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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

1,945 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 35
Gots: 189 | 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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Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dertyd, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

1424IpA, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of MIA4IPA
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MIA4IPA, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Beerdudenumberone, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear gold with thin head, moderate lacing.

S: Nice tropical fruit, apple/pear, spice, and citrus/pine. Malt is noticeable as well, giving some sweet graininess.

T/M: Moderate bitterness upfront, turns into spicy, tropical hops with some citrus and a little pine, as well as a large sweet, bready malt presence that took a very prominent roll in the flavor compared to other beers in the style. Mouthfeel is creamy, but dry with ample carbonation.

Overall: I feel this beer deserves a little more credit that its being given, New Belgium did a fine job. They used a very innovative hop bill, utilizing Mosaic (a new variety) and Calypso (a less known variety) and created a beer that has a very unique flavor profile. It is not the hop bomb that many people want from this style, but it does serve a role in introducing one to the style. I could see a fat tire drinker deciding to pick up a bottle of this, and not being to off put by the change to try it again, ultimately leading to another craft beer fan. Good job New belgium.

Siriusfisherman, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange-amber body that's crystal clear. Pours with a two finger head that retains. Good nose on this stuff - the spicy, weedy and slightly oniony notes from calypso work well with mosaic's brighter tropical fruit aromatics. There's a bit of sweetness to the aroma, but little malt character, and that follows through to the palate. While it isn't overtly malty, it does have some sweetness to it, which highlights the fruity aspects of the hop bill. Mosaic brings a great pineapple flavor that's rounded out by the earthier, spicier notes from calypso. There's a slight grassiness mid-palate, and a touch of onion. This is fairly light-bodied and easy drinking for a 8.5%er, with well hidden alcohol. A surprisingly good offering from NB, especially coming in six packs for a very reasonable price.

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A bronze golden amber orange body, nearly crystal clear, with a two finger head with soapy retention. Slowly settles with capped puck, and ring like lacing. Some very small rising carbonation but not much of it. Otherwise pretty good.

Hop front on the nose is pretty non existent. Some sweet mild caramel, a little bit of hinting tangerine orange, but no sens that this is an IPA at all. Very closed nose for the most part.

Palate is kind of odd. Strawberry and pine like sweetness, with a mix of mild pine like hops. Mouthfeel is fairly solid, with a good coating resin effect and a moderate to sense of crisp carbonation. Palate quenches with a strange aftertaste of stale bread and pine. It's got a weird carbonation sense on the swallow also.

Overall it's just not what I want in a DIPA, but it's a good beer but not in the upper echelons of the greats by any close measure.

smakawhat, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

CliffBrake, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kahlerbock, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Muggins25
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Muggins25, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of 28 Jul 13

Pours golden with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Pine & orange peels

T: Grapefruit, orange peel, pine & dryness up front, with faint leafy hops & a bit of tobacco. A touch of resin as this warms along with grapefruit peels & woody dryness, plus grassyness & a kiss of breadyness. Finishes with woody bitterness, sharp grapefruit, a touch of pine & boozeyness, plus a little pear brandy

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, a bit of boozey bite as this warms. Alright balance, but gets a bit harsh as it warms

Not a great DIPA, but would buy this if options were limited. Not a bad price on this, but the hops don't really flow that well to me. Drinks as bit slow for me

russpowell, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a big, frothy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of floral and citrus hops, but not much malt.

Tastes of some bitter hops with, not much else. Hops lead off with floral and citrus notes along with an earthy spiciness. A kind of leafy vegetable like note comes through as well. Very little malt to speak of with a little breadiness. Leaves me wondering if they completely forgot to add a few bags of grain to the mash. Hops are there, but are just left out to dry with no malts.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a swing and a miss. Very little malt makes it just seem like tea and not beer. This reminds me that to make a good IPA, you do need to pay attention to your malt character, and can't just throw all the hops you want into the brew.

ocelot2500, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rrock44, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Tom-Peters, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of jbak
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jbak, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Beers9beers
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Beers9beers, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of drh1382
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

drh1382, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev +6.4%

RangnaR, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of g_jenkins
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

g_jenkins, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of brewbro57
4.25/5  rDev +13%

brewbro57, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of M1k3y
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

M1k3y, Apr 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

sparx1100, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

thanks mike! enjoyed from a new belgium snifter/globe.

a - brew poured transparent yellow orange with a thin oily yet foamy ipa head that left streaky lacing.

s - very balanced malts crossed with subtle citric hopping. clean, even a bit soapy.

t - wow, very interesting...fairly sweet and fruity. not fruity like hoppy, but fruity like pineapple and apple and some green grape. interesting for an IPA.

m - soft and easy drinking. fairly sweet.

o - overall, easy drinking. ABV is evident in the sweetness, but that's it. very fruity in an interesting way.

cosmicevan, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
1.2/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a lot of plasticky onion with some dank peppery hops and a little sweet malt.

The flavor is a little sweet bready malt followed by a ton of vegetal plasticky green onion that has decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, I don't care for this at all. It's a bunch of watery onioney / garlicky hops (summit?). Like a very poor man's Gubna. From reading other reviews, I wondered if I got a bad one, since all I get is onion and no fruity piney hops. But the 6 pack tasted the same - I dumped one of them. It tasted similar on draft too, just more subdued and watery.

Beaver13, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MichiganBrews, Apr 05, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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