic. Body was medium and dry with some slight bitterness in the finish. I wasn't a big fan.

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