Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Maybe a 60oz wine glass isn't the best way to tell how a 12oz bottle of beer looks, but it seems to be the typical west coast IPA color; a light amber, almost orange color.
Smells great, which is a surprise. I don't usually expect this kind of hop aroma when I'm buying well-priced IPAs, maybe with the exception of Racer 5. Lots of Pine and Citrus hits the nose, not sure which one dominates more... It's the pine. Definitely a piny hop-bomb. Reminds me of Pliny. I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison to see the differences in the hop aroma. Alongside the hops there is that New Belgium aroma, sort of a dirty smell, I can't quite put my nose on what it smells like exactly. Either way, I'm pleasantly surprised with the nose on this beer.
The taste is slightly subdued on the hop flavors, at least in comparison to the aroma. It is by no means a wimpy IPA, but I don't feel fully satisfied with my sip after such a wonderful nose. It's not a complete let-down, it tastes pretty damn good. There's a punch of bitterness and piny flavor right from the start, and it subdues into a sweeter grapefruit hop taste. Later the malt peeks in to see what's going on, but the door is slammed in its face as the bittering hops take control and leave a VERY dry, bitter aftertaste. Some people have told me that this aftertaste is a HUGE turn-off to an otherwise remarkable beer. I say, "BRING IT", I love being hit in the face by hops, and this IPA does exactly that.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2010 01:41:55 | More by Estocker
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