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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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very good

1,968 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 197 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

MinorThreat, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

PissWarmChango, May 15, 2013
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

LeeryLeprechaun, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

lucasj82, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

marlow, May 15, 2013
Photo of Absolut
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Absolut, May 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

tdmccarthy, May 14, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

falloutsnow, May 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

baybassboy, May 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

TheQuest300, May 14, 2013
Photo of iSip
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

iSip, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Localdrinklax, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

muddyh2oblues, May 13, 2013
Photo of UncleBart91
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

UncleBart91, May 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

beerrooster, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

DangerDawg, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

VDODSON, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Bonko_the_sane, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Theniz, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

azdback, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ZachKelly, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

sharpski, May 11, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

rangerred, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Beer21, May 11, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.