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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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1,504 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1504
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
It starts to take over. That craving for hops. The hoppier the happier. The happier the higher the IBU. The higher the IBU the larger the ABV. The higher the ABV the more we’re going to have to keep an eye on this Rampant Imperial IPA proliferating with heavy peach tones, herbal sweetness, and aromatic complexity.

(Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013)
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Photo of draheim


3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (best by 10/6/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear copper color w/ a big sudsy white head, good lacing.

Aroma is bright floral and citrusy hops, some tropical notes of mango, and a pretty strong boozy presence.

Taste is fairly malt-forward, balanced by copious bittering and aromatic hops. A little out of balance but still flavorful.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy w/ a bitter finish.

Overall, well, I was a little curious about this one and now I've satisfied my curiosity. Not one I'll need to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 06:09:05 | More by draheim
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with a beautiful, lumpy head of thick foam. Floral, lemon, and peach hop aromas...earthy resin and toasted malt sweetness. Sharp, oily citrus, pine, melon, and a hint of lime. Dry with a long, lingering bitterness. I enjoyed this...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:07:53 | More by wedge
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 21-Jul-13 with Imperial Nonic glass
*Notes taken 05/23/13

A: Super clear golden blonde color ale. My pour produced a thick 3 fingers worth of stubborn khaki head with large bubbles forming craggy peaks as they pock away. The glass is left with a scattering of chunky lace. Looks like a fine malt beverage to me.

S: Smells a little danky with some melon, spice, and green berries at the forefront. I detect some bready malt sweetness in the nose however it is rather subtle as more dank herbal aromas bloom. Sappy with pine and a dash of grapefruit in there. Pretty nice and pleasantly hoppy.

T: Tastes of dank herb and spice with a light tropic fruit punch. It is a mix of melon, gooseberry, pine, and grapefruit with a hit of peppery guava spice. Not quite as tropical as I had hoped for and the flavors turn a little soapy at times. A little signature NB bready malt backbone in there with a kiss of caramel sweetness albeit rather tame amongst the hops. There is an upper level of prickly bitterness to the beer and some noticeable alcohol warmth. Earthy finish with some more herbals mixed in. Nice offering was just hoping for a little more tropical influence from the Mosaics.

M: Feel is a touch thin and watery with a nice creamy texture provided by the spritzy carbonation. There is a high level of bitterness and light alcohol warmth on exhalation. Light drying crisp in the finish with a moderate resinous linger.

D: This beer is no good. I am afraid the hops have run rampant. Actually I did enjoy this more so than the Ranger. Has a nice high level of bitterness with lots of firm dank pine and spice notes. Not nearly as tropical as I was looking for from the Mosaics but still a decent brew. Would have again, especially when discounted 30% at Albertsons.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 18:10:07 | More by Nugganooch
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New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 22:51:55 | More by metter98
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4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised by 2 things:
1. How good this is,.... not a huge New Belgium fan
2. How low the ratings are

This has a great nose, beautiful thick lacing
A hophead's delight with an almost buttery mouthfeel

Reminds me of Avery's Maharaja which I have almost weekly.

I don't usually look for New Belgium beers but I put one of these into a mixed six.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:29:03 | More by mastodonj
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3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rampant pours a light bright yellow color, with a nice large frothy head. There is a mellow earthy floral aroma. The taste has a wet floral taste, with hints of a straw like flavors. Nice feel, full flavor, tastes "fresh." Overall a not bad Imperial Ipa, enjoyable but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:28:04 | More by vette2006c5r
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Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:58:10 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bmwats


3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving dry sticky residue. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, hops, and sourdough bread. Hops very pronounced.

T: Crisp hops and syrupy pine resin. A little honey, and Italian spice maybe.

M: Syrupy yet crisp. High alcohol unapparent. The hops really permeate the nasal cavity and linger throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Large head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is hop leaf-strong with some bready malt and pine resin. Hop leaves and pine resin comprise the flavor lightly balanced with some sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 05:39:12 | More by bmwats
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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big (too big) foamy head. Clear, medium straw colored body.
Nice aroma of pine and lemon; a little blunted grapefruit.
The taste is a dry pine bitterness throughout with an underlying sweetness that takes the edge off the bitter. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 23:13:05 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear and tan, big white head that had good staying power.

Nose has tons of sharp hops notes, very earthy, slightly solventy, slightly metallic.

Flavor is intense bitterness, lots of strong hops flavor, some tropical fruit, plenty of earthiness, and again, a slightly metallic note.

Body is dry, medium, with pretty good carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

Overall it's pretty good but doesn't really stand out. The slightly metallic notes and intense bitterness without a lot to balance it out. It's not something I can drink more than one of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:53:06 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of HardTarget


3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze in an otherwise clear glass. Holds a good white cover that laces.

Smell: A sharp almost cheese note, sharp cheddar, on top of a truck of hops. Earthy, slightly soapy, with a European tonic water edge.

Taste: Pretty mild for all the hop flavors, finds a good balance, really just a good support as there isn't really any sweetness. Clean profile, long lasting leafy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light prickly carbonation, medium heavy body, oily finish.

Overall: A good beer, a little pedestrian for my tattooed tongue but that's not it's fault. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:47:26 | More by HardTarget
Photo of acevenom


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours deep golden with a persistent white head and lots of streaming tiny bubbles. The beer has a hop aroma of pine, garlic, and mango with some bready malt. The taste is of some pine and mango from the hops with bready and toffee like malt character. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry with some back end hop bitterness coating the mouth. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 23:15:05 | More by acevenom
Photo of Beejay


3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale yellow straw color in the glass, crystal clear. Barely off white head on top.

S: Resiny with citrus. Orange and grapefruit peel come out first in the aroma. Light floral and honey aromas. There is a goo balance of citrus and hops, and sweetness.

T: The flavor is a bit odd to me. There is something interesting in the hop flavor.. I get the resin, I get the citrus and perhaps pine, but there is something lurking there that is throwing a red flag.. There is just a touch of a flavor that reminds me of dog breath. I'm not sure why, I'm not sure how, but there it is.. I'm on beer 4 of the 6 pack, and each time I try a new bottle the odd flavor persists.

M: Medium to medium thick in body, slightly syrupy. Carbonation is a tad low for me.

O: Overall I like the beer, but it isn't spectacular. Something odd in the hops puts me off of this beer, I've been a fan of a lot of other beers they have put out, but in a time when every brewery has a fairly solid IIPA, this one fell short.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:36:16 | More by Beejay
Photo of flagmantho


3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 11 August 2013.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. A good looking brewski!

Smell: sweet malt with a funky hop character. The aroma manages to smell like a strong beer but be mild in intensity. It also lacks complexity; decent, but a bit one-note for the style.

Taste: again, pretty sweet, although not overly malty in balance. Hop character remains a little funky, although it's also a little resiny with a hint of grapefruit as well. Actually pretty well-crafted, although perhaps a bit tame for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK carbonation and a moderate creaminess. Refreshing enough, but the texture doesn't grab me.

Overall: not a bad beer, but I feel like the brewers went more for mass appeal than pushing boundaries -- which is what DIPAs are all about.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:12:04 | More by flagmantho
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New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, best before date of July 2013..So in other words I have no idea when this was bottled.

Pours hazy brass with a copper hue and an inch-plus head. Plenty of stringy lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pine, grapefruit, and cut grass. Hoppy enough for an IPA, but not a IIPA.

Medium bodied with a crisp, zippy mouthfeel.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit and a hint of wet hay start the palate. Light malt and a solid bitterness offer some balance.

Finishes dry with lingering pine, grapefruit, and a bit spicy.

Pretty mediocre for a IIPA. The combination of hops is nothing spectacular and the nose is lacking in particular.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:44:47 | More by brewandbbq
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3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is sticky off-white and leaves big chunks and sheets of lacing. Moderate retention keeps the cap small for the duration. Creamy collar.

Smell: Sweet and bready. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Hops aren't quite as aggressive as I expected. A bit earthy with a solid floral punch. Pithy. Some grapefruit with pine needle. Grassy.

Taste: Grassy and sweet, but not sugary. Citrus, mainly grapefruit, under a bigger hit of pine and slightly earthy hops. Malt backbone carries biscuits and caramel malt sweetness. Slightly roasted and toasted. Carries the distinct finish of New Belgium. A bit of apple. Lingering bitterness is aggressive but not abrasive. Juicy pear.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the highish side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Slick and oily. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: Tow that line.

What I expected from New Belgium. A unique hop profile coupled with a relative drinkability for the style. Not a blockbuster, but it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 20:45:08 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard New Belgium bottle with raised neck collar and the simple label. The pour was very clear, a touch more pale amber in shade than a typical DIPA. The head was one to two finger thick. The smell was mostly pine and grapefruit. The taste was quite bitter, with a burst of grapefruit, herbs, and spice right up front. This was a very dry, over the top, "west coast" style DIPA, and I always seem to like them for their singular purpose as a hop delivery vehicle. This was no exception. There was little no malt influence, alcohol burn, or pretense of complexity here. It was like drinking an enamel stripping, head clearing, tongue scraping, hop juice. If you like hops, you will love this. If you don't like hops, why did you buy a DIPA. A hop bomb picked up at the neighborhood Kroger. My we have come a long way in this country, and I like that.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 04:26:44 | More by rajendra82
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale orange with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation visible rising from the bottom. Aroma is extremely weak. Can just barely get a whiff of hops. Tastes great but doesn't really taste hoppy enough to be a imperial IPA. Hops bring out a great tropical fruit flavor with a very sweet finish. Fruity flavors return after swallowing quickly followed by hop bitterness. Hop bitterness does linger on the palate after swallowing though. Not really the hop bomb I expected. I have had other bottles of rampant as well as a glass on tap that were much much hoppier than this one. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and perfect in my opinion. Overall, it does not seem like a hoppy enough beer for a double IPA but still a great tasting brew and is greatly priced for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 03:21:29 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a pale golden color and is very clear. Not a lot of head on the beer.

Aroma is primarily grassy and pine like hops. A little hit of citrus but not very much.

The beer is very bitter, bitterness lingers in the finish. No hint of malt comes through.

Medium mouthfeel.

Aroma is dominated by pine and grass, as is the aftertaste. Very bitter, high in alcohol although it is not perceivable. This beer is just not good, it is bitter without being blanaced and could use a better malt backbone to help counter the bitter aftertaste that stay around in your mouth longer than it should. It also does not showcase hops well but instead just shows that they can be bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:40:51 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by July 7, 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

New Belgium's Rampant is a seriously unique DIPA with its blend of peach, lemon, grapefruit, and guava flavors, likely all courtesy of the hops. The brewers keep the malts focused to only two-row, which will emphasize the sweetness and fruitiness of the hops all the more. This is definitely a DIPA that moves in its own direction in terms of aromas and flavors, which in a world of fairly imitative DIPAs, I find to be quite enjoyable.

Pours a generous 1.75cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, the bubbles small and densely packed, creating a smooth, milky-creamy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is fairly good, a wide array of sizes and shapes of residual foam stick to the sides of the glass. Body is a rich copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer,

Aroma is dense, fairly dank, unique hop aromas give off a complex mix of ripe citrus, peach, apples, and pears in a heavy fruit salad, perhaps a grapefruit and lemon being most noticeable. Underlying pale malt sweetness becomes slightly detectable with multiple inhalations (the nose adjusts to the hops).

Sweet, quite fruity, and simultaneously bitter, Rampant has a fairly unique hop choice and ester combination,
Front of palate is sweet, of dank fruit salad (grapefruit, orange, lemon, guava) with a unique, assertive, somewhat "off" fruity hop flavor (like a sweet, citrusy peach) that I haven't experienced before, yet I find to be quite enjoyable. Mid-palate is fruity and sweet, of light peach with a heavy, rich fruit-salad like mix of grapefruit, orange, guava, apples, and pears. Bitterness is also quite noticeable, cutting the fruity sweetness, and allowing for a hint of malt character and cumin to be discovered. Back of palate is solidly bitter while still retaining some of the fruitiness and malt sweetness that's been detectable earlier. Closes with a rush of grapefruit-like bitterness that leads into a lingering aftertaste of bitter grapefruit, tropical fruit salad, fairly heavy and dank.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that gently foams on the palate, and comes across as quite smooth. Ethanol is well-hidden, only a light bit of heat on the back of the throat. The intense hoppiness and alcohol combine to create a pleasurable bitter tingle in the tongue, which I find to be quite enjoyable. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:22:19 | More by falloutsnow
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4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA: I am not a big New Belgium fan, but I do like their Ranger IPA. The Rampant has a body the color of black tea, very different for an IPA. The nice head does thin after a bit. Great aroma from this brew, very fruity. The flavor has a nice malt base, lots of hops throughout and a perfect finishing touch of bitter. Very consistent throughout.

I did not give New Belgium much of a chance in this crowded category, but in the end they did a good job. The big news is that this is not a $10 bomber or a $12 four pack, but a $10 six pack! The Rampant is not an Avery Maharaja, nor is it an ODells Myrcenary, but for the price, it is one of the best Imperial IPA's going.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:05:39 | More by iSip
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4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-browner than your typical IPA, almost caramel appearance, great foam body but almost too dark for an Imperial IPA

Aroma- crisp under-body with a great hoppy after smell. Has a very true craft brew aroma

Taste- very bitter at the beginning with almost a fruity watermelon under-tone. After taste is crisp and surprisingly spicy! Definite New Belgium product


Overall: I think this is another great imperial. I have yet to come across one I don't like. Kind of low ABV for an imperial, 8.5, but defiantly a beer for even non-hop heads. My old man tried one and coming from a non-traditional "beer drinker" he very much enjoyed it. New Belgium has surprised me again with their version of the Imp. IPA!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 20:58:18 | More by UncleBart91
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3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap.

Pours a clear light gold with a great head and head retention. Plenty of lacing as the drink progresses.

The aroma is very weak and disappointing. There is a minty and overripe fruit character that I don't really care for and it is just very one dimensional and shallow.

The flavor is a bit better but not much. More mintyness along with some overripe tropical fruit. Biscuit and that signature New Belgium taste that I assume is from the yeast. Moderate bitterness with a sticky finish.

Overall, I am not impressed at all with this effort. I don't care for the hop character and it is too sweet. Ranger is a much better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 18:22:33 | More by rangerred
Photo of HalfFull


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. New Belgium branded bottle. Pours clear and deep golden/light amber in color with an inch of off white foam. Offers good retention and followed by sticky clumps of lacing.

Potent hop aroma picked up upon opening the bottle, with pine and fruit, touch of ruddy hop cloaked caramel and a slight hit of the 8.5% that lies below the surface. Odd blend of hops in this one, even offering a bit of strawberry milk powder at times, and not really in a bad way.

Taste is creamy with a healthy dose of hop spice and a moderate malt character. Touch of citrus and a chalky bitterness on the finish. Not overly complex but inviting and with a good feel. Overall quite interesting as the beer doesn't come across as being overly sweet yet the ABV is difficult to discern. Nice balance for its heft as the hops cloak the malt which cloaks the ABV is an unusual way.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 06:38:07 | More by HalfFull
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West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a creamy 2 inch thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, orange, grapefruit, herbal notes, yeasts, malty backbone. Not overly strong aroma.

Taste - Starts with a mix of malty and piney grapefruity hops. Bitter, yet a palate wrecker, malts really stand out. Has a herbal flavor, orange and tangerine really comes out at the finish. Yeasts add some sweetness. Alcohol is present in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Hops and malts really coat the tongue. The bitterness hits the palate along with yeasts and alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter and piney.

Overall - Pretty good, the herbal flavor mixed with all the malts gives it a unique flavor. Kind of not the most smooth and balanced beer, you get all this beer has to offer in stages yet its still very enjoyable for a change up. Great price a bomber, worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 21:42:06 | More by wvsabbath
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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