Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Ratings:
2,901
Reviews:
485
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
811
For Trade:
2
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color with some amber hues and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pine resin hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation
O: This is a "lite" version of an Imperial IPA so it is quite easy to drink. The things that really stand out about this beer are its appearance and aroma.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We have the trier and more bittered "West Coast" IPA and then we have the more malt-balanced and sweeter "East Coast" IPA. So when your brewery is located in the smack-dab middle, which do you prefer when making a version of imperial strength?

Rampant kicks off with a bright deep honey hue- copper, orange and gold colors all playing equal roles. Impressively bright, the beer quickly releases its bubbles to fuel a cottony, off-white head. With full and lasting retention, the ale laces with even sheeting.

Aromas are both sweet and citrusy as both the malt profile and hop profile keep each other in check. Red grapefruit, orange juice and mild pineapple blend in nicely with honey, caramel and mild toffee. But then there's a bouquet of freshly chopped chives, light cannabis and an overall pungent earth scent that gives a robust scent to the malts and a damp and dank character to the hops.

Flavors also strike a surprising even-keel balance. Its sweet upstart is lightly syrupy as the caramel, toffee and honey lay firmly on the taste buds and are slow to relinquish. The middle introduces a burst of juicy hop-derived fruit flavors to balance the sweetness but never to pull ahead. Citrus, mild tropical, earthy and those herbaceous flavors give a pleasant taste of fruit rind and pungent grass. As the beer finishes, its grass notes turn resiny bitter to reinforce its IPA roots. But still, the malt sweetness lingers on as well.

Medium-full on the mouth, the beer's creamy texture is assertive through its massive residual malts and its embedded carbonation. But as those separate, the beer goes from creamy to filmy with the full brunt of malt weight sitting on the tongue. Its slight turn to dryness is aided by its high spicy alcohol and its hop oils.

So its quite obvious that Rampant prefers the more East Coast balance and flavor, but maybe even more so than even the brewers there would even dare. But the amount of malt to push the ale to imperial status takes its toll on the hop dominance that even Imperial IPAs deserve.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the one-night only (!) tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown. I missed out on trying this numerous times when in Denver last fall, so I ain't making that mistake again.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a nicely layered pattern of webbed snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of rather peppy, and slightly dank pine resin and muddled citrus rind bitterness, bready, crackery caramel malt, a subtle tropical fruitiness, and some testy herbal tincture booziness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, herbal, leafy, and minty greens, a waning dry citrus astringency, wet pine needles, and a simmering boozy astringency.

The carbonation is low-key, overall, what with its minor frothiness, the body on the lee side of yer typical medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, with the hops and alcohol taking their respective pounds of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and tree detritus notes all swimming in a don't particularly give a shit sort of alcohol stew.

A sort of underwhelming, if still drinkable enough version of a West Coast adjacent DIPA - a bit all over the place, and weirdly not malty enough (perhaps that's my bias for this brewery, but I guess I sort of felt that way about Ranger as well). Anyways, ok, overall, but not really worth the effort I've expended in finally seeking it out.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 6er of this a couple hours ago at my local Von's grocery. Expectations are low; I didn't like Ranger and New Belgium tends to crank out pretty poor seasonals (excepting their winter pack) and entire Lips of Faith series is pretty mundane (save La Folie). Best before September 29th, 2013. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art and red branded pry-off cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger head of beige colour. Slight cream. Decent thickness. Rather good retention (~8 minutes) for the highish ABV. No bubble show. No real lacing or "legs" per se.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Floral hops and oily hops. Light vague grapefruit. Maybe honey. Mango. Herbal hops. Caramalt. Pale malts. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Simple and timid for the style, but passable. Above average to mild in strength. Underwhelming. Certainly hoppy, but there's no overt hop bitterness. I'm hoping this seeming promise of balance manifests in the flavour profile.

T: Hrm. Soapy - spent too long in primary. Thin weak dominant peach hop notes. Pale malts and caramalt lend an overdone sweetness that doesn't play well with the underwhelming hop build. The hop choices here don't seem apt or prudent; some generic floral character alongside lackluster peach and generic herbal character. Sloppily put together, lacking careful balance. Pretty underwhelming build. Lacks complexity and subtlety. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A bit onion-y. Slightly bready. I'm not really liking it; it's rather mundane.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin. Weak. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Doesn't complement the flavour profile all that well; it's certainly not custom-tailored to it.

Dr: A pretty pedestrian Imperial IPA from New Belgium. I won't be getting this again; pretty lackluster stuff. Glad I gave it a chance, but it just doesn't hit the spot. Even the price point isn't all that impressive when the quality of the beer is compared against the offerings of Lagunitas or Bear Republic. Clearly produced for the masses; I'm glad it's available in grocery stores. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Another mediocre effort from New Belgium.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of fuitiness, a touch of peach with piney hops.

T - It tasted of peach and tropical fruits with a piney hop bitterness. A nice toasted malt backbone with a slight sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty Imperial IPA. And affordable, too.

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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured hazy golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of fruity floral hops with some nice peach notes and some light residual sugar notes. Taste is a good mix between some peachy and fruity notes with some bitter notes in the aftertaste and also some residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Love the hops mix on this one with great fruity notes.

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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big almost white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bright and rich golden colored beer with a hint of copper to it.

Mild hops aroma with some citrus aspects to it, maybe a bit of caramel malt (comes and goes) not much else going on here.

More of the caramel malts in the taste than in the aroma but not by much blended with a bit of fruity citrus hops tastes and a light bitterness.

Dry to drying aftertaste with a bit of the citrusy hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

Not a bad beer, I was just kind of unimpressed with this beer considering it is an imperial, was expecting more.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,901 ratings.
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