Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 2,896
Photo of dlweigel
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing Imperial! Fell in love the first time it hit my lips. Living in Fort Collins, CO for 5 years, I have come to appreciate the craftiness of my two favorite breweries....Odell and New Belgium. I would highly recommend at least trying any brews these two make!

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Photo of Psychromatic
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

do you like IPAs?

do you like them being even more IPA than regular IPAs are,
with a wonderfully-balanced flavor and smoothness
that belies the sharp alcohol hiding behind the piney citrus notes?

drink this.
drink it VERY MUCH.

it is one of the best IPAs I've had -- right up there with Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA.

it kicks Ranger -- which is pretty good -- right out of the ballpark.

seriously, drink Rampant if you want to know what a really good IPA tastes like.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA is an original sort of Double/Imperial and is quite refreshing.

The smell of Rampant Imperial is quite light, with more energy springing forth in the form of the beer's medium to to slightly more than medium froth per se.

The taste of the beer is quite unique. Though it is somewhat light at first, perhaps in keeping with the beer/ale's somewhat light-to-medium body(of a light amber color), the hoppsyness is somewhat more centered around the middle of the taste, where one really gets a taste of that sort of tasty tip-of-the toungue hops presence, that fills out towards the back of the mouth per se.

Overall its not too bitter or heavy in regards to what one might be used to in regards to Double/Imperial beers/ales, and hence it is all the more perhaps refreshing and drinkable in quantity per se.

Overall, a light but tasty, refreshing ale.

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Photo of pjbfromkc
4.99/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite DIPA's. Pours a nice copper into a pint glass. You can really smell the flowery hops. Taste is bold, flowery and bitter. The bitter hops stay on your tongue. IMO a great beer. It is also widely available and comes in an affordable 6 pack, not the current trend of a 4 pack or bomber for a double ipa. Keep it up New Belgium. Nice work.

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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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Photo of AndyP612
4.95/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A- Crystal clear golden Amber with a short head.

S- Flowery Hops. Very inviting. Looks very clean. I couldn't wait to take the first sip@

T- Light and Crisp. Not what I have come to expect for an Imperial IPA. Crisp floral hops with a touch of citrus. Semi sweet beginning to a complex dry finish. Overall a very nice bitter.

M- Light and crisp as previously mentioned. Light to Medium body that finishes dry.

O- If this is New Belgium's answer to hopslam I think they outdid the veteran in terms of IIPAs. This is the first that can compete with Surly Abrasive, emphasis on compete. I know the purpose of review is not to compare or take favourites between two ales but I would love to do a side by side tasting. This is truly a treat to drink. Cheers.

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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 MikeMilanoDesign
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite IPAs that i can get year round. and i recommend it to anyone

appearance: light and strawy with a bit of an amber hue

smell: piney and resiny followed by citrus and light spice

taste: malt and pine up front followed by hints of mangos, pineapple, citrus, and more
pine. finishes clean with notes of more citrus and pine. possible hops used simcoe,
nugget, and citra

mouth: bit on the airy side in the beginning, but thins out towards the end. definitely
light for an imperial

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Photo of 2Cents
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Light amber with a snow white head that reduces to a thin film. There's lots of lacing and noticeable Alcohol legs.

S: Pine and citrus with a little maltyness. There's a slight bit of yeast esters and just a little peppery aroma coming through.

T: The first thing I tasted was resinous Pine then Citrus fruit, especially orange. At the the middle tongue there is a little hit of pepper and then some of the malt comes through. Then there's is a big grapefruity bitterness that sticks around.. The aftertaste is a combo of everything.

M: Nicely carbonated. There' a peppery sting and a little alcohol bite.

O: At only $7.99 a six pack it looks like I have a new regular beer. For my taste this is a very good D.I.P.A It's loaded with hop resins and a unique, peppery taste. It's dangerously drinkable for an 8.5% beer. I put this up with some of the best D.I.P.As, that I've tried.

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Photo of scotchbeer
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So far this is the closest beer to Russian River's Pliny the Elder I have ever found. The taste is almost perfect: subtle hint of fruit and pine elegantly balanced with the hop; not too bitter, not too heavy, but still has body and complexity.

Such quality from such a larger brewery really surprises me. Kudos!

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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 threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle (Best By July 10, 2016) into a New Belgium globe:

A - None of that New England muddy stuff here. Rampant pours a beautiful crystal clear orange/gold with a full finger of a creamy, white head.

S - Unlike any DIPA I have had before or since which makes this such an awesome beer. Juicy stone fruits (huge, ripe peach and apricot) at the forefront followed by herbal/floral tea (lavender/chamomile), ripe berries, juicy orange, lemon/lime zest and a faint pine/resin. High points for its unique aroma with the 8.5% ABV going totally undetectable

T - Like the nose, juicy stone fruit assaulting the palate with a dry, resiny finish. The herbal character presents itself on the back of the palate after the initial wave of bitterness. Again, alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M - Solid medium body with a perfect carbonation. At first, it finishes relatively dry, but those floral/tea-like flavors that come forward on the back end give your palate good reason to salivate. That said, Rampant defies palate fatigue making this one of the few DIPAs that I can imbibe multiple pints in a single sitting.

O - This is not only a great DIPA, its unique aroma/flavor profile along with its amazing value ($10-$11, 6Pack) makes this one great offering. Yes, it may not titivate the palates of some like it does mine, but in the sea of DIPA's on the market, this is one beautifully executed (appearance, aroma/flavor, accessibility & value) example that stands in a category all unto its own.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On my 4th of the 6 pack I got a week ago.

Pours just like the label, a great gold color, finger of white head, clear, decent lacing.

Smell is melon all over the place, honeydew, watermelon, cantelope and a bit of a floral note.

Tastes is very unique, honeydew, cantalope, watermelon, bittering grapefruit and a underlying sweetness I assume from the malt.

Mouthfeel is medium full, finishes a little wetter then most DIPas.

Well folks this is one of those love it or hate it beers. It is so unique, if all you want from your DIPAs is the same old Citrus and Pine notes then maybe this one is not for you. I am glad they went a different direction on this one, really some fruit flavors that I have not yet tasted from hops yet. The point is there are enough citrus, pine DIPAs out there already.

At the price it is worth a shot wether or not you think you will like it, I for one loved it, and will continue to!

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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 jngrizzaffi
4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has a nice, fresh, citrus, resin aroma. Very good malt to hop transition. Nice, floral resin and citrus taste. Good bitter hoppiness. Aftertaste isn't too astringent at all. Hides alcohol content very well. Very impressed with this beer. Very good.

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Photo of Iain_Riule
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A classic American real ale. Pleasing in taste. Excellent mouthfeel. Bracing bitterness. Terrifying alcohol content! Bought the Costco 6x22oz pack with two of these, two Rewind (OK) and two French Aramis (terrible). But the two Rampant are worth the price of admission. Guaranteed "forget your troubles" beer.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured into a snifter glass. drank on 3/25/13 with an expiration date of july 14th 2013

A- 2 fingers of pitch white bubbly head and a light golden orange body. very faint lines of carbonation floating around.

S- skunky european pilsner hops all the wait. smells like a stella, but more pungent. very pleasant.

T- very similar profile from the aroma. very skunky and herbal. not as punchy and mean as a double IPA usually can be. It's an herbal take on a DIPA. Very cool.

M- silky smooth with a light bit of carbonation. medium bodied. fairly dry. very nice.

O- I love this beer! It's an approachable double IPA. to me, it's a european pilsner all jacked up and i'm really impressed. not what you would expect in a DIPA, and I like that. New Belgium scores with this one by me.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard New Belgium bottle with raised neck collar and the simple label. The pour was very clear, a touch more pale amber in shade than a typical DIPA. The head was one to two finger thick. The smell was mostly pine and grapefruit. The taste was quite bitter, with a burst of grapefruit, herbs, and spice right up front. This was a very dry, over the top, "west coast" style DIPA, and I always seem to like them for their singular purpose as a hop delivery vehicle. This was no exception. There was little no malt influence, alcohol burn, or pretense of complexity here. It was like drinking an enamel stripping, head clearing, tongue scraping, hop juice. If you like hops, you will love this. If you don't like hops, why did you buy a DIPA. A hop bomb picked up at the neighborhood Kroger. My we have come a long way in this country, and I like that.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good beer from New Belgium. A bit on the hard side, this one will sneak up on you if you drink too many. Nonetheless, this is a great IPA if you are a hop head looking for a great hop bite (like myself at times).

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Photo of edgeh2o
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. I now know what "wet" feels like. This is the wettest IPA, let alone beer, that I've ever had. Extremely nice mouthfeel, very smooth and refreshing. A great summer Imperial IPA. Way 2 go New Belgium, you finally have something I will come back for many, many times.

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Photo of clager
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear copper color

S: Dank, floral, and citrusy - one of the best smelling beers I have seen.

T: Less bitter and less citrusy than it smells with excellent balance of bitter hops, floral, and malt.

F: Appropriately carbonated, smooth.

Overall: Excellent IPA with hidden high ABV. Will seek this out again in the future.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is good, really good!

Bottle poured into shaker pint. Four finger off-white head from a rough pour. Mild carbonation

Appearance: light amber to gold

Smells: hemp, hop, and slight booze

This tastes hoppy, and it does it well, a grapefruit finish is at the end.

Mouthfeel: warming, and moderate

Overall, this is an outstanding beer! Furthermore, it is affordable!

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Photo of jonziefle
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured clear amber, with little visible carbonation. Two finger white foamy head. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Sweet, almost syrupy, hops. Citrusy and herbal.

Taste: Sweet citrus, but not a lot of hop bitterness. Herbal and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very slow. Minimal carbonation bite.

Drinkability: An excellent imperial IPA. Very drinkability with wonderful flavor that is strong, but not overpowering.

Buy Again? Yes.

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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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