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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 2,504
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.48%
Wants: 60
Gots: 519 | 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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Photo of Psychromatic
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

do you like IPAs?

do you like them being even more IPA than regular IPAs are,
with a wonderfully-balanced flavor and smoothness
that belies the sharp alcohol hiding behind the piney citrus notes?

drink this.
drink it VERY MUCH.

it is one of the best IPAs I've had -- right up there with Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA.

it kicks Ranger -- which is pretty good -- right out of the ballpark.

seriously, drink Rampant if you want to know what a really good IPA tastes like.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden body, transparent, nice white cap, lots of lacing.

S - Mango, peach, lemon, pine, and a hint of dank wildness. A regular hop parade.

T - Starts flashing fruit, lemon and white peach flesh, mango, middle is short with sweet cracker notes, then sloping away into a spike of bitterness in the close.

M - Brisk carbonation, mild drying in the close.

O - A decent IIPA. The fruit hop notes are flashy, but they fade quickly into a fairly strong bitter close. All told, it does not flash its high ABV, but it delivers. Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale copper color with one finger of head that fades quickly to a thin cap with streaky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, a little bready, some fruity notes

Taste: Nice malt base up front, then a steady building of hop notes. Definitely some tree fruit notes initially, then becoming more intense and peppery/spicy and some pine. Its actually quite sharp on the finish, but mellows a bit as it lingers with the malt kicking back in.

The Rest: A pretty solid DIPA. Aroma is a bit weak, but the flavor is pretty balanced.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While this beer gets a respectable rating - and its all subjective anyway - I guess I am in the crowd (if their is one) that thinks Rampant doesn't get the love it deserves. For what it is - a year-round DIPA, that is readily available and very reasonably priced - I think it serves an important role in craft beer. So with that said here is my review...

On draft - Poured into a pint glass

L- Poured with about a finger of white head. The color is in between golden and amber - unfortunately it's head disipated pretty quickly after it's pour. There was low to moderate lacing throughout.
S- I was disappointed with the smell. With so many quality IPA's and DIPA's coming out this really doesn't stand up too well with many of its pungent and aromatic brothers. However, I pick up sweetness from the malt, citrus, pine - nothing is very distinguishable since it is a relatively faint.
T- This is where rampant makes up for it's previous short comings. It is a very well balanced beer. I really enjoy the malt bill which gives a semi-sweet and bready base for piney, citrusy and peachy hops to shine. While I think it's balance may hurt it in some peoples eyes- since it doesn't really hit you with a dominant and distinct hop profile- I think the hops are presented well and it is incredibly drinkable. I actually find a blanced and drinkable DIPA refreshing in a world of hop bombs (which I love too).
F- Well carbonated, medium body. It is relatively crisp and not stricky for a DIPA - which along with it's taste makes it an incredibly drinkable beer. Bitterness does not stay on the tongue very long.
O- While I appreciate it's smooth and balanced characteristics - I know many will find it unexciting for the category - Even though I agree there are much better beers in it's category, I think it's clean and balanced taste and feel make it a great value at it's price point.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a huge frothy and steady head; with good retention and good lacing

S: So pungent--it overwhelms you immediately after cracking the bottle open; citrus, peach, dank weed, herbs, floral, onion, pine--seriously, this is an oily aromatic bouquet of awesomeness--a bit of toasty maltiness and, of course, some subtle booze

T: Bitter but way less bitter than I expected: fruity, herbally, grassy hops--oily too; the toasted malts linger; I wish some sweetness balanced with what becomes a growing bitterness

F: oily and resinous--nice medium, chewy mouthfeel

O: A really awesome smelling and good, albeit strange, tasting beer; I like it but this not your typical IPA

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Strong alcohol kind of suppresses the floral and citrisy/grassy flavors/aroma but still a very nics drink. Bot a big fan of New Belgium but this along with Snapshot are very good offerings.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Intriguing flavors in this one ... Good Calypso showcase. Sweet cotton candy nose, with the hops skewing more tropical/floral than citrus. Pineapple and menthol cough drop on the palate, along with some stewed pears, green mango, yellow grapefruit, cantaloupe, peach, oregano. Interesting stuff. Here, the Mosaic seems to be used more for its resinous potency than its bright fruitiness, although there is orchard fruit flavor galore, as advertized. Notable booze flavor. Faint caramel in the background. Rather thin body but still coats the mouth. Finishes clean. Well worth an investigation by hop fans.

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

Pours a glorious amber with s solid white head that fades quick but leaves a nice lace on the glass.
Aromas of fruit, mild spice and hops.
Taste like a modern day IPA. Grapefruits, hoppy pine and oddly enough, a hint of Double Bubble chewing gum.
Pleasant subtle mouth feel with a distinct bitterness in the back of the tongue!
Nice presentation but just North of the middle of the pack!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rampant Imperial IPA brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 8.5% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color, with a nice white head. The smell of Rampant Imperial IPA is rich with hops , grains and malts. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops. This is a nice full bodied brew. You also pick up some nice grains and malts at the end of this brew. Rampant Imperial IPA has a real nice balance to it, the hops at first are a bit overpower powering but nothing to bad. The mouthfeel of Rampant Imperial IPA is bold smooth and clean. This brew has a clean aftertaste, something hard to find in this style of brew. Overall I'm giving Rampant Imperial IPA a 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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

12 oz bottle, enjoy by July 26 2015, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear, golden orange with amber highlights, and a half finger lacy head.

S - Peach, subtle citrus, more toward the lemon side.

T - Taste is mild peach, pale malts, and a restrained bitter finish. You only pick up a touch of heat as it warms.

M - Carbonation is medium, heft is solid, seems properly balanced so that it doesn't lean towards being overly creamy or overly dry/sharp.

O - Solid IIPA. While nothing in particular stands out, it is well put together and easy drinking.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a slight pinkish hue when held to the light. A haze remains; 1/2" of head looks as though it would survive an apocalypse, holding on to the glass with lace as though its life really depended on it. Intense piney and fruity aroma hops flood the nostrils, and my nose wasn't even close to the rim. Caramel and raisin scents fight through with the malts reminding the hops to stand aside. Earthy and piney bittering hops come through even initially when the malt flavors are usually in dominance. The malt profile in this brew balances nicely with the intense hops, rather than trying to outdo them. Mouthfeel seems heavy at first with the amount of fermentables used, but seems to lighten up at the end in a crisp hoppy finish. Overall a great brew for me, I would certainly buy this one again.

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Photo of hophead723
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a tried and true beer by New Belgium and one of their finest. I am pouring this into a 16 oz. goblet glass from a very fresh bottle.

Look: The light shining through this beer reveals it's glorious golden, copper color and slight haze from the copious and perfected hopping. The head is supple and white with superb lacing.

Smell: I get predominant peach aromas, with hints of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Mosaic, Calypso, and Centennial hops are used in this beer which produce a potent mixture of hop goodness. The malt aroma is a subtle caramel with a toasty, underlying sweetness.

Taste: This beer has a hop heavy profile with lots of peachy and citrus bitterness up front with a subtle caramel underlying sweetness. I taste apricot very heavily. The bitterness lingers pleasantly like the glowing embers of a fire.

Feel: The body of this beer is rich with lots of carbonation, producing a silky smooth mouth-feel that makes each sip enjoyable as each of the flavor components play out across the palate. I held some in my mouth and is audibly sizzled and popped like a soft drink indicating excellent carbonation levels. It is also quite dry at the end and not juicy like a west coast style IPA.

Overall: This is a longstanding go-to IPA for me and many others. Everything about this beer is very well done by the masters at New Belgium. I rate it very highly and everyone should try it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium "Rampant" Imperial India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Enjoy by 31May15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Interesting beer. When I first tasted it I had to check the label because it didn't really come across as "Imperial"; it's much softer and smoother, and it doesn't have the brash citrus & pine hoppiness that's so common. The lush, velvety maltiness and unusual hops really give it a unique character though. It's softly fruity with peach and papaya, gently citrusy with grapefruit and tangerine, floral, subtly piney, a touch herbal, and mildly grassy and earthy. There's a lot of malt going on, and it's fairly full in the mouth, but it's somehow not sweet despite the fact that its bitterness level seems restrained. The alcohol, of course helps, and lends a subtle touch of spice as well. It finishes dry and grassy. Unique.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a big frothy white head. The smell is strong of citrus and peach. The taste reflects this greatly with the flavor being almost entirely hops with almost no malt present, and the alcohol is quite noticeable compared to other IIPAs I've tried with the other IIPAs having an even higher alcohol content. Overall It's pretty good IIPA.

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Photo of do_ob
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin lacing of white foam on top. Decent carbonation. Nose is weak, grassy/piney with honey and citrus. Light weight and a semi-smooth/creamy mouthfeel. Good taste. Slight bitterness with decent notes of grapefruit, spice, and pine. I'm tasting peaches after reading the label, but it's probably just in my head. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste, as well as lingering grapefruit and pine.

Not a bad beer. Definitely not a go-to IIPA for me, but probably the best offering from NB I've had yet. It's plenty hoppy enough for most, with a decent amount of flavor. It's lacking body, though. Again, not a bad beer. Just slightly off, in my opinion.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big let down. Poured copper color with a big white head. Smelled delish but tasted like old mop water. Pine taste with a strong bitter dry finish. Not for the faint

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Favorite go-to DIPA from Colorado. It is malty sweet and then hops come in and take over a little bit and then it finishes with a slight sweet alcohol flavor. For a year round beer that is crazy affordable and 8.5%, you cant go wrong here. Get some! 4.25/5

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Photo of glass_house
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has New Belgium gotten to the point where they are penalized for who they are? It appears that way because this is an excellent IPA that I would put right up there with the Torpedo and Stone IPA. Hits all the right notes that a west coast IPA should. Nothing special to look at, but aroma and taste offer plenty of resinous pine notes with hints of biting citrus. Just a hint of balancing malt sweetness. Body is on the light side of medium, with crisp lively carbonation and a clean dry finish. Add the fact that I can find this easily for $8.99/6 pack and it's clear there will be a lot of this in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(Bottle, revisited). Pale appearance. Estery smell, bananas. Drier finish than expected; 3/13/15.

Fat Tire (neutral)
Ranger IPA (favorable)
2 Below (favorable)

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Photo of mdexter
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look is not too special, a little clearer and more translucent than a typical Imperial and lighter than most IPAs I favor. Not much head but moderate lacing throughout. Aroma of anise, juniper and maybe butterscotch. The taste is simultaneously sweet and bitter, mildly citrusy, moderately carbonated - definitely its best quality. Mouthfeel is a torrent of syrupy, boozy malt checked by a defiant melange of hops varieties with all the familiar dankness of American hops, though more prominently just bitter than floral. It lingers appropriately, as an Imperial and an IPA should. It has some of the best characteristics of an Imperial and many of the great characteristics of a hallmark American IPA. It'd be a really great Imperial IPA with some more aromatics and floral finishing hops.

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Photo of SamN
2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beers looks are pretty underwhelming for an Imperial IPA. Limp color, looks thin, could be mistaken for your run-of-the-mill amber lager. Head is sandy, dirty white, grainy looking. Smell...uhm, nothing. I literally get no smell, even with vigorous swirling and a full faceplant into the glass. Maybe some faint alpha oils.

This could be because I was in the snow and cold all day, but I dunno. An imperial IPA should be a shotgun blast to the face of sticky hop cones. This barely has any aroma at all.

As for taste, It's a hop-forward beer, for sure. It's just not what I think of when I think of an DIPA. The hops flavor is sort of two-dimensional, no juicy citrus fruits or tropical fruits anywhere. The heavy malt base might offer countering sweetness, but it too sort of gets lost in the muddle. Some mild toasted grains in there, but limited.

Man, this was disappointing. NB is real hit-or-miss these days.

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Photo of Jrhockney
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The very definition of a double Ranger...Sweeter, a bit more bitter, and often only $.50 more than Ranger! Its feel suffers from the a similar thin-ness to Ranger, but this one just feels more syrupy. Maybe its just overally resinous but I'm not sure. Another great budget Double IPA.

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Photo of clager
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear copper color

S: Dank, floral, and citrusy - one of the best smelling beers I have seen.

T: Less bitter and less citrusy than it smells with excellent balance of bitter hops, floral, and malt.

F: Appropriately carbonated, smooth.

Overall: Excellent IPA with hidden high ABV. Will seek this out again in the future.

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Photo of jblake4124
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realize it is an imperial, but this one fails to balance out the bitterness. "Burly" as the description puts it is right. Perhaps a bit too burly. I enjoy it, but there's too much IPA competition for me to buy it regularly. Still rates solidly in my book.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden pour with thick, lasting white top. Aroma of pine. Flavor is pine again, and great malty balance. Very tasty brew, and so-far consistent brewery. Looking forward to more.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.