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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mattcrill
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A slight yeasty breadiness noted up front. Light floral hop notes with a touch of honey sweetness. Seems a bit muddled with the yeasty character fighting the floral hop character.

Appearance: Nearly clear amber pour with a bone white 1-finger head. Head retention is good. Lacing is noted on the glass. Appears still in an over sized wine glass.

Flavor: Punch leafy hop bitterness up front. Notes of peach, melon, and pear follow which appear to be hop derived. Balance is to the firm hop bitterness. Light white bread malt notes that are subdued quickly by the citrus and stone fruit hop flavors. Finish is nice and dry. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Leaning to a tad of wateriness which is kind of disappointing. No astringency, alcohol heat, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A slightly muted American IPA. I struggle with this being "double" or "imperial". It falls off in the aroma and possibly the choice of flavor hops for me. If this was their IPA and Ranger was their Imperial IPA I'd be more inclined to believe that. Need brighter hops in the aroma and flavor to convince me. Probably will stick with Ranger.

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Photo of ChrisDragon
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of appetiteforparis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bradb717
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I feel this beer deserves a full review because it is quite interesting.
From bottle pours a rich hue amber, but really looks kinda of light when you consider
it is to be an imperial IPA.
The smell is very good. The hoppy on top of off fruit notes.
Taste... Now I was a little perplexed. I was gearing up for my taste buds to be punted by
hops, and was almost disappointed when they weren't.
For 8.5% this beer is dangerously drinkable like a plain ol' lager or middle road IPA.
I mean it is good don't get me wrong, but I was seeking more after the scent.
Should have known by the color.
If you're the type of beer seeker that wants a rich double dead guy like hop head deal, you
will be extremely disappointed.
If you want a mellow IPA that's boozy and you want to get drunk almost twice on 9 bucks then knock yourself out. I'm not above it either.
For 9 bucks I might get it again on occasion, but there is nothing life changing here.
Another decent offering from NB.
Also what a deal for a 6 pack.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

American doubles are running rampant! This is another decent one, ready to bust you up side the head.

It opens (I had no idea what the style was - did not read the label) yellow and with a weak head, but also with a decent AIPA aroma. It is a nice piney hoppy smell.

The taste is similarly very bitter and strong, slightly dark because the malt flavor is way down and yeast taste non-existent. The after taste is bitter and nothing more.

Overall, it is a flavorful brew but not as complex as most.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This DIPA is a very clear light-medium orange color, almost gold-orange. The off-white head is creamy-looking and fluffy. It almost reaches one finger, retains itself well, and leaves nice, decently thick rings and patches when it drops to foam.
Sweetness in the nose of tropical fruits and citrus are complemented by the malt's additions of caramel and honey. Sweetness is countered by a nice hop profile that might be on the mild side for a DIPA but is within range. From middle to finish, some raw green and musky earthiness bring the bitterness to the nostrils.
The taste pretty much follows suit, as the sweetness comes out almost exclusively up front but remains even as it's overshadowed by raw greenery, herb and earth. It's a bit spicy as well, which seems to come along with the herbal quality. Underneath citrus, pineapple and peach do make their appearance, coming over the malty additions of caramel and toffee while the raw leafiness lingers in the finish.
A crisp bite remains all the way though with an accompaniment from smoothness that doesn't shy away in a medium body. It does sort of thin out a touch at the end of each sip.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,901 ratings.
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