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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 421
Hads: 2,509
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.48%
Wants: 60
Gots: 521 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic DIPA look. Light garnet amber body with a half-dense inch and a half of cream-colored suds on-top. Somewhat hazy through the light.

Pine and grapefruit nose with dank hoppiness and musty caramel malts. All in all, semi-dry, so far. Alcohol rubs up against you, a little. Lots of grains.

Rather crispy with a lighter grapefruit note and woody pine. Citrus is still somewhat dank with flutters of hemp oil and rose hips. Very pleasant, and not too strong. Has a floral side that's showing. Malts aren't pressing heavy, either. Very dry caramel malt with a bitter toast.

Lighter-bodied with affirmed bitterness. Carbonation runs a little hot, but it feels fine.

A good DIPA, after all. Better than my lone Ranger experience.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz part of a sixer from Fred Meyer in N.Salem $7.99 a six. Clear bright orange colour in appearance, with a nice sized thick bubbly white head, Aroma..fruity really almost like pink lady apples, floral hop, cherry, strange no malt for an imperial. Taste is also very balanced but this time the chewy,caramel malts are visible to restrain the floral ,fruity hop. MOuth feel is fine enough actually good for style. An unusual beer not really an Imperial IPA though, not to say I didn’t enjoy

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Photo of ssteakley
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Read the reviews, the opinions are all over the place, then read the Rampart web site, different still. Gotta make up your own mind about this one, stirs something different in each taster. That is the mark of a fine beer.... Confuse and conquer! Buy several and get your craft Brew drinking friends over to nail it down.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle purchased at Franklin's Brewery & General Store in NW D.C., bottled 10/6/13, poured into my *** glass, drank 10/25/13 during P St. IPA Fest.

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, nice clarity (can see but not read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs which re-agitates the carbonation on swirling

S: 9/12 - there's heavy floral character to this one, especially as the beer warms - dandelion and tulips on my nostrils , some dank piney-resiny aromas punch through likely 2/2 to Simcoe and Chinook

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, floral citrus bitterness is present and accounted but not overwhelming; it the middle of the mouth, the bitterness continues to linger with some pils balance and muted alcohol flavors; finishes drier than the already-dry Stone IPAs; aftertaste is a pleasant citrus flavor that invites sip after sip...after sip (if I had more!)

M: 3/5 - moderate body with resiny hop oils sitting on the tongue, the alcohol is present at 6.5% ABV and wish that it was more muted; solid carbo

O: 8/10 - not a huge fan of the non-sour profile for New Belgium but this one came correct with Cascade, Simcoe and Chinook for a fabulous floral light DIPA that challenges Flower Power for a single; recommended, especially after watching...

and getting an extra point for this video:

TOTAL = 41/50

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Photo of qchic
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with a thinning white head. Nose is fruit punchy with citrus and grassy hops and caramel to back it up. The flavor is more subdued than the aroma with some alcohol astringency. Still a nice hop/malt balance with good body. Not the best Imp. IPA out there, but worth a try like most new belgium 6ers for the price.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden in color, with a massive, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. Belgian-style (appropriately) adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is very slight.

Aroma: Absolutely massive aroma of pine tar, which completely overshadows the caramel malt. Balanced the aroma is not.

Taste: Opens with a massive wave of oily, bitter hops, which totally overshadow the rest of the characteristics of this ale. There is a faint presence of sweet alcohol and caramel malt, but the hops tend to drown everything else out. Finishes with a lingering pine tar flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, like velvet on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: What could be an excellent Imperial IPA is overshadowed by heavy-handed use of hops.

Presentation: Packaged on a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in October of 2013 for $1.79 for a single bottle, plus tax.

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Photo of Calypso
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear, straw color. One finger of foamy white head. Good looking beer.
S - Grapefruit, hints of berry (?), hops.
T - Bitter, grapefruit rind, lots of hops, balanced a bit by some bready notes.
M - Dry, light body. Slightly oily. Not diacetyl, but still rather unpleasant.
O - Nice flavors, definitely comes across as an IIPA, but the mouthfeel is just offputting enough that I probably won't order this again.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a New Belgium (Globe) glass.

Appearance: A fluffy white head sat on top of a burnt-orange body. Clear body. It glowed in the light and looked clean and appealing. Stick and relatively thick lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet and floral with alcoholic esters.

Taste: Floral notes from the nose transfer to the tongue quite well. The hops stand out, they are not overwhelming for this style but they are definitely in full form. Very mild malts level out the taste and cover up the alcohol pretty well. Overall this Double is a bit sweeter than others. Something to take into consideration I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: New Belgium did a great job with this Double. It is unique, yet it does not stray away from the fundamentals of the style.

Bottom Line: Worth checking out.

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Photo of Hatchtap
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is absolutely delicious and extremely floral. One problem, it's too sweet. Imperial IPA means high alcohol and high hops, not high everything. I know sugar sells, but I come to the Imperial IPA for crispness. Like I said, delicious. And complex, but not what I was looking for.

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Photo of JMad
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a golden normal beer color with a thick frothy head and a load of lacing on the way down.

The smell is nice a piney with a little bit of cannabis and a slight hint of fruit in the background.

There's a lot of sweet malty flavor along with some tropical fruit and a tangerine peel background.

It's pretty thick with low carbonation, starts juicy and ends dry.

It's a pretty good IPA, Nothing really stands out but it's solid

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super Dank, Super Piny! Oh Baby! The centennial hops are running rampant in this beer. Very dry on the finish and very crisp. The malt takes a back seat here, it doesn't do much besides keeping this beer from becoming insanely bitter. Lots of hop resin in this. I don't know how to describe the bitterness in this except that it's extremely bitter but somehow mild at the same time. I don't understand, to me this makes about as much sense as dividing by zero.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark golden with hints of copper. One finger thick head that leaves behind a trail of lace.

S- Sweet syrup like notes coupled with pine and grass aromas.

T- Centennial hops are present throughout. Very hoppy and grassy with a lingering sweetness. Clean with little alcohol presence.

M- Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable for an Imperial. The hops come through nice and it's not overly sweet like most Imperials. It reminds me a lot of 90min, it's slightly more hoppy and little less malty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We have the trier and more bittered "West Coast" IPA and then we have the more malt-balanced and sweeter "East Coast" IPA. So when your brewery is located in the smack-dab middle, which do you prefer when making a version of imperial strength?

Rampant kicks off with a bright deep honey hue- copper, orange and gold colors all playing equal roles. Impressively bright, the beer quickly releases its bubbles to fuel a cottony, off-white head. With full and lasting retention, the ale laces with even sheeting.

Aromas are both sweet and citrusy as both the malt profile and hop profile keep each other in check. Red grapefruit, orange juice and mild pineapple blend in nicely with honey, caramel and mild toffee. But then there's a bouquet of freshly chopped chives, light cannabis and an overall pungent earth scent that gives a robust scent to the malts and a damp and dank character to the hops.

Flavors also strike a surprising even-keel balance. Its sweet upstart is lightly syrupy as the caramel, toffee and honey lay firmly on the taste buds and are slow to relinquish. The middle introduces a burst of juicy hop-derived fruit flavors to balance the sweetness but never to pull ahead. Citrus, mild tropical, earthy and those herbaceous flavors give a pleasant taste of fruit rind and pungent grass. As the beer finishes, its grass notes turn resiny bitter to reinforce its IPA roots. But still, the malt sweetness lingers on as well.

Medium-full on the mouth, the beer's creamy texture is assertive through its massive residual malts and its embedded carbonation. But as those separate, the beer goes from creamy to filmy with the full brunt of malt weight sitting on the tongue. Its slight turn to dryness is aided by its high spicy alcohol and its hop oils.

So its quite obvious that Rampant prefers the more East Coast balance and flavor, but maybe even more so than even the brewers there would even dare. But the amount of malt to push the ale to imperial status takes its toll on the hop dominance that even Imperial IPAs deserve.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, BBD 12/29/13

A: Clear yellow/orange color. Thin layer of slightly off white bubbles head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Earthly and piney hops. That onion and garlic character. Then some sweetness. Smells pretty good, but a little different.

T: Really nice punch in the tongue of herbaceous hops. Nice pine. Earthy hops. Mellows in the mid palate. Some sweetness from the malts. Still lays on the hop side of things. Finish is really quite dry.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth.

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Photo of joeworrall
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serve it in a tulip glass to get the full bouquet, this Imperial IPA is, IMHO, the best beer that New Belgium makes. Mosaic, Calypso, Centennial hops balanced with a hint of toasted malt make this one of my favorites, and a benchmark I judge other Imperial IPA's by. With a lovely citrus aroma, dry finish and a delicious fruity aftertaste, I can't find another IPA as good for $7 a six pack...

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Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a big off-white head. A huge aspirin aroma, with hints of pine and citrus as well. Taste begins with a huge mint flavor, followed by a rich toffee and bread middle, and a piney citrus finish with hints of aspirin. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Overall a good IIPA, but a bit too much aspirin character for my liking.

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Photo of bar0
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a beer expert and I have no idea what you're all talkin about. But this stuff is awesome! Wonderful flavor and aroma; deep rich tones. I don't know what fruit it tastes like, but it's delicious. And it goes great with a hearty meal. This beer has the depth and subtle layers of a great wine. Sorry, but sometimes you need to hear from a lay person and get beyond all of the standard reviews.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: copper colored and clear with a nice one finger head and good amount of lacing and medium carbonation.

SMELL: citrus and peppery with peaches.

TASTE: piney resin, pepper and peaches. I could definitely taste the alcohol, 8.5% is a bit higher than most IPA's I have had. The hops dominate like a traditional IPA should.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body, very drinkable.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this beer. It's hop dominant like a traditional IPA should be but has it's own unique flavor profile of pine, pepper and peach. Very drinkable even with the higher ABV. I also like the price $2.99 for a 22 ounce bomber. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys traditional IPA.

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Photo of Radome
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a clear burnished gold to orange. Head is white and made up of tiny, creamy bubbles. It starts out about 1 cm thick and then goes to a very thin sheet with lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is dominated by hops, which are earthy and resiny. There are grapefruit and pine notes, indicating typical Northwest US hops. The hops don't give the impression of outstanding freshness. There is a faint vegetal character to them. There is also some malt bready behind the hops and a faint fruitiness that is probably from yeast.

T - There is a bracing hops bitterness, but the malt flavor overpowers the hops flavors. The malt is bready and sweet, overly sweet for me. The hops flavors are earthy and resiny, like the aromas.

M - Thick body, creamy carbonation. Slight burn from the hops bitterness and some alcohol presence.

O - Overall, not the best Imperial IPA I've had. The hops flavors seem aged and muddled. The malt is tasty, but there is a large amount of residual sugar and full mouthfeel that distract and lower the drinkability. I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of wiegs4life
1.41/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Had one from the folly pack I got not too long ago. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass.

A - Heavy copper color with about a 1 inch of froth.

S - Smells like an burn hops a bit. Not much to balance the smell of the abumdant alcohol.

T - A standard imperial IPA. Very unbalanced for all the hops in it.

M - Very harsh. Horrible aftertaste.

Overall, I didn't like the beer. I wouldn't get this beer even if it was given to me for free. Poor display from New Belgium.

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Photo of Malt
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't know if it was an imperial IPA I had before this one but this one "DID NOT" taste like an imperial!!!! Ranger tasted WAY better than this one!!! Overall it's an "OK" beer to try but unfortunately I won't be buying this one again!

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Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light golden orange with a two finger head.

The aroma is fantastic on this. It has tropical fruit, peach, pineapple, mango, some sweet citrus, sugary grapefruit, but also just lots of hops deep in there. The malt is light on this one with just lots of tropical hops.

The flavor follows with what hits as an "off grapefruit." It's tropical and delicious hops, but that first note is not quite fresh fruit tasting. It's maybe honey dew or some fruit that I had a bit of a hard time to pinpoint. The malt body is light. The mouthfeel is medium to light medium.

On the end, there's just a huge amount of bitterness with pine and resin.

A very solid DIPA that has tons of hops in there. There surely is that "hop juice" characteristic in the aroma and flavor. Won't blow your socks off, but a hop heads DIPA.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Total Wine 3 weeks ago for $1.49 each. Bottled on 06/14/13; best by 11/13/13.

Beer poured a golden orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus and floral hops.

Taste is citrusy with a nice peach finish. The brew is not overly sweet nor overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and somewhat smooth.

Overall this brew is easy to like as it is not a whopper and it is nicely balanced with some nice flavors. Definitely can recommend this one!

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear copper. Good frothy head retention.
Smell: Citrus, pine, and peach.
Taste: Pine, a hint of peach, alcohol, and pepper.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. The peach hints came predominantly from the smell, but came out more and more in the taste as it warmed. The alcohol was slightly pronounced, mixed with pepper in the aftertaste. This has enough character to hold it's own in the Imp IPA world. I would probably get this again.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a surprise for me because I thought it was an IPA and not an Imperial IPA. I didn't read the bottle good enough. I am a fan of Pale Ale and IPAs; but I haven't found an Imperial IPA that I even liked. I like this one!

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with a coded date (my beer is 2 1/2 months old) into a pint glass and got two fingers of head.

A: Pours a slightly yellow golden color. It is clear. I get two fingers of white frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to about 1/8 in. of foam that lasts until the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from the start to the end.

S: At first: some floral and some tropical fruit. There is a little citrus and some pine and some biscuit, too.

T: At first, I taste a some malts and then the hops. As this warms, the hops really hit hard and then a little bread taste. There was a little alcohol taste at first. As it warmer, I didn't notice that. I thought it was well balanced. The hops are more interesting than just pine or pine resin in your face.

M: Nicely carbonated and a medium body. It is easy to drink despite the high ABV.

O: I like it. It goes down smooth and maybe too smooth considering the ABV. I would buy it again and recommend it.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.