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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

2,029 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 226 | 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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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +13%

pathman, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Brewsed, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ilikebeer03, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

dt_gbpackersfan, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jp110099, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of WithinTheGlass
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a 6 pack for $9.99 at my local grocery store and simply couldn't resist... I'm glad I gave it a shot!

Fairly standard appearance for an ipa. Very clear, medium brown and capped with a fluffy white head. Very appealing.

The smell, similar to the appearance, is standard for the style. Very sharp hop aroma permeates this beer and really doesn't let up... Bitter, angry smelling beer with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is the high point of this brew... Extremely bitter, harsh and one dimensional. If you like an honest to goodness DIPA, this is your beer. (I love it.)

A little sticky, quite bubbly, and slightly tannic. Very nice.

A wonderful beer for hardcore IPA lovers... Not much in the way of malt character, but I'm willing to look past it's shortcomings.

WithinTheGlass, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev +13%

LambicPentameter, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sansho, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of GuzzLah
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Odd aroma of rotting cantaloupe, dandelion and ambiguous herbs. Not pleasant.

The flavor was similar to the aroma plus a little citrus and pear.

Medium bitter peppery finish.

Another dud from NB. Glad I only bought one.

Drain poured the last two ounces because that's how I roll.

GuzzLah, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

EyePeeAyBryan, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Mdog
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell & Taste: It's really hard to describe even after half the 6 pack. Kind of citrus, but also herbal/vegetal. Kind of earthy. Kind of spicy. Maybe like eating orange rind/peel mixed with peeled potato skin. Nothing like any double IPA I've ever had.

Overall: I had high hopes for a low priced DIPA from a respected brewer but this is just weird stuff. I'll get through the 6 pack but I'm disappointed.

Mdog, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold, a thick whipped head, two fingers high. The retention is decent but leaving all kinds of nice lacing on the glass.

Pale grain, cereal, yeast and alcohol. Malts are very light alongside light floral hops, dandelion greens, grass hay and a light lemon scent. Not unpleasant but very odd for a DIPA.

Cracker thin malt, husky and full of cereal grains and slightly spicy. Light yeasty residue. The hops are grassy and brightly vegetative, slight tropical tones and lemon citrus. The bitterness creeps in soapy and clean near the finish.

Creamy over the palate, light body and moderate carbonation. Soapy lager like dryness and manageable alcohol.

I see alot of love and hate for this beer. As a DIPA it's not spectacular but it reminds me of a really hoppy double pilsner which is refreshing. The hop profile is herbaceous and slightly tropical with good balance. I think the pale malt base is really rough though and accentuates the herbaceous hop flavors and bitterness leading to what some might think of as astringency or just might not like.

Overall it's a value type DIPA, servicable and while it's no Alpine Super IPA collab or even LoF fresh hop ipa I'm glad to see that NB finally has a regular DIPA in their lineup.

rawfish, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of OutKast
1.24/5  rDev -67%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a bit light for an IIPA, good head and looked to be like the mouth feel I wanted.
Smelled like rotten grass...maybe a bad bottle i "thunk", but no the entire sixer!
Tasted like it smelled...hay, or rodent bedding..wet wood shavings with bread yeast...very little hop flavor...like they swept up the store room and hopped with the results, or used a hop schedule meant for a totally different type of beer altogether Terrible beer! I dumped 3/4 of every one i opened...could have gotten a rouge sixer, but don't plan giving it a second chance! I have NO idea how this can be over 80 on here....SERIOUSLY NASTY BEER! Just my opinion...

OutKast, Mar 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Satan70, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

marct, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lob, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

bismarksays, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jamiee, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

JMBSH, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden-amber, with ample head. Stunning, detailed, and beautiful lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops, with a tinge of apricot. Pleasant.

Taste is sharp and bitter up front, but with a hearty malt profile to balance, and with that comes some sweet honey tones, almost. Rampant is a balanced, textured, and heavy IPA -- not among my favorites, but certainly a force to be reckoned with.

secondtooth, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before 21JUL13 stamped on label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with about a half inch white head. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like grassy and spicy hops, along with some light tropical fruit. The taste is balanced between citrusy (orange, tropical fruit), grassy, and spicy hops, and some peaches and sweet malt. Nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I liked it.

bluejacket74, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

buckyp, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DaveAnderson, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light golden with decent foam. The aroma is bright, floral and citrusy, with lots of orange blossoms. The flavor is very hop forward, with a light mix of pine and orange zest followed by a touch of grassy spice on the end. Lightly bodied, easy drinking, and oh so affordable. I can see this being a dependable budget selection, and widely available.

elNopalero, Mar 29, 2013
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.