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Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.79/5
Very Good
2,901 Ratings
Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

Added by Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,374
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
2,901
pDev:
12.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
811
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark-ish orange, with a very small wispy head, and a solid level of lacing.

This one smells like a pretty classic West Coast style IPA, with moderately intense resinous pine aromas, definitely some grapefruit, and a slightly sweet caramel and bready malt aroma.

This definitely feels like a pretty old-fashioned West Coast IPA, and that's just fine. It's got a very bitter finish, with nice grapefruit and indistinguishable other citrus up front. It's all propped up by a substantial but not distracting malt backbone. The bitterness keeps you going back for another sip. Very enjoyable.

This is medium bodied, with a enjoyably lingering bitterness at the end of each sip. It's very drinkable for the ABV, no real sign of alcohol on the palate.

I'm impressed with this one. I'd heard both good and bad things about it, and I'm happy to have enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Gauss
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exception beer. Just the right bitterness and a balance of hops that add a refreshing aftertaste. I like it nice and cold in a frosted tulip glass after a long day at work. For the price, and constant availability this may be the best beer around!

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Photo of unclemole
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Cluker
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2pux
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

smooth bitter with a nice finish, some peaches in there too

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Photo of McHenry
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aardvarkian
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GangOf1
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balanced. Smooth and easy-drinking IPA. Less hoppiness and bitterness balanced by malts. Nice dry finish.

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Photo of JoshuaShort13
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pops
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of zknight
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltron00
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KillerJigger
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great for the price! I would love to have this one fresh from New Belgium.

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Photo of onedogtwodog
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like it... It is really drinkable... Hoppy, but not club over the head hoppy... I have to admit I do lean towards the IPA's so I my be biased. Tonight, I picked up six because they were next to the Rangers... Got them home popped one open and they were good... Go get six and try them...

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Photo of GFD400
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 15, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Enjoying a day at home with snow falling and family surrounding... APPEARANCE: begins with a copper orange body that breeds effervescence... the head is snow-white and thick, two fingers in height and appreciable in its lacing... a single finger infiltrates the body slightly at uneven intervals, sagging into the suggestion of hefty-headedness... a monolithic white shade is pulled down as the glass drains--this is serious stuff, kids... AROMA: an alluring welcome of peach, grapefruit, apple, strawberry and pine greets the nostrils--ample forthcoming bitterness is suggested by the pine, though a breezy, aromatic fruitiness keeps the aroma from frightening the "unhop" heads that would attempt this... no heightened alcohol is suggested... PALATE: "Bone dry" is a rather appropriate appellation...a powerful bitterness passes through the teeth with a rattle, while the finish is clean and demanding of another sip--almost too easy drinking! TASTE: grapefruit and peach predominate the profile... secondary hints of strawberry, bubblegum and excellent, bitterness... very little to be found on the malty end--indeed imperial... OVERALL: beers don’t win or lose on the label, but I love the name--its suggestive aggression is delivered in a royal way, as every sip left me breathing flowers over fire, yet the impact on the mind is weighty... a confident, rewarding walk among the orchard that only needs twelve ounces to put its drinker in the right frame of mind...

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Photo of McMatt7
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrhockney
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The very definition of a double Ranger...Sweeter, a bit more bitter, and often only $.50 more than Ranger! Its feel suffers from the a similar thin-ness to Ranger, but this one just feels more syrupy. Maybe its just overally resinous but I'm not sure. Another great budget Double IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange-amber body that's crystal clear. Pours with a two finger head that retains. Good nose on this stuff - the spicy, weedy and slightly oniony notes from calypso work well with mosaic's brighter tropical fruit aromatics. There's a bit of sweetness to the aroma, but little malt character, and that follows through to the palate. While it isn't overtly malty, it does have some sweetness to it, which highlights the fruity aspects of the hop bill. Mosaic brings a great pineapple flavor that's rounded out by the earthier, spicier notes from calypso. There's a slight grassiness mid-palate, and a touch of onion. This is fairly light-bodied and easy drinking for a 8.5%er, with well hidden alcohol. A surprisingly good offering from NB, especially coming in six packs for a very reasonable price.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Nearly everything I want in a IIPA. And the price can't be beat ($9/6-pk.)

Side note: C had allergic reaction to it (flushing).

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Photo of Pietryh
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattkoon
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the nose on this rampant imperial ipa brings a huge amount of hops with it. and the taste is full and bold. its like the shot a cannon full of hops right at your head. i like this beer a good bit. its a mouthful. there is also a good bit of alcohol in this beer, but it doesnt impair the flavor at all. the hops do all the talking in this one.

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Photo of osupuck19
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings
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