Diamond Knot Blonde Ale Review: Not Quite A Shipwreck

Diamond Knot Brewing is located in Mukilteo, Washington. Here is how they describe their origins:

A long time ago, back in nineteen hundred and ninety-four, Bob Maphet and Brian Sollenberger embarked on—as Bob puts it—“a hobby that went wildly out of control.” It was an adventure to change the world and the public’s perception of how amazing beer can taste. Putting their noggins together, they crafted the finest beers known to mankind (or at least we think so).

As they continued to brew the liquid gold, the guys discovered that landlubbers of all different backgrounds craved the delicious brews and demand increased substantially. Jumping forward to today, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing produces 500 barrels of beer a month and that number keeps growing year after year.

The story behind the Diamond Knot brand name harkens back to the 1947 shipwreck of the Diamond Knot cargo ship. It is a story of perseverance, tenacity and being resourceful in the face of adversity. Bob and Brian named the brewery Diamond Knot to honor the hard-working and innovative participants of the shipwreck and its salvage, and as a reminder of what is possible when you have dreams and ambition.

And as for Blonde Ale itself, the company describes it thus:

Hey, everybody loves Blondes, right?  As is often the case, ours has certainly been around the block a time or two. You see, our founder’s grandfather worked at one time for one of those big ol’ yella beer breweries in the Midwest and he learned a thing or two along the way.  Our Blonde is based on one of grandpa’s recipes; a pre-Prohibition-era lager. This one, however, is an ale … we don’t have time or patience for no steenking lagers!

With surprising complexity for such a light beer, the Blonde owes its depth to a diverse grain bill that creates a wonderful cereal-like malt character, while the Hallertauer hops lend just a touch of spicy bitterness.

The nitty-gritty, for all you beer nerds:
Original Gravity: 10 ° Plato; 1.040
IBUs: 13
Alcohol by Volume: 4.2%
MALTS: 2-row Pale, Munich malt, flaked barley, flaked corn, wheat malt
HOPS: Domestic Hallertauer

Diamond Knot Blonde Ale (4.2% ABV) is therefore top-fermented and warm-fermented on light, malted wheat, barley, and corn. The addition of corn is frowned upon by many beer aficionados, but others accept it as a particular style of beer that, if done right, can impart a lovely, sweet, crisp flavor. So let’s see how this one stands up to the criticism!

Everything On Tap Review: Diamond Knot Blonde Ale:

Bottle: The bottle is of medium-bark brown glass. The label is a traditional rectangle, and blonde in color, with blended hues. The main lettering is white, and the smaller lettering is black. The logo is of a ship’s porthole.

Pour: The color is a hazy, golden, straw yellow. High carbonation is evident. The head is one finger thick, bright white, and very foamy yet dense. It dissipates slowly, leaving medium lacing and a medium-thick film over the surface of the beer.

Aroma: The bouquet begins with medium-strong, lightly-roasted, crisp malted wheat, with some corn sweetness on the back end. Then, light grass and straw, with some floral hops, arrive. Behind it all is a very faint wisp of lemon.

Flavor: The flavor begins, as expected, with light, pale, malted grains. The corn manifests itself as a faint lemony sweetness. This is all complemented by light floral hops. The flavor is very light, somewhat crisp, and unremarkable. It is certainly pleasant, and there is nothing wrong with it, but it is a bit anticlimactic and dull, although nice.

Mouthfeel: The body is very light, and the carbonation is heavy. The viscosity is watery, and there is a dry crispness on the finish. Though this is a very light ale, it has its place, such as a Southern porch on a hot summer day.

Structure: The structure is light but balanced, like a gymnast.

Food Pairing: This ale would do reasonably well with any light, summer food. It would pair with raw oysters, boiled seafood, fresh salads, grilled fish, or even barbecued pork loin.

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