Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

very good
484 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 426-450 | 451-475 | 476-500  | next → last
Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 2,896
Photo of theironmonkey
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strange, but tasty hop flavor. Normal amount of bubbles and hoppy bitterness for an imperial IPA. Mostly everything I want from an imperial IPA, but the different hops used make for a different taste. Can't taste much alcohol, though it's at 8.5%. Hints of tarragon in the hop profile. Overall a nice beer I probably won't need to get more of after this 6, but I'm very happy to have picked up.

 394 characters

Photo of Shineparker
4.71/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice copper color with a thick white head good lacing, pleasant aroma. Excellent flavor, nice bitterness, but sweet maltiness balances flavor. Truly a masterpiece.

 171 characters

Photo of mosquitoking
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I really don't take this serious enough to actually consider the appearance, smell, or mouthfeel, so if these are important to you this review probably won't be of meaningful interest. However, if you are a fan of the taste of IPAs and want something that tastes great then read on. I am new at this so please bear with me. I am a big fan of O'Dells IPA, great stuff...am I right or am I right. And I am a huge fan of Pliny the Elder, which I recently had for the first time (because I haven't experienced Pliny the Younger or Heady Topper) it is my personal opinion that Pliny the Elder is the standard to which all IPAs should be judged. Keeping that in mind I was very pleasantly surprised with Rampant. I am from Fort Collins and in this town you are either a NB fan or and O'Dells fan (no disrespect for the newer smaller breweries/ brewpubs). I have always been an O'Dells fan. However, with NB release of Rampant I have gained a new appreciation for NB. This is not like Ranger at all. The subtle citrus and fruit flavor mixed with the malts make this an amazing IIPA. It is very affordable, well at least in FC, and the ABV is 8.5%. The hops are not to overbearing and I feel that anybody that appreciates a good beer will enjoy this. I would recommend this to almost anyone who enjoys craft beer. This is not a beer for Joe the Plumber, but then again Joe the Plumber is probably not reading this and is content with his case of Budweiser. I digress, go out and give this a try...it is a great beer.

 1,508 characters

Photo of michaeldoughertyjr
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautifully constructed beer. It is only a little bitter compared to DFH 90m, which for me is the perfect beer. Although it left me with a dissatisfaction in aroma hops, it was an awesome deal at $8/6 pack at 8.5%. This beer continues to be my go to for nights that my wife can't understand that I need to drink more than she "approves of".

 340 characters

Photo of bar0
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a beer expert and I have no idea what you're all talkin about. But this stuff is awesome! Wonderful flavor and aroma; deep rich tones. I don't know what fruit it tastes like, but it's delicious. And it goes great with a hearty meal. This beer has the depth and subtle layers of a great wine. Sorry, but sometimes you need to hear from a lay person and get beyond all of the standard reviews.

 399 characters

Photo of Hatchtap
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is absolutely delicious and extremely floral. One problem, it's too sweet. Imperial IPA means high alcohol and high hops, not high everything. I know sugar sells, but I come to the Imperial IPA for crispness. Like I said, delicious. And complex, but not what I was looking for.

 282 characters

Photo of dlweigel
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing Imperial! Fell in love the first time it hit my lips. Living in Fort Collins, CO for 5 years, I have come to appreciate the craftiness of my two favorite breweries....Odell and New Belgium. I would highly recommend at least trying any brews these two make!

 264 characters

Photo of beergirl35
1.34/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There is something definitely wrong with this beer. It has a very odd odor and an even worse taste. I would love to describe it for you, but I can't put a name to it. It is a sick, floral disgusting smell and even worse taste. I generally don't throw out beer, but am strongly considering it on the rest of this six pack. Not a fan of New Belgium in general, but this is the worst.

 381 characters

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.

 389 characters

firstprev| 426-450 | 451-475 | 476-500  | next → last
Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,896 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.