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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,726 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,726
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 116 | 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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elmo2525


5/5  rDev +33.3%

03-02-2014 20:12:17 | More by elmo2525
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carlmoberg

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-02-2014 20:10:03 | More by carlmoberg
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-02-2014 09:27:26 | More by rbmjr1
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Shy5

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-02-2014 05:56:15 | More by Shy5
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Kettle1

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-02-2014 01:36:08 | More by Kettle1
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ardy007

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

03-01-2014 09:09:58 | More by ardy007
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Jummins


4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-01-2014 04:15:52 | More by Jummins
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-01-2014 02:50:30 | More by dmheinz57
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-28-2014 21:21:55 | More by ConradKenney
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Gemini6

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-28-2014 11:16:31 | More by Gemini6
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Iain_Riule

California

4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A classic American real ale. Pleasing in taste. Excellent mouthfeel. Bracing bitterness. Terrifying alcohol content! Bought the Costco 6x22oz pack with two of these, two Rewind (OK) and two French Aramis (terrible). But the two Rampant are worth the price of admission. Guaranteed "forget your troubles" beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 08:01:34 | More by Iain_Riule
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention (grew for a while after the pour) and tons of lacing. Aroma of spicy (as in winter holiday spides) piney hops, orange family citrus, bready malt, appealing. Flavor is citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, finishing with orange and lemon citrus, mild tropical fruit and piney hop bitterness. Quite nice creamy mouth feel and medium body. The hop formula leans towards European citrus and fruit flavors, with a complex mix of tropical and citrus fruit flavors and sweetish malt. Nicely balanced, interesting flavors and a very nice body. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:13:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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caahare

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-27-2014 04:20:37 | More by caahare
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-26-2014 16:41:42 | More by JIMTRK16
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LimpHarness

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

02-26-2014 01:01:32 | More by LimpHarness
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-25-2014 23:17:28 | More by joemcgrath27
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-25-2014 12:05:21 | More by scootercrabb
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JoeyStats707

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2014 02:45:37 | More by JoeyStats707
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the one-night only (!) tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown. I missed out on trying this numerous times when in Denver last fall, so I ain't making that mistake again.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice layered pattern of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of rather peppy pine resin and muddled citrus rind bitterness, bready, crackery caramel malt, a subtle tropical fruitiness, and some herbal tincture booziness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, herbal, leafy, and mint greens, a waning dry citrus astringency, wet pine needles, and a simmering boozy edge.

The carbonation is low-key, and just a tad frothy, the body on the lee side of medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, with the hops and alcohol taking their respective pounds of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and tree detritus notes all swimming in an alcohol stew.

A sort of underwhelming, if still drinkable enough version of a DIPA - a bit all over the place, and weirdly not malty enough, and this from NBB (I guess I sort of felt that way about the Ranger as well). Anyways, ok, but not really worth the effort I've expended in seeking it out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 23:53:01 | More by biboergosum
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LamboBrewpants

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-24-2014 23:50:36 | More by LamboBrewpants
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SjConroy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-24-2014 21:22:41 | More by SjConroy
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-24-2014 16:15:08 | More by drdiesel9483
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Amerikon

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2014 05:55:55 | More by Amerikon
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-24-2014 03:02:02 | More by Adkins1203
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A slight yeasty breadiness noted up front. Light floral hop notes with a touch of honey sweetness. Seems a bit muddled with the yeasty character fighting the floral hop character.

Appearance: Nearly clear amber pour with a bone white 1-finger head. Head retention is good. Lacing is noted on the glass. Appears still in an over sized wine glass.

Flavor: Punch leafy hop bitterness up front. Notes of peach, melon, and pear follow which appear to be hop derived. Balance is to the firm hop bitterness. Light white bread malt notes that are subdued quickly by the citrus and stone fruit hop flavors. Finish is nice and dry. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Leaning to a tad of wateriness which is kind of disappointing. No astringency, alcohol heat, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A slightly muted American IPA. I struggle with this being "double" or "imperial". It falls off in the aroma and possibly the choice of flavor hops for me. If this was their IPA and Ranger was their Imperial IPA I'd be more inclined to believe that. Need brighter hops in the aroma and flavor to convince me. Probably will stick with Ranger.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 21:49:47 | More by mattcrill
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.