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 Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: dirty straw body, finger white fluffy head
splendid lacing

S: candy sugar, pine, grassy

T: sweet ripe fruit and biscuit malt, boozy finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: Don't know what to make of this beer, not
terrible, but not my preference. Usually enjoy
NB, but will pass on picking this one up again.


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Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic DIPA look. Light garnet amber body with a half-dense inch and a half of cream-colored suds on-top. Somewhat hazy through the light.

Pine and grapefruit nose with dank hoppiness and musty caramel malts. All in all, semi-dry, so far. Alcohol rubs up against you, a little. Lots of grains.

Rather crispy with a lighter grapefruit note and woody pine. Citrus is still somewhat dank with flutters of hemp oil and rose hips. Very pleasant, and not too strong. Has a floral side that's showing. Malts aren't pressing heavy, either. Very dry caramel malt with a bitter toast.

Lighter-bodied with affirmed bitterness. Carbonation runs a little hot, but it feels fine.

A good DIPA, after all. Better than my lone Ranger experience.

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Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 6/1/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus and tropical notes. Lots of peach and mango. Some grass. Some grapefruit. Some caramel malts. The flavors are pretty clean and refreshing. I'm picking up some lime zest and a bit of lemon. More grapefruit. More sweet tropical fruit notes. Subtle amounts of fresh pine needles. Slightly earthy. There's a balanced malt backbone, but the hops seem to shine. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's a pretty smooth and easy drinking brew. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable.

$8.99/6pk is a pretty good deal for this. It's a pretty solid DIPA. It's very clean and fun to drink. This is simply an amped up version of Ranger IPA, so if you enjoy Ranger you should enjoy Rampant.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

American doubles are running rampant! This is another decent one, ready to bust you up side the head.

It opens (I had no idea what the style was - did not read the label) yellow and with a weak head, but also with a decent AIPA aroma. It is a nice piney hoppy smell.

The taste is similarly very bitter and strong, slightly dark because the malt flavor is way down and yeast taste non-existent. The after taste is bitter and nothing more.

Overall, it is a flavorful brew but not as complex as most.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Pegasus
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden in color, with a massive, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. Belgian-style (appropriately) adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is very slight.

Aroma: Absolutely massive aroma of pine tar, which completely overshadows the caramel malt. Balanced the aroma is not.

Taste: Opens with a massive wave of oily, bitter hops, which totally overshadow the rest of the characteristics of this ale. There is a faint presence of sweet alcohol and caramel malt, but the hops tend to drown everything else out. Finishes with a lingering pine tar flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, like velvet on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: What could be an excellent Imperial IPA is overshadowed by heavy-handed use of hops.

Presentation: Packaged on a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in October of 2013 for $1.79 for a single bottle, plus tax.

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Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of denver10
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden with an off white head. Aroma offers some sweet fruitiness, some floral, with a little pine and a touch of toasted malt. Flavor is sweet fruitiness of some peach and melon, a little bitterness and toast there too. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer but not a beer that stands out in the IIPA market. Whatever is the polar opposite of an IIPA on steroids, that is this one. I'd drink this one again, but its hard to see why I would choose this over the many other beers of its style that already saturate the market.

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Photo of harrymel
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 14JUL13

Golden, one to two fingers of light creamy foam, excellent clarity. Smells of grapefruit, peach, resin, pine, honey and a little bit of mint. Tastes sweet, hoppy, peaches still there, resin, some alcohol, a bit of grapefruit pith. The malt is sweet and manages the assertive hop character. medium bodied with tight and pleasant carb and an off-dry finish. Strong work New Belgium, I think this is a little too fresh (*gasp*) and that with a couple more weeks the booze will calm and the hops will meld just a touch more creating an outstanding beer - and at just over a dime an oz will be hard to beat!

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Pens1967
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color and mostly transparent. Big head on the pour recedes to a thin film but forms plenty of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Sweet and malty aroma with a non-specific spicy tone.

Flavor of sweet honey and buttered biscuits. Fresh herbal hops in good balance. Oily with hints of garlic.

Medium body. Smooth to drink then dry in the finish. Well carbonated. Very drinkable.

Descent DIPA just doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of flexabull
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a very nice fluffy white head.

Aromas are very floral, grassy, with some pine resin.

Taste starts out thick, with very viscous mouthfeel. Sweet and creamy with hard candy notes. Finish is quite bitter, light sugars, citrus, floral, mineral like, with some resin notes. Flavors are a bit scattered and don't seem that cohesive.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with lots of body. I like it.

Overall, a nice effort with a few flaws. Looks pretty, with great mouthfeel, but the flavors and aromas are a step below the better DIPA. Still, a tasty DIPA with a good price point. Worth trying,

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a creamy 2 inch thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, orange, grapefruit, herbal notes, yeasts, malty backbone. Not overly strong aroma.

Taste - Starts with a mix of malty and piney grapefruity hops. Bitter, yet a palate wrecker, malts really stand out. Has a herbal flavor, orange and tangerine really comes out at the finish. Yeasts add some sweetness. Alcohol is present in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Hops and malts really coat the tongue. The bitterness hits the palate along with yeasts and alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter and piney.

Overall - Pretty good, the herbal flavor mixed with all the malts gives it a unique flavor. Kind of not the most smooth and balanced beer, you get all this beer has to offer in stages yet its still very enjoyable for a change up. Great price a bomber, worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of agreenman19
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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