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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

1,936 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 186 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/7/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight fruit, herbal hops, and some onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and vegetal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some hop aromas and flavors that are fairly heavy on vegetal onion and garlic qualities.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

nmann08, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color with some amber hues and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pine resin hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation
O: This is a "lite" version of an Imperial IPA so it is quite easy to drink. The things that really stand out about this beer are its appearance and aroma.

metter98, May 31, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured hazy golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of fruity floral hops with some nice peach notes and some light residual sugar notes. Taste is a good mix between some peachy and fruity notes with some bitter notes in the aftertaste and also some residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Love the hops mix on this one with great fruity notes.

Phyl21ca, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We have the trier and more bittered "West Coast" IPA and then we have the more malt-balanced and sweeter "East Coast" IPA. So when your brewery is located in the smack-dab middle, which do you prefer when making a version of imperial strength?

Rampant kicks off with a bright deep honey hue- copper, orange and gold colors all playing equal roles. Impressively bright, the beer quickly releases its bubbles to fuel a cottony, off-white head. With full and lasting retention, the ale laces with even sheeting.

Aromas are both sweet and citrusy as both the malt profile and hop profile keep each other in check. Red grapefruit, orange juice and mild pineapple blend in nicely with honey, caramel and mild toffee. But then there's a bouquet of freshly chopped chives, light cannabis and an overall pungent earth scent that gives a robust scent to the malts and a damp and dank character to the hops.

Flavors also strike a surprising even-keel balance. Its sweet upstart is lightly syrupy as the caramel, toffee and honey lay firmly on the taste buds and are slow to relinquish. The middle introduces a burst of juicy hop-derived fruit flavors to balance the sweetness but never to pull ahead. Citrus, mild tropical, earthy and those herbaceous flavors give a pleasant taste of fruit rind and pungent grass. As the beer finishes, its grass notes turn resiny bitter to reinforce its IPA roots. But still, the malt sweetness lingers on as well.

Medium-full on the mouth, the beer's creamy texture is assertive through its massive residual malts and its embedded carbonation. But as those separate, the beer goes from creamy to filmy with the full brunt of malt weight sitting on the tongue. Its slight turn to dryness is aided by its high spicy alcohol and its hop oils.

So its quite obvious that Rampant prefers the more East Coast balance and flavor, but maybe even more so than even the brewers there would even dare. But the amount of malt to push the ale to imperial status takes its toll on the hop dominance that even Imperial IPAs deserve.

BEERchitect, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Texasfan549, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Sep 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

spycow, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

kylehay2004, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2013
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2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a frothy, receding, white head.

Smell: Odd, onion-scented overtones with resiny, citric tones beyond some additional fruitiness. Bolstered pale malt base, faintly sweetish in the nose.

Taste: Sugared pale malts, boosted somewhat, but, then dosed with a conspicuous vegetal quality and a few drips of camphor oil. Some resinous, some citrusy touches, but the preceding flavors override these tastes. Moderate bitterness. Drying, bitterish, camphor oil finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-carbonation. Feels a tad oily moving across the tongue.

Overall: I left work early on Friday to head home and enjoy some music, fun, and beer. Two oughta three ain't bad, I guess.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Knapp85, May 08, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an impy nonic a clear light golden with a sticky one finger white head that held for quite awhile.Aromas are more herbal and grassy with a little floral note,not a big sharp citric/resiny bomb,a a lightly toasted biscuit malt bas eunderneath the hops,not much alcohol presence.Flavors are grassy and herbal with a hint of onion,again not a big in your face resiny attack,light caramel biscuit and just a hint of sweet alcohol.Not bad but it's more a toned down DIPA in my opinion,not bad.

oberon, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Anyone else see anything overtly ovary-like when they look at hop cones? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises dank, spicy greens, lightly-funky grapefruit peel, earthy toffee, and a vague, ethereal sense of light leek on occasion in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavy emphasis on the earthy tones of the toffee and the green.s A bit of grass pokes through in patches every now and again as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, one that's not entirely in your face with hoppy intensity, but more a brooding, seething mentality.

TMoney2591, Feb 26, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of fuitiness, a touch of peach with piney hops.

T - It tasted of peach and tropical fruits with a piney hop bitterness. A nice toasted malt backbone with a slight sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty Imperial IPA. And affordable, too.

zeff80, Mar 15, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SocalKicks, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

nickfl, May 17, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden copper hue in the body large semi off white head forms thick with chunks spread sporadically throughout the sides of my glass. Aroma has grapefruit, citrus, big alcohol notes, with passion fruit tropical notes. Flavor has big alcohol notes sugary grapefruit, pineapple, and other residual tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is resinous with big sugars and even keeled carbonation, overall a beer I would dance with most of the time unless fresh drinkable Ranger is on hand!

WVbeergeek, Feb 08, 2014
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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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