Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Best before date: July 14th, 2013
Poured into a standard tulip.
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear blond with an amazingly thick and voluminous, 3 finger tall, pure white hide. Great head retention with absolute curtains of sticky lacing. Quite impressed.
Aroma: The hops really just LEAP out of the glass on this imperial IPA, huge notes of lemon, pineapple, peach, red berries, melon rind (man, the new Mosaic and Calypso hops are really interesting!) The usual suspects of grapefruit and pine are nicely layered underneath this hugely tropical bouquet. Some sweetness from the malts accentuate the hop forward nose nicely.
Taste: Tropical hop flavors slam your tongue right away; cantaloupe, pineapple, light mango, lemon, grapefruit and pine-y hop goodness. The light and slightly chewy malts definitely take a backseat role in the flavor department, really just acting as spring board for the hops to jump off of onto your palate. The malts do get a little too sweet as the warms though. Finishes dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Wow! I was not expecting this high of quality of an IPA from New Belgium, especially when it is available year round at $7.99 a six pack. It is insanely refreshing and quaff-able. A bit too easy drinking for it's ABV. I definitely recommend drinking this cold and not allowing the malts to poke through too much, because they get a bit cloying and really just convolute the flavor profile.
03-11-2013 01:05:52 | More by flayedandskinned
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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 1,884 ratings.