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Black Diamond Rampage Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We didn’t want this to be Jagged Edge on steroids. Thus rather than using the same hop combination, we chose more fruit forward hops to balance out the alcohol in the beer. The medium crystal malt adds a very subtle color and sweetness. Nugget and Millenium hops are used to bitter. Citra is a new variety to the market that has some similar properties to Simcoe but a more pleasant fruitiness; pineapple/mango aromas mixed in with pine and cat’s pee. Centennial brings candied orange and Amarillo adds big grapefruit. The liquid in the fermenter is dry-hopped three times- each dry hop equal in weight to the dry hop of Jagged Edge. This multi-stage dry hopping is meant to layer the different hop aromas. The beer is fermented cool to suppress fusel alcohol development, and dextrose is added to allow it to attenuate out highly, leaving very little residual sugar. The idea was to avoid that syrupy "gumsmacker" effect that’s sometimes found in Imperial IPAs. Other than barrel aged beers, this is by far our most labor intensive and expensive beer to make. Rampage fans are legion and we believe they deserve nothing less than the very best we can give them.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9288) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2016
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear golden color with a large white head. Resinous aroma, piney, quite malty too, orange and mild mango on the fruit department, hops have already died out a bit here sadly. Flavor is sweet mango and strawberries, mild orange notes, resinous hops, caramel malts and lots of bitterness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, unfortunately seems to be slightly too old, a bit too sweet too.
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ciocanelu (1329) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 16, 2016
Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has sweet tropical fruits like tangerine, ripe peach, overripe pineapple and also sweet malt. Taste starts with sweet malt, some fruity hops, but also some nasty stale note I get with some sips. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Overall it’s not really bad but it has some off-flavors and it’s also a bit boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerman33190 (87) - FRANCE - JUL 22, 2016
Beautiful amber colour, fine white head that dissipates rapidly. Aromas of grapefruit, mandarin orange. Taste is sweet up front and then the bitterness kicks in and lasts. Great, great texture. Just thick enough to let you know it’s serious but not too rich. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopverdju (671) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2016
Wazig blond met weinig wit schuim. Geur: hop, kruidig. Smaak: mandarijn, bitter en redelijk wat suiker. Volmondig. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: bitterig en zoetig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2016
4th July 2016
Hazy gold - amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth and mildly viscous. Decent fine carbonation. Sweetish malts, a little cream. Resinous tangerine, citric peel. Mild hop spice. Well buried tropical fruits. Light finish. Good fruity spicy linger. Nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (1279) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 3, 2016
On tap at Hop hop street food Erba. Clear copper, cream orange head. Full body and fully aromatic, well balanced fruity aroma with hoppy bitterness. Tropical fruit and caramel, pineapple, mango, pink grapefruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrik (607) - - JUN 29, 2016
Flarra i hemmet. Doftar ladugård och ja ok då även katt piss. Tung doft. Smakar då? Ja inte nåt med Mjaau här. Fyllig tung känsla i munnen. Tallbarr åh gran samt grape åh lite persika . Ja sen kommer lite trä. En fyllig Dipa med rejäl fräsch efterbeska. Bör testas igen då biran väl kall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6419) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2016
355ml bottle. Cloudy, orangey, pale golden colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Citrusy, tropical fruity and grassy hoppy aroma, notes of passion fruit, mango, blood orange, hints of resin and weed, a touch of pineapple. Taste is citrusy fruity hoppy, slightly papery-chalky and sweaty resinous, notes of lemon, hints of grapefruit, a touch of passion fruit and pineapple, caramel and crystal malty basis; lasting bitter finish, perfectly hidden alcohol. Very intense but seemingly light and dangerously drinkable as a "simple" IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfbass (1101) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 4, 2016
Bella imperial davvero, soprattutto equilibrata. al naso bella profumata, e al palato non troppo amara; si lascia bere.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (17040) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 19, 2016
12 fl.oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy deep orange golden colour with a huge most good lasting off-white head. Aroma of apricot, some resins, bitter hops. Taste of bitter fruity hops, apricot, peach, some citrus, long medium bitter finish.


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