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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

5,125 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,125
Reviews: 1,217
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 81
Gots: 767 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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Ratings: 5,125 | Reviews: 1,217
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 16oz. can into a Guinness Imperial Pint glass. Mostly clear, the color of hay with a white 2-finger head that lingers. Really nice lacing (sticky!) that circles the glass.

S: Hop-forward with a definite barley mash backbone. Light, dry hops that invite without overpowering. Aromas of dry grass, light pine needles, granola. Light and appealing.

T: The taste is clean and light, but well-defined. Good hop character balances the toasted malts. It has a grainy, earthy flavor up-front with a warm hoppy finish and dry linger. Flavors of toasted barley, light hops, Triscuits, dried pine needles, and grass.

M: Clean and smooth with a bone-dry finish. This won't clog your senses like some IPAs, and it provides a nice gentle hoppiness to cut the grainy texture. Light and sessionable.

O: This beer is a great example of an IPA with consistent quality. It's not too much of anything, but what it tries to be (fresh, clean, drinkable) it achieves every time.

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Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade hops are delicious, but a bit grassy for my taste, and the malt to pale to have much influence over the dominance of the hops. The golden color and generous head are delighful to look at... This is a very drinkable IPA, but not as tasty as New Belgium's Rampant Imperal IPA

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Not a bad beer by any stretch, but for me this beer is just a bit too thick and grainy- particularly in the taste and finish. I prefer either a leaner, dryer IPA, or one that is sweeter and thinner with more of a honeyed note to the malt. When I get a grainier, thicker one like this, I can't help but think of a mash that has been inefficiently sparged. I'm not saying that's the case here, just what it puts me in mind of. The hops are fine, if a little tame. I'd like either to see some more citrus tang or more of a piney blast- particularly to cut through the graininess. What you get instead is a respectable but slightly boring blend of the two with any earthy note underpinning it all. For me, this is the kind of beer I drink when I'm eating at someplace that doesn't really have a real beer list, but they've got this. In other words, it'll do in a pinch.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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