dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle). Pours clear straw yellow with 1" thick white head. Aroma of grass, pine, resin, floral, also some basement/funk. Quite pungent. Taste is bitter, but there is a subtle, underlying sweetness. Light to medium bodied with oily and somewhat thin body. Carbonation is fizzy on the tongue. Finish is bitter, but pleasingly so. I think New Belgium nailed this one. They definitely got the hop aroma and flavor, but there is a nice grapefruit aspect that balances this beer out quite well at the end and really cuts through the bitterness. I appreciate that finesse because it seems that too many brewers try to blow up your taste buds with IBU. Nice job!
gururyan (636) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Picked up a fresher batch of Ranger so I had to adjust my initial ratings of it.
Kavu (2487) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with a medium head. Aroma is fruity hops, flavor is fruits and malts. Quite a lot of hops in the finish. Pretty normal but good ipa.
swanmann (638) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle poured a bright, clear, brassy-orange ale with fluffy off white head, sustained about 3-4 minutes. It smells piney, for sure, and the flavor shouldn’t disappoint IPA fans. It’s bracing and hop forward. After it warms just a bit, lovely creamy caramel textures appear. Effective without being outrageous.
mjg74 (2571) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Strong hoppy nose. Smells quite sticky, like sap from a pine tree. Dry pine bitterness. Not overwhelming, but well hopped. A little hint of sweetness, followed by dry bitterness.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light piney aroma. Pours clear golden with mid range head. Some sweetness, drying hop finish. Understated hops, medium body.
woodzgud (23) - USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and very balanced. Some bitterness but not overbearing, w/fruit, citrus overtones. I’ve not jumped on th New Belgium bandwagon to this point, but this is one of the best IPAs I’ve had - probably should be rated even higher.
jdskinns (204) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Clear golden color with a decent inch-thick white head. Aroma is nice, citrusy hops. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter but nothing outstanding. Pretty bland actually. Body is very light and thin. Overall not very impressed with this one.
edwardbass (579) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoy Ranger. Nice hopping grapefruit citrus prevails, which I like. It’s palate is pleasing and I consider it one of my "day-to-day" beers (Two Hearted being my favorite day-to-day).
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely clean and well balanced. Has the right amount of bitterness, the aroma is pine, herbal, and citrus. Holds a nice thick white head down the glass with regal lacing. It is plenty bitter, but there is enough bready maltiness and hop fruitiness to balance it out. The aftertaste is a bit weak, it has a medium body and thin texture with medium carbonation. A very satisfying IPA, one you could drink in quantity.