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    New Belgium Ranger

    Anybody tried this? I grabbed a sixer last night. Wow. Great beer. Very hoppy and really smooth - not as dry as many IPA's I've recently tried. Usually I'm only wanting 1 or maybe 2 IPA's, but this had me wanting to keep going.

    Of New Belgium's Explore Series (Ranger, Abbey, Trippel, Mothership Wit), I've had all but the Trippel. All have been good, with the Abbey being my favorite. Even my brother and father who are mostly Coors/Miller/Bud drinkers found the Abbey to be delicious.

    Now I just need to find some of their Lips of Faith series somewhere.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Mothership's no good. Haven't tried trippel or abbey, but I guess I need to. Ranger is solid.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Ranger's a nice IPA but if you want hops with a smooth finish you should try New Belgium's Hoptober.


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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    I like all of the Fat Tire beers. I'm a wheat beer fan, so I like the Mothership, but I can see why people don't like it because of the citrus and coriander flavors.

    For the OP: I see you're in Minneapolis...if you get the chance, check out Dennis Brothers Liquor in Cottage Grove. Best liquor store I've ever been to, and the highest rated store in MN on BeerAdvocate.com. Great selection and outstanding service.

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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Ranger, Hoptober and Fat Tire are all on tap at Mahoneys in CR. IMO, beer is always better on tap...especially in a frosty pint. Trippel is one of my all time favorites. Simply an awesome beer with solid ABV.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    I like all of the Fat Tire beers. I'm a wheat beer fan, so I like the Mothership, but I can see why people don't like it because of the citrus and coriander flavors.

    For the OP: I see you're in Minneapolis...if you get the chance, check out Dennis Brothers Liquor in Cottage Grove. Best liquor store I've ever been to, and the highest rated store in MN on BeerAdvocate.com. Great selection and outstanding service.

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    If I get close I'll check it out. Thanks for the lead. I used to live in NE, so Surdyk's and St. Anthony Liquour store had very good selection... but this place sounds fantastic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by asmosis View Post
    If I get close I'll check it out. Thanks for the lead. I used to live in NE, so Surdyk's and St. Anthony Liquour store had very good selection... but this place sounds fantastic.
    It's like a candy store. The owners are two great guys that will steer you in the right direction, load you up with a ton of beer knowledge, and insist on carrying your stuff to your car. The first time I went, they threw in a free beer glass.


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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Dale's Pale Ale is the best IPA on the market.


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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    Dale's Pale Ale is the best IPA on the market.
    Double thumbs up. I recently went on a fishing trip to Canada, and hauled a 12er of Dale's with on the 30-hour car ride.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    while Dale's is good im gonna have to say i prefer Odell's IPA and for seasonal there is absolutely nothing better than Odell's Isolation Ale

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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    I will agree with you that Ranger is pretty good for New Belgium. My favorite though is Dogfish head's ipa.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    another great IPA is Deschutes Inversion IPA

    Inversion IPA | Beer for the Hop Lover from Deschutes

    and a great seasonal by them

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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneInColorado View Post
    another great IPA is Deschutes Inversion IPA

    Inversion IPA | Beer for the Hop Lover from Deschutes

    and a great seasonal by them

    Twilight Summer Ale

    Twilight Ale
    Their winter seasonal Jubelale is awesome as well.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Modus Hoperandi IPA from Ska Brewing out of Durango, CO is the best IPA out there.



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    Re: New Belgium Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by siklon View Post
    I will agree with you that Ranger is pretty good for New Belgium. My favorite though is Dogfish head's ipa.
    Yeah dogfish is a bit better than Ranger. If you're looking for a smoother IPA, Goose Island IPA is really good.



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