Ranger India Pale AleEver met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are the friendly folks who
ensure that New Belgium beers are available in local markets where
the beer is served. Beer Rangers do their best to
protect, to pour and to partake. Because of their selfless
dedication to keep taps flowing and shelves stocked, New Belgium
Brewing has created a beer in their honor: Ranger IPA. This
year-round India Pale Ale is a unique addition to the New Belgium
portfolio, and answers Rangers' (and their local beer drinkers')
call for something new and hoppy.
While IPA is not technically a Belgian style, it was recently agreed upon that a
hoppy offering from New Belgium was in order. Simcoe, Chinook and Cascade hops
lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for dry-hopping. We're talking three
pounds of hops per barrel resulting in a bright, citrus blast of hops riding a
substantial, malty base. Pale and dark caramel malts bring out the hop aroma and
flavor from start to finish. Ranger IPA offers 70 IBUs and is 6.5% ABV.
"The Belgian tradition of thinking outside the box freed us up to create a beer
we all love that falls outside a conventional interpretation of Belgian
'style'," said Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. "It was fun to play with some
new elements - this is by far the hoppiest beer we have ever produced."
Ranger IPA, and its closest friends, Abbey, Mothership Wit and
Trippel, are getting fresh, vivid graphics under the Explore Series. These four
beers' departure from New Belgium's traditional watercolor packaging will make
eyes pop and bottle caps fly.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
This pour is beautifully clean with a gorgeous fluffy head that gives way to
sheets of lacing. The product is highly carbonated with tiny bubbles that whiz
through the sparkling golden clarity of the beer.
The nose is alive with juicy sappy pine and citrus scents. The hops shine with
their sharpness and the nose not muddied up by the graininess that a heavier
malt bill would bring. Smells crisp and light and delicious and foreshadows a
refreshing and quenching taste that is to follow the foreplay.
The taste is grand. A delicious mouthful of everything that is wonderful about
simcoe and sparingly administered chinook hops is the first showpiece offered in
the tasting. Citrus, pine, and just the perfect degree of bitterness paired with
a modest malt profile devoid of any cloying aspects make this brew quaffable to
the fullest. This has everything the western block of ipa manufacture has to be
noted and praised for.
The mouthfeel is perfect for drinkability. This brew has enough body to support
everything with balance and it promotes all of the flavors and characteristics
well and lends to superior ease of imbibing.
Overall this ale has what this reviewer has come to love about the west coast
version of the ipa style. Colorado may not be on the coast, but the general
western usa idea of streamlined and less filling while still utterly delicious
is evident here. Spending years chewing down the midwest's drinks, while
fabulous to be certain, has made me grow fond of this lighter type of beer and
hence I may feel more satisfied than others to whom this brew has been
commonplace. New Belgium is new to our market here in Michigan and I am glad
that I decided to snag this out of the gas station today as the overrated status
of Fat Tire nearly deterred me from finding out what a great little brew this
Ranger India Pale Ale is. I will be looking to this in the future!