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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

2,328 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 45
Gots: 386 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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.
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Ratings: 2,328 | Reviews: 401
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times on tap, but this time just straight from the bottle (so appearance will be from memory)...
Appearance: Transparent honey golden, with a considerable head consisting of bubbles of all sizes. Mild amount of carbonation comes up from the bottom during the entire time you drink it. Decent soapy lacing.

Smell: grapefruit (hops), pine (woody / hops), sweetness, alcohol - in that order of prevalence. the hops are very aromatic if you give it a big whiff, smells like cracking one open.

Taste: As you take a sip, the strong smell of this factors in to the taste, so you get the aforementioned things up front. the finish is the same: citrusy/woody hops, mild sweetness, a moderate bite of alcohol, and a not-so-great mouthfeel...

Mouthfeel: as you initially drink it, it's carbonated and crisp, but you notice quickly after that it's pretty sticky. as you swallow it, it's sharp. Once you have swallowed it though, your mouth gets lined with a sticky, resiny, lingering film that tastes like the hops, but it's not really a great feeling, because it's just hanging out in your hot mouth for literally 2 minutes after each sip. For me, this does not invite another sip, as it seems every drink comes with that 2 minute cost (though i can see how some hop-heads would enjoy that...reminds me of a few people i know who eat pickles and pickled garlic cloves straight from the jar and think nothing of it...)

Overall: definitely not a session beer. the 2 minute aftertaste is so unpleasant after experiencing it 3-4 times, it makes me want to finish the pints/bottles quickly, and while the nice appearance, smells, and tastes facilitate that, it is ill advised to drink these quickly, as this rings in at 8.5% abv and will debilitate you / quickly get you to an unpleasant state. 2 pints/bottles of this and the average person will be too drunk to drive. it gets old after 2 anyways, so that's a good place to stop. there's plenty of better IIPAs out there, though this one is no slouch, and it's pretty widely available and only ~$9/sixer in AZ. Worth a try if you come across it, but not worth hunting down. Cheers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a tulip glass

A-Light honey color, nice mild carbonation, two finger white head with heavy lacing.

S-Heay sweet pine resin, vanilla and fruit

T- Peach/Mango fruit with a nice pine resin finish. can sense a bit of the alcohol in the finish as well

M- Buttery smoothness with a little bite from the carbonation

O- Good larger hopped IPA that holds a good floral character and is not a "smash you in the mouth" IPA. The hops used have a great pine flavor

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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