Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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2.64/5 rDev -31.3%
A: Dark, almost burnt orange. Finger of beige head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing.
S: Old beer, old beer, old beer. No idea how old, since there is no damn date on the label. Review as is, I suppose. Dark fruit, big malts. Sweet breadiness in the nose. Everything seems old and oxidized.
T: Same in the mouth. The hop ghosts are there, sharing past glories of citric domination and piney glory, but alas, they are a shadow of their former selves. These days, it's predominately sugar and malt. Graham cracker, a bit of brown sugar, and just enough tingling evergreen to piss you off.
M: This doesn't change too much.
O: It's an expired IPA. I drain poured. The only reason I'm reviewing it and giving it the shit score is because there isn't a label on the bottle. Date your beers.
08-02-2014 07:43:43 | More by McStagger
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a nice billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave some nice lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer huge with a grapefruit citrus smell along with some aromas of a more sweet citrus nature of some tangerine. Along with the citrus are some other tropical fruit smells of pineapple and mango as well as some other hop aromas of a pine and earthy nature. Overall, the aroma is rather hoppy big but quite inviting.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly sweet and malty flavor with the sweet being mostly of tropical fruits of tangerine and a bit of papaya but also containing caramel and honey flavors. The malty flavor begins more doughy in nature with it later transitioning to a more bready nature. Right from the start there is also a decent sum of a grapefruit hop flavor which grows slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. With the grapefruit, other hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature come to the tongue, bringing a dank flavor to the tongue. In the end, with all the transitions in the taste that occur, one is left with a moderately citrus/dankly hopped and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a beer of 9% abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While a slightly thicker body would have likely better accentuated the nice hoppy flavors of the brew, overall the mouthfeel was good as with the moderate body made it rather easy drinking with the lower carbonation bolstering the hop and sweet flavors nicely; really allowing them to stand out a bit more.
Overall – This is a very tasty Imperial. It blends citrus-sweet/hoppy flavors with some more dank hop flavors very nicely, all while creating a very easy drinking brew.
06-25-2014 04:09:56 | More by Darkmagus82
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.