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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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85
very good

408 Reviews
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Reviews: 408
Hads: 2,470
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 59
Gots: 501 | 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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Reviews: 408 | Hads: 2,470
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of do_ob
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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 (164 characters)

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
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
O.B.D91 (264 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Others:
Fat Tire (neutral)
Ranger IPA (favorable)
2 Below (favorable) (169 characters)

Photo of mdexter
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of SamN
2.21/5  rDev -41.4%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of Jrhockney
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of clager
4.56/5  rDev +21%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of jblake4124
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (184 characters)

Photo of Shineparker
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice copper color with a thick white head good lacing, pleasant aroma. Excellent flavor, nice bitterness, but sweet maltiness balances flavor. Truly a masterpiece. (171 characters)

Photo of iRaven99664
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: solid yellow golden ale. Nice white head. Bubble galore from head to base. Very carb, but natural.

S: very sweet and piney. Very fruity hop. It smells like they said "oh you like this? Here is more to enjoy". It SMELLS bitter. Its very robust.

T: it feelsmlike the moisture ismevaporationg from ,y tongue, and is layering pine onmmy tongue. It coats it in its sweet cashmere texture and settles there front and middle of tongue. I doint know my malts but the sweet is very fruity. The description is peach which I guess i can see., Its still kind of hard to pin point certain points, but I can tell its not floral or citrus.

F: not water which is nice. Its not heavy or chewy. I see bubbles but not carbonated by CO2, but bubbles on tongue. Coats lovely. Lingers which is welcomed.

New Belgium is truly one of my new favorite breweries. Their Portage is one of my fave porters, this is one of my fave Imperials. I find myself eyeballing Portage telling myself I want it badly' and I will do the same with Rampant. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Stjimmy10_1
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid Imperial IPA. The peach/apricot notes are abundant in the flavor. It's definitely on the sweeter side but that's not a bad thing. There's a slight pine aroma but the peach/apricot fruity notes dominatelike the flavor. The Rampant has a little bit of lacing, there isn't much head to speak of, but overall it's a tasty beer. I'd recommend trying it. (354 characters)

Photo of AceDBaby
4.82/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just happened to try this one day while out on a beer run and I found a jewel of an IPA! Very heavy on the ABV but with a really smooth peachy taste. Not so heavy on the pine like the Ranger. The look is a lot cleaner as well. Pours clear with a good head on it also. (271 characters)

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too much hop bitterness, not enough hop flavor. I have no idea why they say this tastes like peaches.

Edit: After having a few of these (I bought a six-pack), I still don't get any peach flavor but it has definitely grown on me. A good everyday IIPA. (251 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A toasted malt aroma with some hops and floral scents
Appearance- A golden yellow color with a small white head
Taste- Has a mild grass and malt flavor, not bad very understated
Palate- A mild brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Not a bad brew. It is pretty good but not a stand out. (343 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely clear, bright gold color. The head is white, falls quickly, but leaves copious lace. Great aroma...Pine, resin, and grapefruit rind. The taste is forceful...powerful bitterness, some warmth, underlying sweetness, and huge hop flavors. Spice and pepper. It's an assertive beer, and very enjoyable. Very full in body. (332 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rampant IPA is nothing less than the "go-to" beer for a powerful and satisfying IPA. If you want to drink a beer that gives you an experience more than just a buzz and you want character and flavor that will put you on your ass--in a good way--and you have the palate for a hoppy bold beer, then this is the beer for you. It is impressive how many citrus overtones are packed behind the punch of the hoppiness which is a feat that few can successfully accomplish.

A-This beer pours a rich deep golden amber color somewhat ironically, but has been kissed with a delicate white foam of tickling happiness that is nothing short of perfection. I think you will echo the adage when I say it here, 'don't neglect the head'...and this one has a great one.

S-The aroma is a pleasant balance of rich hoppiness and citrus, orange, and pine, but delicately freckled with subtle hints of nutty zest.

T-The taste is something you must brace yourself for, because the aroma tells tales of a gentle caressing of the tongue and palate. The taste is bold and the hops can kick you in the gut IF you aren't ready for it or if you don't like that, but I think it is safe to say that all who buy a six pack of Rampant are ready for a lashing. Anyways, the malts are well-balanced with the resinous pine and citrus hops which have a unique flavor that I haven't seen in other Imperial IPAs.

Overall-I would say that this beer never fails to disappoint and is my go-to beer when I can't find any other IPA that I haven't tried yet or don't trust to be hoppy enough. New Belgium has done it again and I think Rampant is worth every penny. Just be sure to drink it from a nice glass in order to get the full experience, because the head and appearance are every bit as savory and pleasurable as the flavor itself. Do not mistreat this baby, for she delivers every time. (1,853 characters)

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good strong IPA with bitter hops at the forefront. There is some sweet aroma and a good look. In the same taste arena as other Imperial IPAs. Good strength. Grows as you sip on it. (185 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light gold with a finger if ivory white head. Nothing special here on the appearance.
S - Warm sweet peaches and mango, hops and light touches of caramel in the aroma. Very nice.
T - Much more balanced and bitter than the aroma would lead you to believe. Lightly sweet hops upfront, unfortunately the peach is lost in the taste. Heavy bittering hops in the back. Definitely more of a bitter imperial IPA than a sweet one.
O - A very solid and surprisingly, extremely sessional IPA for it being imperial. Would try again at a bar or on draft.
V - Good value, available in six packs of bottles. (608 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- citrusy hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, mango and tangerine. Some grassy notes before some bready malt

T- tropical citrus on the taste, emphasis on mango and tangerine, fresh grassy flavor, just a hint of toasted bready malt to balance it out, dry fruity finish

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- great citrus notes on a very drinkable dipa (540 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles and laces quite nicely.

S: Citrus hops up front, grapefruit stands out, also some tangerine, a little pine, some herbal notes, and a little light malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, tangerine, grapefruit, and a little pineapple, a touch of pine on the backside, and some light malt sweetness to balance it out.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I dig this one. Very drinkable for an 8.5% brew. (513 characters)

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.