New Belgium Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It opened in 1991 after Jeff Lebesch, the brewery’s founder, took his home-brewing passion commercially. By 2012 New Belgium was the third largest craft brewery in the United States. Available for the first time in New Jersey, New Belgium has a portfolio that boasts over a dozen brews. One of their hoppier offerings is an Imperial India Pale Ale named Rampant.
The beer pours a rich golden yellow color with light amber hues. The two finger soapy white head shows great retention. Once the head dissipates a light lacing is remains, primarily on the sides of the glass.
The nose offers up a plethora of hop notes, as one might expect from an Imperial IPA. Citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit are followed immediately by notes of pine. Light floral and grassy hop notes are also discernible. All the hop notes are balanced by aromas of sweet malts.
The palate is strikingly similar to the bouquet. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest are met by slightly bitter pine notes. Floral and grassy hop notes follow right on the heels of the citrus and pine notes. Again, the hops are very balanced by a malt sweetness that cuts some the hoppiness. This is surprisingly smooth and balanced for an Imperial IPA.
A great beer from New Belgium. Quite possibly the easiest drinking IPA we’ve had. Be sure to check your local Bottle King for great prices on this new release. While current Club members save even more, no need to worry if you aren’t a club member it’s easy to sign up and best of all it’s free! Try pairing this bad boy with an extra sharp cheddar, pulled pork with Hickory BBQ sauce or spice cake with cream cheese icing.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out Of 5 Pints