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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

2,292 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,292
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 42
Gots: 372 | FT: 3
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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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, best before date of July 2013..So in other words I have no idea when this was bottled.

Pours hazy brass with a copper hue and an inch-plus head. Plenty of stringy lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pine, grapefruit, and cut grass. Hoppy enough for an IPA, but not a IIPA.

Medium bodied with a crisp, zippy mouthfeel.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit and a hint of wet hay start the palate. Light malt and a solid bitterness offer some balance.

Finishes dry with lingering pine, grapefruit, and a bit spicy.

Pretty mediocre for a IIPA. The combination of hops is nothing spectacular and the nose is lacking in particular.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is sticky off-white and leaves big chunks and sheets of lacing. Moderate retention keeps the cap small for the duration. Creamy collar.

Smell: Sweet and bready. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Hops aren't quite as aggressive as I expected. A bit earthy with a solid floral punch. Pithy. Some grapefruit with pine needle. Grassy.

Taste: Grassy and sweet, but not sugary. Citrus, mainly grapefruit, under a bigger hit of pine and slightly earthy hops. Malt backbone carries biscuits and caramel malt sweetness. Slightly roasted and toasted. Carries the distinct finish of New Belgium. A bit of apple. Lingering bitterness is aggressive but not abrasive. Juicy pear.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the highish side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Slick and oily. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: Tow that line.

What I expected from New Belgium. A unique hop profile coupled with a relative drinkability for the style. Not a blockbuster, but it's decent.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard New Belgium bottle with raised neck collar and the simple label. The pour was very clear, a touch more pale amber in shade than a typical DIPA. The head was one to two finger thick. The smell was mostly pine and grapefruit. The taste was quite bitter, with a burst of grapefruit, herbs, and spice right up front. This was a very dry, over the top, "west coast" style DIPA, and I always seem to like them for their singular purpose as a hop delivery vehicle. This was no exception. There was little no malt influence, alcohol burn, or pretense of complexity here. It was like drinking an enamel stripping, head clearing, tongue scraping, hop juice. If you like hops, you will love this. If you don't like hops, why did you buy a DIPA. A hop bomb picked up at the neighborhood Kroger. My we have come a long way in this country, and I like that.

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3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale orange with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation visible rising from the bottom. Aroma is extremely weak. Can just barely get a whiff of hops. Tastes great but doesn't really taste hoppy enough to be a imperial IPA. Hops bring out a great tropical fruit flavor with a very sweet finish. Fruity flavors return after swallowing quickly followed by hop bitterness. Hop bitterness does linger on the palate after swallowing though. Not really the hop bomb I expected. I have had other bottles of rampant as well as a glass on tap that were much much hoppier than this one. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and perfect in my opinion. Overall, it does not seem like a hoppy enough beer for a double IPA but still a great tasting brew and is greatly priced for the style.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.