Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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2.94/5 rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark gold color with nice clarity. The head is a nice-looking three finger offwhite shade. It has a good frothiness to it, and also retains very well. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.
S: I half-imagined this would be similar to a bigger version of Ranger, and the herbal hop tones mixed with biscuity yeast told me I was right. There's something not entirely right sitting with me aromatically that I can't put my finger on, so I'm docking points.
T: I don't like how the biscuity flavors interact with the hop profile; it almost creates a vague ammonia-esque flavor. Anyways, this unpleasant flavor fades away right before the middle of the brew, being supplanted with light piny qualities, a touch of citrus, and caramel malt. At first, I'm not enthused by the opening flavors, but they do fade away leaving a reasonable but unassuming DIPA.
M: Dry and crisp. The finish washes away some of the less pleasant notes well, which helps inspire additional drinkability. This is probably the best feature.
O: I was expecting an imperialized Ranger, and I got an imperialized Ranger...for better or worse. Like Ranger, I could see this one being significantly better on tap. The dry, easy drinking nature does an okay job of covering up its flaws, but there are still far superior options out there that you should pick up instead - and not even its price point can sway me otherwise.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2013 19:57:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
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