Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Night Suds - New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA

This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at New Belgium Rampant - Imperial IPA.

Picked this one up at Binny's (Skokie) where it was in the mix a six pack section. Stuck two of them in the six pack holder along with some other New Belgium, Shiner and Samuel Adams brews. Can't beat the price of $9.99 for six quality brews. Stay tuned for the reviews of the other new beers in future SNS posts.

The Rampant Imperial IPA falls within a category which is also sometimes known as an American Double. As defined by the experts at BA, an Imperial IPA is created when you...

Take an India Pale Ale and feed it steroids, ergo the term Double IPA. Although open to the same interpretation as its sister styles, you should expect something robust, malty, alcoholic and with a hop profile that might rip your tongue out. The Imperial usage comes from Russian Imperial stout, a style of strong stout originally brewed in England for the Russian Imperial Court of the late 1700s; though Double IPA is often the preferred name.

Enjoyed my first of these in the Sukkah in Chicago with a stuffed veal roast with spicy stuffing. While a lesser brew might have been overwhelmed by the mixture of herbs and strong flavors of the roast, the Rampant not only was equal to the task, but it actually melded well with the meat. This might have been due to the character of the brew, but it also could have been due to the alcohol content of the brew (8.5% abv).  Although the alcohol flavor was a little more prominent than I would normally like in a brew, the flavor actually worked as an advantage.

New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA is under the Kosher Supervision of the Scroll-K of Colorado. Although the beer does not bear the kosher symbol on the label, I have verified its kashruth with the Scroll-K and it is listed on the LOC. Please note that not every brew produced by New Belgium is under kosher supervision. For a list of the New Belgium brews currently under supervision, please click on the link on the left side of my home page for my latest Kosher Beer List.

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