daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($1.79). Pours a yellow-orange, a little on the pale side for an IPA. Two fingers of off-white head leaves good lacing. Aroma is on the weak side but includes grassy/hay hops, light citrus, and a note of maltiness. Flavor is also more "earthy" hop flavors (grassy, soapy) that is lightly but pleasantly bitter along with some caramel maltiness. Rather light mouthfeel with a dry-ish finish. Okay IPA. (444, 322)
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong bitter hop aroma. Pours a deep amber, clear, with a slightly brown head. Starts off with a nice toasted malt, grassy, bitter hops, and finishes with a nice bitter tail. A good IPA overall. New Belgiums’ delcious malt evident but could afford to use a more original hop blend.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap with the Chicago team at Timothy O’Tooles. Bottle while watching Lakers/Celtics final. Loved this beer. Delicious medley of hops, smooth drinking, one of the best single IPA’s hands down.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a orangish gold with a sudsy yet thin head and complex aromas of citrus, bread dough, grass and herbs. Flavor is decidedly malty... hops are not as dominant as I would have hoped, more like a medicinal/herbal presence that is moderate at best. Finishes with a lot of caramel, a bit of metal and some soap.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy BFC. Pours orange with light ruby hues, 1 finger white head, lacing. Piny and grapefruit nose, some other citrus. Nice caramel sweetness balanced with a moderate bitter, sticking and resiny, some citrus notes. Nice carbonic mouthfeel. A nice IPA overall.
stephenj007 (120) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very nice IPA. Bottle pour was deep, clear yellow, with a pillowy white head that stayed all the way to the end.....I like that kinda head. Aroma was piney, over-ripe orange, with a hops invite. Taste was well balanced, but no doubt IPA style, interesting, mild sweet notes, but quickly hits you with the hops bitterness. Washes down well, nothing special about the mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. I am not a big IPA drinker, but this Ranger really piques my interest in this style.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice. Exceptionally smooth and balanced. Very similar to O’Dells IPA, which I like very much as well. Malt and yeast balance much better than Stone, which I hold as the standard of a "pure" west coast IPA. Appearance is also distinguished by lasting white head and lacing, nice orange color, and excellent activity. Might be the best overall balanced IPA I’ve had yet.
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good piney hops aroma. Clear orange copper in color. Flavor has a decent hops bitterness that isn’t overpowering. Overall it’s a good drinkable brew. More purchases are required.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this a little better than I remember. head is pure white but not lasting, could be the glass. aroma of strong resinous pines and earth supported by evident citrus. certainly some fruits mixed in giving it a tropical presentation. taste is similar. quite bitter from start and well past the finish. very nice and refreashing.
Onslow (1392) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at palmer’s Beer Garden in LaGrange Park, IL, and then picked up a 6 pack as I was heading out of state. A little lighter in body in than typical IPA, but packs a fine aromatic and citrusy (grapefruit) hoppiness. Very refreshing on a hot day and full of flavor an character. I *really* wish New Belgium would expand into Michigan…