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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

2,166 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,166
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 295 | 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:
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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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color with some amber hues and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pine resin hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation
O: This is a "lite" version of an Imperial IPA so it is quite easy to drink. The things that really stand out about this beer are its appearance and aroma.

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of everettsbeerguy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Gregafree
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mastodonj
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised by 2 things:
1. How good this is,.... not a huge New Belgium fan
2. How low the ratings are

This has a great nose, beautiful thick lacing
A hophead's delight with an almost buttery mouthfeel

Reminds me of Avery's Maharaja which I have almost weekly.

I don't usually look for New Belgium beers but I put one of these into a mixed six.

Photo of etreesh
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrIPA
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rampant pours a light bright yellow color, with a nice large frothy head. There is a mellow earthy floral aroma. The taste has a wet floral taste, with hints of a straw like flavors. Nice feel, full flavor, tastes "fresh." Overall a not bad Imperial Ipa, enjoyable but nothing special.

Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of TheBeerDog
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Danflurry
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Ted
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured hazy golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of fruity floral hops with some nice peach notes and some light residual sugar notes. Taste is a good mix between some peachy and fruity notes with some bitter notes in the aftertaste and also some residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Love the hops mix on this one with great fruity notes.

Photo of anticipation23
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of midnitesun11
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bmwats
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving dry sticky residue. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Pine resin, hops, and sourdough bread. Hops very pronounced.

T: Crisp hops and syrupy pine resin. A little honey, and Italian spice maybe.

M: Syrupy yet crisp. High alcohol unapparent. The hops really permeate the nasal cavity and linger throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Large head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is hop leaf-strong with some bready malt and pine resin. Hop leaves and pine resin comprise the flavor lightly balanced with some sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,166 ratings.