Starting a new beer tab, we are going to try and I mean retry New Belgium Brewery Ranger IPA. After years of their fans requesting, an India Pale Ale was finally made its debut in their line up. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Mountain area craft brewery. If you have not, please, read those posts to get to know New Belgium Brewery. Let us get into this India Pale Ale.
This India Pale Ale has a clear copper color with a nice white constant head on it. The smell has hints of citrus and slight piney notes. The taste has a slight citrus carbonated notes with a dry piney hop finish for the aftertaste. It is a drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Tip your hat to our Beer Rangers in the field who inspired this will-balanced IPA packed with Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hops. Count on citrus aromas and piney surroundings.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all 29 of our states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, our Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. And explore many a beer from many a brewery, they do.
Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) 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!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing out my tab, I have to say it took me a ton of time to start liking this beer. I do not know why. I will say my first impression was not very good towards this craft IPA. However, after a ton of research, I have a new thought pattern towards this IPA. I have to say I like it now. It is in my top ten of craft India Pale Ales. I love the hop collection and the selection. The malty backbone was well designed. I wish I could find this beer in cans. I am pretty happy to see this beer in their first sampler 12 pack cans. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser