Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
the nose on this rampant imperial ipa brings a huge amount of hops with it. and the taste is full and bold. its like the shot a cannon full of hops right at your head. i like this beer a good bit. its a mouthful. there is also a good bit of alcohol in this beer, but it doesnt impair the flavor at all. the hops do all the talking in this one.
04-22-2013 01:10:58 | More by mattkoon
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured on tap into snifter.
A. Hazy amber. One inch thick white head that hangs around. Lacing hangs around 'til bottom.
S. Heavy, and I can't stress this enough, floral aroma. Flowers. Dandelion. Cut grass. Slight whiff of melon.
T. Tart. Sharp citrus fruit. Initially orange, mango, even a hint of lime which flows into a hoppy bitterness. Slight boozy aftertaste that doesn't linger.
M. Very chewy considering the style. Foamy. Finishes clean.
O. This is not a slap you in the face bitter IPA. Way more floral than most. No hint of malt. Different, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Great beer! Definitely worth checking out.
04-21-2013 04:29:40 | More by PieOhMy
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
Poured a honey golden hue, snow white head that laces very well down glass.
Could easily be me but seems muted on the aroma deal. Lightly malty and a dash of hops.,
Creamy malty goodness with a firm bittering and nice hop flavor.
Smooth and creamy goodness leads me to say this is a firmly medium full body.
I dig it !!!!
04-21-2013 00:50:24 | More by welldigger888
3.76/5 rDev +0.3%
Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The best by date printed on the label is “11AUG13.”
Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is light, clear copper. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving a rocky cap, webwork of foam along the glass, and eventually a skim and bubbly ring around the edge.
Smell: Nice balance between floral hops, citrus, and tropical fruit. Pine is prominent at first, but it is tempered by grapefruit, orange, apple, tangerine, and mango as the beer warms. It eventually offers an overall sticky-sweet aroma that is tinged with citrus, mango, and maybe peach. (The label mentions peach, so why not?) Though it may just be the pine, I think it has a touch of catty pungency.
Taste: Bold bitterness that slowly works on the taste buds and does not really reach its peak until the aftertaste. With each sip, I was expecting a full-frontal assault, but the bitterness slowly builds. The booze is not totally masked but it does keep a low profile. The flavors are pretty tame, which is a disappointment. I was expecting it to offer loads of the citrus and tropical fruit from the smell. However, the taste is mostly floral and piney with sharp lemon zest. Hints of grapefruit and mango peek through, though — but the beer needed to warm considerably. After that point, the bitterness is tempered by pale malts and a light, candy caramel flavor.
Drinkability: It smells great, but the flavor is all about the bitterness — which is solid. Personally, I would rather have a little more flavor.
04-21-2013 00:22:40 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Bomber time. 28JUL13. A best by date, I presume.
A: Pours a translucent light orange with a bit of haze. One and a half finger of khaki head. Pretty decent retention. Head is thick and somewhat pillow-y. Moderate carbonation with tiny little bubbles racing to the surface.
S: Bit of that yeasty nuttiness that I seem to find in most New Belgium beers. I'm not sure if there's even a common denominator between all these beers or if it's just a mental connection at this point. Malt and yeast dominant, by a long shot. Very bready, with bits of the caramel coming through. Hops are limited to a bit of pine and nondescript citrus.
T: A mass jumble of flavors. Almost sugary sweet malt intro is completely nuked by a thin, astringent line of soapy bitterness that runs through to the finish. Pine needle infused citrus oil, and not in a good way. Some mango comes out, along with bits of pine needle, but these flavors are fleeting and don't contribute much overall. The soapy astringency has a difficult time masking the sugary, alcohol enhanced sweetness. The resinous bitterness wins out in the end, with a dry, pine infused finish. Still got that goddamn biscuit nuttiness I always associate with New Belgium on the end.
M: Medium bodied DIPA. The alcohol heat weighs this down considerably in the mid palate.
O: This beer was definitely a grower and not a shower. Messy in the beginning, this beer warmed and opened up into a fairly decent IPA. However, the alcohol sweetness and overall lack of hop flavor really held this one back. Could be the bomber, but mine seemed relatively fresh.
04-20-2013 08:24:42 | More by McStagger
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-20-2013 05:55:16 | More by magictacosinus
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a bright and clear gold color with a very nice fluffy white head.
Aromas are very floral, grassy, with some pine resin.
Taste starts out thick, with very viscous mouthfeel. Sweet and creamy with hard candy notes. Finish is quite bitter, light sugars, citrus, floral, mineral like, with some resin notes. Flavors are a bit scattered and don't seem that cohesive.
Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with lots of body. I like it.
Overall, a nice effort with a few flaws. Looks pretty, with great mouthfeel, but the flavors and aromas are a step below the better DIPA. Still, a tasty DIPA with a good price point. Worth trying,
04-20-2013 02:30:21 | More by flexabull
4.01/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured in to a tulip. Clear, golden colored body with a 1 finger, dense, rocky head. Good lacing
Aroma was citrusy, malty and floral. Fair amount of caramel sweetness. A bit grainy and bready. Peach hop notes.
Taste was sticky, and danky hop flavors. Very resinous. Floral and citrusy. Moderate amount of malt sweetness with some mild caramel flavors. Bready malt flavors. Mild floral bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a slightly chewy finish that turned crisp.
Overall a good beer, especially at the price point. Big hop and malt flavor.
04-19-2013 22:58:55 | More by riored4v
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
bottle purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN
appearance: light golden amber with 1 finger white head
smell: apples, citrus, pine, some grapefruit
taste: very bitter, tastes of apples, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, the aftertaste isn't as satisfying as other DIPAS.
mouthfeel: decent amount of carbonation
overall: Normally I dislike anything from New Belgium, but this one is pretty good. Not comparable to a Ruination, Hop Stoopid, or Palate Wrecker if you're looking for your hop fix., but for the price this is well worth a purchase. While there are better options out there, this is probably the most widely available, cheapest double IPA i've seen; and it's pretty good
04-19-2013 09:50:49 | More by Roman5150
2.7/5 rDev -28%
I concede that I might have served this too cold, but still, New Belgium disappoints me every single time...
Smell was great, very much a pine like aroma plus some pleasant fruity smell
Taste was ok, hoppy yet smooth, and I agree with a previous poster that this beer was not overhopped. But still comes with a signature metallic under taste that comes with any kind of New Belgium beer.
However, it was able to hide its relatively high alc. content with its smooth taste.
Overall felt similar to Hop Czar, but if I could choose, I'd get Hop Tsar every time if I wanted hoppiness in my beer. I can't get over the fact that New Belgium always has a funny under taste in its beers
04-19-2013 09:26:45 | More by olilitewu
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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