Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
3.03/5 rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle, with the date on the bottle that says November 25, 2012. I don't know if that's 'bottled on' or 'best by', so I might be a little late on this one but that bothers me not. I haven't had a Ranger in quite a while, but it's been one of my go-to IPA's especially being that it's only $3.99 a bottle around here. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Pours a clear amber color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Significant lacing. Poured a giant three finger doughy head on my second pour.
S - Citrus and pine hop smells prevalent for sure. Maybe some faint malts relaxing in the background.
T - Extreme bitter hops for sure. Maybe some roasted nuttiness in the finish, along with a little bit of a sugary sweetness hanging out. Pretty well concocted taste with a nice 6.50% abv, well-balanced, but simple, and extremely bitter tasting. Definitely a beer to go for if you need your hop fix.
M - Very sticky bitter resinous feel. Not unpleasant, just pretty one dimensional.
Overall, in the realm of very bitter IPA's this beer is pretty spot on. However, it is simple and pretty basic tasting, and not a very complex brew. I think I enjoyed this beer much more before I was enlightened by the taste of highly complex IPA's, and before I appreciated stouts and other dark beers also. A decent beer, and I would have it again, but being one of New Belgium's landmark beers, it is slightly unimpressive, and they have released far better beers.
New Belgium Ranger IPA ---3/5.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2013 02:41:41 | More by mfnmbvp
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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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