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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

1,707 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 114 | FT: 1
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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TheQuietMan22

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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The best by date printed on the label is “11AUG13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is light, clear copper. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving a rocky cap, webwork of foam along the glass, and eventually a skim and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice balance between floral hops, citrus, and tropical fruit. Pine is prominent at first, but it is tempered by grapefruit, orange, apple, tangerine, and mango as the beer warms. It eventually offers an overall sticky-sweet aroma that is tinged with citrus, mango, and maybe peach. (The label mentions peach, so why not?) Though it may just be the pine, I think it has a touch of catty pungency.

Taste: Bold bitterness that slowly works on the taste buds and does not really reach its peak until the aftertaste. With each sip, I was expecting a full-frontal assault, but the bitterness slowly builds. The booze is not totally masked but it does keep a low profile. The flavors are pretty tame, which is a disappointment. I was expecting it to offer loads of the citrus and tropical fruit from the smell. However, the taste is mostly floral and piney with sharp lemon zest. Hints of grapefruit and mango peek through, though — but the beer needed to warm considerably. After that point, the bitterness is tempered by pale malts and a light, candy caramel flavor.

Drinkability: It smells great, but the flavor is all about the bitterness — which is solid. Personally, I would rather have a little more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 00:22:40 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.