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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
86
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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 beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light amber color with over 3/4 of an inch of just barely off-white head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

The aroma featured a nice bold blast of pine hops that I could smell at arms length. There was a trace of the base grains under all the pine trees. On the tongue, the Christmas Tree effect was even more noticeable, just a huge blast of piney hops on a light malt base.

The body was much fuller than I've come to expect from this style, yet wasn't at all heavy and was reasonably smooth. Drinkability was very good indeed, I could have easily had another right away, but I was at the end of my night (fortunately, I have a bottle in my fridge). Overall, an example of the style that's a bit above average, a must try if you see it.

beertunes, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
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.

ehammond1, May 29, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Docer, May 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

billyshears, May 26, 2012
Photo of phiberoptik
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

phiberoptik, May 20, 2012
Photo of t420o
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Black diamond rampage imperial ipa

A- pour produces a 2 finger off white head resting on a deep golden body. Good head retention and good lacing 4 

S- tropical fruits, slight pine, earthy, grapefruit, a begian yeast smell, slight alcohol scent. Smells very good 4

T- tropical fruit explosion! The tropical fruits are accompanied by pine, banana, an earthy undertone. Malt is in near perfect balance. Alcohol is definitely noticavble but doesnt detract much. A very tasty brew 4

M- very good mouthfeel. Lighter on the cabonation side good viscosity 4

O- much better than I expected as I have always seen this and passed it up. Will probably get it again. 4  

A-

t420o, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

OPBrewCrew, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pugs78, May 14, 2012
Photo of GeoBrewer71
3/5  rDev -21.9%

GeoBrewer71, May 13, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3/5  rDev -21.9%

bluckbeyes, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

TasteTester, May 11, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

kylemckinnis, May 11, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

seeswo, May 10, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%

Poured from an atypically-shaped 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Clear golden-amber with two fingers of thick, fluffy white head. Nice looking IPA.

S: Cabbage. Stewed cabbage and...relish? This smells more like a Polish sausage than a beer.

T: Thank the beer gods it doesn't taste quite as repellent as it smells...but those odd vegetable elements are undeniably present, especially on the aftertaste. Ugh. Happily, the maintaste is full of citrusy hops, though I suspect the varietals used contribute to the odd flavors in the nose and endtaste.

M: Big and full, the way a DIPA should be. Maybe the only good thing about this trainwreck.

O: I'm not sure what is up with this beer, but it's actually undrinkable...from the glass. Swigging from the bottle, where I can't smell a thing, I find it palatable, if not pleasant. I would never recommend this beer and feel duped for buying it based on labeling and wording.

AgentMunky, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

javi10653, May 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ElGato33, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sneth019, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of tizride
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

tizride, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of JesteR14
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

A- looks great. Just how you want an ipa to be. I can tell this is going to be good carbonation just by the way it pours. Constant bubble.

S- it's def smells good to my taste. Lemon, grapefruit with some bread and malt. But nothing super impressive, and after reading the label I guess I expected more an I got. That is the only complaint tho

T- good powerful taste. Lemon pine and grapefruit coming in strong like it should. The biscuity malt taste comes in and adds a great profile to this beer. Nothing lingering that you don't like. And some people talk about it being too bitter. I think it's balanced great, strong but makes you want to come back and sip some more.

M - lots of bubbles and stayes nice and perked up the entire time I sipped on the pint

JesteR14, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of dannydetox
3.88/5  rDev +1%

my first experience with Black Diamond brewing. this one came highly recommended, so the expectations were high. poured a pleasing copper/amber tone into my pint glass with a small, off white head. not too much carbonation on this one, but it felt right. i thoroughly enjoyed the tropical fruit aromas that hit me first, followed by some pine and biscuity malt. the malt notes dominated as the beer went down the hatch, but i did get some more mango/guava. decent bitterness on the finish. i do taste the 9% alcohol on this one, but it still pretty easy going for an imperial. rampage did not disappoint, but i have had stronger examples of this style.

dannydetox, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

twelveinches, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

CoryR, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

emilylee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks a ton to my guy ren for this one. Yet again he comes through with deliciousness.

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice, DIPA orange. Crystal clear with a stark white, half-inch head that slowly dissipates. A few bubbles slowly float northwards from the bottom of the glass.

SMELL: The Rampage has a very hoppy aroma. There is not as much malt in the nose as most DIPAs, the smell here is all hops. Lemon and grapefruit are dominant.

TASTE: A ton of grapefruit with lemon and orange to round out a nice citrus profile. Unlike the nose, however, a solid dose of malt balances it out as well. The taste actually reminds me a bit of Stone’s Double Dry Hopped Ruination, but with more malt and sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: The Rampage Imperial IPA goes down smooth and easy, but a touch of sparkle helps to cleanse the palate on the way down. This is a big, bold beer.

OVERALL: I’m pretty impressed. Ren seems to have the same taste in big IPAs as I do, so given that he sent it, I assumed I would like it, but the reviews seem to be mixed so I wasn’t quite so sure. I like it a lot when I’m in California next I’ll be sure to pick another one up.

StoneTSR, Apr 05, 2012
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.