This month I take a stab at one of the larger craft breweries and their hoppy hoptastic hoppiness - Ranger IPA, a beer I've had before but only here and there, never in a concentrated effort to understand and analyze the tastes, scents, and effects that this beer may have on me. Due to the fact that this beer was part of New Belgium's "Spring Folly Pack", I was only able to consume the minimum 36oz since there were only 3 bottles of Ranger in the multipack itself. Would 3 be enough? Or would I crave more? Read on astute...uhh...readers.
Ranger IPA is something that I've been familiar with for a little over a year. I first tasted it up in Big Sur at an outdoor wedding under the mighty and majestic Redwoods. There couldn't have been a more perfect setting to notice and acknowledge the superior hops added to this beer. It was bitter but pleasant. It had bite yet was smooth. I got drunk but didn't care. Fast forward to almost a year later and I once again found myself face-to-face with this beer that I had fond memories of. This time however, there wouldn't be shots of whiskey, flutes of champagne, or massive amounts of wedding cake to cloud my thoughts about this brew. Similar to last month's Port Brewing Wipeout IPA, the focus of this beer was the hops. Unlike that beer however, New Belgium limited the variety to three different kinds -