Diamond Bear Brewing Company Reviews




beer_rookie
3.5
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Why am I only the second Arkie to review this?

Pours a straw color, maybe more of a golden color. Slow forming white head. About one finger. Did not think k it would have any head at all, but after pouring it slowly happened. Very light retention, light lacing.

Aroma is light caramel, light barley, Iím guessing light oats. Smells similar to a pilsener or a Euro lager, I canít quite make up my mind. Somewhere between Miller Lite and Heineken. Good balance between bitter and sweet. More spicy than bitter. Light biscuit.

Taste is light and watery. Again between Miller Lite and Heineken. Light roasted malts, caramel. Slightly spicy hop taste. Tastes okay.

Mouthfeel is light, watery. Semi dry. Refreshing, easy drinking.

Overall, I think this is a pilsener. Itís good, I like it. Itís not amazing, but better than the macros. Maybe Iím a little partial to Arkansas brews, but this one is really quite okay.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Palme
2.8
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
Sampled from a 0.33l bottle @ Haandfest 2015, courtesy of Cunningham. This is a nice golden looking one, a mild blurry to it and lots of off-white lacings in the glass. Smells kinda sweet and a little grainy. Mild fruity also in a way. Yeah, a nice sweetness in the taste also. Sweet pale malts and a little alco burn toward the finish. How strong is this? Thin green yeasty also. Not bad actually these few drops. 30.05.2015
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

JStax
3.3
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
12 ounce bottle from martinvanbeer. Thanks! The beer is a clear coppwry orange with a fluffy white head of foam. Strong head retention. The aroma has notes of citrus, pine, resin, sweet vanilla. Fairly dry and herbal bitterness. Medium body, spritzy mouthfeel, higher carbonation.
Monday, July 25, 2016

beer_rookie
3.8
Diamond Bear Honey Weiss
Neat! Iím the first one in four years to review this. The description mentions Petit Jean honey, which is neat. I haul the ol camper to Petit Jean at least once a year. Nice to see Arkansas breweries sourcing Arkansas ingredients.

Pours a somewhat cloudy light golden color. It seems darker up at the top. Two fingers thin white head. Okay retention, decent lacing.

Aroma...are you ready for this...three words....honey butter biscuit. I smelled it upon opening the bottle, even more after the pour. A huge honey aroma, and light butter. Yeasty...if any hops, itís floral. Or honey hops...

As good as the aroma was, the flavor isnít quite as good. I still taste the honey butter biscuit, but the texture of the beer sort of throws it off. Yes, itís honey, and itís sweet. Itís pretty well carbonated, but I donít think the carbonation helps the beer. There is some bitterness, but it comes in late.

Mouthfeel is medium light. The honey does give it maybe a little stickiness to it. They used a lot of honey in this. Easy drinking, pretty smooth.

Overall, this is really good. I can see myself taking a couple of these down to Cedar Falls. If you like honey, and I do, you should give this one a try. Absolutely I would recommend this, and Iíll probably go tomorrow to buy more.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

italarican
3
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Bottle JStax shared on the RBSG bus. Decided to rate because hey, he mentioned it was an Arkansas tick. Marketing works.

Overall: Nothing offensive but a bit thin for a porter.

Pours a thin, slightly watered down look of a dark brown, light off white head. Some nice roasted nuts notes, slight coffee. More heavy on cola notes in the finish. Sharp carbonation and surprisingly thin body. Too thin. Not bad overall.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

JStax
3.2
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Bottle shared. The beer is a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has ash and dark chocolate. Some earthy sweetness comes through a bit and dries out in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.
Monday, July 18, 2016

djd07
2.9
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Bottle on RBSG Bus. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is cocoa and bready malt. Medium body, cocoa, roast, dry finish, ok.
Friday, July 15, 2016

JStax
3.5
Diamond Bear Irish Red
12 ounce bottle from Martinvanbeer. Thanks! The beer is a clear dark amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma has nuts, toffee, some licorice. Musty and sweet taste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Decent.
Monday, July 04, 2016

handsomejn
3.9
Diamond Bear Strawberry Blonde
Can: Served at Ark Brewerís Guild Fest. Pours cloudy blonde, smell and taste of... well.. strawberries. Nice white head, pretty. Light mouthfeel, good for summer drinking. Very nice fruit beer. Big hit at the fest.
Sunday, June 26, 2016

JStax
3.3
Diamond Bear Presidential IPA
12 ounce bottle acquired by trade with martinvanbeer. Thanks! The beer is a hazy copper with a big head of white foam. Very good retention. The aroma has strong resinous and grassy notes. Plenty of herbal notes. The taste is mostly bitter. I find some sweetness is hinted at about mid palate. That actually reminds me a bit of maple syrup. Interesting. Medium body and softer carbonation. Sort of airy on the tongue. Decent beer.
Monday, June 20, 2016

beer_rookie
3.6
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
12 oz bottle. Poured into weizen glass.

Pours copper color. Decently carbonated. About two fingers tan head. Good retention, good lacing.

Aroma is super malty. Earthy and caramel. Maybe a touch of orange. Different than what I expected.

Taste is balanced, a little to the sweet side. Thereís some hop bitterness, but they are late, they are spicy.

Palate is full bodied. Mostly sweet, a tad bitter. The spicy bitterness is really coming through on the finish. Quite sticky finish. Ten percent alcohol, where is it?

Overall, this really is a good DIPA. Different, but familiar. Oh yeah, Iíd recommend this. I would buy it again.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

chucklemation
3
Diamond Bear Trojan Tripel
Iím pretty sure this is a tripel, but the server kept calling it a "trip ale" even though it was spelled "tripel" on the flight receipt. Pours a pale golden with a thin white head. Aroma is bread malts, nectar/resin, Belgian syrups, fruity and earthy hops. Flavor is fruity hops and some Belgian yeast character. Sweet and slightly bitter/astringent. Gets better warmer. Not bad, just not what expect from the style. I also notice a fruitiness that is similar in most of Diamond Bearís beers, no matter the style, perhaps from shared hops or the yeast strain.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

chucklemation
2.5
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is bread malts and grassy hops, and some skunk character. Flavor is sweet bread and subtle hops. Has a light, highly carbonated body. Not too much better than the macro lagers.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

chucklemation
3.1
Diamond Bear Irish Red
Pours a dark amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is roast and caramel. Flavor is similar, slightly sweet, with hints of earthy hops. A well-executed if uninteresting Irish red. Tastes good at least.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

chucklemation
3.3
Diamond Bear Presidential IPA
Pours a copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity hops and caramel. Flavor is fruity hops, caramel, and something creamy. Has a surprisingly smooth body for an IPA, with low bitterness, and surprising balance. Pretty good.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

chucklemation
3.3
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Pours an amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity, herbal, and floral hops, and caramel and biscuit malts, some resin. Flavor is fruity hops, caramel, and biscuit. Creamy, dry finish. Low bitterness and nicely balanced. Not bad.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

chucklemation
3.4
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Pours a jet black with a thin white head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, and fruity hops. Flavor is chocolate and toast, subtle fruit. Has a thin but creamy body. Drinks like an oatmeal stout, oddly. Pretty good.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

chucklemation
3.5
Diamond Bear Oatmeal Stout
Pours a jet black with a thin off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, subtle coffee, and earthy hops. Flavor is coffee, roast, and chocolate. Has a dry finish, a medium body. Pretty good.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

DandyWolfFloyd
1.7
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Aroma - corn and caramel. Appearance - body is clean pale yellow. The head is white, about 1" that fades slowly. Some lacing. Taste - has a mix of caramel and corn, the hops are weak. Palate - light body, thin feel, flat carbonation, and abrupt forgettable finish.
Saturday, March 05, 2016

UDBeernut
3.4
Diamond Bear Hibernation Oatmeal Stout
Supposedly aged in bourbon barrels for six months. Doubt it. Pouts the part, bourbon makes the nose, not the taste. Taste is buttery, cider, toasted malt. Medium body.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

UDBeernut
3.5
Diamond Bear Coffee Stout
Sampled at the brewery, deep brown pour, tan head. Cold pressed coffe flavor crystals (put in the crystals napoleon), light pitted fruit. Medium body.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

UDBeernut
3.1
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
On tap at the brewery on a lovely spring day. Pours Amber, thin white head. Some light grassiness, sweet malt, butter. Medium body.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

hopscotch
3
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can...Pours clear and yellow with a tiny, wispy, white head. The aroma is restrained - pale malts, and cereal grains and a touch of honey. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor provides decent balance - trends sweet with a light ration of white-peppery bitterness to prevent cloying sweetness. Thereís also a grainy component here. Crisp, bitter-sweet finish. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. This definitely needs more carbonation. Can courtesy of BVery!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Jow
3
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can from blutt59. I was going to wait and get my final state through travel for romantic purposes but I got impatient and since also could get a bunch of other style ticks from Bob I went the trade route, thanks! Golden pour small white head. Nose is grainy and toasted malt. Tastes of toasted malt, grains, and straw. Fairlly flavorful and crisp. Not a bad pale lager
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

bergstaden
3.1
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
Thanks cunningham for the taste - Golden with a white head - Some hops in the aroma - Malt body and hops with bitterness - Hops in the finish - This was nice
Monday, November 30, 2015

crossovert
3.7
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
355ml bottle. Lame marketing. Bit I like this stuff definitely maltier but ppindable for the abv.
Friday, November 27, 2015

crossovert
3.3
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
355ml bottle. Brown pour. Cocoa and coffee notes a bit then but serviceable. Decent.
Thursday, November 26, 2015

hopscotch
3.8
Diamond Bear Rocktoberfest
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with flashes of copper and a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is an eclectic assortment of maltiness, toastiness, nuttiness and fruitiness Ė fruitcake drizzled with warm liquid toffee. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is fairly rich and malty, but not sweet - excellent balance. In fact, this actually trends slightly bitter in the finish. Whatís not to like? Bottle courtesy of BVery!
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Niko100
2.5
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Nice amber/gold color; Medium body; Aroma of malt, cereal, & some floral; Flavor of malt, cereal/grain, and light fruit/citrus; Fairly crisp finish; Nothing offensive - but just decent.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Niko100
3
Diamond Bear Dogtown Brown
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, caramel, and some cocoa/chocolate; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and some fruit; Decent.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Niko100
3.3
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, dark chocolate & some coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, some hops, and coffee; Nicely balanced; Fairly decent.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Terminus
3.5
Diamond Bear Oatmeal Stout
Tap at flying saucer little rock pours almost pitch black with a small kacki head and sparse lacing. Nose is sort of off-some lite butter roast char and milky notes. Flavors arw very roasty and big char notes. Long char finish medium body. Decent brew from AR. Nothing over the top just solid.
Friday, November 06, 2015

Finn
3
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
Flaske spandert av Cunningham og delt med flere 30 Mai 15. MÝrk gylden. Lavt skum. God sÝt aroma av frukt & bśr. Lettdrikkelig med sammensatt fruktsmak. Melon & syrlig frukt.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

obguthr
2.9
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Tea, dried leaves aroma. Hazy amber, thin head. Dried leaves. Medium body, easy carbonation. Stale.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

tia
2.5
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Bottle @ RVA 22nd. Orangey golden with white head. Smells like cereal, cooked veg. Not great.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Drake
2.4
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
12 ounce bottle shared at the 22nd Richmond Tasting. Hazy amber, thin fizzy tan head, fair head retention. Aroma of toasted malt and floral hops. The taste is toasted malt, citrus hops. Thin-medium bodied.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

bierkoning
2.9
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Bottle from VipinVelp, thanks! Amber color. Toffee, citrusfruit and plums in the aroma. Malty sweetish plummy toffee flavor with hints of berries. Soft grassy hops. Decent.
Monday, October 12, 2015

beer_rookie
3.9
Diamond Bear Rocktoberfest
Pours a copper gold color. Two finger head, okay lacing. Itís not clear, itís a little cloudy, and a little sediment floating around in there.

Aroma is amazing. Itís quite malty, and a little hoppy. Quite bready. It is quite sweet smelling. It smells like a Caramello bar. Such a high caramel aroma, I want to take a bath in it..

With a nose like that you would expect the taste to follow suit. But not so fast. Iím a little disappointed in the taste. Itís very malty in taste, itís also a little hoppy. Itís bready. Itís sweet, but Iím not so much tasting the caramel I was smelling. Iím really tasting the malts. Itís very bready to the taste. Itís a little sweet, but very bready.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Itís easy drinking. Itís sweet, and dry. Thereís barely any bitterness. Itís highly drinkable, and 6.1% ABV, is barely noticeable. Itís medium body at best. Maybe just a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is really good. Absolutely try this one if you can find it. I wish that caramel on the nose could make it into the taste. But otherwise, itís still a fine Marzen!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Strykzone
3.2
Diamond Bear Dogtown Brown
Sampled at gabf. Dark brown. Flavor is indstinct and a bit muddled. Kind of swampy. Pethaps nuts and a hint of cocoa.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

beer_rookie
3.7
Diamond Bear Strawberry Blonde
Pours a cloudy, almost honey color. No particulates like you might expect. Slight white head. Doesnít last long. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is of strawberry. Maybe even strawberry sundae syrup. Smells more artificial than real. I smell some malts.

Tastes semi artificial strawberry. Itís semi sweet. Thatís really about all there is for the taste. Itís tasty.

Mouthfeel is somewhat off. Itís sweet and tasty and strawberry and all that, but thereís something...Itís very drinkable however.

Overall its an excellent fruit beer. One of the better ones Iíve had. If I were wanting a fruit beer, I might have this again.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

liquidbread86
3.1
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde - old recipe
Light in taste at the start, followed by a strong bready after taste. Recommended for those hot, humid Arkansas summers.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inbreak
1.4
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
30.05.2015, 0,35l bottle sampled @ HaandFestival, courtesy of Cunningham:
Tiny shortlasting head. Aroma is grainy, wet grain, worth, hay, grass, nuts, cereal, caramel, broth. Taste is harsh, weeds, hay, dried grain, harsh grass, bark. Medium bitterness, harsh watery mouthfeel. Meh!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Camons
2.4
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can @ Johns. Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt, grain, grass. Flavor is light sweet, malt, grain, hay. Medium body, average carbonation. 170615
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hansen
2.7
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Yellow coloured and clear. Has a white head. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity. The same for the flavor. Soft texture.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Zita
2.2
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
light sweet fruit aroma,golden, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, lively, light harmonic light bitter finish.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rasmus40
2.4
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can courtesy of Blutt59. Thanks a lot, Bob. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, light fruity and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 170615
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

chrisv10
2.6
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can, 4.4%. Clear yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop, straw and a little grass. Flavour is malt, fruit, hop, medium sweet, straw , hop, little bitter and a little bitter.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

saxo
2.4
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, little bread, subtle hops, little sugar and has a semi sweet finish.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

HenrikSoegaard
2.7
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Can. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Mpoderate malty and hoppy aroma. Grain. Moderaste bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Douberd
3.3
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
(Diamond Bear Pale Ale) Bottle 355 ml, from vipinvelp. thanks! New US state. Served into a shaker. Dark orange colour on the body, little activity in its clear body. One finger of creamy off-white head on top, with okay retention. Lots of caramem malts on the aroma, light toffee, light grass, hints of hops. Nice taste, caramel, toffee, cookie dough, some hops, metallic finish wiht light bitterness on the aftertaste. Medium thin body, good carbonation, mildly dry on the palate. Not bad, honest pale ale that can be drunk the whole day out in the garden.
Monday, June 15, 2015