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RATINGS: 251   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.

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4.1
ben4321 (6547) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 5/14/12

Aroma: It has a nice, big-time, west-coast style, citrus, grapefruit, pine hop aroma
Appearance: It pours an unclear orange color with a decent sized white head
Flavor: The flavor has some sweetness there to balance out the fairly large hop presence
Palate: The body is medium, it feels fairly creamy on the mouth, and ends up dry and tingly
Overall Impression: This one really depends on what you were looking for. If you wanted a unique beer with a ton of balance, this is probably not the beer you are looking for. HOWEVER, if you wanted a well-made big time, west coast style DIPA, then you are in for a treat. Personally, I love this style, and I thought they did quite a good job with it here.

4.3
AdamChandler (5100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Acquired in a trade. Stuck it in the fridge and then poured into a Hill Farmstead Glass.

A - SRM of 6-7. half a finger head quickly subsided to just a minor lacing of offwhite bubbles.

S - Big grapefruit and pine. Lots of fantastic hop resin. Hints of honey and grass.

T - Wow. Super sweetness. Like drinking syrup infused with hop oils. Really tasty. Nice pine and grass notes, more of the citrus bits. Just a small bit of cinnamon taste on the back of the tongue.

M - Nice and clean, super drinkable, 90/10 carbonation on the mouth swish. Wow.

O - This beer rocks. It’s no Pliny or Heady Topper but it’s great and one I’d LOVE to have again.


3.9
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Clear gold, nice head. Aroma of earthy, resinous hops, pine, grapefruit. Taste is resinous bitter, some peppery hops. Pretty good stuff.

3.9
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2012
Massive DIPA. The nose is full of orange and tangerine aromatics. Full bodied with an oily texture. Hints of sweeter citrus fruit, but they give way to bitter hops quickly. Heavy beer.

4.1
thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
Poured to a shaker from the bomber. Aroma is great nicely hoped. Slightly spicey aroma, but citrus flavor. Really good, one of the best I’ve had from black diamond. The alcohol is noticeable in the flavor, which I will accept for being imperial.

4
bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a shaker. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is fresh hops. Flavor is resinous hops. Medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Overall this is a nice IIPA.

4.8
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Liked this beer a lot. Smelled like the dank. Nice malt flavor - not to bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
rosshalligan (1) - - APR 15, 2012 does not count
aroma pine,citrus. appearance copper clear very slight sparkle white head lasts a short while with some lace. taste piney. with a nice dry finish lingers nicely. palate medium body, fizzy, overall not enough going on for a double IPA it hits all the check marks but lacks flavour depth and complexity.

3.2
IrishBoy (4211) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bomber from BevMo Oxnard. Nose is citrus, caramel, with hints of banana and cloves. Clear light amber with a big pale yellow head. Flavor is bitter with pine and fruity and clove notes.

4.3
Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
22oz bomber pours crystal clear copper with near white head. The aroma is nice and musty and dank with earthy and spicy hop goodness heading into modest levels of citrus hop notes in the background. The taste is similar with yummy spicy hops and dank earthy hops with both bitter and an ample amount of flavor hops going on. Behind these is a modest level of citrus hops in the background. Nicely facetted hoppy goodness and with a slight sweet maltiness helping to provide some pleasing depth to the experience. Solid brew!


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