Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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2.26/5 rDev -39.7%
Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. Best-by date 7.7.13.
Look- Deep gold with three fingers of dense white head. Good retention, thick swaths of lace remain.
Smell- Pineapple, bitter lemon rind, sharp, resinous, skunky. Clean oyster cracker malt backdrop. Swirling brings out a stronger medicinal lemon-pine aroma that is moderately abrasive, makes me think I could use this beer to clean floors. Not flat-out terrible, but not something I'm a fan of, either.
Taste- After the first sip, I waited a while before taking another. Unfortunately the second was the same. Bitter tea, tobacco, and booze. Light sweetness in the middle. Fades to mineral water and cough syrup. Not enough flavor for something this sharp, needs either a softer edge or something else going on besides the bitterness. Kind of like sucking on hop pellets. Old ones.
Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, nearly flat. Light warming after the swallow. Insubstantial feel, watery.
Overall- Not quite sure what they were shooting for with this one, but I ended up giving away the last 2/3 of the six pack. Waited a few days to crack the second bottle (this one) after being underwhelmed by the first. Just because it's bitter and boozy doesn't mean it's a worthwhile DIPA.
03-24-2013 05:58:53 | More by Lawl3ss
3.71/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured this from a 12 oz bottle. I was surprised that it looked a bit cloudy and light yellow (straw) color. The nose was nice with big hops. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the carbonation was nice- even though it wasn't obvious upon the poor. The taste was complex. The first sip had cocoa on the front end finished with citrus and pine, but subsequent tastes had a very floral almost rosy taste. Would I have it again? Yep. It wouldn't be the first DIPA I would reach for, but I liked it.
03-23-2013 23:42:05 | More by BuzzLitebier
1.81/5 rDev -51.7%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a medium clear gold with a firm white head, some real nice lace.
S: Weeds, vegetation, ethanol.
T: Lots of weedy, dandelion green type flavour. Astringent, not tasty at all, not a fun beer to try to drink.
M: Medium-bodied, fairly crisp, medium carbonation.
O: This beer is horrendous, I hope this is a bad bottle, since this is by far the worst New Belgium beer I've had. Love these guys, but this is a mess.
03-23-2013 06:51:26 | More by Halcyondays
4.48/5 rDev +19.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bomber into a snifter.
Nice pale golden color. Over a finger thick off-white colored head with decent retention. Some bubbles. Very clear appearance. Excellent lacing on the sides.
Aroma is extremely good with flowery notes. Other major notes include orange peel, grass and some pine. A nicely spiced up and citrus aroma typical of calypso and centennial hops. Reminds me of TIPA from Schlafly. Some grapefruit as well. No alcohol. A good dry hopped aroma overall.
Flavor is equally good. A solid amount of bitterness and aromatics notes enters upfront. Will destroy the palate. Grape fruit, some orange peel, herbs, spices and some grass like flavor. Citrus content is good but very different from fat head's or Zombie Dust's. Bitterness should be high - about 90. Middle has some malt character but still dominated by hops. Finish is clearly very dry and bitter.
Mouth feel is medium to slightly light. A lot of oily and piney feel. Moderate warmth. Doesn't feel like an excessive alcohol drink. Kicks well. Moderate to slightly good carbonation.
A very likable IIPA indeed. Nothing wrong with it.
03-23-2013 03:05:55 | More by AmitC
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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