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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

1,951 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 35
Gots: 192 | 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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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
Photo of rangerred
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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TXhomebrewer, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

jsanford, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

justforrazors, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bluckbeyes, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CalbeDacks, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

leftoverburrito, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

CTJman, May 08, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

HalfFull, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

gtermi, May 08, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

wvsabbath, May 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

markcp, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Beefytits4, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

VFRAZ, May 07, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.