New Belgium Brewing – Ranger IPA

New Belgium Ranger IPA
…I showed up with a sixer of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA and headed straight to the cooler to put it on ice. When I opened up the lid, I saw the Ranger. The keg beer would have to wait. Since my Torpedoes needed to chill I grabbed a Ranger and popped the top…

 The Beer

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Ranger IPA – New Belgium Brewing

The Venue

Backyard pool party. My friends, Jeff and Kim, recently remodeled their back yard, complete with outdoor kitchen featuring a 3 tap kegerator. On tap were Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Negro Modelo, and some Hefeweizen which ran out before I got there, so I didn’t bother to find out which one he had. I showed up with a sixer of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA and headed straight to the cooler to put it on ice before checking out the kegerator. When I opened up the lid, I saw the Ranger. The keg beer would have to wait. Since my Torpedoes needed to chill, and I really was in the mood for an IPA, I grabbed a Ranger and popped the top.

The Review

I poured the ice-chilled Ranger into a 16 oz. red plastic cup. So I can’t really comment on color. It was a pool party after all, so glass was a no-no. Right from the pour I got a nice and thick, hop-smelling head, which left a funny white mustache when I gulped from my plastic cup. Not only did that little mustache amuse my friends, it has definite grapefruit and pine notes so it adds to the enjoyment of this American IPA. Although it has the big hop nose to it, it has a nice malty sweet taste from the get-go so it’s a well balanced brew. Overall, this is a very drinkable IPA. I enjoyed a couple before heading over to the kegerator to taste what was on tap, and I never got to the Torpedoes that I brought. That’ll be a review for another day.

Cheers,
Erik

Oh, yeah, almost forgot to give my bottle cap rating. Solid 4 caps for New Belgium Ranger IPA.
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