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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
87
very good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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 snpub540
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

snpub540, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Arithmeticus, May 19, 2013
Photo of kindbeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

kindbeer, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

crowsoup, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

TruePerception, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of danwho
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

danwho, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of beerinNV
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

beerinNV, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ARaces23
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ARaces23, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

brywhite, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ElGato33
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ElGato33, May 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with several inches of foam; decent lacing

Smell: Hop forward aroma, with an catty character redolent of hemp and pine

Taste: A bit of sweet malt, up front, and then we are off to the races, with a really bitter, vegetal combination of hemp and pine, that moves into the cat pee direction by mid-palate; the cat pee really dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Truly a hoppy West Coast style DIPA, but I am afraid that I just can't cozy up to the hop profile on this one; I prefer more citrus to my IPAs

Thanks, PretzelCity, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

seeswo, May 10, 2012
Photo of Akuma35
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Akuma35, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Pecan
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Pecan, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really looking forward to this one; I loved their IPA. Nice to be reunited with this brewery on this side of the Atlantic. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Cost was $6.49. 9.00% ABV confirmed. I dig the label art and presentation. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head, disappointingly thin, without much cream, and of poor retention (~1 minute). Colour is a dull copper. Pretty bland looking. Nontransparent. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Wow, that's weak.

Sm: Heavy pine and grapefruit. Floral character as well. Biscuit and pale malts. Nectary. Muddled. Pine is ultimately dominant, but it's somewhat messy. No alcohol comes through, nor does any yeast. An average strength aroma; not as bold or assertive as other beers in the style. Let's see how she drinks...

T: Piney, with some grapefruit zing on the climax. Murky fermented orange as an undertone. Biscuit and pale malts comprise the foundation. It's a bit bland until the climax, without much going on. Somewhat nectary, though the floral character is surprisingly restrained. I'd guess chinook was used based on the taste. I'd recommend a heavy addition of amarillo. No alcohol comes through. No yeast does either. It's balanced, but held back by its simplicity. It just doesn't feel clean and crisp like an imperial IPA should. It's not refreshing or nourishing.

Mf: Somewhat oily from the hops. Slick and wet, unnaturally so. Needs more coarseness to coax out the flavours. A bit overcarbonated. Thick. Not ideal, but decently executed. Lacks presence or punch. That said, there's no sharp biting quality as seen in many IPAs. Chewy.

Dr: A flawed imperial IPA, but nevertheless a pretty good one. I wouldn't get this again; their IPA is much better. A disappointment from Black Diamond. That said, I look forward to trying more of their beers. Hides its ABV quite well. Drinkable but boring.

C+

kojevergas, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

brotherloco, May 15, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange colors with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Aromas are pretty straight forward. Dank citrus and grapefruit hops mixed with a little sweet pale malt backbone.
The tastes are also really one dementional. You get a little sweet pale malt up front then you assaulted with bitter, dank citrus and grapefruit hops. Really not getting much else even as it warms a little. Too much hop bitterness and not enough flavor or aroma here for me.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Makes it drink heavy and extra sticky and palate wrecking.
Overall this was a major miss for me. The flavors are not complex and the hops are tilted way too much toward the bitter end and it drinks too heavy and boring to be honest. I was bored halfway through my first glass. Pass... Not recommended becausqe there are so many other better options readily available.

claspada, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of DanE
3/5  rDev -21.9%

DanE, Jan 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

shuggy, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

bluckbeyes, May 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Paige
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Paige, Jul 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

BenSparks34, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of the_benskii
3/5  rDev -21.9%

the_benskii, Oct 17, 2014
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.