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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

1,878 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,878
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 31
Gots: 159 | 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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spoonhawk

Iowa

1/5  rDev -73.3%

06-30-2013 02:03:25 | More by spoonhawk
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Wbassett


1/5  rDev -73.3%

03-18-2014 06:36:53 | More by Wbassett
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ajzy

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -73.3%

06-01-2013 14:48:49 | More by ajzy
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owenlift

Kentucky

1/5  rDev -73.3%

04-27-2014 02:16:58 | More by owenlift
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Noe

Idaho

1/5  rDev -73.3%

07-01-2014 02:45:25 | More by Noe
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Beaver13

Colorado

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
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

1.2/5  rDev -68%

Wow, I'm not one to drain pour a beer, especially not an IPA or DIPA. This beer smells of wet straw and dirt. This beer tastes like it smells. Awful.

Perhaps I should have poured it into a glass, but one smell after opening the bottle revealed this horrible smell. I proceed to take a couple of sips to see if the taste matched the smell. It did. I tried, I really did. Then it went down the drain.

Not sure what they were going for with this DIPA. Perhaps I missed something or my palette isn't experienced enough for this. But I've been a hard core hop head for years now and I don't remember drain pouring even the worst IPA or DIPA. This I couldn't take.

EDIT

Based on other reviews I wonder if I had a bad bottle or an old bottle. But the best by date is in July and it just hit here. Not sure what to think. But my review stands.

03-15-2013 02:56:17 | More by runfoodrun
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OutKast

Wisconsin

1.24/5  rDev -66.9%

Poured a bit light for an IIPA, good head and looked to be like the mouth feel I wanted.
Smelled like rotten grass...maybe a bad bottle i "thunk", but no the entire sixer!
Tasted like it smelled...hay, or rodent bedding..wet wood shavings with bread yeast...very little hop flavor...like they swept up the store room and hopped with the results, or used a hop schedule meant for a totally different type of beer altogether Terrible beer! I dumped 3/4 of every one i opened...could have gotten a rouge sixer, but don't plan giving it a second chance! I have NO idea how this can be over 80 on here....SERIOUSLY NASTY BEER! Just my opinion...

03-30-2013 21:40:09 | More by OutKast
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katterbe


1.28/5  rDev -65.9%

08-14-2014 22:25:33 | More by katterbe
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beergirl35

Washington

1.3/5  rDev -65.3%

There is something definitely wrong with this beer. It has a very odd odor and an even worse taste. I would love to describe it for you, but I can't put a name to it. It is a sick, floral disgusting smell and even worse taste. I generally don't throw out beer, but am strongly considering it on the rest of this six pack. Not a fan of New Belgium in general, but this is the worst.

02-06-2014 03:22:41 | More by beergirl35
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wiegs4life

Pennsylvania

1.39/5  rDev -62.9%

Had one from the folly pack I got not too long ago. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass.

A - Heavy copper color with about a 1 inch of froth.

S - Smells like an burn hops a bit. Not much to balance the smell of the abumdant alcohol.

T - A standard imperial IPA. Very unbalanced for all the hops in it.

M - Very harsh. Horrible aftertaste.

Overall, I didn't like the beer. I wouldn't get this beer even if it was given to me for free. Poor display from New Belgium.

09-08-2013 18:34:20 | More by wiegs4life
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -60%

03-17-2013 02:11:35 | More by bigbeers84
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -60%

04-06-2014 14:12:27 | More by JohnnyK
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.55/5  rDev -58.7%

Pours dark gold with a bright 2 finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grassy hops, melon, onions, biscuit malt, citrus zest, and alcohol. Very unpleasant. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

It does not taste better than it smells. It tastes a bit worse than it smells. There are onions, citrus zest, grassy hops, biscuit malt, alcohol, and some melon. I'm sure New Belgium wanted to try to make something different, but they failed miserably.

Medium bodied with averge carbonation. Finishes very dry and harshly bitter. I don't understand how they can fail to hide 8.50 % abv alcohol, when other breweries hide the alcohol on beers with a higher abv. I don't think I got a bad bottle, I just think this beer sucks.

04-07-2013 23:00:35 | More by hardy008
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RHB33

Maryland

1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

06-17-2014 22:00:46 | More by RHB33
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Halcyondays

California

1.81/5  rDev -51.7%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium clear gold with a firm white head, some real nice lace.

S: Weeds, vegetation, ethanol.

T: Lots of weedy, dandelion green type flavour. Astringent, not tasty at all, not a fun beer to try to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly crisp, medium carbonation.

O: This beer is horrendous, I hope this is a bad bottle, since this is by far the worst New Belgium beer I've had. Love these guys, but this is a mess.

03-23-2013 06:51:26 | More by Halcyondays
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dionito

Washington

1.98/5  rDev -47.2%

Served from a 12oz bottle bought about three weeks ago and kept in a dark chest freezer converted to kegerator. Temperature around 40ºF (+-3ºF). Served to a tulip glass.

Looks good, orange/copper with a nice foamy head. No problem there. The problem starts with the aroma. It's very strong, starts nice, piney, but goes into something weird that I am not sure what it is exactly, but it's pungent and unpleasant. Taste is similar to how the smell finishes, really strong, but not hoppy strong. The hops are there but they're overwhelmed by something off, totally unpleasant. I wonder if this bottle was not good, got skunk or something. I couldn't finish it and more than half of it went down the drain. I will give it another try and re-review. If this is what it is, not impressed at all. Actually, quite opposite.

04-30-2013 22:49:11 | More by dionito
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Skye1024

Indiana

2/5  rDev -46.7%

03-11-2013 02:34:04 | More by Skye1024
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StephenC

Florida

2/5  rDev -46.7%

07-14-2014 14:42:23 | More by StephenC
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mkennedy119

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.7%

03-10-2013 05:00:01 | More by mkennedy119
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irishgreensoda

Washington

2/5  rDev -46.7%

06-16-2014 21:12:21 | More by irishgreensoda
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hopazoid

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -46.7%

03-17-2013 02:17:43 | More by hopazoid
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J-dub


2/5  rDev -46.7%

01-05-2014 03:38:41 | More by J-dub
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soonerlight

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -46.7%

10-13-2013 22:15:34 | More by soonerlight
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mkbeirne

Virginia

2.01/5  rDev -46.4%

This was served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer poured a very light gold with minimal head. I want to emphasize the light color of this beer. Double IPAs surely are supposed to be fairly pale in color, but this beer looked more like a light lager than any double IPA I've ever had. My first impression was that someone had played a trick on me by pouring a Bud Light into a Rampant bottle and capping it. While the IPA and DIPA styles have expanded to allow beers of widely differing appearances, I cannot, with a straight face, say that this looked anything like a DIPA when I poured it.

I was hopeful the aroma would be the redeeming factor, but no. This had none of the typical citrus, pine and floral notes that I typically expect in a DIPA. Nor was there any malt backbone on the aroma. Sure, there was a hop aroma present, but it was in no way true to the style. My friend's description of the aroma hits it spot on: it smelled like the inside of a gym bag. I'm not talking about the dank hop character present in some IPAs - this just smelled like they dumped random hops at the end of boil, with no concern as to the different aroma contributions of each.

The taste was equally disappointing. There certainly was the bitterness one would expect from a DIPA, but in no way could it be described as true to style. There was no real citrus flavor or complexity - just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. And let me be clear: I am not someone who automatically knocks a DIPA for being unbalanced. On the contrary, I thoroughly enjoy unbalanced hop bombs so long as the hop character provides the expected citrus character of an IPA. This, however, completely missed. It tasted like New Belgium took their standard IPA recipe, watered it down to make a double batch, but quadrupled the hop bill.

The mouthfeel was very thin, which again makes it seem like a watered-down, over-hopped IPA.

I typically refrain from writing severely negative reviews, but this beer was so disappointing that I felt it was necessary. I like a lot of New Belgium products, and I was excited to see they were releasing an Imperial IPA. Unfortunately, they completely missed on this one. Every aspect of the beer makes it seem like a watered-down, over-hopped IPA.

Give it a shot if you feel so compelled, but don't expect anything close to a "typical" imperial/double IPAs. New Belgium really butchered the style with this beer, in my opinion.

03-18-2013 15:07:32 | More by mkbeirne
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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.