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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

1,935 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 187 | 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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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

oberon, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mojohawk21, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Justindouglas7, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Turbo, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

withliterature, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Tiernan, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tbryan5, May 31, 2013
Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of joemetric
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Punchy_Munchie, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

NWer, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

SD-Alefan, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

warnerry, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Todd, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
1.2/5  rDev -68.1%

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.

Beaver13, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

lionnusmb, May 04, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%

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...

Billolick, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

aquazr1, Oct 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Skye1024, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

IDYVM, Dec 22, 2013
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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.