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

I don't find anything particularly outstanding about this imperial IPA but it's solid for the style. On the drier side with some deep, sweet flavors, the flavors flirt with both light and deep. The bottle mentions peach characteristics and I find that to be an accurate assessment. I paid $9.99 and tax for a six pack and I would happily do so again.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
1.17/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

At first I thought this would be a great every day drink, but as I tried to enjoy it I realized that taste I kept trying to figure out was a meaty after taste. While I love meat I prefer not to drink it.

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Photo of A20sp
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from my "New Belgium Brewing" globe beer glass, poured from a 12 oz bottle. 42F at 8.5%ABV

L:- Dark Amber in color with a translucent build. Has a small white head which shrinks quickly. Decent carbonation bubbles arise from the glass bottom, which coat the walls with a slight lacing.
S:- Not that strong. Hops, citrus, and florals with a dash of pine.
T:- Not as hoppy as expected, but still pretty bitter. Piney with a good bit of citrus/fruit (more grapefruit like, or an un-fresh peach at best). Has a subtle maltness at the end, with a lingering grapefruit bitterness in my throat.
F:- Carbonated and very bitter. Has an astringent quality which seems to overwhelm the palate.

:- Didn’t meet my expectations, but not nasty. I know many who would claim to enjoy this beer, but I particularly don’t. Just not the “right” bitterness for me, nor did the peachiness described on the bottle really jump out at me (At least not in a “fresh and tasty“ way). I can appreciate the flavors and quality, but not my cup of tea. Would probably not drink again, unless gifted.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought New Belgium's twelve-in-a-box sampler and there were two Rampants.
I hesitated for a few months (I'm a hop-shy guy.)
But the "Best By" date was coming up fast, I grabbed one and went to my favorite BYOB Pan-Asian restaurant and ordered a pretty spicy dish for lunch.
But, I drank 2/3 of the bottle before the meal came and established an inescapably firm opinion.
The meal came and was so overwhelingly peppery that it saved my rating from becoming a complete pasting.
There are too many hops.
And confirming the falsity of the common short-cut, adding more malt does not create a balanced beer... unless the brewer is really, really lucky or really, really experienced at these two extremities or, most likely, both.

I like New Belgium. I do not fault them for going after their slice of the hop-head market. But if they want to continue being known as the largest brewer to figure out Belgian-styles for the American mass market, then they need to stick to their knitting.

If they stick to what they do best and do it even better, their service of helping the market understand the complex interplays of food and beer will be their lasting legacy. Because the Belgians do it best.... IMHO.

When I get old enough to trade, the sampler's other Rampant goes on the block first.

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

I'm usually not a huge fan of New Belgium and IPAs aren't usually my go to, but I liked this one. It came in a mix case from Costco and I found it to be nicely balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of IronLover
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a light amber hue. Poured with a thick, foamy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium hop aromas of over-ripe pineapple, peach, and tropical fruit with light floral and earthy notes. Medium light sweet malt beneath with faint booziness at the bavk end.. Medium bodied with, soft, creamy, medium light carbonation. Boozy warmth throughout the with bit of a harsh alcohol bite at the end. A mix of tropical hop flavors up front that transition to middle high hop bitterness through the middle. Low malt flavor. Finished with a malty sweet note followed lingering bitter and boozy notes. Pleasant complex aromas were the highlight with just enough malt presence to balance the hops. Flavor and feel were a bit on the boozy, hot side that set back the drinkability.

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Photo of Gauss
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exception beer. Just the right bitterness and a balance of hops that add a refreshing aftertaste. I like it nice and cold in a frosted tulip glass after a long day at work. For the price, and constant availability this may be the best beer around!

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Golden copper/orange colour with slightly off white head. Hoppy floral scent with slight malt and grapefruit creeping through in the taste. Goes down smooth although a hoppy aftertaste may linger for a bit. Enjoy!

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear golden copper with a sizeable, rocky white head. Bubbles can be seen dancing upward through the glass - some are rather large, others as small as a pinhead. Aromas and flavors are of stone-fruits (peaches especially), citrus (grapefruit and orange peels), pine, and a nice dry bitterness from the hops. This is a very good DIPA.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 15, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Enjoying a day at home with snow falling and family surrounding... APPEARANCE: begins with a copper orange body that breeds effervescence... the head is snow-white and thick, two fingers in height and appreciable in its lacing... a single finger infiltrates the body slightly at uneven intervals, sagging into the suggestion of hefty-headedness... a monolithic white shade is pulled down as the glass drains--this is serious stuff, kids... AROMA: an alluring welcome of peach, grapefruit, apple, strawberry and pine greets the nostrils--ample forthcoming bitterness is suggested by the pine, though a breezy, aromatic fruitiness keeps the aroma from frightening the "unhop" heads that would attempt this... no heightened alcohol is suggested... PALATE: "Bone dry" is a rather appropriate appellation...a powerful bitterness passes through the teeth with a rattle, while the finish is clean and demanding of another sip--almost too easy drinking! TASTE: grapefruit and peach predominate the profile... secondary hints of strawberry, bubblegum and excellent, bitterness... very little to be found on the malty end--indeed imperial... OVERALL: beers don’t win or lose on the label, but I love the name--its suggestive aggression is delivered in a royal way, as every sip left me breathing flowers over fire, yet the impact on the mind is weighty... a confident, rewarding walk among the orchard that only needs twelve ounces to put its drinker in the right frame of mind...

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rampant is a staple, always in the fridge, even though it doesn't taste great. The logo is pretty fly with the crown of hops, but the beer is just average. It isn't nearly bitter enough, it isn't carbonated enough, there appears to be way too much caramel, and the taste is tolerable. Rampant is a staple because it is easily available, cheap, and gets the job done, quickly, but respectably. Two Rampants on an empty stomach and I'm toasty, but it looks classy enough, definitely a great stealth drunk brew.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright orange with large white head slow to dissipate. Crystal clear.

Smell- Toasted malt, grapefruit, floral aroma.

Taste- Sweet syrupt malt with an agressive citric grapefruit kick. There is another layer to the fruit tones as the grapefuit gives way to more of a tropical character of pineapple before the finish. Herbal hop finish with lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A flavorfull and smooth double. Some complexity in the sweetness of the hop flavors as well. On the clear side for a 2x ipa as well. Solid B for a double ipa.

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Photo of MACrist
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Clear, burnt orange-amber. Small amount of tiny bubbles rising. Left about an inch of off white foamy head that dissipated after a few minutes. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Orange and grapefruit. Little bit of pine. Smells like their Ranger IPA.
TASTE: Sweetness, then a mild bitterness takes over. The predominant flavor is citrus/grapefruit rind. No breadiness to this one.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-thin body but not watery. Sufficient carbonation. Slightly sticky at first, but finishes pretty dry.
OVERALL: Very similar to the Ranger IPA, overall. But a little more body to this, with less malt in the flavor. Above average beer, not real complex, though, but pretty solid.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More evergreen than fruitiness. Bitter over sweet, without being too strong of an IPA. Slightly darker than golden but still clear. Not a lot of effervescence out of the bottle or on the tongue, but enough. Overall it's hard to tell its an 8.5% ABV beer since it is pretty mainstream IPA. Nicely done.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours semi cloudy orange worn a fluffy white head that goes down quickly. Smells of syrupy piney and floral hops. Tastes of syrupy earthy hops, decent grain backbone. Beer is a bit overcarbonated but still very drinkable, light bodied. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of daringer
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A good beer, nearly great.

Had for the first time on a whim while awaiting some hot wings at a local chain restaurant. I like Fat Tire just fine, and I've tried New Belgium's winter ales, but never their IPAs. Was surprised by its tasty-ness. I decided to grab a sixer and review.

A: Pretty standard medium amber IPA look. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin center cloud with edges around the glass. (I'm using a tulip shape, by the way--maybe not the best, but it's my go-to glass.)

S: Bit of a let-down, really. Mostly grapefruit, bit of pine. Nothing to brag about.

T: Something special here. I was expecting a resin-y, dank explosion (@ 8.5 ABV, I'm not sure I was overestimating, really); but what I got was a bit more crisp...something a little more subtle and light. Not at all what I had expected, yet something that was thoroughly enjoyable. A pleasant surprise, for once!

F: Crisp, again. Goes down way too easily. Watch out for that well-hidden ABV!

O: I almost loved it, certainly liked it a lot. While it wasn't the heavy-hitter I wanted, it delivered something I hadn't expected, which, really, is a great quality all of its own.

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Photo of pepperjack61
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just OK. Was expecting more considering it new to Pa.. I had heard good things. Clearer and more crisp than I hoped for in an Imperial IPA. Taste and feel were not memoa

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice double that surprised me. Call me crazy, but it immediately reminded me of Little Sumpin Extra. Light color, very clear, golden, Just leaning towards an orange - amber hue. Fluffy white head leaves some great lacing that sticks the entire height of the glass as you drink. Floral scent is not too sweet.

Taste was a nice surprise as the caramel malt flavor was out front and immediately balanced things out as the hops and tartness/fruit later came into play. Hops at the end, but not a lingering aftertaste. slightly dry, but I really wouldn't have thought to mention it if it wasn't in the description.

This one gets mostly mid level ratings and then rarely a few very high ratings. I personally think this one is a hidden gem. Had it in a mixed NB 12 pack and went back for more. Was excited to Find a 6 of Rampant on sale under $7. I'd take that deal any day of the week.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a clear dark golden color with decent white head and strong lacing.

S: Bread, hop (pine, peach, orange). Medium strength

T: Piney, some citrus in there also.

F: Light to medium mouthfeel, some bitterness late that lingers.

O: Decent beer but nothing special. Muted flavor with a bit to much bitter. As an imperial there was not enough malt flavor balanced with the bitter. Good, not great.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper, thin white head. Has a clear hoppy aroma, thin mouthfeel. Plenty of piney hops with a mild fruity flavor. Finishes quite dry. A decent brew, not sure if I could enjoy more than 1 or maybe 2 at a sitting.

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

this brewery never stops impressing me. I thought this was going to taste way to strong but it was good. I can't drink more then one or 2 but it was good.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was decent, but lacked the sweetness and kick normally associated with Imperial beers. I got a lot more of the piney hop taste than the balance created by the sugars from the higher alcohol content. It's pretty much just another variation on their IPA theme.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

Pours burnt orange with white bright head, slight carbonation and lacing, beer is clear, no head retention. Aroma is of pine, herbal and earthy aromas, hint of peach, but like Ranger, aromas are subtle. Getting more malts than hops, sweet, hint of pine, herbs, peaches, finishes slightly hoppy with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. A lot better IIPAs out there than this, might be a good IIPA for a starter but if you desire more hops and malts, then this one is not for you.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good beer from New Belgium. A bit on the hard side, this one will sneak up on you if you drink too many. Nonetheless, this is a great IPA if you are a hop head looking for a great hop bite (like myself at times).

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours amber, clear and clean looking. Head dissipates quickly. No apparent carbonation by sight.

Aroma is hoppy, and yes, peachy sweet. But also a little sourness, like overripe grass. Not sure it's entirely a good smell.

Taste is hoppy to start, astringent and sweet. Biscuit, cardboard, with pine and raisin (that's the sweet). Very subtle peach, but maybe that's power of suggestion because the bottle says so. I feel malt trying to assert itself but not enough to balance it in the first half of the sip. The hoppiness I usually like (Green Flash, Tricerahops, Ruination, etc.) is not present here.

Dank (and it's bitter bad, not bitter good if you know what I mean) builds in the taste. My wife wouldn't cop a second sip of this if she saw it on the counter unattended. Malt becomes more dominate later in the glass. Aftertaste is boozy, bitterness lingers and mellows. Oily feel, a little heavy to me, maybe a tinge of soap at the end. I am liking it more once I've had half the glass (sure that's what they all say).

Many imperial/DIPAs seem to get lost between bitter, malt, or hops and this one seems all over the map taste wise, doing a little bit of everything and not committing to any direction. I agree with BA user Bfarr that Ranger has more flavor than this. I think there are better DIPAs out there and New Belgium does other styles better.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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