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Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Rampage Imperial IPARampage Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

340 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of pholla666
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a rather clear straw yellow and light caramel color with a thick finger of white frothy head which has settled to a thin spotty layer that sticks around and a lace-making ring. Overall the way a beer of this caliber ought to look.

Smell: (3.5)

- Bold bready and caramel malts without an overpowering sweet touch. Resinous pine and super-floral hop notes. Kind of a burnt sulfur aroma and roasty malt touch. Don't know if that was intended. Quite fruity.

Taste: (3.5)

- Quite the fruity brew. Roasted grain, bready and biscuity flavor with some tangerine, grapefruit, and even esters such as raisin. Like a Waldorph's salad without the mayonnaise and nuts. Not bad, and it has a nice bitter grassy touch to balance things out. Zingy and tart.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice dry approach in the finish, and well carbonated and drinkable. It has a rather light medium body and isn't so thick and syrupy like many double IPA's might have.... which I don't like. This one however is nice in the feel for sure.

Overall: (3.5)

- It's a solid and unique double IPA. It has flavors that set it apart from others, and at least those flavors are not of those that taint or disfigure a beer. It's bitterness is really nice and takes awhile to really show up for the game. Overall very nice, and a nice price point.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- light golden color, pours with very little head (like .25 finger) which it retains well, very nice.

S. -- I believe what I am smelling is Simcoe straight in your nose, in the bottle and just as strong after the pour, piney/citrus the combo I look for in smell and flavor! Very sweet smell.

T/M - Curve ball, Hits with a slightly floral note at first, almost like Fuggles, proceeds into pine and citrus as promised by the smell, ends on an almost balanced hop ending, almost being a good thing, more hops than malt.

Overall: Very nice Imperial, packs a 9% kidney shot to let you know its not playing around, but doesn't taste of the mid to high octane that it is. Price point is right on par, a little over $5 gets you quite a punch in the brain and taste buds. Def. Try it!

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this out.

Appearance: My pour is a mostly transparent caramel color with a modest white cap on top. A little bit of lace and decent retention on the head.

Smell: Caramel and light malts, some prickly and spicy pine, some grassy hops, and a few spicy notes as well.

Taste: This is a fairly mild double IPA. The caramel malt adds some sweetness but does not dominate. The hops have some light lemon and grapefruit notes, a fair amount of grass, and some prickly pine. The finish feels like it is light or faded.

Mouthfeel: The body is full but a little bit drier than I would expect out of a big DIPA. Slightly spicy and prickly from the alcohol with a creamy carbonation.

Overall: This DIPA was all right. Nothing about it disappointed, but the flavors were not that strong or unique.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sfpoolie
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light amber with a thin fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal soapy lacing.

N- Volatile aromas of pine resin, pink grapefruit, and citrus rind. After the head dies down, only mild grapefruit remains.

T- Bitter grapefruit, bitter medicinal pill dust, and citrus rind. There is a subtle fruitiness under all those hops, and the malt is at the threshold of perception.The lightness of malt seems off-style for an imperial IPA. A warming alcoholic surge hits you in the middle and lasts to the finish. Fresh cut grass, pine resin, and bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light, slick but sticky body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D- The medicinal quality prevents me from really enjoying this one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden orange amber. Fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt and herbal and citrus hops. Flavor is light sweet malt, light unusual (tropical?) fruit and strong hops, with a rather stark and astringent hop middle, finishing bitter and hoppy. The initial malt flavor is nice, but malt body is insufficient to support the intense hops in the middle and finish. Promising, but not a great flavor progression. Medium bodied.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours somewhat dark redish orange with nearly 2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention and leaves many rings of lacing.

S: Some citrus hops, floral and perfume-like hops, a good bit of pine, smells moderately sweet. Candied fruit aroma.

T: Pretty bold citrus hops: mainly grapefruit (not too bitter or astringent though) and orange (as the label states...) with that sugary candied character. Balanced with a plenty of resinous pine and floral notes. Fairly standard malt body with moderate to perhaps slightly high sugary/light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, fairly resinous, moderate to slightly low carbonation for the style. Not all that smooth, fairly wet finish that isn't crisp.

O: A solid DIPA that has a very pleasant candied fruit hop character. The thing holding this back is that its a bit too sweet and there's not enough carbonation (nor a crisp and clean finish).

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright orange with an inch and a half of tan head. No lace.

Interesting and spicy scent, pepper, passion fruit, apple, earth and tobacco leaf.

The taste starts sweet, more of a caramel. This is followed by some aloe, earth and a heavy pine taste. A bit of boozy heat is noticeable. Goes down nice and smooth. Slight medicinal aftertaste.

It took me a while to grab this being I haven't liked most of their beers. This one hit the spot, just a bit to sweet. Not a bad go at a DIPA. Give it a little tweak and I might come back for more.

Photo of flannelman808
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright copper hue and topped with an eggshell white foamy (latté) head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Resinous piney "green" notes and peanut? Perhaps this is a bit off...

T: Muddled piney flavors merging into scone bread like flavors. Finishing about mid dry (Kabinett). This has a rather biscuity flavor in the finish which I could do with out. This seems to show more imperfection as it warms.

M: fairly sticky and has good carbonation. Rather successful in this department for what its worth.

O: Decent beer and I think it was pretty inexpensive which is good. However overall its not something I would buy again if I can help it. Muddled flavors in the wrong sort of way.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of baconsausage
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange pour. Lots of candied orane in the nose, lots of mlt sweetness. Taste is more of the same, candy sugar, orange and some malt sweetness. Balanced somewhat by a pleasant, pithy orange zest bitterness. A little boozy tasting that is not hidden well. Overall a nice pour with good drinkability.

Photo of rand
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bottle to tulip glass

Pours an apricot-orange, fairly clear with a sudsy, two inch head. Moderate lacing as the head slowly dissipates. It smells of strong citrusy notes - orange-grapefruit, lemon - along with huge waffs of pine. This beer has a big bouquet, with ample alcohol that warms the nose.

It's no surprise that the bitter, piny notes hit the palate first. Orange rind and grapefruit are right there with them, which bend toward caramelly sweetness at the middle. Alcohol and notes of freshly cracked pepper spice things up. Earthy hops never diminish and dry at the finish.

The beer is rich and oily, but not abnormally for the ABV. Plenty of carbonation leaves the palate free of any sticky residue. This is a complete hopbomb, though, and plenty of lingering bitterness remains between each sip. Not the easiest drinking DIPA, nor the most balanced, but that's not what they were going for here.

Need a hop-fix? This will do just fine.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/18/11 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky yellow orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, and light fruity malts. Lots of citrus, very nice nose for an IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, oranges, tropical fruits, bready malts. Taste is a little bit bitter and grapefruity.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some bitterness in the mouth.

o - Overall a pretty nice IPA. Lots of citrus and grapefruit to it. Apparently the bottle was a few months old, but I didn't feel the hops had faded much. Would definitely give it another shot, especially a very fresh bottle.

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a thick head of off white foam. Head has really good retention, leaves some thick lacing and forms a cap that stays with the brew the whole time.

S- Quite a bit of hops starting off. A ton of pine and tropical fruits. A bit of bready malts here too, but hops dominant.

T- Hop dominanted for sure, but something just seems a tad off for me on this one. Follows the nose well, and malts come through a bit stonger than I expected.

M- Sticky and medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O- Not too bad, but there are others that I'd pick up before this one.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Evenly hazy orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated to a skim that was thicker around the edge. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit. Faint caramel malt.

T: Much like the nose. Resiny citrus hops dominate the middle. Dry and warming in a big bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry. Sharply bitter finish for balance.

O: Decent DIPA.

Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Pours golden with a solid quilt of light cream foam. Nose is juicy fruit, a bit too much so, but if toned down a hare, and complemented with just a hint of malt would result in a really fine nose. Nonetheless, I like the nose; I get a ton of tangerine, grapefruit (sweet), orange, pineapple and subtle hints of resin. On second thought, fucken A, good nose. Bitter, not nearly as much flavor as I’d anticipated from the nose. The bitterness is ushered past to reveal, well, body odor flavors. Some peach and weed reside therein. Medium bodied with assertive carb and an off-dry finish. This beer has sooo many qualities that could make it sincerely great. As of now, it’s a decent standby. 3.5/4.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to huadog for the chance to try this beer. Poured from a bomber with no freshness indication into a snifter. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with particulate all through the body despite it being chilled for several hours and a careful pour. 2 fingers worth of fluffy slightly yellowish stained head form and slowly recedes down to about a finger. Lacing clings to the glassware with a connective web-like pattern.

The aroma of this brew surprisingly displays more of a toasted malt sweetness straight out the gate that has some caramel notes that blend into more of the hop characteristics. The hops smell like orange rind mixed with pine and a bit of grapefruit. Once warm, it displays a greater depth of sweetness to the nose coming across like fruit. There is seemingly no indication of the alcohol evident in the nose of this brew.

The taste is a perplexing mixture of flavors. It starts off displaying malt character that is toasty and reminiscent of caramel malt with a mild sweetness. A mild fruitiness and light solvent alcohol impression is evident before orange rind bitterness creeps in leading to an earthy/herbal bitterness that clings inside the mouth and lasts long into the finish. Mid palate though there is a strange mineral taste that is somewhat metallic and slightly off-putting. The metallic flavor blends into the herbal quality of the hops but after a couple of sips it finds it way into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Initially the alcohol inside this example was well hidden but the warming effects increase as the experience continues. It is hard to be super-critical about this brew, it has some good qualities but there is no knowing how old this bottle is which might explain the lack of "brightness" to the hops. Overall it was fairly balanced and enjoyable (minus the mineral taste) but the malt seemingly out-shined the hops in this example which makes me believe it wasn't that fresh. I appreciate the opportunity to give it a try and would have it again if black diamond started to introduce some bottle coding on their offerings.

Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops and hints of caramel. Lingering bitter finish. $8.75 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date discernible. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $4.99.

A: Clear apricot amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head dissipating quickly and leaving a few dots of lace.

S: Great aroma with lots of musky, herb-al intermingled with pine, citrus, and some minor tropical fruit aromas. There is a pretty big dose of maltiness as well, mostly bready with some light caramel notes.

T: The flavor unfortunately doesn't deliver on the aroma's promise. First off, I think there are some off-flavors in this beer. There is a fair amount of fusels, but there is a spicy cinnamon/clove note through the middle of this beer that is very distracting. The musk and herbal character carries through and the bitterness is moderate, maybe a bit more. The citrus component comes through but the hops flavor overall is muddled as others have said. Then there is the malt component, which is pretty innocuous and certainly supports all of the hopload going into this beer. It just tastes like they kept adding a huge variety of different hops at different times and came up without a clear, bellringer of a hops note and instead a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything.

M: This beer does have a good feel though and the carbonation is pretty well-balanced with the body which is medium. The finish is pretty dry. The aftertaste though is this weird mix of herbal, earthy, musky hops and cinnamon/clove, not overly strong but definitely noticeable.

O: I kind of wonder how old this bottle is (hello, bottle dating) but its not a terrible beer at all. It could use more focus on the hops end to use a "less is more" approach, as in less different hops to bring more of a signature flavor. The fermentation also needs some work to reduce the fusels and off flavors that are there.

Photo of HosP
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Ren. Poured 22oz into snifter.

A- Pours nice caramel, amber color. White head on top with nice lacing left on glass.

S- Juicy hop aroma all throughout. Grapefruit, citrus smells mostly. Some sweetness at the end.

T- Lots of sugary sweetness up front to this. Hops mixed in throughout with citrus, piney flavors. Caramel malts at the end. Wasn't expecting that much sweet flavors in this, but make it interesting.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation.

O- Interesting DIPA with all the sweetness to it. Still had good hop flavors, but took a back seat I felt like. Still a very enjoyable drink. Thanks Ren for the beer!!

Photo of travolta
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Lightly cloudy tangerine in color, not beautiful, but not unlike an IPA. The head was very nice with sticky remnants clinging all the way down. Slightly off-white in color and very fluffy.

Nose: Nice nose. Piney, sweet citrus, mint, slight clove. The nose is upfront and easy. Not very complicated.

Taste: Butterscotch and a tiny hint of alcohol. Lightly herbaceous towards the end with a quickly disappearing dryness.

Mouthfeel: A little frothy at first, then falls to a nice calmness. Very easy to drink. Actually, it's too easy to drink for 9%. A little lingering IPA dryness after your taste.

Notes: A very good IPA, but not as much "wow" as I wanted from a $5 Imperial.

Notes 30 minutes later: Yes, watch out for this one, drinks like an IPA, kicks like an Imperial IPA.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy, medium gold, with a big lacy white head, and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus rind bitter, tropical fruit, and some sweet malt.

T: Not overly hoppy for an IIPA, but the hop profile follows the nose. Malts are sweet but not caramelly. The spicy hop character grows as the beer warms a bit, which isn't a welcome change.

M: A body on the heavy side, good carbonation sensation with small bubble texture. Only mild alcohol for this ABV.

O: Not bad, but I don't know that I'd seek another one out. There are better options out there.

Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.