Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2013 01:05:52 | More by flayedandskinned
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