Connaught Ranger IPA | Celtic Bayou

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Connaught Ranger IPAConnaught Ranger IPA

Brewed by:
Celtic Bayou
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jreitman on 08-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Clear copper color with an off white head. Mild smell of pine resin and flowers. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Nice tiger stripe lacing. Taste is a caramel malt sweetness followed by a medium intense hop bitterness.
A pretty much straight forward Wa. state IPA here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very murky orange in color and kind of dirty with a nice, frothing head that left a bit of lacing.

Smell – The hop aroma is tempered, but the sharp pine makes it to the nose. I can also pick up a light malt backbone.

Taste – The hops are bigger at the taste. This almost tastes dry-hopped. The malts are very distinctive as well. They are actually kind of dark and almost roasted with a hint of chocolate. There are a lot of flavors going on in here.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and on the big side of medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I actually liked this better from the bottle than the keg. This IPA has a lot of interesting flavors and was fun to lay down.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brightly juicy, citrusy, piney, and grassy hops greet you in the nose of Far West's Connaught Ranger; and it's appearance is quite nice as well with a full head of frothy off-white foam rising over its hazy orangeish copper body. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some thin, but nice, lace throughout the glass. Grapefruity hops return in the flavor with their fruitiness toned down a notch by its other resinousy hop characteristics and a solid bitterness. What malt character is present is delicate but decidedly biscuity; and really only acts as a stage for the presentation of the hops. It finishes - not surprisingly - hoppy with some of its more grassy and spruce-like characteristics lingering seemingly endlessly.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparently Far West Ireland just started bottling their products a few months ago. I picked up a 22oz bottle at Belmont Station in Portland on my first trip out west in a while.
Sitting by myself in my house, on my first beer of the night, this one made me shout out loud. I'm not sure any beer has ever elicited that response from me in this type of setting.
Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange, with a minimal off-white head. I didn't let this one warm up quite enough, so the aroma is minimal. The nose does hold large amounts of both hops and sweet malt, with a hint of citrus. Taste is almost unbelievably good. A rich, thick (but not syrupy) body holds a beautiful balance of bold, fruity hops, accented by some lightly sweet malt and a touch of sweet fruit. Lingers in the mouth a bit, with the hops becoming bitter towards the end. A wonderful beer, maybe not ideal for sessions, but great for a single beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours to a slightly hazy deep amber color with the head Herculean in size, creamy in consistency and the color a beauteous light tan with the lace a satin sheet to obscure the glass. Aroma of the hops flowers, earthy, sweet malt and a marvelous freshness I associate with IPA’s, start is delectable in its sweetness, the malt delightful with the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a brash acidity, the hops omnipotent and the aftertaste dry and slightly hop bitter, a fine representative to the sub-style India Pale Ale, this brewery is rising rapidly on my most favorite list, must find some more.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared with sckressler
Cool label.
Appears as an amber brew with some half decent carbonation. Light tan colored head with some nice, clinging lacings as it goes down. You can smell the hops on this one. Very piney aroma with some sweet malt behind it.
Tastes okay. The malt balances out the hoppy bitterness. Not very full body but it feels okay as it swirls through most of the tastebuds and lingers a bit. Not bad. I probably wouldn't be the first in line to grab another one though.

It was okay, dog.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 3 fairly malty drinks it is time for some hops..
prety nice looking in appearance, dark burnished orange..small frothy white head.
the aroma is wonderful and fresh, piney,sherbety.hops hops hops.
Taste though it starts with a small malty taste,,it becomes very bitter and zesty..till it subsides somewhat..but still a nice bitter aftertaste.
pretty nice and adventurous on the palate.
pretty drinkable very good IPA but not really top class.

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Photo of xoqx
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a generous, complex hop profile this beer failed to impress me. It was good, solid, yet unremarkable.

Appearance: Dark copper, clear, with a 1 finger head receding quickly to broken lacing.

Smell: It smells very hoppy, not much else

Taste: The hops here overpower any details the malt might have to offer. Grapefruity, complex hops have a very long finish on several distinct places in the palate, with a pronouncedly bitter, enjoyable end. The taste is not particularly complex or memorable.

Mouthfeel: Medium, seemingly just undercarbonated, but this opened up as it warmed a touch.

Drinkability: It’s a good microbrew, and I would drink it in a heartbeat over mass produced beer. Nothing stood out as overly impressive.

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Photo of jreitman
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(at brewpub) Amber in color with a light lacy white head. Nice bitter kick with pleasant sweetness. Good floral hop aroma. Very well balanced and leaves you wanting more. As the beer warmed and I drank more I noticed a slight piney taste. Excellent.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid hop aroma. A bit piney/resiney. Lots of crystal malt too. A little peppery spice hop too.

Deep amber, very clear with a thick lasting head.

Very citrussy hop flavor., american hops. Malt profile is there, a little toasty, maybe some bisquit? Some sweet base malt flavors but mostly hop bitterness. There's some floral hop flavor too.

Full Bodied, carbonation level is pretty high,

Pretty easy to drink IPA. It's got a solid hop bite but not so bitter that it's a struggle.

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Photo of joshlara
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so glad Vintage Cellars ships to the ass backwards Pennsylvania liquor inhibiting state that I live in. Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: This baby pours a burnt sienna color that is somewhat cloudy. A thin sticky lace resides that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma of oranges and pears, slight grapefruit rind, and some floral undertones as well. There is no pine indicated. It is less decisive than some IPA's.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor makes way for the floral grapefruit hops which is again somewhat subdued. There is a very slight acidic quality, much less than some, and no brash resinous hops found. It does have a bitter dry finish. Medium bodied and quite drinkable.

Overall: A rather subdued IPA but does have enough flavor to hold its own. Maybe after having so many double IPA's lately my senses are somewhat jaded, but either way, a very easy drinking a enjoyable beer.

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Photo of freed
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was pleased to find this on the shelf, with its somewhat amateurish but accurate label. Poured nicely, a deep golden hue with slight amber hints in the shadows. Quick to dissipate head that is thickets around the edges.

The aroma is predominantly skunky hop, which doesn't make a good first impression. The skunk flavor carries to the taste. I'm hoping the skunk is incidental, otherwise there's not much else to offer. There's a slight, but complimentary pale malt flavor. It drinks quite smoothly once you get used to the taste though. Still, I expect there must be something off with this beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a large off-white head. Aromas of citrus, flowers, spices, sweet biscuity malts, and heavy hops. The taste is very hoppy, spicy, and flowery up front with a nice light biscuity flavor in the middle. The finish is a great hop smack and the mouthfeel is super creamy. The drinkability is excellent as well. Good stuff!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 16oz Pint at the Celtic Bayou Bar.

Aroma is bright and hoppy with a intense lemon oil quality to the the full spectrum.

The beer pours a very clear amber orange with a sticky white foam that holds through the pint.

Flavor is agressivly hopped with a classic American hop bitterness and long lasting resiny character. The ending of the palate is crisp with crystal malts that bleeds into a clean hop and mineral finish.

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Photo of BierReise
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber No Freshness date A golden orange colored brew with a magnificent frothy head and great retention.This is a great IPA and a very fresh tasting one also. Wonderful hoppy aroma with lots of fruity citrus notes as well as some doughy notes also. Nice medium bodied that is smooth and with substance. Flavor is fruity and hoppy with a nice bitterness in the finish. Nice fruity tones in the flavor also with a good malt backbone. This was a pleasant surprise and a great west coast IPA.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Is this the last bottle of this beer that I'll ever drink? Not something we BA's often wonder but when a brewery goes under, I'm sure we all cherish those last bottles we see in the store. My most recent visit to Bottleworks saw me making a mental note to pick up a bottle of this before there were none left. From all reports, I'll never get another chance to have this beer once the current supply runs out.
Nose is mucho pine and lemon. This is followed by an odd (not unpleasant) meatiness, or thickish taste that is tough as hell to describe. I get it quite often with the east coast IPA's. Taste is full on pine mingled with lemony zest and maybe a tad bit of orange. Malt is kind of at a minimum, but I don't mind. Let's give the hops the spotlight. Mouth is really great, lively carbonation and thick body. What can I say, I like a little junk in the tunk. Drinkability is very good, and would be better if I knew that I could walk into the store and buy it any time. Believe me, I'll make another mental note to grab a couple, if they're there, the next time I make it to Bottleworks. To the guys at the brewery, thanks for all of the great brews, and I'm not ashamed to say that I will miss your beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gauzy orange-amber, heavy on the orange. The head is voluminous, dark cream in color, stiff and significantly sticky. Abstract patterns of lace are clinging all over the upper portion of the glass as the head begins its slow descent. The cap remains impressive throughout, a sort of thick, lumpy, dense disk with numerous concentric rings arrayed above it.

The nose is a wonderous thing, as good as I'd hoped. I'm not sure what varieties of hops make up the hop bill, but I'm betting Cascade and/or Centennial since the grapefruitiness is fairly jumping out of the glass. So far, so very good.

Upon tasting... good, but it can't quite match what the aroma promised. The hoppy flavor is there in a big way, but the bitterness is a bit too harsh. It doesn't have that juicy, well-rounded, smooth hop attack that I prefer. That doesn't mean that it's bad beer, it's just that my IPA standards have become pretty high. Plenty of them are good, but great is a whole nother matter.

Citrus zest (grapefruit, lemon) and pine dominate with pale malt making a contribution without being pushy about it. The flavor comes on like gangbusters when the beer initially enters my mouth, but it doesn't linger as long as I'd like. The finish showcases pine more than citrus and is increasingly bitter. Sticky, semi-coating mouthfeel.

As noted above, Connaught Ranger IPA is a very good, but isn't quite a great, IPA. I still have no trouble at all recommending it to my fellow hopheads.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a bright decidedly amber color with a nice little head holds on for dear life. Aroma is full of earthy hops and a hint of herbal hops as well. The aroma makes me think that this ale is brewed with high alpha hops (Galena?) as it has a strong earthyness to it. The flavor confirms my suspicions of high alpha hop usage as the bitterness is intense on the initial taste and the same hop flavor lingers all the way to the end. Definetly a beer for hopheads though as a semi-hophead i find it a bit one sided in the hops department. I tend to like the hop flavor to be in more of a balance with the hop bitterness. Body was a little on the light side while the carbonation gave the bitterness increased harshness. If i had brewed this ale i would consider it a success as it is drinkable but i would reduce some of the hops used for bittering and increase the dextrins to help in head retention.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish, bronzish appearance, with a thick, creamy, milky head.

Aroma is nicely hoppy, English-style, it feels, lacks the mark of those Western U.S. hops....gets better with further sniffs...nicely citric, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, pine, ...pinecones, even...

Taste: yum, this is the stuff! Wow! Full-blown hoppiness, dry finish, medium-bodied, incessant flavor.

Fairly floods the mouth with hop bitterness! Damn, but this is good stuff!
I must bend down, as must we all, to genuflect to the amazing wealth of craft-brewing going on in every corner of America. I'd never heard of this brewery until this bottle fell into my possession, and they have it nailed, but good!

Very drinkable, very flavorful, ....I would be supremely ecstatic to have this readily available...huzzah to all you Washingtonians who can sip this top-notch ale with ease!

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Connaught Ranger IPA from Celtic Bayou
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 19 ratings