This week's beers are by New Belgium, one of my favorite breweries, and one that can be easily be found across the country.
New Belgium Ranger - India Pale Ale with a 6.5% alcohol content
New Belgium 1554 - Black Lager with a 5.6% alcohol content
Before I get started, just wanted to explain that I'm going to use a rating system for the beers. I have Mallory working on a graphic for it, but it's going to be rated on an Aspirin Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best. I wanted to do a hangover scale, but wasn't sure how to quantify that. Aspirin it is!
As far as the Ranger pale ale, I'm normally not a fan of IPA beers. The taste can be very overpowering with an especially strong aftertaste. On the plus side, they do tend to have a higher alcohol content ;)
This particular IPA isn't as strong as other IPA's I've had, it does have a small citrus tang to it, which is nice.
Long story short, it's average, I'm not a particularly big fan of it, but as I've been coming around to IPA's, it's not a bad beer either.
I wouldn't necessarily commit myself to buying a 12-pack of them, but it's a nice beer to mix in.
I give it a 3 aspirin out of 5.
The 1554 is a black lager, which isn't very descriptive, it tastes a bit nutty and chocolatey. My favorite thing to do with a dark beer is to drink it a bit warmer, sometimes they can have a coffee taste. This beer is good, it's really dry with a hint of chocolate taste at the end.
This is a solid beer, but I wouldn't drink more than a few in a night because of the dryness of it.
I give it a 4 aspirin out of 5.
Have any of you tried New Belgium beers? They're best known for their Fat Tire beer.
Also, is anyone interested in turning this into a link up? Doesn't have to be beer related, but if you are, leave a comment, tweet us or send a carrier pigeon! We'd like to see at least a dozen interested in linking up before we move forward with that.
Until then...see you next BEERDAY!