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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,714 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3714
Reviews: 1108
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Tops Tasting Room. A very good drinking IPA. High carbonation, but the bitterness is right there. Above average mouthfeel. Medium yellow with lts of head that leaves it lacey.C-Hoppy aroma.Told it was a beginner IPA, but its stronger hoppiness, pine, is a bit more than that. Liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 03:26:55 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean and clear honey color with a nice 1.5 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh and spicy pine hops only. Taste is of the herbal hops and some sweetish malt on the finish. Bitterness is moderate but not overwhelming. Carbonation is a bit flat. Drinkability is above average but the carbonation is a bit off putting. I would be more than happy to try another one of these to see if I get a different outcome.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:31:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sun-splashed tangerine with honey hued highlights. Close to half the pint glass is filled with a whipped creamy chunk of manila colored foam that has terrific texture. Whatever else this brew has going on, it looks the part.

If you love the American varieties, the hop bill was nicely chosen. Cascade contributes white grapefruit peel and ganja, while Simcoe adds juicy mango. Chinook rounds out the trio. Cascade was also used for dry-hopping.

New Belgium Brewing did a great job with their first American pale ale, Mighty Arrow. Now they've jumped into the American IPA pool with Ranger. Although this beer is better than decent, it isn't as successful (for the style) as the APA. The malt bill is to blame.

I have never been a fan of the darker malts in an IPA. Unless we're going all the way and making it a black IPA. This offering uses pale and dark caramel. The result is a mid-range toasted earthiness (reminiscent of Munich) that takes too much flavor focus from the little green cones, which is where it belongs.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, a rotting-leaves-on-the-forest-floor earthiness, a bit of honey and a decent amount of citrus peel that doesn't taste or feel quite as high as 70 IBUs should. Here's hoping the brewery is amenable to lightening the malts.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style... but then the ABV is too. It has nothing but smooth edges and is properly bubbled, so above-average is an easy call.

Ranger IPA (at a whopping 6.5%) wouldn't have appeared in this state a mere month ago. I'm glad it's here, but Mighty Arrow is the better beer. Looks like Big Sky IPA is still the best IPA available in Iowa. Almost forgot, we now have Two Hearted. Lucky us.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 12:22:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new single I was able to pick up recently. This was served cold and enjoyed with dinner last night. Consumed in a pint glass on 02/16/2010.
 
The pour was about what I would have expected from a solid IPA. Nice amber in color with a smooth, silky look to it. Nice clarity with loads of carbonation streaming up to the surface to form a rich and full looking head of white that laid across the top of the glass for what seemed to be a good bit of time before finally conceding and letting itself go. Aroma is sharp. Lots of citrus bouncing around in here for sure. Huge notes of Orange and grapefruit give way reluctantly to nice touches of buttery malts and a smooth and easy transition into a dry, hoppy finish. Crisp and clean with a definite refreshing nature to it. It really seemed to hold up well and renewed some of my faith in new Belgium. Even warming seemed to continue to bring out nice hints of hops that just would not let go. A more then welcome surprise I have to admit. Last sip was just as good as the first and the light hop nature just slid right on by.
 
Overall a very solid IPA that you really could not go wrong with. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 19:55:12 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour into a pint glass gives a clear golden amber color with a thin layer of cream colored foam which sticks to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose is quite a bit better than I was expecting. Some pleasant grapefruit and pine aromas up front along with the bready malt on the back end.

T: This one is surprisingly bitter, much more so than I thought it would be. The citrus is more of an after thought with plenty of resinous pine on the beginning and the finish. Not too much in the way of malt.

M: The body is a touch thin, but still in the medium range with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: An easy drinking IPA, but there are certainly a lot better examples out there. That said, it's nice to see New Belgium putting some more beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 08:16:45 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color; the two fingered head sits atop the liquid and refuses to fade but leaves nice clumps of lace behind

Smell: For all the C hops in this brew, the aroma is decidedly understated; the hops are there but they are hard to distinguish

Taste: Toasty, up front, with piney bitterness quickly developing, along with an earthy element; by mid-palate, some tangerine and pineapple elements emerge and become more distinct, after the swallow; lingering hops and residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but nothing particularly distinguished, either

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:42:12 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A modest and simple IPA that reminds me of the more crisp and clean versions that first created the style.

A deep golden, light copper color emits from the pour, building a creamy and froathy stark-white head that retains and laces very well. Brilliantly clear, the beer is obviously filtered.

Firm but moderate notes of grapefruit, orange zest, and soft spruce give a hoppy start to the beer. Crisp and lightly kilned malts give a light graham cracker aroma. Esters and other yeast characters are very light and only make subtle impacts to aroma.

Flavors fare similarly as aromas- a crisp citrus flavor and bitterness dominate the beer but in less aggressive fashion as we have come to expect from IPA's. Where the beer shines is in the crisp and clean malt profile that remains understated yet supportive, and without trying to compete with the hops. With no real yeast influence, the beer remains all about the hops. I just wish that the hop complex had more variety, flavor, and intensity.

Medium bodied early, the beer begins to lighten immediately and then continues a smooth transition into a pleasantly dry and bitter finish. A citrus linger is the only reminder of the beer going into the aftertaste.

A very nice IPA that reminds me a lot of Goose Island's IPA and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Though very pleasant and refreshing, the beer lacks the punch and fullness of flavor that now allows newer versions to stand out more.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:44:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this on their recent trip out here.

Pours a moderate golden color with a low-lying white head and not too much lacing. Nose is slightly citric with some light floral aspects as well. Light base with a bit of pale malt and slight caramel sweetness. Feel is a bit dry with good carbonation. Drinks well in the end and is fairly sessionable, but not a high caliber IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:25:53 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left thick lacing running down the sides of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose (grapefruit stands out in particular) along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy ans has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very well balanced. It has a good amount of hop flavors but isn't overly bitter and is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:45:52 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up a clear, copper-toned body with a small, thin, white head that leaves a nice coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly scented pale maltiness quickly gives way to hoppy notes of oily lemon peels and grapefruit pith.

Taste: The mild mannered pale malts deliver tastes of bread (sans crusts) and no more than a small amount of brief caramel sweetness. The hops are predominately citrusy with a good dose of both peel and pith, though some additional white pine is also present. Medium-plus bitterness. Not quite citric. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight, slick oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, there's no about it, it's an IPA. And one that's a tad light in terms of maltiness. Perhaps... perhaps the world of beer has room enough for one more India Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 23:23:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had mixed feelings about the last few New Belgium brews I have had lately,this is a clear winner in my book.Poured into a standard pint glas a clear medium golden with tight formed 1/2 finger white head that left shotty lace as it settled into an almost creamy mass.Nice shot of the Simcoe hops in the nose,sharp and citric, with a little herb.Flavors are well balanced at first with pine and citric hop melding well with a hefty caramel base,a big shot of sharp herbal leafiness hits in the finish.I think a very well rounded IPA with a alot of different hop components going on.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 22:32:56 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I've heard good things about this. Let's hope they're right. It pours a clear amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and plenty o' caramel. The taste runs very similarly, with some added pine sap and a touch of mint and lime (mojito, anyone?). The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice little IPA, nothing tongue-destroying, but something one could easily sit down and enjoy for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 05:31:01 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured at a beer/grocery store somewhere in Montana earlier this month.

This beer pours a clear medium golden brass hue, with two pudgy fingers of thickly foamy, and ebulliently bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar drooping spiderweb lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of slightly musty orange and grapefruit citrus, a bit of pine oil, some herbal leafiness, a touch of grocery aisle fruitiness, and bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter pine resin and pithy citrus hops up front, followed soon by an isolated dank herbal essence, some sweetly perfumed floral hops, balanced all by a light bready caramel maltiness. Simple, but effective enough.

The carbonation is a bit on the prickly side, the body medium-light in weight, generically smooth, with a wee sprig of creaminess, and an integrated, near-seamless alcohol warmth. It finishes off-dry, the pull of the desiccating hops barely tempered, and in a less than even way, by a diminishing malt.

Nice to see a well-wrought example of a New World American standard from a brewery who up to now has only reminded me of ambitious Old World style renditions. Ranger leans quite heavily toward the hops, if maybe in a less than certain way, the malt balance seeming like a bit of an afterthought. Still, enjoyable and eminently drinkable, especially given the sticker price and convenient ubiquity (south of the 49th, that is).

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:31:12 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Ranger IPA, 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: clear, amber to apricot coloration, plenty of fizz about and sumptuously layered with snowy cap, leaving lace. Lovely look.

Aroma: soft at first, then spicy, zesty citrus notes, bitter orange peel and lime. Nice bitterness, evenly played.

Taste: tidy bitter blast up front, then mild and mellow, with a hoppy finish. Medium/light bodied. Just enough malt to have balance, and not too hoppy. Hop bitterness floods the palate with every sip, then falls back until the next one.

Not shy with the hops, this Ranger, and not overtly bitter either. Easy-drinking IPA. This is one I'll pick up often, bottle or tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 07:47:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:28:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super high clarity golden orange, sticky concentric rings of lacing. Slow ascending carbonation. Tight skim on top, good retention from an initial 3 finger head of billowing foam.

Aroma is all grassy herbal cannabis, some grass clippings and dried basil.

Flavor is similar, herbal with a pleasant juicy cantaloupe sweetness carrying through the middle into a drier finish. Pretty easygoing and light bodied, sessionable. A sweet deal for a $2.69 bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:02:54 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Excellent head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemony hops with just a hint of breadyness, plus some flowery hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness & a little astringency up front. Biscuitty malt & grassy hops ebb & flow as this warms. Finishes sort of crisp with some grassyness & grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigorous carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright, but doesn't really pull together. I'd rather have the mighty arrow or hoptoberfest, this would do in a pinch. I was really hoping for more on this one..Scores better than I really like, but I got to score consistently

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:15:12 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium goblet because I am awesome, more awesome than you, sorry, it is the truth and I cannot tell a lie.

Beer is orange and clear with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation centered around the etched bicycle in the center of the goblet, again, I'm awesome, deal with it.

Aroma is earthy and piny with hints of citrus. Pretty nice aroma.

Beer is medium body and mildly sweet with a great hop profile, the hops are mostly pine on the palate, the finish isn't dry, the beer is super drinkable. I really like this beer, exactly what I wanted tonight.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:21:11 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish-yellow with a large white head. The aroma is pine and orange, but is not as strong as I expected. The flavor is orange with medium bitterness. Some grassy and flowery hop aromas as well as some grapefruit notes in the flavor, but there is a slight soapiness that distracts from the overall beer. The finish is bitter orange. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 19:26:53 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/orange with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger head of bubbly foam that left behind sticky patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine and sprigs of spruce. It had mild floral notes with a touch of caramel.

T - This IPA is very, very piney and grassy. It had burnt toast malt undertones.

M - It was crisp, sharp and somewhat dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very green IPA. Tons of pine and grassy flavors may make it difficult for an IPA neophyte.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:13:59 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head 1.5 fingers, lacing, clear golden pilsner tan color.

Nose fresh citrus hops, light orange and lemon, hint of candy hops, just a touch of malts.

taste nice hops, fruity citrus and some pine, fairly bitter, drier, light malty taste with a beefy malt backing. Finishes fairly bitter spicy piney hops.

Mouth is med bodied decent carb.

overall nice, pretty bitter, bright hops, light malts to balance, almost juicy.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 02:48:33 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled February 6th, 2010
A healthy pour into my New Belgium Goblet produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a rich copper hue that shows bright, almost metallic copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest, tangelos, some kumquat, a big lychee note and a touch of pine and herbal notes. These last two only lightly accenting the nose. There is just a hint of crystal malt sweetness and toasted cracker grain character noticeable, but only just so. This is solidly hoppy, but doesn't have that over the top hop character that the most aggressive examples of the style have.

A bit too cold, which accentuates the clean, biting bitterness and a pine needle flavor there are also notes of juniper, and a medicinal sort of hop note. The ample hop fruitiness is still noticeable, but I definitely need to let this warm up just a touch. A quick stint in the microwave makes this chilled beer a bit fizzier, and a lot fruitier tasting. The beer is quite quaffable, definitely has the lightness that a good IPA should have. Even with the warming, the flavor is not as fruit-forward as the nose; notes of bergamot, tangelo and some softer lychee still play a prominent role.

This is a nice example of an IPA. For those who prefer herbal, pine and bitter notes then this is the beer for you. I think I like a bit more fruit in my hop balance though & I don't think I will be replacing my easy hop fix of Sierra Nevada Torpedo with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 17:13:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my boss for saving me a bottle of this and giving me one to try. This poured out as a light colored orangy yellow, the head was white and had a decent retention. The lacing wasn't too sticky though. The smell of the beer packs a nice little punch for just being a regular IPA. Plenty of citrusy pine aromas pouring out of this one. The taste is really nice on this brew, lots of really piney notes on the tongue, very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer is slightly creamy but still quite prickly feeling from the hops and carbonation. Overall this is a highly enjoyable IPA, would be able to drink this one over and over.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 13:47:13 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a rocky/foamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of piney/herbal notes.

The taste upfront is of juicy, bitter, tasty, citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, orange, a hint of apricot). A biscuity pale malt and caramel (especially as it progresses) malt backbone gives it balance while keeping the hops ahead. Slight alcohol warmth shows. Orange rind hangs on in the aftertaste.

It has a chewy, juicy, smooth body.

This fits the category of American IPA very well. Hop-forward with a firm malt backing and a touch of alcohol warmth. It has a fruity, complex hop character. Wonderful! A hop-head's delight!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:29:39 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium. Oh. I did have that Abbey on-tap not too long ago. Okay. It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium, on bottles.

Slightly floral and silky ipa. Leans forward with some perfume tones and fairly clear floral character. Salty pine body seems to dominate the scene. It's got a good consistent profile and an even flavor. I can dig it. As I tend to say with so many other beers: this might be interesting on cask.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:40:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 3,714 ratings.