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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

2,114 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 269 | FT: 2
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 quaybr:
Photo of quaybr
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thick white bubbly head slowly retreats to a thin layer of foam, being fed by a stream of bubbles. Color is a golden-amber, a bit more bronze than the typical DIPA.

Aroma is incredibly citrusy: mostly grapefruit with some orange peel. A little bit of grass is present, too. The buckets of hops leave only the slightest hint of malt.

Taste follows aroma, as hops rule the palate. In fact, flavor is a bit unbalanced - hop to malt ratio seems too big. Bitter spuds begin as early as front-mid tongue, growing too strong by the time your washing it down and lingering loudly in the aftertaste.

Although the absence of malt is noticeable in the taste, it isn't quite as bad with the mouthfeel. Not as thick as typical, but not watery either.

This beer lacks balance, as their is no backbone to the malt bill to match the hop profile. I'd suggest passing this one up for another DIPA alternative.

quaybr, Mar 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%

(enjoy by 21 Sep 2014 - poured into a balloon)

A: crystal-clear, sunrise orange liquid... tall, very open tuft of white foam - jiggles around like jell-o when the glass is lifted

S: my kind of hop scent - semi-dry hop cones, faint tobacco, ganja, spiced orange, oven-toasted brown paper bag... background pine and ethanol... touch of roasted grain and nut at the bottom... can almost detect an "acidic" undertone... boozy-er as it warms, but still hop-dominated... familiar scents, but mad potent and alive in projection

T: mildly savory, herbal-bitter hops... spicy resins abound... quite dry in the finish, as the hop resins and floral booze hum loudly and linger mid-palate, with the sort of candied-orange notes falling off the sides of the tongue while a peppery, oregano-like flavor whirs in the center... almost a radicchio-like chord long in the aftertaste

M: smooth and moderately viscous, yet light-er bodied... desiccating pull on each taste bud... the warmth creeps up, nestles in the belly and works its way out to the extremities

O: have yet to brew with it, but Centennial might be my favorite American hop, hands down... does this remind me of Hoptimum? maybe a little - I could be off - I've had so many hop rockets like this... a well-made IPA

Bouleboubier, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mojohawk21, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Justindouglas7
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Turbo, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of withliterature
4/5  rDev +6.1%

withliterature, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Tiernan, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tbryan5, May 31, 2013
Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of joemetric
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Punchy_Munchie, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
Photo of NWer
3/5  rDev -20.4%

NWer, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SD-Alefan, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

warnerry, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Todd, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
1.2/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 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
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Dbrulet
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of lionnusmb
4.75/5  rDev +26%

lionnusmb, May 04, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -7.2%

aquazr1, Oct 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Skye1024, Mar 11, 2013
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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.