Which is better Ranger IPA or Ranger IPA?

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10 Responses

  1. Don says:

    Boy, that wasn’t my impression at all. I haven’t had this from a can, but I did have it on tap. To me it tasted totally like carbonated grapefruit juice. Literally I got no beer essence from it, it was just about the fruity flavors that the hop impart. I’m not a huge fan of the New Belgian brews, and this one falls right in there for me too. Not a big fan.

    I’m surprised that you get metallic from the flavor. I have heard over and over again that it is impossible for the can to impart a metallic flavor because there is actually no contact between the beer and the can. Scott over at the Brew Club talks about it on his post about Dale’s Pale Ale. Perhaps you are just uber sensitive.

    • Simply Beer says:

      Don, I’m a huge fan of La Folie and haven’t had many other new Belgium so I can’t comment on the others, but Mothership was pretty good, from what I remember. As far as the can the only time it contacts the can is when your pouring it. There is this weird flavor I get from so many cans, to me it is metalic, who knows maybe it is psychological. Wouldn’t be the first time I was crazy… or the last 🙂 who knows… I’m going to do a podcast of all canned beer next month, hopefully that will put my taste buds to rest.

  2. erik says:

    I would have been really interested to see how you felt about this comparison without knowing which one was bottled and which one was canned.

  3. I would second Erik’s comment about trying this blind. People have a very psychosomatic response it seems that makes them taste metallic flavors in canned beer. The beer literally never touches the metal of the can… ever.

    Perhaps one container was fresher than the other and you were getting sharper flavors in one and softer flavors in the other, the ascribing some of this difference to being metallic.

    As I mentioned to Scott over at TheBrewClub, modern cans have a water based polymer lining that keeps beer from touching aluminum. On top of that, the aluminum is so thin that, if beer were to touch it, it would corrode through before you got it home from the store. They impart no off-flavors to beer from the metal.

  4. Sorry, should have added in, cool article though! I dig the idea.

    • Simply Beer says:

      @Jeff – I know the science behind it, but still the flavor between the two was amazingly different. If I can get another can and bottle I’ll do a blind tasting. Although I guess it would help if I didn’t shotgun the can. 🙂

  5. Hey there. I definitely believe there was different taste between the two… I just wouldn’t necessarily attribute it to the can. Before blaming the can, I’d say it was either batch to batch variability, age, different handling… who knows.

    Haha, and there is nothing wrong with shotgunning a can every now and again… we don’t have to dissect every beer! 🙂

    We’ve been planning to do an article around cans vs. bottles for a while. This might have finally got us moving on it.

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