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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,768 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 132 | 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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oldvines

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2013 02:11:17 | More by oldvines
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drakulya

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +33.3%

03-15-2013 20:21:01 | More by drakulya
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Life of Riley in PDX. I am hit or miss usually with New Belgium, but this was a good beer. Nice amber color, with 1 finger head. Found the smell to be a grassy pine scent...the taste was the same. Not overly hoppy, but a decent balance with the rest. Good carbonated beer, that seemed very fresh. Enjoyed thisa lot

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 20:12:18 | More by BradMacMullin
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-15-2013 15:25:03 | More by grahamboudreaux
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darky

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-15-2013 14:04:48 | More by darky
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-15-2013 13:30:31 | More by beerbrains
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-15-2013 06:35:11 | More by steamboatbrewer
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a finely-bubbled white head. The color is actually really nice. Love the gold printing on the six pack too, really just fine-looking. The nose is spicy, zesty, and herbal; super pine and citrus, with a little tropical fruit nudge of mango and tangerine, certainly some alcohol there. Flavor has a nice citrus bite from the hops and some bitterness on the back end. This is more hop-forward than balanced, and I usually like more balance, but I'm liking the pine-citrus dominance here. Mouthfeel is well structured and tight, and the alcohol (which is not pussyfooting around at 8.5%) is fairly negligible, perhaps taking a back seat to the hops. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, and what else can I say? I like it. Try it, it's good.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 05:01:18 | More by BeerWizard
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-15-2013 03:14:20 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

1.2/5  rDev -68%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, I'm not one to drain pour a beer, especially not an IPA or DIPA. This beer smells of wet straw and dirt. This beer tastes like it smells. Awful.

Perhaps I should have poured it into a glass, but one smell after opening the bottle revealed this horrible smell. I proceed to take a couple of sips to see if the taste matched the smell. It did. I tried, I really did. Then it went down the drain.

Not sure what they were going for with this DIPA. Perhaps I missed something or my palette isn't experienced enough for this. But I've been a hard core hop head for years now and I don't remember drain pouring even the worst IPA or DIPA. This I couldn't take.

EDIT

Based on other reviews I wonder if I had a bad bottle or an old bottle. But the best by date is in July and it just hit here. Not sure what to think. But my review stands.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:56:17 | More by runfoodrun
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jonbeer89

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-15-2013 02:32:13 | More by jonbeer89
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of fuitiness, a touch of peach with piney hops.

T - It tasted of peach and tropical fruits with a piney hop bitterness. A nice toasted malt backbone with a slight sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty Imperial IPA. And affordable, too.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:05:26 | More by zeff80
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-15-2013 02:05:26 | More by AlexFields
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.
Golden color with small head.
Nice aroma of sweet malts, buttery hops, light ganja.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Big flavors with emphasis on grassy hops, straw, cream of tartar, alcohol.
After 5 minutes or more the strong aromas remain, and the flavors remain but a touch less alcohol, more earthy hops, slight tropical melon rind. Overall tasty and bold, significant bitterness but also creamy malts. Flavorful but not my favorite Colorado double IPA, mostly because of the cream of tartar/chalk bitterness. Still, tasty and I'll look forward to having it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:41:33 | More by DenverLogan
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jsh5771

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-15-2013 01:40:00 | More by jsh5771
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-15-2013 01:05:44 | More by ucsbmullet
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stafford2

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-14-2013 23:40:29 | More by stafford2
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-14-2013 21:47:28 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-14-2013 16:06:54 | More by Kevlee722
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

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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BaltimoreBeerLover

Maryland

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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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-14-2013 04:48:21 | More by beergorrilla
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

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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Sparty55

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-14-2013 03:30:19 | More by Sparty55
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Ish1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-14-2013 02:46:06 | More by Ish1
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.