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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

2,159 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,159
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 40
Gots: 288 | FT: 2
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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3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is sticky off-white and leaves big chunks and sheets of lacing. Moderate retention keeps the cap small for the duration. Creamy collar.

Smell: Sweet and bready. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Hops aren't quite as aggressive as I expected. A bit earthy with a solid floral punch. Pithy. Some grapefruit with pine needle. Grassy.

Taste: Grassy and sweet, but not sugary. Citrus, mainly grapefruit, under a bigger hit of pine and slightly earthy hops. Malt backbone carries biscuits and caramel malt sweetness. Slightly roasted and toasted. Carries the distinct finish of New Belgium. A bit of apple. Lingering bitterness is aggressive but not abrasive. Juicy pear.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the highish side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Slick and oily. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: Tow that line.

What I expected from New Belgium. A unique hop profile coupled with a relative drinkability for the style. Not a blockbuster, but it's decent.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard New Belgium bottle with raised neck collar and the simple label. The pour was very clear, a touch more pale amber in shade than a typical DIPA. The head was one to two finger thick. The smell was mostly pine and grapefruit. The taste was quite bitter, with a burst of grapefruit, herbs, and spice right up front. This was a very dry, over the top, "west coast" style DIPA, and I always seem to like them for their singular purpose as a hop delivery vehicle. This was no exception. There was little no malt influence, alcohol burn, or pretense of complexity here. It was like drinking an enamel stripping, head clearing, tongue scraping, hop juice. If you like hops, you will love this. If you don't like hops, why did you buy a DIPA. A hop bomb picked up at the neighborhood Kroger. My we have come a long way in this country, and I like that.

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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale orange with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation visible rising from the bottom. Aroma is extremely weak. Can just barely get a whiff of hops. Tastes great but doesn't really taste hoppy enough to be a imperial IPA. Hops bring out a great tropical fruit flavor with a very sweet finish. Fruity flavors return after swallowing quickly followed by hop bitterness. Hop bitterness does linger on the palate after swallowing though. Not really the hop bomb I expected. I have had other bottles of rampant as well as a glass on tap that were much much hoppier than this one. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and perfect in my opinion. Overall, it does not seem like a hoppy enough beer for a double IPA but still a great tasting brew and is greatly priced for the style.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a pale golden color and is very clear. Not a lot of head on the beer.

Aroma is primarily grassy and pine like hops. A little hit of citrus but not very much.

The beer is very bitter, bitterness lingers in the finish. No hint of malt comes through.

Medium mouthfeel.

Aroma is dominated by pine and grass, as is the aftertaste. Very bitter, high in alcohol although it is not perceivable. This beer is just not good, it is bitter without being blanaced and could use a better malt backbone to help counter the bitter aftertaste that stay around in your mouth longer than it should. It also does not showcase hops well but instead just shows that they can be bitter.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by July 7, 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

New Belgium's Rampant is a seriously unique DIPA with its blend of peach, lemon, grapefruit, and guava flavors, likely all courtesy of the hops. The brewers keep the malts focused to only two-row, which will emphasize the sweetness and fruitiness of the hops all the more. This is definitely a DIPA that moves in its own direction in terms of aromas and flavors, which in a world of fairly imitative DIPAs, I find to be quite enjoyable.

Pours a generous 1.75cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, the bubbles small and densely packed, creating a smooth, milky-creamy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is fairly good, a wide array of sizes and shapes of residual foam stick to the sides of the glass. Body is a rich copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer,

Aroma is dense, fairly dank, unique hop aromas give off a complex mix of ripe citrus, peach, apples, and pears in a heavy fruit salad, perhaps a grapefruit and lemon being most noticeable. Underlying pale malt sweetness becomes slightly detectable with multiple inhalations (the nose adjusts to the hops).

Sweet, quite fruity, and simultaneously bitter, Rampant has a fairly unique hop choice and ester combination,
Front of palate is sweet, of dank fruit salad (grapefruit, orange, lemon, guava) with a unique, assertive, somewhat "off" fruity hop flavor (like a sweet, citrusy peach) that I haven't experienced before, yet I find to be quite enjoyable. Mid-palate is fruity and sweet, of light peach with a heavy, rich fruit-salad like mix of grapefruit, orange, guava, apples, and pears. Bitterness is also quite noticeable, cutting the fruity sweetness, and allowing for a hint of malt character and cumin to be discovered. Back of palate is solidly bitter while still retaining some of the fruitiness and malt sweetness that's been detectable earlier. Closes with a rush of grapefruit-like bitterness that leads into a lingering aftertaste of bitter grapefruit, tropical fruit salad, fairly heavy and dank.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that gently foams on the palate, and comes across as quite smooth. Ethanol is well-hidden, only a light bit of heat on the back of the throat. The intense hoppiness and alcohol combine to create a pleasurable bitter tingle in the tongue, which I find to be quite enjoyable. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,159 ratings.