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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Reviews: 483 | Ratings: 2,886
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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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am admittedly not an IPA kinda guy, but this particular imperial IPA was very tasty.

I really liked the dark golden color and thick head that pours out of the bottle. This is followed by good lacing down the glass. The odor from the brew is at first your run-of-the-mill IPA scents, but when you take in the odor even more, it has a sweetness to it that is unlike any other. What surprised me most was the thick, creamy feel of the brew in my mouth. It was a good contrast to the carbonation, which wasn't too overpowering. Taste-wise, I enjoyed this IPA just about if not most others, and felt it was an above average IPA. Good job New Belgium.

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Photo of Briken
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper with moderate frothy off-white head. Light, clear fresh hop aroma with subtle grapefruit. Smooth grapefruit bittering. light slow linger with notes of grassy, earthy flavors. Smooth light carb with a bit of stickiness.

An easy drinking, light, and balanced DIPA. A little too easy it leaves a lot to be desired. I think Ranger actually has more flavor and bitterness. I applaud them for trying to bring a DIPA to market at the same price point as their other beers.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tulip-full of Rampant (that sounds odd) at around cellar temperature. Maybe just a little colder.

Avery clean-looking IIPA here. Perfectly crystalline golden-orange in color, with a tight-knit two or three cm crown of snow white froth. Pretty pretty.

Really great aroma. Every glorious coniferous tree smell is represented here, from that fresh, minty pine, to the pungent resin of ground pine needles, to the honey-like sap which oozes down the bark. Also there is grass. And herbs. Basil, perhaps even a little oregano. Fruits include cantaloupe, nectarine, and orange.

All that tree and plant matter in the aroma gets tied together beautifully in the flavor. The pine qualities are extremely strong in this one. Terrific astringency throughout and into the finish, and abundant herbal dankness. At the same time, The unique mix of zesty and sweet fruits (see above) comes in with some honey and runs rampant (hee). A little like orange juice! Many things are going on assertively and yet in harmony.

The feel is pretty nice and full. It could maybe stand to be a little less carbonated, but I don't know... it feels pretty close to spot on.

Fruity, zesty, dank, astringent, sweet, and herbal, this IIPA throws a lot of stuff at the palate, showcasing a highly varied display of all of the style's best traits. And its aroma and flavor have a very unique, distinctive profile owed to a slightly unusual but successful signature fruitiness. Appropriately named.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden-amber with somewhat rocky lemon white-head. Retains well, with good lacing. No flecks. Looks good, but not really like I want my IIPAs to look. More amber/copper, more haze/flecks, please. Oh well, variety is the spice of life, and appearance is not very important in my book. Hop-dominant aromas, naturally: piney, resiny, sweet, and raisiny. Not quite citrus, in my opinion, but close. More of this raisiny-sweetness throughout once tasted. Peaches, yes, but barely. Incredibly sweet, both from hops and malt, nearly cloying, but saved by strong piney to rindy to soapy hop, but also cracker/pasta finish. Strong and sharp peppercorn (not black pepper, though), peach, and general alcohol retro-olfaction as well, making this a well-rounded, if not really well-balanced, Imperial IPA. Very good, but I prefer more citrus (especially grapefruit) and overt black pepper notes. Medium in body and well-carbonated. Astringent and palate-warming.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA is an original sort of Double/Imperial and is quite refreshing.

The smell of Rampant Imperial is quite light, with more energy springing forth in the form of the beer's medium to to slightly more than medium froth per se.

The taste of the beer is quite unique. Though it is somewhat light at first, perhaps in keeping with the beer/ale's somewhat light-to-medium body(of a light amber color), the hoppsyness is somewhat more centered around the middle of the taste, where one really gets a taste of that sort of tasty tip-of-the toungue hops presence, that fills out towards the back of the mouth per se.

Overall its not too bitter or heavy in regards to what one might be used to in regards to Double/Imperial beers/ales, and hence it is all the more perhaps refreshing and drinkable in quantity per se.

Overall, a light but tasty, refreshing ale.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper body, out of control milky frothy head. It seriously looks like porous whipped cream. Smell is the usual citrus fruit and pine, some malt. Flavor is similar: minty refreshing pine and orange juice, some tropical fruit, some bready malt. Good amount of bitterness is unchecked. Rich/syrupy body, but still some biting carbonation.
Another IPA in the barrel. Tasty, refreshing, common.

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

Poured from large bottle into my Avery tulip. Good IPA taste overall, but didn't overwhelm me as I had hoped. Glad NB is now available in Philly. I'll have to try this one again sometime (once all my Gubnas are gone).

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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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Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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