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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

306 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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dannydetox

California

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 04:19:30 | More by dannydetox
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-11-2012 05:53:29 | More by twelveinches
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-10-2012 23:15:48 | More by CoryR
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emilylee

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-06-2012 22:10:40 | More by emilylee
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StoneTSR

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 09:38:39 | More by StoneTSR
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safiske

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-31-2012 01:36:14 | More by safiske
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-24-2012 21:24:54 | More by Hessian257
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-19-2012 02:48:41 | More by jrohrbacher
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Drinkerofales

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 08:56:55 | More by Drinkerofales
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ek_ek

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-08-2012 06:40:49 | More by ek_ek
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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-05-2012 04:01:50 | More by halo913
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Hendral

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-04-2012 21:38:51 | More by Hendral
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mbunje

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The name is not great..."Rampage", but the beer is.

The smell is of fresh, pungent, bitter hops. Grapefruit, orange, lemon.

Wow...tongue buckles a bit, the lemony fruit bitterness hits hard. Then it backs off with a dry bread like malt and finishes clean.

Medium to full bodied. Excellent carbonation.

Overall this nails IIPA style. Well done Black Diamond.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:59:48 | More by mbunje
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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-28-2012 22:28:18 | More by Nage37
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cannabanaceae

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-26-2012 01:54:20 | More by cannabanaceae
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden orange amber. Fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt and herbal and citrus hops. Flavor is light sweet malt, light unusual (tropical?) fruit and strong hops, with a rather stark and astringent hop middle, finishing bitter and hoppy. The initial malt flavor is nice, but malt body is insufficient to support the intense hops in the middle and finish. Promising, but not a great flavor progression. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:58:21 | More by LiquidAmber
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Kornoms

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-24-2012 23:54:58 | More by Kornoms
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heelsn02

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-19-2012 17:14:19 | More by heelsn02
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-15-2012 13:46:47 | More by nmann08
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travolta

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Lightly cloudy tangerine in color, not beautiful, but not unlike an IPA. The head was very nice with sticky remnants clinging all the way down. Slightly off-white in color and very fluffy.

Nose: Nice nose. Piney, sweet citrus, mint, slight clove. The nose is upfront and easy. Not very complicated.

Taste: Butterscotch and a tiny hint of alcohol. Lightly herbaceous towards the end with a quickly disappearing dryness.

Mouthfeel: A little frothy at first, then falls to a nice calmness. Very easy to drink. Actually, it's too easy to drink for 9%. A little lingering IPA dryness after your taste.

Notes: A very good IPA, but not as much "wow" as I wanted from a $5 Imperial.

Notes 30 minutes later: Yes, watch out for this one, drinks like an IPA, kicks like an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:56:07 | More by travolta
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Philousa

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:53:29 | More by Philousa
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rct828

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-04-2012 05:38:10 | More by rct828
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Buick222

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-03-2012 21:47:47 | More by Buick222
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Swervine44

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2012 03:31:32 | More by Swervine44
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:46:59 | More by Risser09
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