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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

2,242 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,242
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 345 | FT: 2
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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color and mostly transparent. Big head on the pour recedes to a thin film but forms plenty of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Sweet and malty aroma with a non-specific spicy tone.

Flavor of sweet honey and buttered biscuits. Fresh herbal hops in good balance. Oily with hints of garlic.

Medium body. Smooth to drink then dry in the finish. Well carbonated. Very drinkable.

Descent DIPA just doesn't blow me away.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.