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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
87
very good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nolen12, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a rather clear straw yellow and light caramel color with a thick finger of white frothy head which has settled to a thin spotty layer that sticks around and a lace-making ring. Overall the way a beer of this caliber ought to look.

Smell: (3.5)

- Bold bready and caramel malts without an overpowering sweet touch. Resinous pine and super-floral hop notes. Kind of a burnt sulfur aroma and roasty malt touch. Don't know if that was intended. Quite fruity.

Taste: (3.5)

- Quite the fruity brew. Roasted grain, bready and biscuity flavor with some tangerine, grapefruit, and even esters such as raisin. Like a Waldorph's salad without the mayonnaise and nuts. Not bad, and it has a nice bitter grassy touch to balance things out. Zingy and tart.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice dry approach in the finish, and well carbonated and drinkable. It has a rather light medium body and isn't so thick and syrupy like many double IPA's might have.... which I don't like. This one however is nice in the feel for sure.

Overall: (3.5)

- It's a solid and unique double IPA. It has flavors that set it apart from others, and at least those flavors are not of those that taint or disfigure a beer. It's bitterness is really nice and takes awhile to really show up for the game. Overall very nice, and a nice price point.

Docer, May 27, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this out.

Appearance: My pour is a mostly transparent caramel color with a modest white cap on top. A little bit of lace and decent retention on the head.

Smell: Caramel and light malts, some prickly and spicy pine, some grassy hops, and a few spicy notes as well.

Taste: This is a fairly mild double IPA. The caramel malt adds some sweetness but does not dominate. The hops have some light lemon and grapefruit notes, a fair amount of grass, and some prickly pine. The finish feels like it is light or faded.

Mouthfeel: The body is full but a little bit drier than I would expect out of a big DIPA. Slightly spicy and prickly from the alcohol with a creamy carbonation.

Overall: This DIPA was all right. Nothing about it disappointed, but the flavors were not that strong or unique.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jmccraney, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +4.2%

IpeeA, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

InfernoBoss, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a quickly fading white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of the citrus hops with some malt undertones. Hops lead off with citrus and pine notes, but I also pick up a little vegetable-like notes that are not enjoyable. Fairly bitter overall. Hops lead into malt sweetness with some caramel along with toasted bread. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent IIPA, but the vegetable-like hops really hit a note I don't like.

ocelot2500, Apr 29, 2013
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
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

virinow, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Beer4Baltimore, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Braz, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BeerBeast, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of danwho
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

danwho, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Proclarush, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hessian257, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

gueuzegossage, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +4.2%

sansho, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to piercival for the sample hookup. A very noble effort indeed.
Bomber to pint glass - no bottling date present but I assume fresh considering the source.

A: Pours a very clear pale color with some dull copper tones to it. A nice 1 finger cap of foam held tight for quite some time. Lazy intermittent lacing.

S: Candied citrus and grapefruit on the nose upfront that quickly develops into more of a clean mango/peachy and pineapple aroma. Very enticing. Slightly sweetens as it sits.

T: Super juicy blast of fruit flavors - bright grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, mango and orange zest. Like a hop JambaJuice. Piney to boot. Bittered to the limit and maybe even a step beyond. Malt is there but always playing backup to the hops. I pick up some slight caramelness but not really the biscuit it states to have on the label. Faint if even. ABV's really starting to come through in the end. Still finishes dry from all of the bitterness.

M: Sticky and resinous on the tongue that allows the bitters to linger and finish with a dryness to the palate.

D: Superb for a big DIPA. 9% ABV is very well masked here due to the mass of hop usage. Slight bitter harshness noteable.

Make no qualms about it this is a hop bomb. A palate wrecker for sure. If it werent for the slight inbalance of intense bitterness present this would be all 5's for me. It comes off a little harsh to the palate even for me but still delivers well. All in all, a well crafted big west coast style DIPA with some in your face hop flavors that just moved this brewery up a few notches in my book. Similar profile to a Ballast Point Double Dorado with less alcohol presence and more bitterness.
Snoogens!

Nugganooch, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

OnryAndMean, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright orange with an inch and a half of tan head. No lace.

Interesting and spicy scent, pepper, passion fruit, apple, earth and tobacco leaf.

The taste starts sweet, more of a caramel. This is followed by some aloe, earth and a heavy pine taste. A bit of boozy heat is noticeable. Goes down nice and smooth. Slight medicinal aftertaste.

It took me a while to grab this being I haven't liked most of their beers. This one hit the spot, just a bit to sweet. Not a bad go at a DIPA. Give it a little tweak and I might come back for more.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrFunkenstein, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3/5  rDev -21.9%

bluckbeyes, May 13, 2012
Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

baklo, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Pecan, Jun 16, 2013
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.