The New Belgium Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado has quite a reputation. Mostly known for making Fat Tire, but beer aside they are known for the culture they embody. I was the only one intelligent enough to write about beer when a professor in college asked us to find the best example of sustainability we could. I received an A because I featured New Belgium (providing samples to the instructor may have helped).
What you really need to know about New Belgium is that their community loves them because they are employee owned. The world (literally) loves them because of their carbon footprint. I love them because they are innovative and just produce freakin' awesome beer! (they are one of my breweries that can do no wrong)
I was sort of kidding when I mentioned Ranger Rick, yes the publication still exists. The more I thought of it though, if Ranger Rick were to drink beer, this IPA is what he would drink! Why you say? Because I decided that he would drink a solid IPA, and he would certainly pick one from New Belgium since his entire mission is to save the environment.
This clear amber beauty bursts out of the starting gate with a buffet of hops. Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe lead off the beer, and then the Cascade hits you again for the combo adding the intense dry hop flavor expected from a quality IPA.
I could nurse a few of these, but why bother? Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts it's harmonized with hop flavor from start to finish. I recommend sitting down with a few so you don't have to get up and head to fridge when you want the next one!