Review Date 1/6/2011
I'll never forget the time I visited Diamond Knot Brewing Company in Mukileto, Washington. The brewery is located on the water, in a truly breathtaking coastal area bracketed by islands and oceans in front and soaring mountain peaks to the side. Once inside, there's the beer. It's usually hoppy, fresh brewed, and always exceptional. Even the restrooms are fun (well, at least the men's room), thanks to the urinals constructed from old beer kegs.
I know that while I was there I enjoyed a Diamond Knot IPA, though it wasn't the first time. The beer had made a guest appearance at Boston's Redbones, and that was where it first passed my lips. While at the source, however, I did have the good fortune to be introduced to Diamond Knot Industrial IPA, the bigger, bolder brother of their standard IPA.
Imagine, then, my pleasure at seeing Diamond Knot beers show up in bomber bottles at Total Wine here in Georgia. I snapped up the Industrial IPA posthaste.
Diamond Knot Industrial IPA pours to a mysteriously murky orange color, much like the depths of the deep sea that the diver on the label seems to be probing. The head formation is rather light, and I have to engage a vigorous pour to get a halfway decent head to appear. Taking a sniff, I get a noseful of resiny, citrusy hops-always a good sign for an IPA.
And now, the sip. I like the body right away, thick and chewy as it is with lots of juicy caramel malt flavor and mouthfeel. Then the hops hit, hard and fast. First, they're slightly floral from the dry-hopping. Then they strike with an amazing bitter fury that intensifies as the finish approaches, then become a bit resiny and deposit a long, dry, puckering bitterness on the tongue.
I don't really think of Diamond Knot Industrial IPA as an "Imperial" IPA, though some might term it so. It's just a bigger IPA to me, and one that focuses more on bitterness than the standard Diamond Knot IPA, which seems to me far more aromatic and floral. Industrial IPA certainly has the IBUs to back that assertion up (80 vs. 40), and has more alcohol (7.9% in the bottle, 8.2% at the brewpub vs. 6.2% for Diamond Knot IPA).
A great little sipping beer, and a good value at about $7 for the 22-ounce bomber bottle. Don't miss it.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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