Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by ChuckHardslab:
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. It's a crystal clear dark straw color with a 1 finger bright white head that settles into thin cap. Leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.
The smell is citrus hops with a bit of pine and toasted bread, very nice.
The taste follows the aroma. Grapefruit citrus and piney hops with enough malt to balance it out. There is some fruit in the middle. The finish is pretty clean with less sharp bitterness than one would expect. There's very little alcohol 'heat' for a beer with this high an ABV. It's very balanced and drinkable for an IIPA.
It has a medium mouth feel with style appropriate carbonation.
This beer is a pleasant surprise from New Belgium. It's not really Belgian in character and that's actually a good thing. This is a very good IPA that I would recommend and buy again.
07-31-2013 03:48:38 | More by ChuckHardslab
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3.79/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-11-2013 14:06:38 | More by oberon
1.2/5 rDev -68%
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.
04-05-2013 03:02:51 | More by Beaver13
3.94/5 rDev +5.1%
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...
07-16-2013 01:49:42 | More by Billolick
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,873 ratings.