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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

333 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

PEIhop, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

twelveinches, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

cycoduck, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

blmar311, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of MrTopher
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Duval tulip.

A: Pours a clean straw color, with just a hint of orange color to the overall body. Decently large white head that dissipated pretty slowly, this also leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

S: There is a balance of pine and citrus in the nose, they seem to fighting back and forth, but the pine dominates. Some malt sent, but it's dominated by the hop smell more.

T: A lot of resin and pine in the flavor of this one, there is some grapefruit, but more pine and resin, but also some grassy flavors. You can taste the booze near the end of this hop bomb, and that's just what this is a hop bomb. There is very little malt presence.

M: This is very dry, but also has a good full body. The carbonation is perfect, maybe just slightly over carbonated but just perfect for a double like this one.

D: I could add this into a tasting with the greats of PtE, Ruination, Pure Hoppiness and Torpedo; it could go toe to toe with any of these. This is a great West Coast DIPA, and it's a great example of the style. Now I just need to get my hands on some more.

MrTopher, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. It's not the most pungent DIPA, but the hop notes are strong enough and come through with some very nice aromas. It smells like a mix of tangerine rind, pineapple and pine needles. It even picks up some apricot and grapes, as it warms. It's a sweetly citric, inviting aroma. And the taste is almost better. The sweetness is quite light; not much crystal malt flavor here. The finish is dry and almost perfectly bitter, in that it's strong but never drowns out the hop notes. The aftertaste is a very long-lasting pine resin hoppiness. Mouthfeel is happily dominated by hop oiliness. Appearance is a light copper with a creamy head, white tinged with yellow. Kudos to Black Diamond for another step in the right direction.

popery, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of easong
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having previously tasted BD's single IPA and being put off by a grainy backbone and an odd petroleum note in the finish (likely due to a yeast product rather than poor handling), I avoided this double IPA until a trusted bartender pushed one to me. I got a 20 oz. bronze beauty with a dry-hop blast of grapefruit rind from the sturdy half inch head. In the mouth the expected bitterness was mitigated by the citrus nose. The taste was not what I think of as the Imperial IPA style, which tends to have high malt to balance the high alpha bitternness, but instead a classic west coast hop juice in the vein of Pliny or Hop Stoopid. The finish was alcohol and hop oil lining the tongue, astringent in a good way. The lacing on the empty glass left a ring at the level remaining after each sip. A very nice ale and reason for me not to hate on BD any more.

easong, Aug 06, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is the familiar california pine hops with a little fruit mixed in. Very pleasant.

Slight but not overwhelming alcohol mouthfeel. Hop flavor is pretty good. Could use a little something else to make it outstanding.

I would definitely recommend it if you like DIPAs.

mendvicdog, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Chilly_E, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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

therobot, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Willcourt, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

zahara15, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

nmann08, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SeanPowell22, Apr 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

tripdout, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jrohrbacher, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SacHops, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from BevMo in Point Loma and poured it into an "Old Speckled Hen" pint glass.

A: Pours a clean golden/light honey hue with a fat white head that dissipates slowly leaving solid lace in my glass from start to finish.

S: Big citrus hop upfront with a good amount of earthy pine, tropical fruit, salty biscuit, sweet malt and fresh grain.

T: On point with the nose but even more prevalent hop with a big citrus bight, earthy grains, fresh baked bread, carmel malt with just a slight hint of booze at the very end - extremely tasty and well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, well carbonated with a good amount of bitterness, extremely dry with only a hint of booze at the end(where they hiding all that alcohol ???).

D: Wow - for the style the drinkability is absolutely ridiculous and very friendly. Could pound a few of these in a single sitting - no worries!

DeanMoriarty, Feb 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Buick222, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with a huge head. The aroma blasts out of the glass with a vast blast of musky rosemary. The gal or follows, with an intense herbal blast, rosemary and sage, with a savory hop afterburn and a crisp light malt backbone. The finish is dry and boost. Very tasty but intense.

Seanibus, Jul 08, 2011
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4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a Double Imperial IPA kick over the last few months and I have to share that this DIIPA has become my latest go-to brew. "Sucks" is great. Hopslam's a no-brainer, too, but I'll take Rampage over Hercules or Ruination any day, and I appreciate that I don't have to wait-til-next-year to find it. This thing is loaded with citrus and pine with no off notes to this tasters palate. At $8 a bomber it's fairly priced, as well. Looking forward to finding it on tap someday.

BeahDrinkah, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Brewcycler, Dec 02, 2013
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.