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Rampage Imperial IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Rampage Imperial IPARampage Imperial IPA

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120 Reviews

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 379
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews: 120 | Hads: 379
Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark, almost burnt orange. Finger of beige head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Old beer, old beer, old beer. No idea how old, since there is no damn date on the label. Review as is, I suppose. Dark fruit, big malts. Sweet breadiness in the nose. Everything seems old and oxidized.

T: Same in the mouth. The hop ghosts are there, sharing past glories of citric domination and piney glory, but alas, they are a shadow of their former selves. These days, it's predominately sugar and malt. Graham cracker, a bit of brown sugar, and just enough tingling evergreen to piss you off.

M: This doesn't change too much.

O: It's an expired IPA. I drain poured. The only reason I'm reviewing it and giving it the shit score is because there isn't a label on the bottle. Date your beers.

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Photo of Philousa
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of Extol
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy yellow sediment but nice. Smell - massive fruit smell. Wow. Taste - sticky tropical fruit and no bitterness. No alcohol flavor. So solid. Overall - this is a great balanced beer.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is lightly cloudy orange gold, with a huge off white head which quickly dissipated to a ring and leaves some lacing.

I can smell the grapefruit and apricot citrus from a foot away as I prepare this review. As I close in however, I don't get much else. Clean aroma.

Taste starts out with big bitter pith until the middle, where a citrus flesh finish ends the taste.

The beer bites the front of my tongue as I drink this. The medium body has a touch of viscosity, and it's not the easiest to drink beer.

The grapefruit notes are huge with this beer, to the point of making it not easy to drink, but that doesn't make it bad, as I really liked this beer, but I wouldn't want more than one. At 5 bucks for a bomber I don't have much to complain about though, so the price makes it even better.


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Photo of HosP
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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!!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Centennial hop brings candied orange, and that's the most dominate flavor from all of the hop characters. Peach notes in this brew. Not much grapefruit, or tropical fruit, and a pine aspect. The look is a dark orange, not a light Imperial IPA. Not much lacing.

The malt sweetness isn't a poweful layer to this IPA. Overall solid. One of the best I've had this year.

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Photo of snpub540
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Klym
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided to finally give this a try. Poured into a surly nonic.

The bear has a thin and watery look but the mouthfeel proves otherwise. Carbonation is soda-pop like with bubbles coming up from the bottom and almost no creaminess to the head. I was somewhat pleasantly surprised by the spicyness to the flavor; I was hoping this wouldn't be a typical huge maltbomb of a DIPA. Tons of spicy hops up front, but unfortunately it all peaks in a flavor that I can only describe as a citrus-rind intensity level banana peel taste. Taking too large of a sip definitely accentuates the bad parts but if you sip this in moderation it's not a bad DIPA to nurse.

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Photo of t420o
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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  


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Photo of DenverLogan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle ordered from Letspour.
Pours a yellow gold with 1/2 inch head.
Light aroma of a laundry room and melon rind.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors are big on the hop end...slight grass, grapefruit, earth. There's a touch of oxidation from shipping, I'm guessing, but it's not major. Overall a flavorful hoppy malt monster with a great elephant label design.

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Photo of berkey
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopyard San Ramon 04/12/10. Served in a standard pint glass.

Somewhat deep but clear orange amber in color. Not much of a head to speak of.

Aroma yields a great balance of leafy bitter hop pungency and sweet citrus notes. That's about all I'm getting but what else do you need in this style really?

Citrus flavors are not as strong as on the the aroma but still pleasant. There's also a fairly prominent residual dry bitterness on the aftertaste which is really enjoyable in my opinion. My one small gripe against this beer is that I'd like a little more complexity mid sip, there's citrus on the entry and bitterness on the finish but not much to bridge the two.

Carbonation is mild and the finish is dry. Easy drinking for the style, don't know the ABV but I'm assuming this in the 8% range and the alcohol is nice and subtle.

Ovrall the important pieces are essentially all in place for a solid West Coast DIPA. A very good beer I'll revisit when it shows up again even with all the great options available. Impressive.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent light amber and copper color with a limited white head that dissipates to a small ring around the top. There appears to be a light amount of carbonation.

S: There is an assertive hop profile in the nose. Sweet fruitiness and citrus fruits (grapefruit) accompany the hop backbone. There is also some hop piney aromas present. A light biscuity malt scent finishes off the nose.

T: The taste is similar to the smell but with a bit less hoppy taste and more pronounced biscuit malts. There is still the piney hops and citrus fruits as well.

M: This is a medium bodied beer, but it seems a bit watery. There is no carbonation in the feel at all.

O: This is a fine tasting IPA, but it seems a bit toned down for a DIPA. It is certainly drinkable and overall, not a bad offering.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Foggy orange with white not so dense head, and not a ton of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus but not too aromatic overall.

T - Huge taste of orange with bitter hops countering the sweetness and heat from the alcohol. Underlying malts leave a taste of caramel which gives way to a earthy hop aftertaste.

M - Medium body with nice biting carbonation. Oily resinous mouthfeel that lingers.

O - At first I did not like this. The initial taste of orange was too much and reminded me of brass monkeys from college. After enough sips the hop flavor, which comes out strong in the aftertaste, balanced the fruityness. Ultimately this is still a bit too fruity for my liking but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 100floods
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Healthy Spirits in SF. Had this brewey's Quad and hated it, but the DIPA, I've been told is another story.

Pours a murky hazed golden hue. I smell a good balance of malt and citrus. Both come through with a clean finish.

Nice and hoppy, but not uber bitter. The reminds me of a less balanced Marin IPA. First sip presents a surge of malt, grapefruit and pine flavors at first. There is a heavily malted after taste. This beer has a nice, floral hop presentation. The mouthfeel is good, but I can sense that if this beer was warmer than it is now (it's pretty chilled) that it would be too sugary and sticky. Great textbook DIPA. Solid effort.

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Photo of femALEist
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the 2010 Firkin Festival.

This poured a super cloudy, dark orange, sienna brown.

It smelled of grapefruit, pine forest, grass and fresh hops.

It tasted of lemon, citrus, grapefruit, bitter, and pine. It had a more bitter aftertaste.

Good Carbonation. Good drinkability. A good, Imperial IPA, not may favorite but not too bad.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from notes.
poured from bomber into a snifter.
nice golden amber color, with decent 1/4 inch head and lacing present the whole glass.
smell is of sweet citrus hops. Very enjoyable. The taste is well represented by the smell. Nice sweet hops present with a small hint of malt. Easy to drink, I was surprised when I had finished the bottle, very easy considering its ABV.
Great beer, will seek this one out again.

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Photo of ElSid
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Clear pale golden yellow with a finger and a half white foam after an aggressive pour. Appears to be well carbonated and the foam does a good job of sticking to the glass as it slowly fades.

S: Moderate hop nose dominated by citrus, pine, and grass. There is a faint tropical fruit air along with some interesting buttery biscuit and bread notes in the background.

T: The hops seem more hot and spicy with a moderate amount of pine and grass on the palate and the fruitiness in the nose takes a step back to let the bitterness take front stage. The fruit that is there is mostly citrus and the tropical notes are nowhere to be found. The malts are minimal again reminiscent of biscuit and buttery bread.

M: Somewhat thin with a good amount of carbonation and linger.

O: The nose showed me a brew with potential but the complexity failed to translate to the palate and overall brew quality. This brew is slightly above average and lacking in complexity. The West Coast is full of IPA's and this beer falls short of being amongst the greats.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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!

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Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.