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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 12-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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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 mechanicalprints
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Jblackfish
4.36/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A solid, malty leaning taste. It's a g special relief from the typical IPAs and pale ales. I really enjoyed the discovery.

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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 DeepSouthSipper
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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 Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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 doowhat
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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 Skillet
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 DanE
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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Two Term Double IPA from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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