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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

2,023 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 221 | 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%

pointone, Apr 28, 2013
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2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

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
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

crobinso, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hyoung41, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kevinscott, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

NWer, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

leeo, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TonyT013, Apr 23, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for $3

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and pineapple and something along the lines of mango/guava. It ends with a sweet pineapple/guava aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – A decent amount of hop bitterness, but I'm not a big fan of the fruit flavours that are going on. They are good, just not my favourite type of fruit flavours found in a DIPA. A beer worth trying though, especially for the price.

spinrsx, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, golden colored ale, slight haze, topped with a frothy, just off-white head, good retention & sticky lacing is left at the top of the glass. Aromas are fresh with lemon & grapefruity citrus, grass, biscuity malt. Lemon rind & pith dominate the palate with grapefruity bitterness present, grassy, not much for malt, but it's biscuity if anything, pungent and astringent on the finish. Definitely off balance with the bitterness here. Oily hop resins coat the palate, medium body, moderate carbonation. Not at all bad; it is decent with a nice, unique lemon kick, but needs more of a malt presence for balance. A bit of a disappointment.

barnzy78, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

twelveinches, Apr 22, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.