Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 3,714 | Reviews: 1,108 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bosox941827:
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Bottle states this a 70 IBU IPA, a fairly substantial level of hoppiness.
A - Very clear, golden orange, with a bit of head after a rough pour. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Appears a bit *light* for an IPA - looks like a dark pilsener or a pale ale.
S - Not much in the way of smell; a bit of hops and caramel on the nose, just a bit of alcohol too, but nothing too distinctive.
T & M - Here's where this beer shines, and where it counts the most. Fantastic soapy hop flavor that really drills into your tongue (in a good way, trust me). Malty backbone holds its own to balance things out, with a bit (just a bit given the color of the beer) of roasted malts at the end of the palate. This is a VERY west-coast style IPA - think Sierra Nevada & Ballast Point. Finish is an extremely pleasant, tongue-drying hop flavor - not bitter at all. It really hangs out for a while and is absolutely delicious. This beer, in my humble, is extremely well-balanced and very well-done. Mouthfeel is right on, with low-medium carbonation, perfect for the style.
D - Through the roof; I could drink a ton of these. Absolutely love this style of IPA.
Really surprised by this one, as I am only aware of New Belgium for their "Belgian" style beers - expectations were low and they were blown out of the water. Will definitely be getting more of these.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2010 01:14:07 | More by bosox941827
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3.63/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A) poured from a 12oz bottle into glassware, Ranger poured a clear copper color with a sub 1/2 finger head that quickly settled and did not leave much lacing to speak of
S) nice bouquet some sweet malt that almost has a jolly rancher smell, some nice piney hops, some grapefruit and other tropical fruits
T) malt is sweeter than most but has a bit of biscuit and toast, hops come through much like the smell with pine, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruit. Nice balanced finish.
M) nice thickness, a bit oily from hop resin (this is good), and nice carbonation - pretty drinkable for an IPA
O) Ranger is a solid IPA that offers some interesting hop flavors with a fairly sweet malt background. Hops could be a little more assertive, in fact this beer is pretty tame, but this would be a good beer to introduce someone new to the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 03:16:23 | More by alexrichman
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Translucent gold.
Smell: Fruity--almost melony
Taste: Wallop of fruit--too fruity, almost cloyingly fruity, for my preferences, with robust bitter aftertaste.
MF: smooth with a little pucker at the end.
Overall: I won't be intentionally buying it again--If you're a big IPA fan, you probably owe it to yourself to try it, but not enough undertones or body for me.
Serving type: can
04-15-2014 15:55:09 | More by Ed_from_Ohio
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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