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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 safiske
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

safiske, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hessian257, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jrohrbacher, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Drinkerofales, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of ek_ek
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ek_ek, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

halo913, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Hendral
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hendral, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mbunje
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

mbunje, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nage37, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of cannabanaceae
4/5  rDev +4.2%

cannabanaceae, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kornoms, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of heelsn02
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

heelsn02, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

nmann08, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of travolta
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

travolta, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Philousa, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

rct828, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Buick222, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Swervine44, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Risser09
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

$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.

Risser09, Jan 30, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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!!

HosP, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Beer4Baltimore, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Orange with a sticky tan head. Aroma is pretty typical. I'm getting tropical citrus with a heavy dose of malt. Flavor starts with toasted malt, progresses toward grapefruit and orange hoppiness, and finishes a bit muddled and malty. Discordant and too malty, but at least it's hoppy too. Squarely 'decent.'

illidurit, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

therobot, Jan 14, 2012
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.