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New Belgium Releases Rampant Imperial IPA This Spring

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

  1. copslovebeer

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    I just wish they would have made Rampant a copy of the LOF Alpine collab. That stuff was legit.
     
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    I drank it until I liked it, dammit! And that took, oh, three or four before I stopped tasting grapefruit/vodka. WTH? I still stand by NB - tonight I'm having their Trippel, though.
     
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    To me, tasted really similar to the Alpine collaboration, which underwhelmed me. This was a bit better if you ask me.
     
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    Tried it tonight. Not a fan.
     
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    People aren't used to Mosaic hops. Super dank and resinous, tropical but with a bitter and oily earthiness. Easily off-putting for people on here who are used to Cascade and other C-hop-dominated IPAs. It's a shame.
     
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    I actually enjoyed this beer a lot. I thought the peach was an interesting/refreshing take on an IPA.

    Will definitely buy more as it is so cheap.
     
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    I'm trying this for the first time -- digging it quite a bit. It's nice and dry, and the Mosaic comes across as a more tropical simcoe. Really piney, but some fruit, and just the merest hint of strawberry. REALLY can't wait for my growler of Society and Solitude 6 to come in.
     
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    I've got one in my fridge. I'll probably give it a go tonight.
     
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    Eh, maybe I got a bad 6 pack, but this wasn't very good for me. It had way too much peach notes in it, wasn't all that bitter and had an odd perfume taste/smell to it. Maybe just me, but I didn't like this one. Ranger is pretty good though.
     
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    Just finished my first out of a sixer... I might drink one more, the rest I will pawn off on my friends. Ranger And shift are much better!
     
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    LOL. This is my feeling entirely. Just because it's easy to drink doesn't make it good. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be "stale".
     
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    I had 2 of these last night and really enjoyed it; tasted super fresh and good. I will gladly buy this stuff for the price.
     
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    I'll try some for sure. Lived in Fort Collins and rock a NB hat when I can.
     
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    What's this I hear of New Belgium coming to Florida??
     
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    I hadn't heard about it and was excited to grab a sixer when I saw it on the shelf. Ranger is a great beer...my go-to in cans...and I was really hoping this would be more of a 'double ranger'. Not too hot on it, as is. Not bad but nothing special...I feel like the initial bitter hop hit and the long peachy finish are conflicting. For 8.99 I'm glad I tried it, but would take ranger over it head-to-head and spend a couple bucks extra for a better DIPA.
     
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    Purchased a single, then two sixers of this beer. This is a great IPA. I believe Ranger IPA and this one are excellent because of there drinkability. Both have great hope flavor and pack a punch with the ABV, but they both maintaing some type of "crispness" and lightness to them. $8.99 six pack, yes please.
     
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    i had this tonight on tap and really enjoyed it. i am wondering if the mixed reviews are due to people not accustomed to mosaic hops. they have a pretty unique taste.
     
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    I've had a few more since my last post in this thread and I still believe it's pretty delicious.
     
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    Based on the mixed reviews, I'll probably buy a single bottle of it first. Definitely no consensus here. Most seem to say good, not great, but the price is right. For those that didn't like it, was it not being used to mosiac hops or was it a bad batch? Since I've read the term "drain pour" a lot more than once, could be the latter. Dunno. It's averaging about 85 right now on BA.
     
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    This was my first DIPA drain pour. This shit is horrid.
     
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    Thanks to the "geniuses" that think they know beer at Floral City Beverage deciding not to buy any for Monroe County I had to travel up to Wayne County to get a sixer. It is a nice drinking gateway to Imperial/IIPA's. I could enjoy this year round.
     
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    Agreed
     
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    One of the worst beers I've ever had. Tasted and smelled like melon/cantaloupe, and I hate those flavors. I got no peach, no tropical flavors, no anything, just melon/honeydew/what the hell ever nonsense.

    Oh, and for the people bitching about others not appreciating mosaic hops, stop acting pretentious. I love mosaic hops (alchemy hour comes immediately to mind) and this beer sucked. People can "get" a beer or hop and still hate the beer.

    I sent my last bottle to a home where I hope it will be loved, but I would have aborted that beer before giving birth to the nightmare it became. Still would buy NB though, they've got some talented people, you just can't win 'em all.
     
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    I had this yesterday at the CBC. I liked it. Wasn't blown away by any means but the most enjoyable aspect for myself was the aroma. I wouldn't by a 6 pack but I'd crush a pint if found on draft.
     
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    This just came to our stores in Wyo, and a few of my friends and I shared a 6-pack. I'll preface my comments by saying we were all in the mood for something light and sessionable, we had just gone on a motorcycle ride and had parked ourselves on the front lawn in lawn chairs to enjoy the first truly warm Spring evening. So any IIPA was a bit heavy for the moment.

    We all agreed that Rampant was kind of hard to get through. I enjoyed parts of it, but it wasn't at all my favorite beer. And I can't help but compare it to the other Ft. Collins brewery that we're lucky to get distribution from, Odell. I LOVE Myrcenary IIPA. Rampant just seemed like, as others have said, a sticky and somewhat unpleasantly bitter mess. We each only drank one bottle before switching to something else, so I'll have to try it again one evening when I can think about it a little more. But overall, I wasn't terribly impressed. Always happy to try a new beer though, and I still like lots of what New Belgium produces.
     
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    Did not like it, and poured it down the drain as well. It seems to me that all New Belgium beer outside of the LOF series has gone downhill the last several years. It's turning into an "only if I am desperate" brewery.
     
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    Tried it, meh. Just happy there's an easily accessible dipa on the market. Now when I'm in bung fuck Egypt Indiana and there's no selection outside bmc hopefully HOPEFULLY this will be there and it'll be better than nothing.
     
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    I personally don't care for Ranger, and after a few sips I grew to somewhat dislike the Super IPA as well. However I like this one. It's like nothing else, and I really love the fruity melon and berry flavors coming from the hops. To me it starts and finishes bitter, but the middle is like a fresh fruit tray.
     
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    Decent one, blueberry aroma.
     
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    I had such high hopes. alas, they were not met.
     
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    I tried it for my first time last night and I was close to pouring it as well, I did manage to make it through to the end though. I won't be buying this offering from NB again.
     
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    Maybe Floral City Beverage really knows their beer since they made the right decision. I don't know how NB could release this beer let alone be year round.
     
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    Had one the other night. Appreciated the use of different hops initially (ie when it was cold), gave it a nose and taste that wasn't same ol, same ol. However, after warming it literally smelled like a dirty diaper. I can't get jiggy with that sh**
     
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    I picked up a bomber yesterday. Hoping its good
     
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    Tried it and enjoyed it. Despite negative comments tried again and enjoyed it. Also this beer CRUSHES that malt whore Ranger, IMHO!
     
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    Had it at a beer dinner - wasn't impressed. It wasn't bad, but with beers like Pliny, Double Jack, and Knuckle, it's tough competition.
     
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    I don't think so. Floral City Beverage doesn't like to carry items they think that won't sell in the county from Sam Adams, New Belgium or Goose Island. They won't even carry kegs of Ranger IPA.
     
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    This. I've brewed with Mosaic hops exclusively. I currently have a 100% Mosaic hopped beer on tap now that is delish and Rampant does not reflect that beers hop profile at all.
     
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    It surprises me to see it's lowish rating and all these unfavorable reviews. I liked it a decent amount because of the price point and availability. Not mind blowing but solid for sure....better than Alchemy Hour shall I say? Both came out about the same time thus the comparison.
     
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    I'm not at all surprised at it's lowish rating and unfavorable reviews... I just wish I'd read some of them before I had tried it...
     
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