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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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very good

1,942 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,942
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 187 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CM31, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Matthew607, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

vancean2, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

chase804, Jun 02, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Color- clear gold. Full head.

Aroma- sweet like fresh cut grass and hoppy.

Taste- A heavy imperial IPA. Starts strong with a balance of sweet and hoppiness but the finish is sub-par leaving a lingering a bitter phenolic aftertaste. The high alcohol content is not well masked. 85 IBUs. We tasted this head to head against Hoptimum, and Hoptimum is a finer imperial IPA by far.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/10/2013.

utfiero, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Walshwi, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mattreitz49, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jenessa, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cd34, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Swaino, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Westuh, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mpenske, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

norinco, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

will_eye_e, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bcsbeer, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

nibbish, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

rfreed, May 25, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Puours clear, golden amber, with a thin head that lingered and left more lacing than I expected.

S: Strong aromas of citrus an piney hops, plus some sweet fruit notes.

T: Initial taste was heavy-handed, sweet malt that stayed on the tongue through the finish. Next to hit was a wave of bitter citrus, like grapefruit rind, but it yielded for a moment to under-ripe nectarine before bitter hops took over again, lasting long into the finish.

M: Slightly oily, fairly crisp and well carbonated, but with a moderately dry finish. I don't know how they hid it so well, but there's nowhere near the booziness I'd expect from the 8.5% ABV.

O: A good, but not outstanding, IPA. If it's on sale, I'll buy more; but I wouldn't seek it out.

TappaKeggaBrew, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Punisher, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

montydesi, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

RyanAU, May 24, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into New Belgium snifter. Drink by August 2014 printed on the label.

A- pours a nice orange straw, clear and bubbly. Solid inch of eggshell head that recedes slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom.

S- very weak in this category. Faint smell of pine oil, nothing else. Not what you expect from a big IPA.

T- biting bitterness that keeps boiling through the finish. Very faint grassy malt on the finish. No alcohol taste, which is nice for a big IPA, but no citrus behind the hops, which is disappointing considering the brewer and knowing how good Ranger IPA is.

M- oily and smooth, this is the best trait on this one. Nice carbonation burn up front, soft, smooth swallow. Very well done.

O- not one I would buy, but not a drain pour if a buddy leaves it over in my fridge. Just not up to the style like their Ranger. It is what it is, a heavy duty hop bomb, but it's a let down for the style.

HoppySailor, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

dave317, May 23, 2014
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,942 ratings.