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

368 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: berkey on 04-14-2010

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Ratings: 368 | Reviews: 126
Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date discernible. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $4.99.

A: Clear apricot amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head dissipating quickly and leaving a few dots of lace.

S: Great aroma with lots of musky, herb-al intermingled with pine, citrus, and some minor tropical fruit aromas. There is a pretty big dose of maltiness as well, mostly bready with some light caramel notes.

T: The flavor unfortunately doesn't deliver on the aroma's promise. First off, I think there are some off-flavors in this beer. There is a fair amount of fusels, but there is a spicy cinnamon/clove note through the middle of this beer that is very distracting. The musk and herbal character carries through and the bitterness is moderate, maybe a bit more. The citrus component comes through but the hops flavor overall is muddled as others have said. Then there is the malt component, which is pretty innocuous and certainly supports all of the hopload going into this beer. It just tastes like they kept adding a huge variety of different hops at different times and came up without a clear, bellringer of a hops note and instead a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything.

M: This beer does have a good feel though and the carbonation is pretty well-balanced with the body which is medium. The finish is pretty dry. The aftertaste though is this weird mix of herbal, earthy, musky hops and cinnamon/clove, not overly strong but definitely noticeable.

O: I kind of wonder how old this bottle is (hello, bottle dating) but its not a terrible beer at all. It could use more focus on the hops end to use a "less is more" approach, as in less different hops to bring more of a signature flavor. The fermentation also needs some work to reduce the fusels and off flavors that are there.

Photo of JAFoley
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Foggy orange with white not so dense head, and not a ton of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus but not too aromatic overall.

T - Huge taste of orange with bitter hops countering the sweetness and heat from the alcohol. Underlying malts leave a taste of caramel which gives way to a earthy hop aftertaste.

M - Medium body with nice biting carbonation. Oily resinous mouthfeel that lingers.

O - At first I did not like this. The initial taste of orange was too much and reminded me of brass monkeys from college. After enough sips the hop flavor, which comes out strong in the aftertaste, balanced the fruityness. Ultimately this is still a bit too fruity for my liking but still very enjoyable.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, white, filmy surface coating. Aromas of rich, resiny hops with a lemon and grapefruit citrus highlight and a solid caramel backbone. Light, loose, sliding cling while you drink. Flavors are very hop forward, with a shell of bitterness that hits and then opens and fades to showcase a tangy sweet caramel backbone with citrus highlights. Hops spices of pepper and oregano come through to close at the end of the palate, with a tangy kick from the sweet malt backbone balancing once again. Very flavorful. The aftertaste is tart citrus with a tangy, resiny, and bitter hops profile. Slick, light, and slightly dry finish after the beer maintained a light mouthfeel throughout. Very easy to drink despite the slightly elevated ABV. Very smooth and tasty.

Photo of Risser09
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pear, caramel, floral, pine, grass, honey, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and caramel/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, floral, pine, grass, light caramel, bread, toast, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, peach, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops with a moderate caramel/bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial IPA. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/bready malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear orange amber with a nice pure white head that fades rather fast.

Nose is pine, eucalyptus, camphor which is unique and very appealing and pleasant, with the underlying fresh pineapple one might expect, but it's underlying everything else.

Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with nice balance and good carbonation. Feels well made and inviting.

Flavors are bold and follow the nose. Somewhat unique pine, eucalyptus, burnt toast bitter with a citric kick. Nice layers and complexities. There is a front palate of sweet fruit that then gives way to the complexities.

Finish is burnt toast bitter; and grapefruit skin oil.

Photo of Vec2267
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - burnt orange, murky at pour but clears over time, thick white head, great lacing

S - floral, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, some pine and mint

T - sweet, citrus - more orange than grapefruit, some bitterness in the finish

M - hefty without getting syrupy

O - very pleasant and easy to drink, nice beer but it does not inspire me to buy more - for such a big alcoholic beer the taste is quite subdued

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear orange, with a firm white head, good head retention with nice concentric circular lace.

S: Sweet floral pine, wildflowers, with citrus - orange and lemon.

T: Sweet citrus flavour which is really appealing, with some light malt - definitely West Coast. Notes of pine needle, some bitter melon in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, resiny, thin finish.

D: Solid Imperial IPA, a beer that can hold its own with all the great CA DIPAs.

Photo of madtappers
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial glass.

Pours a cloudy copperish brown cloor with a white head.

First smell is of grassy or pine like hops.

Taste has alot of up front hops but no malt balance to hide any of the alchol taste you get at the end.

Overall, an enjoyable beer but, not one I would seek out again.

Photo of Philousa
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color, small head with not much lacing
S: Sweet and malty, biscuty and caramel scents. Also lots of earthy scents, not too much hop scent for being a DIPA
T: Sweet and malty, tons of caramel sweetness. Slight citrus flavor, but not very strong
M: Medium bodied beer, pretty thick going down
O: This is not really a typical west coast DIPA, its more balanced and more on the malty side but thats not all bad, its kinda good really.

Photo of malloyca
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber color, and cleared up a bit as the beer's temperature rose. Sweet lemon and grapefruit citrus aromas. Brutally bitter hops on the palate, marked by mouth-watering pine and grapefruit flavors, followed by a slightly floral finish. The malty sweetness hinted at in the nose did not materialize on the palate, or perhaps was just overwhelmed by the hops. The alcohol is well-masked, and this is pleasing to drink, with a pleasantly viscous mouth feel. It was not difficult to finish a 22 ounce bottle in a single sitting.

Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light amber color with over 3/4 of an inch of just barely off-white head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

The aroma featured a nice bold blast of pine hops that I could smell at arms length. There was a trace of the base grains under all the pine trees. On the tongue, the Christmas Tree effect was even more noticeable, just a huge blast of piney hops on a light malt base.

The body was much fuller than I've come to expect from this style, yet wasn't at all heavy and was reasonably smooth. Drinkability was very good indeed, I could have easily had another right away, but I was at the end of my night (fortunately, I have a bottle in my fridge). Overall, an example of the style that's a bit above average, a must try if you see it.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear medium orang gold. The creamy, off white head rose to about one and a half fingers. It dissipated within about five minutes, leaving good lacing.
The smell is mostly of pine hops, some honey and caramel notes are present.
The taste is all pine hops up front. In the middle , honey and caramel are slightly noticeable. In the end the pine hops as well as some more grain take charge again. Nice prickly mouthfeel .
I am glad I tried this beer!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shortysdude285 for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a light apricot color with a light bit of haziness. The nose contains a good amount of tropical fruits as the base, along with a bit of citrus hops hitting after the stronger tropical notes subside. The taste hits better with a more-dominant hop presence that's pretty well integrated and all matching up. Bit of orange in the background. Medium body with only a touch of alcohol. Pretty heavy bitterness. Nice beer all around. Glad to try.

Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, wish I knew the bottle date. Pours a bright orange, with a inch of sticky white head, that leaves lots of lace. Smell is lots of citrus, mango, tangerine, pineapple, pear, and some grapefruit. Taste is all of that, not as special as its smell, but still very nice. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and easy going down. Very please that this is in New Hampshire now, another DIPA for me to purchase when in the mood.

Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a an orangish amber with 1/4" of dense, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malt with citrusy, grapefruit, floral hop aromas. The taste is light bread, floral hops, faint spicy hops, and faint pineapple. The mouthfeel is a little thin, very dry, but well carbonated.

This isn't a bad beer, but the mouthfeel makes each sip seem fleeting and it doesn't really refresh or intrigue the palate. The flavors are there, but just as quickly disappear. If it wasn't so dry, I'd try it again.

Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished amber with a 1 finger ecru head which lasts for a spell leaving nice lacing.Definately effervescent.

Aroma is an equal blast of sweet malt and dank hops.

Taste is evenly balanced with the dank oily hops blended with a steep malt bill, with a touch of syrupy sweetness to it, certainly qualifies a big beer.A touch of booze is present,mostly in the throat. Moderate bitterness continually tempered by the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, a bit on the heavy medium side for the style,and slightly prickly carbonation.This one is a sipper, and the finish isn't even near dry.

Overall, those that appreciate big hops and equally big malt will appreciate this one. If a dry finish and tropical aroma/taste are important qualities to you, you might want to pass.

Photo of dannydetox
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of whatthehull
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden amber, one finger head, good lacing

S - Tropical hops, sweet sticky malts, a bit piney and a nice hop meets malt balance

T - Sticky sweet floral hops, lemon grass, flowers, Belgian yeast and hoppy but balanced

M - Light, bright, carbonated, sticky, malty and a nice bitterness

D - Awesome for a dipa meets iipa, great beer

Final thought - At $5, this beer is awesome to pound or sip

Re-Reviewed on Mar. 28th 2011

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden Orange, half finger off white head and only a little lacing

S - Very sweet, a Belgian yeast note, grass, carnations, toasted and sweet malts, citrus, pine, mangoes, alcohol and the smells are very nice, but pungent

T - Very bittersweet right away and then the notes come out. The yeast is in your face, then the mango, citrus, carnations, grass, toastiness and alcohol come out. The taste is very pungent as well

M - Light and fluffy, except on the tongue it is coated and sticky and the bitter sweet sits right on the back of the tongue

D - At 9% and $4.50 a bottle. This is a nice beer. Lots of complexity and for any IPA lover this is a must have. Not to bitter or sweet, just smooth

Final thought - Enough said

Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't seen this brewery yet in VT so this is a new entry for me.

Pours a sweet golden color that finishes with a nice white head in my glass. Very nice presentation here.

This one is all about the east coast with lots of pine notes. There's some citrus but not enough to represent WC style.

Ditto on the taste. All about the pine here. Chewy. Buttery. Not a bad combination. Each example has their own niche if you catch my drift.

The niche of the day is pine, pine, pine. Citrus isn't abundant here. Mouthfeel compliments whatever I had with tabasco sauce.

Check it out if the pine-style is your thing.

Photo of tomakeanend
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent American IPA. Visually looks great and very strong. There's plenty of hops there, but they feel weaker. The flavor is very subdued. I was expecting a kick in the teeth, instead this one went down easy. A good DIPA/AIPA for a hot summer's eve, but not world class.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Woohooo.... a new California brewery available in Md. On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing dry citrus, a hint of dank earth, and some underlying sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except with considerable pine and light tropical fruit as well. The finisi is fairly dry, with considerable bitterness and noticeable alcohol. Drinkability is pretty good, though I do get a bit more alcohol in the finish than I norally like. Still, for all that, this is pretty solid DIPA.

Photo of StoneTSR
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky orange color. Very hazy. Head is thin and white. Leaves wide bubbly lacing craters along the glass.

S-Dank, hempy, resinous and bubble gummy. Abrasive and strong. Hops are very muscular. Not sure how much I love the expression of the hops. The intensity of the aroma is excellent, however. Very, very hoppy.

T-Again, big, thick and dense in terms of hops. Wet grapefruit flesh and dank pine along with cat piss and marijuana. Malty flavors are much less intense. I get some wet, boozy, sweet breaded malts. Interesting flavor and I love the beer's power.

M-Bitter and dry. Flavor lingers for quite some time. More of a sipper.

O/D-Definitely better than I thought it would be. Didn't love the hop flavor too much but I loved the beers intensity and strength. A hyper-hopped brew that is worth trying but I didn't fall in love with the hop bouquet.

Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.