How about a Colorado IPA staple? New Belgium’s Ranger IPA, from Fort Collins, CO. As always, remember that beer evaluation and personal taste is just that – one person’s interpretation and opinion of the beer. Got comments, questions or just feel like discussing? Leave a comment!
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Bring out the hops with Ranger IPA. This clear amber India Pale Ale beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!
Dustin Brewreview and Notes
Aroma: Floral & herby hops, but low hop aroma; light peppery phenols present as well from hops; 7/12
Appearance: amber/copper in color; clear throughout; white head; thin skin of bubbles that sits on top; moderate head retention; 3/3
Flavor: medium caramel malt taste; grapefruit and earthy taste from the hops; this is a very malt forward IPA, which helps balance it out; 16/20
Mouthfeel: full bodied for the style; light carbonation; no astringency; soft creaminess; dissipates off the tongue and mouth after a few seconds; bitter right up front and mellows quickly with no lingering aftertaste; 8/10
Overall: Very tolerable IPA for those that don’t like extremely hoppy beers; good introduction; it’s well balanced, but could use a more hop forward nose (my preference). I do like the maltiness of it, as it helps to balance out any extreme bitterness that could be present;
Dustin gives New Belgium Ranger IPA, a 39/50.
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