Diamond Bear Brewing Company Reviews




BlackBeerPG
2.5
Diamond Bear Strawberry Blonde
Taste: hint of garden picked strawberries, tangy, bitter hop notes, airy mouthfeel. Nose has a sweeter strawberry nose. Peach/Gold color, mostly clear, soft foam head and ringed lace. Medium almost lite body.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

BlackBeerPG
2
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
Taste: some tropical fruit, hops, bit thin and watery. Wheat cracker nose. Gold, slight haze, white head with small lace. Medium to lite body. A bit flat.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

BlackBeerPG
2.6
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Taste: bitter citrus hop, crisp, at first then mellows out. Fermented earthy grain nose. Amber/gold, clear, Tall foam head, some lace. Medium body.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

oobawa
2.2
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
Double IPA in bitterness only, lacking any big citric/herbal/floral hop flavors, instead offering up a massive caramel corn malt sweetness followed by biscuit-laced super-boozy finish. Vodka nose, vodka feel. At least itís pretty?
Saturday, March 25, 2017

beer_rookie
3.3
Diamond Bear Pig Trail Porter
Pours a deep dark burgundy. About three fingers beige head, pretty good retention. Very nice lacing. I see some sediment settling on the bottom.

Aroma is coffee, light chocolate. Raisins. Medium roasted malts, light char. Straightforward. Mild, but good.

Taste is much of the same. Heavy coffee, light chocolate. Raisins. Molasses.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slightly chalky. Slightly ubitter.

Overall, itís not a bad porter. Iím not exactly sure where it falls apart. I donít think I would buy it again, and I donít think I would recommend it. I would reconsider though, if it were on tap.

Friday, March 24, 2017

ronaldtheriot
2.6
Diamond Bear Strawberry Blonde
Strawberry Blonde has a thick, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, golden, bubbly appearance, with just a touch of glass lacing, left behind. The aroma is of an initial strawberry burst, which dies down to a faint strawberry and bread smell. Taste is rather dull, with a touch of white bread, some strawberry, and decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Strawberry Blonde finishes medium dry. RJT
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

rondphoto
3.8
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Aroma of malt and rosin. Clear medium amber color, white head that slowly drops to a thin cover, bands of lace. Taste is caramel malt and citrus that floats easily through a medium carbonated swallow to a finish that has malt and hops sharing the stage. A solid IPA. Where is the 9.9%? Recommended.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3.8
Diamond Bear Presidential IPA
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Aroma of malt and citrus. Clear shining medium amber color, off-white head that stays at the rim, strips of lace. Taste is semi-sweet malt, medium carbonation, and bold hops in a finish that doesnít dump the malt. A solid, reliable brew.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3.6
Diamond Bear Pig Trail Porter
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Aroma of caramel malt. Clear brown color, beige head that drops to a full cover, hanging strands of lace. Taste is caramel malt that grows into a medium-fizzed swallow, then a long edgy molasses and coffee finish. Solid and reliable.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3.2
Diamond Bear Strawberry Blonde
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Clear, light-medium amber, ivory head that sinks to a full rim, lace bands. Taste is sweet malt that quickly exposes light strawberry. Light fizz follows, then light hops in a short finish. A solid compliment to their Southern Blonde.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3
Diamond Bear Southern Blonde
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Clear light-medium amber, white head that drops to the rim, bands of lace. Taste is light malt, solid carbonation, and light hops. Simple brew, but light, and eminently sessionable.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3.6
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Aroma of malt. Clear bright medium golden amber, off-white head that drops to a thick rim, lace bands. Taste is rich malt, medium carbonation, and light bittering that allows the malt to stick around. Medium length finish. A solid Ale
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3.4
Diamond Bear Oatmeal Stout
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Clear dark brown, off-white head that drops to a full rim, stripes of lace. Taste is chewy malt, Light carbonation, and light hops in a finish that grows progressively sweeter. A derivative Oatmeal Stout, but well-done.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3.6
Diamond Bear Trojan Tripel
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Citrus hop aroma. Clear, medium-light amber, white head that sinks to a full cover, sprays of lace. Taste is malt and solid hops that share 50-50 through a long finish. Solid and baslanced. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

rondphoto
3
Diamond Bear Irish Red
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Clear dark amber color, beige head that drops to a cover, blobs of lace. Taste is malt and hay, medium carbonation, light hops, and a shift to cedar at the end. Full-bodied, and some complexity, but, still somewhat routine.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

djd07
3.1
Diamond Bear Two Term Double IPA
Tap at GABF. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head that lasts. The aroma is pine and bready malt. Medium body, toffee, grass, light bitterness, good.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bill Becker
2.8
Diamond Bear Rocktoberfest
Pours a cloudy orange red with a good head of foam and decent retention. Smells and tastes bready and grainy, definitely not overly sweet. .could use more of that, imho. Pretty ample body and carbonation. Just another average Oktoberfest.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Patrickctenchi
2.9
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Bottle: Almost black, with a small tan head. Slightly oily, chocolate, vegetal aroma. Taste is lactic, chocolate malt. Fairly bitter.....again, that oily, vegetable note comes through. The scent is a little off-putting....the flavor is slightly better, but overall, not one Iíd repeat.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Patrickctenchi
2.5
Diamond Bear Rocktoberfest
Bottle: Nearly clear amber, with a creamy beige head. Lactic caramel scent. Tangy, caramel malt, slightly sour, acidic taste..... A little rough.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

shrubber85
3.2
Diamond Bear Paradise Porter
Bottle. Sour milk, coffee/chocolate malt, and straw aroma. Very dark brown with small brown head. Mildly sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter ash/dry hay flavor. Okay body. A bit light but not bad.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

shrubber85
3.2
Diamond Bear Rocktoberfest
Bottle. Milk caramel malt and hay aroma. Dark amber with moderate head. Moderately sweet caramel malt, moderately sour lactic acid, and mildly bitter hay flavor. Okay body. Decent but way too acidic.
Friday, September 9, 2016

TheBeerGod
3.4
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Bottle courtesy of Braudog. Thanks Matt! Amber pour with a short white head. Aroma is caramel, soft fruit, floral hops and toasted malt. Taste is bready malt, caramel, fruit notes and floral hops. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, dark bread, sweet malt, citrus and floral hops.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

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 5, 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 3, 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 4, 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 2, 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 5, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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