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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

1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 121 | 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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TomG2751

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-05-2013 20:18:51 | More by TomG2751
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The most impressive aspect of this beer is the look. Pours golden with fluffy white head and loads of lace! Smell is adequate, but below typical DIPA standards. Good taste and easy to drink at 8.5%. Mouthfeel is solid, I can tell I'm drinking a DIPA! Overall this is worth a pick up considering it's very affordable! For me, this is more an IPA for the Fall and Winter; maybe very early Spring.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 15:01:28 | More by DenverHopHead
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IrishHockey

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It's a nice floral, hoppy beer. If you like Ranger, you will love this.

I want to review this a bit different. On this I have to figure in the price. I got this brew @ 7.99 for a 6pack. For that price, I will by lots of this. If this were 10 or more I'd pass. It's a nice, hoppy, floral beer. It's not earth shattering, but very solid. With the price point on this, you should probably pick a 6er up. If you don't like new Belgium, then you will nit pick this and not like it. If you have no reservations about the brewery, get it.
Cheers and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:25:52 | More by IrishHockey
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-04-2013 05:26:42 | More by Abe_Froman
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lionnusmb

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

05-04-2013 00:14:18 | More by lionnusmb
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Sande

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-03-2013 23:16:25 | More by Sande
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MrBoh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of the brewery, but it was recommended by a (fanboy) friend, so I will try not to be bias here.

Poured from a bomber into my Dogfish Head IPA glass...

Head poured a good inch...this glass works over time. Frothy, bone white head. Beer is yellow with an amberish, almost orange hue.

A pretty strong malty, sweet smell. Orange, tangerine kinda smell. Not potent, not strong at all for the ABV, but I've been sick sooo that's probably part of the problem there. A danker musky kind of smell starts to develop quickly. This is enticing my buds to say the least.

That musky character is the first thing I get in the taste, too. This may not be fresh enough. Drink by is over three months away though (how long do they think this thing stays fresh)! I do get a little citrus character, and a little resin kinda taste. Not strong, but, again, could be the sickness.

Although it doesn't look it, it has a very pleasant mouthfeel. A little bit of body, maybe a little more than I was looking for. But, this is still easy drinking here.

I would drink this again, although, even at $4 a bomber, I may not buy it again. I like my IPA's to taste as fresh as possible, and this just doesn't taste fresh. I took it a little easy on where it would be lower, trying to factor in my lack of scent and taste right now. Although a fairly big beer like this should still be stronger.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:05:47 | More by MrBoh
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, nicely carbonated, one finger head

S-Sharp hop presence, grass, pine, but something is off, a wood/herbal note.

T-Balance is ok. Very pine heavy, some grass. Has that herbal off flavor but not as much. Decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, thinner than I was expecting, good deal of hop resins.

O-There is something off with this beer. I wish I knew what exactly it was.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 19:20:09 | More by rlee1390
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frozenjogurt

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-03-2013 03:56:44 | More by frozenjogurt
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-03-2013 02:27:18 | More by ssimpson89
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a best by for mid-July.
Fresh hop aroma, but not very intense. Light and enjoyable.
Big full head with a cream appearance. Plenty of lacing that is very sticky. Golden amber with lots of bubbles rising. Attractive.
Certainly presents like a DIPA, but is never too intense and not excessive in hop presentation. This is closer to how I like a DIPA. No "off" flavors due to excessive hops. The hops are less fruity in taste than in the aroma. More grassy and earthy. Nice streak of some unique malt (at least for style - not sure what it is, but I kinda' like it, or maybe it's a unique hop flavor as the grain bill is simple). Certainly some unique flavors and interesting tastes.
Moderately heavy feel with lower level carbonation. Near chewy and only slightly creamy.
Not a great, steal your face beer, but that's not necessarily what this brewery does. Instead a nice drinking approachable beer that leaves me interested in having another. I like New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:16:00 | More by garymuchow
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KingEdward

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-02-2013 22:51:47 | More by KingEdward
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +20%

05-02-2013 20:16:18 | More by prock180
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-02-2013 18:58:45 | More by grubefresh
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ITCHOBOYROB

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-01-2013 07:54:07 | More by ITCHOBOYROB
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Black_ox

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2013 23:10:12 | More by Black_ox
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dionito

Washington

1.98/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served from a 12oz bottle bought about three weeks ago and kept in a dark chest freezer converted to kegerator. Temperature around 40ºF (+-3ºF). Served to a tulip glass.

Looks good, orange/copper with a nice foamy head. No problem there. The problem starts with the aroma. It's very strong, starts nice, piney, but goes into something weird that I am not sure what it is exactly, but it's pungent and unpleasant. Taste is similar to how the smell finishes, really strong, but not hoppy strong. The hops are there but they're overwhelmed by something off, totally unpleasant. I wonder if this bottle was not good, got skunk or something. I couldn't finish it and more than half of it went down the drain. I will give it another try and re-review. If this is what it is, not impressed at all. Actually, quite opposite.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:49:11 | More by dionito
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optimator705

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-30-2013 22:40:51 | More by optimator705
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adam_e

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2013 20:29:08 | More by adam_e
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djs467

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-30-2013 16:19:39 | More by djs467
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-30-2013 16:02:16 | More by MilkManX
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Kips

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-30-2013 04:28:58 | More by Kips
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generous gift from Dr. Humbard. Thank you sir.

Served in my New Belgium globe.

The beer is yellowish with a mild haze. An aggressive pour yields nearly two inches of pure white head. The aroma brings pine, alcohol, hops. Booze presence in both the scent and flavor. Too brash for my liking. Pine and alcohol with perhaps a bit of citrus. A slow sipper. The finish leaves booze, biscuits, crackers, and a hint of caramel malt on the palate. I finished the 12 oz., but this is not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:33:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear gold with a fluffy white head.

S - Grassy with some orange pith and bitter dandelion.

T - Bitter. Floral hops, bitter dandelion, citrus, citrus zest and pith, some bready malt.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - Hop bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. Stange herbal, floral dandelion flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:02:06 | More by brewcrew76
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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
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.