#7: New Belgium Ranger
This is a beer I’ve really enjoyed in the past and since it’s brewed by New Belgium, you can find it pretty much anywhere in cans–and even on draft in many places as well. Mountain bikers have traditionally supported New Belgium thanks to its roots in the MTB scene around Fort Collins and their signature amber ale, Fat Tire. This would be one of two New Belgium IPAs in our test.
Eric noted the nice aroma (citrus grove) and bright gold clarity. Aaron, on the other hand, noted a yeasty smell and found it to have average bitterness. I thought it tasted a little nutty or sesame, but overall it was pretty solid. Chris said this one was “chewy.” It should be noted that this was one of the last 3 beers we tasted so it’s possible our taste buds were slacking off at this point.
#6: New Belgium Accumulation White IPA
Based on our ratings, there was a big jump from #7 to #6 and as such, I think most if not all of us would agree that ordering any of the beers on the list from here on out would be a solid choice. New Belgium’s Accumulation White IPA is a seasonal beer that’s generally available in winter, and our Tuesday night crew has been known to order pitchers of the stuff after riding.
Tasters noted a crisp finish and a fruity, pineapple and grass taste. The light color of this beer seemed to belie the truly hoppy flavor that some noted left a bitter after taste.