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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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Reviews: 472 | Ratings: 2,797
Photo of nreed
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is only my second or third venture into an imperial IPA. Picked up a six pack for about nine bucks. Pouring it into the glass released an immediate hop smell, which is exactly what I was looking for. I don't pout aggressively so I only got about a finger of head. It dissipated to a point, but there's about 1/4 finger worth sticking around. It is a clear golden-amber color. Lacing is great. It smells of a crap ton of hops. I'm still working out my pallet and nose, but I do pick up a hint of citrus. When drinking I taste hops, then a bit of pear (which I wouldn't have guessed unless the label said so), a tiny bit of citrus, then a piney finish. Overall I enjoyed this beer. I was craving a good IPA and this fulfilled my craving

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

A--Gold to possible light amber color with medium to thick head and good lacing around the glass. Cloudy as well.

S--Pine and citrus primarily on the nose. I'm a bit stuffed up, so it's kind of hard to differentiate the citrus. Smells like I would expect an Imperial/Double IPA to.

T--Citrus really comes across as grapefruit on the tongue. Big, bitter hit and a great dry finish. Very enjoyable. I can pick up the alcohol as well. Only thing I would say is the bitter might hang on just a bit too long, but IPAs aren't my favorite style so it could be right up most people's alley.

M--Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite drinkable in that regard.

O--Good IPA with the bitter hit you'd expect, and the citrus/grapefruit bit is enjoyable as well.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date of Oct. 5, 2014. 8.5% ABV

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a light golden yellow color supporting a healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell of resiny hops with a sweet malt aroma. Taste as with the aroma has a nice resiny grapefruit hoppiness supported by a sweet backbone of malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of pjbfromkc
4.99/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite DIPA's. Pours a nice copper into a pint glass. You can really smell the flowery hops. Taste is bold, flowery and bitter. The bitter hops stay on your tongue. IMO a great beer. It is also widely available and comes in an affordable 6 pack, not the current trend of a 4 pack or bomber for a double ipa. Keep it up New Belgium. Nice work.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a nice but short lived head. Leaves a beautiful lacing. Aroma is strong with citrus hops maybe a bit of pine.
definitely taste the citrus hop flavors but not overpowering. A very drinkable Imperial ipa especially for the price. Covers 8.5 abv well.

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Photo of Rob23
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the price this is a great Imperial IPA.I have no complaints about this beer.No need for a snobbery rating.4s across the board with a mouthfeel of 4.25.I was not a fan of the Fat Tire but having this I may revisit New Belgium more.Going to have another now.Cheers!

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Photo of bennettjd13
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly picked up a six pack of this instead of something else because it is an Imperial IPA that is priced the same as a regular 6 pack of New Belgium anything. A lot of companies will charge extra for an imperial over a regular IPA so that alone peaked my interest enough to try it.

This was a great buy, I still have one left out of the six pack and I'll certainly finish that off tonight. A lot of flavor here that hits the taste buds a little hard, but nothing you wouldn't expect from and Imperial IPA. If I had to complain I would like it a little crisper/cleaner and to go down just a little more smoothly. I'm sure I'll buy this again sometime down the road.

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Photo of CCStix
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. Nice fluffy head with excellent lacing. The nose is peppery and citrusy, not amazing for the style but not bad - just in the middle. The taste is sweet and the alcohol is present, the hop bitterness kicks in a second later and lingers for a few seconds after you swallow. I wish it had a more resinous hop flavor and feel. The mouth feel is o.k. Overall, this is an o.k. DIPA, it's enjoyable but really leaves you wanting more. Definitely don't drink this after an Enjoy By or Green Flash Imperial. I don't seek this out regularly but for the price it is an excellent buy. You get a nice quality enjoyable brew from a reputable co-op company, so cheers and go America!

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

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. 5/6

Pours lighter copper with thick head of white foam, towering over 3/4 inch. Spicy oily hop nose. Peachy. Taste is a smooth fruity peppery malt backed by sneaky bitter. Smooth, balanced. Just a little fruity.

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Photo of utfiero
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Color- clear gold. Full head.

Aroma- sweet like fresh cut grass and hoppy.

Taste- A heavy imperial IPA. Starts strong with a balance of sweet and hoppiness but the finish is sub-par leaving a lingering a bitter phenolic aftertaste. The high alcohol content is not well masked. 85 IBUs. We tasted this head to head against Hoptimum, and Hoptimum is a finer imperial IPA by far.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/10/2013.

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

A: Puours clear, golden amber, with a thin head that lingered and left more lacing than I expected.

S: Strong aromas of citrus an piney hops, plus some sweet fruit notes.

T: Initial taste was heavy-handed, sweet malt that stayed on the tongue through the finish. Next to hit was a wave of bitter citrus, like grapefruit rind, but it yielded for a moment to under-ripe nectarine before bitter hops took over again, lasting long into the finish.

M: Slightly oily, fairly crisp and well carbonated, but with a moderately dry finish. I don't know how they hid it so well, but there's nowhere near the booziness I'd expect from the 8.5% ABV.

O: A good, but not outstanding, IPA. If it's on sale, I'll buy more; but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into New Belgium snifter. Drink by August 2014 printed on the label.

A- pours a nice orange straw, clear and bubbly. Solid inch of eggshell head that recedes slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom.

S- very weak in this category. Faint smell of pine oil, nothing else. Not what you expect from a big IPA.

T- biting bitterness that keeps boiling through the finish. Very faint grassy malt on the finish. No alcohol taste, which is nice for a big IPA, but no citrus behind the hops, which is disappointing considering the brewer and knowing how good Ranger IPA is.

M- oily and smooth, this is the best trait on this one. Nice carbonation burn up front, soft, smooth swallow. Very well done.

O- not one I would buy, but not a drain pour if a buddy leaves it over in my fridge. Just not up to the style like their Ranger. It is what it is, a heavy duty hop bomb, but it's a let down for the style.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden body with a decent, pure white head - about half an inch. Light carbonation and a bit of lacing.

Sweet tropical fruit and floral fragrances. A hint of pine. A bit dull but effective.

Follows the aroma; sweet and piney. Clean finish and not a trace of alcohol.

Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Dry finish and a tad chalky.

Not a bad offering from a brewery I'm honestly not that fond of. Approachable and pretty easy to drink. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It feels like a heavy beer, even above its 8.5 percent. There's a strong sweetness, caramel with a hint of lemon at the end. Fairly bitter hops. Carbonated yet a bit smooth. A bit of a metallic aftertaste. The beer feels a bit all over the place, but not bad overall.

It has a clear light gold color with a ton of lines of bubbles coming up the side and a big foamy white head with some good lacing. It has a very hoppy scent. Some caramel.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

re-review. poured from 120z bottle into a tulip. best by 7/10/16. kudos for the clear freshness dating.

looks splendid in the glass golden yellow body with a large bright white head. leaves thick lacing clinging to the glass.

not much of anything on the nose. a somewhat clean smell, if that makes any sense.

a lot going on in the taste department. clean tasting, biting hops around the edge of the tongue, and a mango like fruitiness. also a slight pepper tang as well.

feel is between full and medium, very slightly syrupy. nice finish as well.

overall, a very nice and tasty DIPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this in BC. Big hop nose and mid gold colour . This is a solid DIPA that holds the ground between big hops and a strong malt backbone. Very drinkable but still assertive , I really enjoyed this beer ( much like a bigger version of Ranger). Not world class but still worth the purchase.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

Resin, dank hops, and cat urine form the initial aroma, with pine and an underlying grapefruit character adding depth.

Flavor reveals tart grapefruit, citrus pith, and toasted bread, finishing fairly bitter, resiny, and piney. Dank hop notes weave throughout. Earthy hops dominate the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to full, with fairly high carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Good beer, but not one that stands out. Not overly bitter, with good malt support. The flavoring hops are fairly diverse. Obviously not one of the more recent varieties of hops, though.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a brass color, with an almost still-looking body and a thin head. Hops are strong in the nose: very earthy and herbal. Smell some caramel malts as well. Flavor is obviously hop-forwarded. Hops, as in the nose, are earthy and herbal, with the NB house taste complimenting the hop character well. Malts taste of caramel and toasted bread. Mouthfeel isn't too thick. Carbonation helps to scrub up the sweetness and bitterness. Overall, this is a solid DIPA that is outside of what I normally look for in one.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a nice amount of white head.

S - Citrus, piney, hoppy. Can't sense much else.

T - Citrus malt with a hoppy bitter finish and bitterer aftertaste which turns into a soapy aftertaste. Some other fruit characteristics but I didn't pick up the peachiness.

M - Medium body and smooth with good amount of carbonation. Alcohol mostly masked.

O - A decent beer for the saturated style. Wouldn't be a go to but would never shy away from it if it was around.

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Photo of NCCO
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured vigorously with a dense head that never completely diminished. Crystal clear, deep gold color with no turbidity.

Smell - Floral, grassy, tropical fruit notes

Taste - Initial grass/citrus flavor hit my pallet with more of a peach flavor. Not quite as bitter or in your face as would have expected for a IIPA though the bitterness does last on your pallet.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied and dry that accentuates bitterness

Overall - Solid beer but not a go to for me in the IIPA category. However, it is unique in that I've not had one with said characteristics

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Photo of babaracas
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow-orange with two fingers thick of creamy off-white colored head, settles to a thin layer with big fingers of lace on the glass. Smell: ?! there's nothing here... all light... stone fruit, floral, windex... cardboard-ish... oxidation issues? this is best by June something! Taste: nectarine, white grape, herbal, citrus rind, garlicky. Drinking this fairly warm and it's not good. Not good at all! If the aroma wasn't absentee, would be better...? Will revisit.

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

Served on tap at my local watering hole into a pilsner glass. Nice clear golden color with a pillowy white head that lingers. Fruity smell with hints of peach and resin. Taste is sweet with notes of creosote and tar, along with fruity characteristics of peach and grapefruit. Not a lot of bitterness here, but the flavors hide the taste of alcohol well for an Imperial.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (best by 3/30/14) into tulip. bright white 2 finger head took time to settle. color is clear golden

aroma has some grapefruit, floral, pine

taste starts of with some hops balanced by a good amount of malty sweetness. grapefruit, peaches, blood orange. alcohol is well hidden, slighlty bitter finish

mouthfeel is great, smooth medium body, carb is on the lower side of medium, dry finish. definitely drinkable given the abv

overall - ive been wanting to try this for a while and finally picked it up in a mix-a-six. not sure how fresh it (based on the best by date) but still drinking good, would like to revist when I'm sure it's more fresh

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Photo of Iain_Riule
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A classic American real ale. Pleasing in taste. Excellent mouthfeel. Bracing bitterness. Terrifying alcohol content! Bought the Costco 6x22oz pack with two of these, two Rewind (OK) and two French Aramis (terrible). But the two Rampant are worth the price of admission. Guaranteed "forget your troubles" beer.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention (grew for a while after the pour) and tons of lacing. Aroma of spicy (as in winter holiday spides) piney hops, orange family citrus, bready malt, appealing. Flavor is citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, finishing with orange and lemon citrus, mild tropical fruit and piney hop bitterness. Quite nice creamy mouth feel and medium body. The hop formula leans towards European citrus and fruit flavors, with a complex mix of tropical and citrus fruit flavors and sweetish malt. Nicely balanced, interesting flavors and a very nice body. Good job.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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