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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Photo of Broden
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice crystal clear darkish gold color. Solid two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

S- Smell on this seemed a little bit more subtly than I was anticipating. Very piney, and resinous. Smells like a very dry beer, no sweetness detected.

T/M- Carbonation is perfect for the style. Body is on the lighter side..making it very very easy to drink. No malt presence and tastes very dry. Good piney hop flavor, with a surprising amount if bitterness. Leaves a sticky resinous aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Not necessarily my favorite take on the IIPA but a very good beer none the less. Would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really surprised by how lightly colored this is. It really looks closer to a pilsner than an IPA. But no matter, there’s still fine carbonation and good head formation.

Smell seems about right given the size of this beer. Big blast of hops, and not the kind I’ve grown accustomed to like in Ranger, but more like New Zealand hops with interesting peach and mango notes.

Flavor is solid though seeming a little light for style. However, given the 8.5% ABV, I think New Belgium has actually crafted a really drinkable yet potent ale. Those unique hops in the aroma are at play in the flavor as well. And they’re really the star. Given how lightly colored this beer is, the malt is really neutral. Yet there is still some sweetness to be had, and some of it might even be the unique fruity hop flavor.

On the one hand, I appreciate that this beer goes down so easily for an imperial IPA. On the other, why even make it 8.5% if it’s going to be this smooth? Either way, I’d be happy to have a few more of these, and if the price is correct at $7.49/sixer, that’s a bargain.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

re-review. poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. best by 7/10/16. kudos for the clear freshness dating.

looks splendid in the glass golden yellow body with a large bright white head. leaves thick lacing clinging to the glass.

not much of anything on the nose. a somewhat clean smell, if that makes any sense.

a lot going on in the taste department. clean tasting, biting hops around the edge of the tongue, and a mango like fruitiness. also a slight pepper tang as well.

feel is between full and medium, very slightly syrupy. nice finish as well.

overall, a very nice and tasty DIPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

finally, something new and impressive coming from new Belgium! too many lackluster and overpriced releases has me a little down on these guys, but this one is a gem. pours a really pale hazy yellow color, lighter than almost any big ipa ive seen, with a thick foamy bubbly white head with okay retention. the nose is very floral, perfect for the blooming spring time, hoppy but not terribly bitter, and really light on the malt bill. the flavor is also very light in terms of grains, and the hops are intense and interesting, not just a bitter bomb. lots of floral pollen grassy hop character, this somehow reminds me of easter. the yeast is also a contributor, with complimentary light sugar cookie complexion. really clean finish with a burst of freshness. I liked everything about this beer, even the not so subtle alcohol content, it just works in the context of this light and flavorful brew. also, its priced like a beer not a bottle of rare French wine, which is something new Belgium really needs to get back to if they are going to frequent my fridge with any kind of regularity. bravo for this.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting nose, I guess I'm getting some peach as the label says. It's different than Ranger because the piney resin isn't there. The look is pale for a DIPA but the head is fluffy and lingers a bit with nice lacing.
Taste is surprising with a fruity sweetness I can't place but also nicely balanced with bready malt and a nice hops bitterness on the finish.
A nice IPA overall and dangerously drinkable for the abv. This one works for me and I liked the hops blend . For about $2.00 for a single, value is there. Don't know how you get $7.99 for 6 as some reviewers found; maybe out of date ?

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Photo of augustgarage
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh off the truck - not even in the store's computer system yet. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Clear Princeton orange body with a lasting smattering of off white foam that settles to a ropey collar and a mottled surface slick. Decent retention, delicate lacing, very faint legs.

Herbaceous, not-quite-skunky aromatics with a strong but secondary note of sweetness alternating between honey and peach/mango. Spicy and potent.

Citrus and passion fruit on the palate with a long lingering peppery herbal note to back things up. Hops all the way through, though there is a clean but strong malt backbone to provide balance. Very slightly soapy finish with a touch of pine sap. Nice full bitterness. Dry woodsy finish brings you back for more punishment. Faint aftertaste of dark herbal tea (maybe from the Calypso hops?). The sweetness seems to come out more as you habituate to the bitterness and as the ale warms a bit.

Medium-bodied, carbonation is well dialed to maximize the bite of the hops without getting in the way of their flavor. Very faintly sticky.

While I think Ranger is a better beer, this is a good unapologetic version of the style and a good value. While not in the same league as anything from Russian River (for example), I think it would only be slightly outclassed by many mid-tier offerings like Hop Henge, Hoptimum, etc.

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Photo of glass_house
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat surprised by the rating here, as this an excellent IPA that I would put right up there with Torpedo and Stone IPA. Maybe it's the New Belgium name and low price point?

Hits all the right notes that a solid west coast IPA should. Nothing special to look at, but aroma and taste offer plenty of resinous pine notes with hints of biting citrus. Just a bit of balancing malt sweetness. Body is on the light side of medium, with crisp lively carbonation and a clean dry finish. Add the fact that I can find this easily for an extremely reasonable price and it's clear there will be a lot of this in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after 1800+ reviews I finally stumbled upon New Belgium brewery. This is my first beer by them and I may have overpaid since it was 4 dollars for the single. Justified by the ABV.

A - Very hazy looking IPA bright golden yellow with a mild orange hue. Head is excellent tower of a solid 1/2 inch that pulls back to mega sticky lacing.
S - Fresh squeezed Grapefruit hops and juicy lemon hop bitterness tickles the nose. Smells timid not like a pine tree so it must be balanced.
T+M - First thing I had to note is how thick this beer is. Just screams DIPA with a medium to heavy body. Not used to that but I taste is fairly clean the hop bitterness is there with a great twinge on the tongue in the finish. Like other masters the ABV is well masked and this is no exception no ethanol bite. Not much else to say except balanced.

Overall I am not sure if its my palate but this beer is much heavier than many DIPA's I have sampled. Not that thats a bad thing because its still fresh Best By Feb 2014.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Golden copper/orange colour with slightly off white head. Hoppy floral scent with slight malt and grapefruit creeping through in the taste. Goes down smooth although a hoppy aftertaste may linger for a bit. Enjoy!

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Photo of vkv822
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip
Best by : 7-14-13

Clear, with lots of visibly rising carbonation, bright brassy golden-orange with a thick, foamy off white head and tons of lacing.

A unique hop character, lemony, sweet, fruity peach. Light pine undertones/finish. Lightly sweet, pale malt backing.

Medium body, with mild foamy carbonation. Faint alcohol warmth.

I really enjoyed the use of the Mosaic and Calypso hops as they presented a hop character I had yet to experience before. Really easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More evergreen than fruitiness. Bitter over sweet, without being too strong of an IPA. Slightly darker than golden but still clear. Not a lot of effervescence out of the bottle or on the tongue, but enough. Overall it's hard to tell its an 8.5% ABV beer since it is pretty mainstream IPA. Nicely done.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing Company has stepped up their game by offer a new, year-round Imperial IPA. Rampant pours a clear, burnished golden color, and it is capped by a solid and sticky white head. Citrus hops dominate the nose. The blast of citrus slowly fades to allow hints of pine resin and rich malt. The beer opens with a bit of a bitter hop bite that is quickly quelled by caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Peachy and lemony flavors pull this remarkably balanced IIPA though the finish. Moderately carbonated, Rampant is extremely well-balanced, complex, and medium in body

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Photo of Monalenard
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i totally love this beer. i almost hate new belgium. seriously, has one brewery ever had so many beers taste so closely alike? fat tire, ranger, dig and snow day all have that weird extra toasted flavor that i used to love till i realized it showed up in everything they brew. now it just makes me nauseous..well, most of the time, because they finally brewed a balanced beer, one hopped well enough to handle that surplus of toasted malt or whatever that taste is, like they spilled too much in and said "screw it, bottle it and sell it. Rampant is rather sweet and a little of this flavor can go a long way. the appearance is a vibrant golden, slight copper hue that is almost perfectly clear with a decent head and really good lacing, which i wouldn't expect with how clear the beer is. the aroma is intense its... (reloading)... oops, i accidentally opened a fat tire that someone left over...i'll just give that to the dog, ok, rampant, yes, the aroma is a loud balance of citrusy and piney off the charts. Taste is, like i said, sweet. Maybe a bit grassy but not too dry. All in all this is something very different in the realm of IPAs over all. awesome beer. bit of a break from the norm. hell, it may even cause me to become more optimistic about trying future new belgium releases.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium "Rampant" Imperial India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Enjoy by 31May15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Interesting beer. When I first tasted it I had to check the label because it didn't really come across as "Imperial"; it's much softer and smoother, and it doesn't have the brash citrus & pine hoppiness that's so common. The lush, velvety maltiness and unusual hops really give it a unique character though. It's softly fruity with peach and papaya, gently citrusy with grapefruit and tangerine, floral, subtly piney, a touch herbal, and mildly grassy and earthy. There's a lot of malt going on, and it's fairly full in the mouth, but it's somehow not sweet despite the fact that its bitterness level seems restrained. The alcohol, of course helps, and lends a subtle touch of spice as well. It finishes dry and grassy. Unique.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light golden with decent foam. The aroma is bright, floral and citrusy, with lots of orange blossoms. The flavor is very hop forward, with a light mix of pine and orange zest followed by a touch of grassy spice on the end. Lightly bodied, easy drinking, and oh so affordable. I can see this being a dependable budget selection, and widely available.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While this beer gets a respectable rating - and its all subjective anyway - I guess I am in the crowd (if their is one) that thinks Rampant doesn't get the love it deserves. For what it is - a year-round DIPA, that is readily available and very reasonably priced. So with that said here is my review...

On draft - Poured into a pint glass

L- Poured with about a finger of white head. The color is in between golden and amber - unfortunately it's head dissipated pretty quickly after it's pour. There was low to moderate lacing throughout.
S- I was disappointed with the smell. With so many quality IPA's and DIPA's coming out this really doesn't stand up too well with many of its pungent and aromatic brothers. However, I pick up sweetness from the malt, citrus, pine - nothing is very distinguishable since it is a relatively faint.
T- This is where rampant makes up for it's previous short comings. It is a very well balanced beer. I really enjoy the malt bill which gives a semi-sweet and bready base for piney, citrusy and peachy hops to shine. While I think it's balance may hurt it in some peoples eyes- since it doesn't really hit you with a dominant and distinct hop profile- I think the hops are presented well and it is incredibly drinkable. I actually find a balanced and drinkable DIPA refreshing in a world of hop bombs (which I love too).
F- Well carbonated, medium body. It is relatively crisp and not sticky for a DIPA - which along with it's taste makes it an incredibly drinkable beer. Bitterness does not stay on the tongue very long.
O- While I appreciate it's smooth and balanced characteristics - I know many will find it unexciting for the category - Even though I agree there are much better beers in it's category, I think it's clean and balanced taste and feel make it a great value at it's price point.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a clear pale gold color with a nice frothy white head. Has a nice piney and floral hop aroma and then citrus and tropical fruits. A nice malt backing. The taste follows the nose pretty well. Very nice IPA one of my favorites to just sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of Rob23
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the price this is a great Imperial IPA.I have no complaints about this beer.No need for a snobbery rating.4s across the board with a mouthfeel of 4.25.I was not a fan of the Fat Tire but having this I may revisit New Belgium more.Going to have another now.Cheers!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a brass color, with an almost still-looking body and a thin head. Hops are strong in the nose: very earthy and herbal. Smell some caramel malts as well. Flavor is obviously hop-forwarded. Hops, as in the nose, are earthy and herbal, with the NB house taste complimenting the hop character well. Malts taste of caramel and toasted bread. Mouthfeel isn't too thick. Carbonation helps to scrub up the sweetness and bitterness. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that is outside of what I normally look for in one.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a stark white bubbly head of foam.

Smell: A very distinctive aroma of cantaloupe and honeydew melon with light, sweet peach notes and a bit of pine.

Taste: Follows the nose with melon, peach, pear, and apple as well as some honey and nectar sweetness. Pine and a thin crackery malt round out the taste. There's a touch of stinging alcohol in the finish that's accompanied with an almost rosewater-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a drink by date of 7/14/13, it's good to go.

Pours out translucent gold with a super-thick, 2 inch head. The lacing on this dipa is amazing. A large mound of head lasts for a good 30 minutes. Impressive.

Citrus, pale malts, caramel and floral hops combine with a hint of yeast to make up the smell.

Resiny, citric (blood orange/grapefruit) start this brew off very well, almost has a rye spice to it, though I doubt any is used. Sweet country white bread smooths it out a bit. I also notice a hint of pine in the finish. A bit heavy on the carbonation until the end. Nice moderate thickness. Resiny hops stick to the mouth for quite a while on this one.

Very interesting new dipa from New Belgium. I like it quite a bit. It stands out from the pack, is generously hopped and not too high on ABV. I'm sure I'll have it again. Great addition to the New Belgium lineup!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I biught a six-pack of Rampant IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a frothy stark white head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, not the pine scent you might expect from an Imperial IPA. Soft flower and fruit aromas, peaches pears and melons.

Taste is sweet citrus flavor up front, with a mildly bitter aftertaste, which becomes more dry and more bitter over time.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying, with no hint of the alcohol despite the ABV.

Overall a decent and drinkable IIPA. I'd have this again for sure.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8.5% ABV, 07JUL13 printed on label.

A - Tan hues encase a goldenrod colored beer that's clear enough to show off the trickle of carbonation streaming from the glass' etching to the tall, frothy off white head. Great retention! As the bubbles loosen, chunky webbing is left caked to the globe.

S - Rampant's unique hop aroma blends quite a few varieties of hops for a decidedly American burst of combined citrus and earthiness. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit meld with pine sap and honey sweetness but a hint of that overly Simcoe-hopped cat pee smell starts to peek out in front of the big malty base. While hop-forward, one thing that sets Rampant apart is it's sturdy groundwork of malt; dry, flaky biscuit and undertones of sticky caramel.

T - Sticky sweet pilsner malt flanks the dry biscuit notes which lie behind the burst of citrus hops while earthy suggestions of pine and dirt slowly creep into the scene. Tropical pineapple and mango fruit are showcased though, really powering forwards in the flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp, Rampant balances the big malty body well with a barrage of carbonation and bold dry hop bitterness. Additionally, alcohol aids in drying the finish of this medium-full bodied beer out while remaining otherwise invisible.

O - I feel like saying New Belgium is a little late to the double IPA party with Rampant is somewhat uncool due to their pioneering nature but, by this point, producing a really captivating and wowing double IPA within a saturated market is hard. I enjoy the bigger malt base which keeps this beer from being too hoppy - at first - but I find it inches towards the cloying side of the spectrum after a few gulps. An attempt is made to blend the tropical fruit "style" double with some of the earthier pine notes and it works out just fine, but in the end that's how I view this beer; "just fine". It's a nice, very well brewed, and accessible double IPA from a quality brewery, but I feel the hardcore hop-heads might be dissatisfied with this one.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 03/01/15

Poured into a pilsner hourglass

A- Pours a light goldish copper color with high clarity and a good two finger white head.

S- Has that nice West coast mix of fruitiness and dankness that I get from a lot of Stone and Lagunitas beers. Nice mix of citrus, tropical, and dank.

T- Similar to aroma, nice mix of citrus and tropical and dank with a light bitterness for an Imperial. A bit lighter in hops than most of the Double IPAs that I've had but still pretty great.

M- Medium, drinks like a single IPA.

O- Pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a nice variety of hop aromas and flavors. Maybe not as hoppy as many top DIPAs but for the money you will spend on a 6 pack it's a deal that is hard to beat. Just make sure you get it fresh. I'm really starting to warm up to New Belgium's stuff. I love there sours and Rampant, Ranger, and Accumulation are all pretty good hoppy beers. Still not a fan of many of their non sour bomber releases though. I had been wanting to try this one for a while but could never really find a fresh bottle until now, glad I did.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 7/7/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, peach, pine, lemon zest, pineapple, light honey, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of hop notes with a fairly moderate malt backbone; very unique aromas as well. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, peach, pine, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, light honey, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Nice amount of citrus pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, peach, pine, lemon, pineapple, floral, light honey, and pine resin on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt backbone; with some light cloying pine bitterness on the finish, but not really that bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a very sticky, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Very nice and unique hop complexity with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The Mosaic and Calypso hops were definitely different, but it worked out very well. No complaints at all, really enjoyed this one.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,896 ratings.
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