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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

1,918 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 34
Gots: 184 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Omnium
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with just over a finger of white foamy head, thick lacing.
S - Bright pine and floral notes, some lemon zest, papaya and mango.
T - Mango, peach, apricot, big floral notes, a nice lightly sweet malt base.
M - Mildly bitter, a slight alcohol burn and hop spice feel on the end.
O - This is far better than Ranger, lots of lush flavor and aroma. Excellent IPA

Omnium, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Hvymetalsniper
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%

Hvymetalsniper, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost metallic, copper hue when held up to the light. The beer smells brightly of tropical fruit, and then earthy herbal notes, as well as a touch of spicy hop character. Big guava notes, black pepper, lychee, peach syrup, and some floral apricot notes as well as pine needle notes, perhaps a hint of menthol, but the fruit hop notes are definitely the dominant notes here.

Bitter up front, and through to the finish as well, but there is a hugely expressive fruit character, and a woody pine note. Notes of floral peach syrup, concentrated guava notes, woody peppery notes, and lots of herbal leaning lychee. The malt character is purely supporting here, it barely provides some light cracker like notes, perhaps a touch of caramelized character, and just enough malt to accentuate the expressive, dominant hop character. The body is light, but still has some texture to it, definitely on the light side for an Imperial IPA, but that makes it all the more appealing.

Much nicer than I was expecting, the expressive hop character with its vibrant fruitiness, biting bitterness and light herbal notes that are done at a low enough level that it doesn’t get in the way of the other notes.

Gueuzedude, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by July 7, 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

New Belgium's Rampant is a seriously unique DIPA with its blend of peach, lemon, grapefruit, and guava flavors, likely all courtesy of the hops. The brewers keep the malts focused to only two-row, which will emphasize the sweetness and fruitiness of the hops all the more. This is definitely a DIPA that moves in its own direction in terms of aromas and flavors, which in a world of fairly imitative DIPAs, I find to be quite enjoyable.

Pours a generous 1.75cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, the bubbles small and densely packed, creating a smooth, milky-creamy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is fairly good, a wide array of sizes and shapes of residual foam stick to the sides of the glass. Body is a rich copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer,

Aroma is dense, fairly dank, unique hop aromas give off a complex mix of ripe citrus, peach, apples, and pears in a heavy fruit salad, perhaps a grapefruit and lemon being most noticeable. Underlying pale malt sweetness becomes slightly detectable with multiple inhalations (the nose adjusts to the hops).

Sweet, quite fruity, and simultaneously bitter, Rampant has a fairly unique hop choice and ester combination,
Front of palate is sweet, of dank fruit salad (grapefruit, orange, lemon, guava) with a unique, assertive, somewhat "off" fruity hop flavor (like a sweet, citrusy peach) that I haven't experienced before, yet I find to be quite enjoyable. Mid-palate is fruity and sweet, of light peach with a heavy, rich fruit-salad like mix of grapefruit, orange, guava, apples, and pears. Bitterness is also quite noticeable, cutting the fruity sweetness, and allowing for a hint of malt character and cumin to be discovered. Back of palate is solidly bitter while still retaining some of the fruitiness and malt sweetness that's been detectable earlier. Closes with a rush of grapefruit-like bitterness that leads into a lingering aftertaste of bitter grapefruit, tropical fruit salad, fairly heavy and dank.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that gently foams on the palate, and comes across as quite smooth. Ethanol is well-hidden, only a light bit of heat on the back of the throat. The intense hoppiness and alcohol combine to create a pleasurable bitter tingle in the tongue, which I find to be quite enjoyable. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, May 14, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours out a brass color, with an almost still-looking body and a thin head. Hops are strong in the nose: very earthy and herbal. Smell some caramel malts as well. Flavor is obviously hop-forwarded. Hops, as in the nose, are earthy and herbal, with the NB house taste complimenting the hop character well. Malts taste of caramel and toasted bread. Mouthfeel isn't too thick. Carbonation helps to scrub up the sweetness and bitterness. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that is outside of what I normally look for in one.

goochpunch, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company tumbler.

A: Pours a clear, dull gold with a slight amber hue. Puffy white head.

S: Tropical and stone fruits abound in the nose. Peach, mango, light grassiness, pineapple, cantaloupe, sugary pale malt, dank resin. God, I love Mosaic hops.

T: The taste brings us back a little bit to Ranger territory, with the familiar toasted malt and earthy tobacco-like bitterness, in addition to light notes of melon and pithy grapefruit juiciness. Finishes dry and bitter, with a hint of alcohol.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I really like the combination of hops in this beer. It's not much like many other IPAs on the market, although it is a step closer to a fruity, dry west-coast IPA for New Belgium.

Etan, Mar 06, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 7/7/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, peach, pine, lemon zest, pineapple, light honey, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of hop notes with a fairly moderate malt backbone; very unique aromas as well. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, peach, pine, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, light honey, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Nice amount of citrus pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, peach, pine, lemon, pineapple, floral, light honey, and pine resin on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt backbone; with some light cloying pine bitterness on the finish, but not really that bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a very sticky, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Very nice and unique hop complexity with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The Mosaic and Calypso hops were definitely different, but it worked out very well. No complaints at all, really enjoyed this one.

superspak, Mar 19, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

nicksanch81, Aug 28, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Served on tap at the brewery. Appears a light golden color with thin white head and heavy lacing. The nose features dank hops with notes of pine, weed, lemon, and grass. The taste is has a heavy grapefruit hop bitterness with lemon in the background. Hops pretty much dominate this, very faint caramel in the background. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this is a great value for a dipa, definitely worth a try!

homebrew311, Mar 07, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a bottle with a drink by date of 7/14/13, it's good to go.

Pours out translucent gold with a super-thick, 2 inch head. The lacing on this dipa is amazing. A large mound of head lasts for a good 30 minutes. Impressive.

Citrus, pale malts, caramel and floral hops combine with a hint of yeast to make up the smell.

Resiny, citric (blood orange/grapefruit) start this brew off very well, almost has a rye spice to it, though I doubt any is used. Sweet country white bread smooths it out a bit. I also notice a hint of pine in the finish. A bit heavy on the carbonation until the end. Nice moderate thickness. Resiny hops stick to the mouth for quite a while on this one.

Very interesting new dipa from New Belgium. I like it quite a bit. It stands out from the pack, is generously hopped and not too high on ABV. I'm sure I'll have it again. Great addition to the New Belgium lineup!

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 21, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%

I biught a six-pack of Rampant IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a frothy stark white head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, not the pine scent you might expect from an Imperial IPA. Soft flower and fruit aromas, peaches pears and melons.

Taste is sweet citrus flavor up front, with a mildly bitter aftertaste, which becomes more dry and more bitter over time.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying, with no hint of the alcohol despite the ABV.

Overall a decent and drinkable IIPA. I'd have this again for sure.

RJLarse, Aug 18, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

For the price this is a great Imperial IPA.I have no complaints about this beer.No need for a snobbery rating.4s across the board with a mouthfeel of 4.25.I was not a fan of the Fat Tire but having this I may revisit New Belgium more.Going to have another now.Cheers!

Rob23, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8.5% ABV, 07JUL13 printed on label.

A - Tan hues encase a goldenrod colored beer that's clear enough to show off the trickle of carbonation streaming from the glass' etching to the tall, frothy off white head. Great retention! As the bubbles loosen, chunky webbing is left caked to the globe.

S - Rampant's unique hop aroma blends quite a few varieties of hops for a decidedly American burst of combined citrus and earthiness. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit meld with pine sap and honey sweetness but a hint of that overly Simcoe-hopped cat pee smell starts to peek out in front of the big malty base. While hop-forward, one thing that sets Rampant apart is it's sturdy groundwork of malt; dry, flaky biscuit and undertones of sticky caramel.

T - Sticky sweet pilsner malt flanks the dry biscuit notes which lie behind the burst of citrus hops while earthy suggestions of pine and dirt slowly creep into the scene. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit are showcased though, really powering forwards in the flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp, Rampant balances the big malty body well with a barrage of carbonation and bold dry hop bitterness. Additionally, alcohol aids in drying the finish of this medium-full bodied beer out while remaining otherwise invisible.

O - I feel like saying New Belgium is a little late to the double IPA party with Rampant is somewhat uncool due to their pioneering nature but, by this point, producing a really captivating and wowing double IPA within a saturated market is hard. I enjoy the bigger malt base which keeps this beer from being too hoppy - at first - but I find it inches towards the cloying side of the spectrum after a few gulps. An attempt is made to blend the tropical fruit "style" double with some of the earthier pine notes and it works out just fine, but in the end that's how I view this beer; "just fine". It's a nice, very well brewed, and accessible double IPA from a quality brewery, but I feel the hardcore hop-heads might be dissatisfied with this one.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 05, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

New Belgium Brewing Company has stepped up their game by offer a new, year-round Imperial IPA. Rampant pours a clear, burnished golden color, and it is capped by a solid and sticky white head. Citrus hops dominate the nose. The blast of citrus slowly fades to allow hints of pine resin and rich malt. The beer opens with a bit of a bitter hop bite that is quickly quelled by caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Peachy and lemony flavors pull this remarkably balanced IIPA though the finish. Moderately carbonated, Rampant is extremely well-balanced, complex, and medium in body

phishsihq, Feb 27, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Bought a refrigerated six-pack at Wilbur's in Fort Collins Feb. 27, 2013- two days before the official release date.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Nice white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of hops and malt. Not especially heavy with citrus or pine notes as with other IPAs. Mouth feel is a little thin. Taste is bitter with some malt. Little or no citrus or pine hop flavor. Bitter aftertaste. This is an imperial IPA but, the alcohol is not particularly noticeable. This IPA tastes a lot like New Belgium Ranger IPA with a very similar hop profile and balance. If you like Ranger IPA, you will like the Rampant IPA too. In my view, it is a good IPA but, nothing really special..

fcbrew, Feb 28, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a stark white bubbly head of foam.

Smell: A very distinctive aroma of cantaloupe and honeydew melon with light, sweet peach notes and a bit of pine.

Taste: Follows the nose with melon, peach, pear, and apple as well as some honey and nectar sweetness. Pine and a thin crackery malt round out the taste. There's a touch of stinging alcohol in the finish that's accompanied with an almost rosewater-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with low to medium carbonation.

WolfsbaneBloom, Apr 08, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%

i totally love this beer. i almost hate new belgium. seriously, has one brewery ever had so many beers taste so closely alike? fat tire, ranger, dig and snow day all have that weird extra toasted flavor that i used to love till i realized it showed up in everything they brew. now it just makes me nauseous..well, most of the time, because they finally brewed a balanced beer, one hopped well enough to handle that surplus of toasted malt or whatever that taste is, like they spilled too much in and said "screw it, bottle it and sell it. Rampant is rather sweet and a little of this flavor can go a long way. the appearance is a vibrant golden, slight copper hue that is almost perfectly clear with a decent head and really good lacing, which i wouldn't expect with how clear the beer is. the aroma is intense its... (reloading)... oops, i accidentally opened a fat tire that someone left over...i'll just give that to the dog, ok, rampant, yes, the aroma is a loud balance of citrusy and piney off the charts. Taste is, like i said, sweet. Maybe a bit grassy but not too dry. All in all this is something very different in the realm of IPAs over all. awesome beer. bit of a break from the norm. hell, it may even cause me to become more optimistic about trying future new belgium releases.

Monalenard, Mar 18, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a clear light golden with decent foam. The aroma is bright, floral and citrusy, with lots of orange blossoms. The flavor is very hop forward, with a light mix of pine and orange zest followed by a touch of grassy spice on the end. Lightly bodied, easy drinking, and oh so affordable. I can see this being a dependable budget selection, and widely available.

elNopalero, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Broden
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%

Served in a standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice crystal clear darkish gold color. Solid two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

S- Smell on this seemed a little bit more subtly than I was anticipating. Very piney, and resinous. Smells like a very dry beer, no sweetness detected.

T/M- Carbonation is perfect for the style. Body is on the lighter side..making it very very easy to drink. No malt presence and tastes very dry. Good piney hop flavor, with a surprising amount if bitterness. Leaves a sticky resinous aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Not necessarily my favorite take on the IIPA but a very good beer none the less. Would recommend to a friend.

Broden, Mar 02, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%

Interesting nose, I guess I'm getting some peach as the label says. It's different than Ranger because the piney resin isn't there. The look is pale for a DIPA but the head is fluffy and lingers a bit with nice lacing.
Taste is surprising with a fruity sweetness I can't place but also nicely balanced with bready malt and a nice hops bitterness on the finish.
A nice IPA overall and dangerously drinkable for the abv. This one works for me and I liked the hops blend . For about $2.00 for a single, value is there. Don't know how you get $7.99 for 6 as some reviewers found; maybe out of date ?

Hopscat, Mar 11, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

Fresh off the truck - not even in the store's computer system yet. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Clear Princeton orange body with a lasting smattering of off white foam that settles to a ropey collar and a mottled surface slick. Decent retention, delicate lacing, very faint legs.

Herbaceous, not-quite-skunky aromatics with a strong but secondary note of sweetness alternating between honey and peach/mango. Spicy and potent.

Citrus and passion fruit on the palate with a long lingering peppery herbal note to back things up. Hops all the way through, though there is a clean but strong malt backbone to provide balance. Very slightly soapy finish with a touch of pine sap. Nice full bitterness. Dry woodsy finish brings you back for more punishment. Faint aftertaste of dark herbal tea (maybe from the Calypso hops?). The sweetness seems to come out more as you habituate to the bitterness and as the ale warms a bit.

Medium-bodied, carbonation is well dialed to maximize the bite of the hops without getting in the way of their flavor. Very faintly sticky.

While I think Ranger is a better beer, this is a good unapologetic version of the style and a good value. While not in the same league as anything from Russian River (for example), I think it would only be slightly outclassed by many mid-tier offerings like Hop Henge, Hoptimum, etc.

augustgarage, Jun 15, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

Well after 1800+ reviews I finally stumbled upon New Belgium brewery. This is my first beer by them and I may have overpaid since it was 4 dollars for the single. Justified by the ABV.

A - Very hazy looking IPA bright golden yellow with a mild orange hue. Head is excellent tower of a solid 1/2 inch that pulls back to mega sticky lacing.
S - Fresh squeezed Grapefruit hops and juicy lemon hop bitterness tickles the nose. Smells timid not like a pine tree so it must be balanced.
T+M - First thing I had to note is how thick this beer is. Just screams DIPA with a medium to heavy body. Not used to that but I taste is fairly clean the hop bitterness is there with a great twinge on the tongue in the finish. Like other masters the ABV is well masked and this is no exception no ethanol bite. Not much else to say except balanced.

Overall I am not sure if its my palate but this beer is much heavier than many DIPA's I have sampled. Not that thats a bad thing because its still fresh Best By Feb 2014.

DrDemento456, Jan 12, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

12oz : tulip
Best by : 7-14-13

Clear, with lots of visibly rising carbonation, bright brassy golden-orange with a thick, foamy off white head and tons of lacing.

A unique hop character, lemony, sweet, fruity peach. Light pine undertones/finish. Lightly sweet, pale malt backing.

Medium body, with mild foamy carbonation. Faint alcohol warmth.

I really enjoyed the use of the Mosaic and Calypso hops as they presented a hop character I had yet to experience before. Really easy drinking DIPA.

vkv822, Mar 13, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

Really surprised by how lightly colored this is. It really looks closer to a pilsner than an IPA. But no matter, there’s still fine carbonation and good head formation.

Smell seems about right given the size of this beer. Big blast of hops, and not the kind I’ve grown accustomed to like in Ranger, but more like New Zealand hops with interesting peach and mango notes.

Flavor is solid though seeming a little light for style. However, given the 8.5% ABV, I think New Belgium has actually crafted a really drinkable yet potent ale. Those unique hops in the aroma are at play in the flavor as well. And they’re really the star. Given how lightly colored this beer is, the malt is really neutral. Yet there is still some sweetness to be had, and some of it might even be the unique fruity hop flavor.

On the one hand, I appreciate that this beer goes down so easily for an imperial IPA. On the other, why even make it 8.5% if it’s going to be this smooth? Either way, I’d be happy to have a few more of these, and if the price is correct at $7.49/sixer, that’s a bargain.

JEdmund, Mar 08, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

finally, something new and impressive coming from new Belgium! too many lackluster and overpriced releases has me a little down on these guys, but this one is a gem. pours a really pale hazy yellow color, lighter than almost any big ipa ive seen, with a thick foamy bubbly white head with okay retention. the nose is very floral, perfect for the blooming spring time, hoppy but not terribly bitter, and really light on the malt bill. the flavor is also very light in terms of grains, and the hops are intense and interesting, not just a bitter bomb. lots of floral pollen grassy hop character, this somehow reminds me of easter. the yeast is also a contributor, with complimentary light sugar cookie complexion. really clean finish with a burst of freshness. I liked everything about this beer, even the not so subtle alcohol content, it just works in the context of this light and flavorful brew. also, its priced like a beer not a bottle of rare French wine, which is something new Belgium really needs to get back to if they are going to frequent my fridge with any kind of regularity. bravo for this.

StonedTrippin, Mar 17, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.