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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

My 4.00 is based on taste+price. Super solid. Go cop a 6 pack

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

A: 4.00. Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is orangey-amber with a small off-white head on top. Some splotchy lace left behind.

S: 4.00. Surprising sweetness for a Double/Imperial IPA. Also loads of candied oranges, a bit of brown sugar and a touch of tropical fruit. A pleasant nose, just not as hoppy/bitter as I'd expect for the style.

T: 3.75. Again on the sweeter side of things - candied oranges and caramel malt foundation with a modest citrusy (grapefruit) bitterness towards the back end of the sip, but sweeter flavors (brown sugar, ripe oranges) linger in the aftertaste.

M: 3.75. Medium-to-full in heft, slight syrupy slickness to it.

O: 4.00. Decent, but clearly not your West Coast palate-shredding hop bomb.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

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Appearance (4) : Tall, foamy white head that stands about four fingers. Carbonation bubbles in the honey-golden body spiral up to meet the foam from the bottom of the glass. Retention is about three fingers with generous lacing.

Smell (4) : mandarin oranges, bitter citrus, pine, ginger. A little bready. Dominant smell is the mandarin orange. Typical IPA but a tad more artsy.

Taste (3.75) : Pretty strong! but good. I keep wanting to cough. The bitter tastes are pleasant and sweet, leaning towards cascade hops and citrus rind. This is way better than "Ranger". Refreshing and leaves a tinge of peach on the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : creamy, wet, full bodied. Ends wet.

Overall (3.82) : This IPA is tasty - and I generally HATE IPA's. it goes down easy and doesn't leave me heaving over the garbage can (okay maybe an exaggeration). Try it, you will probably like it.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

Rampant Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,897 ratings.
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