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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,145 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 4,145
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 55
Gots: 310 | 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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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas. As the beer warms the influence of the malts increases.

Tastes alright. The pale malt flavors have more a graininess than the aroma let on and kick things off. Soon afterward hops join in, mostly citrus but with very light hints of pine. The hop flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As it warms hints of diacetyl come into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is another solid but only above average beer from NB. I think I preferred Hoptober more than this but they're not all that different. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 04:35:47 | More by glid02
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 07/09/10 (best by date, I presume). Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

See-thru golden body with a hint of amber. A fluffy off-white head leaves nice lacing.

A fresh sprucy hop aroma greets the nose. A crisp and dry malt profile with little sweetness balances the resiny spruce nicely. A little bit of grapefruit, a hint of nuttines. Finishes quite dry with a moderate sting of bitterness.

Overall impression: This one goes down nice and easy. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 01:18:43 | More by PDXHops
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber color with a high level of transparency. Light off white bubbly head which lacing as it dissipates. I would like some more color and character in the body.

Oh yeah, definitely hops in this bad boy. Big pine nose up front with some grapefruit aromas hidden underneath.

Big piney hops hit first, yup, definitely a lot of simcoe hoppage. A light malt backbone present as well, and fortunately there is not the big biscuit malt profile NB seems to love so much. Some citrus and grapefruit hops come through as well. Pretty well done.

Smooth with a high level of carbonation, I like how this beer feels going down, very pleasant. Light body as well.

Overall this is a pretty dang drinkable IPA, absolutely my new favorite offering from NB.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:25:03 | More by pmccallum86
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 9, 2010.

Served cold into an imperial pint glass. Ranger, New Belgium's newest year-round offering, is a pale golden orange color with unusually good clarity for an IPA. The head is thick and long lasting with some good lace left behind.

Aroma is full of fresh hops with lots of lemon and cut grass.

Flavor is more of the same with lots of grass, lemony citrus, and earthy hops. The malts are a good background for the hops and aren't as biscuity as they usually are with New Belgium's beers. There is good balance to it but a strange herbal finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with higher than necessary carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty tasty beer but not exceptional. With all of the fantastic IPAs available here in Colorado, this one doesn't stand out as one of the greats. Chances are a lot of people will like it and it will sell but I doubt I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:24:07 | More by GilGarp
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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jrallen34

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a New Belgium chalice.

The beer is very clear for a dark orange color. The head is huge, at least 3 fingers, very creamy and lasts well over 5 minutes falling in chunks. Great lacing as well.

The aroma is really light, you can just make out the hops but that's all that presents itself.

The taste is disappointing as it starts off very piney followed by a combination of some metallic hops. Not very enjoyable at all.

The feel is super dry and its not very drinkable.

Overall, not an IPA I'd drink a again, pretty disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 21:51:36 | More by jrallen34
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Gold....pretty clear

S-Simcoe jumps out right away with fresh tangerines, oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit..

T-The juicy citrus is front and center but a slightly more abrasive piney layer is also evident. Really dry on the finish....the malt is secondary and features the same biscuit like backing all their beers seem to have.

M-Medium bodied...very dry...some decent bitterness to this and it has a bit of a jagged edge...

D-Nice effort that should please hop heads as it has a nice hop feel on the nose, taste and finish. Overall a good solid IPA but not an elite one. Not close to Colorado's best IPA from O'Dell.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 06:18:16 | More by ZAP
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. best by date of 09 Jul 2010 can barely be made out in the lower right hand side of the label.

A- this one pours out a brilliantly clear light copper colored body with a small cream colored head on top. the head quickly becomes a film on the top of my glass and leaves behind solid lines of lacing.

S- some caramel and biscuit malt up front and then an intense blast of citric and piny hops. lots of grapefruit in this one.

T- the taste comes off as much more balanced than the smell. lots of the biscuit malts i could smell and a little bit of the caramel. the hops are there also but offer more than just resiny pine and grapefruit. earthy as well.

M- medium bodied and sharply carbonated. decently bitter and leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- i can see myself buying this again. the large amount of biscuity malt give this one a different and rather unique taste compared to the IPAs i usually come across. over all i was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:43:25 | More by jwinship83
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a very light copper color with a frothy two inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that subsides slowly but always leaving a nice layer on top afloat of the beer. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Smell consisted of light citrus fruits that of peaches, grapefruit, apricots, and some floral earth type smells. Malts can be smelled behind the hops.

The hops must have been for aroma, cause it barely showed up in the taste. I barely get any citrus flavor at all, but the pine needle bitterness really shows. This leads to some toffee like malts. Pretty one dimensional with just bitterness and malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied(bordering thin though, kinda watery)with high carbonation tickling your tongue. Bitterness follows through after you have taken your sip.

Pretty disappointed with this one. Really weak IPA, I would barely consider this a Pale Ale if even.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:02:37 | More by tr4nc3d
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draught House. Served in a Ranger IPA pint glass that I get to keep :D

Pours a brassy-golden hue with a well retained, thin cap of mottled manila foam. A few listless trails of carbonation percolate up through the crystal clear body. Tightly-packed bubbles cling to the edge of the glass as the beer level drops. Lots of C-hops in the aroma, which (not surprisingly) add a lot of citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine notes hit first with a hint of pine, while pale malts hold court in the background.

Sticky, bitter hop resins coat the palate upon the first sip, reminding me of a fresh-hop beer. Very earthy and organic hops taste like they were just picked yesterday. A nice lingering bitterness lasts well into the finish, but I would have liked to taste more balance in the malt department. A few bready-caramel notes remind you that pale malts took part in the brewing process, but the grains are otherwise unremarkable. Nevertheless, this is a delectable IPA, and the mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium-light body and a clean, bitter finish. Definitely an IPA meant to be consumed ASAP--keep those hops fresh!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 00:40:11 | More by wagenvolks
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-crystal clear copper color....lots and lots of bubbles...small quarter inch white head that left a nice cap on top...

s-piny and citrusy hops are there but the bicuity malt character kind of dumbs them down a bit...not a bad thing just not the best smelling ipa in the world...

t-lots of bitter pine hops up front..the citrus hops come in before that new belgium biscuit flavor takes over completely in the middle...the finish is nice with some bitterness and citrus hops to round it out..

m-slightly oily and resiny...a tad harsh but nothing too offensive..the bitterness does linger a bit...the carbonation is excellent

d-dont see the sixer being a problem to get through although i dont think this will be my go to ipa when i have so many others around

overall it is exactly what i was expecting...lots of hops and biscuit malt

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:26:50 | More by stoutfiend27
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bort11

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tulip. Tall and chunky white head, well over an inch. Great legs on that head too. Slow to recede and keeps clinging to the glass. Nice lacing all around. Color is a clear copper. Clean bright coloring.

Smell has a mild pine hoppiness. It is clean smelling with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is equally mild. That is not to say it is weak or bad. Far from that. It seems more relaxed and less intense than may other American IPAs and APAs.

Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. That greatly increases the drinkability. I like this a lot better than Fat Tire. This may be my new favorite everyday New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:18:56 | More by bort11
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Docer

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. single bottle purchased to try.

- Light clear copper, golden amber.... little to no head... just a ring and some floaties.

- Fresh sweet hops... bit citrusy, fruity, grassy.... and sweet again. Caramel, thin pale backing....

- Certainly a hoppy brew... crisp, clear, and citrusy... light sweet caramel malts... bit simple, but certainly a world of hop flavors.

- Light bodied... little chewy and dry... overall sweet and sticky.

- Great drinkability.. but not really that great for the style. I am used to a bready, not-so-sweet IPA. Its good though... and I am sure would be nice to have a pint or two on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 22:27:34 | More by Docer
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HopEnforcer

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear; strong pilsner malt base. Half an inch of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a very small amount of lacing.

S: Dominated by a fresh hop aroma: More floral than citrusy.

T: Very crisp, with a moderate amount of bitterness and fairly strong floral & citrusy hop presence.

M: Somewhat light and dry mouthfeel with an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. I could certainly drink more than one, but it wouldn't be my first pick, in terms of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 19:01:37 | More by HopEnforcer
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beertunes

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first pint, from the first keg, of this new brew to be poured in Whatcom County. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with a white head that had medium retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was dominated by floral and hop scents. The beer had a much bolder smell than I was expecting. The flavors were also very hop forward, with some citrus flavors joining the floral and pine components. There wasn't much of a malt foundation to support those hops though.

The body and drinkabilty were both average for the style. Overall, this was a very decent beer, much better than I expected from this brewery. Certainly worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 20:49:18 | More by beertunes
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Hopnobbin

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good....mild for an ipa, not very hoppy.

Golden ale look, good drinkability, smooth finish. Slightly hoppy with creamy end-note. Solid, would probably try again.

Would be good as a starter ipa for those just trying this style. The mildness will ease your palate to the stouter ipas.

Hopefully future batches from New Belgium will be hoppier, i'd make me happier!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 15:17:34 | More by Hopnobbin
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bcm119

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper colored, good clarity, fine white head with some lace.

Green, fresh hop cone nose, with some underlying bready malt. Flavors are bright, with lemony, minty hops coming through uninhibited by much malt sweetness. The malt profile is lean and biscuit-like, and stays in the background. Bitterness is clean and refined; mouthfeel is smooth and silky with fine carbonation. The green hop flavors integrate perfectly with the slightly doughy malt, resulting in a clean, bright, balanced IPA. Clearly one of the finest IPAs being made today, and from a brewery large enough to offer consistency, value and availability. A staple of mine.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 04:58:53 | More by bcm119
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unHipHopHead

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

UPDATE!
Either I underestimated this beer the first time around or they upped the anty because this beer now seems very hoppy and it also hops to it with the alcohol.

Regardless, I am liking the taste of the hop balance they have here, its a seriously lingering flavor that I can get behind. The hops hit you up front and then the mild malty balance comes in and the hops continue through the finish just like I'd expect from a good West Coast IPA.

The hop taste is unexpected from NB and I'm glad that they stepped outside their comfort zone (as they are with a lot of brews lately) because this is a great every day hop lovers beer.

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a: poured on the darker side, looks like a lager. the seemingly sturdy head faded fast and completely dissipated in a matter of seconds.

s: hints of pine, hints of grass, malt/minerals

t: not very bitter at all, one dimensional hop taste... mostly on the piney side. The hops are chauffeured both on the introduction and the followup by the usual New Belgium malt taste.

m: after the hops fade there is too much mineral quality that lingers, almost like i drank a San Pellegrino mineral water.

d: I'm not sure I could drink this in place of other IPA's.

In terms of NB's beers, they probably listed it #4 on their explorer list for a reason... the wit, abbey and trippel are all better attempts.

I will try the Ranger again for the sake of fairness but so far I would only buy it if it was one of the few IPA's to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 21:41:34 | More by unHipHopHead
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Tdizzle

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass, Ranger IPA pours a clear gold color with a frothy head of white foam that has fairly good retention as it settles to a rocky layer over the beer. A thick ring along the inside of the glass leaves some solid lacing behind.

S- There are fresh-cut grassy and floral hop aromas with a minimal amount of grainy cracker-like malts in the background. A good swirl is needed to bring the smell to life.

T- The taste is moderately bitter with some pithy, plant-like middle flavors. There aren't a lot of balancing malts to cut how "green" the taste is. The finish is very dry and leaves a light hop bitterness and more grassy flavors lingering on the palate.

M- A medium-bodied mouthfeel with active carbonation bubbles. The texture borders on having a lush, almost oily quality to it, but it falls short with a slightly watery finish.

D- This is a fairly light IPA with loads of grassy hop flavors that would fare well on a hot summer day. It's not a great beer, but I would definitely buy this again to bring to a BBQ or to keep around for friends and family to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 04:43:40 | More by Tdizzle
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My New Belgium snifter is filled 3/4 with golden colored brew with noticable active carbonation and a nice 2 finger foamy head that fills the other 1/4 of the glass. It eventually reduces to a sticky layer of film that rests on top.

The nose is that of citrus/piney and floral hops with a lot of biscuity malt. Also very noticable is the spicy 'vegetable like' smell that I despise.It always reminds me of celery or veggie soup stock. gross!

Too bicuity for my likeing. Pine and citrus hops are strong but this beer lacks character.

Medium light body, neither sticky or oily.

Middle of the road beer, nothing impessive about this one. Way too many other good IPAs to go back to this one. Sorry New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:13:08 | More by bonsreeb85
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Brettster

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. This poured a golden color with a white head. This was a typical New Belgum beer to me, not always a bad thing. I have not had a lot of their products but they seem to lack complexity. To me it just was not hoppy enough for an IPA. It still was very smooth and easy drinking. I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:08:19 | More by Brettster
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revolution

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden/light copper color with large bubbles and a small, 1/4" creamy head
S - very nice hop aroma dominates, makes you smile, slight citrus fruit then pleasant grassy odor
T - initial hint of malty sweetness then quickly overtaken by the bitter, hop flavor. finish seems a bit acidic.
M - more full mouthfeel than expected. medium-bodied, significant carbonation, warmth of the alcohol comes through slightly and more so with the finish
D - very pleasant hop aroma and a taste that invites you back for more. an ipa on the somewhat lighter side, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:07:54 | More by revolution
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into an Nonic pint glass. A typical New Belgium straw color with a large head and plenty of carbonation. Surprised at the color, frankly. Was expecting an orangish amber, typical of the IPA.

I must say this beer had very little aroma. No pine, no citrus, no biscuity malt even. Smelled like a lager.

I would not call this a hoppy beer at all. Maybe I'm just used to the San Diego-style overly hopped IPA and DIPA. But, this didn't taste like an IPA to me. More like a tame pale ale. Definitely tasted the New Belgium yeast strain. This is definitely a New Belgium beer. Unmistakeable.

The carbonation was good. Gave it an above average mouthfeel. If I forget the mislabelling of calling this an IPA, this would be good on a hot summer day sitting around the BBQ pit. I could put a few away. But, given the number of good, reasonably priced West Coast IPAs that I have access to, I doubt I'll spend my money on this.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:19:09 | More by BuckeyeOne
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jsh420

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

best before july 2010

pours bright golden orange with a big 2+ finger pillowy head that had great retention

smell is nice and light floral grapefruit and other citrus hops

taste is much like the nose - this ipa is not overpowering my taste buds - clean floral citrus hops with a light malt backbone

mouthfeel is light crisp yet smooth and creamy - the perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability - this has session ipa written all over it - and it has the taste to back it up to boot

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:13:59 | More by jsh420
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,145 ratings.