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 NeilSilber1
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy yellow with thin fading head. Belgium + IPA with peachy herbal tones and very deep heavy hops. Gets better with each sip. Pares well with spicy foods.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can with freshness date of 22JAN17 into standard pint glass.

L: Pale amber color, finger width head with solid retention.

S: Fruity hops, pine hops and almost a tangy citrus aroma. No malt smell present.

T: Strong pine hop flavor. Heavy bitterness. Very dry finish.

F: Dry so not very refreshing. Medium bodied.

O: Strong beginning to this beer, nice looks, solid aroma. Hop flavor is a little oily and the dry finish just doesn't do the job.

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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 amano_h
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly resinous pine and grapefruit rinds on the nose. There's a slight hint of bitter marmalade and ripe orange that faintly follows, along with some tangerines and soggy biscuit toward the back end. The marmalade intensifies with the passage of time, but the aroma on this beer is pretty straightforward; not as rampant as the name suggests.

The nose is well-matched on the palate; tons of Simcoe like pine, marmalade, and bitter grapefruit peels are the main sensations on the palate. The maltier notes are a lot more pronounced on the palate than the nose; what was somewhat bicuit-like on the nose feels almost sweet bread-like on the tongue. The tangerine rears its head again toward the back end, but the finish is surprisingly dry.

Whereas the aroma and taste are somewhat one-dimensional and predictable, the mouthfeel is actually spot-on. Creamy from start to finish, with a medium body, and a vibrant tongue-tickling carbonation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Surprisingly crisp and dry as aforementioned; if it weren't for all the Treehouse / Trillium beers I've had in the past few months and had I paid something closer to the MSRP for this pint this definitely would have gotten a higher rating. Otherwise it's just a staightforward, almost (old school) East Coast-style IPA. Nothing exciting to see here.

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Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold color with a huge 2-3 finger thick foamy off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and dissipated very, very slowly, leaving very impressive foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Excellent head retention, this cloudy spectacle dropped as slow as the ice caps are melting, leaving foamy caverns as it sank.

Smells of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, guava, caramel, herbs, scallions, tropical fruit, fresh citrus hops, light graham cracker and a mix of piney hops and/or peppery hop spices. More malt and balance come through with each additional whiff, making this very nice to breath in.

Tastes like it smells with toasted grains, biscuit, brown sugar and honeydew melon added to the the same flavors present in the nose: tangerine, grapefruit, peach, guava, caramel, herbs, scallions, tropical fruit, fresh citrus hops, light graham cracker and a mix of piney hops and/or peppery hop spices. Doesn't come off as hop dominant as the aroma, but the balance is quite nice and hides the 8.5% ABV perfectly. The malty sweetness keeps the bitterness in check and makes this bordering on a session beer for me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with light to average carbonation, a medium body and enough bitterness to pull off the DIPA status yet enough malt backbone to make it easy drinking. Overall a fine offering, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Taylor_Wayne_Wilson
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(New to this)

A very powerful IPA. If you don't like bitter beers, this one is not for you. For me, it's a little overpowering for the first few sips, but quickly becomes a very tasty beer. A bit of a copper color with a very white head. The hops are VERY apparent, and I almost tasted a hint of citrus.

This is one of my absolute favorite IPAs, usually being drank once or twice a week.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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 dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Verona Inn. New Belgium does well with this imperial, which packed a powerful pine and resin punch which included strong notes of citrus and grapefruit both in the nose and on the tongue. Surprisingly drinkable given it's category. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a moderate head and decent retention.
There is a lot going on in the aroma that is hard for me to pinpoint. Undoubtedly it is sweet; maybe hints of tropical fruit, citrus fruit, banana, malt, some alcohol, caramel malt?
There is an overlying malt and fruity sweetness to the taste that is balanced by a piny hops flavor that is modestly bitter. I would say that the sweetness slightly trumps the hoppiness.
Medium to full in the mouth. The malty feel is slightly syrupy, yet, it is drinkable.
A decent DIPA I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of colts9016
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one finger head, creamy white head with good retention. The head left some lacing on the glass. The beer is a mahogany color with some reddish hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with some carbonation.

N: Tropical, resin, grapefruit, floral, herbs, grass, caramel, toasted malt, bready, and yeasty.

T: tropical fruit, resin, grapefruit, floral, herbs, grass caramel, toasted malt, caramel, hay, and yeast,

M: Carbonated, medium body.

O: This beer is good but not great, it does not have a strong back bone. I think the hops could be fresher and this beer would be great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/31/2016 at Stevie D’s in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent 2IPA to drink for a while but there are several better choices available within the style.

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Photo of Ego
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly darker than straw, bright white head settles quickly but does not dissapear, nice sticky lacing, nothing rampant about this but not much to complain about, pretty middle of the road to slightly above

mild citrus, mild pine, tropical fruit mildness tows the line, tinges of honey around the edges, this leaves me underwhelmed

taste etc...
interesting bitter kick, the hops attack up front on your tongue, you get a real bath of tones underneath along with some candied citrus, this is thick, the carbonation is spot on - it just has enough pop and sizzle to carry the water here, after your mouth settles in to the bitterness level (or how the bitterness delivered here feels different than other DIPAs) the flavors are pretty mild, there is some nice hop notes but none of the alpha kick I prefer

not bad, I wouldn't mind it at a bar but it would not be my first choice in DIPAs. it has more of the tropical fruit hop signature which is not my particular preference. The ABV is well hidden and this drinks very well

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Photo of zshaft
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours nice clear light copper. nice thick head dissipates quickly. nose is very faint but I seem to get earthy and floral notes. taste is pretty bland until the end palate where I get Some earthy spice and faint floral characteristics. mouthfeel is fine. overall this beer did not impress me. not much going on for me but nothing really bad either. I only got one bottle and that is plenty. won't revisit.

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Photo of ThomasOConnell
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Favorite IPA, not as bitter as most say. High ABV is hardly noticeable in taste. Color is nice amber with light, lasting head. Hard to locate in my area. Taste is surprisingly good and very subtle but pleasant citrus notes.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice balanced head, that is neither overly smooth or harsh. Smells of fruit, closest to peach but not citrus-like , with the unmistakable aroma of centennial hops. The flavor is initially fruity, but finishes bitter, but a very good bitterness. Reminds me of the many Chinook and Centennial hopped IPA's with a touch of fruity sweetness that balances the beer nicely. The malt hangs in the background, but has a good flavor, and this one is dangerously delicious and drinkable for the high alcohol content.

After a second beer I think I overrated this for two reasons. The bitterness takes over before reaching even half way down the glass. The pleasant hops aroma doesn't last more than a few sips.

Secondly, it just tastes amateurish, as do all New Belgium beers. I honestly thought I had accidentally poured a homebrew with this second beer. That makes me feel better about my own capabilities, but I realize that new Belgium is far from world class.

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Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear yellow orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-pale malts, citrus, fruits, and earthy hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, citrus, sweet fruits, and a light to moderate bitter finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall not getting too much bitterness from this so fairly easy to drink, lacks most of the smell and taste qualities that make a really good DIPA

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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 Gmann
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light Amber color with a short wispy white head, some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is citrusy and soapy. Mainly grapefruit in the nose with some additional sweetness. It's pleasant.

The taste is of grapefruit and some flowery notes. Is that the stone fruit per the description? It's pleasantly sweet and floral. The malt is light and dry.

Moderate in the feel with fizzy carbonation. It has a refreshing sweetness to it. The abv is well hidden but why so strong?

A kinda like this hop profile. While sweet it isn't overly so and the citrus still comes out.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: [4.25] Distinct red tones to the beer. It has a nice amber color but with reddish undertones. The head is a full 2 fingers of dense white bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (8.5%) and there is a readable born on code (04/10/16).

S: [2.50] Fruity hop character with pineapple. Then I get pine and some onion. Also weird melted plastic aroma (this really takes over as I continue to drink it).

T: [3.25] The taste has pine and pineapple. Not a whole lot more going on.

M: [3.25] This has a little low mouthfeel for a 8.5% beer. The alcohol is totally hidden but the beer is not as chewy as I would expect. Nothing really lingering on the palate.

O: [3.00] This beer seemed to be missing the mark all over the place. It looked great but then it fell off. The nose had a synthetic/plastic odor that was not good. The taste is really generic and uninspired. The body is less than expected too. I would pass this over for many different beers.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale amber, slightly hazy body with big frothy white head, long lasting, excellent lacing

Smell: grassy;tropical fruits; piney hop notes

Taste: sweet malts with resiny hop flavors; finishes sweet, but the hop astringency finds it way out at the end; okay, but not great

Mouthfeel: creamy, almost chewy

Remarks: not that impressive, but drinkable

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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 mirp1
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hey, they tried. Seems brewed for mass appeal, not for those who covet Heady Topper, Molotov Lite, Tesseract, Palate Shifter, Ruination, Dirt Wolf, Full Stack, etc. This one is a cross between Yuengling (sp?), and a corn malt liquor in flavor, with some low dose, odd hop configuration added to the mix. New Belgium came into the Utica, NY market just yesterday, and they have stacks of their stuff for sale everywhere, including laundry rooms. Kidding. Point is, nothing special, and it is all over the place; not a good sign. Judge for yourself, but I have no interest in investing my beer moment into this again. Not at all hideous, just weird and pedestrian. As for Flat Tire, Guh!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid white head with reasonable stamina and a bright golden body. Respectable lacing later. Nose is mango and pear and general bitter hoppiness.

Taste is tight with carbonation and laced by alcohol but the bitter pine notes kick in to carry this to a decent finish. The texture is close but the abv shows early on in the sip.

This is certainly a serviceable DIPA but probably not among the elite of that style. Worth a go, at least.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Right away as I pour this beer I don't get much of a head. The golden color is dark and impressive. The smell must be intense as I don't have a great sense of smell but holy cow I can smell it clearly. This is a beer full of amazing flavor. I'm getting a fruity flavor but I cannot put my finger on it. The bottle suggests peach but I disagree. This is a Man's beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a golden amber with a small head, dissipating quickly. Nose is grassy and fruity. Mouth is enticed by the hop bite and slightly malty flavor. Yum.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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