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New Belgium Releases Rampant Imperial IPA This Spring

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by Jason, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Savant (485) Washington Sep 3, 2008 Beer Trader

    It had far too much peach presence in it for me, seriously. Towards the end of the 12oz bottle I had to pou it as it was getting too "fruit juice" like for me
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  2. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Advocate (575) North Carolina Dec 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    I was looking forward to the release of Rampant. But the final product is only a bit shy of a drain pour. The rest will sit in my fridge till there's no other options. Ranger is by far a better beer.
  3. printer1

    printer1 Savant (295) Iowa Aug 29, 2005

    Enjoy By 12 21 was my favorite new beer from 2012. Fantastic IPA. I will be looking for this.
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  4. ablackshear

    ablackshear Savant (395) Colorado Sep 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    Pretty much how I felt. But I paid $6.99, at that price I'll probably buy a decent amount of it
  5. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Hopefully it gets to you when its still somewhat fresh.
  6. Bond111

    Bond111 Savant (390) Minnesota Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'm drinking one right now that I got for free from my local shop. They even had a bottle opened when I walked in & tried it on the spot. I think it's a solid beer overall. Doesn't remind me much like Super IPA, none of the same hops. That was more pine & a little grassy to me. This has more fruit tones to it in the taste. The nose has some grassy notes, & is appealing. Mosiac hops do come through. The more I drink it the more it tastes like Odell's Woodcut #6 minus the oak.

    Glad I had a 12oz bottle to try. Wish more places did most their full lineup in a pick 6 form, would save me some $$ & space in my beer fridge. I'd give this a B- as I feel its a solid choice for people wanting to branch out & try something different.
  7. Douggo

    Douggo Savant (330) Minnesota Oct 24, 2009

    Found it at Stinson WBS yesterday. Bombers and 6-packs.
  8. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Savant (445) Indiana Jun 5, 2012

    Funny that you say this. I had 4.1.13 the other day and thought it was an onion bomb. Dumped it, and then drank a Rampant and was in love.
  9. DerrickW

    DerrickW Advocate (635) Georgia Jan 17, 2013 Beer Trader

    Drinking one right now. A lot of people are down on this beer, but I think it's above average. Nothing spectacular, but for $8.99/6pk, it's hard to beat. Has a bitter cantaloupe taste to me that's starting to grow on me.
  10. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    I haven't this month's batch of Enjoy By. The only one I had was 2.15.13
  11. mechamifune

    mechamifune Savant (415) North Carolina Jan 26, 2008 Beer Trader

    Was pretty dissapointed by it. Found it to have a kind of unpleasant herbal quality to the finish. Won't be buying it again.
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  12. My thoughts exactly. The smell really got my hopes up...:(
  13. Im not understanding where people are getting pine/peach from in regards to this beer. The estery yeast combined with the unintegrated, underdone, earthy, herbal hops kind of made me want to puke. I didn't much care for Ranger either. The previous comment about NB not being equipped to brew with whole cone hops really lit up the light bulb over my head. This could be the problem I've always had with NB. They're the anti Sierra Nevada. ;):D
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  14. largadeer

    largadeer Champion (920) California Sep 24, 2006 Beer Trader

    This is a surprisingly solid beer, especially for the price. New Belgium must have learned a thing or two from their Alpine collab.
  15. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Savant (325) Nebraska May 25, 2005

    well said on all counts

    i like that this tastes pretty distinctly different than most other 'imperial ipa's' on the market right now, and while it is not amazing, i will probably reach for it more often than something like belgo because it is still pretty unique, pretty tasty, and pretty cheap
  16. I had high hopes for this one, and it delivered... kinda. I'm a big New Belgium fan and am a big advocate for six packs.

    This beer was good, I got a really nice juicy blueberry note, I was hoping this along with Maximus would be my one, two punch as far as 6 packs of double IPA under $10 goes. Unfortunately it wasn't that good, I'll definitely be a regular buyer, but instead of going 50-50 with my Maximus buying, it will probably be more like 80-20. I anticipate this being my 2nd most purchased DIPA going forward.
  17. the four firkins should have some left. I know of few stores in the cities had some within the past week
  18. jpeck13

    jpeck13 Aficionado (150) California Apr 28, 2011

    I think its pretty solid for a New Belgium offering. I don't get the whole cone vs. pellet pellet thing. There are plenty of incredible DIPAs that are brewed with all pellet hops. Kern River Citra comes to mind.
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  19. Mumbler

    Mumbler Zealot (85) California Feb 17, 2013

    I enjpyed this beer a lot. I thought it was quite different then any of the IPA's I have been drinking. It wasnt citrusy but, had alot of apricot and peach notes. Overall.... a beer I would return to from time to time.
  20. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    I agree. It's a step closer to the West Coast with those juicy-ass Mosaic hops and a drier body than Ranger. I like it.
  21. Ford

    Ford Advocate (570) Texas Sep 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm one of those people that is a New Belgium fan... I've had several of their beers that I really like.... I like picking up Abbey here and there.. a great easy to drink belgium pale...

    I'll never turn down a Fat Tire either.. it isn't my favorite, but it's a good beer..... yeah I'm ok if every beer I drink isn't great...

    I look forward to trying this one.... have to make sure it is fresh of course.
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  22. Prh27

    Prh27 Savant (370) Virginia Apr 24, 2012

    Gets my vote. Not sure how much I'll buy at $9 / 6pk. because that's Two Hearted territory and also Sucks, whose year round production should be kicking in around me soon. I'm hoping it makes its' way into 12 packs in the sub $15 range. Then it will eat up some of my Sierra Nevada money.
  23. what? are you serious?
  24. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (650) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    No. It's not good. Nice aroma, tastes like bad citrus fruits with a weird mix of spicy and pine hops. Poured out the last few ounces.

    This is why I try to get singles of a brand new beer.
  25. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Advocate (575) North Carolina Dec 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Absolutely. Everyone is in titled to their own opinion. Mine is that it doesn't even belong categorized as a IIPA. Best I can say is, great job hiding the ABV but I can hardly make it through a 12 oz bottle.
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  26. Younger uses extracts. Extracts can also be more expensive. In the end does it matter? You cant taste the difference. If some of the "cat Piss" IPA's were brewed with real cat piss I could care less as they taste and smell amazing.

  27. Spokie

    Spokie Aspirant (45) Minnesota Feb 16, 2013

    Just tried tonight and enjoyed it. It's no Hopslam/Centennial/Mad Hatter, but solid and can't beat the price. I'm lukewarm on NB in general, but this was a nice surprise.
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  28. PalatePilot

    PalatePilot Savant (495) Colorado Dec 24, 2010

    Younger uses extract... then nevermind....
    I love Rampant!
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  29. Skye1024

    Skye1024 Savant (370) Indiana Oct 3, 2009

    I have to echo a few others here. Thought it smelled amazing, but tasted bad. Not just I dont care much for this beer, but plain not good. I probably poured out half the bottle. I bought several bottles, so I will give it a second chance in a few days. Had high hopes too due to availability and price.

    BTW, I think Ranger is solid and really liked Super IPA.
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  30. drewone

    drewone Champion (850) California Sep 18, 2006 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Very interesting to see the varied opinions - I came here to look it up and say the same thing as largadeer, I just had it and thought it was excellent - really enjoyed it - def. got the peachy / grapefruit flavor.
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  31. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Champion (780) Colorado Jun 9, 2006 Beer Trader

    I bought a sixer and I think its solid. I got a strong honeydew melon and cantaloupe flavor which I get from Alpine beers (but this is clearly nothing close to anything from Alpine).
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  32. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    The people who poured this out obviously dislike beer in general... seriously guys?
  33. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Advocate (575) North Carolina Dec 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Maybe some of us got ahold of a bad batch...idk, first impression wasn't good. To me it tasted watered down , and the fruitiness was over dominant and lacking hop presence that one would expect from an IIPA.
    I don't like all beer in general, I'm partial to IPAs IIPAs and stouts. I wouldn't have voiced my opinion on it or be a member of this website if I didn't appreciate beer.
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  34. Thank god for varied taste buds, we had some last week on draft right beside drink by 4-1 and it was pretty good. Bought a 6 pack, and the taste that came up was watermelon. Nice beer decent price, will likely end up in our rotation of daily drinkers that are on sale.
  35. RangnaR

    RangnaR Savant (425) California Dec 17, 2012

    I just decided to give it a shot myself tonight, and got a 22 of it. I would have to agree with your opinion. I haven't drain poured it.. Will save half for my wife to get her opinion, but definitely struggled through my half. Spent most of the glass trying to figure out what that odd taste and smell was: more of a sour astringent bitter than a nice hop bitter. And IPAs and IIPAs are among my favorites. For example, I dig the hop bitterness of Palate Wrecker... Would definitely prefer a $4 Hop Stoopid to this.
  36. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    I found it to be a solid, but un-notable, brew. Not bad, not worth seeking out.
  37. IAmJacksHopTongue

    IAmJacksHopTongue Savant (285) Michigan Jan 19, 2013 Beer Trader

    Sampled this at a small brewery (Haymarket) that has few guest beers on tap, while also trying the local DIPA and IIPA (among others). Even thought I was wearing a Fat Tire belt buckle, I thought about not finishing the 4-oz sample. It wasn't bad to the point of being undrinkable, but I was tremendously underwhelmed and there were so better options in front of me.
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  38. RangnaR

    RangnaR Savant (425) California Dec 17, 2012

    I hate to say it but I was still drinking it when I posted my last comment, and since was unable to finish my glass.. Seemed like as it warned up the off flavors I wasn't digging got a little too strong for me. So the rest of the glass was a rare drain pour.
  39. sbxx

    sbxx Advocate (510) Illinois Mar 21, 2011

    I drain poured mine. Sorriest excuse for an IIPA I've ever tasted.

    I'm done with New Belgium. All they do is disappoint.
  40. I owe you one.
    Bought a sixer of Rampant, it was 10 days old and awful.
    Bland, boring, far too balanced.