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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,496 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,496
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 62
Gots: 455 | FT: 1
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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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ranger IPA is a very accessible IPA. What I mean by that, is that it is fairly standard for an IPA, but has a subtle taste pallet that many novice beer drinkers, or IPA drinkers will enjoy. My father, a man who considers drinking anything outside of Miller High Life or Coors Light adventurous absolutely hates IPAs, but I got him to try this and he looked surprised and said "now this one doesn't taste like cat piss!"

I poured a 22 ounce bottle into a mug, and the first thing I noticed was the crisp golden color. Slightly darker than some IPAs. The color is extremely clear, there is no haziness to this beer at all. There is also a nice sized head, about an inch that has a little lacing down the glass. This is really nice, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

The smell is also nice, not really strong for an IPA in my opinion. There is more of a piney, wooden hint than anything citrusy.

The best part about this beer--as it should be with any--is the taste. This IPA is not too strong, but still really, really hoppy. There is a complex balance going on here because the taste is subtle but very sophisticated at the same time. As noted in the smell, there is a pine presence to the hops which I find far more drinkable as far as IPAs go. The flavor is extremely crisp, and has a lingering hint of hops.

Overall, Ranger is a very standard IPA, as well as an outstanding example of the style. I feel like there was not a lot of experimentation going on in this beer, which is a good thing in the case of Ranger. It also has a very crisp quality to it which makes it an awesome beer on a hot day, and I find it slightly more drinkable than many IPA beers.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,496 ratings.