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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

1,757 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 124 | 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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Ratings: 1,757 | Reviews: 321 | Display Reviews Only:
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%

06-18-2013 00:15:37 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-17-2013 13:21:24 | More by ckeegan04
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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-17-2013 01:52:37 | More by sd123
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UnoMasBelgian

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-16-2013 03:58:13 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-16-2013 03:35:25 | More by cackalacky
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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-15-2013 23:48:50 | More by Herky21
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-15-2013 22:52:38 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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augustgarage

California

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh off the truck - not even in the store's computer system yet. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Clear Princeton orange body with a lasting smattering of off white foam that settles to a ropey collar and a mottled surface slick. Decent retention, delicate lacing, very faint legs.

Herbaceous, not-quite-skunky aromatics with a strong but secondary note of sweetness alternating between honey and peach/mango. Spicy and potent.

Citrus and passion fruit on the palate with a long lingering peppery herbal note to back things up. Hops all the way through, though there is a clean but strong malt backbone to provide balance. Very slightly soapy finish with a touch of pine sap. Nice full bitterness. Dry woodsy finish brings you back for more punishment. Faint aftertaste of dark herbal tea (maybe from the Calypso hops?). The sweetness seems to come out more as you habituate to the bitterness and as the ale warms a bit.

Medium-bodied, carbonation is well dialed to maximize the bite of the hops without getting in the way of their flavor. Very faintly sticky.

While I think Ranger is a better beer, this is a good unapologetic version of the style and a good value. While not in the same league as anything from Russian River (for example), I think it would only be slightly outclassed by many mid-tier offerings like Hop Henge, Hoptimum, etc.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:42:22 | More by augustgarage
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Walletsworth

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-15-2013 01:10:55 | More by Walletsworth
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stoney1031

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-15-2013 00:03:12 | More by stoney1031
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2013 23:50:42 | More by carrollmel7
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robertmitchum

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2013 05:19:49 | More by robertmitchum
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big almost white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bright and rich golden colored beer with a hint of copper to it.

Mild hops aroma with some citrus aspects to it, maybe a bit of caramel malt (comes and goes) not much else going on here.

More of the caramel malts in the taste than in the aroma but not by much blended with a bit of fruity citrus hops tastes and a light bitterness.

Dry to drying aftertaste with a bit of the citrusy hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

Not a bad beer, I was just kind of unimpressed with this beer considering it is an imperial, was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:28:42 | More by LXIXME
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-13-2013 21:53:24 | More by Howlader
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ajmitch4

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2013 21:06:33 | More by ajmitch4
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gleemonger

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellowish orange with a large frothy white head that sicks around for a while, becoming dimpled. Just a little lacing.

Citrusy hops, followed by some sweet grainy malts. Kind of grassy with a touch of orange peel. Pretty pleasant.

Bitter citrusy hops with some bready caramel malts. The bitterness sticks around for a while, not offering a great deal of complexity. Pretty average tasting really.

Moderate body with a moderate biting carbonation. Creamy, especially due to the head that comes with every sip for most of the glass. Pretty refreshing.

Not bad, but not super exciting either. Fairly easy drinking despite the size, apart from the bitterness which is a bit much for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:15:49 | More by gleemonger
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lamedork

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-13-2013 04:21:11 | More by lamedork
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ewhugh

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2013 03:08:40 | More by ewhugh
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-13-2013 00:29:33 | More by artoolemomo
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-12-2013 19:42:01 | More by JMUbrewz
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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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GaToWyo

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-12-2013 04:06:07 | More by GaToWyo
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menacho1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-12-2013 03:01:55 | More by menacho1
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stumac

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-11-2013 22:03:29 | More by stumac
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 9/29/13. A brand new entry to Louisiana.

A: Pretty dark reddish-brown. Frothy off-white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Lots of peach. Also a whiff of synthetic smelling candi sugar.

T: Quite a bit of malt and a hint of that peach. Hops aren't quite as bright as desired and a little too much residual sweetness.

M: A little sluggish in the carb department. Sits heavily.

O: Not elite, but definitely solid, and for the very inexpensive price point, it delivers the DIPA (albeit a slightly more malty one) fix in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 14:27:57 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,757 ratings.