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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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Reviews: 472 | Ratings: 2,796
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of aobrehm
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Crisp, golden color with brilliant clarity. Moussy white head that is well retained.

S- Fruity American hop aroma with notes of citrus and melon. Not as in-your-face as many other imperial IPAs.

T- Well-balanced with fruity hop flavor and a grainy malt backbone. Finish is bitter and dry.

F- Moderately low body that dries out quickly. No creaminess.

O- A good but not great Imperial IPA. No flaws, but this is a style of beer that ought to be special.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very pale, clear, head fades quickly. Smells of sweet honey, almost over powering. There may be some hidden melon in there. Again with the melon in the taste not as cloying as I was expecting. Much easier drinking than I expected, not as much bitterness as expected either.

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Photo of jellikit
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin head, almost non existent.
Smell: Citrus.
Taste: pine, flowers and citrus followed by a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall. Pretty tasty, easy to find IPA. I like it.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color with a dark orange hue. The head is huge, white and soapy with good retention and sticky webs of lacing everywhere. The smell is a mix of dank pine, floral, earthiness, and citrus with a hint of grapefruit along with some sweet malt. The taste is much the same with a hint of peach and sweet bready malts that blend well together, along with a good dosage of hop bitterness. This is a medium beer with a slick feel and barely any alcohol detectable. Overall this is a very good beer. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of wgk
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The balance is very nice between hops and malts. New Belgium is a good brand, fairly priced.

Look -- good. NIce lacing.
Smell -- good.
Taste -- very nicely balanced. It is a grown up Ranger
Feel -- Feels like the quality is in it...matches the good balance.
Overall -- I liked the single IPA Ranger, too, but for the money this is my New Belgium IPA winner.

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

A highly underrated brew. Nice combo of new school and old school hops. The sweet and bitter notes are nicely and uniquely integrated. And a more-than-solid 8.5 abv imperial IPA for less than nine bucks is a great value. Promotional description of beer is pretty much right on.

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

Unfortunately this beer was nearing it's best by date and much of the flavor had already disappeared. Would have to try this fresh for a proper review.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Best before Sept 6th is printed on the label. Reviewed on June 21st.

Copper body. Aggressive pour yielded a one inch white head that dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

Smell starts out a moderate peach/plum with a slightly sweet malt. No discernible citrus notes. a good bit of an alcohol scent is present.

Big bold bitter hop taste throughout. The malt helps create some balance, But this party is mostly about the hops. It's bitter, and it's a good bitter... A dry somewhat boozy finish.

Average feel. not overly carbonated

My first experience with this beer. I drank a few of these during this review. This is a nice boldly bitter, hop forward IPA. (No grapefruit notes here). The smell could have been stronger... but you gotta love the 8.50 ABV ! (unless your driving....)

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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.
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