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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 408
Hads: 2,467
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 58
Gots: 497 | 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:
Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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.
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Photo of Jringp
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

New Belgium Brewery puts out great tasting brews...

...For me Rampant is an almost perfect Imp.IPA...With a 8.5% alc content the balance between Hoppiness and Alcohol flavor is near perfect..can only sightly taste the alcohol...Typical fruity/pine smells...and also some marijuana smell too...great beer and if u can finD it u can get it cheaper than most IMP.IPA (364 characters)

Photo of jcance
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

This beer, though great, is kind of a compromise beer for me. It's got 0.4 more % ABV than my favorite strong ale, Devil's Backbone, but its flavor is less distinct and it's significantly heavier feeling. I am a gigantic fan of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, and honestly, this beer just pales in comparison. I don't feel obliged to heave a large sigh after each sip, because the flavor is just....well, less remarkable.

That't not to say that the flavor isn't excellent. I don't have a bottle at the moment but I recall a very thick, borderline smoothie-like consistency with very hoppy flavor, vanilla overtones, and hints of chocolate. For 9 bucks a six pack at the gas station it's a great buy considering that a single beer i equivalent to two regular 4.25% ABV drinks of the same size. Discovered this one when I bought the "New Belgium Folly" 12 Pack; to be perfectly honest it's not highly distinguishable from Ranger and the other IPA's offered by New Belgium. But if you like hops and IPA's in general, you will not likely find this beer offensive. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is the only beer I've tried yet that exceeds Rampant's ABV, and I much prefer Rampant. It goes down far smoother and is less obvious in its alcohol content. While I wish the hops flavor was stronger/more distinguished, this is one of the key brews on my roster.

Good price, great taste, and **outstanding** ABV for the flavor. When I need to save a couple bucks or I want to really get fucked up off a single six pack, this is my first choice. New Belgium produces high quality brews across the board and this one is a star. My only reservation is that we've got em beat here in Texas. And Cali. Definitely recommended. (1,703 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even though I am drinking this way passed the enjoy by date, it still hold up pretty damn well. Has a noticeable boozy taste but has w nice malty backbone. (155 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle
Poured into pint glass.

A- pours a light clear gold with copper and greenish hues. with a 1 1/2 finger head. Leaving a ni
ce sticky lacing.

S- in your face, all dank earthy hops. Smells like dirt, earthy plants, cooked peas
Not much citrus. Funky.

T- woody, dank hops. Not much in the citrus hops or sweet grains. Tastes like raw dried hop pellets smell like. Almost an offensive hop tone but finishes nice due to a good mixture Of pale and caramel malts and alchohol.

M- average to good, medium carb. Slightly slimy.

O- impressive double. Where most go fruity, they go raw. Earth is the key message in this brew, being dank and packed full of flavor. Many would find this offensive, hop heads would find it heavenly. A grade A beer, but a sipper. Enjoy! (778 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 17NOV13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a ½ inch light tan head that retains quite well before slowly sinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient cascading lacing.

S- Wonderful hop aroma that's very vibrant and citrusy. Decent amount of cereal grain sweetness.
T- Big attack of piney bitterness that lingers a while. Citrus notes of lemon, pineapple and grapefruit. The alcohol is concealed well underneath all the raging hops. The bitterness gets to be a bit much after a while but it doesn't ruin the drink overall.

M- Bitey and sharp with a slick, oily afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I like this a bit better than Ranger although the alpha acids are surely on overdrive in this one. (846 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light bodied light dark gold in color with a two finger, bright white soapy head. The nose is bright and fresh. Great fresh hop character, lightly piny with little malt sweetness to get in the way. The flavors are also bright and clean. It is resinous and soapy with great drinkability. It's floral with a touch of pine. It drinks light and incredibly clean (isn't too dry or sticky because of overbearing malt). I love how soapy and sudsy it is. This is a very well balanced DIPA and the 8.5% isn't present at all. It drinks closer to 6%. I really enjoyed this beer and see this one being very successful. (623 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.
Golden color with small head.
Nice aroma of sweet malts, buttery hops, light ganja.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Big flavors with emphasis on grassy hops, straw, cream of tartar, alcohol.
After 5 minutes or more the strong aromas remain, and the flavors remain but a touch less alcohol, more earthy hops, slight tropical melon rind. Overall tasty and bold, significant bitterness but also creamy malts. Flavorful but not my favorite Colorado double IPA, mostly because of the cream of tartar/chalk bitterness. Still, tasty and I'll look forward to having it on tap. (628 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter
Best before: 02Mar14

A: Pours a golden yellow with just a sliver of slightly off white colored head. Great clarity. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Real nice nose. Some dank resinous notes, citrus rind, a bit of booze, some orange/tangerine flesh, balancing sweet malts. Kind of smells like a several month old Hopslam (not a fresh Hopslam, but a positive statement nonetheless). Very nice.

T: Citrus rind and piney hop bitterness, some spicy and floral hop notes as well. Malt backbone is faint, this is really a hop bomb.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth for the style, good drinkability. Great mouthfeel here.

O: Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A very good DIPA, from top to bottom. I will certainly purchase and enjoy this one again in the future. (870 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Best by date of July 28, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy patch. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A big aroma of ripe floral and citrus hops with a solid malt backing. Sharp mix of hops upfront with scents of floral, grassy, and piney hops. Big hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, peach, and papaya. Bready malt backing with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Also a little hint of pepper like spicing. Very hop forward and juicy aroma. Very good.

Taste: Like it smells, a big taste of ripe citrus and floral hops backed by some caramel malt. Big burst of ripe and bitter hops upfront with floral and grassy notes along with some spicy pine resin. Big citrus taste with notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, papaya, and peach. Bready toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. A little candy sugar and pepper spice. A very hoppy and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and very drying. Alcohol heat is pretty tame.

Overall: A really good new Imperial IPA from New Belgium. Great mix of hop flavors. (1,379 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear liquid with a generous white head.

Slight hoppy aroma.

Flavor is very well balanced, higher malt but lower hops than expected per style.

Very smooth and full mouthfeel.

Deceptive strength. Doesn't seem as strong as the ABV would indicate.

Nice lingering bitter aftertaste. (291 characters)

Photo of nsheehan
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium
12oz to Libbey Belgian
8.5% ABV
Best by 08Aug13, bought 3/2013

A – One finger head, dissipates kind of quickly. Quite clear amber/copper. Absorptive but clear. No haze, just some bubbles.

S – Citrus, melon, grass, and pine- each there but mixed nicely. Mostly orange, slight lemon zest; cantaloupe; slight grass and fresh pine, very nice. I think I can pickup a strawberry-watermelon scent, but I think that’s conflation or smell mixing.

T – A little grass up front followed by a strong but not aggressive pine-hoppy flavor. Meets a nice malt level and there’s a brief lemon zest. The pine comes back to balance with the malt and then the pine fades considerably leaving a slightly grassy low-strength flavor.

M – Slightly cozy, fuzzyish medium body. Dry finish.

D – Very good. Kind of wish the aftertaste had more to it. Love the balance.

Let it warm for ~10 minutes.
S – Grass, slight lemon, wood. Pine and melon are gone. Really big sniffs reveal some pine.
T – A pine-grass-malt flavor. Finishes with the same flavor through, it’s quite good. Then it drops off quickly. The malt is stronger than it should be for an IIPA.
M – Finish is not as dry now. I’d call it semi-dry, then it becomes dry. Medium bodied and cozier now.
D – Still very good but it’s not mind-blowing (what is?).
4.5, 4.25, 4.25, 4.5, 4.25. (1,382 characters)

Photo of scvance
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear, deep golden color with a thin, fluffy, white head with excellent retention. Good amount of carbonation is visible rising though the glass. Smells like lots of hops, mostly pine and earthy in character. There is a slight malty smell as well. Taste is very hop pronounced, resiny, earthy, and bitter up front. There is a mild malty sweetness throughout the taste, and the bitterness lingers through the finish which is very crisp. No discernable alcoholic taste even for an 8.5% beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium high carbonation, and slightly viscous. Overall this is a very good Double IPA, not nearly as extreme as some, both in terms of maltiness and hoppiness. This could pass as a Single IPA to some breweries. Will definitely have this beer again. (825 characters)

Photo of bar0
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a beer expert and I have no idea what you're all talkin about. But this stuff is awesome! Wonderful flavor and aroma; deep rich tones. I don't know what fruit it tastes like, but it's delicious. And it goes great with a hearty meal. This beer has the depth and subtle layers of a great wine. Sorry, but sometimes you need to hear from a lay person and get beyond all of the standard reviews. (399 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having quaffed the Rampant, I cannot honestly call this an Imperial, since it is too light and easy-going. This is a serious session beer withouth any thing remotely related to imperialness. That said this is a very decent beer that begins in a rush of thick spongy foam, which takes a long time to subside. There is a bright copper body with a subtle peach nose at the initial whiff.

The palate is greeted by a mild spiciness endowed with noticable chunks of honey and grass, all to end in a sweet hoppy finish. The body is light, airy and crisp - as I said, nothing to indicate this beer to be an IPA. Yet, it is tasty, filling and worthy of several quaffs at a single sitting.

This is a pleasant beer that is not as potent as the name would suggest, Hey, don't believe me; check it out for yourself. Nuff said. (816 characters)

Photo of gc4hokies
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Filtered, golden color. Bright white head. Nothing special in this department.

Aroma is nice with hints of tropical fruit. I'm getting a lot of mango notes with this for the taste. The hops are definitely pronounced. A spicy mouth burn is there. You can tell this is potent.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. My favorite from New Belgium. The best fact is that this is sold in 6 packs (vs 4), you can find it at most grocery stores in VA, and it's definitely priced aggressively for what you get.

This is definitely in my regular rotation. (547 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA: I am not a big New Belgium fan, but I do like their Ranger IPA. The Rampant has a body the color of black tea, very different for an IPA. The nice head does thin after a bit. Great aroma from this brew, very fruity. The flavor has a nice malt base, lots of hops throughout and a perfect finishing touch of bitter. Very consistent throughout.

I did not give New Belgium much of a chance in this crowded category, but in the end they did a good job. The big news is that this is not a $10 bomber or a $12 four pack, but a $10 six pack! The Rampant is not an Avery Maharaja, nor is it an ODells Myrcenary, but for the price, it is one of the best Imperial IPA's going. (700 characters)

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 (1,266 characters)

Photo of theironmonkey
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strange, but tasty hop flavor. Normal amount of bubbles and hoppy bitterness for an imperial IPA. Mostly everything I want from an imperial IPA, but the different hops used make for a different taste. Can't taste much alcohol, though it's at 8.5%. Hints of tarragon in the hop profile. Overall a nice beer I probably won't need to get more of after this 6, but I'm very happy to have picked up. (394 characters)

Photo of wgk
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The balance is very nice between hops and malts. New Belgium is a good brand, fairly priced.

Look -- good. NIce lacing.
Smell -- good.
Taste -- very nicely balanced. It is a grown up Ranger
Feel -- Feels like the quality is in it...matches the good balance.
Overall -- I liked the single IPA Ranger, too, but for the money this is my New Belgium IPA winner. (362 characters)

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Favorite go-to DIPA from Colorado. It is malty sweet and then hops come in and take over a little bit and then it finishes with a slight sweet alcohol flavor. For a year round beer that is crazy affordable and 8.5%, you cant go wrong here. Get some! 4.25/5
O.B.D91 (264 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Life of Riley in PDX. I am hit or miss usually with New Belgium, but this was a good beer. Nice amber color, with 1 finger head. Found the smell to be a grassy pine scent...the taste was the same. Not overly hoppy, but a decent balance with the rest. Good carbonated beer, that seemed very fresh. Enjoyed thisa lot (331 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep golden with a 1 finger cream head that sticks around.
S: Deep pine and grapefruit notes. Earthiness, Mandarin orange.
T: Toasty malts are powered by dank hop oils. Sweetness in the body. Fruitiness accompanies the sweetness in the middle of the palate. Taste ends with some alcohol and a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty balanced.
M: Light to medium mouthfeel.
O: Pretty good for a DIPA. The malts are pretty strong in this ale, and add some balance and sweetness to the fruity hops. Not overwhelmingly hoppy. Pretty balanced overall. Would get again. (612 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden pour with thick, lasting white top. Aroma of pine. Flavor is pine again, and great malty balance. Very tasty brew, and so-far consistent brewery. Looking forward to more. (184 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's always exciting when one of the big dogs puts out a new beer. Best by 7 July 2013. Tasted 13 April 2013.

Pours a medium-pale golden orange. Crystal clear, with a sparse column of bubbles rising up. One finger of whitish head, good retention, and a nice fringe of lacing like receding waves leave on the beach.

Smell is big and fruity. Full of citrus and tropical fruits, and sweet. Oranges, pineapple, and lemon zest. Main complaint is that I'm having to bury my nose in it to get as much potency as I want. But it's really quite good.

Taste is great. Delightfully sweet, with an excellent citrus hop presence. The sweetness blends into a smooth, soft bitterness that's just a little bit less than I'd like it to be. Definitely not over-hopped, whatever the label says.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-bodied, super sticky, clingy. Carbonation flares up, then slowly drifts back down. Lasting, holding that light bitterness in the mouth.

This is really good, across the board. A perfect example of what a top brewery can do with a popular style, when they set their minds to it. The main thing that separates it from my absolute favorites is the relative weakness of the smell, but that's a minor criticism. (1,216 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a honey golden hue, snow white head that laces very well down glass.

Could easily be me but seems muted on the aroma deal. Lightly malty and a dash of hops.,

Creamy malty goodness with a firm bittering and nice hop flavor.

Smooth and creamy goodness leads me to say this is a firmly medium full body.

I dig it !!!! (325 characters)

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.