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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

1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 121 | 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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lesslikemath

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-18-2013 22:57:10 | More by lesslikemath
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Gilmango

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-18-2013 19:26:15 | More by Gilmango
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mkbeirne

Virginia

2.01/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer poured a very light gold with minimal head. I want to emphasize the light color of this beer. Double IPAs surely are supposed to be fairly pale in color, but this beer looked more like a light lager than any double IPA I've ever had. My first impression was that someone had played a trick on me by pouring a Bud Light into a Rampant bottle and capping it. While the IPA and DIPA styles have expanded to allow beers of widely differing appearances, I cannot, with a straight face, say that this looked anything like a DIPA when I poured it.

I was hopeful the aroma would be the redeeming factor, but no. This had none of the typical citrus, pine and floral notes that I typically expect in a DIPA. Nor was there any malt backbone on the aroma. Sure, there was a hop aroma present, but it was in no way true to the style. My friend's description of the aroma hits it spot on: it smelled like the inside of a gym bag. I'm not talking about the dank hop character present in some IPAs - this just smelled like they dumped random hops at the end of boil, with no concern as to the different aroma contributions of each.

The taste was equally disappointing. There certainly was the bitterness one would expect from a DIPA, but in no way could it be described as true to style. There was no real citrus flavor or complexity - just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. And let me be clear: I am not someone who automatically knocks a DIPA for being unbalanced. On the contrary, I thoroughly enjoy unbalanced hop bombs so long as the hop character provides the expected citrus character of an IPA. This, however, completely missed. It tasted like New Belgium took their standard IPA recipe, watered it down to make a double batch, but quadrupled the hop bill.

The mouthfeel was very thin, which again makes it seem like a watered-down, over-hopped IPA.

I typically refrain from writing severely negative reviews, but this beer was so disappointing that I felt it was necessary. I like a lot of New Belgium products, and I was excited to see they were releasing an Imperial IPA. Unfortunately, they completely missed on this one. Every aspect of the beer makes it seem like a watered-down, over-hopped IPA.

Give it a shot if you feel so compelled, but don't expect anything close to a "typical" imperial/double IPAs. New Belgium really butchered the style with this beer, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 15:07:32 | More by mkbeirne
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JVan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-18-2013 13:38:42 | More by JVan
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Monalenard

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i totally love this beer. i almost hate new belgium. seriously, has one brewery ever had so many beers taste so closely alike? fat tire, ranger, dig and snow day all have that weird extra toasted flavor that i used to love till i realized it showed up in everything they brew. now it just makes me nauseous..well, most of the time, because they finally brewed a balanced beer, one hopped well enough to handle that surplus of toasted malt or whatever that taste is, like they spilled too much in and said "screw it, bottle it and sell it. Rampant is rather sweet and a little of this flavor can go a long way. the appearance is a vibrant golden, slight copper hue that is almost perfectly clear with a decent head and really good lacing, which i wouldn't expect with how clear the beer is. the aroma is intense its... (reloading)... oops, i accidentally opened a fat tire that someone left over...i'll just give that to the dog, ok, rampant, yes, the aroma is a loud balance of citrusy and piney off the charts. Taste is, like i said, sweet. Maybe a bit grassy but not too dry. All in all this is something very different in the realm of IPAs over all. awesome beer. bit of a break from the norm. hell, it may even cause me to become more optimistic about trying future new belgium releases.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 05:08:22 | More by Monalenard
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The more New Belgium beer I taste, the more I love this brewery. Glad to see them doing one of my favorite styles.

Brewed about a month before the date of this tasting (Bottled on 02/20/2013, Best by 07/21/2013).

A: Bright, shimmering orange-gold body with a fluffy white head; bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass continuously. Cappuccino foam for retention, sticky soap suds for lacing.

S: Intense but delicate hop aromas give this a complex, uplifting character of sharp lemon-lime, pineapple, juicy peach, and grassy floral scents. Notes of citrus rind and black pepper in the background with what little malt that can be found: a soft buttered bread tone. An interesting take on a hop-forward nose, probably thanks to Mosaic hops.

T: This beer hits you with a unique palate, bringing chewy malts together with fruit tastes that you just don’t usually find in a beer like this. Sweet, dark sugars meld with soft bread tones, like honey on a biscuit, making it one of the sweeter DIPAs I’ve had. And then the hops: very fleshy tastes of melon, peach, guava, and blood orange. There’s a bit of woody pine to it, too, but it’s mainly tropical melon fruitiness – it’s only marginally bitter, in fact. So basically, take that honey biscuit that represented the malt and slap some sweet tropical jam on it and you’ve got your New Belgium DIPA. Finishes prickly and dry, leaving pine character on the taste buds longer than anything else in the palate.

M: The fullness of the mouthfeel accentuates the thick malts, further augmented by the lack of carbonation; really, it’s nothing but mild foaminess in the texture.

O: Strange brew, indeed. Just before cracking this beer open, I brewed a pale ale hopped with Nelson Sauvin, and this had the taste and aroma of the raw wort – raw hops in the nose, especially. It kind of hit a nerve there, but other than that, it was an interesting (albeit sweet) DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:10:53 | More by BarryMFBurton
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hilgart1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-17-2013 22:49:44 | More by hilgart1
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle dated 28 Jul 13 poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear amber body with a light yellow tint. Thick three-finger head that has excellent retention and leave nice lacing.

The aroma is understated but OK for a DIPA. A bit of piney and grassy hop notes with a little malt in the background.

The flavor is a touch better than the aroma. The hop notes remain in the pine/grass family with tiny bit of grapefruit. The bready malt flavor is not dominant at all, but provides a nice compliment to the hops.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol. Solid overall for a DIPA, but I probably prefer Ranger a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:13:08 | More by FanofHefe
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XnFM

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-17-2013 20:36:53 | More by XnFM
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

finally, something new and impressive coming from new Belgium! too many lackluster and overpriced releases has me a little down on these guys, but this one is a gem. pours a really pale hazy yellow color, lighter than almost any big ipa ive seen, with a thick foamy bubbly white head with okay retention. the nose is very floral, perfect for the blooming spring time, hoppy but not terribly bitter, and really light on the malt bill. the flavor is also very light in terms of grains, and the hops are intense and interesting, not just a bitter bomb. lots of floral pollen grassy hop character, this somehow reminds me of easter. the yeast is also a contributor, with complimentary light sugar cookie complexion. really clean finish with a burst of freshness. I liked everything about this beer, even the not so subtle alcohol content, it just works in the context of this light and flavorful brew. also, its priced like a beer not a bottle of rare French wine, which is something new Belgium really needs to get back to if they are going to frequent my fridge with any kind of regularity. bravo for this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 16:28:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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Unchi

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-17-2013 14:40:00 | More by Unchi
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting take on a dIPA, if only for the hops.

Looks good, perhaps a bit light in color for a dIPA, but really...who cares. Nice golden pours, sticky lacing, semi-soapy head.

Aroma is "meaty"-like. But not flesh meat, but fruit meat. Passion fruit and mango. Some cookie dough underneath. Hint of pine.

Flavor resembles the nose, and quite accurately. Passoin fruit, mango, some pine, pineapple and a bit catty.

I knock the feel a bit as it seems creamy. While a good bite exists, it seems to be coated with some film or something. Not sure; maybe I'm imagining things. Still, the absence of resin that some dIPAs have is a good thing for this beer

Overall a nice dIPA that hides the abv well and is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 09:23:57 | More by Mebuzzard
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TheSixthRing

California

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy goldish orange with an off-white, two finger head. Excellent retention. Fair lacing around the glass, spotty in places, with good stick.

Smell - Predominantly a juicy, tropical hop aroma. Slight peppery spice. Grapefruit. Pineapple. Hints of peach.

Taste - Woah, where'd all that peach come from!? Predominant peach flavor upfront and through to the finish. Peppery spice and mango notes hit mid-taste. Mild orange pith in the aftertaste. Malt backbone is present, but is felt more so than tasted; touches on lightly toasted biscuit.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body. Soft, near creamy on the tongue, but with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - A very unique, and very welcome take on the DIPA style. Lots of stonefruit sweetness, but the spice bite and there's just enough bitterness on the back end to keep this thing from becoming cloying. Well done, New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 06:53:52 | More by TheSixthRing
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ShaneFudge

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-17-2013 05:31:52 | More by ShaneFudge
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-17-2013 05:06:58 | More by Hopstout
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-17-2013 05:05:15 | More by dailyminefield
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Zuidman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-17-2013 03:02:08 | More by Zuidman
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-17-2013 02:21:34 | More by Haybeerman
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hopazoid

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -46.7%

03-17-2013 02:17:43 | More by hopazoid
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -60%

03-17-2013 02:11:35 | More by bigbeers84
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ShameAndFailure

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-17-2013 01:40:08 | More by ShameAndFailure
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snaotheus

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear golden with a nice medium head. Head dissipates fairly slowly, seems to be leaving a lot of lacy residue on the sides. Lots of active carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is a bit mild for the "imperial" descriptor, but nice. Flowery/grassy, straw and a little yeast.

Taste is also a little mild for the "imperial" descriptor. Flowery, honey, a little citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, very nice. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. When it's cheap, I won't hesitate to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:26:59 | More by snaotheus
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-16-2013 23:10:39 | More by plumcrazyfx
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akakii

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-16-2013 23:09:59 | More by akakii
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mweso2000

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2013 22:26:11 | More by mweso2000
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.