Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, slight pine, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), peach notes, and bready caramel malts.

Taste - Starts off with the citrus hops then goes into the tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), peach notes, slight pine and bready caramel malts. Lots of good citrus flavours going on with this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the citrus hops.

Overall - An imperial IPA with a good citrus profile. The bready caramel malts tend to edge out some of the bitterness and balance out this brew. There is nothing wrong with that and a pleasant experience nonetheless.

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Photo of jooler
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even though I am drinking this way passed the enjoy by date, it still hold up pretty damn well. Has a noticeable boozy taste but has w nice malty backbone.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 24/12/14

A sexy looking liquid, clear golden yellows a little light but its bright, two fingers of dense eggshell foam quickly falls to a thick foam but leaves 6 thin distinct rings on its way down before turning to random lace, still a thin film at the bottom of the glass

S I get green onion right away, not necessarily bad but it hinders what could be great , not sure what hop I get that off of, peach, lemon, and tangerine, a little spruce, sweet orange and caramel

T a little boozy for 8.5%, less fruit and more green onion, spruce and pine come out stronger, herbal tea bag, has potential but more room for improvement

M lighter side of medium and stays on the creamy side of foam but not by much, some heat but its mild, lemon pledge finish

O looks fantastic but just OK in every other area, booze could be hidden a little better and I can't shake green onion

lots of good qualities but something gets in the way of greatness at every turn, I doubt I'd buy another bomber with so much to try on the same shelf

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Photo of scootny
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A light quaffable DIPA that is refreshing and easy drinking. Georgous brew. Great clarity with a golden hue, bone white head, and tons of lacing. Nose is light as well with a mild tropical note. Pine and light citrus. Malt brings sweet aromas. Taste does have the peach like character as well as stonefrut and a mild nuttiness. Finish is dry and short with a clean but a large hoppiness that kisses the mouth lightly with a memory of hop oil. Feel is light and supple with velvety carbonation. Super drinkable and this goes down like a session ale instead of a DIPA. A very nicely done hop showcase.

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Photo of car2052
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep golden with a 1 finger cream head that sticks around.
S: Deep pine and grapefruit notes. Earthiness, Mandarin orange.
T: Toasty malts are powered by dank hop oils. Sweetness in the body. Fruitiness accompanies the sweetness in the middle of the palate. Taste ends with some alcohol and a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty balanced.
M: Light to medium mouthfeel.
O: Pretty good for a DIPA. The malts are pretty strong in this ale, and add some balance and sweetness to the fruity hops. Not overwhelmingly hoppy. Pretty balanced overall. Would get again.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours really clear, shiny old gold colored with a thin white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.
A really nice orchard fruity smell, with apricot, peach and apple, light citrus, topped with green herbal notes, with pine, grass and faint peppermint. Light caramel sweetness.
A very (overly, quite) sweet mix of malts and fruit. There's apricot jam, overripe peach, Chinese plum, faint quince mash. A nice bittersweet generic orange hop zing keeps this fresh. Light grain, big herbal feel with a big ration of floral notes, a bit of mint, lemongrass, white pepper. Finishes with nice pine, mildly spicy grassy bitter hops.
Quite bitter, almost dry, but the big sweetness manages to pass to the aftertaste. So hop, overripe stone fruit, malt sweetness. Low to medium carbonation for a smooth, slightly sticky body.
This one was kinda old too, but the hops are still rather strong in the aroma and taste. A nice blend of fruity hops, a bit sweet, pretty great IIPA.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Clear amber color. Quarter inch head at first, slowly disappearing. Musty hop aroma. Initial taste is of deep malt, also fairly musty. Lingering hop bitterness. Tasty. Good imperial, not mind-blowing, but I would definitely buy again. For 5 bucks at Whole Foods for a bomber, it's a steal.

Enjoyed on 12/12/14. Enjoy by date 2/15/15. 8.5.% ABV.

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Photo of bhoss9235
3/5  rDev -20.6%

A: very clear, looks decent, small head, looks to be nearly all pale malt, maybe a little crystal

S: sweet, normal IIPA smell, nothing too extravagant but what I would expect from a brewery of mediocrity

T: sweet and malt forward to me, hops not strong with this one, not impressed

M: honestly, I felt like it was somewhat watered down. Not gonna say it was thick, but it wasn't dry. Probably a little higher mash temp than what I like in my own iPad

O: it's a decent beer, but nothing I would seek Out. If you are looking to try a IIPA for a first time, this would be a decent starting point unless you already have a taste for hop forward brews

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, floral notes, grass and hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness then turns to hop bitterness.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very white and foamy head that does not dissipate entirely but still leaves a slight film on the top. The beer itself is a clear brownish copper.

The beer has a nice, semi-dry smell with a fairly bitter hop nose. The hop notes come in two types: pine cone and a citrus note that is buried by the pine. The smell also has a slight sweetness to it but it barely comes out and does not do much to dull the hop smell. The aroma is essentially a very hop forward nose but I wouldn't call it a hop. Rather, the hop notes seem to balance each other a little bit because of the distinctly different notes.

The beer taste is very hoppy. The hop notes still come in the two distinct flavors of pine cone and citrus, but have a little bit of peach following it. The beer also has a sweet orange note coming out around the middle but tapers off into a peppery orange note that stays in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with medium carbonation. The carbonation does not really detract but adds some texture to the beer while keeping it smooth. The mouth also feels a little bit dry afterwards.

Overall, a pretty good beer that tastes more like a hopped up IPA than DIPA. I'd still recommend getting this and I'll probably try to fit this in my regular rotation.

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Photo of TheRaven
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Review from iPhone so brevity is key. I enjoyed this drink. Rated against other imperial IPA beers I would have to say it is very disappointing. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has much better flavor. But rated against other, regular IPAs, it can hold its own.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange color, nice head, retention and lacing. Very nice floral and tropical mango aromas with just a touch of citrus. Taste is very fruity, with big mango flavors, a light touch of watermelon and some slight piney bitterness. Very little malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is semi-light, but crisp, especially for an IIPA, didn't get a lot of alcohol burn from this 8.5% beer. Overall, quite a nice beer, one of my favorites from New Belgium, outside their Lips of Faith Series.

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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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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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