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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 | website

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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Photo of gc4hokies
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Filtered, golden color. Bright white head. Nothing special in this department.

Aroma is nice with hints of tropical fruit. Crisp! I'm getting a lot of mango notes with this for the taste. The hops are definitely pronounced. A spicy mouth burn is there. You can tell this is potent.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. My favorite from New Belgium. The best fact is that this is sold in 6 packs (vs 4), you can find it at most grocery stores in VA, and it's definitely priced aggressively for what you get.

This is definitely in my regular rotation.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 03/01/15

Poured into a pilsner hourglass

A- Pours a light goldish copper color with high clarity and a good two finger white head.

S- Has that nice West coast mix of fruitiness and dankness that I get from a lot of Stone and Lagunitas beers. Nice mix of citrus, tropical, and dank.

T- Similar to aroma, nice mix of citrus and tropical and dank with a light bitterness for an Imperial. A bit lighter in hops than most of the Double IPAs that I've had but still pretty great.

M- Medium, drinks like a single IPA.

O- Pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a nice variety of hop aromas and flavors. Maybe not as hoppy as many top DIPAs but for the money you will spend on a 6 pack it's a deal that is hard to beat. Just make sure you get it fresh. I'm really starting to warm up to New Belgium's stuff. I love there sours and Rampant, Ranger, and Accumulation are all pretty good hoppy beers. Still not a fan of many of their non sour bomber releases though. I had been wanting to try this one for a while but could never really find a fresh bottle until now, glad I did.

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Photo of Jringp
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

New Belgium Brewery puts out great tasting brews...

...For me Rampant is an almost perfect Imp.IPA...With a 8.5% alc content the balance between Hoppiness and Alcohol flavor is near perfect..can only sightly taste the alcohol...Typical fruity/pine smells...and also some marijuana smell too...great beer and if u can finD it u can get it cheaper than most IMP.IPA

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Photo of SlamKing
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Look: It's a nice clear orange color with a decently sticky head.

Smell: I was a little cautious with this one because it's an 8.5%. You can smell it.

Taste: I was a little disappointed that the hop flavor didn't keep up with the alcohol flavor. It tasted too much like liquor for my liking. Not a bad beer. I would drink it again, but probably not buy it if I had other IPA choices.

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Photo of jcance
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

This beer, though great, is kind of a compromise beer for me. It's got 0.4 more % ABV than my favorite strong ale, Devil's Backbone, but its flavor is less distinct and it's significantly heavier feeling. I am a gigantic fan of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, and honestly, this beer just pales in comparison. I don't feel obliged to heave a large sigh after each sip, because the flavor is just....well, less remarkable.

That't not to say that the flavor isn't excellent. I don't have a bottle at the moment but I recall a very thick, borderline smoothie-like consistency with very hoppy flavor, vanilla overtones, and hints of chocolate. For 9 bucks a six pack at the gas station it's a great buy considering that a single beer i equivalent to two regular 4.25% ABV drinks of the same size. Discovered this one when I bought the "New Belgium Folly" 12 Pack; to be perfectly honest it's not highly distinguishable from Ranger and the other IPA's offered by New Belgium. But if you like hops and IPA's in general, you will not likely find this beer offensive. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is the only beer I've tried yet that exceeds Rampant's ABV, and I much prefer Rampant. It goes down far smoother and is less obvious in its alcohol content. While I wish the hops flavor was stronger/more distinguished, this is one of the key brews on my roster.

Good price, great taste, and **outstanding** ABV for the flavor. When I need to save a couple bucks or I want to really get fucked up off a single six pack, this is my first choice. New Belgium produces high quality brews across the board and this one is a star. My only reservation is that we've got em beat here in Texas. And Cali. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle, enjoy by date is Dec, 2014 (having it in Oct)

pours a hazy copper tone, smells tremendous, 1 cm head, not much lacing

smell as noted is good, great hoppy aroma, I do detect a bit of combo of citrus and peach in aroma.
initial taste is a glorious mix of hop bitterness with just an ever so slight malt balance, the finish not too bitter, but definitely a little dry for my taste.

Overall, very good, not great.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this chilled into an IPA glass

The color is deep golden with light haze and 3 finger head with very fine bead visibly carbonated with web-like lace.The smell is very citrus and floral with orange rind and light floral scent mixed with mild fruity yeast ester and slight alcohol aroma. The feel is very bitter up front with medium high carbonation and slight warmth of alcohol with light sweetness and resinous texture with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is citrus oriented with a grapefruit quality and pine-like bitter taste wtih almost salty intensity and intense peppery spiciness with warming alcohol in the back of the throat with slight sweet flavor but not quite caramel in the finish with light nutty malt in the background. The overall impression is a pretty decent yet not quite exceptional Imperial IPA to me. It is a little to alcohol forward in the taste for me but better than most with more hop flavor than less as far as this style goes. It is lacking hop flavor which is what I like to see more of instead of just bitterness

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Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

A: 4.00. Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is orangey-amber with a small off-white head on top. Some splotchy lace left behind.

S: 4.00. Surprising sweetness for a Double/Imperial IPA. Also loads of candied oranges, a bit of brown sugar and a touch of tropical fruit. A pleasant nose, just not as hoppy/bitter as I'd expect for the style.

T: 3.75. Again on the sweeter side of things - candied oranges and caramel malt foundation with a modest citrusy (grapefruit) bitterness towards the back end of the sip, but sweeter flavors (brown sugar, ripe oranges) linger in the aftertaste.

M: 3.75. Medium-to-full in heft, slight syrupy slickness to it.

O: 4.00. Decent, but clearly not your West Coast palate-shredding hop bomb.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance (4) : Tall, foamy white head that stands about four fingers. Carbonation bubbles in the honey-golden body spiral up to meet the foam from the bottom of the glass. Retention is about three fingers with generous lacing.

Smell (4) : mandarin oranges, bitter citrus, pine, ginger. A little bready. Dominant smell is the mandarin orange. Typical IPA but a tad more artsy.

Taste (3.75) : Pretty strong! but good. I keep wanting to cough. The bitter tastes are pleasant and sweet, leaning towards cascade hops and citrus rind. This is way better than "Ranger". Refreshing and leaves a tinge of peach on the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : creamy, wet, full bodied. Ends wet.

Overall (3.82) : This IPA is tasty - and I generally HATE IPA's. it goes down easy and doesn't leave me heaving over the garbage can (okay maybe an exaggeration). Try it, you will probably like it.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Yeah, this is really good. Definitely one of my favorite that New Belgium putts out. For a DIPA this one is a little tangier than some, more fruity and orange like in the nose. Nice copper red body, good carbonation, poured into a snifter. Presentation has a lot going for it right now, I've got it at a great temperature and its leaving a beautiful lace on my glass. Nutty and hoppy, somewhat oily, even a little vegetable (celery or onion?) like in the taste. Aftertaste has some nice malted backbone. This is solid. Good beer. That orange kick is a bit interesting, not good or bad. Some brown sugar like sweetness at the end. I like it, and would buy it again.

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Photo of scottieie
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Not sure I knew what to expect from this beer but it didn't sit right with me. Perhaps I have gotten away from enjoying the big beers and opting instead for session beers. The hop was in my face and i was unfamiliar with the hops in play. I might not have been in the right mood for this beer or it isn't my style to judge. That being said the Ranger IPA is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of "16NOV14" Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear gold with 2 fingers of head and great lacing

Smell: Hop forward with citrus zest and slightly subdued

Taste: Bright citrus hop flavor up front with the bitterness falling with a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin but moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a great amount of hop flavor going on, but what is even more impressive is how dry it finishes. A great offering from New Belgium and a solid DIPA thats available in 6 packs.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

From notes on 11/24/13

Pours a light copper yellow body with a white head. Has a fresh hop smell. Very hoppy aroma. Very bitter flavor. It really hits your palate. Also has a rich caramel taste. Decent beer.

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Photo of Thudman
4.5/5  rDev +19%

I love a good IPA, but for folks who don't dig the hoppy aftertaste of IPA's, this one's right up yer' alley! Great hop taste without the after fast that you non-hopheads don't dig. Hophead or not, you'll dig this one.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour brings between 1 and 1.5 inches of a white, frothy, sticky head. The beer is a pale ruddy golden, crystal clear, with light carbonation.

Nice aroma of citrus pith and pine, with a backbone of biscuit malt. A good deal of perceived sweetness with a dry finish, creamy mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. Caramel and brown sugar notes, and perhaps a little peach pit compete with the citrus and toned-down pine. The alcohol adds a bit of a spicy bite, but is otherwise masked.

This is an excellent and reasonably priced DIPA. I think I only paid about 8 bucks for a sixer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%

(enjoy by 21 Sep 2014 - poured into a balloon)

A: crystal-clear, sunrise orange liquid... tall, very open tuft of white foam - jiggles around like jell-o when the glass is lifted

S: my kind of hop scent - semi-dry hop cones, faint tobacco, ganja, spiced orange, oven-toasted brown paper bag... background pine and ethanol... touch of roasted grain and nut at the bottom... can almost detect an "acidic" undertone... boozy-er as it warms, but still hop-dominated... familiar scents, but mad potent and alive in projection

T: mildly savory, herbal-bitter hops... spicy resins abound... quite dry in the finish, as the hop resins and floral booze hum loudly and linger mid-palate, with the sort of candied-orange notes falling off the sides of the tongue while a peppery, oregano-like flavor whirs in the center... almost a radicchio-like chord long in the aftertaste

M: smooth and moderately viscous, yet light-er bodied... desiccating pull on each taste bud... the warmth creeps up, nestles in the belly and works its way out to the extremities

O: have yet to brew with it, but Centennial might be my favorite American hop, hands down... does this remind me of Hoptimum? maybe a little - I could be off - I've had so many hop rockets like this... a well-made IPA

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows overt resinous, piny and grassy hops with sweet backing from lashes of clean malt.
Very hoppy flavours. Very piny, grapefruit-like and citrussy. Orange peel or orange bitters. A fair bit of sweet clean malt balances things out.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a deep golden yellow with a white head. Some patchy lace. A whiff conjures up resin and pine with some chive. Very aromatic.
Taste comprises more resin and malt with a nice bitter after bite. The mouthfeel is pleasant and full with medium carbonation finishing slightly astringent. Overall this is a great value for those on a tight budget seeking a good hop fix.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a medium golden with a meringue-like white head. The head leaves significant lacing throughout the glass with moderate retention. The aroma has some light fruit notes and a robust malt sweetness. The taste is a little lacking, and doesn't pack the hops punch expected from an Imperial IPA. It doesn't taste bad at all, just not the flavor profile expected from the style. The body is a little thinner than I'd like, as well. All in all, it IS a good beer, just not quite the one I was wanting and expecting

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Photo of slusk
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear deep golden with a nice white head. Good lacing.

S: Floral hop aroma. Apricot and melon. Caramel comes through but hops is the star. Tiny bit of alcohol comes through as well.

T: Grapefruit, apricot and pineapple comprise the hop forward flavor. Light and very fresh malt undertone like chewing on malted barley. There's a slight tart component and a nice breadcrust flavor. Mild Alcohol warming in the finish. Pleasant piney floral aftertaste in a semi dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly acidic and slight astringency.

O: A very nice IPA. Complex hop flavors make this a treat to drink. The malt is fairly straight forward but well done and fresh. This is a straight forward IPA with good drinkability for an imperial

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Photo of streetcommander
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 16oz lager glass at 40F

Poured a exceptionally clear light amber gold. No cloudiness. Nice white
Head with small bubbles. The color and clarity stand out. Very light for an imperial and very clear for any craft brew.

Taste was as-described. It's important note that the hop bill is not pop culture derived. It's truly unique and non standard. I did not taste the peaches but did taste distinctively fruity and vibrant less common hop. Very bitter and drinkable.

Zero cloying, sugar, syrup, effect. Well done at 8.5abv.

Best feature is that the flavor profile is unique and attractive. No pop culture sycophantic copying of hops or malt presence found in many of today's new craft brews.

Could easily cyclone down 6 or 8 and really regret it the next day.

Not remarkable but definitely memorable and respectable.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By: 16 Nov 14

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick creamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing with a huge island. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some sweetness. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, with a slight touch of pine/citrus. Medium body with a dry/bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty DIPA, nice to see something different here for a change.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

13 oz bottle from Tipples. Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a fluffy white one finger head. Nice floral hop aroma , bready malts, citrus peel, grass, pine. Flavor is nice bitter pine, floral notes, lightly sweet bready malts. Body is medium to light, somewhat dry, bitterness on the tongue, with medium plus carbonation. This goes down very easy. A slight dirtiness on the finish is my only complaint, and it is very strange. But an otherwise solid DIPA that’s easy to find, and nice and light for the style. Just a weird flavor here and there that I can’t put my finger on.

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Photo of IllNate
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light amber with good amount of off white head and good retention. Aroma is hoppy with citrus peachy, and herbal notes. Taste follows with some grainy notes in the background. Mouthfeel is puckering. Overall a fine beer. A read on the low end for an imperial I think though.

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Photo of BTodd
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint

A-Poured with a nice finger of bubbles which took their time dissipating. Crystal clear, golden in color.

S-Orange, pine and some floral notes.

T-Fairly bitter with some of the same characteristics of the smell. However, it felt more bitter than flavorful. I think the hop character was lost in this one (it wasn't clear on bottle, but this might've been sitting around for a while).

M-Nice medium-full body with adequate carbonation and lingering bitterness.

O-Not quite as good as I remember it. However, still not a bad drinking bigger IPA in a six. The bang-for-your-buck factor is certainly there. I might review again one day and see if I can get one a little fresher.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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