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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

2,293 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,293
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 374 | FT: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I biught a six-pack of Rampant IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a frothy stark white head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, not the pine scent you might expect from an Imperial IPA. Soft flower and fruit aromas, peaches pears and melons.

Taste is sweet citrus flavor up front, with a mildly bitter aftertaste, which becomes more dry and more bitter over time.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying, with no hint of the alcohol despite the ABV.

Overall a decent and drinkable IIPA. I'd have this again for sure.

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4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium
12oz to Libbey Belgian
8.5% ABV
Best by 08Aug13, bought 3/2013

A – One finger head, dissipates kind of quickly. Quite clear amber/copper. Absorptive but clear. No haze, just some bubbles.

S – Citrus, melon, grass, and pine- each there but mixed nicely. Mostly orange, slight lemon zest; cantaloupe; slight grass and fresh pine, very nice. I think I can pickup a strawberry-watermelon scent, but I think that’s conflation or smell mixing.

T – A little grass up front followed by a strong but not aggressive pine-hoppy flavor. Meets a nice malt level and there’s a brief lemon zest. The pine comes back to balance with the malt and then the pine fades considerably leaving a slightly grassy low-strength flavor.

M – Slightly cozy, fuzzyish medium body. Dry finish.

D – Very good. Kind of wish the aftertaste had more to it. Love the balance.

Let it warm for ~10 minutes.
S – Grass, slight lemon, wood. Pine and melon are gone. Really big sniffs reveal some pine.
T – A pine-grass-malt flavor. Finishes with the same flavor through, it’s quite good. Then it drops off quickly. The malt is stronger than it should be for an IIPA.
M – Finish is not as dry now. I’d call it semi-dry, then it becomes dry. Medium bodied and cozier now.
D – Still very good but it’s not mind-blowing (what is?).
4.5, 4.25, 4.25, 4.5, 4.25.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA has a medium, off-white head and a clear, deep golden appearance, with some tiny white specks suspended here and there. There is a good amount of lacing left behind and a few bubbles ascending. The aroma is sharp, with sweet malt, citrus, piney hops, and white bread. Taste is of heavy hop oil, pine, grapefruit and grapefruit rind, strong bitterness, and white bread. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, and slick, and New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA finishes very dry, bitter, sweet, and fairly drinkable, with sips. Overall this is a nice one, and I suggest checking it out.


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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this beer after having their impressive Super IPA collaboration with Alpine. While Rampant didn’t completely blow my doors off, I thought it was a very impressive and solid Double IPA. I did detect some similarities to the Super IPA, but not quite as bold and well-rounded. The light copper color immediately gave off a wonderful aroma of sweet tropical fruits with only slight hints of citrus. This was really a great smelling IPA. The flavor doesn’t overwhelm you with a face melting hop overload but rather an enjoyable tropical fruit and slight dank bitterness with a peak of resinous pine on it’s dry finish. A good dose of sweet malt held all the flavors together into what I thought was a very tasty and dangerously drinkable brew. Rampant is definitely a slightly different take on your typical Imperial IPA, with more ripe fruit flavors and dank hops than pine or citrus, but another well done beer from New Belgium.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pale gold with good clarity once the chill haze recedes; tons of white head and lacing left on the glass.

S: Some tropical fruitiness, melon, and earthy spice with a sweeter pale malt backbone. Pine is apparent as well.

T: A bit bready but with a good amount of semi-pungent bitterness, faint herbal/earthy hoppiness. That crisp melon character is there too, with some pungent grapefruit and pine. Very faint caramel notes too.

MF: Medium bodied, pretty dry and bitter.

O: Decent Imperial IPA but not my favorite flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,293 ratings.