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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,900 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,900
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 607 | FT: 2
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a bit foamy out of the can but does settle out into a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass, leaving back heavy swathes of soapy lacing that cling to the sides. The aroma smells equal parts floral and herbal, with fresh zesty citrus character and then lighter notes of pine and spice. Sweet malt firms up the back of the nose and helps push those fresh hops forward.

The taste is fresh bitter grapefruit with some more leafy and herbal tones working their way in. Pale malts offer up their beady sweetness for balance and to just generally lay a nice foundation down for those hops build off of. The finish is dry and resinous with some lingering bitter pith that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an easy slick creaminess and just enough sharpness on the tongue to help zing that grapefruit and pine a bit. Some warmth does draw out some of the more assertive aspects of the hops but the overall ABV is mostly pretty darn well hid here.

I think that I had stayed away from this beer so far based on early mediocre reviews for it but man, after finally trying it, I really regret not having done so sooner! This was a really tasty, well balanced, and quite quaffable American IPA with a fresh power to the hops that I wasn’t really expecting. Nice job New Belgium and I’ll definitely be picking up more of these up next time I’m next time I’m in the mood for some canned Craft.

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16 oz can into Duvel tulip.

A: Amber; 2 inch head; nice lacing

S: Malt grain; Faint resinous hop

T: Slight citrus hop/grapefruit with malt really coming through

O: Not bad. Hard to pass Torpedo at the same price for 4-pack cans. Decent offering, esp for pint cans. Sessionable IPA. Not memorable.

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Served on tap into a mug at Olde Town Pub. From notes.

A: Pours a typical golden amber/copper color with a one finger, off white head with average retention and lacing.

S: This smells like it's more citric in its hop character than the bottled version, which is a good thing. Nicely hoppy, but not overbearing.

T: A nice initial salvo of tropical fruits (grapefruit, mango, apricot) is by far the best part of this. This flavor gives way to a malty mid-taste and a subtle finishing bitterness. Balanced like an IPA should be.

M: Medium bodied with moderate finishing dryness and carbonation. Quite refreshing.

O: Wow, this is definitely much better on tap rather than out of the bottle.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,900 ratings.