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New Belgium Releases Rampant Imperial IPA This Spring

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by Jason, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    Ft. Collins, CO (February 2013) – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, continues its imaginative exploration of IPAs with its latest release - Rampant Imperial IPA. Rampant brings a happily bitter beer to New Belgium’s year-round portfolio, which also includes Ranger IPA and Shift.

    A burly Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosiac and Calypso hops bring stonefruit, while the addition of Centennial hops nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The beer presents heavy peach tones with a profoundly bitter bite.

    “Imperial IPAs take hoppy beers to the next level,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “Rampant packs a powerful wallop but it’s got the malt bill to back it up.”

    Rampant is 8.5 percent ABV and 85 IBU. It’s available in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles and on draft in most New Belgium markets.

    To find New Belgium beers in your area, you can use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgiumand Twitter @NewBelgium.

    About New Belgium Brewing Company
    New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Belgo IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

  2. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Is it known when this will hit shelves?
  3. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    I think I was told it will ship 3/5 something like that
  4. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    BetterBeerPlz and BrettHead like this.
  5. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

  6. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    Anyone else had this yet? Picked up a sizer last night and wasn't impressed, wouldn't buy it again.
    biga7346, JohnnyMc and buffs9 like this.
  7. MilkManX

    MilkManX Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Really?! Where do you live? I am in AZ and have not seen it yet.
  8. beerandwhiskey

    beerandwhiskey Oct 29, 2009 New Jersey

    I have one at home, but haven't tried it yet. I'm not sure when it hits shelves exactly (mine's a sample).
  9. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Just grabbed a bomber of it. Crossing fingers it's good.

    VDODSON Feb 5, 2013 North Dakota

    Damn, wish they had this in ND.
  11. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    I'm in VA, had a couple more tonight and it was better than last night (getting over a cold, probably why). Was surprised to see it here already, bottle date is 2/9/13. For the price it's not a bad buy ($10.99/sixer) but there are better options for sure.
  12. BradStokley

    BradStokley Jan 19, 2013 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    I saw a bunch of this in Total Wine McLean today. They had a bunch of Sucks in too, so I bought that instead.
    ufmj, SalukiAlum and FriarTuckInLuck like this.
  13. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Just came out in Chicago. Picked up a bottle @ binnys in plainfield with their build a six pack. Havent had it yet, but I have the feeling I probably wont like it. Considering I dont like fat tire. And yes I know its comparing apples to oranges.
  14. GFG

    GFG Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    It's their new year round so I'm sure we'll be seeing it within a week or two
  15. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Got a single yesterday, didn't particularly care for it.
  16. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I ordered the beer yesterday for my store. It arrived today and it greatly surpassed my expectations!!! With the Mosaic and Calypso dry hopping it REALLY reminds me of Enjoy By IPA.
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  17. GFG

    GFG Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    I feel like some people "don't care" for it because it's New Belgium, and not a brewery known for IPA's or double/imperial IPA's.
  18. busternuggz

    busternuggz Mar 9, 2008 California

    I got one at a Total Wine in Tucson today.
  19. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I feel that they should be recognized for crafting this massively flavorful, yet balanced and easy drinking Imperial IPA.
  20. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Try it, you'll be surprised. I sure was.

    By the way, the only New Belgium beer I really like is La Folie.

    This beer is really well crafted.
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  21. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I think your description of it just convinced me.
  22. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Its dry hopped with Mosaic and Calypso which are big players in Stone's Enjoy By IPA. As Soon as I smelled it, I thought of Enjoy By. Im juat shocked that they can make this quality of an IIPA and be able to put it in 6 packs for 7.99. Its not the most complex IPA out there, but it damn tasty and it provides just enough lupulin to tie over an avid hop head for a while.
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  23. buffs9

    buffs9 Apr 28, 2008 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I think this beer smells delicious, unfortunately it doesn't taste like it smells. It's not bad, just not much to it, in my opinion.
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  24. PalatePilot

    PalatePilot Dec 24, 2010 Colorado

    It's easy to keep it at that price point when you use hop extract.

    Its a good beer though.
  25. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
    Beer Trader

    It was okay. Not as crisp as Ranger, its a bit sweeter and had a pretty recognizable peach note to it. Not bad, not great. Worth trying? Sure.
  26. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    Never heard the extract thing about New Belgium or this beer in particular that I can recall. But now I'm even more excited about it, I love Lagunitas' DIPA's and of course the Pliney's!

    I need try this beer, but first I need to get over this cold...
  27. Spider889

    Spider889 Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Not sure what is meant here. I'd wager that most commercial breweries with any desire to keep costs low are using extract. Even if they weren't, bittering hops are typically on the cheaper side unless you want to bitter with Amarillo or Citra for some ungodly reason. As mentioned, it's in Pliney for those who don't know or those who somehow think extract is cheating or not a quality ingredient.

    A DIPA must have a ton of dry hops in it though (and likely a bunch of late additions, too) - plus they're using some hot newer hop varietals which are pricey. Frankly the main thing likely keeping the price point low is that NB has an economy of scale that virtually none can compare to.
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  28. Bond111

    Bond111 Feb 14, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I'm not trying to be a jackass, but I'd like some proof to back up this statement. Again, not calling you a liar, but to make a statement like this without some sort of way to back it up is just heresy.
  29. AndyCarter

    AndyCarter Feb 23, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Hop extract is for bitterness, typically. Its a smart move, since lots of IBU = lots of vegetal matter to deal with.

    Oils are so volatile, I would be hard pressed to get good flavor/aroma from it.
  30. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    That must be why I didn't really like it.
  31. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I'm a big fan of Rampant, outside of La Folie it is my favorite from them. Awesome that it is going to be inexpensive and so readily available.
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  32. PalatePilot

    PalatePilot Dec 24, 2010 Colorado

    I did a private tour with one of the brewers and he all but said that they are not set up to brew hoppy beers. IE: lots of whole flower hops.
    Pellets and Extract are fine, just not as expensive as using a whole flower hop.
    I feel as though I can taste the difference and I was just making a point on price.
    Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers.
  33. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Enjoy By does not have Mosaic hops.
  34. russpowell

    russpowell May 24, 2005 Oklahoma
    Beer Trader

    Looking forward to it. New Belgium usually releases a big enough quantity that I know it will be on the shelves when I leave Oklahoma & do some beer shopping (still not here). I liked their last fresh hop offering.
  35. BeerGuyEsquire

    BeerGuyEsquire Dec 18, 2012 Minnesota

    Anyone know when it will hit shelves in MN?
  36. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    Drinking this for the first time right now. It's a solid IPA....definitely the best NB IPA has done so far. As someone else mentioned it does taste very similar to their Super IPA collab with Alpine. Decently priced at $9.99 for a sixer, being 8.5% abv, but at that price, no way I would choose this over Two Hearted or Centennial IPA.
  37. Bcarson7287

    Bcarson7287 Sep 7, 2012 California

    I really enjoyed this one, definitely has a good smell and not quite as much of a bite from the hops as i usually like in a double. But overall it was a pretty good one and at $5 for a 22oz bottle i would say its worth the $
  38. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Well, whatever. Smell it an tell me it isn't very similar to Enjoy By.
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  39. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    I'm really liking this less and less the more I try it. On bottle 3 out of the sixer I got the other day and it seems to be getting worse....
    JohnnyMc likes this.
  40. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Pretty easy drinking for a DIPA. It's alright but not a game changer. $8.99/6 is pretty cheap though.
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