Niko100 (2329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of pine hops, some floral, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pine hops, floral, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, lots of hops - pretty good.
jw0406 (943) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a golden amber color with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, floral. Balanced nicely, but not pops with this beer. A nice value IPA
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear orange with a medium sized off-white head & nice lacing. Aroma stong citrus and piney hops. Flavor of is herbal hops with malts. I am little disapointed with the flavor since I was hoping for something with a bit more citrus/piney hops (as the aroma hinted). Also the balancing malts donít match the flavor of the hops very well. Itís still a pretty good beer, but I was expecting a less harsh of a flavor.
LetsGoState (702) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of earthy hops with an identical taste and bitter bite. Overall not bad, but not my style.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Ranger poured out crystal clear and oddly reminded me of the way the sun shines through a slice of mandarin orange. Or maybe a coppery apricot with rich golden-honey highlights. It produced a handsome buff/beige whipped cream head that was, again, easily 3 to 4 fingers thick - possibly 5 when I first poured it. Refusing to disappear, the frothy foam held itself together in nice big snow piles that drifted across the middle while thick sheets of fluffy lace clouds clung effortlessly to the glass.
The nose came across fairly mild, but I think Iím expecting these IPAs to be Imperials or Doubles, when they are only (and not a bad only) regular IPAs. Iím a sucker for a good punchy hop. Regardless the aroma of this IPA, though mild, was chock-full of grapefruit pith rolled up in some marijuana and soaked in oily lemon peel. The obvious zesty hops were present with an even bitterness that was smoothed out by light pale malts, and while I tried to find where the minimal pine accents were coming from, they really didnít associate with the rest of the scents too much even in the flavor.
Where the nose was nice and mild, the flavor was definitely mellow in its own way. Carrying a nice medium body with heavier medium carbonation, the Ranger also offered a slick oiliness that coated my tongue and mouth while at the same time ended on a dryer note. Iíve gotta find out how they do that, it doesnít make sense to me that something can be oily and dry at the same time...and still taste delicious. I think the oil came from the lemon peel that was in the aroma, but the taste was more lemon-lime with touches of grapefruit rind. I was a little surprised to find that none of the citrus flavors were very pronounced or obvious despite the use of both Cascade and Chinook hops, and much of the taste came out in light unidentifiable florals and herbs. Nearing the end of my glass, I was able to pay more attention to the sweetness emanating from the liquid and recognized a light honey and a few caramel malt notes just around the edges. These were offered with some breadiness that helped me to really feel it in my mouth - making it taste stronger/thicker.
arkurzynski (1857) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber, copious carbonation and off white head. Mostly citrus hops, lemon grass, some skunk. Clean and crisp with very low level bitterness. Plain and boring, but easy to drink.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange color with a soapy white head - good amount of lacing. Tropical fruit and pine aromas.- bitterness really comes through on the back end. This is a good IPA that Iíve come back to time and time again.
Bif (1741) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- Pours a clear golden color with a good head and nice lacing. Piney and citrus aroma with a trace of sweetness. Taste is mostly of citrus with some pine thrown in. A bit tart with a dry-bitter finish and slight bitter after taste. medium body, crisp and clean. Not quite as smooth as I expected. Decent IPA, just doesnít quite have that wow factor.
woodychevy (661) - - FEB 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2015 Drank Dogfish head 90 minute in same sitting, so this seemed really smooth. Good color, good head, easier drinking beer than the dogfish. Not quite as interesting, but solid. Super crisp and really well balanced. Nice brightness to it. Not much not to like about this one.
wlajwl (4807) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Standard IPA thatís relatively balanced, not exceptional but a good bitterness and very solid.