Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2012 04:55:10 | More by JamesMN
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