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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,721 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3721
Reviews: 1109
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a mixed six from Cost Plus. I've had it before and did not like it, however it's the only thing from NB's Explorer series I've really shied away from so thought I'd give it another go.

Poured from the classic 120z New Belgium collared brown bottle into a goblet, orange gold, with a 3/4 head that sank pretty quickly, and busy looking effervescence. Actually smells quite nice, big tangerine aroma, yeast and dried apricot. On the first sip that tangerine/orange flavor is really prevalent, and beer is quite bitter on the back end. A few more and the bitterness subsides a bit, but that citrus flavor continues to stand out - it's quite nice. Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium, and the carbonation is fairly active.

I should mention that it isn't quite cold as Cost Plus doesn't refrigerate most of their stuff, so I don't know how much putting a good chill on this would change the experience, but overall I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a decent IPA, and would be well-suited for a summer BBQ or some other outdoorsiness. The 6.5 ABV is nice too - seems like you could knock a few of these back without going cross-eyed.

NB did some good things with this beer, and I'm glad I revisited. I imagine I'll probably pick this up again when summer rolls around.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:31:35 | More by BeerWizard
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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

Doughy malt, pine, and citrus form the aroma. Pine dominates.

Flavor reveals fresh cut grass initially, with a toasted malt backbone, finishing fairly bitter. Grass is definitely dominant. There's a hint of grapefruit pith. Citrus becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and significant astringency.

Somewhat one-note. Good balance of malt and flavoring hops, but too bitter for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 15:06:27 | More by barczar
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HarryPotHead

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-19-2014 01:37:17 | More by HarryPotHead
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Chritter

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-19-2014 01:09:48 | More by Chritter
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-18-2014 23:09:33 | More by alexm1309
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-18-2014 20:57:19 | More by TastyIsBeer
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-18-2014 18:12:19 | More by DRTBrewster
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-18-2014 12:56:39 | More by BeerBuckeye
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AMCimpi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-17-2014 17:37:49 | More by AMCimpi
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hit728

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-17-2014 13:18:10 | More by hit728
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alexrichman

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A) poured from a 12oz bottle into glassware, Ranger poured a clear copper color with a sub 1/2 finger head that quickly settled and did not leave much lacing to speak of

S) nice bouquet some sweet malt that almost has a jolly rancher smell, some nice piney hops, some grapefruit and other tropical fruits

T) malt is sweeter than most but has a bit of biscuit and toast, hops come through much like the smell with pine, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruit. Nice balanced finish.

M) nice thickness, a bit oily from hop resin (this is good), and nice carbonation - pretty drinkable for an IPA

O) Ranger is a solid IPA that offers some interesting hop flavors with a fairly sweet malt background. Hops could be a little more assertive, in fact this beer is pretty tame, but this would be a good beer to introduce someone new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:16:23 | More by alexrichman
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Stillmakingnoise

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-17-2014 00:09:21 | More by Stillmakingnoise
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Medicate

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-16-2014 02:53:30 | More by Medicate
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ToddKehoe


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-16-2014 02:38:04 | More by ToddKehoe
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DubCo21

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-16-2014 02:30:22 | More by DubCo21
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Sebas

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-16-2014 02:15:25 | More by Sebas
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-15-2014 21:06:55 | More by JDM44
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Ed_from_Ohio

Arkansas

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent gold.
Smell: Fruity--almost melony
Taste: Wallop of fruit--too fruity, almost cloyingly fruity, for my preferences, with robust bitter aftertaste.
MF: smooth with a little pucker at the end.

Overall: I won't be intentionally buying it again--If you're a big IPA fan, you probably owe it to yourself to try it, but not enough undertones or body for me.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 15:55:09 | More by Ed_from_Ohio
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-15-2014 03:12:32 | More by wisegreensoul
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-15-2014 02:19:38 | More by marmstrong1212
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-15-2014 00:03:38 | More by Hendrick24
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boltnut

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-14-2014 13:27:10 | More by boltnut
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Florida

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 3,721 ratings.