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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

2,241 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 345 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. It's a crystal clear dark straw color with a 1 finger bright white head that settles into thin cap. Leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell is citrus hops with a bit of pine and toasted bread, very nice.

The taste follows the aroma. Grapefruit citrus and piney hops with enough malt to balance it out. There is some fruit in the middle. The finish is pretty clean with less sharp bitterness than one would expect. There's very little alcohol 'heat' for a beer with this high an ABV. It's very balanced and drinkable for an IIPA.

It has a medium mouth feel with style appropriate carbonation.

This beer is a pleasant surprise from New Belgium. It's not really Belgian in character and that's actually a good thing. This is a very good IPA that I would recommend and buy again.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: dirty straw body, finger white fluffy head
splendid lacing

S: candy sugar, pine, grassy

T: sweet ripe fruit and biscuit malt, boozy finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: Don't know what to make of this beer, not
terrible, but not my preference. Usually enjoy
NB, but will pass on picking this one up again.


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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Tones-
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times on tap, but this time just straight from the bottle (so appearance will be from memory)...
Appearance: Transparent honey golden, with a considerable head consisting of bubbles of all sizes. Mild amount of carbonation comes up from the bottom during the entire time you drink it. Decent soapy lacing.

Smell: grapefruit (hops), pine (woody / hops), sweetness, alcohol - in that order of prevalence. the hops are very aromatic if you give it a big whiff, smells like cracking one open.

Taste: As you take a sip, the strong smell of this factors in to the taste, so you get the aforementioned things up front. the finish is the same: citrusy/woody hops, mild sweetness, a moderate bite of alcohol, and a not-so-great mouthfeel...

Mouthfeel: as you initially drink it, it's carbonated and crisp, but you notice quickly after that it's pretty sticky. as you swallow it, it's sharp. Once you have swallowed it though, your mouth gets lined with a sticky, resiny, lingering film that tastes like the hops, but it's not really a great feeling, because it's just hanging out in your hot mouth for literally 2 minutes after each sip. For me, this does not invite another sip, as it seems every drink comes with that 2 minute cost (though i can see how some hop-heads would enjoy that...reminds me of a few people i know who eat pickles and pickled garlic cloves straight from the jar and think nothing of it...)

Overall: definitely not a session beer. the 2 minute aftertaste is so unpleasant after experiencing it 3-4 times, it makes me want to finish the pints/bottles quickly, and while the nice appearance, smells, and tastes facilitate that, it is ill advised to drink these quickly, as this rings in at 8.5% abv and will debilitate you / quickly get you to an unpleasant state. 2 pints/bottles of this and the average person will be too drunk to drive. it gets old after 2 anyways, so that's a good place to stop. there's plenty of better IIPAs out there, though this one is no slouch, and it's pretty widely available and only ~$9/sixer in AZ. Worth a try if you come across it, but not worth hunting down. Cheers.

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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  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,241 ratings.