Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer was served from the bottle at Viceroy in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a pilsner glass, showing a solid goldenrod coloring. It held a two finger head of chunky, cakey tannish bubbles, showing nice retention. Equally as thick sheets of lacing were left around the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma was simple, with standard pale malts, light toast, and metallic yeast. With warmth the hops opened up, giving green grassiness and light citrics. Mixing in were notes of orange flesh and light but spicy wheatiness, like a wit from a distance. Our first impression was that the flavoring was even and refreshing. As we sipped, the taste opened with bitter pale malts, white flour, earthy and dried grass hoppiness, and mild adjuncts for bitterness. The peak showed more sweetness to cut the initial bite, in the form of clean honey, light amber malt base, and mild milky creaminess. The finish came with skunky grassiness of hops, green twigs, mineral, faint boozy airs, and corn husks. The aftertaste breathes of toasted pales, faint wheatiness, mild herbal hoppiness, boozy wash, an raw hop oiliness. The body is medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was initially coated and cooled, but eventual crisp malty dryness streaked the palate with astringency. Each sip gave fine slurp, froth, cream, and pop, especially due to the greatly retained head of foam. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the flavoring. The blend and balance were certainly there, with robustly fresh hoppiness to balance what was an initially basic grain bill. The latter enhanced throughout, taking in more spice, and even some light phenols. This is an easy IPA, and seemed to fit a relaxing evening well.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2013 03:42:07 | More by TheBrewo
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