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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Are you a hopinista? Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped IPA. 70 IBUs. Brewed in the style of an American IPA. A staple in New Belgium's year round lineup. Date on bottle is May 19 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Ranger Pint glass. Served north of 55ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive golden cream head of a thick foamy consistency. Body color is a standard amber tone, crystal clear with subtle relaxed carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is medium and sticky. A very appealing appearance for an IPA. 4.5

(Smell) Bold citrus hops of grapefruit and tangerine consistency with a slight spicy hop touch. Basic, clean malt base leaves the hop presence uninterrupted but balances the bitterness of the aroma with a moderate sweetness. Bright and inviting with an appealing hop complexity. Potency is medium/high. 4.25

(Taste) Hops come through in notably spicier varieties and lesser on the citrus but the bitterness is striking on the finish. The malt body is easier to discern with a touch of mild biscuity caramel malt and a mild peppery spice character to finish. The balance is decent between the hop bitterness and sweetness, but the hop flavor is largely overshadowed by the bitterness. I'm also a little bummed out that the hop flavors are far more mundane in comparison to the aroma, with little citrusy hops having the opportunity to impact the flavors. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a subtle carbonation presence, a clean, hop driven bitterness grants a medium dry finish that hangs a while after the last drink. The hop-heavy body is a medium/heavy for the style and a medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is a medium. The balance is decent between malt and hop character. 4

(Drinkability) This goes for bitterness shock more than anything else, and that might just be the ticket to try this beer out. The balance is great between malt and hop character, but people who like a bright, citrusy hop-led aroma in their beer may feel let down by the spicy, piney character that this beer has. 4.25

New Belgium Brewing's
Ranger India Pale Ale

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why does everyone say such bad things about this brew.its cheap,its readily available,and its a solid ipa.and it hangs with the big boys.just a easy to go to ipa. i have enjoyed a couple hundred of these in a night(hahaha)and enjoyed every minute of em.better than drinking a corona and at the same price.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with a "best by" date of Feb 2, 2014; into a pub glass.
Appearance - golden, clear, bubbly with fairly thick, frothy head; leaves nice, sticky lacing.
Smell - primarily citrus, with a blend of floral hops, pine and grass.
Taste - hops dominate, not as balanced as I typically like, but very tasty, nonetheless!
Feel - fairly one-sided, not too complex or balanced. The bitterness from the hops is very good, though.
Overall - i enjoy this beer, I'm a biased IPA fan, but I believe this is underrated. The price and the fact you can get it in both a can and a bottle make this a must try!

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5,962 ratings
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