New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
$8.99/ six-pack at metro beverage and grocery stores; also on draft at select bars and restaurants.
Profile: Best known for its Belgian-style beers, Colorado’s New Belgium recently released Ranger India Pale Ale, a distinctly American-style IPA. Bright with Simcoe, Chinook and Cascade hops, which impart strong citrus aromas and flavors with a touch of pine, there’s also a pleasing caramel malt backbone. Named for New Belgium’s cadre of friendly sales folk, Ranger is welcome addition to the brewery’s new year-round line up of Explore Series beers.
Pair with: This lively but easy drinking IPA would make an affable companion for all sorts of pub grub, including burgers, hot wings, and fish and chips. And it would be just as fine beside spicy Asian dishes and hearty cheeses.