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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

1,930 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 187 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +13%

djs467, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MilkManX, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kips, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

Generous gift from Dr. Humbard. Thank you sir.

Served in my New Belgium globe.

The beer is yellowish with a mild haze. An aggressive pour yields nearly two inches of pure white head. The aroma brings pine, alcohol, hops. Booze presence in both the scent and flavor. Too brash for my liking. Pine and alcohol with perhaps a bit of citrus. A slow sipper. The finish leaves booze, biscuits, crackers, and a hint of caramel malt on the palate. I finished the 12 oz., but this is not a repeat for me.

Huhzubendah, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

A - Clear gold with a fluffy white head.

S - Grassy with some orange pith and bitter dandelion.

T - Bitter. Floral hops, bitter dandelion, citrus, citrus zest and pith, some bready malt.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - Hop bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. Stange herbal, floral dandelion flavor.

brewcrew76, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Clear bright copper color. Sturdy cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Faint maltiness, then slightly floral aromas blending with a grassy, drier hop presence.

Taste: Starts out with a malty caramel note like the aroma, then a bitter, dry hop note. Very faint apricot fruit flavors found as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry.

Overall: Certainly not bad, above average. Will only have the one 6 pack though.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

svendaddy, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

pointone, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear dark amber. Moderate near-white head. Lines of stick left down the glass.

The aroma is not a good one. Lots of root and stalk vegetables: celery immediatley comes to mind. There's some onion presence as well. A bit of resin character, but, overall, not good.

Fairly bitter with similar vegetable flavors--again, lots of celery and even potato, something strange. Some pine and resin notes as well.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

I didn't care for this one at all.

ehammond1, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -20.2%

crobinso, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Malt forward DIPA that leans heavily toward a caramel/toffee/biscuity flavor that seems to come from the yeast strain used by New Belgium.

Hops are fine but not real dominant. More floral/piney and spicy than fruity.

Body is full and plenty big but this features a pretty dry and tight finish with a not so pleasant lingering bitterness that I don't particularly care for.

It's an OK DIPA but doesn't compare to many out there. Was hoping for a bigger brother to Ranger (which is decent enough) but this falls short. Decent enough but when compared to the rest in its field it is not close to the top.

ZAP, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

reedtgr, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MSandahl23, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

PaulsBrew, Apr 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

spycow, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hyoung41, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold color with nice clarity. The head is a nice-looking three finger offwhite shade. It has a good frothiness to it, and also retains very well. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I half-imagined this would be similar to a bigger version of Ranger, and the herbal hop tones mixed with biscuity yeast told me I was right. There's something not entirely right sitting with me aromatically that I can't put my finger on, so I'm docking points.

T: I don't like how the biscuity flavors interact with the hop profile; it almost creates a vague ammonia-esque flavor. Anyways, this unpleasant flavor fades away right before the middle of the brew, being supplanted with light piny qualities, a touch of citrus, and caramel malt. At first, I'm not enthused by the opening flavors, but they do fade away leaving a reasonable but unassuming DIPA.

M: Dry and crisp. The finish washes away some of the less pleasant notes well, which helps inspire additional drinkability. This is probably the best feature.

O: I was expecting an imperialized Ranger, and I got an imperialized Ranger...for better or worse. Like Ranger, I could see this one being significantly better on tap. The dry, easy drinking nature does an okay job of covering up its flaws, but there are still far superior options out there that you should pick up instead - and not even its price point can sway me otherwise.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

drbenderdo, Apr 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

popery, Apr 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

NumberNone, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Kenai4, Apr 26, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

(Served in a tulip glass)
14Jul13 on bottle
A- This beer pours an orange body with a thin light beige head that is supported by a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The pungent woody herbal hops are 1-Dimentional and a bit harsh with some green tomato qualities coming through as it opens.

T- The taste has more full pungent bitterness of hops dominating and finishing with some dandelion milk bitterness that lingers and stains the tongue.

M- The medium mouthfeel is followed by a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a big kick in the tongue with a full hop bitterness but no other hop flavor or aroma. It is not sessionable and is a bit hard to get through the 6-pack. I will admit I was very excited to try this based on all the ads for it and all the varieties of hops described but I just to taste them.

rhoadsrage, Apr 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

PopnLoads, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

TheLevi4000, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

bscalt, Apr 24, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.