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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 440
Hads: 2,639
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 631 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 MACrist
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Clear, burnt orange-amber. Small amount of tiny bubbles rising. Left about an inch of off white foamy head that dissipated after a few minutes. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Orange and grapefruit. Little bit of pine. Smells like their Ranger IPA.
TASTE: Sweetness, then a mild bitterness takes over. The predominant flavor is citrus/grapefruit rind. No breadiness to this one.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-thin body but not watery. Sufficient carbonation. Slightly sticky at first, but finishes pretty dry.
OVERALL: Very similar to the Ranger IPA, overall. But a little more body to this, with less malt in the flavor. Above average beer, not real complex, though, but pretty solid.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More evergreen than fruitiness. Bitter over sweet, without being too strong of an IPA. Slightly darker than golden but still clear. Not a lot of effervescence out of the bottle or on the tongue, but enough. Overall it's hard to tell its an 8.5% ABV beer since it is pretty mainstream IPA. Nicely done.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours semi cloudy orange worn a fluffy white head that goes down quickly. Smells of syrupy piney and floral hops. Tastes of syrupy earthy hops, decent grain backbone. Beer is a bit overcarbonated but still very drinkable, light bodied. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of daringer
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A good beer, nearly great.

Had for the first time on a whim while awaiting some hot wings at a local chain restaurant. I like Fat Tire just fine, and I've tried New Belgium's winter ales, but never their IPAs. Was surprised by its tasty-ness. I decided to grab a sixer and review.

A: Pretty standard medium amber IPA look. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin center cloud with edges around the glass. (I'm using a tulip shape, by the way--maybe not the best, but it's my go-to glass.)

S: Bit of a let-down, really. Mostly grapefruit, bit of pine. Nothing to brag about.

T: Something special here. I was expecting a resin-y, dank explosion (@ 8.5 ABV, I'm not sure I was overestimating, really); but what I got was a bit more crisp...something a little more subtle and light. Not at all what I had expected, yet something that was thoroughly enjoyable. A pleasant surprise, for once!

F: Crisp, again. Goes down way too easily. Watch out for that well-hidden ABV!

O: I almost loved it, certainly liked it a lot. While it wasn't the heavy-hitter I wanted, it delivered something I hadn't expected, which, really, is a great quality all of its own.

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Photo of pepperjack61
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just OK. Was expecting more considering it new to Pa.. I had heard good things. Clearer and more crisp than I hoped for in an Imperial IPA. Taste and feel were not memoa

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice double that surprised me. Call me crazy, but it immediately reminded me of Little Sumpin Extra. Light color, very clear, golden, Just leaning towards an orange - amber hue. Fluffy white head leaves some great lacing that sticks the entire height of the glass as you drink. Floral scent is not too sweet.

Taste was a nice surprise as the caramel malt flavor was out front and immediately balanced things out as the hops and tartness/fruit later came into play. Hops at the end, but not a lingering aftertaste. slightly dry, but I really wouldn't have thought to mention it if it wasn't in the description.

This one gets mostly mid level ratings and then rarely a few very high ratings. I personally think this one is a hidden gem. Had it in a mixed NB 12 pack and went back for more. Was excited to Find a 6 of Rampant on sale under $7. I'd take that deal any day of the week.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a clear dark golden color with decent white head and strong lacing.

S: Bread, hop (pine, peach, orange). Medium strength

T: Piney, some citrus in there also.

F: Light to medium mouthfeel, some bitterness late that lingers.

O: Decent beer but nothing special. Muted flavor with a bit to much bitter. As an imperial there was not enough malt flavor balanced with the bitter. Good, not great.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper, thin white head. Has a clear hoppy aroma, thin mouthfeel. Plenty of piney hops with a mild fruity flavor. Finishes quite dry. A decent brew, not sure if I could enjoy more than 1 or maybe 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of Beerma
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this brewery never stops impressing me. I thought this was going to taste way to strong but it was good. I can't drink more then one or 2 but it was good.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was decent, but lacked the sweetness and kick normally associated with Imperial beers. I got a lot more of the piney hop taste than the balance created by the sugars from the higher alcohol content. It's pretty much just another variation on their IPA theme.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

Pours burnt orange with white bright head, slight carbonation and lacing, beer is clear, no head retention. Aroma is of pine, herbal and earthy aromas, hint of peach, but like Ranger, aromas are subtle. Getting more malts than hops, sweet, hint of pine, herbs, peaches, finishes slightly hoppy with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. A lot better IIPAs out there than this, might be a good IIPA for a starter but if you desire more hops and malts, then this one is not for you.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good beer from New Belgium. A bit on the hard side, this one will sneak up on you if you drink too many. Nonetheless, this is a great IPA if you are a hop head looking for a great hop bite (like myself at times).

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours amber, clear and clean looking. Head dissipates quickly. No apparent carbonation by sight.

Aroma is hoppy, and yes, peachy sweet. But also a little sourness, like overripe grass. Not sure it's entirely a good smell.

Taste is hoppy to start, astringent and sweet. Biscuit, cardboard, with pine and raisin (that's the sweet). Very subtle peach, but maybe that's power of suggestion because the bottle says so. I feel malt trying to assert itself but not enough to balance it in the first half of the sip. The hoppiness I usually like (Green Flash, Tricerahops, Ruination, etc.) is not present here.

Dank (and it's bitter bad, not bitter good if you know what I mean) builds in the taste. My wife wouldn't cop a second sip of this if she saw it on the counter unattended. Malt becomes more dominate later in the glass. Aftertaste is boozy, bitterness lingers and mellows. Oily feel, a little heavy to me, maybe a tinge of soap at the end. I am liking it more once I've had half the glass (sure that's what they all say).

Many imperial/DIPAs seem to get lost between bitter, malt, or hops and this one seems all over the map taste wise, doing a little bit of everything and not committing to any direction. I agree with BA user Bfarr that Ranger has more flavor than this. I think there are better DIPAs out there and New Belgium does other styles better.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am admittedly not an IPA kinda guy, but this particular imperial IPA was very tasty.

I really liked the dark golden color and thick head that pours out of the bottle. This is followed by good lacing down the glass. The odor from the brew is at first your run-of-the-mill IPA scents, but when you take in the odor even more, it has a sweetness to it that is unlike any other. What surprised me most was the thick, creamy feel of the brew in my mouth. It was a good contrast to the carbonation, which wasn't too overpowering. Taste-wise, I enjoyed this IPA just about if not most others, and felt it was an above average IPA. Good job New Belgium.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper with moderate frothy off-white head. Light, clear fresh hop aroma with subtle grapefruit. Smooth grapefruit bittering. light slow linger with notes of grassy, earthy flavors. Smooth light carb with a bit of stickiness.

An easy drinking, light, and balanced DIPA. A little too easy it leaves a lot to be desired. I think Ranger actually has more flavor and bitterness. I applaud them for trying to bring a DIPA to market at the same price point as their other beers.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tulip-full of Rampant (that sounds odd) at around cellar temperature. Maybe just a little colder.

Avery clean-looking IIPA here. Perfectly crystalline golden-orange in color, with a tight-knit two or three cm crown of snow white froth. Pretty pretty.

Really great aroma. Every glorious coniferous tree smell is represented here, from that fresh, minty pine, to the pungent resin of ground pine needles, to the honey-like sap which oozes down the bark. Also there is grass. And herbs. Basil, perhaps even a little oregano. Fruits include cantaloupe, nectarine, and orange.

All that tree and plant matter in the aroma gets tied together beautifully in the flavor. The pine qualities are extremely strong in this one. Terrific astringency throughout and into the finish, and abundant herbal dankness. At the same time, The unique mix of zesty and sweet fruits (see above) comes in with some honey and runs rampant (hee). A little like orange juice! Many things are going on assertively and yet in harmony.

The feel is pretty nice and full. It could maybe stand to be a little less carbonated, but I don't know... it feels pretty close to spot on.

Fruity, zesty, dank, astringent, sweet, and herbal, this IIPA throws a lot of stuff at the palate, showcasing a highly varied display of all of the style's best traits. And its aroma and flavor have a very unique, distinctive profile owed to a slightly unusual but successful signature fruitiness. Appropriately named.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden-amber with somewhat rocky lemon white-head. Retains well, with good lacing. No flecks. Looks good, but not really like I want my IIPAs to look. More amber/copper, more haze/flecks, please. Oh well, variety is the spice of life, and appearance is not very important in my book. Hop-dominant aromas, naturally: piney, resiny, sweet, and raisiny. Not quite citrus, in my opinion, but close. More of this raisiny-sweetness throughout once tasted. Peaches, yes, but barely. Incredibly sweet, both from hops and malt, nearly cloying, but saved by strong piney to rindy to soapy hop, but also cracker/pasta finish. Strong and sharp peppercorn (not black pepper, though), peach, and general alcohol retro-olfaction as well, making this a well-rounded, if not really well-balanced, Imperial IPA. Very good, but I prefer more citrus (especially grapefruit) and overt black pepper notes. Medium in body and well-carbonated. Astringent and palate-warming.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA is an original sort of Double/Imperial and is quite refreshing.

The smell of Rampant Imperial is quite light, with more energy springing forth in the form of the beer's medium to to slightly more than medium froth per se.

The taste of the beer is quite unique. Though it is somewhat light at first, perhaps in keeping with the beer/ale's somewhat light-to-medium body(of a light amber color), the hoppsyness is somewhat more centered around the middle of the taste, where one really gets a taste of that sort of tasty tip-of-the toungue hops presence, that fills out towards the back of the mouth per se.

Overall its not too bitter or heavy in regards to what one might be used to in regards to Double/Imperial beers/ales, and hence it is all the more perhaps refreshing and drinkable in quantity per se.

Overall, a light but tasty, refreshing ale.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper body, out of control milky frothy head. It seriously looks like porous whipped cream. Smell is the usual citrus fruit and pine, some malt. Flavor is similar: minty refreshing pine and orange juice, some tropical fruit, some bready malt. Good amount of bitterness is unchecked. Rich/syrupy body, but still some biting carbonation.
Another IPA in the barrel. Tasty, refreshing, common.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from large bottle into my Avery tulip. Good IPA taste overall, but didn't overwhelm me as I had hoped. Glad NB is now available in Philly. I'll have to try this one again sometime (once all my Gubnas are gone).

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Photo of DovGibor
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a folly pack can (best by 12-27-15) into a pint glass. Dark gold to amber color with half inch of white head. Crystal clear with good head retention.

Nose is piney with a slight touch of malt. Taste is warm, rounded hop bitterness with light malt. Good balance and overall a good IPA, though not the richness that many imperial IPA's possess.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, light straw color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is huge, with peach, general fruit sweetness, and pine, I could smell this immediately when the cap popped off. Taste follows with peach, fruit, pine, and a mellow sweetness that makes it not too bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin to medium and good for a dipa. Overall, a beer I really enjoy and could see drinking more of in the future. One of my favorite dipa's so far.

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Photo of Roby923
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at vinsetta garage. Milder hop presence. Bitter but doesn't leave the palette dry. Found it to be of more like a fruity juice than an IPA. Amp up the Mosaic and we could have a winner on our hands.

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Closer to a light golden, compared to the deep copper of DIPA/IIPAs I consider standard classics. Not bad, but it means that I can expect less of that amber malty balance. The foam is quite pale and tight, good lacing; rather nice, but reminds me of Belgian ales.

S: Maybe the best thing going for this beer. Very pine hop forward, especially with the first whiff from the bottle. Dissipates perhaps a bit too much as I nurse the drink. More standard hop esters and a little of that Belgian yeast funk further down the glass (nice, but not exactly expected for an IIPA).

T: As with the smell (and look), the promise of those puckering hops comes through, almost reminding me of Sierra Nevada's Hop Hunter (an instant classic in my book), though not as fruity and fresh tasting. This Imperial tastes like what the IPA naysayers are naysaying. Not bad in my book, but I feel this could be much better balanced. Also, the label promised peach. I didn't get a lot of that, but I definitely got lots of almond, which is pretty close (the stone of the stone fruit, more or less).

F: Feel is nice, but I generally look for more of that high gravity mouthfeel, which again would be due to a maltier backbone. This definitely feels thinner than other DIPAs, but more astringent.

O: For the on sale price of $7.99 for six, this is a good deal. But full price at >$10, I'd rather go for the more interesting offerings, whether IPA or DIPA. That said, it was an interesting contrast to comparable styles. I won't have any trouble getting through the remainder of the six pack, that's for sure!

(Second taste the next night: I think this one is growing on me, so upped a couple of the points.)

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Photo of ShanePB
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Clear golden yellow, small white head. Minor lacing/retention. Aromas lean towards a more malt-focused side, a bit of caramel sweetness, faint grassy hops. Flavor is more of the same, a tad sweet, malt dominate with some supporting hop notes. Not too bad for $4 a bomber.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.