New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA bottle

I’m just one week into my New Year’s resolution to review a beer every weekend, and already am facing my first challenge – a power outage! For some unexplained reason, my entire block lost power a few hours ago, and there’s no estimate for when it’ll come back on.

Fortunately for my resolution, I’m heading over to a friend’s house for NFL playoffs tonight, so I may have to be that guy blogging about beer in a corner while everyone is watching the game. #Dedication

Anyway, enough with my sob story – back to the beer. This week I’m reviewing New Belgium’s Rampant Imperial IPA. My love of IPAs has been well documented on LIBA, and for me the hoppier and stronger they come, the better. Lately, that’s led me to buy Imperial IPAs whenever I see them, usually with good results.

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA bottle and glass

Rampant pours out a surprisingly light golden color, absolutely crystal clear with lots of tiny bubbles but no real foam head. The aroma is also a bit unexpected, and much sweeter than a typical Imperial IPA. I picked up a few fruity notes mixed in with the standard hoppy background.

Tastewise, this is really not what I was expecting, and it’s a disappointment. This flavor is really all over the place and frankly, kind of hard to drink. Rampant starts out with an indistinct hoppy flavor, but it’s bland at best and soapy at worst. The middle doesn’t really improve, although I guess you can say it has some decent grass notes before ending on a flat, bitter, and sour end note.

I guess the best thing that can be said about this beer is that you don’t have to drink it. Seriously, don’t buy this brew if you come across it. Maybe it’s better on tap, or maybe I got a bad batch, but blech. Excuse me while I go wash my mouth out.

Author: Silvio

I like beer.

2 thoughts on “New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA”

  1. Hi Silvio,

    I totally agree with your take on this beer. I got a six, drank 1/2 of one bottle and actually poured the rest out. I is a horrible, imbalanced beet with notes of rotting vegetation, odd sour notes and just plain weird. I’ve made homebrew batches that I thought were “off” that tasted way better than this. It is obscene that they can command $9/six for this undrinkable product. I am pretty highly experimental and willing to give almost any beer a chance to win me over, but this one never will. Life’s too short to choose this over better alternatives (hell, even Natty Ice is a better choice).

    1. I greatly appreciate sour beers, as well dry/complex beers, and an IPA in between. So although this might not fit your definition of Imperial IPA, and I don’t blame you for de-rating it for false advertizing, it is truly an excellent additive taste blend of the best of belgian doubles and a bitter IPA. Cheers to Rampant, for finding the best of both worlds (as Hannah Montana might say).

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