rmussman (1702) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard to rate this brew. I was expecting a lot more punch from a brand new IPA from NB. This is a very well crafted brew that is subtle in its hoppage however really strong in its quality and this is a beautiful drinking brew.
BOLTZ7555 (2935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sessionable IPA that is well balanced with the traditional citrus, resin, and minimal malt...bright golden pour with a 1/4 inch ivory head and slightly hoppy nose. Nothing incredible but would definitely buy again.
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at 6 feet under. All the menu said was Ranger IPA and being the lover of the style that I am I went ahead and ordered it not knowing it was New Belgium beer until it arrived in a New Belgium glass. This is much more well crafted than many of the more prolific offerings from this brewery. The hop profile is outstanding and entertaining. Grassy nose, citrus flavors, and a bitter grapefruit finish run the gamut of hop sensations you could ever want. Lacking a little in the balance category and could use an extra handful of malt or a more full bodied malt but it is a minor complaint for an otherwise very tasty drink.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at NB meet-up at Mattingly) Deep gold with small white head and nice lace. Great pine aroma. Taste is pine hops, some citrus, enough malt for balance. Really nice American style IPA. I’ve had it in bottles too- the draught is much nicer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Finally an IPA from NB! The beer is a clear, goldish-amber color with a nice head; creamy, fluffy, full, white with a creamy layer remaining throughout and nice drippy lace. The nose is very pleasant with nice floral all over, light fresh herbal, tangerine, grapefruit peel, and some hints of rustic cascades. The flavor is similar with a moderately high, fresh bitterness and just hints of a malt base; juicy tangerine, light rustic, almost minty, light grapefruit peel, and floral notes with just some sweet breads in the background. The palate is medium, refreshing, sticky, and lively. The finish is still mostly bitter but a bit of sweetness sticks on the tongue to keep balance with light mint, rustic, hints of herbal, and tangerine. To be honest, I had my doubts about this but it was a pleasant surprise. A great bitterness, nice juicy citrus, nice balancing (minimal but balancing) malt notes, and nice complementary notes. This IPA kept a moderately high bitterness but lacked the overly dry notes of some IPA’s. A very nice surprise from NB.
Frank (3260) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange. Head of mixed bubbles leaves lace in sheets. Aroma is centered around pine-accented hops with a little bit of sticky sweet melon and oranges. As well as it starts, it is overall to dry and thin to make a really positive impression. There is hardly any malt character at all just an earthy bitterness in the finish. Disappointing to say the least.
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light copper beer, moderate, soapy lace - fresh hop nose, with quite a bit of herbal character, some tea-like notes - dry up front, with the cascade being the most prominent hop - nicely balanced hop character - sweetness develops late, but thankfully, doesn’t become too strong, which I was afraid of from this brewer - as the sweetness comes in, the tea-like character from the aroma becomes fairly evident in the flavor - lingering earthy hops - some peppery character in the finish - a lot better than I was expecting.
ilovedarkbeer (2389) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep orange color with a foamy off white head. Nose is baked crescent rolls, mandarin oranges, something slightly herbal (maybe sage) and rind. Taste is biscuits, pink grapefruit, and grass. Thinner mouthfeel and sort of a grainy bitter finish.
DennisD (12) - USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: hoppy, grapefruit, pine
Appearance: Golden, yellow, lighter than expected.
Taste: Hoppy, strong, warming
Overall: Nice beer. Enjoyed it.
canisrufus (6) - Oakdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as hoppy as I would have expected for a beer designed by "hopinistas". That is what lowered my rating. It is a fairly easy drinking IPA, but won’t be hoppy enough for true hopheads.