New Belgium Ranger IPA
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
Intro: What’s this…an IPA from the Belgian-style beer masters over at New Belgium? Well, I’ve been a fan of their Might Arrow Pale Ale over the past couple of years, so I guess this isn’t too much of a stretch. New Belgium is one of my favorite breweries around. Whether it’s their six-pack friendly Mothership Wit, or their outstanding La Folie sour brown ale, a beer from New Belgium in my hand usually makes me a pretty happy man. I respect that New Belgium has done what they have in the world of beer without blowing us away with hops, but I’m not one to argue when they have a change of heart and decide to dump a bunch of hops into a beer.
Description: Pours a clear golden amber with medium head. Earthy and citrus hop aroma comes through in abundance. Very forward hop nose. Taste is a mix of grassy, citrus, and earthy hops, with balancing malts that equal things out nicely but are nondescript. A significant bitterness finishes things off. A very nice, easy drinking IPA with a pleasing blend of hops. This is a welcome six-pack beer for the IPA drinker who doesn’t like hops stuck up their nose and down their throats., and it is a perfect addition to the New Belgium lineup of year-round beers. Wide distribution and an affordable price could make this a very popular IPA.
Verdict: Buy it
Availability: This new IPA will be available year-round starting on February 1 in six-packs for about $7.99 and on draft.
Commercial Description/Press Release:
Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all 26 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. The fellows up in the Northwest kept calling for “more hops!” Soon it became a common theme across the land. Rangers, fans and craft lovers everywhere were searching for hoppier beers.
So, here it finally is – New Belgium’s foray into the true American India Pale Ales. 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!
Coming to where good beer is served and sold February 1, 2010!
In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC’s law, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.