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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

1,753 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,753
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 123 | 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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jaymo18

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2014 00:36:38 | More by jaymo18
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oso

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20%

03-18-2014 04:47:37 | More by oso
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kbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-05-2014 22:48:45 | More by kbrown
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-21-2013 12:57:33 | More by Mattyb79
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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-17-2013 22:04:02 | More by kell50
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magictacosinus

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. Poured into a teku glass from a 22oz bomber. Freshness date is listed as "28JUL13."

Pours an orange color with a syrupy, near hazed looking appearance. Very similar to Ranger IPA yet substantial thickness and carbonation abounds here. The head is rather nice, especially considering the portion I got, and lots of decent lacing lasts around the edges of the glass. Bubbles are present in a semi-effervescent manner, but it's really the color that shines here... Or, er, *glows* when placed against the light. Not a bad look at all for NB... Definitely a classic West Coast IPA interpretation.

The flavor is not as hoppy or acidic as I'd expect, but there's definitely a syrupy sweetness aided by the extra malts that melds a solid fruit bouquet. While Ranger was pretty piney and floral overall, this one is filled with juicy aromatic fruits such as mangos, oranges, and dried limes. The hop profile, again, is not as present as you'd think, but the malts are neither too grating or overpowering in dissolving what this beer is supposed to do. Lacks a certain complexity and robustness in exchange for accessibility... But considering NB's widespread crowd, that is not too surprising.

The flavor is slightly better, filled with juicy oranges, tangerines, and a finish that is both slightly astringent and floral overall. Rampant, in this case, takes an aspect that I love most with these kinds of beers by emulating actually eating a delicious, ripe fruit coated with citrus notes, and thickening the experience with lots of carbonation and malty thickness. The malts are not too sweet here, and the hop profile, while not too diverse, is solid and flavorful. A very decent dry finish follows the initial wet feel, and and carbonation is lively throughout to hold interest and appeal. At 8.50% ABV, this is stupidly drinkable as well, and that owes more to its comfortable mouthfeel over the flavor. Very solid and satisfying overall.

I was pretty impressed with this one, I'm not going to lie. I've deliberately avoided NB beers over time for whatever reason but solid offerings such as Rampant make me want to revist some of their latest trends involving experimentation. This is a perfectly widespread DIPA that just might do enough to get people into the style with its comfort factor and accessibility. It's not the most explosive I've had, but it's undeniably flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 05:55:16 | More by magictacosinus
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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-27-2013 03:07:58 | More by rrski198
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-12-2013 18:54:52 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-07-2014 23:13:21 | More by Canada_Dan
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-25-2013 20:01:39 | More by carteravebrew
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-19-2013 15:17:01 | More by Ajlvt
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2013 06:36:59 | More by TXhomebrewer
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Clear bright copper color. Sturdy cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Faint maltiness, then slightly floral aromas blending with a grassy, drier hop presence.

Taste: Starts out with a malty caramel note like the aroma, then a bitter, dry hop note. Very faint apricot fruit flavors found as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry.

Overall: Certainly not bad, above average. Will only have the one 6 pack though.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 19:58:28 | More by JuicesFlowing
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-08-2013 13:02:54 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-01-2013 22:24:24 | More by Brewsed
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Spikester

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale amber with a large off white head. The head stays for about 5 minutes and leaves a good amount of fine bubble lacing.
Smell is malty and a bit of yeast.
Taste is big piney hop flavors with a bit less malt support than I am used to for this style. Which makes it drink like an uber IPA.
Definately Ranger's big brother. If you like Ranger you should love this.
Mouthfeel was fine and good carbonation. Dry bitter finish.
Overall a good Impy IPA. And the price was right. About $9 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 07:15:54 | More by Spikester
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virinow

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-12-2013 14:42:29 | More by virinow
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goochpunch

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a brass color, with an almost still-looking body and a thin head. Hops are strong in the nose: very earthy and herbal. Smell some caramel malts as well. Flavor is obviously hop-forwarded. Hops, as in the nose, are earthy and herbal, with the NB house taste complimenting the hop character well. Malts taste of caramel and toasted bread. Mouthfeel isn't too thick. Carbonation helps to scrub up the sweetness and bitterness. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that is outside of what I normally look for in one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 01:59:28 | More by goochpunch
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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-30-2013 02:43:48 | More by Lob
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sgoro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-06-2013 22:24:13 | More by sgoro
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-21-2014 05:53:27 | More by NickThePyro
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Evan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-28-2013 23:39:49 | More by Evan
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-10-2013 16:46:19 | More by pknyc
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ortie

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-11-2014 05:31:45 | More by ortie
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denver10

Kentucky

3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden with an off white head. Aroma offers some sweet fruitiness, some floral, with a little pine and a touch of toasted malt. Flavor is sweet fruitiness of some peach and melon, a little bitterness and toast there too. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer but not a beer that stands out in the IIPA market. Whatever is the polar opposite of an IIPA on steroids, that is this one. I'd drink this one again, but its hard to see why I would choose this over the many other beers of its style that already saturate the market.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:28:34 | More by denver10
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,753 ratings.