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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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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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Photo of longbongsilver
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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,

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of riored4v
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Fantalek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MrBIP
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CSQ1111
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fatmusic14
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Roman5150
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of olilitewu
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
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

Photo of zeledonia
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KWMiles
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation as well as some orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind, tropical/peach/mango, and pine hops over the top of slightly sweet pale malts. Some bitterness in the aroma as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate amounts of pale malts with some brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind hops, pine hops, and just a touch of tropical/peach hops. Slightly more than moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall the alcohol is very well hidden in this beer but it is a little too aggressively bitter for my personal preference - I enjoy a DIPA quite a bit but I like a little more intense hop flavors without quite as much bitterness. Easier to drink than I expected based on the marketing of the beer and one I would enjoy another time.

Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Stoutish
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikeradebaugh
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK DIPA. Nothing outstanding, but a pleasant drink. Pours a clear copper color with a medium size white head. Fairly good retention, lot of lacing.

Smell is a bit mild for a DIPA, mostly grassy hops

Tastes pretty good. Piney hops and grassy hops, some malt balance, but still an overriding mild bitterness. Refreshing with no hint of the abv level.

Mouthfeel is good. The oily, piney hops and soft (Blind Pig type pillowy softness) are welcome. Good hops bitterness, overall crisp and rich enough.

I have had two reasonably priced DIPAs in the last two days. Good but no Maharajas or Double Jack s here.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A nice golden orange that is a bit hazy, a nice two finger head that leaves some lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Tropical fruit throught, a slight spicy hint on the nose as well, with some sweetness on the tail end.

T: Lots of peach up front, was not expecting that, with other tropical fruit throughout and spice like the nose, maybe pepper.

M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and dry finish.

O: Overall this was a good brew, I thoroughly enjoyed it, very well balanced.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of 2Cents
4.84/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Light amber with a snow white head that reduces to a thin film. There's lots of lacing and noticeable Alcohol legs.

S: Pine and citrus with a little maltyness. There's a slight bit of yeast esters and just a little peppery aroma coming through.

T: The first thing I tasted was resinous Pine then Citrus fruit, especially orange. At the the middle tongue there is a little hit of pepper and then some of the malt comes through. Then there's is a big grapefruity bitterness that sticks around.. The aftertaste is a combo of everything.

M: Nicely carbonated. There' a peppery sting and a little alcohol bite.

O: At only $7.99 a six pack it looks like I have a new regular beer. For my taste this is a very good D.I.P.A It's loaded with hop resins and a unique, peppery taste. It's dangerously drinkable for an 8.5% beer. I put this up with some of the best D.I.P.As, that I've tried.

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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