Thursday, January 17, 2013

Black Diamond Rampage IIPA

type: double IPA
origin: Concord, CA (East Bay)
price: $5/22oz
ABV: 9%
NSP: 11.7
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Black Diamond had an IPA in the Cali IPA tournament, though I completely forget where it ranked overall.  (Check that link for results, if you're curious.)   For the price I had a hard time not buying this 22 -- and there's a mighty fire-eyed elephant (presumably rampaging through brush) that looks straight out of a Marvel comic book.  (Yeah, I used to go to Comic Con SD when it wasn't so coorrrrrporaaate.)

As a double IPA, I definitely approve.  Even though this isn't the most complex DIPA I've had (that would probably be Dreadnaught), it does have a fruity malt thing going on that is really delicious (contrast that with Pliny, which is rather dry).  The level of hopping is not out of control (like Ruination), but I find it balances the hefty 9% out nicely; at least well-enough that I can easily put back the 22 without a Dorado-style recoil.

In short, it's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good.  I'll venture to classify it as a classic west coast double IPA, although I don't think the elephant with eyes-aflame is rampaging all over my palate.  Even so, it sure is nice "as the nectar glides over the tongue", as Dr. Molar put it.

One thing to note: if you plan to spill half of it on your only pair of pants for a weeklong trip, you best get over to TJ MAXXX  and Maxonista it up, like I had to.

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