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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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2,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 236 | 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%

leedorham, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Bowers-Brew, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

falconxman, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of PieOhMy
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into snifter.

A. Hazy amber. One inch thick white head that hangs around. Lacing hangs around 'til bottom.

S. Heavy, and I can't stress this enough, floral aroma. Flowers. Dandelion. Cut grass. Slight whiff of melon.

T. Tart. Sharp citrus fruit. Initially orange, mango, even a hint of lime which flows into a hoppy bitterness. Slight boozy aftertaste that doesn't linger.

M. Very chewy considering the style. Foamy. Finishes clean.

O. This is not a slap you in the face bitter IPA. Way more floral than most. No hint of malt. Different, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Great beer! Definitely worth checking out.

PieOhMy, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of welldigger888
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a honey golden hue, snow white head that laces very well down glass.

Could easily be me but seems muted on the aroma deal. Lightly malty and a dash of hops.,

Creamy malty goodness with a firm bittering and nice hop flavor.

Smooth and creamy goodness leads me to say this is a firmly medium full body.

I dig it !!!!

welldigger888, Apr 21, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The best by date printed on the label is “11AUG13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is light, clear copper. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving a rocky cap, webwork of foam along the glass, and eventually a skim and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice balance between floral hops, citrus, and tropical fruit. Pine is prominent at first, but it is tempered by grapefruit, orange, apple, tangerine, and mango as the beer warms. It eventually offers an overall sticky-sweet aroma that is tinged with citrus, mango, and maybe peach. (The label mentions peach, so why not?) Though it may just be the pine, I think it has a touch of catty pungency.

Taste: Bold bitterness that slowly works on the taste buds and does not really reach its peak until the aftertaste. With each sip, I was expecting a full-frontal assault, but the bitterness slowly builds. The booze is not totally masked but it does keep a low profile. The flavors are pretty tame, which is a disappointment. I was expecting it to offer loads of the citrus and tropical fruit from the smell. However, the taste is mostly floral and piney with sharp lemon zest. Hints of grapefruit and mango peek through, though — but the beer needed to warm considerably. After that point, the bitterness is tempered by pale malts and a light, candy caramel flavor.

Drinkability: It smells great, but the flavor is all about the bitterness — which is solid. Personally, I would rather have a little more flavor.

TheQuietMan22, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

PGVG, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Flapinux, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of McStagger
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber time. 28JUL13. A best by date, I presume.

A: Pours a translucent light orange with a bit of haze. One and a half finger of khaki head. Pretty decent retention. Head is thick and somewhat pillow-y. Moderate carbonation with tiny little bubbles racing to the surface.

S: Bit of that yeasty nuttiness that I seem to find in most New Belgium beers. I'm not sure if there's even a common denominator between all these beers or if it's just a mental connection at this point. Malt and yeast dominant, by a long shot. Very bready, with bits of the caramel coming through. Hops are limited to a bit of pine and nondescript citrus.

T: A mass jumble of flavors. Almost sugary sweet malt intro is completely nuked by a thin, astringent line of soapy bitterness that runs through to the finish. Pine needle infused citrus oil, and not in a good way. Some mango comes out, along with bits of pine needle, but these flavors are fleeting and don't contribute much overall. The soapy astringency has a difficult time masking the sugary, alcohol enhanced sweetness. The resinous bitterness wins out in the end, with a dry, pine infused finish. Still got that goddamn biscuit nuttiness I always associate with New Belgium on the end.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. The alcohol heat weighs this down considerably in the mid palate.

O: This beer was definitely a grower and not a shower. Messy in the beginning, this beer warmed and opened up into a fairly decent IPA. However, the alcohol sweetness and overall lack of hop flavor really held this one back. Could be the bomber, but mine seemed relatively fresh.

McStagger, Apr 20, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. Poured into a teku glass from a 22oz bomber. Freshness date is listed as "28JUL13."

Pours an orange color with a syrupy, near hazed looking appearance. Very similar to Ranger IPA yet substantial thickness and carbonation abounds here. The head is rather nice, especially considering the portion I got, and lots of decent lacing lasts around the edges of the glass. Bubbles are present in a semi-effervescent manner, but it's really the color that shines here... Or, er, *glows* when placed against the light. Not a bad look at all for NB... Definitely a classic West Coast IPA interpretation.

The flavor is not as hoppy or acidic as I'd expect, but there's definitely a syrupy sweetness aided by the extra malts that melds a solid fruit bouquet. While Ranger was pretty piney and floral overall, this one is filled with juicy aromatic fruits such as mangos, oranges, and dried limes. The hop profile, again, is not as present as you'd think, but the malts are neither too grating or overpowering in dissolving what this beer is supposed to do. Lacks a certain complexity and robustness in exchange for accessibility... But considering NB's widespread crowd, that is not too surprising.

The flavor is slightly better, filled with juicy oranges, tangerines, and a finish that is both slightly astringent and floral overall. Rampant, in this case, takes an aspect that I love most with these kinds of beers by emulating actually eating a delicious, ripe fruit coated with citrus notes, and thickening the experience with lots of carbonation and malty thickness. The malts are not too sweet here, and the hop profile, while not too diverse, is solid and flavorful. A very decent dry finish follows the initial wet feel, and and carbonation is lively throughout to hold interest and appeal. At 8.50% ABV, this is stupidly drinkable as well, and that owes more to its comfortable mouthfeel over the flavor. Very solid and satisfying overall.

I was pretty impressed with this one, I'm not going to lie. I've deliberately avoided NB beers over time for whatever reason but solid offerings such as Rampant make me want to revist some of their latest trends involving experimentation. This is a perfectly widespread DIPA that just might do enough to get people into the style with its comfort factor and accessibility. It's not the most explosive I've had, but it's undeniably flavorful.

magictacosinus, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

longbongsilver, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a very nice fluffy white head.

Aromas are very floral, grassy, with some pine resin.

Taste starts out thick, with very viscous mouthfeel. Sweet and creamy with hard candy notes. Finish is quite bitter, light sugars, citrus, floral, mineral like, with some resin notes. Flavors are a bit scattered and don't seem that cohesive.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with lots of body. I like it.

Overall, a nice effort with a few flaws. Looks pretty, with great mouthfeel, but the flavors and aromas are a step below the better DIPA. Still, a tasty DIPA with a good price point. Worth trying,

flexabull, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

avisong, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of riored4v
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, golden colored body with a 1 finger, dense, rocky head. Good lacing

Aroma was citrusy, malty and floral. Fair amount of caramel sweetness. A bit grainy and bready. Peach hop notes.

Taste was sticky, and danky hop flavors. Very resinous. Floral and citrusy. Moderate amount of malt sweetness with some mild caramel flavors. Bready malt flavors. Mild floral bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a slightly chewy finish that turned crisp.

Overall a good beer, especially at the price point. Big hop and malt flavor.

riored4v, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Fantalek, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MrBIP, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CSQ1111, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pookie, Apr 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

fatmusic14, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

appearance: light golden amber with 1 finger white head

smell: apples, citrus, pine, some grapefruit

taste: very bitter, tastes of apples, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, the aftertaste isn't as satisfying as other DIPAS.

mouthfeel: decent amount of carbonation

overall: Normally I dislike anything from New Belgium, but this one is pretty good. Not comparable to a Ruination, Hop Stoopid, or Palate Wrecker if you're looking for your hop fix., but for the price this is well worth a purchase. While there are better options out there, this is probably the most widely available, cheapest double IPA i've seen; and it's pretty good

Roman5150, Apr 19, 2013
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2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I concede that I might have served this too cold, but still, New Belgium disappoints me every single time...

Smell was great, very much a pine like aroma plus some pleasant fruity smell
Taste was ok, hoppy yet smooth, and I agree with a previous poster that this beer was not overhopped. But still comes with a signature metallic under taste that comes with any kind of New Belgium beer.
However, it was able to hide its relatively high alc. content with its smooth taste.
Overall felt similar to Hop Czar, but if I could choose, I'd get Hop Tsar every time if I wanted hoppiness in my beer. I can't get over the fact that New Belgium always has a funny under taste in its beers

olilitewu, Apr 19, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's always exciting when one of the big dogs puts out a new beer. Best by 7 July 2013. Tasted 13 April 2013.

Pours a medium-pale golden orange. Crystal clear, with a sparse column of bubbles rising up. One finger of whitish head, good retention, and a nice fringe of lacing like receding waves leave on the beach.

Smell is big and fruity. Full of citrus and tropical fruits, and sweet. Oranges, pineapple, and lemon zest. Main complaint is that I'm having to bury my nose in it to get as much potency as I want. But it's really quite good.

Taste is great. Delightfully sweet, with an excellent citrus hop presence. The sweetness blends into a smooth, soft bitterness that's just a little bit less than I'd like it to be. Definitely not over-hopped, whatever the label says.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-bodied, super sticky, clingy. Carbonation flares up, then slowly drifts back down. Lasting, holding that light bitterness in the mouth.

This is really good, across the board. A perfect example of what a top brewery can do with a popular style, when they set their minds to it. The main thing that separates it from my absolute favorites is the relative weakness of the smell, but that's a minor criticism.

zeledonia, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Braz, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

KWMiles, Apr 19, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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