Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: Translucent golden hue with some visible effervescence and a one finger soapy off-white head. Laces well.
Aroma: Lots of nice hop character. Pineapple, citrus, and grapefruit. A little caramel malt.
Taste: Very bitter throughout which is exactly what I'm looking for in an American IPA. The hop character is interesting because is starts out with sort of west coast tropical fruit flavors and then becomes more piny and earthy in the middle (this is also where the bitterness is the most powerful) and then a healthy mix of both hop profiles in the finish. Some caramel and toffee malt flavor is there to help balance things out but the scale definitely leans towards hoppy and not malty. A lot of flavor packed into a 6.5% ABV IPA. It's aggressive on the palate but not overly so.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and good drinkability.
Final Thoughts: Definitely a good IPA and one that I would recommend to any hop head but just not blowing my mind. Would I drink it again? Yes.
12-28-2012 04:55:10 | More by JamesMN
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
I have had mixed feelings about the last few New Belgium brews I have had lately,this is a clear winner in my book.Poured into a standard pint glas a clear medium golden with tight formed 1/2 finger white head that left shotty lace as it settled into an almost creamy mass.Nice shot of the Simcoe hops in the nose,sharp and citric, with a little herb.Flavors are well balanced at first with pine and citric hop melding well with a hefty caramel base,a big shot of sharp herbal leafiness hits in the finish.I think a very well rounded IPA with a alot of different hop components going on.
02-03-2010 22:32:56 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance - This poured a crystalline orange in color with a nice, pure white head that came up nicely. It wasn't like that thick shaving cream kind of head but more like white caps on a choppy sea.
Smell - This has a strong but easy-going aroma led primarily by the rindy citrus hops with just a touch of pine. The grain base is just big enough to maintain respectability. Again, it is a refined and easy smell that brings out the other aspects of the bouquet.
Taste - The malt base comes on a bit more substantial at the taste and, again, shows a lot of class. It is exactly the right kind of grain and malt flavor mix that compliments this diverse hop profile. The citrus from the nose is amazingly smooth at the taste and though the pine largely drops off there is a variety of citrus flavors that gives this IPA a wonderfully clean flavor.
Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied with some strong but manageable bitterness and a light carbonation that keeps the beer lively without slowing you down too much.
Drinkability - Boy was I impressed with this beer. I do like the big hop bombs I'll admit but I can also appreciate a well-balanced and thoughtful effort such as this New Belgium sample. This is a very refined class act and a must-taste for any true IPA fan.
03-06-2010 07:27:24 | More by RoyalT
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Appearance: Cloudy orange color with small head development on the pour.
Taste: Tangy, tuttie-fruity flavor.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much what you would expect from an American IPA, medium-bodied and moderately bitter.
Notes: Overall a decent beer, although nothing steller for the style but okay at least.
05-22-2011 18:52:28 | More by ExtraStout
4.06/5 rDev +7.7%
A: A golden beer with very good clarity. A nice head stand produced when poured. A long lasting head of off-white, rocky foam.
S: Strong, fresh citrus hops with a medium piney resinous aroma. some clean malt sweetness with a light floral alcohol note. Moderate grassy aroma.
T: An assertive hops bitterness with a medium-strong citrus, pine and pineapple hops flavor. There is a low, clean malt sweetness giving a balance that is pretty bitter. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste and an off-dry finish.
M: Medium Bodied with a strong level of carbonation that gets almost into that Saison, fluffy territory.
O: A very good IPA with a straight forward balance and a nice blend of citrus, piney and tropical hops flavors.
06-09-2013 00:19:03 | More by MadScientist
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours pale golden with a pillowy white head.
Nice aroma, integating pine and citrus very well. Like a slightly amped up Mighty Arrow.
Similar palate with a wave of grapefruity and piney hops and a bit of raw grain that could probably be smoothed out to improve it.
The carbonation is a little on the rough side but not so much that it's a turn off.
Overall, a solid offering from a brewery that should have had a hoppy beer a long time ago.
12-30-2009 00:00:05 | More by brownbeer
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
A: Nice brass pour with a bit of bubbles on top, that reduce into a minor lace.
S: Piney on the nose, having trouble picking up anything spectacular though.
T: Great. Bold piney hops with limited to no aftertaste. Makes the sides of tongue goosebump before every sip.
M: A bit thin, but smooth and very very drinkable.
Overall a very nice IPA that I will use as a regular fridge stocker at $3/22oz.
09-04-2011 03:11:54 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Got this beer from my brother in law when he came up to visit.
Poured into my Mother Earth Brewing tulip. It poured a nice straw color with a very small head. A lot of white lacing around the side of the glass
Smell was sweet with slight pepper and ginger with a touch of citrus
Taste is a nice beer slight sweetness on the tounge followed by a bite from the hops. The beer is well balanced and has jut a little bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is bity and full.
Overall one of my go to IPA's enjoy this beer a lot when I can get it.
Happy IPA day my BA friends
08-04-2011 21:07:26 | More by rwinzing
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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