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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

430 Reviews
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Reviews: 430
Hads: 2,546
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.48%
Wants: 60
Gots: 560 | 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 JWU
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A crystal clear light amber. A very frothy white head, dissipates kind of quick. Nice lacing.

S- A very earthy (hemp), and piney hop note. There's peach in there as well.

T- An odd combo of stonefruit (peach, some plum) and garlic, earthy, and piney hops. There's a defined garlic note to the hops as well. Maybe a touch of grapefruit. A light biscuity malt.

M- a nice medium body and the correct amount of carbonation to scrub the palette and move things along.

O- not my preference for a big IPA, but it's nice.

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Photo of bwood06
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Frothy white head that is slightly creamy. Head is retained nicely. Cloudy copper beer in color. Noticeable sediment/yeast. Slow rising carbonation. Hazy or cloudy is not typical of my experiences with IPAs. 3.5/5

S - A combination of pine and citrus notes dominate. Definitely hop forward, as expected. Slight peach note (which is spelled out on the bottle). Maybe even a slight banana ester and hint of white bread. Very complex aroma. 4.25/5

T - Light peach note as well as white bread gives way to a piney hops and then grapefruit citrus flavor profile. Light fruitiness on the back end as well. 4/5

M - Does not linger in the mouth at all. Very light. Not crisp or drying. Almost a wheat beer smoothness. 3.75/5

O - Very interesting beer. Very complex. Transitions between flavors are very stark and definitive. For a beer that is 8.5% abv, this is not boozy at all. 4/5

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Photo of MVG7113
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow. This is an exceptionally well crafted IPA.

Little back-story: I asked New Belgium to send me a six-pack of this beer to give it a try--they never got back to me. I was kind of disappointed that the brewery wouldn't even respond to a beer fan who reached out. But, I put that aside and decided to give this beer a chance.

A: Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a standard pint glass from The Arena, in Ann Arbor. I'm moving tomorrow and all my glassware is packed away, so this was all I had. Pours a beautiful copper-gold (Cu-Ag) colour, with a small, off-white head. The half-finger of head thins out to a very fine layer throughout, a little bit of lacing. The beer has a really great colour--looks really well.

S: The aroma is well-balanced. I can't really pin it down. It's so smooth. I defer to the Notes & Commercial Description here: "The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma" that says it best. Great aroma's on this beer.

T: Noticeably smooth with a good balance of bitter. Initially I thought "Wow, that is bitter" but the taste is very fitting with the beer--really good.

F: Dry, bitter, and a heavy warmth sits well in the belly. The feel goes along nicely with the other aspects of this beer to round-out an overall great Imperial IPA

O: This is a really good Imperial IPA. I wish New Belgium responded when I reached out. I'll have to give this brewery more a chance next time I'm looking for something different. Again, really good.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of floral and pine aromas. The flavor has a lot of peach and floral parts to it, and the 8.5% ABV is not nearly as noticeable as I was expecting. A very nice Imperial IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold with copper highlights under a 1.5” clingy white foam cap.
S: Rich hop aromas with citrus rind, resin, fresh grass.
T: More malt than fruit, traces of citrus and peach add character to caramel malt flavors. Starts lightly sweet but finishes dry and bitter.
F: Very creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: An excellent development of hop flavors balanced well by the malt delivered in a luscious, creamy texture.

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Photo of jaramilr
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Not particularly burly or bitter. Not all that hoppy for a double IPA. Not a lot of aroma compared to better quality double IPAs. Mouth feel was pretty watery. Not the best IPA. But that said, I did enjoy it. Had a bottle at the New Belgium restaurant in the Denver airport. A bit disappointed they didn't have it on tap at the brewery's own restaurant bit that's OK. Over all a decent IPA. And as an old school fat tire fan, I'm glad to see New Belgium giving the IPA style a try.

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Photo of gregb13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An oniony/garlic presence is there, a bit of alcohol is present. Nothing else really jumping out at me. Would be very nice if a touch sweeter with some citrus notes. Not bad, but rather unremarkable.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly underrated brew. Nice combo of new school and old school hops. The sweet and bitter notes are nicely and uniquely integrated. And a more-than-solid 8.5 abv imperial IPA for less than nine bucks is a great value. Promotional description of beer is pretty much right on.

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

Unfortunately this beer was nearing it's best by date and much of the flavor had already disappeared. Would have to try this fresh for a proper review.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Best before Sept 6th is printed on the label. Reviewed on June 21st.

Copper body. Aggressive pour yielded a one inch white head that dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

Smell starts out a moderate peach/plum with a slightly sweet malt. No discernible citrus notes. a good bit of an alcohol scent is present.

Big bold bitter hop taste throughout. The malt helps create some balance, But this party is mostly about the hops. It's bitter, and it's a good bitter... A dry somewhat boozy finish.

Average feel. not overly carbonated

My first experience with this beer. I drank a few of these during this review. This is a nice boldly bitter, hop forward IPA. (No grapefruit notes here). The smell could have been stronger... but you gotta love the 8.50 ABV ! (unless your driving....)

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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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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.