|Sadly, all my tulip glasses have bought the farm|
I was shocked, SHOCKED I SAY, when I happened to be in, looking for something not terrible to drink, and happened across this New Belgium Explorer series, Rampant. Mixed in with Fat Tire and Trippel was this new box of beer.
Rampant is an Imperial IPA. This is a surprising addition to New Belgium's typically Belgium-rooted style beers. This is no Abbey or Trippel, but it is not a West Coast IPA either. It is a unique IPA that is surprisingly tasty.
Rampant pours a nice honey-amber-copper color, just like most IPAs. The head is frothy at the onset, but quickly fades into oblivion. The nose is quite hoppy, as the label intones. This is a hop-forward beer, to be sure, and is pretty bitter. My wife took a swig and made the face. You know the face when someone wants to try something, but really didn't expect it to be what it is? Yeah, that face. Anyway, I like it. Rampant packs a punch of alcohol, followed by crisp dryness. Rampant leaves you wanting another sip.
Rampant was my convenience store surprise for the year.