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

368 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: berkey on 04-14-2010

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Ratings: 368 | Reviews: 126
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

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.

Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a large mug. 30625 0010324 is the bottle code. I haven't a clue what that means.

Pours clear coppery golden with a nice big white head and strong retention. Lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is spicy hops. Some grass. Doesn't smell great.

Taste is not bad. Some hay. Some fruit. A little, dry bitter finish. A little floral.

Mouthfeel is lightish and a little slick. Overall, it's pretty good.

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the tickers BIF, poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is deep orange, 2 inch, sticky white head. Big grapefruit and pine on the nose. Juicey grapefruit, orange marmalade, hints of bitter pine are followed by lingering tropical fruit. The body is medium/full, good carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew.

Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rampage Imperial IPA pours out a bubbly clear amber color with a small head. The aroma is great, there's heavy citrus and pine hops, with a nice caramel malt base. The taste is very heavy on sweet citrus hops and zest at first, then a little bit of an awkward place where the caramel malts are kinda in a taste purgatory with the piney hops. The finish straightens everything out with more of the sweet citrus and grapefruit. The mouthfeel seems a little light and perhaps a bit too overcarbonated. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a good double IPA. Those who like a sweeter DIPA should really love this.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Photo of beagle75
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with beige 1 finger fluffy head. Head quickly dissipates, leaving practically nothing behind. Very light lace. Nice color, though.

Nose is biscuit malt and a mix of grapefruit and earthy hops. Light pine and orange sneak in underneath.

Raw orange, thin grapefruit, and musky biscuit come out in the taste. Hops are more herbal than floral, but the biscuit is all over it. Finish is dry, but not arid. More fruit in the finish, albeit sour fruit.

Wants to be chewy, but the malt backbone is just a bit thin. Feel more than taste the abv. Definitely packs a wallop.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a quickly fading white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of the citrus hops with some malt undertones. Hops lead off with citrus and pine notes, but I also pick up a little vegetable-like notes that are not enjoyable. Fairly bitter overall. Hops lead into malt sweetness with some caramel along with toasted bread. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent IIPA, but the vegetable-like hops really hit a note I don't like.

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 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 Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, wish I knew the bottle date. Pours a bright orange, with a inch of sticky white head, that leaves lots of lace. Smell is lots of citrus, mango, tangerine, pineapple, pear, and some grapefruit. Taste is all of that, not as special as its smell, but still very nice. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and easy going down. Very please that this is in New Hampshire now, another DIPA for me to purchase when in the mood.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Arithmeticus
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in standard ale glass @davewhite4.

A: decent head; dark copper color; low carbonation; ok lacing
S: earthy hop aroma; pancake and syrup smell
T: intense; very malty; overly sweet and very boozy; not my ideal IPA, but I can see how this would appeal to some people's ideals.

Good solid beer; glad that Rodman's had them stocked, and on sale.

Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rampage is a citrus bomb with candy sugar and caramel sweetness to cover the high alcohol. It's not the crispiest, or drying, so not necessarily typically IPA-ish. I'd like to have it fresher. Of course that's my fault, because my buddy Fred got me this fresh and I shit the bed and didn't drink it fresh.

Still, way enjoyable.

Photo of Risser09
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.02 in maryland
22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge · 2012

Appearance: Pours a bright orange color with a light yellow head that's 1.5" tall. Big bubbled head shows great retention.

Smell: Tons of pine and grapefruit are bouncing out of the glass. It's very, very strong in it's aroma. You cannot smell anything else.

Taste: A crisp, grapefruit and pine blend tastes awesome. This beer also has some floral hop flavors as well. It's just a bright beer altogether. There is a touch of vegetation on the back end that is sort of annoying.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet, slick and a touch of booze. I am left with a desire of more carbonation for this beer.

Overall: For $6, this is a great 22oz beer. It needs some tweaking though, to become an anticipated, great beer.

Photo of rand
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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 jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me a couple of days ago.

Appearance- golden color, medium size head

Smell- piney hops

Taste- piney hops, not real bitter at all, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it a lot. I think this is one of the best ones I have had from Black Diamond.

Photo of loren01
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color, small head with not much lacing
S: Sweet and malty, biscuty and caramel scents. Also lots of earthy scents, not too much hop scent for being a DIPA
T: Sweet and malty, tons of caramel sweetness. Slight citrus flavor, but not very strong
M: Medium bodied beer, pretty thick going down
O: This is not really a typical west coast DIPA, its more balanced and more on the malty side but thats not all bad, its kinda good really.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear medium orang gold. The creamy, off white head rose to about one and a half fingers. It dissipated within about five minutes, leaving good lacing.
The smell is mostly of pine hops, some honey and caramel notes are present.
The taste is all pine hops up front. In the middle , honey and caramel are slightly noticeable. In the end the pine hops as well as some more grain take charge again. Nice prickly mouthfeel .
I am glad I tried this beer!

Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Philousa
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange gold with a thick tan head. Orange aroma, piney, but floral. If there's anything but hops in there, it's undetectable by the nose. Mainly orange with other citrus flavors start it out, followed by tart American yeast (a bit one dimensional), ends with a bitter citrus rind flavor. Big body deceives your palate and balances it out and hides the ABV. A bit acidic, but for a bit DIPA, it's pretty balanced.

I wasn't a fan of some other Black Diamond beers, so I've been hesitant to buy this one myself. Good thing my friend brought it over for dinner, because I quite like this one. Definitely good for the price.

Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished amber with a 1 finger ecru head which lasts for a spell leaving nice lacing.Definately effervescent.

Aroma is an equal blast of sweet malt and dank hops.

Taste is evenly balanced with the dank oily hops blended with a steep malt bill, with a touch of syrupy sweetness to it, certainly qualifies a big beer.A touch of booze is present,mostly in the throat. Moderate bitterness continually tempered by the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, a bit on the heavy medium side for the style,and slightly prickly carbonation.This one is a sipper, and the finish isn't even near dry.

Overall, those that appreciate big hops and equally big malt will appreciate this one. If a dry finish and tropical aroma/taste are important qualities to you, you might want to pass.

Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.