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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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2,243 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 345 | 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:
Beer added by: Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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.
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Coppery body. Medium milky off-white head.

S: Holy Lemon Zest Batman! Then lots of grass.

T: Not lemon! Fresh cut grass, More grass, Pine, a little sweetness, lingering bitterness. Very fresh hops taste throughout. Dry finish.

M: Light/Medium for style. Not too sticky.

O: Very unique in that I haven't tasted such strong fresh hops flavors before. Tastes like my Centennial hops on the vine smells.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (best by 10/6/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear copper color w/ a big sudsy white head, good lacing.

Aroma is bright floral and citrusy hops, some tropical notes of mango, and a pretty strong boozy presence.

Taste is fairly malt-forward, balanced by copious bittering and aromatic hops. A little out of balance but still flavorful.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy w/ a bitter finish.

Overall, well, I was a little curious about this one and now I've satisfied my curiosity. Not one I'll need to drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with a beautiful, lumpy head of thick foam. Floral, lemon, and peach hop aromas...earthy resin and toasted malt sweetness. Sharp, oily citrus, pine, melon, and a hint of lime. Dry with a long, lingering bitterness. I enjoyed this...

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 21-Jul-13 with Imperial Nonic glass
*Notes taken 05/23/13

A: Super clear golden blonde color ale. My pour produced a thick 3 fingers worth of stubborn khaki head with large bubbles forming craggy peaks as they pock away. The glass is left with a scattering of chunky lace. Looks like a fine malt beverage to me.

S: Smells a little danky with some melon, spice, and green berries at the forefront. I detect some bready malt sweetness in the nose however it is rather subtle as more dank herbal aromas bloom. Sappy with pine and a dash of grapefruit in there. Pretty nice and pleasantly hoppy.

T: Tastes of dank herb and spice with a light tropic fruit punch. It is a mix of melon, gooseberry, pine, and grapefruit with a hit of peppery guava spice. Not quite as tropical as I had hoped for and the flavors turn a little soapy at times. A little signature NB bready malt backbone in there with a kiss of caramel sweetness albeit rather tame amongst the hops. There is an upper level of prickly bitterness to the beer and some noticeable alcohol warmth. Earthy finish with some more herbals mixed in. Nice offering was just hoping for a little more tropical influence from the Mosaics.

M: Feel is a touch thin and watery with a nice creamy texture provided by the spritzy carbonation. There is a high level of bitterness and light alcohol warmth on exhalation. Light drying crisp in the finish with a moderate resinous linger.

D: This beer is no good. I am afraid the hops have run rampant. Actually I did enjoy this more so than the Ranger. Has a nice high level of bitterness with lots of firm dank pine and spice notes. Not nearly as tropical as I was looking for from the Mosaics but still a decent brew. Would have again, especially when discounted 30% at Albertsons.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.