Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by bosox941827:
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
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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