Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Andreji:
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Again, and again, thankful to aschwab for this generous gift. I still have some left.
I have had good experiences with new belgium and ranger isn't far from it. The pour isn't a standard IPA by any means. a bright orange tone glows very prominently and there's lots of carbonatsion going on. Not only that, the head is extremely compact and resembles yeastier belgians- lasts almost indefinitely and leaves tonnes of lacing, and of course that rocky look the foam acquires at some point.
Smell pops out right ahead, and it definetly ain't belgian. This is vintage IPA. That strong, hoppy piney feel becomes undisputable but it somehow makes itself feel sweet to the nose. perhaps malts are hidden beneath rather than right there.
Taste, this is an IPA. I loved it because it simply is a staple of a beer, very prominent hops all over but not being overly bitter, and the malts seem to be the underdog here making it just discretely sweet in the end )rather than the other way around). Alcohol also seems to be lying underneath very stealthily, but it somewhat lets itself be noticed when swallowing it (i mean, that feel you get from your throat to your nose).
The body is well carbonated although would seem much worse if we went by the head alone. it's also a bit oily so it's not much of a thirst quencher.
Nonetheless, once again, a fab american IPA.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2011 23:46:55 | More by Andreji
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4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I have tried this one over the years several times, it is a very good beer. It is quite possibly one of my gateway IPA's, I was beginning to enjoy the style around the time I tried this one, but it was one of the first that really did it for me. Its piney, resinous, but now looking back it is not all that potent compared to some of the other IPA's I have consumed over the years. Its a very well balanced beer and one that someone should try if they are looking to try an introductory IPA. It definitely has that signature Colorado style and New Belgian yeast strain going on. Its a bit biscuity but hoppy enough to make a novice to IPA's enjoy this particular style. Then again it may come across as a bruiser, but if you find your self getting into IPA's or Pale Ales, you should try this one out. Its easy to find and relatively inexpensive for what you get.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 03:14:57 | More by humuloner22
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,200 ratings.