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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,936 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 186 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Ri0, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jdhasse, Apr 13, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a golden amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is lemon, resin, pine, apricot, caramel and alcohol. Taste is peppery bitter, but I'd like to see more citrus character. Very sweet. Seems a bit thin for the style. A bit sticky, drying on the finish with oversweet aftertaste. Overall not bad and certainly well priced, but you would expect more from a major release from a brewery as large New Belgium.

coldriver, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

igor, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into pint glass

A: A light white head forms and disapates above a very clear body. With consistent visual carbonatio. Some lacing. Body is pale straw to light copper, about 8 SRMish

S: Nose is at medium power level for an IIPA. None the less juicy aromas of melon and payapa, hits of grapefruit type citrus.

TM: Smooth on the front, but as the carbonation fills the body holds a thicker approach. Fruity peach and pine notes dominate the palate. The mouthfeel is left glossy and sticky. Refreshing on the front and leaves a dry firm bitterness that beckons more...

O: Overal this is a solid IIPA. On the low end of the gravity spectrum, but big hoppy nose and body and restrained but firm bitterness.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Hophead420, Apr 13, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, label says best by July 28. 2013. This is the spring 2013 inaugural release of this beer. I traded my friend a bottle of Great Lakes Rye Of The Tiger IPA for a bottle of this. Haven't had a New Belgium beer in a while, so I am going in as unbiased as possible.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a little more than a finger's worth of white doughy head comprised of tightly packed microbubbles and some fluff. Body color is a transparent dark orange / copper. Nice sheets of thin, wispy lacing.

S - Smell is of light pine needles and some grapefruit rind. Light juicy hop bitterness and some bready malts. Some honey. Some wet cardboard. An underwhelming smell for such a high abv beer.

T - Taste is of rye malts up front, paired with some fresh bitter citrus grapefruit hops. Some bitter hop spice and some cracked peppercorns. Peach & mango hops dominate the second half of this experience.

M - Feel is light, sticky, and dry. Some resinous hops and some bitterness, but not what you would expect from an 8.50% abv beer.

Overall, a little more tame than the New Belgium Ranger IPA, considering the increase in abv. This beer drinks more like a rye IPA than it does an imperial IPA, although it is light and juicy most of the time, rather than bitter and spicy. A tasty beer, but somewhat underwhelming. Seems like it would be a good "imperial" IPA for the summertime.

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Apr 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

sevenshubby, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

apf, Apr 13, 2013
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2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a frothy, receding, white head.

Smell: Odd, onion-scented overtones with resiny, citric tones beyond some additional fruitiness. Bolstered pale malt base, faintly sweetish in the nose.

Taste: Sugared pale malts, boosted somewhat, but, then dosed with a conspicuous vegetal quality and a few drips of camphor oil. Some resinous, some citrusy touches, but the preceding flavors override these tastes. Moderate bitterness. Drying, bitterish, camphor oil finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-carbonation. Feels a tad oily moving across the tongue.

Overall: I left work early on Friday to head home and enjoy some music, fun, and beer. Two oughta three ain't bad, I guess.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

510a, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jimmah120, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

NinetyNineBottles, Apr 11, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- swirling gold-orange amber with finger of tan head

Smell- big citrus notes, ripe grapefruit, little notes of pine

Taste- citrusy on the front with a light sweet pale malt with some caramel on the tongue, earthy bitterness on the finish with a little alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- medium-full bodied, a little hop oils and a dry bitter finish

Overall- solid IIPA. New Belgium delivers again with one for the summer evenings

Sark, Apr 11, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell of the hops are great. I feel like 30 min into a brew dew, sticking my face deep down in the brew kettle and inhaling. It's got a real pungent aroma, which I'm seriously digging.

When i take a sip, I get the bitterness from the bops, the aroma from the hops, but none of the flavor. For a DIPA, it falls flat there.

the malt character is totally caramel. No smokiness, no deep malt backbone. What I get most is caramel and hop aroma/bitterness. I'm digging that I can walk into a low end grocery store in chicago and pick up a 6 pack of DIPA for less than $10. However, if this had a stone or dogfish logo on it, I'd be suprised. Value 7/10.

BTW, the 8.5% was a pleasant surprise.

Mikes-Soft-Lemonale, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

pirmannt1, Apr 10, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-04-10 in Warsaw, IN

A - Clear, pale yellow with a 4-finger white head into a 16 oz shaker. Moderate-good lacing.

S - Hop floral, plenty of pine and some lemon drop sweetness. I like it.

T - Pale malt, grass, herbal spice, grapefruit zest, honey, tea. Other than the significant zest bitterness, there's not much citrus flesh flavor. I like the flavor.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little prickly, a little creamy, a little resinous.

O - I enjoyed this brew. It has its own unique flavor, like a spicy, bitter tea with honey.

Tucquan, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Grabbin2nd, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Birdlegs, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

marley2112, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Fusebuddy, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JF1917, Apr 10, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Best by 7/14/13

S - Pine, resiny, citrus. Faint biscuit malt. I agree with the description of peachy aroma.

A - Tall rocky off-white head atop a deep golden beer. Perfect clarity. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Bitter pine hops show up instantly. There is underlying bready/biscuity malt throughout almost the whole taste. Hop flavor is a large segment and has pine and melon like flavor. Right up to my threshold of sharp bitterness without becoming unpleasant. Crisp and refreshing dryness. Some watermelon flavor lasts into the aftertaste but later leaves me with an almost flavorless bitterness.

M - Medium-full body, very dry, light to medium-light carbonation.

O - Great looking brew with a beautiful sticky head that will not quit. Hops are the only focus of this beer, little balance to it. On a positive note it has a unique hop profile and shows off many good qualities. Pine and citrus aroma yet different than typical DIPAs. Taste was bitter all over with a great dryness. Fun take on a style that sometimes is pigeon holed.

Jparker37, Apr 10, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - clear golden, vaguely hazy, with a small persistent head of about 1/4 inch that sticks to the glass.

S - distinct floral hop aroma.

T - the bitterness is immediate and distinct, lasting throughout the taste.

M - medium to medium-light body.

O - a very strong IPA with distinct hop bitterness. Similar to the Ranger in terms of hop prominence but of a different type. Altogether a reasonably difficult drink, but satisfying.

oscaryuengel, Apr 10, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,936 ratings.