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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,373 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 49
Gots: 425 | FT: 4
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: 2,373 | Reviews: 410
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.

Photo of SamN
2.21/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beers looks are pretty underwhelming for an Imperial IPA. Limp color, looks thin, could be mistaken for your run-of-the-mill amber lager. Head is sandy, dirty white, grainy looking. Smell...uhm, nothing. I literally get no smell, even with vigorous swirling and a full faceplant into the glass. Maybe some faint alpha oils.

This could be because I was in the snow and cold all day, but I dunno. An imperial IPA should be a shotgun blast to the face of sticky hop cones. This barely has any aroma at all.

As for taste, It's a hop-forward beer, for sure. It's just not what I think of when I think of an DIPA. The hops flavor is sort of two-dimensional, no juicy citrus fruits or tropical fruits anywhere. The heavy malt base might offer countering sweetness, but it too sort of gets lost in the muddle. Some mild toasted grains in there, but limited.

Man, this was disappointing. NB is real hit-or-miss these days.

Photo of Jrhockney
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The very definition of a double Ranger...Sweeter, a bit more bitter, and often only $.50 more than Ranger! Its feel suffers from the a similar thin-ness to Ranger, but this one just feels more syrupy. Maybe its just overally resinous but I'm not sure. Another great budget Double IPA.

Photo of clager
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear copper color

S: Dank, floral, and citrusy - one of the best smelling beers I have seen.

T: Less bitter and less citrusy than it smells with excellent balance of bitter hops, floral, and malt.

F: Appropriately carbonated, smooth.

Overall: Excellent IPA with hidden high ABV. Will seek this out again in the future.

Photo of jblake4124
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realize it is an imperial, but this one fails to balance out the bitterness. "Burly" as the description puts it is right. Perhaps a bit too burly. I enjoy it, but there's too much IPA competition for me to buy it regularly. Still rates solidly in my book.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden pour with thick, lasting white top. Aroma of pine. Flavor is pine again, and great malty balance. Very tasty brew!

Photo of Shineparker
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice copper color with a thick white head good lacing, pleasant aroma. Excellent flavor, nice bitterness, but sweet maltiness balances flavor. Truly a masterpiece.

Photo of iRaven99664
4.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: solid yellow golden ale. Nice white head. Bubble galore from head to base. Very carb, but natural.

S: very sweet and piney. Very fruity hop. It smells like they said "oh you like this? Here is more to enjoy". It SMELLS bitter. Its very robust.

T: it feelsmlike the moisture ismevaporationg from ,y tongue, and is layering pine onmmy tongue. It coats it in its sweet cashmere texture and settles there front and middle of tongue. I doint know my malts but the sweet is very fruity. The description is peach which I guess i can see., Its still kind of hard to pin point certain points, but I can tell its not floral or citrus.

F: not water which is nice. Its not heavy or chewy. I see bubbles but not carbonated by CO2, but bubbles on tongue. Coats lovely. Lingers which is welcomed.

New Belgium is truly one of my new favorite breweries. Their Portage is one of my fave porters, this is one of my fave Imperials. I find myself eyeballing Portage telling myself I want it badly' and I will do the same with Rampant.

Photo of Stjimmy10_1
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid Imperial IPA. The peach/apricot notes are abundant in the flavor. It's definitely on the sweeter side but that's not a bad thing. There's a slight pine aroma but the peach/apricot fruity notes dominatelike the flavor. The Rampant has a little bit of lacing, there isn't much head to speak of, but overall it's a tasty beer. I'd recommend trying it.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.