Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a lager-clear golden copper. No head, but that's likely because the waitress filled the pint glass to the top--I love America. Bouquet is a grapefruit-pine cone-confectioner's sugar purée. Prevalent pine flavor that is less vibrant than the bouquet. Mouthfeel is pillowy for an IPA. Smoother finish than I'm used to with this type of IPA. Very good, drinkable IPA.
04-01-2012 23:10:27 | More by DocJitsu
4.23/5 rDev +12.2%
Have past it forever in the store for no particular reason except for maybe the non-New Belgiumesque labeling but had to try after it was recommended by two different people.
Poured into a pint. Very clear yellow-orange. Initially a swirling tempest of carbonation which then settled but still produced a substantial amount of fine bubbles. 2 finger head slowly collapsed in the center leaving half a finger of very fine head supplied by the carbonation.
Fruity nose. Citrus dominates with grapefruit and orange and a little pineapple but also guava.
Hops of course - straight forward and unabashed, a little No. 2 pencil woodiness . Good but a bit one dimensional.
Feel is good. Consistent with the intensity of the taste and clarity.
A solid AIPA. Overall very enjoyable and a good one to know that it's there when not in the mood for trying something unknown.
03-30-2012 01:39:19 | More by smbslt
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “best by” date printed on the label is “01 JUL 12.”
Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a clean, golden copper. Two fingers of dense, slightly off-white head dissipated slowly to leave an uneven cap of foam, a ring around the edge, and trails along the glass.
Smell: Lots of enticing hop citrus: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and orange. It also offers nice scents of floral hops and pine, and underneath the citrus and hops is a base of caramel and toffee.
Taste: The bitterness is tame and the flavors are well balanced. Though the overall bitterness stands out, nothing dominates. It has a medium body and the fruit and citrus blend together. The flavor, though, is much more floral than the smell: the citrus and fruit is muted when compared to the smell. There is a caramel malt presence, but not much. The pine and floral hop aftertaste keeps the uvula and back of the mouth tingling.
Drinkability: Ranger IPA is not a bitter pill to swallow. It is very tasty and offers a nice hop experience without being overly aggressive.
03-27-2012 19:14:44 | More by TheQuietMan22
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,337 ratings.