Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ranger IPA and Dark Heather Saison from New Belgium

New Belgium Ranger IPAWhile visiting the New Belgium Brewery web site I was drawn to two beers that were being highlighted and are new to the scene in early 2010. The first beer is part of their Explore Series and is called Ranger India Pale Ale (IPA). The second is a beer that's become part of New Belgium's Lips of Faith Series and is called Dark Heather Saison. Read below for details on these debuting beers.


Ranger India Pale Ale

Ranger IPA is a tribute to New Belgium's Beer Rangers who help spread the good news about New Belgium beer across this mighty land. New Belgium describes this beer as follows:

New Belgium’s foray into the true American India Pale Ales. Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger! 70 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. Coming to where good beer is served and sold February 1, 2010!"

While New Belgium isn't known for big hoppy beers, they are known for producing beers with big bold flavor. For you IPA lovers out there, February 1st can't come soon enough.

Here is a link to an official press release on Ranger IPA on BeerAdvocate.

Dark Heather Saison

New Belgium Dark Heather SaisonOn the other side of the coin is New Belgium's Dark Heather Saison. The Lips of Faith Series keeps getting more broader and bolder. This beer is describes as:

"This winter saison starts with pale and black barley malts creating a deep midnight hue with reddish highlights. The beer is spiced with cardamom, heather and black pepper for a touch of sweet that fades to a warm, peppery finish. Target and Saaz hops accentuate the spicing while the peppery notes balance nicely with the fruitiness of the saison yeast. The resulting dark saison is a lovely tongue tingler for those long winter nights. 7.5% abv."

New Belgium is known for adding a wide variety of spices to their beers. They go out of their way to find the right mix of ingredients to add more life to the taste.

Look for these beers where New Belgium bomber beers are sold soon. This winter may be a cold one but it doesn't have to be a dull one. Cheers.

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- New Belgium keeps getting greener. (Solar panels)
- Touring New Belgium's Liquid Center.
- New Belgium Dark Kriek review.
- New Belgium Mighty Arrow Pale Ale review.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com
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