Brew Review: Rampage Imperial IPA

by Kelli H. on February 21, 2012

Beer: Black Diamond Brewing Co. Rampage Imperial IPA
Date: 1-29-12
Location: Concord, California
Alcohol: 9%
Availability: Seasonal
Bottle: 22 oz
Price: $4.99

Aroma: Hops, sweetness, citrus/orange

Appearance: Clear, deep gold, pale amber

Body & Texture: Good carbonation. Has some bite to it but not enough to make a pucker face by any means. Sits in mouth very easily. Light for an Imperial IPA

Aftertaste: Bitter, citrus flavor

Overall Impression:
I really liked this beer! I was so shocked to like it as much as I did. I mainly talked David into picking it up because of the price. The label caught my eye at Whole Foods and the price cinched the deal. There is a lot of great flavor in this beer. I would definitely buy this beer again. Since I was so happy with it, I’d even try more of their beers if I were to see some more. This was also probably one of the best high alcohol beers I’ve ever had. It really didn’t seem like a 9% abv which I really enjoy. David and I were both pleasantly surprised with this brew and would be happy to buy it again! I definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of any IPA’s.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

mexigarian February 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I really like being able to drink locally brewed beers. It gives me hope for the small brew industry around the Bay Area. 🙂 Next time I am at Whole Foods I will have to pick this one up. I love me some IPA.

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Made in Sonoma February 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I like drinking locally, too! You should actually be able to find this one. 🙂

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Cait's Plate February 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I so wish I were a beer drinker (mainly for things like pumpkin ales) but I just CANNOT get into it!

It always looks so good but as soon as I taste it I’m just not a fan. Glad you enjoyed this though!

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Made in Sonoma February 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Awww…bummer! At least you try. 🙂

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Mark February 24, 2012 at 7:02 am

Hi Kelli, I am missing all those local beers back in the US. Here in Malaysia, we only have big brand beers like Tiger Beer and Carlsberg, and even those are taxed so high, I only get to enjoy a beer once a month. I’ve been reading about a lot of new local beers in Minnesota, so can’t wait to get home and start tasting!

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Made in Sonoma February 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

That’s very interesting! It seems the craft brewing industry is really blowing up in the U.S.

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David Wells March 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This beer was a truly great Imperial IPA! I’m so glad it caught your eye at Whole Foods and we were able to try it! I’ll definitely be looking out for it again.

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