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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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421 Reviews
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Reviews: 421
Hads: 2,505
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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Reviews: 421 | Hads: 2,505
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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Photo of Shineparker
4.71/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.92/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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Photo of Stjimmy10_1
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of AceDBaby
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of kingmaxwell
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clean appearance with a merangue like foam cap. The nose is full of herbal and citrus hops. Light grapefruit, tangerines, oranges and pithy rinds meld well with chive, onion, herbaceous hop cone and pine needles.

The hops run more herbal on the tongue with some perfumey rose petal, pine bitterness, light chive, garlic bulbs, spruce needles, lupilin and honey. This has a ton of flavor but it just isn't my kind of flavor.

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

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, slight pine, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), peach notes, and bready caramel malts.

Taste - Starts off with the citrus hops then goes into the tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), peach notes, slight pine and bready caramel malts. Lots of good citrus flavours going on with this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the citrus hops.

Overall - An imperial IPA with a good citrus profile. The bready caramel malts tend to edge out some of the bitterness and balance out this brew. There is nothing wrong with that and a pleasant experience nonetheless.

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

Even though I am drinking this way passed the enjoy by date, it still hold up pretty damn well. Has a noticeable boozy taste but has w nice malty backbone.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 24/12/14

A sexy looking liquid, clear golden yellows a little light but its bright, two fingers of dense eggshell foam quickly falls to a thick foam but leaves 6 thin distinct rings on its way down before turning to random lace, still a thin film at the bottom of the glass

S I get green onion right away, not necessarily bad but it hinders what could be great , not sure what hop I get that off of, peach, lemon, and tangerine, a little spruce, sweet orange and caramel

T a little boozy for 8.5%, less fruit and more green onion, spruce and pine come out stronger, herbal tea bag, has potential but more room for improvement

M lighter side of medium and stays on the creamy side of foam but not by much, some heat but its mild, lemon pledge finish

O looks fantastic but just OK in every other area, booze could be hidden a little better and I can't shake green onion

lots of good qualities but something gets in the way of greatness at every turn, I doubt I'd buy another bomber with so much to try on the same shelf

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Photo of scootny
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A light quaffable DIPA that is refreshing and easy drinking. Georgous brew. Great clarity with a golden hue, bone white head, and tons of lacing. Nose is light as well with a mild tropical note. Pine and light citrus. Malt brings sweet aromas. Taste does have the peach like character as well as stonefrut and a mild nuttiness. Finish is dry and short with a clean but a large hoppiness that kisses the mouth lightly with a memory of hop oil. Feel is light and supple with velvety carbonation. Super drinkable and this goes down like a session ale instead of a DIPA. A very nicely done hop showcase.

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Photo of car2052
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep golden with a 1 finger cream head that sticks around.
S: Deep pine and grapefruit notes. Earthiness, Mandarin orange.
T: Toasty malts are powered by dank hop oils. Sweetness in the body. Fruitiness accompanies the sweetness in the middle of the palate. Taste ends with some alcohol and a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty balanced.
M: Light to medium mouthfeel.
O: Pretty good for a DIPA. The malts are pretty strong in this ale, and add some balance and sweetness to the fruity hops. Not overwhelmingly hoppy. Pretty balanced overall. Would get again.

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

Pours really clear, shiny old gold colored with a thin white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.
A really nice orchard fruity smell, with apricot, peach and apple, light citrus, topped with green herbal notes, with pine, grass and faint peppermint. Light caramel sweetness.
A very (overly, quite) sweet mix of malts and fruit. There's apricot jam, overripe peach, Chinese plum, faint quince mash. A nice bittersweet generic orange hop zing keeps this fresh. Light grain, big herbal feel with a big ration of floral notes, a bit of mint, lemongrass, white pepper. Finishes with nice pine, mildly spicy grassy bitter hops.
Quite bitter, almost dry, but the big sweetness manages to pass to the aftertaste. So hop, overripe stone fruit, malt sweetness. Low to medium carbonation for a smooth, slightly sticky body.
This one was kinda old too, but the hops are still rather strong in the aroma and taste. A nice blend of fruity hops, a bit sweet, pretty great IIPA.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Clear amber color. Quarter inch head at first, slowly disappearing. Musty hop aroma. Initial taste is of deep malt, also fairly musty. Lingering hop bitterness. Tasty. Good imperial, not mind-blowing, but I would definitely buy again. For 5 bucks at Whole Foods for a bomber, it's a steal.

Enjoyed on 12/12/14. Enjoy by date 2/15/15. 8.5.% ABV.

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Photo of bhoss9235
3/5  rDev -20.6%

A: very clear, looks decent, small head, looks to be nearly all pale malt, maybe a little crystal

S: sweet, normal IIPA smell, nothing too extravagant but what I would expect from a brewery of mediocrity

T: sweet and malt forward to me, hops not strong with this one, not impressed

M: honestly, I felt like it was somewhat watered down. Not gonna say it was thick, but it wasn't dry. Probably a little higher mash temp than what I like in my own iPad

O: it's a decent beer, but nothing I would seek Out. If you are looking to try a IIPA for a first time, this would be a decent starting point unless you already have a taste for hop forward brews

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, floral notes, grass and hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness then turns to hop bitterness.

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

The beer pours a very white and foamy head that does not dissipate entirely but still leaves a slight film on the top. The beer itself is a clear brownish copper.

The beer has a nice, semi-dry smell with a fairly bitter hop nose. The hop notes come in two types: pine cone and a citrus note that is buried by the pine. The smell also has a slight sweetness to it but it barely comes out and does not do much to dull the hop smell. The aroma is essentially a very hop forward nose but I wouldn't call it a hop. Rather, the hop notes seem to balance each other a little bit because of the distinctly different notes.

The beer taste is very hoppy. The hop notes still come in the two distinct flavors of pine cone and citrus, but have a little bit of peach following it. The beer also has a sweet orange note coming out around the middle but tapers off into a peppery orange note that stays in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with medium carbonation. The carbonation does not really detract but adds some texture to the beer while keeping it smooth. The mouth also feels a little bit dry afterwards.

Overall, a pretty good beer that tastes more like a hopped up IPA than DIPA. I'd still recommend getting this and I'll probably try to fit this in my regular rotation.

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Photo of TheRaven
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Review from iPhone so brevity is key. I enjoyed this drink. Rated against other imperial IPA beers I would have to say it is very disappointing. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has much better flavor. But rated against other, regular IPAs, it can hold its own.

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