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 jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops and hints of caramel. Lingering bitter finish. $8.75 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Photo of DenverLogan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle ordered from Letspour.
Pours a yellow gold with 1/2 inch head.
Light aroma of a laundry room and melon rind.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors are big on the hop end...slight grass, grapefruit, earth. There's a touch of oxidation from shipping, I'm guessing, but it's not major. Overall a flavorful hoppy malt monster with a great elephant label design.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice lemon and grapefruit... just enough.
The taste has a solid moderate to high lemon bitterness that is backed up nicely by the malt profile. Not a touch of sweetness gets through though.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Wow, a solid beer.

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 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 Coopatroopa
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy, medium gold, with a big lacy white head, and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus rind bitter, tropical fruit, and some sweet malt.

T: Not overly hoppy for an IIPA, but the hop profile follows the nose. Malts are sweet but not caramelly. The spicy hop character grows as the beer warms a bit, which isn't a welcome change.

M: A body on the heavy side, good carbonation sensation with small bubble texture. Only mild alcohol for this ABV.

O: Not bad, but I don't know that I'd seek another one out. There are better options out there.

Photo of ElSid
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#41

Bottled Date: None

A: Clear pale golden yellow with a finger and a half white foam after an aggressive pour. Appears to be well carbonated and the foam does a good job of sticking to the glass as it slowly fades.

S: Moderate hop nose dominated by citrus, pine, and grass. There is a faint tropical fruit air along with some interesting buttery biscuit and bread notes in the background.

T: The hops seem more hot and spicy with a moderate amount of pine and grass on the palate and the fruitiness in the nose takes a step back to let the bitterness take front stage. The fruit that is there is mostly citrus and the tropical notes are nowhere to be found. The malts are minimal again reminiscent of biscuit and buttery bread.

M: Somewhat thin with a good amount of carbonation and linger.

O: The nose showed me a brew with potential but the complexity failed to translate to the palate and overall brew quality. This brew is slightly above average and lacking in complexity. The West Coast is full of IPA's and this beer falls short of being amongst the greats.

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.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderately strong aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy and has lots of flavors of ruby red grapefruit and also has some bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of bitterness. No crispness is detectable.
O: This beer has lots of grapefruit flavors but isn't as complex as other Some of the other Imperial IPAs.

Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rampage Imperial IPA pours out a bubbly clear amber color with a small head. The aroma is great, there's heavy citrus and pine hops, with a nice caramel malt base. The taste is very heavy on sweet citrus hops and zest at first, then a little bit of an awkward place where the caramel malts are kinda in a taste purgatory with the piney hops. The finish straightens everything out with more of the sweet citrus and grapefruit. The mouthfeel seems a little light and perhaps a bit too overcarbonated. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a good double IPA. Those who like a sweeter DIPA should really love this.

Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
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+

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy deep orange with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, some bubbles, good head retention leaves spotty lacing on the glass

S: Citrus, a little bit of tropical fruits in the way of mango, dash of pine apple and underlying caramel

T: Taste followed the nose rather well. Citrus dominates the initial and middle with a subtle juicy tropical fruit element The caramel malt gives it a big backbone and a light booze sting is noticed. Dry and warming in a moderate bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Decent DIPA.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but the yeast flavor is pretty noticeable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/15/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong fruity citrus flavor. Then a strong earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA worth drinking for while.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to Maine, pretty nice DIPA.

In a tulip the beer was a hazy copper color with a medium-sized off-white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Some citrus, mostly orange. Sweet malt background.

Taste followed form. Resiney, piney hops. Some orange and grapefruit. Malt background.

Viscous mouthfeel, still sweet.

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 harrymel
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Pours golden with a solid quilt of light cream foam. Nose is juicy fruit, a bit too much so, but if toned down a hare, and complemented with just a hint of malt would result in a really fine nose. Nonetheless, I like the nose; I get a ton of tangerine, grapefruit (sweet), orange, pineapple and subtle hints of resin. On second thought, fucken A, good nose. Bitter, not nearly as much flavor as I’d anticipated from the nose. The bitterness is ushered past to reveal, well, body odor flavors. Some peach and weed reside therein. Medium bodied with assertive carb and an off-dry finish. This beer has sooo many qualities that could make it sincerely great. As of now, it’s a decent standby. 3.5/4.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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 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 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 mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Chucks. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head on top, rather fizzy with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Some grapefruit, a bit of peppery spice, orange, and some caramelized malt.

T: Upfront more grapefruit and orange peel which is backed by some hefty caramel malt. A bit of pine on the finish, slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. Slight heat from the alcohol.

O: A decent IIPA with a hefty profile. Above average for style, one I would drink again.

Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a thick head of off white foam. Head has really good retention, leaves some thick lacing and forms a cap that stays with the brew the whole time.

S- Quite a bit of hops starting off. A ton of pine and tropical fruits. A bit of bready malts here too, but hops dominant.

T- Hop dominanted for sure, but something just seems a tad off for me on this one. Follows the nose well, and malts come through a bit stonger than I expected.

M- Sticky and medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O- Not too bad, but there are others that I'd pick up before this one.

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 ehammond1
2.34/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

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