Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA
8.5% ABV
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
12 oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
Date on bottle:Best by 8/11/13
Reviewed on 4/25/13 

This IPA pours a light golden amber with a thick frothy head that has good retention.  Decent lacing and carbonation.

Smell consists of hops, grapefruit, some lemon, some orange, mild malt, some pine, floral and herbal notes, mild spice.

Taste consists of hops, citrus, grapefruit, some flat bitterness, mild lemon, touches of pine, floral and herbal notes, hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with some decent bitterness.  At times, it's a bit flat and a touch thin for an IPA.

Overall, a decent tasting IPA that looks and smells great but falls apart some in the taste as it's a bit thin and flat.  Still, it's got a decent flavor profile with decent hops and citrus tastes coming through that are accented by pine and spice.  There are better tasting IPAs for sure, but this one mostly holds its own.

My score: 89

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