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 HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. New Belgium branded bottle. Pours clear and deep golden/light amber in color with an inch of off white foam. Offers good retention and followed by sticky clumps of lacing.

Potent hop aroma picked up upon opening the bottle, with pine and fruit, touch of ruddy hop cloaked caramel and a slight hit of the 8.5% that lies below the surface. Odd blend of hops in this one, even offering a bit of strawberry milk powder at times, and not really in a bad way.

Taste is creamy with a healthy dose of hop spice and a moderate malt character. Touch of citrus and a chalky bitterness on the finish. Not overly complex but inviting and with a good feel. Overall quite interesting as the beer doesn't come across as being overly sweet yet the ABV is difficult to discern. Nice balance for its heft as the hops cloak the malt which cloaks the ABV is an unusual way.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of hardy008
1.59/5  rDev -58%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark gold with a bright 2 finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grassy hops, melon, onions, biscuit malt, citrus zest, and alcohol. Very unpleasant. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

It does not taste better than it smells. It tastes a bit worse than it smells. There are onions, citrus zest, grassy hops, biscuit malt, alcohol, and some melon. I'm sure New Belgium wanted to try to make something different, but they failed miserably.

Medium bodied with averge carbonation. Finishes very dry and harshly bitter. I don't understand how they can fail to hide 8.50 % abv alcohol, when other breweries hide the alcohol on beers with a higher abv. I don't think I got a bad bottle, I just think this beer sucks.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of swierczt
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GFD400
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ralerwen
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Clear pale amber with a large off white head. The head stays for about 5 minutes and leaves a good amount of fine bubble lacing.
Smell is malty and a bit of yeast.
Taste is big piney hop flavors with a bit less malt support than I am used to for this style. Which makes it drink like an uber IPA.
Definately Ranger's big brother. If you like Ranger you should love this.
Mouthfeel was fine and good carbonation. Dry bitter finish.
Overall a good Impy IPA. And the price was right. About $9 for a six pack.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Tracker83
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Hop_God
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Clear bright copper color. Sturdy cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Faint maltiness, then slightly floral aromas blending with a grassy, drier hop presence.

Taste: Starts out with a malty caramel note like the aroma, then a bitter, dry hop note. Very faint apricot fruit flavors found as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry.

Overall: Certainly not bad, above average. Will only have the one 6 pack though.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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