Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,180 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 304 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8.5% ABV, 07JUL13 printed on label.

A - Tan hues encase a goldenrod colored beer that's clear enough to show off the trickle of carbonation streaming from the glass' etching to the tall, frothy off white head. Great retention! As the bubbles loosen, chunky webbing is left caked to the globe.

S - Rampant's unique hop aroma blends quite a few varieties of hops for a decidedly American burst of combined citrus and earthiness. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit meld with pine sap and honey sweetness but a hint of that overly Simcoe-hopped cat pee smell starts to peek out in front of the big malty base. While hop-forward, one thing that sets Rampant apart is it's sturdy groundwork of malt; dry, flaky biscuit and undertones of sticky caramel.

T - Sticky sweet pilsner malt flanks the dry biscuit notes which lie behind the burst of citrus hops while earthy suggestions of pine and dirt slowly creep into the scene. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit are showcased though, really powering forwards in the flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp, Rampant balances the big malty body well with a barrage of carbonation and bold dry hop bitterness. Additionally, alcohol aids in drying the finish of this medium-full bodied beer out while remaining otherwise invisible.

O - I feel like saying New Belgium is a little late to the double IPA party with Rampant is somewhat uncool due to their pioneering nature but, by this point, producing a really captivating and wowing double IPA within a saturated market is hard. I enjoy the bigger malt base which keeps this beer from being too hoppy - at first - but I find it inches towards the cloying side of the spectrum after a few gulps. An attempt is made to blend the tropical fruit "style" double with some of the earthier pine notes and it works out just fine, but in the end that's how I view this beer; "just fine". It's a nice, very well brewed, and accessible double IPA from a quality brewery, but I feel the hardcore hop-heads might be dissatisfied with this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%

(enjoy by 21 Sep 2014 - poured into a balloon)

A: crystal-clear, sunrise orange liquid... tall, very open tuft of white foam - jiggles around like jell-o when the glass is lifted

S: my kind of hop scent - semi-dry hop cones, faint tobacco, ganja, spiced orange, oven-toasted brown paper bag... background pine and ethanol... touch of roasted grain and nut at the bottom... can almost detect an "acidic" undertone... boozy-er as it warms, but still hop-dominated... familiar scents, but mad potent and alive in projection

T: mildly savory, herbal-bitter hops... spicy resins abound... quite dry in the finish, as the hop resins and floral booze hum loudly and linger mid-palate, with the sort of candied-orange notes falling off the sides of the tongue while a peppery, oregano-like flavor whirs in the center... almost a radicchio-like chord long in the aftertaste

M: smooth and moderately viscous, yet light-er bodied... desiccating pull on each taste bud... the warmth creeps up, nestles in the belly and works its way out to the extremities

O: have yet to brew with it, but Centennial might be my favorite American hop, hands down... does this remind me of Hoptimum? maybe a little - I could be off - I've had so many hop rockets like this... a well-made IPA

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an impy nonic a clear light golden with a sticky one finger white head that held for quite awhile.Aromas are more herbal and grassy with a little floral note,not a big sharp citric/resiny bomb,a a lightly toasted biscuit malt bas eunderneath the hops,not much alcohol presence.Flavors are grassy and herbal with a hint of onion,again not a big in your face resiny attack,light caramel biscuit and just a hint of sweet alcohol.Not bad but it's more a toned down DIPA in my opinion,not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beaver13
1.2/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a lot of plasticky onion with some dank peppery hops and a little sweet malt.

The flavor is a little sweet bready malt followed by a ton of vegetal plasticky green onion that has decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, I don't care for this at all. It's a bunch of watery onioney / garlicky hops (summit?). Like a very poor man's Gubna. From reading other reviews, I wondered if I got a bad one, since all I get is onion and no fruity piney hops. But the 6 pack tasted the same - I dumped one of them. It tasted similar on draft too, just more subdued and watery.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 01Sept13 on the label.

A- medium amber near clear with bubbles continuing to rise. Off white head , thicker film , medium collar and ample fine low rings of lace.

Strong roasted onions/garlic note on the nose (strange indeed) and some minor fruit and hop notes.

Boldly hopped up ale. Hops grainy and herbal. Grapefruit yes but in moderation. Smooth and quite drinkable with ample malts smoothing out the finish.

If you can get past the nose, you will enjoy this DIPA...

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,180 ratings.