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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

2,331 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 45
Gots: 390 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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.
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Ratings: 2,331 | Reviews: 401
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Total Wine 3 weeks ago for $1.49 each. Bottled on 06/14/13; best by 11/13/13.

Beer poured a golden orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus and floral hops.

Taste is citrusy with a nice peach finish. The brew is not overly sweet nor overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and somewhat smooth.

Overall this brew is easy to like as it is not a whopper and it is nicely balanced with some nice flavors. Definitely can recommend this one!

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear copper. Good frothy head retention.
Smell: Citrus, pine, and peach.
Taste: Pine, a hint of peach, alcohol, and pepper.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. The peach hints came predominantly from the smell, but came out more and more in the taste as it warmed. The alcohol was slightly pronounced, mixed with pepper in the aftertaste. This has enough character to hold it's own in the Imp IPA world. I would probably get this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a surprise for me because I thought it was an IPA and not an Imperial IPA. I didn't read the bottle good enough. I am a fan of Pale Ale and IPAs; but I haven't found an Imperial IPA that I even liked. I like this one!

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with a coded date (my beer is 2 1/2 months old) into a pint glass and got two fingers of head.

A: Pours a slightly yellow golden color. It is clear. I get two fingers of white frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to about 1/8 in. of foam that lasts until the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from the start to the end.

S: At first: some floral and some tropical fruit. There is a little citrus and some pine and some biscuit, too.

T: At first, I taste a some malts and then the hops. As this warms, the hops really hit hard and then a little bread taste. There was a little alcohol taste at first. As it warmer, I didn't notice that. I thought it was well balanced. The hops are more interesting than just pine or pine resin in your face.

M: Nicely carbonated and a medium body. It is easy to drink despite the high ABV.

O: I like it. It goes down smooth and maybe too smooth considering the ABV. I would buy it again and recommend it.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost metallic, copper hue when held up to the light. The beer smells brightly of tropical fruit, and then earthy herbal notes, as well as a touch of spicy hop character. Big guava notes, black pepper, lychee, peach syrup, and some floral apricot notes as well as pine needle notes, perhaps a hint of menthol, but the fruit hop notes are definitely the dominant notes here.

Bitter up front, and through to the finish as well, but there is a hugely expressive fruit character, and a woody pine note. Notes of floral peach syrup, concentrated guava notes, woody peppery notes, and lots of herbal leaning lychee. The malt character is purely supporting here, it barely provides some light cracker like notes, perhaps a touch of caramelized character, and just enough malt to accentuate the expressive, dominant hop character. The body is light, but still has some texture to it, definitely on the light side for an Imperial IPA, but that makes it all the more appealing.

Much nicer than I was expecting, the expressive hop character with its vibrant fruitiness, biting bitterness and light herbal notes that are done at a low enough level that it doesn’t get in the way of the other notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of riktronics
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BergBeer
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer for $6.99! Review from one of the bottles.

A - Nice Golden amber with a thick and aggressive white head. Really nice lacing on this one!

S - Tons of pine and citrus! Getting orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, white grapes. nectarine, but over all lots of pine. Also has a syrupy kind of smell too it almost wet on the nose.

T - Huge pine rush on the attack! Followed by citrus and lemon flavors. It's really aggressive but not over powering. Almost no hints of malt except for a smidge of honey on the end.

M - This is what i believe to be the only thing holding this beer back. It has a hop syrup mouth feel. Feels very wet but not refreshingly so. There is also a slight alcohol to the end that makes it all dry out

O - Pretty good considering the price. Definitely not NB best offering but a decent beer. I'd pick Ranger over this any day. IIPA is a crowded market and a few more just out shine this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a hazed orange color with a sticky, dense white head. Nicre retention and excellent lace.

Nose is somewhat balanced with a distinctive New Belgium malt/yeast combo - kind of nutty and a little earthy. Hops are jucy citrus and pine needles. Alcohol gives it a bit of a tropical hint as well.

Taste definitly brings the hops, lots of flavoring and bittering both. Im sticking with citrus and pine flavors and the malt takes on a biscuity flavor. Its actually fairly 'balanced' for a DIPA and the malts are not overly toasty, which I do not like in a hoppy beer. Mouthfeel is nice and the beer has a pretty smooth flow to it. While this is not going to blow anyone out of the water, I personally appreciate a moderately priced six pack of a DIPA and dont think there is enough of them out there. This is one that I will most likely purchase again, dating on the bottles is a huge plus for hoppy beers.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite IPAs that i can get year round. and i recommend it to anyone

appearance: light and strawy with a bit of an amber hue

smell: piney and resiny followed by citrus and light spice

taste: malt and pine up front followed by hints of mangos, pineapple, citrus, and more
pine. finishes clean with notes of more citrus and pine. possible hops used simcoe,
nugget, and citra

mouth: bit on the airy side in the beginning, but thins out towards the end. definitely
light for an imperial

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of edgeh2o
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. I now know what "wet" feels like. This is the wettest IPA, let alone beer, that I've ever had. Extremely nice mouthfeel, very smooth and refreshing. A great summer Imperial IPA. Way 2 go New Belgium, you finally have something I will come back for many, many times.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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