Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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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.
05-09-2012 06:59:04 | More by AgentMunky
2.31/5 rDev -39.8%
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.
05-29-2012 16:57:27 | More by ehammond1
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
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
09-14-2012 06:50:53 | More by harrymel
3.71/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
01-30-2013 03:56:23 | More by argock
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
04-10-2011 20:20:39 | More by flexabull
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
06-09-2011 13:24:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-25-2011 10:29:13 | More by Daniellobo
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-29-2011 21:38:34 | More by Offa
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-24-2012 19:57:26 | More by nrbw23
3.96/5 rDev +3.1%
Picked up a bomber from Total Wine a few weeks ago for $7.99. No freshness date. Got a notice from TW that it was back in stock so guessing that it was born back in January.
Beer poured a golden orange with a nice head that is leaving lacing behind.
Nose is fresh tropical and citrus hops, very nice.
Taste is mango, orange, pine that takes over the big malt base.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium bodied.
Overall this is a solid beer that i would have again if offered.
03-21-2014 00:58:42 | More by arizcards
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-07-2013 06:07:10 | More by macrosmatic
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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).
01-07-2012 03:01:52 | More by Satchboogie
4.14/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
02-26-2013 04:38:31 | More by Fatehunter
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
11-19-2011 00:44:56 | More by brewandbbq
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
05-15-2011 02:18:11 | More by brotherloco
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.