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Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

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2,236 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 336 | 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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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the one-night only (!) tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown. I missed out on trying this numerous times when in Denver last fall, so I ain't making that mistake again.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice layered pattern of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of rather peppy pine resin and muddled citrus rind bitterness, bready, crackery caramel malt, a subtle tropical fruitiness, and some herbal tincture booziness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, herbal, leafy, and mint greens, a waning dry citrus astringency, wet pine needles, and a simmering boozy edge.

The carbonation is low-key, and just a tad frothy, the body on the lee side of medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, with the hops and alcohol taking their respective pounds of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and tree detritus notes all swimming in an alcohol stew.

A sort of underwhelming, if still drinkable enough version of a DIPA - a bit all over the place, and weirdly not malty enough, and this from NBB (I guess I sort of felt that way about the Ranger as well). Anyways, ok, but not really worth the effort I've expended in seeking it out.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A slight yeasty breadiness noted up front. Light floral hop notes with a touch of honey sweetness. Seems a bit muddled with the yeasty character fighting the floral hop character.

Appearance: Nearly clear amber pour with a bone white 1-finger head. Head retention is good. Lacing is noted on the glass. Appears still in an over sized wine glass.

Flavor: Punch leafy hop bitterness up front. Notes of peach, melon, and pear follow which appear to be hop derived. Balance is to the firm hop bitterness. Light white bread malt notes that are subdued quickly by the citrus and stone fruit hop flavors. Finish is nice and dry. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Leaning to a tad of wateriness which is kind of disappointing. No astringency, alcohol heat, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A slightly muted American IPA. I struggle with this being "double" or "imperial". It falls off in the aroma and possibly the choice of flavor hops for me. If this was their IPA and Ranger was their Imperial IPA I'd be more inclined to believe that. Need brighter hops in the aroma and flavor to convince me. Probably will stick with Ranger.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I feel this beer deserves a full review because it is quite interesting.
From bottle pours a rich hue amber, but really looks kinda of light when you consider
it is to be an imperial IPA.
The smell is very good. The hoppy on top of off fruit notes.
Taste... Now I was a little perplexed. I was gearing up for my taste buds to be punted by
hops, and was almost disappointed when they weren't.
For 8.5% this beer is dangerously drinkable like a plain ol' lager or middle road IPA.
I mean it is good don't get me wrong, but I was seeking more after the scent.
Should have known by the color.
If you're the type of beer seeker that wants a rich double dead guy like hop head deal, you
will be extremely disappointed.
If you want a mellow IPA that's boozy and you want to get drunk almost twice on 9 bucks then knock yourself out. I'm not above it either.
For 9 bucks I might get it again on occasion, but there is nothing life changing here.
Another decent offering from NB.
Also what a deal for a 6 pack.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.