Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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2,429 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 54
Gots: 465 | FT: 3
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 Jrhockney
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The very definition of a double Ranger...Sweeter, a bit more bitter, and often only $.50 more than Ranger! Its feel suffers from the a similar thin-ness to Ranger, but this one just feels more syrupy. Maybe its just overally resinous but I'm not sure. Another great budget Double IPA.

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange-amber body that's crystal clear. Pours with a two finger head that retains. Good nose on this stuff - the spicy, weedy and slightly oniony notes from calypso work well with mosaic's brighter tropical fruit aromatics. There's a bit of sweetness to the aroma, but little malt character, and that follows through to the palate. While it isn't overtly malty, it does have some sweetness to it, which highlights the fruity aspects of the hop bill. Mosaic brings a great pineapple flavor that's rounded out by the earthier, spicier notes from calypso. There's a slight grassiness mid-palate, and a touch of onion. This is fairly light-bodied and easy drinking for a 8.5%er, with well hidden alcohol. A surprisingly good offering from NB, especially coming in six packs for a very reasonable price.

Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Nearly everything I want in a IIPA. And the price can't be beat ($9/6-pk.)

Side note: C had allergic reaction to it (flushing).

Photo of mattkoon
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the nose on this rampant imperial ipa brings a huge amount of hops with it. and the taste is full and bold. its like the shot a cannon full of hops right at your head. i like this beer a good bit. its a mouthful. there is also a good bit of alcohol in this beer, but it doesnt impair the flavor at all. the hops do all the talking in this one.

Photo of woogidyboogidy
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, this one is hard to beat for the DIPA fan.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great for the price! I would love to have this one fresh from New Belgium.

Photo of onedogtwodog
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like it... It is really drinkable... Hoppy, but not club over the head hoppy... I have to admit I do lean towards the IPA's so I my be biased. Tonight, I picked up six because they were next to the Rangers... Got them home popped one open and they were good... Go get six and try them...

Photo of moundbz
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

smooth bitter with a nice finish, some peaches in there too

Photo of jscheuf
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a $8.99-9.99 six pack this double IPA kicks ass.

Photo of Milo_Giuffrida
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Solid IPA

Photo of Jringp
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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

Photo of Johnfrederick99
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Nice n hoppy, not outrageous. Great value!

Photo of Mikedive21
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Great drinking everyday IPA

Photo of jcance
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Photo of jooler
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of t2thebro
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of nsheehan
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of scvance
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of bar0
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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