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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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ehammond1


2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden orange with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves the glass spotted with lace.

This does not have a particularly pleasant aroma. It smells of dish soap, medicine, and pine.

The flavor, too, is similar to the aroma, with a high level of bitterness, pine, and a medicinal quality. Not very good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I won't be having another. Below average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 16:57:27 | More by ehammond1
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AgentMunky

California

2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an atypically-shaped 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Clear golden-amber with two fingers of thick, fluffy white head. Nice looking IPA.

S: Cabbage. Stewed cabbage and...relish? This smells more like a Polish sausage than a beer.

T: Thank the beer gods it doesn't taste quite as repellent as it smells...but those odd vegetable elements are undeniably present, especially on the aftertaste. Ugh. Happily, the maintaste is full of citrusy hops, though I suspect the varietals used contribute to the odd flavors in the nose and endtaste.

M: Big and full, the way a DIPA should be. Maybe the only good thing about this trainwreck.

O: I'm not sure what is up with this beer, but it's actually undrinkable...from the glass. Swigging from the bottle, where I can't smell a thing, I find it palatable, if not pleasant. I would never recommend this beer and feel duped for buying it based on labeling and wording.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 06:59:04 | More by AgentMunky
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Coopatroopa


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is my first review so be EASEEE.

A- This beer looks great in the glass. Dark orange to light brown color and quite cloudy. Poors with a decent head.

S- A very pleasant and hoppy aroma, it smells like I am in for quite a treat. Strong sense of pine and citrus, a grapefruit presence in evident.

T- The taste is what got me with this beer. Where I was expecting a bold, hoppy IPA that the scent teased, I instead found it to be flat, mundane, and quite simple. It is very bitter. With a cinnamon-like after taste and the presence of nearly zero hops, I almost felt like I was drinking a hefeweizen; not what I was expecting from an IPA of such high alc/vol content (9.0).

F: It is quite odd tasting for my liking, overpowered by cinnamon. That said, I have had much worse IPA's. If you are turned off to an overly-hopped beer but are still looking for something with high ALC content, then this isn't a bad option. But for us hop fiends out there; stay thirsty my friends, and search on.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:16:44 | More by Coopatroopa
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beagle75

Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 16:01:51 | More by beagle75
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Metz

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-07-2012 01:24:18 | More by Metz
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TomPF18superhornet

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

10-13-2012 19:37:23 | More by TomPF18superhornet
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eulerthegrape

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

11-12-2013 18:18:40 | More by eulerthegrape
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Klym

California

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 20:48:07 | More by Klym
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DanE

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-21-2013 22:41:37 | More by DanE
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shuggy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-21-2011 23:17:20 | More by shuggy
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-12-2012 23:15:00 | More by bluckbeyes
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-22-2012 21:34:45 | More by djaeon
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Paige

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-30-2012 05:32:49 | More by Paige
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BenSparks34

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-09-2014 00:56:02 | More by BenSparks34
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GeoBrewer71

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-13-2012 21:36:42 | More by GeoBrewer71
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-11-2013 02:49:19 | More by Molson2000
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Ndflyfan8

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-29-2014 11:30:57 | More by Ndflyfan8
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:34:07 | More by claspada
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kojevergas

Texas

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+

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:38:53 | More by kojevergas
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brotherloco

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:18:11 | More by brotherloco
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kindbeer

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-17-2014 23:45:21 | More by kindbeer
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crowsoup

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

10-03-2012 19:11:17 | More by crowsoup
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TruePerception

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-20-2013 04:23:18 | More by TruePerception
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danwho

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-17-2013 15:43:52 | More by danwho
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beerinNV

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-16-2013 16:39:53 | More by beerinNV
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Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.