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Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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Photo of n2185
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Melon hop aromas dominate here--cantaloupe, mango, apricots, etc. There are some citrus and pine notes underneath.

T: Sweet melon flavors are present here as well, similar to those in the aroma. An earthy pine bitterness comes up afterward, leaving a moderately bitter and lingering finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation that is a bit sudsy feeling, this beer could use a little bit more of a bite from the carbonation.

O: A solid DIPA overall. Nothing spectacular, but reasonably priced and drinkable.

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Photo of droomyster
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a frumpy white head with good retention. Interesting aromas: lots of floral and pine nut notes, blended with birch and a hint of pineapple. An odd assortment, but very pleasant. These flavors come through on the palate, along with a bit of chalkiness. It finishes with a bit of honey and lingering lemon pith. Very pleasant. I'd happily have another.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8.5% ABV, 07JUL13 printed on label.

A - Tan hues encase a goldenrod colored beer that's clear enough to show off the trickle of carbonation streaming from the glass' etching to the tall, frothy off white head. Great retention! As the bubbles loosen, chunky webbing is left caked to the globe.

S - Rampant's unique hop aroma blends quite a few varieties of hops for a decidedly American burst of combined citrus and earthiness. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit meld with pine sap and honey sweetness but a hint of that overly Simcoe-hopped cat pee smell starts to peek out in front of the big malty base. While hop-forward, one thing that sets Rampant apart is it's sturdy groundwork of malt; dry, flaky biscuit and undertones of sticky caramel.

T - Sticky sweet pilsner malt flanks the dry biscuit notes which lie behind the burst of citrus hops while earthy suggestions of pine and dirt slowly creep into the scene. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit are showcased though, really powering forwards in the flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp, Rampant balances the big malty body well with a barrage of carbonation and bold dry hop bitterness. Additionally, alcohol aids in drying the finish of this medium-full bodied beer out while remaining otherwise invisible.

O - I feel like saying New Belgium is a little late to the double IPA party with Rampant is somewhat uncool due to their pioneering nature but, by this point, producing a really captivating and wowing double IPA within a saturated market is hard. I enjoy the bigger malt base which keeps this beer from being too hoppy - at first - but I find it inches towards the cloying side of the spectrum after a few gulps. An attempt is made to blend the tropical fruit "style" double with some of the earthier pine notes and it works out just fine, but in the end that's how I view this beer; "just fine". It's a nice, very well brewed, and accessible double IPA from a quality brewery, but I feel the hardcore hop-heads might be dissatisfied with this one.

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Photo of zachary80
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sixer 10.99

Pours with a small head, dissipates fairly fast, leaves good lacing. Color is somewhat off-putting: slightly hazy, very light, not a fan of the hue.

Aroma is weak with a single vegetal note.

Flavor is predominantly that same vegetal hop - medium to high bitterness is fine for the style, malt backbone is completely absent.

Watery. The amount of alcohol bit is unwarranted at only 8.5% abv.

Overall an extremely simple DIPA that is lacking across the board. Was really hoping for something more out of this one. I'm hoping the rest of the six pack shows that this was a bad bottle, but I'm really not looking forward to opening another.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA is a tasty DIPA. I just ate a bunch of cheese so I'm not sure how well-calibrated my palate is.

A: Yellow colour and a big 3 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong hoppy tropical aroma. Nice. 4

T: Malty with some fruitiness. The alcohol is quite noticeable. Not very bitter. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at the COOP last night... Poured into my HotD goblet.. Fairly clear golden brew... good looking 2 finger head.... great lacing and retention.

Nose is big and fruity... light pale maltiness.. very hop dominant.

NB "House Malt" is unmistakable in my mind... toasty/biscuity... thankfully this is a heavily hopped beer... hops are very fruity... melon and peach...

Body is good for the style.. not too heavy, prickly carbonation.

Pretty good... I just don't care for the NB maltiness... It is always a distraction for me.


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Photo of harrymel
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 14JUL13

Golden, one to two fingers of light creamy foam, excellent clarity. Smells of grapefruit, peach, resin, pine, honey and a little bit of mint. Tastes sweet, hoppy, peaches still there, resin, some alcohol, a bit of grapefruit pith. The malt is sweet and manages the assertive hop character. medium bodied with tight and pleasant carb and an off-dry finish. Strong work New Belgium, I think this is a little too fresh (*gasp*) and that with a couple more weeks the booze will calm and the hops will meld just a touch more creating an outstanding beer - and at just over a dime an oz will be hard to beat!

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

Served in a standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice crystal clear darkish gold color. Solid two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

S- Smell on this seemed a little bit more subtly than I was anticipating. Very piney, and resinous. Smells like a very dry beer, no sweetness detected.

T/M- Carbonation is perfect for the style. Body is on the lighter side..making it very very easy to drink. No malt presence and tastes very dry. Good piney hop flavor, with a surprising amount if bitterness. Leaves a sticky resinous aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Not necessarily my favorite take on the IIPA but a very good beer none the less. Would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light bodied light dark gold in color with a two finger, bright white soapy head. The nose is bright and fresh. Great fresh hop character, lightly piny with little malt sweetness to get in the way. The flavors are also bright and clean. It is resinous and soapy with great drinkability. It's floral with a touch of pine. It drinks light and incredibly clean (isn't too dry or sticky because of overbearing malt). I love how soapy and sudsy it is. This is a very well balanced DIPA and the 8.5% isn't present at all. It drinks closer to 6%. I really enjoyed this beer and see this one being very successful.

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Photo of fcbrew
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a refrigerated six-pack at Wilbur's in Fort Collins Feb. 27, 2013- two days before the official release date.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Nice white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of hops and malt. Not especially heavy with citrus or pine notes as with other IPAs. Mouth feel is a little thin. Taste is bitter with some malt. Little or no citrus or pine hop flavor. Bitter aftertaste. This is an imperial IPA but, the alcohol is not particularly noticeable. This IPA tastes a lot like New Belgium Ranger IPA with a very similar hop profile and balance. If you like Ranger IPA, you will like the Rampant IPA too. In my view, it is a good IPA but, nothing really special..

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Photo of phishsihq
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing Company has stepped up their game by offer a new, year-round Imperial IPA. Rampant pours a clear, burnished golden color, and it is capped by a solid and sticky white head. Citrus hops dominate the nose. The blast of citrus slowly fades to allow hints of pine resin and rich malt. The beer opens with a bit of a bitter hop bite that is quickly quelled by caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Peachy and lemony flavors pull this remarkably balanced IIPA though the finish. Moderately carbonated, Rampant is extremely well-balanced, complex, and medium in body

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Anyone else see anything overtly ovary-like when they look at hop cones? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises dank, spicy greens, lightly-funky grapefruit peel, earthy toffee, and a vague, ethereal sense of light leek on occasion in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavy emphasis on the earthy tones of the toffee and the green.s A bit of grass pokes through in patches every now and again as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, one that's not entirely in your face with hoppy intensity, but more a brooding, seething mentality.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle purchased at frugal mcdugals in nashville for $3.99. Pours a golden color with lots of lacing and a bit of lingering head. Crazy aromas of candy, citrus..lots of citrus...wow citrus (pineapple mostly). Taste is different...sweet hop and lots of something i just cant fingerprint...sweet malt maybe but way more complex than that. Lots of back of the mouth flavors here and its super heavy...(its a great brew, but way to intense to end a night)...

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Photo of Moose90
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date: 07JUL13

A – Bright translucent straw yellow with 1" sticky white head. Lighter in color than anticipated, very very light gold.

S – Light chalky notes of lemon and peach. Some pine and earthiness here, maybe a little dirt.

T – Bitter, sweet notes of citrus, lemon, and fresh cut grass.

M – Crisp and smooth, quite light overall for an imperial IPA. Very drinkable.

O – Quite chalky and unique citrus and peach notes. Earthy and organic as well, fresh pine. Very straight-forward and approachable Imperial IPA. Nothing too complex here.

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Photo of Huffaroma
4.96/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Once again another winner from NB.

Just bought this tonight must have been just released.

Appearance, something I haven't seen for sometime as it was not a darker copper as other Ipa's but much more light in appearance more like a regular pale ale.

Smell, great placement of hops in my opinion, leads you down the rabbit hole of depth in the hop addition here. A slight hint of richness in the malt is what I seem to smell.

Taste, well placed IBUs I'm not sure as the level of IBUs but if I could guess it would range in the 80s-90s. Good upfront bite, but there is a slight peach undertone in the finish. Very well made Imperial IPA not so sweet but more balance.

Overall I'll go back for thirds on this one. Bravo NB!

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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