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 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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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the one-night only (!) tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown. I missed out on trying this numerous times when in Denver last fall, so I ain't making that mistake again.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a nicely layered pattern of webbed snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of rather peppy, and slightly dank pine resin and muddled citrus rind bitterness, bready, crackery caramel malt, a subtle tropical fruitiness, and some testy herbal tincture booziness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel and toffee malt, herbal, leafy, and minty greens, a waning dry citrus astringency, wet pine needles, and a simmering boozy astringency.

The carbonation is low-key, overall, what with its minor frothiness, the body on the lee side of yer typical medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, with the hops and alcohol taking their respective pounds of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and tree detritus notes all swimming in a don't particularly give a shit sort of alcohol stew.

A sort of underwhelming, if still drinkable enough version of a West Coast adjacent DIPA - a bit all over the place, and weirdly not malty enough (perhaps that's my bias for this brewery, but I guess I sort of felt that way about Ranger as well). Anyways, ok, overall, but not really worth the effort I've expended in finally seeking it out.

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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 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 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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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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Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 6/1/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus and tropical notes. Lots of peach and mango. Some grass. Some grapefruit. Some caramel malts. The flavors are pretty clean and refreshing. I'm picking up some lime zest and a bit of lemon. More grapefruit. More sweet tropical fruit notes. Subtle amounts of fresh pine needles. Slightly earthy. There's a balanced malt backbone, but the hops seem to shine. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's a pretty smooth and easy drinking brew. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable.

$8.99/6pk is a pretty good deal for this. It's a pretty solid DIPA. It's very clean and fun to drink. This is simply an amped up version of Ranger IPA, so if you enjoy Ranger you should enjoy Rampant.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA

Tasting notes originally from 2/15/14. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This was served chilled in a shaker pint glass.

A) Copper colored brew with good clarity. Finger of soapy head, which settled to a patchy dusting. A little lacing.

S) Floral aroma, tropical fruit and peach syrup. A little alcohol too.

T) The first few sips were pretty bitter. Follows the nose... Definitely improves from a flavor standpoint as it closes in on room temp. I was surprised at how much booze I was picking up, given the ABV is only 8.5%.

M) Medium body with lighter carbonation. It has a slick feel, that coats the palate. Hops and alcohol linger a bit.

O) Nice beer... There are several imperials I enjoy quite a bit more, but still, I'm glad I gave this one a go.

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Photo of StrictlyB
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm reviewing a 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint mug.

The first thing I noticed was a strong citrus smell upon opening mixed with the smell of hops, and I feel the smell is it's best attribute. It did not pour with very much head, just around a finger, but the head was a milky white color that turned to a slight film after a few minutes and gave light lacing throughout. The color is a light gold/orange and very clear. The taste is strong with hops and citrus just as the smell, with a hint of floral taste and bitterness. The mouthfeel was okay, slightly creamy but smooth, although carbonation was less than I expected, almost like it was slightly flat. The 8.5% ABV is not very apparent at all in the taste.

Overall I would say it is decent, not bad, but not exceptional either.

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Photo of lochef81
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at a bar a few weeks ago and loved it. Picked it up in a sixer and my opinion is not quite the same. This ale pours a hazy golden straw color with a slightly off white head. This gives way to just a slight film and decent white lacing. The aroma is nice with lots of citrus and pine notes and an underlying malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is super smooth and drinkable. With an abv like this and this sort of drinkability, this one could get you in trouble. The flavor disappoints though. Its not bad just not as fresh and hoppy as what I had on tap a few weeks back. Before I speak my final piece on this one, I want to find it on draft or at least a very fresh bottle to try because I know this beer is better than what I'm tasting right now.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the first time I have had this one. I have had a lot of New Belgium's lineup over the years, which I should revisit and review at some point, alas this is the one I have at present. The color is a nice true gold, different than other DIPA's I have had as of late. It has that New Belgium smell to it, I guess its the yeast they use, but just about every one of their beers have it. Its kind of a funky sweet smell, that unlike those true Belgian Trappist and Abbey yeasts. I like New Belgium and as the person previously mentioned this is a gateway craft beer. But also one I would drink again if in a certain circumstance where it was present. I know it says peach on the bottle and someone else said it had a peachy taste, I didn't get as much as I was expecting to get. It does have a nice balance of hops and fruitiness, almost a blend of a Belgian style with an IPA, but not exactly. It is sweet and less hoppy than I would expect from a DIPA, nonetheless, it is good but not spectacular.

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Photo of Uanof
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a translucid light burnt orange with a thick slowly receding head that leaves fine traces behind. Good consistency.

S: it's piney, resinous, floral almost like a medicinal hop bouquet.

T: taste is more medicinal than floral, too mild, the hops are not present in the palate.

M: very easy going and forgiving, light bodied although somewhat resinous and sticky. No lingering aftertaste as if it had never been there.

O: something that i would offer a craft beer virgin to get them started into real beers, won't alter much their fragile palates, but enough to make a difference.

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Photo of Warmonster
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of beergirl35
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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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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