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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Diamond Knot "Industrial IPA"


Diamond Knot Industrial India Pale Ale
Style: American Double IPA
Purchased at Fred Meyer
$4.69 (22oz)

Aroma: Rich nose full of hoppy grapefruit rind and orange juice (and I mean that in the best possible way) combined with some slight boozy alcohol notes in the background. There’s also a follow up presence of rich bread dough and a slight detection of molasses. The molasses was not at all suspected, but I think the malt and alcohol are combing to create this effect. Something I haven’t found in an Imperial IPA before. Nice aroma.

Appearance: Light amber to copper body with a thin white head that forms with a moderate pour. Slightly hazy likely from heavy hopping, or a chill haze. Moderate lacing follows the glass down.

Flavor: Alcohol seems to hit the palate first quickly followed by fresh cut grass jammed in a blender with a heavy handful of grapefruit rind hop flavor. Malt begins to back this up with some melanoidin character toward the middle. Sweet as well at the midpoint. Finish is surprisingly crisp and dry with only a mild amount of lingering malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Hops fade quickly in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Alcohol warms up the palate throughout while the hops provide a light to moderate amount of sting at the back of the throat. Not quite what you’d expect or hope for with a Double IPA, but there certainly is a hop bite at the back of the throat.

Overall: The aroma of this beer is excellent, maybe even outstanding. Rich hop character is all over the map for the Northwest IPA style and that molasses is quite unexpected. I shouldn’t say it’s an overpowering molasses aroma, it’s not, but if you take just a moment to think about what you’re smelling, you’ll pick up on aroma’s found in some Baltic Porter’s or Oatmeal Stout’s. The flavor doesn’t quite follow through however. It seems the hops fight with the alcohol for dominance, and the alcohol probably wins by a nose. The bitterness falls a little flat in the end. I would like to see it carry through with a little more ”Industrial” punch.

While I probably won’t be buying this beer again if I’m looking for a Double IPA. It’s interesting and tasty enough where I am definitely looking forward to picking up other beers Diamond Knot has to offer.

I rated this beer a “B+” on BeerAdvocate.

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