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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

2,238 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 341 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. New Belgium branded bottle. Pours clear and deep golden/light amber in color with an inch of off white foam. Offers good retention and followed by sticky clumps of lacing.

Potent hop aroma picked up upon opening the bottle, with pine and fruit, touch of ruddy hop cloaked caramel and a slight hit of the 8.5% that lies below the surface. Odd blend of hops in this one, even offering a bit of strawberry milk powder at times, and not really in a bad way.

Taste is creamy with a healthy dose of hop spice and a moderate malt character. Touch of citrus and a chalky bitterness on the finish. Not overly complex but inviting and with a good feel. Overall quite interesting as the beer doesn't come across as being overly sweet yet the ABV is difficult to discern. Nice balance for its heft as the hops cloak the malt which cloaks the ABV is an unusual way.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a creamy 2 inch thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, orange, grapefruit, herbal notes, yeasts, malty backbone. Not overly strong aroma.

Taste - Starts with a mix of malty and piney grapefruity hops. Bitter, yet a palate wrecker, malts really stand out. Has a herbal flavor, orange and tangerine really comes out at the finish. Yeasts add some sweetness. Alcohol is present in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Hops and malts really coat the tongue. The bitterness hits the palate along with yeasts and alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter and piney.

Overall - Pretty good, the herbal flavor mixed with all the malts gives it a unique flavor. Kind of not the most smooth and balanced beer, you get all this beer has to offer in stages yet its still very enjoyable for a change up. Great price a bomber, worth a drink for sure.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The most impressive aspect of this beer is the look. Pours golden with fluffy white head and loads of lace! Smell is adequate, but below typical DIPA standards. Good taste and easy to drink at 8.5%. Mouthfeel is solid, I can tell I'm drinking a DIPA! Overall this is worth a pick up considering it's very affordable! For me, this is more an IPA for the Fall and Winter; maybe very early Spring.

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4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It's a nice floral, hoppy beer. If you like Ranger, you will love this.

I want to review this a bit different. On this I have to figure in the price. I got this brew @ 7.99 for a 6pack. For that price, I will by lots of this. If this were 10 or more I'd pass. It's a nice, hoppy, floral beer. It's not earth shattering, but very solid. With the price point on this, you should probably pick a 6er up. If you don't like new Belgium, then you will nit pick this and not like it. If you have no reservations about the brewery, get it.
Cheers and enjoy!

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of the brewery, but it was recommended by a (fanboy) friend, so I will try not to be bias here.

Poured from a bomber into my Dogfish Head IPA glass...

Head poured a good inch...this glass works over time. Frothy, bone white head. Beer is yellow with an amberish, almost orange hue.

A pretty strong malty, sweet smell. Orange, tangerine kinda smell. Not potent, not strong at all for the ABV, but I've been sick sooo that's probably part of the problem there. A danker musky kind of smell starts to develop quickly. This is enticing my buds to say the least.

That musky character is the first thing I get in the taste, too. This may not be fresh enough. Drink by is over three months away though (how long do they think this thing stays fresh)! I do get a little citrus character, and a little resin kinda taste. Not strong, but, again, could be the sickness.

Although it doesn't look it, it has a very pleasant mouthfeel. A little bit of body, maybe a little more than I was looking for. But, this is still easy drinking here.

I would drink this again, although, even at $4 a bomber, I may not buy it again. I like my IPA's to taste as fresh as possible, and this just doesn't taste fresh. I took it a little easy on where it would be lower, trying to factor in my lack of scent and taste right now. Although a fairly big beer like this should still be stronger.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, nicely carbonated, one finger head

S-Sharp hop presence, grass, pine, but something is off, a wood/herbal note.

T-Balance is ok. Very pine heavy, some grass. Has that herbal off flavor but not as much. Decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, thinner than I was expecting, good deal of hop resins.

O-There is something off with this beer. I wish I knew what exactly it was.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a best by for mid-July.
Fresh hop aroma, but not very intense. Light and enjoyable.
Big full head with a cream appearance. Plenty of lacing that is very sticky. Golden amber with lots of bubbles rising. Attractive.
Certainly presents like a DIPA, but is never too intense and not excessive in hop presentation. This is closer to how I like a DIPA. No "off" flavors due to excessive hops. The hops are less fruity in taste than in the aroma. More grassy and earthy. Nice streak of some unique malt (at least for style - not sure what it is, but I kinda' like it, or maybe it's a unique hop flavor as the grain bill is simple). Certainly some unique flavors and interesting tastes.
Moderately heavy feel with lower level carbonation. Near chewy and only slightly creamy.
Not a great, steal your face beer, but that's not necessarily what this brewery does. Instead a nice drinking approachable beer that leaves me interested in having another. I like New Belgium.

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.