Rampage Imperial IPA | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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86
very good
396 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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Rampage Imperial IPARampage Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States
bdbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by berkey on 04-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
396
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a nice billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave some nice lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer huge with a grapefruit citrus smell along with some aromas of a more sweet citrus nature of some tangerine. Along with the citrus are some other tropical fruit smells of pineapple and mango as well as some other hop aromas of a pine and earthy nature. Overall, the aroma is rather hoppy big but quite inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly sweet and malty flavor with the sweet being mostly of tropical fruits of tangerine and a bit of papaya but also containing caramel and honey flavors. The malty flavor begins more doughy in nature with it later transitioning to a more bready nature. Right from the start there is also a decent sum of a grapefruit hop flavor which grows slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. With the grapefruit, other hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature come to the tongue, bringing a dank flavor to the tongue. In the end, with all the transitions in the taste that occur, one is left with a moderately citrus/dankly hopped and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a beer of 9% abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While a slightly thicker body would have likely better accentuated the nice hoppy flavors of the brew, overall the mouthfeel was good as with the moderate body made it rather easy drinking with the lower carbonation bolstering the hop and sweet flavors nicely; really allowing them to stand out a bit more.

Overall – This is a very tasty Imperial. It blends citrus-sweet/hoppy flavors with some more dank hop flavors very nicely, all while creating a very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange colors with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Aromas are pretty straight forward. Dank citrus and grapefruit hops mixed with a little sweet pale malt backbone.
The tastes are also really one dementional. You get a little sweet pale malt up front then you assaulted with bitter, dank citrus and grapefruit hops. Really not getting much else even as it warms a little. Too much hop bitterness and not enough flavor or aroma here for me.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Makes it drink heavy and extra sticky and palate wrecking.
Overall this was a major miss for me. The flavors are not complex and the hops are tilted way too much toward the bitter end and it drinks too heavy and boring to be honest. I was bored halfway through my first glass. Pass... Not recommended becausqe there are so many other better options readily available.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this 22oz bottle of goodness courtesy of ipa247, thanks Jeff! A small blurb from the label: "Up front the nose is big and assertive with aromas of candied orange, grapefruit, and pine. Biscuity malt layers balance the aggressive hops as the nectar glides over the tongue".

It pours a deep orange color with a thick frothy yeast-cake of foam on top. Estimated SRM of 18-20. Lots of floating bits, which I kind of like. The foam alone brings this to a 4, add in the nice color and sediment and it's a 4.5 for me.

Very nice hops in the aroma, definitely the grapefruit and pine indicated from the label, especially grapefruit. You can tell there's a reasonably large malt bill from the background sweetness, and luckily for me it's more of a pale malt than a caramel malt character. It lets the hops more or less run the show aroma-wise. Just a hint of barleywine tendencies, but not too strong.

This tastes great. Much more bitter than most IPAs, at least the malt doesn't do much flavorwise. Very dry with lingering hops burn, I like this stuff quite a bit. Nice pine needles in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thicker than normal, this being the main contribution of the malts in my estimation. Fairly sticky and along with the flavors this gives the impression of fresh hops resin, a nice complement to the flavors.

I'd happily try this again any time, another great DIPA from the state of CA.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an atypically-shaped 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Clear golden-amber with two fingers of thick, fluffy white head. Nice looking IPA.

S: Cabbage. Stewed cabbage and...relish? This smells more like a Polish sausage than a beer.

T: Thank the beer gods it doesn't taste quite as repellent as it smells...but those odd vegetable elements are undeniably present, especially on the aftertaste. Ugh. Happily, the maintaste is full of citrusy hops, though I suspect the varietals used contribute to the odd flavors in the nose and endtaste.

M: Big and full, the way a DIPA should be. Maybe the only good thing about this trainwreck.

O: I'm not sure what is up with this beer, but it's actually undrinkable...from the glass. Swigging from the bottle, where I can't smell a thing, I find it palatable, if not pleasant. I would never recommend this beer and feel duped for buying it based on labeling and wording.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA with a solid range hitting the style with dexterity.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an illustration of an furious elephant head rampaging through hops. Back label brags about intent, and characteristics of the brew. Shows 9.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber pour with a good frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Citrus and resin profile on the nose with a caramel malty dash in the finish.

T - Taste follows but with a nice sense, grapefruit, resin, and sweet malt touches.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation.

O - Pleasing DIPA with a good flow.

Notes: Nothing makes it extraordinary but it is a good take on the style and for a bomber like this in this region the price-quality ratio is fairly good.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. It's not the most pungent DIPA, but the hop notes are strong enough and come through with some very nice aromas. It smells like a mix of tangerine rind, pineapple and pine needles. It even picks up some apricot and grapes, as it warms. It's a sweetly citric, inviting aroma. And the taste is almost better. The sweetness is quite light; not much crystal malt flavor here. The finish is dry and almost perfectly bitter, in that it's strong but never drowns out the hop notes. The aftertaste is a very long-lasting pine resin hoppiness. Mouthfeel is happily dominated by hop oiliness. Appearance is a light copper with a creamy head, white tinged with yellow. Kudos to Black Diamond for another step in the right direction.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine a few weeks ago for $7.99. No freshness date. Got a notice from TW that it was back in stock so guessing that it was born back in January.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is fresh tropical and citrus hops, very nice.

Taste is mango, orange, pine that takes over the big malt base.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium bodied.

Overall this is a solid beer that i would have again if offered.

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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Orange with a sticky tan head. Aroma is pretty typical. I'm getting tropical citrus with a heavy dose of malt. Flavor starts with toasted malt, progresses toward grapefruit and orange hoppiness, and finishes a bit muddled and malty. Discordant and too malty, but at least it's hoppy too. Squarely 'decent.'

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours somewhat dark redish orange with nearly 2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention and leaves many rings of lacing.

S: Some citrus hops, floral and perfume-like hops, a good bit of pine, smells moderately sweet. Candied fruit aroma.

T: Pretty bold citrus hops: mainly grapefruit (not too bitter or astringent though) and orange (as the label states...) with that sugary candied character. Balanced with a plenty of resinous pine and floral notes. Fairly standard malt body with moderate to perhaps slightly high sugary/light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, fairly resinous, moderate to slightly low carbonation for the style. Not all that smooth, fairly wet finish that isn't crisp.

O: A solid DIPA that has a very pleasant candied fruit hop character. The thing holding this back is that its a bit too sweet and there's not enough carbonation (nor a crisp and clean finish).

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Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Expected massive head rises to the top of the glass and sticks all the way down; the golden hue is clear and bubbly. Big wafts of hemp seeds, faint cattiness, blond tobacco, grapefruit pulp, green peppercorn, tree sap and mint let us know that the hops are serious here. Malt flavors all line up ... a smooth ale. The hops cover the malt with ripe orange and oily tobacco resin flavors; bitterness is strong, but there is very little bite here, which is more than enough to tilt the beer deep into the Imperial IPA realm. Some tropical fruit and alcohol in the middle and a slow warmth in the hoppy, dry finish. Hops and alcohol bring this beer to where it’s at—a bit of a short story, but a good read.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of macrosmatic
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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