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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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of kmoen
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DovGibor
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a folly pack can (best by 12-27-15) into a pint glass. Dark gold to amber color with half inch of white head. Crystal clear with good head retention.

Nose is piney with a slight touch of malt. Taste is warm, rounded hop bitterness with light malt. Good balance and overall a good IPA, though not the richness that many imperial IPA's possess.

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

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, light straw color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is huge, with peach, general fruit sweetness, and pine, I could smell this immediately when the cap popped off. Taste follows with peach, fruit, pine, and a mellow sweetness that makes it not too bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin to medium and good for a dipa. Overall, a beer I really enjoy and could see drinking more of in the future. One of my favorite dipa's so far.

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Photo of osickeym
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Roby923
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at vinsetta garage. Milder hop presence. Bitter but doesn't leave the palette dry. Found it to be of more like a fruity juice than an IPA. Amp up the Mosaic and we could have a winner on our hands.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Closer to a light golden, compared to the deep copper of DIPA/IIPAs I consider standard classics. Not bad, but it means that I can expect less of that amber malty balance. The foam is quite pale and tight, good lacing; rather nice, but reminds me of Belgian ales.

S: Maybe the best thing going for this beer. Very pine hop forward, especially with the first whiff from the bottle. Dissipates perhaps a bit too much as I nurse the drink. More standard hop esters and a little of that Belgian yeast funk further down the glass (nice, but not exactly expected for an IIPA).

T: As with the smell (and look), the promise of those puckering hops comes through, almost reminding me of Sierra Nevada's Hop Hunter (an instant classic in my book), though not as fruity and fresh tasting. This Imperial tastes like what the IPA naysayers are naysaying. Not bad in my book, but I feel this could be much better balanced. Also, the label promised peach. I didn't get a lot of that, but I definitely got lots of almond, which is pretty close (the stone of the stone fruit, more or less).

F: Feel is nice, but I generally look for more of that high gravity mouthfeel, which again would be due to a maltier backbone. This definitely feels thinner than other DIPAs, but more astringent.

O: For the on sale price of $7.99 for six, this is a good deal. But full price at >$10, I'd rather go for the more interesting offerings, whether IPA or DIPA. That said, it was an interesting contrast to comparable styles. I won't have any trouble getting through the remainder of the six pack, that's for sure!

(Second taste the next night: I think this one is growing on me, so upped a couple of the points.)

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Photo of ShanePB
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Clear golden yellow, small white head. Minor lacing/retention. Aromas lean towards a more malt-focused side, a bit of caramel sweetness, faint grassy hops. Flavor is more of the same, a tad sweet, malt dominate with some supporting hop notes. Not too bad for $4 a bomber.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Light gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Pineapple, candy sugar, pine, and grapefruit.

Sugar coated pineapple, pithy grapefruit, bright florals, and dirty weed. Balanced biscuit and honey backbone. Finishes with grapefruit zest, pine resin, and crushed Aspirin.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

It's giving off some strange flavors like Aspirin and dirty weed, but if you can look past that it's an okay DIPA. I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scurfie
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Straight from the bottle this is an okay double. I don't know why but I was picking up some off tastes. I think it may be this one bottle because the first was very good. I'm just saying.

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Photo of pnelting
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bone53
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear gold with a threw finger off white head

Smell: Stone fruits/slight citrus and pine notes with a bready malt undertone. Subtle but very clean

Taste: Stone fruits upfront with a big pine and slight citrus finish and doughy malts throughout

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Goes down crisp and clean with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: This is a a clean DIPA, but its too piney and earthy to really jump out as exceptional. The more i drank it the less i liked it. Its priced right at $3.99 a bomber, but id much rather grab a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid at around the same price

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

L: Nice straw/honey color. Head was about a finger when poured. Head quickly dissipates.

S: Citrus hops. Strong malt body. Very fruity overall.

T: Very hoppy at first. Pine and grapefruit follow. Balance of malt is ok as it gives way to some alcohol heat.

F: Pretty moderate body, slight alcohol heat. Finish isn't too dry.

O: Not bad, but I was expecting more from this beer. Still not bad though. Would drink again.

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Glad I can get this beer more easily in PA. Very good taste and terrific scent. I'll stock up on this one.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle best by November 15, 2015.
Clear filtered golden body with a 1.5 fingers worth of head.
Aromas of pine and peaches and some sweetness.
Sweet fruits and a nice bitter taste.
Nice amount of carbonation and only a hint of alcohol heat as it warms
Overall, a decent IIPA that comes through with an easy drink-ability and a hidden alcohol content. A kicked up version of their Ranger IPA.

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