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City & State or ZIP

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick

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.

12 comments Add your comment

Sit N Spin

February 8th, 2010
11:33 am

I like that more and more brewers are utilizing Simcoe™ hops. Used in the right propotion, it can make for a very tasty IPA.


February 8th, 2010
2:46 pm

I’m looking forward to trying this one on draught. Anyone seen it yet?

Golden Boy

February 8th, 2010
6:44 pm

To think that New Belgium beers have been in Atlanta less than a year and I can find them everywhere! It just shows what the demand is for great beers. I can’t wait for Ranger! I loved “2 Below”. I hope they keep them coming!


February 10th, 2010
9:05 am

Great timing for this, Bob, with the UC-Davis study touting IPAs as having the highest level of bone-density boosting silicon.


February 10th, 2010
9:59 am

I look forward to trying this beer. New Belgium always produces excellent, balanced beers.


February 10th, 2010
1:01 pm

Good call Lori:

TJ: This just in: “All three Summits are tapping a keg of this New Belgium IPA that has just become available!”


February 10th, 2010
4:52 pm

Hoping to find this on tap somewhere tonight!


February 11th, 2010
10:16 am

Most area Taco Mac locations have this beer now. Call the one nearest you, and don’t forget that you can follow your individually favorite stores on Twitter. Yes, that was a shameless promotion. Here is another one: Don’t forget about “Smutt-O-Rama” on Friday. One cask and six other special Smuttynose drafts at Taco Mac Metropolis.


February 12th, 2010
9:01 am

I found this to be a little on the sweet side. I haven’t finished the 6′er or drank it by itself for purposes of grading. I bought it and Founders Centennial IPA at the same time and preferred the Founders to NB Ranger.


February 12th, 2010
3:44 pm

I like it, a New twist for the NB guys. A purposely unbalanced beer, the finish is clean. Can’t wait to have another.


February 12th, 2010
8:09 pm

Bought a 6-pack of this from Greens on Ponce today (good price, btw). It is a really nice beer. If you like IPAs you should really give this beer a try.

Barbara Tyson

August 20th, 2010
8:34 pm

Why on earth would you write a feature article for the Food section about a chile that you can’t buy in Atlanta? Hatch, NM is not on my list of “must see” places and Taqueria del Sol is marginal at best.
Then the AJC prints an entire page of recipes for a chile that you can’t buy in Atlanta. What’s the point? I know you gave substitutes, but why would I bother to make a recipe using a substitute?
I don’t get it – at all!