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Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Rampage Imperial IPARampage Imperial IPA

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very good

318 Ratings

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: berkey on 04-14-2010)
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Reviews by whatthehull:
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden amber, one finger head, good lacing

S - Tropical hops, sweet sticky malts, a bit piney and a nice hop meets malt balance

T - Sticky sweet floral hops, lemon grass, flowers, Belgian yeast and hoppy but balanced

M - Light, bright, carbonated, sticky, malty and a nice bitterness

D - Awesome for a dipa meets iipa, great beer

Final thought - At $5, this beer is awesome to pound or sip

Re-Reviewed on Mar. 28th 2011

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden Orange, half finger off white head and only a little lacing

S - Very sweet, a Belgian yeast note, grass, carnations, toasted and sweet malts, citrus, pine, mangoes, alcohol and the smells are very nice, but pungent

T - Very bittersweet right away and then the notes come out. The yeast is in your face, then the mango, citrus, carnations, grass, toastiness and alcohol come out. The taste is very pungent as well

M - Light and fluffy, except on the tongue it is coated and sticky and the bitter sweet sits right on the back of the tongue

D - At 9% and $4.50 a bottle. This is a nice beer. Lots of complexity and for any IPA lover this is a must have. Not to bitter or sweet, just smooth

Final thought - Enough said

02-05-2011 07:54:46 | More by whatthehull
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Expected massive head rises to the top of the glass and sticks all the way down; the golden hue is clear and bubbly. Big wafts of hemp seeds, faint cattiness, blond tobacco, grapefruit pulp, green peppercorn, tree sap and mint let us know that the hops are serious here. Malt flavors all line up ... a smooth ale. The hops cover the malt with ripe orange and oily tobacco resin flavors; bitterness is strong, but there is very little bite here, which is more than enough to tilt the beer deep into the Imperial IPA realm. Some tropical fruit and alcohol in the middle and a slow warmth in the hoppy, dry finish. Hops and alcohol bring this beer to where it’s at—a bit of a short story, but a good read.

06-09-2011 13:24:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-13-2013 22:09:45 | More by EastBay_Nick
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

New to Maine, pretty nice DIPA.

In a tulip the beer was a hazy copper color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Some citrus, mostly orange. Sweet malt background.

Taste followed form. Resiney, piney hops. Some orange and grapefruit. Malt background.

Viscous mouthfeel, still sweet.

09-19-2012 22:04:49 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-04-2013 21:21:07 | More by Beerswag
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-13-2014 05:12:43 | More by megamass
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Bomber w/o bottling date/freshness info

Pours clouded darker apricot, quality looking khaki head, stays nicely, then goes to a fine bubble film and leaves spotty lace.

Tropical fruit nose with pineapple coming forward.

Tasty DIPA, tropical notes, lime, spice, more pineapple, well hoped with pine and resin, enough malt to boost drinkability and quite pleasant on the palate.

Love the style, like everybody else in BA, this is an quality example and well worth a try.

08-15-2013 14:24:28 | More by Billolick
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3.54/5  rDev -7.8%

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Clear pale golden yellow with a finger and a half white foam after an aggressive pour. Appears to be well carbonated and the foam does a good job of sticking to the glass as it slowly fades.

S: Moderate hop nose dominated by citrus, pine, and grass. There is a faint tropical fruit air along with some interesting buttery biscuit and bread notes in the background.

T: The hops seem more hot and spicy with a moderate amount of pine and grass on the palate and the fruitiness in the nose takes a step back to let the bitterness take front stage. The fruit that is there is mostly citrus and the tropical notes are nowhere to be found. The malts are minimal again reminiscent of biscuit and buttery bread.

M: Somewhat thin with a good amount of carbonation and linger.

O: The nose showed me a brew with potential but the complexity failed to translate to the palate and overall brew quality. This brew is slightly above average and lacking in complexity. The West Coast is full of IPA's and this beer falls short of being amongst the greats.

01-03-2013 06:42:58 | More by ElSid
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-17-2014 23:45:21 | More by kindbeer
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 21:25:51 | More by mjtiernan
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-19-2012 02:02:38 | More by virinow
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2.31/5  rDev -39.8%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden orange with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves the glass spotted with lace.

This does not have a particularly pleasant aroma. It smells of dish soap, medicine, and pine.

The flavor, too, is similar to the aroma, with a high level of bitterness, pine, and a medicinal quality. Not very good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I won't be having another. Below average.

05-29-2012 16:57:27 | More by ehammond1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-05-2013 07:26:19 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-26-2013 17:01:40 | More by jamisonspitzer
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-20-2011 03:01:49 | More by richkrull
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12-02-2013 02:15:33 | More by Brewcycler
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-07-2012 02:59:20 | More by InfernoBoss
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

10-03-2012 19:11:17 | More by crowsoup
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Had on tap at Chucks. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head on top, rather fizzy with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Some grapefruit, a bit of peppery spice, orange, and some caramelized malt.

T: Upfront more grapefruit and orange peel which is backed by some hefty caramel malt. A bit of pine on the finish, slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. Slight heat from the alcohol.

O: A decent IIPA with a hefty profile. Above average for style, one I would drink again.

08-01-2012 20:29:16 | More by mdaschaf
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

The name is not great..."Rampage", but the beer is.

The smell is of fresh, pungent, bitter hops. Grapefruit, orange, lemon.

Wow...tongue buckles a bit, the lemony fruit bitterness hits hard. Then it backs off with a dry bread like malt and finishes clean.

Medium to full bodied. Excellent carbonation.

Overall this nails IIPA style. Well done Black Diamond.

03-03-2012 04:59:48 | More by mbunje
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-13-2011 06:26:43 | More by ipa247
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-21-2012 01:45:44 | More by alamode
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a an orangish amber with 1/4" of dense, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malt with citrusy, grapefruit, floral hop aromas. The taste is light bread, floral hops, faint spicy hops, and faint pineapple. The mouthfeel is a little thin, very dry, but well carbonated.

This isn't a bad beer, but the mouthfeel makes each sip seem fleeting and it doesn't really refresh or intrigue the palate. The flavors are there, but just as quickly disappear. If it wasn't so dry, I'd try it again.

11-03-2011 23:21:33 | More by tdm168
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Had a glass at the Surly Goat in LA with BABaracus. This was interesting to compared with the Eagle Rock Populist I just had. Both ales had more more of an herbal hop character, but while the Populist was spicy, this had a bitter greens taste along with the grapefruit. The body was a bit thicker, but relatively drinkable for the strength. Overall, this was tasty and interesting, worth checking out.

09-07-2010 01:09:08 | More by tempest
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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%

Two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice lemon and grapefruit... just enough.
The taste has a solid moderate to high lemon bitterness that is backed up nicely by the malt profile. Not a touch of sweetness gets through though.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Wow, a solid beer.

02-26-2013 04:38:31 | More by Fatehunter
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Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.