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Rampage Imperial IPA | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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86
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Rampage Imperial IPARampage Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
388
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
19.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 388
Photo of Celtics17
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Centennial hop brings candied orange, and that's the most dominate flavor from all of the hop characters. Peach notes in this brew. Not much grapefruit, or tropical fruit, and a pine aspect. The look is a dark orange, not a light Imperial IPA. Not much lacing.

The malt sweetness isn't a poweful layer to this IPA. Overall solid. One of the best I've had this year.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Foggy orange with white not so dense head, and not a ton of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus but not too aromatic overall.

T - Huge taste of orange with bitter hops countering the sweetness and heat from the alcohol. Underlying malts leave a taste of caramel which gives way to a earthy hop aftertaste.

M - Medium body with nice biting carbonation. Oily resinous mouthfeel that lingers.

O - At first I did not like this. The initial taste of orange was too much and reminded me of brass monkeys from college. After enough sips the hop flavor, which comes out strong in the aftertaste, balanced the fruityness. Ultimately this is still a bit too fruity for my liking but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o bottling date/freshness info

Pours clouded darker apricot, quality looking khaki head, stays nicely, then goes to a fine bubble film and leaves spotty lace.

Tropical fruit nose with pineapple coming forward.

Tasty DIPA, tropical notes, lime, spice, more pineapple, well hoped with pine and resin, enough malt to boost drinkability and quite pleasant on the palate.

Love the style, like everybody else in BA, this is an quality example and well worth a try.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pear, caramel, floral, pine, grass, honey, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and caramel/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, floral, pine, grass, light caramel, bread, toast, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, peach, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops with a moderate caramel/bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial IPA. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate caramel/bready malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished amber with a 1 finger ecru head which lasts for a spell leaving nice lacing.Definately effervescent.

Aroma is an equal blast of sweet malt and dank hops.

Taste is evenly balanced with the dank oily hops blended with a steep malt bill, with a touch of syrupy sweetness to it, certainly qualifies a big beer.A touch of booze is present,mostly in the throat. Moderate bitterness continually tempered by the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, a bit on the heavy medium side for the style,and slightly prickly carbonation.This one is a sipper, and the finish isn't even near dry.

Overall, those that appreciate big hops and equally big malt will appreciate this one. If a dry finish and tropical aroma/taste are important qualities to you, you might want to pass.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in standard ale glass @davewhite4.

A: decent head; dark copper color; low carbonation; ok lacing
S: earthy hop aroma; pancake and syrup smell
T: intense; very malty; overly sweet and very boozy; not my ideal IPA, but I can see how this would appeal to some people's ideals.

Good solid beer; glad that Rodman's had them stocked, and on sale.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of tomakeanend
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BeahDrinkah
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 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

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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 Coopatroopa
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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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 ElSid
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
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+

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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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Rampage Imperial IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.
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