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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,393 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 51
Gots: 442 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

A burly and bitter Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. There is some malt sweetness to stand this beer up, and Rampant's finish is bone-dry.
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Ratings: 2,393 | Reviews: 418
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a huge frothy and steady head; with good retention and good lacing

S: So pungent--it overwhelms you immediately after cracking the bottle open; citrus, peach, dank weed, herbs, floral, onion, pine--seriously, this is an oily aromatic bouquet of awesomeness--a bit of toasty maltiness and, of course, some subtle booze

T: Bitter but way less bitter than I expected: fruity, herbally, grassy hops--oily too; the toasted malts linger; I wish some sweetness balanced with what becomes a growing bitterness

F: oily and resinous--nice medium, chewy mouthfeel

O: A really awesome smelling and good, albeit strange, tasting beer; I like it but this not your typical IPA

Photo of FrothFanatic
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Strong alcohol kind of suppresses the floral and citrisy/grassy flavors/aroma but still a very nics drink. Bot a big fan of New Belgium but this along with Snapshot are very good offerings.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Intriguing flavors in this one ... Good Calypso showcase. Sweet cotton candy nose, with the hops skewing more tropical/floral than citrus. Pineapple and menthol cough drop on the palate, along with some stewed pears, green mango, yellow grapefruit, cantaloupe, peach, oregano. Interesting stuff. Here, the Mosaic seems to be used more for its resinous potency than its bright fruitiness, although there is orchard fruit flavor galore, as advertized. Notable booze flavor. Faint caramel in the background. Rather thin body but still coats the mouth. Finishes clean. Well worth an investigation by hop fans.

Photo of Tilly
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glorious amber with s solid white head that fades quick but leaves a nice lace on the glass.
Aromas of fruit, mild spice and hops.
Taste like a modern day IPA. Grapefruits, hoppy pine and oddly enough, a hint of Double Bubble chewing gum.
Pleasant subtle mouth feel with a distinct bitterness in the back of the tongue!
Nice presentation but just North of the middle of the pack!

Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rampant Imperial IPA brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 8.5% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color, with a nice white head. The smell of Rampant Imperial IPA is rich with hops , grains and malts. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops. This is a nice full bodied brew. You also pick up some nice grains and malts at the end of this brew. Rampant Imperial IPA has a real nice balance to it, the hops at first are a bit overpower powering but nothing to bad. The mouthfeel of Rampant Imperial IPA is bold smooth and clean. This brew has a clean aftertaste, something hard to find in this style of brew. Overall I'm giving Rampant Imperial IPA a 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of STLCARD
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium and Sierra Nevada have a way of never letting me down...great stuff!

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit surprised by how much I liked this. Others try the Imperial IPA, few get it right. Bravo New Belgian.

Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by July 26 2015, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear, golden orange with amber highlights, and a half finger lacy head.

S - Peach, subtle citrus, more toward the lemon side.

T - Taste is mild peach, pale malts, and a restrained bitter finish. You only pick up a touch of heat as it warms.

M - Carbonation is medium, heft is solid, seems properly balanced so that it doesn't lean towards being overly creamy or overly dry/sharp.

O - Solid IIPA. While nothing in particular stands out, it is well put together and easy drinking.

Photo of E-McFarden
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a slight pinkish hue when held to the light. A haze remains; 1/2" of head looks as though it would survive an apocalypse, holding on to the glass with lace as though its life really depended on it. Intense piney and fruity aroma hops flood the nostrils, and my nose wasn't even close to the rim. Caramel and raisin scents fight through with the malts reminding the hops to stand aside. Earthy and piney bittering hops come through even initially when the malt flavors are usually in dominance. The malt profile in this brew balances nicely with the intense hops, rather than trying to outdo them. Mouthfeel seems heavy at first with the amount of fermentables used, but seems to lighten up at the end in a crisp hoppy finish. Overall a great brew for me, I would certainly buy this one again.

Photo of hophead723
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a tried and true beer by New Belgium and one of their finest. I am pouring this into a 16 oz. goblet glass from a very fresh bottle.

Look: The light shining through this beer reveals it's glorious golden, copper color and slight haze from the copious and perfected hopping. The head is supple and white with superb lacing.

Smell: I get predominant peach aromas, with hints of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Mosaic, Calypso, and Centennial hops are used in this beer which produce a potent mixture of hop goodness. The malt aroma is a subtle caramel with a toasty, underlying sweetness.

Taste: This beer has a hop heavy profile with lots of peachy and citrus bitterness up front with a subtle caramel underlying sweetness. I taste apricot very heavily. The bitterness lingers pleasantly like the glowing embers of a fire.

Feel: The body of this beer is rich with lots of carbonation, producing a silky smooth mouth-feel that makes each sip enjoyable as each of the flavor components play out across the palate. I held some in my mouth and is audibly sizzled and popped like a soft drink indicating excellent carbonation levels. It is also quite dry at the end and not juicy like a west coast style IPA.

Overall: This is a longstanding go-to IPA for me and many others. Everything about this beer is very well done by the masters at New Belgium. I rate it very highly and everyone should try it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium "Rampant" Imperial India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Enjoy by 31May15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Interesting beer. When I first tasted it I had to check the label because it didn't really come across as "Imperial"; it's much softer and smoother, and it doesn't have the brash citrus & pine hoppiness that's so common. The lush, velvety maltiness and unusual hops really give it a unique character though. It's softly fruity with peach and papaya, gently citrusy with grapefruit and tangerine, floral, subtly piney, a touch herbal, and mildly grassy and earthy. There's a lot of malt going on, and it's fairly full in the mouth, but it's somehow not sweet despite the fact that its bitterness level seems restrained. The alcohol, of course helps, and lends a subtle touch of spice as well. It finishes dry and grassy. Unique.

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a big frothy white head. The smell is strong of citrus and peach. The taste reflects this greatly with the flavor being almost entirely hops with almost no malt present, and the alcohol is quite noticeable compared to other IIPAs I've tried with the other IIPAs having an even higher alcohol content. Overall It's pretty good IIPA.

Photo of do_ob
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin lacing of white foam on top. Decent carbonation. Nose is weak, grassy/piney with honey and citrus. Light weight and a semi-smooth/creamy mouthfeel. Good taste. Slight bitterness with decent notes of grapefruit, spice, and pine. I'm tasting peaches after reading the label, but it's probably just in my head. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste, as well as lingering grapefruit and pine.

Not a bad beer. Definitely not a go-to IIPA for me, but probably the best offering from NB I've had yet. It's plenty hoppy enough for most, with a decent amount of flavor. It's lacking body, though. Again, not a bad beer. Just slightly off, in my opinion.

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big let down. Poured copper color with a big white head. Smelled delish but tasted like old mop water. Pine taste with a strong bitter dry finish. Not for the faint

Photo of NCMatt
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing standout, but was a solid beer for the style.

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Favorite go-to DIPA from Colorado. It is malty sweet and then hops come in and take over a little bit and then it finishes with a slight sweet alcohol flavor. For a year round beer that is crazy affordable and 8.5%, you cant go wrong here. Get some! 4.25/5
O.B.D91

Photo of shroyer5
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of my goto beers

Photo of glass_house
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has New Belgium gotten to the point where they are penalized for who they are? It appears that way because this is an excellent IPA that I would put right up there with the Torpedo and Stone IPA. Hits all the right notes that a west coast IPA should. Nothing special to look at, but aroma and taste offer plenty of resinous pine notes with hints of biting citrus. Just a hint of balancing malt sweetness. Body is on the light side of medium, with crisp lively carbonation and a clean dry finish. Add the fact that I can find this easily for $8.99/6 pack and it's clear there will be a lot of this in my fridge this summer.

Photo of moundbz
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

smooth bitter with a nice finish, some peaches in there too

Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(Bottle, revisisted). Pale appearance. Estery smell, bananas. Drier finish than expected; 3/13/15.

Photo of ashleylake
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a very affordable Imperial IPA

Photo of Kono52
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lighter and clearer in color than most IPA's, but it's taste let's you know it's true to the style.

Photo of mdexter
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look is not too special, a little clearer and more translucent than a typical Imperial and lighter than most IPAs I favor. Not much head but moderate lacing throughout. Aroma of anise, juniper and maybe butterscotch. The taste is simultaneously sweet and bitter, mildly citrusy, moderately carbonated - definitely its best quality. Mouthfeel is a torrent of syrupy, boozy malt checked by a defiant melange of hops varieties with all the familiar dankness of American hops, though more prominently just bitter than floral. It lingers appropriately, as an Imperial and an IPA should. It has some of the best characteristics of an Imperial and many of the great characteristics of a hallmark American IPA. It'd be a really great Imperial IPA with some more aromatics and floral finishing hops.

Photo of Csikic93
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Fruity on the nose, a little bitter on the palate.

Photo of mugsup
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rampantly delicious, say no more.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.