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

The most impressive aspect of this beer is the look. Pours golden with fluffy white head and loads of lace! Smell is adequate, but below typical DIPA standards. Good taste and easy to drink at 8.5%. Mouthfeel is solid, I can tell I'm drinking a DIPA! Overall this is worth a pick up considering it's very affordable! For me, this is more an IPA for the Fall and Winter; maybe very early Spring.

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Photo of IrishHockey
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It's a nice floral, hoppy beer. If you like Ranger, you will love this.

I want to review this a bit different. On this I have to figure in the price. I got this brew @ 7.99 for a 6pack. For that price, I will by lots of this. If this were 10 or more I'd pass. It's a nice, hoppy, floral beer. It's not earth shattering, but very solid. With the price point on this, you should probably pick a 6er up. If you don't like new Belgium, then you will nit pick this and not like it. If you have no reservations about the brewery, get it.
Cheers and enjoy!

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Photo of MrBoh
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of the brewery, but it was recommended by a (fanboy) friend, so I will try not to be bias here.

Poured from a bomber into my Dogfish Head IPA glass...

Head poured a good inch...this glass works over time. Frothy, bone white head. Beer is yellow with an amberish, almost orange hue.

A pretty strong malty, sweet smell. Orange, tangerine kinda smell. Not potent, not strong at all for the ABV, but I've been sick sooo that's probably part of the problem there. A danker musky kind of smell starts to develop quickly. This is enticing my buds to say the least.

That musky character is the first thing I get in the taste, too. This may not be fresh enough. Drink by is over three months away though (how long do they think this thing stays fresh)! I do get a little citrus character, and a little resin kinda taste. Not strong, but, again, could be the sickness.

Although it doesn't look it, it has a very pleasant mouthfeel. A little bit of body, maybe a little more than I was looking for. But, this is still easy drinking here.

I would drink this again, although, even at $4 a bomber, I may not buy it again. I like my IPA's to taste as fresh as possible, and this just doesn't taste fresh. I took it a little easy on where it would be lower, trying to factor in my lack of scent and taste right now. Although a fairly big beer like this should still be stronger.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, nicely carbonated, one finger head

S-Sharp hop presence, grass, pine, but something is off, a wood/herbal note.

T-Balance is ok. Very pine heavy, some grass. Has that herbal off flavor but not as much. Decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, thinner than I was expecting, good deal of hop resins.

O-There is something off with this beer. I wish I knew what exactly it was.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a best by for mid-July.
Fresh hop aroma, but not very intense. Light and enjoyable.
Big full head with a cream appearance. Plenty of lacing that is very sticky. Golden amber with lots of bubbles rising. Attractive.
Certainly presents like a DIPA, but is never too intense and not excessive in hop presentation. This is closer to how I like a DIPA. No "off" flavors due to excessive hops. The hops are less fruity in taste than in the aroma. More grassy and earthy. Nice streak of some unique malt (at least for style - not sure what it is, but I kinda' like it, or maybe it's a unique hop flavor as the grain bill is simple). Certainly some unique flavors and interesting tastes.
Moderately heavy feel with lower level carbonation. Near chewy and only slightly creamy.
Not a great, steal your face beer, but that's not necessarily what this brewery does. Instead a nice drinking approachable beer that leaves me interested in having another. I like New Belgium.

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Photo of dionito
2.03/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served from a 12oz bottle bought about three weeks ago and kept in a dark chest freezer converted to kegerator. Temperature around 40ºF (+-3ºF). Served to a tulip glass.

Looks good, orange/copper with a nice foamy head. No problem there. The problem starts with the aroma. It's very strong, starts nice, piney, but goes into something weird that I am not sure what it is exactly, but it's pungent and unpleasant. Taste is similar to how the smell finishes, really strong, but not hoppy strong. The hops are there but they're overwhelmed by something off, totally unpleasant. I wonder if this bottle was not good, got skunk or something. I couldn't finish it and more than half of it went down the drain. I will give it another try and re-review. If this is what it is, not impressed at all. Actually, quite opposite.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generous gift from Dr. Humbard. Thank you sir.

Served in my New Belgium globe.

The beer is yellowish with a mild haze. An aggressive pour yields nearly two inches of pure white head. The aroma brings pine, alcohol, hops. Booze presence in both the scent and flavor. Too brash for my liking. Pine and alcohol with perhaps a bit of citrus. A slow sipper. The finish leaves booze, biscuits, crackers, and a hint of caramel malt on the palate. I finished the 12 oz., but this is not a repeat for me.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear gold with a fluffy white head.

S - Grassy with some orange pith and bitter dandelion.

T - Bitter. Floral hops, bitter dandelion, citrus, citrus zest and pith, some bready malt.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - Hop bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. Stange herbal, floral dandelion flavor.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Clear bright copper color. Sturdy cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Faint maltiness, then slightly floral aromas blending with a grassy, drier hop presence.

Taste: Starts out with a malty caramel note like the aroma, then a bitter, dry hop note. Very faint apricot fruit flavors found as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry.

Overall: Certainly not bad, above average. Will only have the one 6 pack though.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.22/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear dark amber. Moderate near-white head. Lines of stick left down the glass.

The aroma is not a good one. Lots of root and stalk vegetables: celery immediatley comes to mind. There's some onion presence as well. A bit of resin character, but, overall, not good.

Fairly bitter with similar vegetable flavors--again, lots of celery and even potato, something strange. Some pine and resin notes as well.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

I didn't care for this one at all.

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Photo of ZAP
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malt forward DIPA that leans heavily toward a caramel/toffee/biscuity flavor that seems to come from the yeast strain used by New Belgium.

Hops are fine but not real dominant. More floral/piney and spicy than fruity.

Body is full and plenty big but this features a pretty dry and tight finish with a not so pleasant lingering bitterness that I don't particularly care for.

It's an OK DIPA but doesn't compare to many out there. Was hoping for a bigger brother to Ranger (which is decent enough) but this falls short. Decent enough but when compared to the rest in its field it is not close to the top.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold color with nice clarity. The head is a nice-looking three finger offwhite shade. It has a good frothiness to it, and also retains very well. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I half-imagined this would be similar to a bigger version of Ranger, and the herbal hop tones mixed with biscuity yeast told me I was right. There's something not entirely right sitting with me aromatically that I can't put my finger on, so I'm docking points.

T: I don't like how the biscuity flavors interact with the hop profile; it almost creates a vague ammonia-esque flavor. Anyways, this unpleasant flavor fades away right before the middle of the brew, being supplanted with light piny qualities, a touch of citrus, and caramel malt. At first, I'm not enthused by the opening flavors, but they do fade away leaving a reasonable but unassuming DIPA.

M: Dry and crisp. The finish washes away some of the less pleasant notes well, which helps inspire additional drinkability. This is probably the best feature.

O: I was expecting an imperialized Ranger, and I got an imperialized Ranger...for better or worse. Like Ranger, I could see this one being significantly better on tap. The dry, easy drinking nature does an okay job of covering up its flaws, but there are still far superior options out there that you should pick up instead - and not even its price point can sway me otherwise.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
14Jul13 on bottle
A- This beer pours an orange body with a thin light beige head that is supported by a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The pungent woody herbal hops are 1-Dimentional and a bit harsh with some green tomato qualities coming through as it opens.

T- The taste has more full pungent bitterness of hops dominating and finishing with some dandelion milk bitterness that lingers and stains the tongue.

M- The medium mouthfeel is followed by a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a big kick in the tongue with a full hop bitterness but no other hop flavor or aroma. It is not sessionable and is a bit hard to get through the 6-pack. I will admit I was very excited to try this based on all the ads for it and all the varieties of hops described but I just to taste them.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for $3

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and pineapple and something along the lines of mango/guava. It ends with a sweet pineapple/guava aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – A decent amount of hop bitterness, but I'm not a big fan of the fruit flavours that are going on. They are good, just not my favourite type of fruit flavours found in a DIPA. A beer worth trying though, especially for the price.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, golden colored ale, slight haze, topped with a frothy, just off-white head, good retention & sticky lacing is left at the top of the glass. Aromas are fresh with lemon & grapefruity citrus, grass, biscuity malt. Lemon rind & pith dominate the palate with grapefruity bitterness present, grassy, not much for malt, but it's biscuity if anything, pungent and astringent on the finish. Definitely off balance with the bitterness here. Oily hop resins coat the palate, medium body, moderate carbonation. Not at all bad; it is decent with a nice, unique lemon kick, but needs more of a malt presence for balance. A bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the nose on this rampant imperial ipa brings a huge amount of hops with it. and the taste is full and bold. its like the shot a cannon full of hops right at your head. i like this beer a good bit. its a mouthful. there is also a good bit of alcohol in this beer, but it doesnt impair the flavor at all. the hops do all the talking in this one.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into snifter.

A. Hazy amber. One inch thick white head that hangs around. Lacing hangs around 'til bottom.

S. Heavy, and I can't stress this enough, floral aroma. Flowers. Dandelion. Cut grass. Slight whiff of melon.

T. Tart. Sharp citrus fruit. Initially orange, mango, even a hint of lime which flows into a hoppy bitterness. Slight boozy aftertaste that doesn't linger.

M. Very chewy considering the style. Foamy. Finishes clean.

O. This is not a slap you in the face bitter IPA. Way more floral than most. No hint of malt. Different, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Great beer! Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a honey golden hue, snow white head that laces very well down glass.

Could easily be me but seems muted on the aroma deal. Lightly malty and a dash of hops.,

Creamy malty goodness with a firm bittering and nice hop flavor.

Smooth and creamy goodness leads me to say this is a firmly medium full body.

I dig it !!!!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The best by date printed on the label is “11AUG13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is light, clear copper. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving a rocky cap, webwork of foam along the glass, and eventually a skim and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice balance between floral hops, citrus, and tropical fruit. Pine is prominent at first, but it is tempered by grapefruit, orange, apple, tangerine, and mango as the beer warms. It eventually offers an overall sticky-sweet aroma that is tinged with citrus, mango, and maybe peach. (The label mentions peach, so why not?) Though it may just be the pine, I think it has a touch of catty pungency.

Taste: Bold bitterness that slowly works on the taste buds and does not really reach its peak until the aftertaste. With each sip, I was expecting a full-frontal assault, but the bitterness slowly builds. The booze is not totally masked but it does keep a low profile. The flavors are pretty tame, which is a disappointment. I was expecting it to offer loads of the citrus and tropical fruit from the smell. However, the taste is mostly floral and piney with sharp lemon zest. Hints of grapefruit and mango peek through, though — but the beer needed to warm considerably. After that point, the bitterness is tempered by pale malts and a light, candy caramel flavor.

Drinkability: It smells great, but the flavor is all about the bitterness — which is solid. Personally, I would rather have a little more flavor.

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

Bomber time. 28JUL13. A best by date, I presume.

A: Pours a translucent light orange with a bit of haze. One and a half finger of khaki head. Pretty decent retention. Head is thick and somewhat pillow-y. Moderate carbonation with tiny little bubbles racing to the surface.

S: Bit of that yeasty nuttiness that I seem to find in most New Belgium beers. I'm not sure if there's even a common denominator between all these beers or if it's just a mental connection at this point. Malt and yeast dominant, by a long shot. Very bready, with bits of the caramel coming through. Hops are limited to a bit of pine and nondescript citrus.

T: A mass jumble of flavors. Almost sugary sweet malt intro is completely nuked by a thin, astringent line of soapy bitterness that runs through to the finish. Pine needle infused citrus oil, and not in a good way. Some mango comes out, along with bits of pine needle, but these flavors are fleeting and don't contribute much overall. The soapy astringency has a difficult time masking the sugary, alcohol enhanced sweetness. The resinous bitterness wins out in the end, with a dry, pine infused finish. Still got that goddamn biscuit nuttiness I always associate with New Belgium on the end.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. The alcohol heat weighs this down considerably in the mid palate.

O: This beer was definitely a grower and not a shower. Messy in the beginning, this beer warmed and opened up into a fairly decent IPA. However, the alcohol sweetness and overall lack of hop flavor really held this one back. Could be the bomber, but mine seemed relatively fresh.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. Poured into a teku glass from a 22oz bomber. Freshness date is listed as "28JUL13."

Pours an orange color with a syrupy, near hazed looking appearance. Very similar to Ranger IPA yet substantial thickness and carbonation abounds here. The head is rather nice, especially considering the portion I got, and lots of decent lacing lasts around the edges of the glass. Bubbles are present in a semi-effervescent manner, but it's really the color that shines here... Or, er, *glows* when placed against the light. Not a bad look at all for NB... Definitely a classic West Coast IPA interpretation.

The flavor is not as hoppy or acidic as I'd expect, but there's definitely a syrupy sweetness aided by the extra malts that melds a solid fruit bouquet. While Ranger was pretty piney and floral overall, this one is filled with juicy aromatic fruits such as mangos, oranges, and dried limes. The hop profile, again, is not as present as you'd think, but the malts are neither too grating or overpowering in dissolving what this beer is supposed to do. Lacks a certain complexity and robustness in exchange for accessibility... But considering NB's widespread crowd, that is not too surprising.

The flavor is slightly better, filled with juicy oranges, tangerines, and a finish that is both slightly astringent and floral overall. Rampant, in this case, takes an aspect that I love most with these kinds of beers by emulating actually eating a delicious, ripe fruit coated with citrus notes, and thickening the experience with lots of carbonation and malty thickness. The malts are not too sweet here, and the hop profile, while not too diverse, is solid and flavorful. A very decent dry finish follows the initial wet feel, and and carbonation is lively throughout to hold interest and appeal. At 8.50% ABV, this is stupidly drinkable as well, and that owes more to its comfortable mouthfeel over the flavor. Very solid and satisfying overall.

I was pretty impressed with this one, I'm not going to lie. I've deliberately avoided NB beers over time for whatever reason but solid offerings such as Rampant make me want to revist some of their latest trends involving experimentation. This is a perfectly widespread DIPA that just might do enough to get people into the style with its comfort factor and accessibility. It's not the most explosive I've had, but it's undeniably flavorful.

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Photo of flexabull
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a very nice fluffy white head.

Aromas are very floral, grassy, with some pine resin.

Taste starts out thick, with very viscous mouthfeel. Sweet and creamy with hard candy notes. Finish is quite bitter, light sugars, citrus, floral, mineral like, with some resin notes. Flavors are a bit scattered and don't seem that cohesive.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with lots of body. I like it.

Overall, a nice effort with a few flaws. Looks pretty, with great mouthfeel, but the flavors and aromas are a step below the better DIPA. Still, a tasty DIPA with a good price point. Worth trying,

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Photo of riored4v
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, golden colored body with a 1 finger, dense, rocky head. Good lacing

Aroma was citrusy, malty and floral. Fair amount of caramel sweetness. A bit grainy and bready. Peach hop notes.

Taste was sticky, and danky hop flavors. Very resinous. Floral and citrusy. Moderate amount of malt sweetness with some mild caramel flavors. Bready malt flavors. Mild floral bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a slightly chewy finish that turned crisp.

Overall a good beer, especially at the price point. Big hop and malt flavor.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

appearance: light golden amber with 1 finger white head

smell: apples, citrus, pine, some grapefruit

taste: very bitter, tastes of apples, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, the aftertaste isn't as satisfying as other DIPAS.

mouthfeel: decent amount of carbonation

overall: Normally I dislike anything from New Belgium, but this one is pretty good. Not comparable to a Ruination, Hop Stoopid, or Palate Wrecker if you're looking for your hop fix., but for the price this is well worth a purchase. While there are better options out there, this is probably the most widely available, cheapest double IPA i've seen; and it's pretty good

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Photo of olilitewu
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I concede that I might have served this too cold, but still, New Belgium disappoints me every single time...

Smell was great, very much a pine like aroma plus some pleasant fruity smell
Taste was ok, hoppy yet smooth, and I agree with a previous poster that this beer was not overhopped. But still comes with a signature metallic under taste that comes with any kind of New Belgium beer.
However, it was able to hide its relatively high alc. content with its smooth taste.
Overall felt similar to Hop Czar, but if I could choose, I'd get Hop Tsar every time if I wanted hoppiness in my beer. I can't get over the fact that New Belgium always has a funny under taste in its beers

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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