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New Belgium’s 2017 lineup adds new beers, retires some stalwarts

Say your goodbyes to Snapshot, Slow Ride, Shift, Blue Paddle, Ranger and Rampant.
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New Belgium Rampant Ranger‘Tis the season. No, not for making a list for Santa, but for breweries to release their 2017 production calendars. That means we get a peek at which beers are coming and going next year; it’s already been announced that Avery will discontinue seven beers by year’s end and that Firestone Walker will bid adieu to bottles of Wookey Jack, Double Jack and Opal.

New Belgium today announced its moves for next year, and they portend four new year-round beers and well as the retirement of some recognizable brands including Snapshot wheat, Slow Ride session IPA, Shift pale lager and Blue Paddle Pilsner, the latter of which will morph into New Belgium Bohemian Pilsener. Ranger IPA and Rampant Imperial IPA will also be replaced by a new IPA and double IPA.

The four new year-round offerings will debut this month and include Dayblazer Easygoing Ale (a 4.8% golden ale that will be packaged in New Belgium’s first-ever 24-oz single cans, along with 12-ounce cans), Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale (a 5.3% golden ale brewed with Persian lime, coriander and black pepper, available in 12-ounce bottles), Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour (a 4.8% kettle-soured beer with lemon and ginger, available in 12-ounce bottles and cans and on draft)  and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Ale (a 5.5% pale ale brewed with eight different hops, available in 12-ounce bottles and cans and on draft).

Additionally, replacements are coming for Ranger IPA and Rampant Imperial IPA, which will be replaced by Voodoo Ranger IPA (a 7% IPA brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops, available in 12-ounce bottles and cans and on draft) and Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA (a 9% imperial IPA brewed withMosaic, Calypso, Bravo, and Delta hops, available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft). All new brands will debut by mid-January 2017.

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3 Comments

  • JC says:

    I am so fucking sad that Ranger is gone. Bring back the classic, PLEASE!

  • William Mitchell says:

    The Ranger IPA was great however the Vodooo Ranger bites. Guess I’ll have to find another beer company. Sad!

    • Rampant Ranger says:

      New Belgium committed a major error by ceasing brewing Ranger and Rampant. I still had several cans of both and did a taste test of each but didn’t need the originals to know that the multiple new Voodoo Rangers are horrible compared the the previous IPAs. The Ranger double IPA tastes like rubbing alcohol while the Ranger IPA pales compared to the original Ranger. And what is with using the Ranger name on so many beers? It is very confusing with the customer needing to study the packaging further to see what they are buying. I have noticed more of the product being left on the shelf for other beers. As for myself, I have moved on to other brands and have found some favorites that I would not give up even if Rampant and Ranger came back.

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