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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

308 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
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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tomakeanend

California

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:00:09 | More by tomakeanend
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Rast

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-15-2013 01:36:26 | More by Rast
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DrinkBeerThinkBeer

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-14-2013 02:05:37 | More by DrinkBeerThinkBeer
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Chiefmanynames

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-13-2013 19:54:12 | More by Chiefmanynames
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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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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-31-2013 19:18:25 | More by Drtfinelli
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Proclarush

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-29-2013 00:24:55 | More by Proclarush
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bellb

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-28-2013 00:32:21 | More by bellb
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BeahDrinkah

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:30:50 | More by BeahDrinkah
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:09:56 | More by jdhilt
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-23-2013 04:27:16 | More by sendbeer
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DenverLogan

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:07:23 | More by DenverLogan
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2013 23:53:19 | More by Boone757
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-06-2013 22:55:03 | More by oldedog
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Willcourt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-06-2013 02:40:57 | More by Willcourt
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 04:38:31 | More by Fatehunter
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Vec2267

Florida

3.84/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:20:29 | More by Vec2267
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twizzbeatz

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-09-2013 07:44:29 | More by twizzbeatz
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Madskill

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-06-2013 03:40:37 | More by Madskill
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-04-2013 21:21:07 | More by Beerswag
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-04-2013 11:18:48 | More by Bilco
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-03-2013 19:00:21 | More by buschbeer
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spakman

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-01-2013 01:46:30 | More by spakman
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argock

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:56:23 | More by argock
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DanE

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-21-2013 22:41:37 | More by DanE
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.