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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

2,362 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 49
Gots: 420 | 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: 2,362 | Reviews: 408
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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 TheRougeBastard
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite New Belgium brew...not too hoppy, not to malty, just right.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%

(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 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 oberon
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 HopticalDeployment
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Insane everyday imperial. Hop burst, biscuit notes. Will not let down.

Photo of Beaver13
1.22/5  rDev -67.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear gold with thin white head and minor lacing.

Smell: Sweet peaches, lemon, biscuit, and dry spiciness.

Taste: Strong peach and lemon taste upfront with some biscuit like malts underneath. Finish is fairly bitter, somewhat spicy and with a little bit of a berry taste as well.

Feel: Moderately carbonated with a medium body (not as full as many DIPAs). Finish is very tingly and somewhat dry. Very smooth overall.

Overall: A unique DIPA with an interesting combination of the bitter and sweet. The biggest detriment for me is the distinctive New Belgium sweet biscuit taste. Ultimately though, this is a great value at less than $10 / six pack.

Photo of joeworrall
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serve it in a tulip glass to get the full bouquet, this Imperial IPA is, IMHO, the best beer that New Belgium makes. Mosaic, Calypso, Centennial hops balanced with a hint of toasted malt make this one of my favorites, and a benchmark I judge other Imperial IPA's by. With a lovely citrus aroma, dry finish and a delicious fruity aftertaste, I can't find another IPA as good for $7 a six pack...

Photo of ehammond1
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear dark amber. Moderate near-white head. Lines of stick left down the glass.

The aroma is not a good one. Lots of root and stalk vegetables: celery immediatley comes to mind. There's some onion presence as well. A bit of resin character, but, overall, not good.

Fairly bitter with similar vegetable flavors--again, lots of celery and even potato, something strange. Some pine and resin notes as well.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

I didn't care for this one at all.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Best by date of July 28, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy patch. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A big aroma of ripe floral and citrus hops with a solid malt backing. Sharp mix of hops upfront with scents of floral, grassy, and piney hops. Big hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, peach, and papaya. Bready malt backing with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Also a little hint of pepper like spicing. Very hop forward and juicy aroma. Very good.

Taste: Like it smells, a big taste of ripe citrus and floral hops backed by some caramel malt. Big burst of ripe and bitter hops upfront with floral and grassy notes along with some spicy pine resin. Big citrus taste with notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, papaya, and peach. Bready toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. A little candy sugar and pepper spice. A very hoppy and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and very drying. Alcohol heat is pretty tame.

Overall: A really good new Imperial IPA from New Belgium. Great mix of hop flavors.

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep golden color, this was a dense liquid already. Nice substantial almost 1" head that didn't display much in terms of retention or lace, but given the amount of hop oils in here, its all forgiven.

Nice aromatic hop smell, tropical fruit came to mind, pineapple.

Taste, wow more pineapple hop flavor, low bitterness, hides alcohol well. Kind of reminiscient of Myrcenary from O'Dell's. Caramel notes were relatively low. No toffee. Good light malt body, good alcohol absorbtion, good hop flavors. What's not to love?

Reasonably (very) priced, easily drinkable, plenty of hops. We'll see how the other five bottles fare, but a fresh one really hit the spot. I really liked its relatively low bitterness to high tropical hop mouthfeel. Would recommend.

One of the first beers poured Wednesday night, pre party bottle share for March Madness 2013. Long before David Hurley at the El Dorado turned into a disingenuous, short sighted, cheaper looking version of Joe Buck trying to keep us from doing our already green lighted bottle share. Don't ever trust the El Dorado, they are disingenous. But drink this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden copper hue in the body large semi off white head forms thick with chunks spread sporadically throughout the sides of my glass. Aroma has grapefruit, citrus, big alcohol notes, with passion fruit tropical notes. Flavor has big alcohol notes sugary grapefruit, pineapple, and other residual tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is resinous with big sugars and even keeled carbonation, overall a beer I would dance with most of the time unless fresh drinkable Ranger is on hand!

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

Clear golden orange color, nice head, retention and lacing. Very nice floral and tropical mango aromas with just a touch of citrus. Taste is very fruity, with big mango flavors, a light touch of watermelon and some slight piney bitterness. Very little malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is semi-light, but crisp, especially for an IIPA, didn't get a lot of alcohol burn from this 8.5% beer. Overall, quite a nice beer, one of my favorites from New Belgium, outside their Lips of Faith Series.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
14Jul13 on bottle
A- This beer pours an orange body with a thin light beige head that is supported by a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The pungent woody herbal hops are 1-Dimentional and a bit harsh with some green tomato qualities coming through as it opens.

T- The taste has more full pungent bitterness of hops dominating and finishing with some dandelion milk bitterness that lingers and stains the tongue.

M- The medium mouthfeel is followed by a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a big kick in the tongue with a full hop bitterness but no other hop flavor or aroma. It is not sessionable and is a bit hard to get through the 6-pack. I will admit I was very excited to try this based on all the ads for it and all the varieties of hops described but I just to taste them.

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 LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big almost white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bright and rich golden colored beer with a hint of copper to it.

Mild hops aroma with some citrus aspects to it, maybe a bit of caramel malt (comes and goes) not much else going on here.

More of the caramel malts in the taste than in the aroma but not by much blended with a bit of fruity citrus hops tastes and a light bitterness.

Dry to drying aftertaste with a bit of the citrusy hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

Not a bad beer, I was just kind of unimpressed with this beer considering it is an imperial, was expecting more.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This DIPA is a very clear light-medium orange color, almost gold-orange. The off-white head is creamy-looking and fluffy. It almost reaches one finger, retains itself well, and leaves nice, decently thick rings and patches when it drops to foam.
Sweetness in the nose of tropical fruits and citrus are complemented by the malt's additions of caramel and honey. Sweetness is countered by a nice hop profile that might be on the mild side for a DIPA but is within range. From middle to finish, some raw green and musky earthiness bring the bitterness to the nostrils.
The taste pretty much follows suit, as the sweetness comes out almost exclusively up front but remains even as it's overshadowed by raw greenery, herb and earth. It's a bit spicy as well, which seems to come along with the herbal quality. Underneath citrus, pineapple and peach do make their appearance, coming over the malty additions of caramel and toffee while the raw leafiness lingers in the finish.
A crisp bite remains all the way though with an accompaniment from smoothness that doesn't shy away in a medium body. It does sort of thin out a touch at the end of each sip.

Photo of samtrillo
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a nice amount of white head.

S - Citrus, piney, hoppy. Can't sense much else.

T - Citrus malt with a hoppy bitter finish and bitterer aftertaste which turns into a soapy aftertaste. Some other fruit characteristics but I didn't pick up the peachiness.

M - Medium body and smooth with good amount of carbonation. Alcohol mostly masked.

O - A decent beer for the saturated style. Wouldn't be a go to but would never shy away from it if it was around.

Photo of SlamKing
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Look: It's a nice clear orange color with a decently sticky head.

Smell: I was a little cautious with this one because it's an 8.5%. You can smell it.

Taste: I was a little disappointed that the hop flavor didn't keep up with the alcohol flavor. It tasted too much like liquor for my liking. Not a bad beer. I would drink it again, but probably not buy it if I had other IPA choices.

Photo of McJibJab
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head, probably in part due to leg being recently moved to put on tap.
Gives way to robust lace and creamy bubbles which hold up nicely over time.

Color is slightly flat golden copper.

Nose of new growth pine, pineapple, with a breath of tart cherry.

Flavor is exceptionally well-balanced with higher notes of lychee and perfumey aspects of mandarin orange, and rounded out by heartier mangosteen or perhaps another tangy and custardy exotic fruit I have yet to taste. Body is robust, but loaded with lighter fruity and hearty floral flavors rather than anything more dark/malty we might expect from an imperial. Refreshing and distinctive- have two and reflect on everything that's going on.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the one-night only (!) tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown. I missed out on trying this numerous times when in Denver last fall, so I ain't making that mistake again.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice layered pattern of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of rather peppy pine resin and muddled citrus rind bitterness, bready, crackery caramel malt, a subtle tropical fruitiness, and some herbal tincture booziness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, herbal, leafy, and mint greens, a waning dry citrus astringency, wet pine needles, and a simmering boozy edge.

The carbonation is low-key, and just a tad frothy, the body on the lee side of medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, with the hops and alcohol taking their respective pounds of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and tree detritus notes all swimming in an alcohol stew.

A sort of underwhelming, if still drinkable enough version of a DIPA - a bit all over the place, and weirdly not malty enough, and this from NBB (I guess I sort of felt that way about the Ranger as well). Anyways, ok, but not really worth the effort I've expended in seeking it out.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.