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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

1,750 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-14-2013 16:06:54 | More by Kevlee722
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. best before July 07 13.

A: a slight haze. really interesting hue, kind of clear, but also a little pink. also a pale orange. a different looking brew. head is white, retention and lacing present.

S: floral, a lot of grapefruit too. a smooth melon aroma works with a mild biscuit grist.

T: a faint peach starts the palate off. a little bit of rose water adds to the flavor then things turn bitter. very bitter. finish is a lingering dry/green flavor with, you guessed it, bitterness.

M: average carb on a medium-ish/full body.

D: really impressed with the nose, found the body a little bit bitter dominant where it would be stellar if they backed off a bit with the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 14:11:24 | More by Jimmys
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2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is the first beer I've had that has finally driven me to write a review. Unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.

Poured into a red wine glass.

Appearance: A nice, golden-amber color with a foamy white head about an inch thick.

Smell: Stale hay or corn is the predominant aroma I get, which threw me aback slightly, but I thought the taste would prove otherwise. Not too complex, slight hoppiness.

Taste: A surprisingly unpleasant experience. I was not prepared for the odd aftertaste. Alcohol presence really isn't there for an 8.5% beer but the stale straw taste is very prevalent. Not nearly as hoppy as I would expect from an imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, dry.

Overall: A very unpleasant experience from the start but did improve slightly as the beer warmed with time. Would not recommend to anyone and will only drink in the future because it has ethanol in it and I hate to see money go to waste. 2/5.

Disclaimer: I checked the expiration date just to make sure that wasn't a factor and it is not. I did however purchase the beer cold, store it at room temperature, then refrigerated again before drinking. Although, I have done this multiple times in the past with no adverse effects. I am by no means a beer snob, and I have no problem drinking budweiser, bud light, etc. and was very surprised by how bad this actually tasted. In fact, this is only the second beer after anchor christmas ale that I have said to myself, "Wow, this is a terrible beer."

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 05:17:20 | More by BaltimoreBeerLover
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-14-2013 04:48:21 | More by beergorrilla
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2.13/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

New beer from New Belgium!

Pours out a very clear, bright yellow with 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is peaches, piney hop notes, some subtle floral notes and a weird perfume smell too. There is a little bit of bready notes.

The taste is overwhelmed by the weird perfume type of flavor, some peach, pine and very light floral hop notes and a touch of bready malt. Very one dimensional and not very good. The perfume taste overwhelms the entire beer.

The body is light and there is a crisp and clean mouthfeel. You can't taste the ABV and there is only a slight warming as it goes down.

A very poor example of an Imperial IPA; not very bitter, not very hoppy and a weird perfume smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 03:30:38 | More by JohnnyMc
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-14-2013 03:30:19 | More by Sparty55
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-14-2013 02:46:06 | More by Ish1
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-14-2013 01:45:38 | More by TheKOshow
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-14-2013 01:32:20 | More by drummermattie02
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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really like this one. To me a true Imperial. Great balance of alcohol and taste. Excellent mouth feel. First sip hit me with big butterscotch and soon after perfect hop bitterness and flavor to balance. Color is butterscotch too. The alcohol fits perfect and afraid I will drink to much and often. Great that it comes in a six pack and affordable given the style. Hope it is on the shelf a long time. You can tell they worked hard to get this one right but then again New Belgium does that with all their beer. Thank you New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:17:28 | More by glyng
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4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear gold color with two fingers of sticky white head. Generous lacing all around the glass.

Citrusy aroma of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit along with a small whiff of biscuit behind it.

The citrusy taste matched the citrusy aroma but with an added candy sugar sweetness to it. The malty biscuit comes through more in the taste as well. Finished with bite of hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a crisp carbonation.

This one packed a lot of flavorful bang for the buck – under $4 for a bomber. I'll definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 21:17:45 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-13-2013 19:09:28 | More by NeverSettle
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-13-2013 18:55:17 | More by zbooks
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-13-2013 17:13:10 | More by SaxmanRick
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-13-2013 16:10:48 | More by RedneckBeerz
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip
Best by : 7-14-13

Clear, with lots of visibly rising carbonation, bright brassy golden-orange with a thick, foamy off white head and tons of lacing.

A unique hop character, lemony, sweet, fruity peach. Light pine undertones/finish. Lightly sweet, pale malt backing.

Medium body, with mild foamy carbonation. Faint alcohol warmth.

I really enjoyed the use of the Mosaic and Calypso hops as they presented a hop character I had yet to experience before. Really easy drinking DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 08:14:16 | More by vkv822
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2.04/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance - Pours a light golden yellow. 1/2 finger of bubbly head leaves behind minimal spotty lacing.

Smell - Earthy, bready hops with some background citrus

Taste - Blah. Bitter straw notes upfront, then on the backend, the hops and some citrus comes through. Not-so-great bitter aftertaste. Tastes thin and cheap. This is an Imperial IPA? Really?

Mouthfeel - Light, low carbonation, finishes slightly dry

Overall - I might drink a few more sips, but this one is looking like a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 05:07:22 | More by sbxx
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-13-2013 04:54:20 | More by ChugginOil
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South Dakota

3/5  rDev -20%

03-13-2013 03:56:56 | More by mrjbrown27
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-13-2013 02:27:00 | More by BigJim5021
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap to a tulip on 3/11/13.

Pours pale golden yellow with a hint of orange like the rind of an almost ripe tangerine. Fluffy head that dissipates quickly and didn't leave a whole lot of lacing overall. Nose was full of citrus and pure hops. Smelled almost purely of lemon or grapefruit oil. The taste was pretty cloying and the mouthfeel was very, very oily. It tasted full of fruit like biting into a ripe pineapple. It was just puckeringly sweet with a bitter finish. I didn't get to pay much attention to the malt in this one, but I think I was just trying to figure this one out. I didn't necessarily dislike the beer, but it was a little...off. I would give it another shot though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 01:50:01 | More by estlinska
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-13-2013 00:58:47 | More by Zaphog
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-12-2013 23:50:23 | More by TheKitten
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-12-2013 23:49:06 | More by BillyLrsn
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

03-12-2013 23:11:27 | More by CEDAMA
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.