Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.79/5
2,901 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#15,487
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
2,901
pDev:
12.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
811
Trade:
2
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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of horshamguy
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigsig
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nrml
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mhenehan7
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lightman
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice balanced head, that is neither overly smooth or harsh. Smells of fruit, closest to peach but not citrus-like , with the unmistakable aroma of centennial hops. The flavor is initially fruity, but finishes bitter, but a very good bitterness. Reminds me of the many Chinook and Centennial hopped IPA's with a touch of fruity sweetness that balances the beer nicely. The malt hangs in the background, but has a good flavor, and this one is dangerously delicious and drinkable for the high alcohol content.

After a second beer I think I overrated this for two reasons. The bitterness takes over before reaching even half way down the glass. The pleasant hops aroma doesn't last more than a few sips.

Secondly, it just tastes amateurish, as do all New Belgium beers. I honestly thought I had accidentally poured a homebrew with this second beer. That makes me feel better about my own capabilities, but I realize that new Belgium is far from world class.

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

Photo of Cogeyes
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boomersooner656
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thebooyakid
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ajwii33
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A-a clear yellow orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-pale malts, citrus, fruits, and earthy hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, citrus, sweet fruits, and a light to moderate bitter finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall not getting too much bitterness from this so fairly easy to drink, lacks most of the smell and taste qualities that make a really good DIPA

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Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle (Best By July 10, 2016) into a New Belgium globe:

A - None of that New England muddy stuff here. Rampant pours a beautiful crystal clear orange/gold with a full finger of a creamy, white head.

S - Unlike any DIPA I have had before or since which makes this such an awesome beer. Juicy stone fruits (huge, ripe peach and apricot) at the forefront followed by herbal/floral tea (lavender/chamomile), ripe berries, juicy orange, lemon/lime zest and a faint pine/resin. High points for its unique aroma with the 8.5% ABV going totally undetectable

T - Like the nose, juicy stone fruit assaulting the palate with a dry, resiny finish. The herbal character presents itself on the back of the palate after the initial wave of bitterness. Again, alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M - Solid medium body with a perfect carbonation. At first, it finishes relatively dry, but those floral/tea-like flavors that come forward on the back end give your palate good reason to salivate. That said, Rampant defies palate fatigue making this one of the few DIPAs that I can imbibe multiple pints in a single sitting.

O - This is not only a great DIPA, its unique aroma/flavor profile along with its amazing value ($10-$11, 6Pack) makes this one great offering. Yes, it may not titivate the palates of some like it does mine, but in the sea of DIPA's on the market, this is one beautifully executed (appearance, aroma/flavor, accessibility & value) example that stands in a category all unto its own.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kuhndog
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light Amber color with a short wispy white head, some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is citrusy and soapy. Mainly grapefruit in the nose with some additional sweetness. It's pleasant.

The taste is of grapefruit and some flowery notes. Is that the stone fruit per the description? It's pleasantly sweet and floral. The malt is light and dry.

Moderate in the feel with fizzy carbonation. It has a refreshing sweetness to it. The abv is well hidden but why so strong?

A kinda like this hop profile. While sweet it isn't overly so and the citrus still comes out.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings
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