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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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442 Reviews
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Reviews: 442
Hads: 2,649
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 633 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 442 | Hads: 2,649
Photo of Mdog
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell & Taste: It's really hard to describe even after half the 6 pack. Kind of citrus, but also herbal/vegetal. Kind of earthy. Kind of spicy. Maybe like eating orange rind/peel mixed with peeled potato skin. Nothing like any double IPA I've ever had.

Overall: I had high hopes for a low priced DIPA from a respected brewer but this is just weird stuff. I'll get through the 6 pack but I'm disappointed.

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Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold, a thick whipped head, two fingers high. The retention is decent but leaving all kinds of nice lacing on the glass.

Pale grain, cereal, yeast and alcohol. Malts are very light alongside light floral hops, dandelion greens, grass hay and a light lemon scent. Not unpleasant but very odd for a DIPA.

Cracker thin malt, husky and full of cereal grains and slightly spicy. Light yeasty residue. The hops are grassy and brightly vegetative, slight tropical tones and lemon citrus. The bitterness creeps in soapy and clean near the finish.

Creamy over the palate, light body and moderate carbonation. Soapy lager like dryness and manageable alcohol.

I see alot of love and hate for this beer. As a DIPA it's not spectacular but it reminds me of a really hoppy double pilsner which is refreshing. The hop profile is herbaceous and slightly tropical with good balance. I think the pale malt base is really rough though and accentuates the herbaceous hop flavors and bitterness leading to what some might think of as astringency or just might not like.

Overall it's a value type DIPA, servicable and while it's no Alpine Super IPA collab or even LoF fresh hop ipa I'm glad to see that NB finally has a regular DIPA in their lineup.

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Photo of OutKast
1.25/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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...

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Photo of secondtooth
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden-amber, with ample head. Stunning, detailed, and beautiful lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops, with a tinge of apricot. Pleasant.

Taste is sharp and bitter up front, but with a hearty malt profile to balance, and with that comes some sweet honey tones, almost. Rampant is a balanced, textured, and heavy IPA -- not among my favorites, but certainly a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before 21JUL13 stamped on label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with about a half inch white head. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like grassy and spicy hops, along with some light tropical fruit. The taste is balanced between citrusy (orange, tropical fruit), grassy, and spicy hops, and some peaches and sweet malt. Nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

I had a hard time locating a good brew for this evening and i realized i have never picked up this beer. I am very suspect of this brewery seeing that i feel they are very over rated. I love Imperial beers and especially ipa's. I cracked open the bottle and it had a very nice resiny smell to it and i found myself not so Leary of this beer. It has a very piney,earthy no so tropical fruit smell to it which is fine but i do prefer the fruity IPA's myself. The taste was good but not great, it reminded me of a tame Six Point Resin with its very piney, grassy bitter notes..The mouth feel was pretty good, it seemed to coat my mouth gently and it went down very smooth. Overall this was a pretty decent beer by New Belgium and i would probably drink this again if i were in a bind and could find none of my favorites or beers on my to drink list.

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Photo of Guyute
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed when I popped the cap was the smell. Nice, piney, grassy, hop aromas. Poured in a pint glass, thick head, nice lacing. Crystal clear, a little bit lighter yellow in color than I expected. Smell was also pleasant out of the glass. Someone else mentioned that you can tell from the taste that this is a New Belgium product - it tastes like a high alcohol Fat Tire. If you like Fat Tire you'll like this and get buzzed pretty quick at 8.5% abv. It's not my favorite, and won't buy it again. Got a good deal on it at the store though, - $7.99 a six pack.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a much better alternative than this Rampant Imperial IPA.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not a big fan of this beer at all. Calls itself and IPA and has 85 IBUs but the hop finish is not very pleasant. You can tell it's a New Belgium beer (tastes like an off-shoot of Fat Tire). It's 8.5% ABV is not hidden/blended well at all. It finishes really rough on the alcohol somehow even at only 8.5%. I just did not enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker golden color. Light foam, Lacing is intense.

S - Spicy, grassy, weed, herbal nose.

T - Definitely a different taste. Not bad just different and a nice change. Bitter earthy taste. Plenty of resin.

M - Light body. Perfect carbonation matches the bitterness well after the back end.

O - Overall a nice change of pace. Definitely worth a try to change things up.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured into a snifter glass. drank on 3/25/13 with an expiration date of july 14th 2013

A- 2 fingers of pitch white bubbly head and a light golden orange body. very faint lines of carbonation floating around.

S- skunky european pilsner hops all the wait. smells like a stella, but more pungent. very pleasant.

T- very similar profile from the aroma. very skunky and herbal. not as punchy and mean as a double IPA usually can be. It's an herbal take on a DIPA. Very cool.

M- silky smooth with a light bit of carbonation. medium bodied. fairly dry. very nice.

O- I love this beer! It's an approachable double IPA. to me, it's a european pilsner all jacked up and i'm really impressed. not what you would expect in a DIPA, and I like that. New Belgium scores with this one by me.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sheffield's. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Transparent golden body. Quite attractive.

S - Stone fruits, citrus, some tropical flavors. Not as much dankness as I was expecting from Mosaic hops, but definitely some of the fruitiness. Sweet sugary malt backbone balances things out.

T - The taste is similarly balanced. More Centennial than Mosaic in flavor, with lots of citrus flesh and a touch of tropical notes. Mildly bitter finish, and no discernible alcohol.

M - Chewy, medium body, with a lightly dry finish. Some residual hop oils, and mild warming after 12oz or so.

D - A solid, well-made Double IPA. It's a bit maltier than I tend to prefer, but there are no major problems with it and I do like the hop bouquet. Surprised by the numerous reviews that mention onion, as I didn't notice that flavor at all. Might pick up a 4/6-pack of this actually if it's priced right.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep golden color, this was a dense liquid already. Nice substantial almost 1" head that didn't display much in terms of retention or lace, but given the amount of hop oils in here, its all forgiven.

Nice aromatic hop smell, tropical fruit came to mind, pineapple.

Taste, wow more pineapple hop flavor, low bitterness, hides alcohol well. Kind of reminiscient of Myrcenary from O'Dell's. Caramel notes were relatively low. No toffee. Good light malt body, good alcohol absorbtion, good hop flavors. What's not to love?

Reasonably (very) priced, easily drinkable, plenty of hops. We'll see how the other five bottles fare, but a fresh one really hit the spot. I really liked its relatively low bitterness to high tropical hop mouthfeel. Would recommend.

One of the first beers poured Wednesday night, pre party bottle share for March Madness 2013. Long before David Hurley at the El Dorado turned into a disingenuous, short sighted, cheaper looking version of Joe Buck trying to keep us from doing our already green lighted bottle share. Don't ever trust the El Dorado, they are disingenous. But drink this beer.

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Photo of jsulko
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a clearish gold color almost straw color with a decent slightly off white head.

Smell is slightly citrus. Not very powerful smell for a DIPA.

Taste is melon like with a slightly oily piney finish. NOt a very pleasant or enjoyable taste or aftertaste. Not enough good things going on for a DIPA.

Wasn't really expecting a hop bomb but was expecting something better than this. A letdown and not a repurchase.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.31/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. Best-by date 7.7.13.

Look- Deep gold with three fingers of dense white head. Good retention, thick swaths of lace remain.

Smell- Pineapple, bitter lemon rind, sharp, resinous, skunky. Clean oyster cracker malt backdrop. Swirling brings out a stronger medicinal lemon-pine aroma that is moderately abrasive, makes me think I could use this beer to clean floors. Not flat-out terrible, but not something I'm a fan of, either.

Taste- After the first sip, I waited a while before taking another. Unfortunately the second was the same. Bitter tea, tobacco, and booze. Light sweetness in the middle. Fades to mineral water and cough syrup. Not enough flavor for something this sharp, needs either a softer edge or something else going on besides the bitterness. Kind of like sucking on hop pellets. Old ones.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, nearly flat. Light warming after the swallow. Insubstantial feel, watery.

Overall- Not quite sure what they were shooting for with this one, but I ended up giving away the last 2/3 of the six pack. Waited a few days to crack the second bottle (this one) after being underwhelmed by the first. Just because it's bitter and boozy doesn't mean it's a worthwhile DIPA.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle. I was surprised that it looked a bit cloudy and light yellow (straw) color. The nose was nice with big hops. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the carbonation was nice- even though it wasn't obvious upon the poor. The taste was complex. The first sip had cocoa on the front end finished with citrus and pine, but subsequent tastes had a very floral almost rosy taste. Would I have it again? Yep. It wouldn't be the first DIPA I would reach for, but I liked it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
1.85/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of AmitC
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bomber into a snifter.

Nice pale golden color. Over a finger thick off-white colored head with decent retention. Some bubbles. Very clear appearance. Excellent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is extremely good with flowery notes. Other major notes include orange peel, grass and some pine. A nicely spiced up and citrus aroma typical of calypso and centennial hops. Reminds me of TIPA from Schlafly. Some grapefruit as well. No alcohol. A good dry hopped aroma overall.

Flavor is equally good. A solid amount of bitterness and aromatics notes enters upfront. Will destroy the palate. Grape fruit, some orange peel, herbs, spices and some grass like flavor. Citrus content is good but very different from fat head's or Zombie Dust's. Bitterness should be high - about 90. Middle has some malt character but still dominated by hops. Finish is clearly very dry and bitter.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly light. A lot of oily and piney feel. Moderate warmth. Doesn't feel like an excessive alcohol drink. Kicks well. Moderate to slightly good carbonation.

A very likable IIPA indeed. Nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On my 4th of the 6 pack I got a week ago.

Pours just like the label, a great gold color, finger of white head, clear, decent lacing.

Smell is melon all over the place, honeydew, watermelon, cantelope and a bit of a floral note.

Tastes is very unique, honeydew, cantalope, watermelon, bittering grapefruit and a underlying sweetness I assume from the malt.

Mouthfeel is medium full, finishes a little wetter then most DIPas.

Well folks this is one of those love it or hate it beers. It is so unique, if all you want from your DIPAs is the same old Citrus and Pine notes then maybe this one is not for you. I am glad they went a different direction on this one, really some fruit flavors that I have not yet tasted from hops yet. The point is there are enough citrus, pine DIPAs out there already.

At the price it is worth a shot wether or not you think you will like it, I for one loved it, and will continue to!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.95/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A- Crystal clear golden Amber with a short head.

S- Flowery Hops. Very inviting. Looks very clean. I couldn't wait to take the first sip@

T- Light and Crisp. Not what I have come to expect for an Imperial IPA. Crisp floral hops with a touch of citrus. Semi sweet beginning to a complex dry finish. Overall a very nice bitter.

M- Light and crisp as previously mentioned. Light to Medium body that finishes dry.

O- If this is New Belgium's answer to hopslam I think they outdid the veteran in terms of IIPAs. This is the first that can compete with Surly Abrasive, emphasis on compete. I know the purpose of review is not to compare or take favourites between two ales but I would love to do a side by side tasting. This is truly a treat to drink. Cheers.

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Photo of theironmonkey
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of onedogtwodog
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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...

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Photo of clayrock81
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy gold that was seethru at times with very little head which could've been the bartender, not the beer. Some light, airy hops that aren't too strong, mostly citric notes and not what I think of DIPA aromas, along with minimal breadiness and sweet malts. For a DIPA, at least the beer I had, this was a slightly watered down version as the hops are more neutral than aggressive and there isn't much to say of the malts, although the hops do seem to give off something like sweet or tropical fruit notes. Easy to drink and has a vanilla but not disgusting finish; I'd take this over a macro beer anyday.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.