Rampant Imperial IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.82 | pDev: 12.57%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
Notes: 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 by streetcommander:
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streetcommander from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 16oz lager glass at 40F

Poured a exceptionally clear light amber gold. No cloudiness. Nice white
Head with small bubbles. The color and clarity stand out. Very light for an imperial and very clear for any craft brew.

Taste was as-described. It's important note that the hop bill is not pop culture derived. It's truly unique and non standard. I did not taste the peaches but did taste distinctively fruity and vibrant less common hop. Very bitter and drinkable.

Zero cloying, sugar, syrup, effect. Well done at 8.5abv.

Best feature is that the flavor profile is unique and attractive. No pop culture sycophantic copying of hops or malt presence found in many of today's new craft brews.

Could easily cyclone down 6 or 8 and really regret it the next day.

Not remarkable but definitely memorable and respectable.

Aug 05, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%

(enjoy by 21 Sep 2014 - poured into a balloon)

A: crystal-clear, sunrise orange liquid... tall, very open tuft of white foam - jiggles around like jell-o when the glass is lifted

S: my kind of hop scent - semi-dry hop cones, faint tobacco, ganja, spiced orange, oven-toasted brown paper bag... background pine and ethanol... touch of roasted grain and nut at the bottom... can almost detect an "acidic" undertone... boozy-er as it warms, but still hop-dominated... familiar scents, but mad potent and alive in projection

T: mildly savory, herbal-bitter hops... spicy resins abound... quite dry in the finish, as the hop resins and floral booze hum loudly and linger mid-palate, with the sort of candied-orange notes falling off the sides of the tongue while a peppery, oregano-like flavor whirs in the center... almost a radicchio-like chord long in the aftertaste

M: smooth and moderately viscous, yet light-er bodied... desiccating pull on each taste bud... the warmth creeps up, nestles in the belly and works its way out to the extremities

O: have yet to brew with it, but Centennial might be my favorite American hop, hands down... does this remind me of Hoptimum? maybe a little - I could be off - I've had so many hop rockets like this... a well-made IPA

Aug 24, 2014
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Jan 16, 2015
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daringer from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A good beer, nearly great.

Had for the first time on a whim while awaiting some hot wings at a local chain restaurant. I like Fat Tire just fine, and I've tried New Belgium's winter ales, but never their IPAs. Was surprised by its tasty-ness. I decided to grab a sixer and review.

A: Pretty standard medium amber IPA look. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin center cloud with edges around the glass. (I'm using a tulip shape, by the way--maybe not the best, but it's my go-to glass.)

S: Bit of a let-down, really. Mostly grapefruit, bit of pine. Nothing to brag about.

T: Something special here. I was expecting a resin-y, dank explosion (@ 8.5 ABV, I'm not sure I was overestimating, really); but what I got was a bit more crisp...something a little more subtle and light. Not at all what I had expected, yet something that was thoroughly enjoyable. A pleasant surprise, for once!

F: Crisp, again. Goes down way too easily. Watch out for that well-hidden ABV!

O: I almost loved it, certainly liked it a lot. While it wasn't the heavy-hitter I wanted, it delivered something I hadn't expected, which, really, is a great quality all of its own.

Jan 09, 2016
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Shineparker from Alabama

4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Feb 14, 2015
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Briken from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper with moderate frothy off-white head. Light, clear fresh hop aroma with subtle grapefruit. Smooth grapefruit bittering. light slow linger with notes of grassy, earthy flavors. Smooth light carb with a bit of stickiness.

An easy drinking, light, and balanced DIPA. A little too easy it leaves a lot to be desired. I think Ranger actually has more flavor and bitterness. I applaud them for trying to bring a DIPA to market at the same price point as their other beers.

Oct 27, 2015
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Feb 15, 2015
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Kuaff from Alaska

4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tulip-full of Rampant (that sounds odd) at around cellar temperature. Maybe just a little colder.

Avery clean-looking IIPA here. Perfectly crystalline golden-orange in color, with a tight-knit two or three cm crown of snow white froth. Pretty pretty.

Really great aroma. Every glorious coniferous tree smell is represented here, from that fresh, minty pine, to the pungent resin of ground pine needles, to the honey-like sap which oozes down the bark. Also there is grass. And herbs. Basil, perhaps even a little oregano. Fruits include cantaloupe, nectarine, and orange.

All that tree and plant matter in the aroma gets tied together beautifully in the flavor. The pine qualities are extremely strong in this one. Terrific astringency throughout and into the finish, and abundant herbal dankness. At the same time, The unique mix of zesty and sweet fruits (see above) comes in with some honey and runs rampant (hee). A little like orange juice! Many things are going on assertively and yet in harmony.

The feel is pretty nice and full. It could maybe stand to be a little less carbonated, but I don't know... it feels pretty close to spot on.

Fruity, zesty, dank, astringent, sweet, and herbal, this IIPA throws a lot of stuff at the palate, showcasing a highly varied display of all of the style's best traits. And its aroma and flavor have a very unique, distinctive profile owed to a slightly unusual but successful signature fruitiness. Appropriately named.

Oct 24, 2015
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite New Belgium brew...not too hoppy, not to malty, just right.

Feb 08, 2015
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E-McFarden from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

May 01, 2015
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am admittedly not an IPA kinda guy, but this particular imperial IPA was very tasty.

I really liked the dark golden color and thick head that pours out of the bottle. This is followed by good lacing down the glass. The odor from the brew is at first your run-of-the-mill IPA scents, but when you take in the odor even more, it has a sweetness to it that is unlike any other. What surprised me most was the thick, creamy feel of the brew in my mouth. It was a good contrast to the carbonation, which wasn't too overpowering. Taste-wise, I enjoyed this IPA just about if not most others, and felt it was an above average IPA. Good job New Belgium.

Nov 01, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an impy nonic a clear light golden with a sticky one finger white head that held for quite awhile.Aromas are more herbal and grassy with a little floral note,not a big sharp citric/resiny bomb,a a lightly toasted biscuit malt bas eunderneath the hops,not much alcohol presence.Flavors are grassy and herbal with a hint of onion,again not a big in your face resiny attack,light caramel biscuit and just a hint of sweet alcohol.Not bad but it's more a toned down DIPA in my opinion,not bad.

Mar 11, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A bronze golden amber orange body, nearly crystal clear, with a two finger head with soapy retention. Slowly settles with capped puck, and ring like lacing. Some very small rising carbonation but not much of it. Otherwise pretty good.

Hop front on the nose is pretty non existent. Some sweet mild caramel, a little bit of hinting tangerine orange, but no sens that this is an IPA at all. Very closed nose for the most part.

Palate is kind of odd. Strawberry and pine like sweetness, with a mix of mild pine like hops. Mouthfeel is fairly solid, with a good coating resin effect and a moderate to sense of crisp carbonation. Palate quenches with a strange aftertaste of stale bread and pine. It's got a weird carbonation sense on the swallow also.

Overall it's just not what I want in a DIPA, but it's a good beer but not in the upper echelons of the greats by any close measure.

Apr 06, 2013
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Apr 06, 2013
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BDeibs from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Sep 17, 2014
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Boomer4ES from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2015
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DerekCarruth from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Sep 25, 2014
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DerAtomsmasher from Washington

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 06, 2014
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nhirsch04 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Mar 22, 2014
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Kevinbrently from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Jan 07, 2014
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JDeming from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jun 27, 2014
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KZane from Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Oct 23, 2014
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Shanty76 from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 10, 2015
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Pegasus from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden in color, with a massive, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. Belgian-style (appropriately) adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is very slight.

Aroma: Absolutely massive aroma of pine tar, which completely overshadows the caramel malt. Balanced the aroma is not.

Taste: Opens with a massive wave of oily, bitter hops, which totally overshadow the rest of the characteristics of this ale. There is a faint presence of sweet alcohol and caramel malt, but the hops tend to drown everything else out. Finishes with a lingering pine tar flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, like velvet on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: What could be an excellent Imperial IPA is overshadowed by heavy-handed use of hops.

Presentation: Packaged on a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in October of 2013 for $1.79 for a single bottle, plus tax.

Oct 19, 2013
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spycow from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Apr 27, 2013
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