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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,722 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3722
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Slackerville:
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Slackerville

California

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my current favorite New Belgium IPA. They do a great job making beers with different hop varieties and this combination is perfect for my pallet. Ranger is very aromatic with a noticeable hop flavor on the tongue initially, then finishes smooth and not as bitter as many IPAs. Malt takes a back seat in this beer but the result is an IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink. The main flavors I get from the hops are papaya and other tropical fruit which provides a pleasant and not overpowering sweetness.

Like many Colorado breweries New Belgium has started selling Ranger in cans so it’s easy to transport for outdoor activities and the cans don’t seem to have any adverse affect on the hop aroma of flavor.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 19:43:39 | More by Slackerville
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-20-2014 04:20:24 | More by HoppySeb
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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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Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-18-2014 12:56:39 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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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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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Arkansas

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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