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Their take on the 85 IBU, 8.5% abv beer: "A burly and bitter Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. There is some malt sweetness to stand this beer up, and Rampant's finish is bone-dry."
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Brenton Day (TheAleRunner.com), and Dustin Davis.
Serving: 12 oz. brown bottle.
Appearance: Deep gold to amber color, thin white head.
Aroma: I just wrote "hoppy and delicious." Brenton thought it was "citrusy, a touch of cat piss." Dustin thought it was piney more than citrusy.
Taste: I was let down by the taste... the nice hoppiness on the nose turned into a more harsh bitterness on the tongue without a strong malt backbone to support it. Dustin agreed, writing, "not as flavorful as I hoped. Just bitterness."
Mouthfeel: Too harsh on the bitterness for me. I like hoppy beers but this one was too out of balance even for me.
Overall: I want to give this one a chance to redeem itself, but this tasting wasn't impressive at all. We all agreed that it was a little TOO far on the bitter side, and enough so that we didn't want to drink any more of the Rampant. I feel like it's deserving of another shot though, as taste buds change and sometimes get really distorted when we're sitting down reviewing multiple brews.
Overall Rating: 63.67
My Rating: 59