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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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1,765 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,765
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 127 | 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 +6.7%

04-03-2013 00:59:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-02-2013 15:08:20 | More by IPAchris
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3/5  rDev -20%

04-02-2013 13:06:28 | More by Jamison85
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has an odd and distinctive flavor, which seems to totally be the hops. It tastes like a big bag of Cascades thrust under you nose smells. I had to look up the hops, with Mosaic as a newer variety in the front, bred from Sicoe and Nugget. It's very spicy as well as fruity. The bitterness is moderate, the aroma is huge. Fruity and endlessly spicy with that back of the throat resiny taste.

Malt is quite evident but not showing off. Somewhat sweet, actually more sweet than some DIPAs. Another interesting variation in the hop wars. From the 22 oz bottle. Medium amber in the tall glass with a persistent white foam.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 06:04:10 | More by mactrail
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

End of the tap, so the review is a little tainted.

a- yellowy orange

s- a tiny bit of hops and a tiny bit of citrus- if it was cold and fresh this could be huge

t- the citrus and fruitiness is very upfront and exciting but ultimately it tastes very sugary and concentrated. Not malty but not balanced either. Upside is that it's 8.5 and it hides it fairly well.

m- boozey bubbly, no surprises

0- I really think I would like this beer if it was ice cold and properly carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 04:50:06 | More by Chaz33187
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

04-02-2013 02:35:24 | More by just_a_guy
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-02-2013 01:45:06 | More by stampfler07
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-02-2013 01:34:21 | More by hollywood_15063
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-02-2013 01:32:16 | More by Tracker83
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-02-2013 00:49:09 | More by herman77
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-02-2013 00:39:56 | More by bvermilion
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-02-2013 00:39:16 | More by pathman
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-01-2013 22:24:24 | More by Brewsed
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2013 21:31:12 | More by ilikebeer03
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-01-2013 17:07:52 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-01-2013 02:15:49 | More by jp110099
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a 6 pack for $9.99 at my local grocery store and simply couldn't resist... I'm glad I gave it a shot!

Fairly standard appearance for an ipa. Very clear, medium brown and capped with a fluffy white head. Very appealing.

The smell, similar to the appearance, is standard for the style. Very sharp hop aroma permeates this beer and really doesn't let up... Bitter, angry smelling beer with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is the high point of this brew... Extremely bitter, harsh and one dimensional. If you like an honest to goodness DIPA, this is your beer. (I love it.)

A little sticky, quite bubbly, and slightly tannic. Very nice.

A wonderful beer for hardcore IPA lovers... Not much in the way of malt character, but I'm willing to look past it's shortcomings.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:11:28 | More by WithinTheGlass
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-31-2013 22:40:54 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-31-2013 20:59:05 | More by sansho
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2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Odd aroma of rotting cantaloupe, dandelion and ambiguous herbs. Not pleasant.

The flavor was similar to the aroma plus a little citrus and pear.

Medium bitter peppery finish.

Another dud from NB. Glad I only bought one.

Drain poured the last two ounces because that's how I roll.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 20:00:35 | More by GuzzLah
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-31-2013 03:42:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-31-2013 02:41:45 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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2.31/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell & Taste: It's really hard to describe even after half the 6 pack. Kind of citrus, but also herbal/vegetal. Kind of earthy. Kind of spicy. Maybe like eating orange rind/peel mixed with peeled potato skin. Nothing like any double IPA I've ever had.

Overall: I had high hopes for a low priced DIPA from a respected brewer but this is just weird stuff. I'll get through the 6 pack but I'm disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:45:54 | More by Mdog
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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold, a thick whipped head, two fingers high. The retention is decent but leaving all kinds of nice lacing on the glass.

Pale grain, cereal, yeast and alcohol. Malts are very light alongside light floral hops, dandelion greens, grass hay and a light lemon scent. Not unpleasant but very odd for a DIPA.

Cracker thin malt, husky and full of cereal grains and slightly spicy. Light yeasty residue. The hops are grassy and brightly vegetative, slight tropical tones and lemon citrus. The bitterness creeps in soapy and clean near the finish.

Creamy over the palate, light body and moderate carbonation. Soapy lager like dryness and manageable alcohol.

I see alot of love and hate for this beer. As a DIPA it's not spectacular but it reminds me of a really hoppy double pilsner which is refreshing. The hop profile is herbaceous and slightly tropical with good balance. I think the pale malt base is really rough though and accentuates the herbaceous hop flavors and bitterness leading to what some might think of as astringency or just might not like.

Overall it's a value type DIPA, servicable and while it's no Alpine Super IPA collab or even LoF fresh hop ipa I'm glad to see that NB finally has a regular DIPA in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:45:04 | More by rawfish
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1.24/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a bit light for an IIPA, good head and looked to be like the mouth feel I wanted.
Smelled like rotten grass...maybe a bad bottle i "thunk", but no the entire sixer!
Tasted like it smelled...hay, or rodent bedding..wet wood shavings with bread yeast...very little hop flavor...like they swept up the store room and hopped with the results, or used a hop schedule meant for a totally different type of beer altogether Terrible beer! I dumped 3/4 of every one i opened...could have gotten a rouge sixer, but don't plan giving it a second chance! I have NO idea how this can be over 80 on here....SERIOUSLY NASTY BEER! Just my opinion...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:40:09 | More by OutKast
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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