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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

292 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 292
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Woohooo.... a new California brewery available in Md. On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing dry citrus, a hint of dank earth, and some underlying sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except with considerable pine and light tropical fruit as well. The finisi is fairly dry, with considerable bitterness and noticeable alcohol. Drinkability is pretty good, though I do get a bit more alcohol in the finish than I norally like. Still, for all that, this is pretty solid DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 19:51:29 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA with a solid range hitting the style with dexterity.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an illustration of an furious elephant head rampaging through hops. Back label brags about intent, and characteristics of the brew. Shows 9.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber pour with a good frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Citrus and resin profile on the nose with a caramel malty dash in the finish.

T - Taste follows but with a nice sense, grapefruit, resin, and sweet malt touches.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation.

O - Pleasing DIPA with a good flow.

Notes: Nothing makes it extraordinary but it is a good take on the style and for a bomber like this in this region the price-quality ratio is fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 10:29:13 | More by Daniellobo
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with several inches of foam; decent lacing

Smell: Hop forward aroma, with an catty character redolent of hemp and pine

Taste: A bit of sweet malt, up front, and then we are off to the races, with a really bitter, vegetal combination of hemp and pine, that moves into the cat pee direction by mid-palate; the cat pee really dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Truly a hoppy West Coast style DIPA, but I am afraid that I just can't cozy up to the hop profile on this one; I prefer more citrus to my IPAs

Thanks, PretzelCity, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 21:35:54 | More by brentk56
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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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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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snpub540

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours Slightly hazy orangish hue with a fizzy white head. Not alot of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is very resiny and slightly herbal with some nice pine notes. Citrus rind in the background.

This has a sweet malty backbone that fades into a dry crisp bitterness. Not over aggressive but it does have a nice bite and there is some slight alcohol heat in there as well. Pine and grass are the standout flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and there's not a lot of carbonation here. I find myself wanting a little more bubbles. A refreshing beer that leaves a nice aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 20:57:27 | More by snpub540
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 19:16:01 | More by mdfb79
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 13:24:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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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alexhahn82

California

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:11:34 | More by alexhahn82
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mactrail

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive amber in the tulip glass. Lacing is fine. Full of aroma. Makes me think of tuberoses, it's so sweetly floral. Very sweet on the lips. Lively slew of flavors contributes to a great mouthfeel, along with the pleasant carbonation. Hot but pleasant, like a pepper. Oranges, nutty aftertaste along with the bitterness. Hops are just crazy but so resiny with the sweet malt to balance.

One of my favorite DIPAs. So big, so rich.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:50:06 | More by mactrail
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brotherloco

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. No bottling date.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of light tan foam.

Smells of a good blend of tangerine citrus and sweet caramel malt. It may be a IIPA, but it's not going to be a hop bomb.

Unfortunately the taste is pretty boring compared to the aroma. Starts with a bit of sweetness, but lemony acidity takes over. Plenty of bitterness in the finish, but has an unpleasant alcohol bite to it. I was hoping the flavor would improve as the beer warms, but it isn't.

With all the acidity and bite, the mouthfeel is pretty bad.

This beer looks and smells pretty good, but it's all downhill after that.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:18:11 | More by brotherloco
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Offa

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, med-big off-white head steadily shrinks to foamy ring & wisps, no real lace.

Aroma is strong grapefruit (faintly caramelized), orange, raisiny grape juice, hint of pineapple.

Taste is spicy grapefruit up front, becoming more bitter by finish and lingering a bit too much in the aftertaste, by which time it is more peppery. It has hint of bitter orange, nice light juicy yeastiness, some good flavour and character overall, firm and holds up well. It’s also not heavy, but it is somewhat too boozy and hot, a bit one-dimensional and lacking in complexity, and somewhat off-balance with peppery-bitter grapefruit dominating a little too much. In the end, this is a good double IPA, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 21:38:34 | More by Offa
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's OK, not great.

Beer is orangish with some hazy. thin head that breaks quickly, minimal lacing.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Citrus hops all the way.

Beer is medium bodied and lowly carbonated on the palate. The overall experience of the beer is good but not phenomenal. It is a hoppy / tropical midpalate, minimal malt presence and a moderately dry finish. I enjoyed it and would have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:40:02 | More by drabmuh
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shortysdude285 for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a light apricot color with a light bit of haziness. The nose contains a good amount of tropical fruits as the base, along with a bit of citrus hops hitting after the stronger tropical notes subside. The taste hits better with a more-dominant hop presence that's pretty well integrated and all matching up. Bit of orange in the background. Medium body with only a touch of alcohol. Pretty heavy bitterness. Nice beer all around. Glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 21:58:54 | More by Thorpe429
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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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beagle75

Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium orange-amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crystalized orange and pineapple candy are bold, supported sufficiently by a strong backbone of caramel.

T: Begins sweet, with juicy dark citrus, bold acidity, and some aggressive astringency that is surprising in its precociousness. Flavors develop some odd savory qualities as well as fruity esters into the middle, where harsh alcohol leaves a perception of spicy chiles well into the finish that is astringent, medicinal, and bracingly bitter.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky on the palate with resins, and with moderate carbonation.

D: This DIPA smells good enough, but the clashing and confused flavors suggest a kitchen-sink approach to its crafting. It seems appealing until it crosses the tongue, where it repeatedly shows off its faults. Harshness is perhaps the best way to characterize this beer's flavor, ultimately rendering it nearly undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 16:01:51 | More by beagle75
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flexabull

California

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

Pours a light and bright gold color, slight haze, and a pretty nice white head that quickly faded away.

Nice citrus forward nose. Some sugars, hard candies, and a blend of citrus fruits, mostly oranges and lemons. There is also some green resin notes as well. Nice complex aromas on this one.

Beer starts out bitter, mostly like grapefruits. Then you get a nice balance from the malts, soft creaminess and mildly sweet providing good body. Finish has a mineral, resiny hop note, and a touch of warmth to remind you that this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is good, full enough, and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a solid effort. I've been mostly unimpressed with Black Diamond's offerings, but this one is quite nice, and well worth trying. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:20:39 | More by flexabull
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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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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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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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KevinBrewer

California

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:30:29 | More by KevinBrewer
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GRG1313

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear orange amber with a nice pure white head that fades rather fast.

Nose is pine, eucalyptus, camphor which is unique and very appealing and pleasant, with the underlying fresh pineapple one might expect, but it's underlying everything else.

Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with nice balance and good carbonation. Feels well made and inviting.

Flavors are bold and follow the nose. Somewhat unique pine, eucalyptus, burnt toast bitter with a citric kick. Nice layers and complexities. There is a front palate of sweet fruit that then gives way to the complexities.

Finish is burnt toast bitter; and grapefruit skin oil.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:58:15 | More by GRG1313
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whatthehull

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 07:54:46 | More by whatthehull
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.