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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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Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 2,852
Photo of evanforbeer
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal light Golden orange with clean white head

Nose- fairly mellow but lush fruity aroma of, peach, mandarin, biscuity malt and pine

Taste- starts with soft warm yet punchy citrus- oranges (mandarins?), subtle pink grapefruit. then things soften out on the palate with lots of peach/stone fruit- peach is very present as beer warms a bit, some bready malt, finishes with a touch of bright lemon juice and nice pine

Feel- surprisingly light-bodied, almost watery

It's different, I like the variety of the Mosaic/Calypso hops and the stone fruit character on the palate. I think it lacks the depth and body needed for a great IPA. The stone fruit notes remind me of Deschutes Red Chair (which has delicious apricoty quality imo), but doesn't have the body or complexity of flavor to make it inspiring (maybe unlike Red Chair)

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker golden color. Light foam, Lacing is intense.

S - Spicy, grassy, weed, herbal nose.

T - Definitely a different taste. Not bad just different and a nice change. Bitter earthy taste. Plenty of resin.

M - Light body. Perfect carbonation matches the bitterness well after the back end.

O - Overall a nice change of pace. Definitely worth a try to change things up.

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

(Bottle, revisited). Pale appearance. Estery smell, bananas. Drier finish than expected; 3/13/15.

Fat Tire (neutral)
Ranger IPA (favorable)
2 Below (favorable)

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours amber, clear and clean looking. Head dissipates quickly. No apparent carbonation by sight.

Aroma is hoppy, and yes, peachy sweet. But also a little sourness, like overripe grass. Not sure it's entirely a good smell.

Taste is hoppy to start, astringent and sweet. Biscuit, cardboard, with pine and raisin (that's the sweet). Very subtle peach, but maybe that's power of suggestion because the bottle says so. I feel malt trying to assert itself but not enough to balance it in the first half of the sip. The hoppiness I usually like (Green Flash, Tricerahops, Ruination, etc.) is not present here.

Dank (and it's bitter bad, not bitter good if you know what I mean) builds in the taste. My wife wouldn't cop a second sip of this if she saw it on the counter unattended. Malt becomes more dominate later in the glass. Aftertaste is boozy, bitterness lingers and mellows. Oily feel, a little heavy to me, maybe a tinge of soap at the end. I am liking it more once I've had half the glass (sure that's what they all say).

Many imperial/DIPAs seem to get lost between bitter, malt, or hops and this one seems all over the map taste wise, doing a little bit of everything and not committing to any direction. I agree with BA user Bfarr that Ranger has more flavor than this. I think there are better DIPAs out there and New Belgium does other styles better.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Read the reviews, the opinions are all over the place, then read the Rampart web site, different still. Gotta make up your own mind about this one, stirs something different in each taster. That is the mark of a fine beer.... Confuse and conquer! Buy several and get your craft Brew drinking friends over to nail it down.

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Photo of hophead723
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a tried and true beer by New Belgium and one of their finest. I am pouring this into a 16 oz. goblet glass from a very fresh bottle.

Look: The light shining through this beer reveals it's glorious golden, copper color and slight haze from the copious and perfected hopping. The head is supple and white with superb lacing.

Smell: I get predominant peach aromas, with hints of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Mosaic, Calypso, and Centennial hops are used in this beer which produce a potent mixture of hop goodness. The malt aroma is a subtle caramel with a toasty, underlying sweetness.

Taste: This beer has a hop heavy profile with lots of peachy and citrus bitterness up front with a subtle caramel underlying sweetness. I taste apricot very heavily. The bitterness lingers pleasantly like the glowing embers of a fire.

Feel: The body of this beer is rich with lots of carbonation, producing a silky smooth mouth-feel that makes each sip enjoyable as each of the flavor components play out across the palate. I held some in my mouth and is audibly sizzled and popped like a soft drink indicating excellent carbonation levels. It is also quite dry at the end and not juicy like a west coast style IPA.

Overall: This is a longstanding go-to IPA for me and many others. Everything about this beer is very well done by the masters at New Belgium. I rate it very highly and everyone should try it.

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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 car2052
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep golden with a 1 finger cream head that sticks around.
S: Deep pine and grapefruit notes. Earthiness, Mandarin orange.
T: Toasty malts are powered by dank hop oils. Sweetness in the body. Fruitiness accompanies the sweetness in the middle of the palate. Taste ends with some alcohol and a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty balanced.
M: Light to medium mouthfeel.
O: Pretty good for a DIPA. The malts are pretty strong in this ale, and add some balance and sweetness to the fruity hops. Not overwhelmingly hoppy. Pretty balanced overall. Would get again.

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Photo of gregb13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An oniony/garlic presence is there, a bit of alcohol is present. Nothing else really jumping out at me. Would be very nice if a touch sweeter with some citrus notes. Not bad, but rather unremarkable.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper, thin white head. Has a clear hoppy aroma, thin mouthfeel. Plenty of piney hops with a mild fruity flavor. Finishes quite dry. A decent brew, not sure if I could enjoy more than 1 or maybe 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle
Poured into pint glass.

A- pours a light clear gold with copper and greenish hues. with a 1 1/2 finger head. Leaving a ni
ce sticky lacing.

S- in your face, all dank earthy hops. Smells like dirt, earthy plants, cooked peas
Not much citrus. Funky.

T- woody, dank hops. Not much in the citrus hops or sweet grains. Tastes like raw dried hop pellets smell like. Almost an offensive hop tone but finishes nice due to a good mixture Of pale and caramel malts and alchohol.

M- average to good, medium carb. Slightly slimy.

O- impressive double. Where most go fruity, they go raw. Earth is the key message in this brew, being dank and packed full of flavor. Many would find this offensive, hop heads would find it heavenly. A grade A beer, but a sipper. Enjoy!

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Photo of jmd1978
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Dave_in_GR
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a color and opaqueness similar to apple juice, with a small, uneven foamy head.

Smell is not quite as aggressive as I expected from this style, but dominated by pine and floral scents.

Taste is more assertive, piney and floral and citrus. Not much in the way of malt or alcohol flavors. A big and hoppy beer, as you would expect for the style. The bitterness is not overwhelming though. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the taste from clinging to the mouth.

Overall a really well done DIPA.

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Photo of runfoodrun
1.21/5  rDev -68%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, I'm not one to drain pour a beer, especially not an IPA or DIPA. This beer smells of wet straw and dirt. This beer tastes like it smells. Awful.

Perhaps I should have poured it into a glass, but one smell after opening the bottle revealed this horrible smell. I proceed to take a couple of sips to see if the taste matched the smell. It did. I tried, I really did. Then it went down the drain.

Not sure what they were going for with this DIPA. Perhaps I missed something or my palette isn't experienced enough for this. But I've been a hard core hop head for years now and I don't remember drain pouring even the worst IPA or DIPA. This I couldn't take.


Based on other reviews I wonder if I had a bad bottle or an old bottle. But the best by date is in July and it just hit here. Not sure what to think. But my review stands.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice golden appearance . Medium carbonation level.
S- Piney, resiny, and floral. I'd pick either pear or ripe red apple.
T- Besides slightly sweet and bready, the bitterness is short lived and balances with some sweetness.
M- Medium to Medium light. Slightly cloying; viscous.
O- Nice flavor and aroma. Quality beer.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big let down. Poured copper color with a big white head. Smelled delish but tasted like old mop water. Pine taste with a strong bitter dry finish. Not for the faint

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice double that surprised me. Call me crazy, but it immediately reminded me of Little Sumpin Extra. Light color, very clear, golden, Just leaning towards an orange - amber hue. Fluffy white head leaves some great lacing that sticks the entire height of the glass as you drink. Floral scent is not too sweet.

Taste was a nice surprise as the caramel malt flavor was out front and immediately balanced things out as the hops and tartness/fruit later came into play. Hops at the end, but not a lingering aftertaste. slightly dry, but I really wouldn't have thought to mention it if it wasn't in the description.

This one gets mostly mid level ratings and then rarely a few very high ratings. I personally think this one is a hidden gem. Had it in a mixed NB 12 pack and went back for more. Was excited to Find a 6 of Rampant on sale under $7. I'd take that deal any day of the week.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a dark clear orange in color with a two finger white head that slowly fades down to a finger and seems to stay there. Smell is definitely floral with some nice strong hints of resin and pineapple. Taste is definitely hop forward that's less fruity and more resin. Really not very bitter. Really a great put together flavor as you get a little taste of grains to give it a tiny bit more balance than a lot of IIPAs. Mouthfeel is slightly thick -- not that thick but there is definitely more than your run of the mill PA or IPA. Overall this is a pretty good beer and is better put together than I remembered.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised by 2 things:
1. How good this is,.... not a huge New Belgium fan
2. How low the ratings are

This has a great nose, beautiful thick lacing
A hophead's delight with an almost buttery mouthfeel

Reminds me of Avery's Maharaja which I have almost weekly.

I don't usually look for New Belgium beers but I put one of these into a mixed six.

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Photo of scvance
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear, deep golden color with a thin, fluffy, white head with excellent retention. Good amount of carbonation is visible rising though the glass. Smells like lots of hops, mostly pine and earthy in character. There is a slight malty smell as well. Taste is very hop pronounced, resiny, earthy, and bitter up front. There is a mild malty sweetness throughout the taste, and the bitterness lingers through the finish which is very crisp. No discernable alcoholic taste even for an 8.5% beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium high carbonation, and slightly viscous. Overall this is a very good Double IPA, not nearly as extreme as some, both in terms of maltiness and hoppiness. This could pass as a Single IPA to some breweries. Will definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of Uanof
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a translucid light burnt orange with a thick slowly receding head that leaves fine traces behind. Good consistency.

S: it's piney, resinous, floral almost like a medicinal hop bouquet.

T: taste is more medicinal than floral, too mild, the hops are not present in the palate.

M: very easy going and forgiving, light bodied although somewhat resinous and sticky. No lingering aftertaste as if it had never been there.

O: something that i would offer a craft beer virgin to get them started into real beers, won't alter much their fragile palates, but enough to make a difference.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a surprise for me because I thought it was an IPA and not an Imperial IPA. I didn't read the bottle good enough. I am a fan of Pale Ale and IPAs; but I haven't found an Imperial IPA that I even liked. I like this one!

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with a coded date (my beer is 2 1/2 months old) into a pint glass and got two fingers of head.

A: Pours a slightly yellow golden color. It is clear. I get two fingers of white frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to about 1/8 in. of foam that lasts until the end. Lots of beautiful lacing from the start to the end.

S: At first: some floral and some tropical fruit. There is a little citrus and some pine and some biscuit, too.

T: At first, I taste a some malts and then the hops. As this warms, the hops really hit hard and then a little bread taste. There was a little alcohol taste at first. As it warmer, I didn't notice that. I thought it was well balanced. The hops are more interesting than just pine or pine resin in your face.

M: Nicely carbonated and a medium body. It is easy to drink despite the high ABV.

O: I like it. It goes down smooth and maybe too smooth considering the ABV. I would buy it again and recommend it.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a big frothy white head. The smell is strong of citrus and peach. The taste reflects this greatly with the flavor being almost entirely hops with almost no malt present, and the alcohol is quite noticeable compared to other IIPAs I've tried with the other IIPAs having an even higher alcohol content. Overall It's pretty good IIPA.

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Photo of quaybr
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thick white bubbly head slowly retreats to a thin layer of foam, being fed by a stream of bubbles. Color is a golden-amber, a bit more bronze than the typical DIPA.

Aroma is incredibly citrusy: mostly grapefruit with some orange peel. A little bit of grass is present, too. The buckets of hops leave only the slightest hint of malt.

Taste follows aroma, as hops rule the palate. In fact, flavor is a bit unbalanced - hop to malt ratio seems too big. Bitter spuds begin as early as front-mid tongue, growing too strong by the time your washing it down and lingering loudly in the aftertaste.

Although the absence of malt is noticeable in the taste, it isn't quite as bad with the mouthfeel. Not as thick as typical, but not watery either.

This beer lacks balance, as their is no backbone to the malt bill to match the hop profile. I'd suggest passing this one up for another DIPA alternative.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly underrated brew. Nice combo of new school and old school hops. The sweet and bitter notes are nicely and uniquely integrated. And a more-than-solid 8.5 abv imperial IPA for less than nine bucks is a great value. Promotional description of beer is pretty much right on.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,852 ratings.
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