Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
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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.

Added by Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of Tannerlondon
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaulWaters
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rjd722
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmd1978
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with inch of white head. Nose orange, lemon, piney with hints of grassy. Taste is faint but pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon and a little hoppy. Clean finish that doesn't linger. Rather average IPA. For the imperial type I expected much more punch to it. Average beer but ok to drink

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Photo of davenporter1
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of 28 Jul 13

Pours golden with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Pine & orange peels

T: Grapefruit, orange peel, pine & dryness up front, with faint leafy hops & a bit of tobacco. A touch of resin as this warms along with grapefruit peels & woody dryness, plus grassyness & a kiss of breadyness. Finishes with woody bitterness, sharp grapefruit, a touch of pine & boozeyness, plus a little pear brandy

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, a bit of boozey bite as this warms. Alright balance, but gets a bit harsh as it warms

Not a great DIPA, but would buy this if options were limited. Not a bad price on this, but the hops don't really flow that well to me. Drinks as bit slow for me

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Photo of bigbeard
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This medium-bodied beer comes across as a little thin for the style and has a bit of hot alcohol warmth coupled with a very biting hop bitterness that is accentuated by high carbonation. Hop flavor comes across as a bit soapy but the head retention is great and the lace in my glass in beautiful. At $10.99 a six-pack, this beer will get you drunk and is a good deal for an imperial IPA. It doesn’t touch Hopslam, but really, what beer can?

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear gold with a fluffy white head.

S - Grassy with some orange pith and bitter dandelion.

T - Bitter. Floral hops, bitter dandelion, citrus, citrus zest and pith, some bready malt.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - Hop bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. Stange herbal, floral dandelion flavor.

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Photo of travis875
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It feels like a heavy beer, even above its 8.5 percent. There's a strong sweetness, caramel with a hint of lemon at the end. Fairly bitter hops. Carbonated yet a bit smooth. A bit of a metallic aftertaste. The beer feels a bit all over the place, but not bad overall.

It has a clear light gold color with a ton of lines of bubbles coming up the side and a big foamy white head with some good lacing. It has a very hoppy scent. Some caramel.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a six pack of New Belgium's Rampant Imperial IPA a couple weeks ago for $11.89 at Meijers. This is a new release from New Belgium and since their a pretty solid brewery I decided to give this DIPA a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by September 22nd 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, I like the hop cones and the dark colors on the label, it looks good. It poured a nice and fairly clear golden yellow color that took on some orange and copper hues when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left tons of sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color looks ok, but the head and lacing were really good.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some grainy, bready and slightly caramel malt like aromas that make for a pretty typical sweet malt aroma for DIPA. Up next comes the hops which seem to be a unique combination, at first I get some fruit aromas with melons sticking out the most, mainly Honeydew, after that I get a little bit of citrus zest followed by some very grassy and earthy aromas with a good amount of resiny hops coming through. This beer had nice aroma, it wasn't the best, but I thought it was fairly unique.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some sweet malts that impart some grain and bread like flavors with some caramel malt like flavors showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which retain that unique profile they had in the aroma, some melon, citrus zest, hop resin and lots of earthy and grassy hop flavors show up. On the finish I get a little bit of floral and piney hops with a lower amount of high bitterness with a floral, sweet, and hop resin like aftertaste.

M- Not the smoothest, a little chewy, a little crsip, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and worked well with this beer, but it could have been a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a pretty close to average example of the style, it was unique, but the hop profile wasn't the cleanest and it started to wear on me after a while, the hops didn't keep me coming back for more like some DIPA's. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too smooth and the flavors didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one bottle is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma they were both nice with the head and lacing looking pretty damn good. What I liked the least about this beer was the drinkability, I know DIPA's aren't the most drinkable style, but it's just not the kind of beer that I have the urge to keep drinking. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's just not my type of DIPA and I don't think I would recommend it. All in all i was a little let down with this beer, it just didn't come together as well as I had hoped and it's a pretty forgettable DIPA, I wouldn't search this one out and I wish I would have bought a single bottle before I committed to a six pack. Better luck time new Belgium, this beer just didn't work for me.

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Photo of melstein
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smanders
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been away from New Belgium for a while, but when I saw this in Total Wine I was intrigued.

Appearance - clear copper with a finger of head. Inconsistent lacing.

Smell - more grass/pine than citrus.

Taste - just like it smells. No surprises; very predictable.

Mouthfeel - leaning toward the syrupy side.

Drinkability - average; I think after a couple it would feel as if I were enjoying a pine cone lozenge. A good entry into the broad range of the DIPA style.

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Photo of Wally839
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a tasty pale ale, strong, not my favorable hops

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Photo of Brewben_James321
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white colored head. Double checked the bottle quite light in color for the beer style. Thought maybe I had poured a lager.

Smell is strongly hopped with pine being the strongest scent here. Additional scents of watermelon, grapefruit, wood and strong tea.

Starts out with a woody strong tea flavor like a lot of high bitterness beers do. All I get is pine, strong tea and wood, perhaps a little over the top.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall not that great.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/7/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight fruit, herbal hops, and some onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and vegetal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some hop aromas and flavors that are fairly heavy on vegetal onion and garlic qualities.

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Photo of FederalOC
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BergBeer
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer for $6.99! Review from one of the bottles.

A - Nice Golden amber with a thick and aggressive white head. Really nice lacing on this one!

S - Tons of pine and citrus! Getting orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, white grapes. nectarine, but over all lots of pine. Also has a syrupy kind of smell too it almost wet on the nose.

T - Huge pine rush on the attack! Followed by citrus and lemon flavors. It's really aggressive but not over powering. Almost no hints of malt except for a smidge of honey on the end.

M - This is what i believe to be the only thing holding this beer back. It has a hop syrup mouth feel. Feels very wet but not refreshingly so. There is also a slight alcohol to the end that makes it all dry out

O - Pretty good considering the price. Definitely not NB best offering but a decent beer. I'd pick Ranger over this any day. IIPA is a crowded market and a few more just out shine this one.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear and tan, big white head that had good staying power.

Nose has tons of sharp hops notes, very earthy, slightly solventy, slightly metallic.

Flavor is intense bitterness, lots of strong hops flavor, some tropical fruit, plenty of earthiness, and again, a slightly metallic note.

Body is dry, medium, with pretty good carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

Overall it's pretty good but doesn't really stand out. The slightly metallic notes and intense bitterness without a lot to balance it out. It's not something I can drink more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Large crusty foamy white head. Brew is funky orange-yellow color. Head lingers for an abnormal amount of time.

Sweet and sugary aroma. Peach, apricot, pineapple... A bit on the sweet side of things. Do I smell bleach?

Basic flavors and feel. Watery, thin, apple-piney, bready, heavy carbonation, fizzy. Fairly middle of the road; slightly above average. Missing much complexity and creamy-ness. Awkward bitter bite, not typical...

A better than average NB IPA, but still fall short of being a solid IIPA offering. A very introductory IPA for the wandering fan. Recommended, but only for the price...

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At it's price point not bad for a DIPA but tends to wear the alcohol like a much heavier beer. More on the dessert beer level. I get a weird mixture of hops and a small malty backround. I agree largely with the description and the dry mouth end is nothing to joke about. In a head to head with another craft giant at it's price point and give Sam Adams Rebel Rouser above it while I put the one I most commonly at the price point Southern Tier XIPA in a virtual only slightly above it but will classify it as an European linked Double.

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Photo of Guyute
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed when I popped the cap was the smell. Nice, piney, grassy, hop aromas. Poured in a pint glass, thick head, nice lacing. Crystal clear, a little bit lighter yellow in color than I expected. Smell was also pleasant out of the glass. Someone else mentioned that you can tell from the taste that this is a New Belgium product - it tastes like a high alcohol Fat Tire. If you like Fat Tire you'll like this and get buzzed pretty quick at 8.5% abv. It's not my favorite, and won't buy it again. Got a good deal on it at the store though, - $7.99 a six pack.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a much better alternative than this Rampant Imperial IPA.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 67.1% out of 100 with 2,901 ratings
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