Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
08-06-2011 01:16:12 | More by easong
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
03-01-2011 19:52:44 | More by MrTopher
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
12-13-2010 17:20:53 | More by popery
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
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-22-2011 23:47:31 | More by ozzyj1
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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