Rampant Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

Rampant Imperial IPARampant Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
67.1%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 2,901 ratings
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
Ranking:
#15,129
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
2,901
Liked:
1,948
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
12.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
811
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of Gaddabble
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LionHeart88
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amano_h
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly resinous pine and grapefruit rinds on the nose. There's a slight hint of bitter marmalade and ripe orange that faintly follows, along with some tangerines and soggy biscuit toward the back end. The marmalade intensifies with the passage of time, but the aroma on this beer is pretty straightforward; not as rampant as the name suggests.

The nose is well-matched on the palate; tons of Simcoe like pine, marmalade, and bitter grapefruit peels are the main sensations on the palate. The maltier notes are a lot more pronounced on the palate than the nose; what was somewhat bicuit-like on the nose feels almost sweet bread-like on the tongue. The tangerine rears its head again toward the back end, but the finish is surprisingly dry.

Whereas the aroma and taste are somewhat one-dimensional and predictable, the mouthfeel is actually spot-on. Creamy from start to finish, with a medium body, and a vibrant tongue-tickling carbonation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Surprisingly crisp and dry as aforementioned; if it weren't for all the Treehouse / Trillium beers I've had in the past few months and had I paid something closer to the MSRP for this pint this definitely would have gotten a higher rating. Otherwise it's just a staightforward, almost (old school) East Coast-style IPA. Nothing exciting to see here.

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Photo of Jjmj51
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikr
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zzachm18
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdooley
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid imperial Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulytasker
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold color with a huge 2-3 finger thick foamy off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and dissipated very, very slowly, leaving very impressive foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Excellent head retention, this cloudy spectacle dropped as slow as the ice caps are melting, leaving foamy caverns as it sank.

Smells of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, guava, caramel, herbs, scallions, tropical fruit, fresh citrus hops, light graham cracker and a mix of piney hops and/or peppery hop spices. More malt and balance come through with each additional whiff, making this very nice to breath in.

Tastes like it smells with toasted grains, biscuit, brown sugar and honeydew melon added to the the same flavors present in the nose: tangerine, grapefruit, peach, guava, caramel, herbs, scallions, tropical fruit, fresh citrus hops, light graham cracker and a mix of piney hops and/or peppery hop spices. Doesn't come off as hop dominant as the aroma, but the balance is quite nice and hides the 8.5% ABV perfectly. The malty sweetness keeps the bitterness in check and makes this bordering on a session beer for me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with light to average carbonation, a medium body and enough bitterness to pull off the DIPA status yet enough malt backbone to make it easy drinking. Overall a fine offering, very enjoyable.

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Photo of cbaz
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taylor_Wayne_Wilson
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A very powerful IPA. If you don't like bitter beers, this one is not for you. For me, it's a little overpowering for the first few sips, but quickly becomes a very tasty beer. A bit of a copper color with a very white head. The hops are VERY apparent, and I almost tasted a hint of citrus.

This is one of my absolute favorite IPAs, usually being drank once or twice a week.

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Photo of rjd722
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tiitomireles
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of logicalparadox
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of scmtim
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 67.1% out of 100 with 2,901 ratings
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