StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With the plethora of Imperial IPAs on the market these days, its easy to be a little underwhelmed by many of the offerings out there. This Rampant, however, really delivers the goods, for my taste anyway. The hop selection in this beer delivers a resinous pine, citrus and peach combo balanced with a nice malty backbone. This is a really solid double I.P.A and great addition to, the already stellar, New Belgium line.
BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 12, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 2, 2013
Poured a golden orange color with 2-3 fingers of long-lasting pillowy white head. Bubbly liquid. Plenty of circular, foamy and layered lacing on the sides all the way down. Good retention all the way down, long and lasting.
Smelled a potent whiff of bitter hops right way. Not sure about exact hops, but generic hops were a mix between skunky resin, citrus (grapefruit) and floral. All smells come to an abrupt finish.
Tasted that 8.50 percent alcohol right away. No hiding that for sure. Taste wasnít really like the smell, except for that massive bitter hops. Seemed to onion or radish, which is something I donít think Iíve ever written in a beer review. Also garlic? Still some resin hops in there, but I guess there is a thing called vegetable hops. If not, there is now. Still some grapefruit citrus hops in there, albeit light.
Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.
This was an OK beer, but I was expecting something a bit better. It started that way, but the onion, radish and garlic trifecta may have swayed my opinion a bit.
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden copper pour w/ lingering white head. Strong citrus & floral notes w/ pine and buttered biscuit. Med body w/ crisp yet subtle carb. Lt malty sweetness w/ nice hop punch that stays balanced throughout. I really like this one. Dangerously drinkable @ 8.5%.
edgallow (1634) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma of nice citrus and malt. Taste is citrus, pine and a hint of sweetness.
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jmohno (996) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant clear golden light copper,short head leaving some light froth with some lacing.
Fantastic aroma,pungent,dankness, sweet ripe fruit,garlic-spicey pine,floral complexity,pretty euphoric.Some herbal-raw hoppiness.Havent had an aroma in an ipa this vivid in a while-very nice and fresh most likely.
The beer is like an amped up Ranger,kinda like I was expecting,so in my opinion I really like Ranger and this is Ranger squared.With more malt strength but same body and same dry finish.Has more raw earthy grassyish-herbalish hoppy flavor also.MOre of an Up front bitterness which fades shortyly without linger.NOtice a raw hoppiness in this that I rarely get in other commercial IIPAís. Very enjoyable.Didnt really get the peach tones but did get some ripe fruit/maybe more of a tropical.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a clear pale gold color with a white head. The aroma was of apricot, oranges and some grapefruit. The taste was similar with a medium body and a nice crispy texture. Very tasty.
rayOfBeer (651) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: golden orange appearance with large, creamy white head. Aroma is citrus, tangerine and orange, hoppy with a sweet note of caramel. Flavor is sweet with caramel, cooked peach, and bitter with citrus peel, earth, and some vegetal notes. Great looking beer with nice nose, but flavor ends rather weird with cook peach and veggy notes coming through that detract from the taste.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a frothy, receding, white head.
Smell: Odd, onion-scented overtones with resiny, citric tones beyond some additional fruitiness. Bolstered pale malt base, faintly sweetish in the nose.
Taste: Sugared pale malts, boosted somewhat, but, then dosed with a conspicuous vegetal quality and a few drips of camphor oil. Some resinous, some citrusy touches, but the preceding flavors override these tastes. Moderate bitterness. Drying, bitterish, camphor oil finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-carbonation. Feels a tad oily moving across the tongue.
Overall: I left work early on Friday to head home and enjoy some music, fun, and beer. Two oughta three ainít bad, I guess.
bytemesis (2429) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours crystal clear amber with a medium off-white head and great lacing. Aroma is spruce, citrus, cat piss. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet, medium bitter. Medium body.
Hartung32 (190) - Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid DIPA; and a good beer for the price too. There are many better, but it has a different hop profile than most hop bombs; and its very drinkable.
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