Monday, August 26, 2013

New Belgium Ranger IPA Review

Name: New Belgium Ranger
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 6.5%

My last beer from my New Belgium collection is their Ranger IPA. As stated earlier, while this isn't their "flagship" beer, this is considered to be their flagship IPA; Though from what I heard, that title may belong to Rampant but that's another review.

As for the beer itself, I've always seen it on the shelves wherever I have gone but never have bothered to check it out...that is until I decided to burn through the staples of New Belgium's lineup.

Ranger pours a clear orange color with a foamy white head and some good lacing along the sides of the glass. Carbonation is fairly subdued with only a few bubbles climbing up.

The nose starts out with a fairly strong citrus hop/caramel aroma which is followed by yeasts and pale malts. The flavor is fairly identical to the aroma but with more of a grapefruit-esque scent and less on on the yeast/malt aspect.

Body is moderate in weight but the carbonation is quite mild; It's a pretty easy to drink IPA.

If you want to get one of your friends into IPAs, this foots the bill. It's flavorful enough for any IPA fan to enjoy yet approachable to newcomers alike and it strikes that perfect balance to make this easy to recommend.

New Belgium Ranger IPA - 8/10

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