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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

318 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2011 06:09:54 | More by Rollzroyce21
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shand

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

12-07-2012 03:35:15 | More by shand
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-18-2012 18:25:06 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-19-2012 02:48:41 | More by jrohrbacher
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Picked this up in the tickers BIF, poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is deep orange, 2 inch, sticky white head. Big grapefruit and pine on the nose. Juicey grapefruit, orange marmalade, hints of bitter pine are followed by lingering tropical fruit. The body is medium/full, good carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew.

09-25-2011 20:08:58 | More by bonkers
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-11-2012 03:11:17 | More by LJWalker
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-27-2013 07:53:23 | More by JISurfer
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-24-2012 03:28:37 | More by Gregwa
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-11-2013 05:36:10 | More by MacStinson
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beagle75

Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium orange-amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crystalized orange and pineapple candy are bold, supported sufficiently by a strong backbone of caramel.

T: Begins sweet, with juicy dark citrus, bold acidity, and some aggressive astringency that is surprising in its precociousness. Flavors develop some odd savory qualities as well as fruity esters into the middle, where harsh alcohol leaves a perception of spicy chiles well into the finish that is astringent, medicinal, and bracingly bitter.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky on the palate with resins, and with moderate carbonation.

D: This DIPA smells good enough, but the clashing and confused flavors suggest a kitchen-sink approach to its crafting. It seems appealing until it crosses the tongue, where it repeatedly shows off its faults. Harshness is perhaps the best way to characterize this beer's flavor, ultimately rendering it nearly undrinkable.

04-13-2011 16:01:51 | More by beagle75
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-07-2012 23:12:06 | More by BeerOps
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 18:50:13 | More by Paccamacca
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Orange with beige 1 finger fluffy head. Head quickly dissipates, leaving practically nothing behind. Very light lace. Nice color, though.

Nose is biscuit malt and a mix of grapefruit and earthy hops. Light pine and orange sneak in underneath.

Raw orange, thin grapefruit, and musky biscuit come out in the taste. Hops are more herbal than floral, but the biscuit is all over it. Finish is dry, but not arid. More fruit in the finish, albeit sour fruit.

Wants to be chewy, but the malt backbone is just a bit thin. Feel more than taste the abv. Definitely packs a wallop.

10-19-2011 02:01:25 | More by beer2day
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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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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2012 23:22:11 | More by TasteTester
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Docer

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

05-27-2012 02:29:53 | More by Docer
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djtomain

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-10-2012 00:08:19 | More by djtomain
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

10-23-2011 01:40:11 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-07-2013 03:19:08 | More by jkball01
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Seanibus

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

07-08-2011 04:36:45 | More by Seanibus
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 21:25:51 | More by mjtiernan
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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!

02-21-2011 07:24:31 | More by DeanMoriarty
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vande

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-18-2012 00:34:57 | More by vande
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

04-29-2013 01:29:41 | More by ocelot2500
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-23-2012 03:25:27 | More by jmccraney
Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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