This IPA pours with a massive light beige head; notice that you can actually see colors in the large sticky bubbles as the hop oils refract the light. Expect a great big hoppy blast on the nose with a variety of hop characters, from floral to fruity to piney (there’s a little something for everyone). The fruity notes are complex and difficult to describe, reminiscent of apricot preserves with ample notes of caramel peaking through, but also evoking notes of orange skins rolled in pine sap. The flavor arc of this beer is protracted—give it a good minute after your first sip to let all the flavors unfurl. Expect grapefruit juice cocktail notes, bitterness, floral notes, and vibrant citrus character. There is a much appreciated complexity in the hop characteristics of this beer as it wonderfully showcases all three uses of hops: aroma, flavor and bitterness (finish). Presidential IPA presents a stately showcase of the three with a focus on the most underrepresented across hoppy styles, which is hop flavor. The finish is long-lasting and remains quite bitter with some residual fruity citrus notes and malt sweetness barely peeking through. Due to the complexity, we suggest savoring this one on its own.
Housed in a former Studebaker dealership, this small Arkansas brewery is the only production brewery in the entire state! This place is a veritable goldmine from what was once known as “The Diamond State,” as the beers are remarkably good—there may not be many breweries in Arkansas, or a ton of places to get good local brew, but Diamond Bear B.C. has put the state on the map, making beer just as good as any other state in the union. And we have Germany, and Russ Melton, president and chief executive officer of Diamond Bear, to thank for that fact. Russ served in the military in Deutschland for four years, where he acquired a taste for fine beers (a familiar story in the annals of microbrewery founders). He and his wife, Sue Melton—both natives of Little Rock—came up with the concept of a local brewery in 1999 and, along with seven other owners, started production in the fall of 2000. The mission statement of the company is: “To provide the people of Arkansas and the surrounding region with their own local brewery, which produces great premium all natural beer products, which reflect favorably on Arkansas and the surrounding region.” Mission accomplished (really).
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours (which begin with 2 free beers!), call (501) 708-BREW or check out their web site at www.diamondbear.com.
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