Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
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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.

Added by Huffaroma on 02-24-2013

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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 485
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love IPA's and this is probably by FAR the best IPA I have ever had.. Its smooth, tastes great, smells amazing.. I really love the strong hoppy smell mixed with peach.. that is a rare but GREAT mix.. This could possibly be my #1 favorite beer. If you like IPA's you have to try this... If you had this and don't like it, then either you don't like IPA's or you like lower quality IPA's because this is the best IPA to hit my lips and I've tried tons. It has quality you can taste.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden copper hue in the body large semi off white head forms thick with chunks spread sporadically throughout the sides of my glass. Aroma has grapefruit, citrus, big alcohol notes, with passion fruit tropical notes. Flavor has big alcohol notes sugary grapefruit, pineapple, and other residual tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is resinous with big sugars and even keeled carbonation, overall a beer I would dance with most of the time unless fresh drinkable Ranger is on hand!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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1.34/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There is something definitely wrong with this beer. It has a very odd odor and an even worse taste. I would love to describe it for you, but I can't put a name to it. It is a sick, floral disgusting smell and even worse taste. I generally don't throw out beer, but am strongly considering it on the rest of this six pack. Not a fan of New Belgium in general, but this is the worst.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium's Rampant Imperial IPA, 8.5% ABV. New Belgium makes great "gateway" beers, sold in chain grocery stores and help to introduce beer drinkers to craft. Rampant features a boozy sweetness reminiscent of sautéed peaches, cooked sugar; a clean hop bitterness with herbal and grapefruit flavors. A little light on the hop aroma, and more balanced in flavor than some hophead would want. Nothing special if you're used to the very best IIPA's, but certainly not a drainpour, and worth the sale price if you can find it.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all. Doesn't look overly pretty. there is a nice frothy white head but that sit atop a dull orange beer. Smells nice, a mix of citrus and vegetative hop material. Smells maybe a little rough around the edges but is pleasantly assertive without having one dominant note. Taste is much of the same if slightly less hoppy on the flavor than one might expect. Ends dry and bitter, but has a candied malt notes in the middle (could be the hops). carbonation seems a little low. this is like a really good homebrew.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 67.1% out of 100 with 2,901 ratings
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