Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Ratings:
2,900
Reviews:
485
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
809
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,900 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of EvanRobertson
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stadmo1
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tshute
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bitter up front with minimal redeeming floral sweetness. Vinyl aftertaste. Drank after "enjoy by" date.

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Photo of osant37
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spencermacko
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wally839
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a tasty pale ale, strong, not my favorable hops

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Photo of GFD400
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: [4.25] Distinct red tones to the beer. It has a nice amber color but with reddish undertones. The head is a full 2 fingers of dense white bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (8.5%) and there is a readable born on code (04/10/16).

S: [2.50] Fruity hop character with pineapple. Then I get pine and some onion. Also weird melted plastic aroma (this really takes over as I continue to drink it).

T: [3.25] The taste has pine and pineapple. Not a whole lot more going on.

M: [3.25] This has a little low mouthfeel for a 8.5% beer. The alcohol is totally hidden but the beer is not as chewy as I would expect. Nothing really lingering on the palate.

O: [3.00] This beer seemed to be missing the mark all over the place. It looked great but then it fell off. The nose had a synthetic/plastic odor that was not good. The taste is really generic and uninspired. The body is less than expected too. I would pass this over for many different beers.

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

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tdva82
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkenagy
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale amber, slightly hazy body with big frothy white head, long lasting, excellent lacing

Smell: grassy;tropical fruits; piney hop notes

Taste: sweet malts with resiny hop flavors; finishes sweet, but the hop astringency finds it way out at the end; okay, but not great

Mouthfeel: creamy, almost chewy

Remarks: not that impressive, but drinkable

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Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At it's price point not bad for a DIPA but tends to wear the alcohol like a much heavier beer. More on the dessert beer level. I get a weird mixture of hops and a small malty backround. I agree largely with the description and the dry mouth end is nothing to joke about. In a head to head with another craft giant at it's price point and give Sam Adams Rebel Rouser above it while I put the one I most commonly at the price point Southern Tier XIPA in a virtual only slightly above it but will classify it as an European linked Double.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mirp1
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hey, they tried. Seems brewed for mass appeal, not for those who covet Heady Topper, Molotov Lite, Tesseract, Palate Shifter, Ruination, Dirt Wolf, Full Stack, etc. This one is a cross between Yuengling (sp?), and a corn malt liquor in flavor, with some low dose, odd hop configuration added to the mix. New Belgium came into the Utica, NY market just yesterday, and they have stacks of their stuff for sale everywhere, including laundry rooms. Kidding. Point is, nothing special, and it is all over the place; not a good sign. Judge for yourself, but I have no interest in investing my beer moment into this again. Not at all hideous, just weird and pedestrian. As for Flat Tire, Guh!

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Photo of bobtaylor0414
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of speaking_for_trees
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,900 ratings.
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