Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,900
Reviews:
485
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
809
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,900 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of nbrio85
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tannerlondon
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DannyBoyDD
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chuck6860
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice look. Other than that I will pass.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A crystal clear light amber. A very frothy white head, dissipates kind of quick. Nice lacing.

S- A very earthy (hemp), and piney hop note. There's peach in there as well.

T- An odd combo of stonefruit (peach, some plum) and garlic, earthy, and piney hops. There's a defined garlic note to the hops as well. Maybe a touch of grapefruit. A light biscuity malt.

M- a nice medium body and the correct amount of carbonation to scrub the palette and move things along.

O- not my preference for a big IPA, but it's nice.

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Photo of brewskis
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WyoBre_8912
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Raime
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ughhhhh..generic, old malt bomb with a touch of banana. No long review here.

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Photo of bwood06
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Frothy white head that is slightly creamy. Head is retained nicely. Cloudy copper beer in color. Noticeable sediment/yeast. Slow rising carbonation. Hazy or cloudy is not typical of my experiences with IPAs. 3.5/5

S - A combination of pine and citrus notes dominate. Definitely hop forward, as expected. Slight peach note (which is spelled out on the bottle). Maybe even a slight banana ester and hint of white bread. Very complex aroma. 4.25/5

T - Light peach note as well as white bread gives way to a piney hops and then grapefruit citrus flavor profile. Light fruitiness on the back end as well. 4/5

M - Does not linger in the mouth at all. Very light. Not crisp or drying. Almost a wheat beer smoothness. 3.75/5

O - Very interesting beer. Very complex. Transitions between flavors are very stark and definitive. For a beer that is 8.5% abv, this is not boozy at all. 4/5

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Photo of MVG7113
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow. This is an exceptionally well crafted IPA.

Little back-story: I asked New Belgium to send me a six-pack of this beer to give it a try--they never got back to me. I was kind of disappointed that the brewery wouldn't even respond to a beer fan who reached out. But, I put that aside and decided to give this beer a chance.

A: Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a standard pint glass from The Arena, in Ann Arbor. I'm moving tomorrow and all my glassware is packed away, so this was all I had. Pours a beautiful copper-gold (Cu-Ag) colour, with a small, off-white head. The half-finger of head thins out to a very fine layer throughout, a little bit of lacing. The beer has a really great colour--looks really well.

S: The aroma is well-balanced. I can't really pin it down. It's so smooth. I defer to the Notes & Commercial Description here: "The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma" that says it best. Great aroma's on this beer.

T: Noticeably smooth with a good balance of bitter. Initially I thought "Wow, that is bitter" but the taste is very fitting with the beer--really good.

F: Dry, bitter, and a heavy warmth sits well in the belly. The feel goes along nicely with the other aspects of this beer to round-out an overall great Imperial IPA

O: This is a really good Imperial IPA. I wish New Belgium responded when I reached out. I'll have to give this brewery more a chance next time I'm looking for something different. Again, really good.

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

Photo of aratcliffe
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaeserTits
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of floral and pine aromas. The flavor has a lot of peach and floral parts to it, and the 8.5% ABV is not nearly as noticeable as I was expecting. A very nice Imperial IPA.

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Photo of ralph-pine
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Exquisite! Great feel, great sensations with this Imperial IPA!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold with copper highlights under a 1.5” clingy white foam cap.
S: Rich hop aromas with citrus rind, resin, fresh grass.
T: More malt than fruit, traces of citrus and peach add character to caramel malt flavors. Starts lightly sweet but finishes dry and bitter.
F: Very creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: An excellent development of hop flavors balanced well by the malt delivered in a luscious, creamy texture.

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Photo of jaramilr
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Not particularly burly or bitter. Not all that hoppy for a double IPA. Not a lot of aroma compared to better quality double IPAs. Mouth feel was pretty watery. Not the best IPA. But that said, I did enjoy it. Had a bottle at the New Belgium restaurant in the Denver airport. A bit disappointed they didn't have it on tap at the brewery's own restaurant bit that's OK. Over all a decent IPA. And as an old school fat tire fan, I'm glad to see New Belgium giving the IPA style a try.

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Photo of Linkn
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid imperial ipa. Well balanced between hops and malt backbone, I was surprised to find this in my grocery store's "pick a six". Enjoyable!

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Photo of McMatt7
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of daygleaux
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gregb13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An oniony/garlic presence is there, a bit of alcohol is present. Nothing else really jumping out at me. Would be very nice if a touch sweeter with some citrus notes. Not bad, but rather unremarkable.

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,900 ratings.
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