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Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

Rampage Imperial IPARampage Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%


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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RLaurel

California

4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this brew several times in the Tap Room. It is a very tasty brew! I like it's slightly chocolaty/coffee taste. It would go very good with a satisfying meal. Consistent color all the way around, top to bottom. It is only served in the tap room in 10 ounce glasses. It's higher alcoholic content make it a commodity which cannot be sold in larger volume pints.

Very, very tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 21:34:18 | More by RLaurel
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BeahDrinkah

Florida

4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a Double Imperial IPA kick over the last few months and I have to share that this DIIPA has become my latest go-to brew. "Sucks" is great. Hopslam's a no-brainer, too, but I'll take Rampage over Hercules or Ruination any day, and I appreciate that I don't have to wait-til-next-year to find it. This thing is loaded with citrus and pine with no off notes to this tasters palate. At $8 a bomber it's fairly priced, as well. Looking forward to finding it on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:30:50 | More by BeahDrinkah
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from BevMo in Point Loma and poured it into an "Old Speckled Hen" pint glass.

A: Pours a clean golden/light honey hue with a fat white head that dissipates slowly leaving solid lace in my glass from start to finish.

S: Big citrus hop upfront with a good amount of earthy pine, tropical fruit, salty biscuit, sweet malt and fresh grain.

T: On point with the nose but even more prevalent hop with a big citrus bight, earthy grains, fresh baked bread, carmel malt with just a slight hint of booze at the very end - extremely tasty and well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated with a good amount of bitterness, extremely dry with only a hint of booze at the end(where they hiding all that alcohol ???).

D: Wow - for the style the drinkability is absolutely ridiculous and very friendly. Could pound a few of these in a single sitting - no worries!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 07:24:31 | More by DeanMoriarty
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Seanibus

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with a huge head. The aroma blasts out of the glass with a vast blast of musky rosemary. The gal or follows, with an intense herbal blast, rosemary and sage, with a savory hop afterburn and a crisp light malt backbone. The finish is dry and boost. Very tasty but intense.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 04:36:45 | More by Seanibus
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is the familiar california pine hops with a little fruit mixed in. Very pleasant.

Slight but not overwhelming alcohol mouthfeel. Hop flavor is pretty good. Could use a little something else to make it outstanding.

I would definitely recommend it if you like DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:09:32 | More by mendvicdog
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easong

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having previously tasted BD's single IPA and being put off by a grainy backbone and an odd petroleum note in the finish (likely due to a yeast product rather than poor handling), I avoided this double IPA until a trusted bartender pushed one to me. I got a 20 oz. bronze beauty with a dry-hop blast of grapefruit rind from the sturdy half inch head. In the mouth the expected bitterness was mitigated by the citrus nose. The taste was not what I think of as the Imperial IPA style, which tends to have high malt to balance the high alpha bitternness, but instead a classic west coast hop juice in the vein of Pliny or Hop Stoopid. The finish was alcohol and hop oil lining the tongue, astringent in a good way. The lacing on the empty glass left a ring at the level remaining after each sip. A very nice ale and reason for me not to hate on BD any more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 01:16:12 | More by easong
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popery

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. It's not the most pungent DIPA, but the hop notes are strong enough and come through with some very nice aromas. It smells like a mix of tangerine rind, pineapple and pine needles. It even picks up some apricot and grapes, as it warms. It's a sweetly citric, inviting aroma. And the taste is almost better. The sweetness is quite light; not much crystal malt flavor here. The finish is dry and almost perfectly bitter, in that it's strong but never drowns out the hop notes. The aftertaste is a very long-lasting pine resin hoppiness. Mouthfeel is happily dominated by hop oiliness. Appearance is a light copper with a creamy head, white tinged with yellow. Kudos to Black Diamond for another step in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 17:20:53 | More by popery
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MrTopher

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Duval tulip.

A: Pours a clean straw color, with just a hint of orange color to the overall body. Decently large white head that dissipated pretty slowly, this also leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

S: There is a balance of pine and citrus in the nose, they seem to fighting back and forth, but the pine dominates. Some malt sent, but it's dominated by the hop smell more.

T: A lot of resin and pine in the flavor of this one, there is some grapefruit, but more pine and resin, but also some grassy flavors. You can taste the booze near the end of this hop bomb, and that's just what this is a hop bomb. There is very little malt presence.

M: This is very dry, but also has a good full body. The carbonation is perfect, maybe just slightly over carbonated but just perfect for a double like this one.

D: I could add this into a tasting with the greats of PtE, Ruination, Pure Hoppiness and Torpedo; it could go toe to toe with any of these. This is a great West Coast DIPA, and it's a great example of the style. Now I just need to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 19:52:44 | More by MrTopher
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ozzyj1

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was from a 22 oz. bomber. The color was a hazy orange with has a nice small bubble, white lace top carbonation.

The aroma is a nice resiny, citrus, grapefruit with a sweet malt backbone.

The taste is well balanced between the biscuit/crystal malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness. The beer finishes with a dry citrus hop finish.

This beer has a medium to full body. Smooth balanced finish.

Overall this is a very good, balanced Imperial IPA. Not overly bitter. At 9% ABV its very drinkable/smooth DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:47:31 | More by ozzyj1
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mbunje

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:59:48 | More by mbunje
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Nugganooch

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to piercival for the sample hookup. A very noble effort indeed.
Bomber to pint glass - no bottling date present but I assume fresh considering the source.

A: Pours a very clear pale color with some dull copper tones to it. A nice 1 finger cap of foam held tight for quite some time. Lazy intermittent lacing.

S: Candied citrus and grapefruit on the nose upfront that quickly develops into more of a clean mango/peachy and pineapple aroma. Very enticing. Slightly sweetens as it sits.

T: Super juicy blast of fruit flavors - bright grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, mango and orange zest. Like a hop JambaJuice. Piney to boot. Bittered to the limit and maybe even a step beyond. Malt is there but always playing backup to the hops. I pick up some slight caramelness but not really the biscuit it states to have on the label. Faint if even. ABV's really starting to come through in the end. Still finishes dry from all of the bitterness.

M: Sticky and resinous on the tongue that allows the bitters to linger and finish with a dryness to the palate.

D: Superb for a big DIPA. 9% ABV is very well masked here due to the mass of hop usage. Slight bitter harshness noteable.

Make no qualms about it this is a hop bomb. A palate wrecker for sure. If it werent for the slight inbalance of intense bitterness present this would be all 5's for me. It comes off a little harsh to the palate even for me but still delivers well. All in all, a well crafted big west coast style DIPA with some in your face hop flavors that just moved this brewery up a few notches in my book. Similar profile to a Ballast Point Double Dorado with less alcohol presence and more bitterness.
Snoogens!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:06:11 | More by Nugganooch
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from notes.
poured from bomber into a snifter.
nice golden amber color, with decent 1/4 inch head and lacing present the whole glass.
smell is of sweet citrus hops. Very enjoyable. The taste is well represented by the smell. Nice sweet hops present with a small hint of malt. Easy to drink, I was surprised when I had finished the bottle, very easy considering its ABV.
Great beer, will seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:39:48 | More by biglobo8971
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colforbin73

California

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is sort of a scary beer. because it comes in with a whopping 9%ABV yet it is emminently smooth and drinkable. you could get in trouble with this bad boy if you didn't know what you were drinkin'. i would put it up there with the Green Flash Imperial IPA and SN Torpedo, which both go down almost too easy for the alcohol punch they pack.

pours a nice clear amber, foams up to a two finger head and leaves a little lacing as you drink it down, but it is a clean fresh tasting beer -- not one you would expect to be "chewey" and thick. this is the IIPA you are after!

the hop aroma is excellent, on the grapefruity side but with a nice piney bite -- they say it is TRIPLE DRY HOPPED, i wish they would give some indication of the varieties they use. they are trying to bowl you over with the hops here and they actually do better than that -- the bitterness level is appropriate, not overpowering, it finishes clean and your palate is not ruinated. you can appreciate a fresh tasting hoppy brew here, they are not killing you with IBUs.

they did a nice job with this beer -- their regular IPA the jagged edge is quite good too -- a quality session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:24:50 | More by colforbin73
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Diesel76

California

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick amber pour with minmal head... got a nice blast of hops right off the bat, which is what I look for in any IPA.

Great hop and malt taste... it is thick and great beer to sip and enjoy... I enjoyed mine with a crispy slice of supreme pizza...

This is my first try of a Black Diamond beer, and it is definatly one I would buy again!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 20:02:27 | More by Diesel76
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100floods

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Healthy Spirits in SF. Had this brewey's Quad and hated it, but the DIPA, I've been told is another story.

Pours a murky hazed golden hue. I smell a good balance of malt and citrus. Both come through with a clean finish.

Nice and hoppy, but not uber bitter. The reminds me of a less balanced Marin IPA. First sip presents a surge of malt, grapefruit and pine flavors at first. There is a heavily malted after taste. This beer has a nice, floral hop presentation. The mouthfeel is good, but I can sense that if this beer was warmer than it is now (it's pretty chilled) that it would be too sugary and sticky. Great textbook DIPA. Solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 23:47:06 | More by 100floods
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kaseydad

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wife bought this for me as I have passed over it numerous times at Whole Foods. Bad hubby! Pours a nice amber color with a frothy off-white head that quickly turns into a film and rign around the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with noticable malt in the background. Citrus whiffs and pine. The taste is WOW!! Total blast of bittering hops and a little more hops. Very slight malt in the background but this is rocking the hops to the extreme. Bitter aftertaste that creates the salivation for another sip. Strong and hoppy for all you hopheads. Easy to drink though. Not harsh in any way. Overall I think I passed this by because of the artwork and also because I have been a little underwhelmed by my local Black Diamond. This my friends....has brought me back in the fold. A very nice, strong Double IPA that needs more recognition. For the price you can't beat it and you get a lil buzz while enjoying. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:41:55 | More by kaseydad
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is yellow hued with a thin, white head. The aroma brings a bouquet of varied citrus and inviting hops. The taste is quite good as well, with a dry, bitter finish. The feel is quite pleasant, with the 9% abv well disguised. Overall, a solid beer. I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:56:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 04:38:31 | More by Fatehunter
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Celtics17

California

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Centennial hop brings candied orange, and that's the most dominate flavor from all of the hop characters. Peach notes in this brew. Not much grapefruit, or tropical fruit, and a pine aspect. The look is a dark orange, not a light Imperial IPA. Not much lacing.

The malt sweetness isn't a poweful layer to this IPA. Overall solid. One of the best I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 08:11:01 | More by Celtics17
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 01:09:08 | More by tempest
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the tickers BIF, poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is deep orange, 2 inch, sticky white head. Big grapefruit and pine on the nose. Juicey grapefruit, orange marmalade, hints of bitter pine are followed by lingering tropical fruit. The body is medium/full, good carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:08:58 | More by bonkers
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark copper with a chill haze and a half inch head of beige. A solid skim coat and smeared fingers of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of grapefruit and pine, with shades of tangerine and mango following through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a sticky, resinous mouthfeel.

Loads of citrus and pine pitch start the palate. Pink grapefruit, spruce bark, tangerine pith, and tropical fruit. Light malt to balance and a mild warmth.

Finishes with a lingering smooth bitterness, a hefty dose of pine-rubbed grapefruit, and juicy malt.

Great IIPA and tasting very fresh. The nose could be more floral and aromatic though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:44:56 | More by brewandbbq
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Drinkerofales

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is lightly cloudy orange gold, with a huge off white head which quickly dissipated to a ring and leaves some lacing.

I can smell the grapefruit and apricot citrus from a foot away as I prepare this review. As I close in however, I don't get much else. Clean aroma.

Taste starts out with big bitter pith until the middle, where a citrus flesh finish ends the taste.

The beer bites the front of my tongue as I drink this. The medium body has a touch of viscosity, and it's not the easiest to drink beer.

The grapefruit notes are huge with this beer, to the point of making it not easy to drink, but that doesn't make it bad, as I really liked this beer, but I wouldn't want more than one. At 5 bucks for a bomber I don't have much to complain about though, so the price makes it even better.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 08:56:55 | More by Drinkerofales
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear gold with orange hue. Lighter in color than most IIPAs I am used to but very clear and looks refreshing. Lots of lacing after the moderate head dissipates.

Smells slightly musty and dank but very full of citrus hops. I have to admit, after reading some other reviews, I get the apricot aromas as well.

Hop forward with citrus notes in the middle... maybe lemon, and finishes quite bitter with a lingering malt after taste.

Bubbly, holding a layer of head. Medium bodied, not too resiny.

A tasty beer and one to get, especially for the cost. Not mind blowing but most definitely a tasty and fragrant IIPA when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:38:48 | More by phiberoptik
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berkey

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopyard San Ramon 04/12/10. Served in a standard pint glass.

Somewhat deep but clear orange amber in color. Not much of a head to speak of.

Aroma yields a great balance of leafy bitter hop pungency and sweet citrus notes. That's about all I'm getting but what else do you need in this style really?

Citrus flavors are not as strong as on the the aroma but still pleasant. There's also a fairly prominent residual dry bitterness on the aftertaste which is really enjoyable in my opinion. My one small gripe against this beer is that I'd like a little more complexity mid sip, there's citrus on the entry and bitterness on the finish but not much to bridge the two.

Carbonation is mild and the finish is dry. Easy drinking for the style, don't know the ABV but I'm assuming this in the 8% range and the alcohol is nice and subtle.

Ovrall the important pieces are essentially all in place for a solid West Coast DIPA. A very good beer I'll revisit when it shows up again even with all the great options available. Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 19:52:27 | More by berkey
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Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.