Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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3.66/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a chilled English pint glass.
Appearance 3.5: Pours out a standard (not that that's bad) light golden color. Slight, CO2-induced head faded quickly, but nonetheless displayed nice lacing. Completely translucent.
Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Big hit of hops; really grassy and I am thinking this is because of dry hopping. I also detect a very faint hint of barley malt here.
Taste 3.75: Front is dry, but has a very pleasant edge of hops to it. Just a slight hint at this level. Middle is astringent and more of a mid-level palate taste with light malt and a nice kick of hop alkalinity. This is followed by deep hop tastes, primarily of grapefruit rind. Finish is smooth and semi-sweet with more of the hop alkalinity seeping in near the end of the taste. Aftertaste is short and quite a kick with a return to the grassiness of the hops present in the bouquet.
Mouthfeel 3.5: Very pleasant and certainly adds to the enjoyment of the brew.
Overall 3.5: A pleasant and refreshing IPA. I would give it a 3.7 or so in this category if I could. Clean, clear and well-balanced, it is -nonetheless-- a bit too dry for my tastes as far as a session beer goes. However, as a one-off or a beer while out at a restaurant, it is great. I would really like to try this beer on tap somewhere. Its grapefruit characteristics remind me of Lord Chesterfield, a beer I can no longer find in Georgia. Frowny face emoticon for that sad fact of beeranity.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 06:18:15 | More by BeerDocT
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