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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 562 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dbkdev, Mar 14, 2014
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Photo of jsausley
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Now, as an introduction, I purchased this beer in a New Belgium variety pack box. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had had Fat Tire quite a few times (hard beer to avoid), so I did expect some fairly mid-grade craft beers that were exemplary of their respective styles and fairly balanced in flavor profile. With the first two out of the pack, Blue Paddle and Skinny Dip, I have to say I was underwhelmed and not impressed. But then it came time for the Ranger...

A: A fairly standard appearance of an IPA. Golden in color with hints of red and brown, a nice head and some decent carbonation activity. My pour was fairly rigorous yet did not produce a too lively head and the head faded away rather quickly.

S: Some yeast, some bread notes, but overwhelmingly hops. Nice citrus notes too, with a hint of pine and maybe a hint of pepper. A fairly aromatic and balanced beer.

T: The Ranger hits a home run with its flavor. Predominantly a hoppy IPA, it kicks hard with bitterness but has a really favorable and distinct grapefruit flavor. There's a touch of sweetness in the body as well as the flavors of light toasted malt but overly it's hops and grapefruit to the max. The aftertaste is pleasant, with a little spice and pepper but nothing too dramatic or distracting. Overall a very balanced and well bodied IPA that serves as a blueprint for the style.

M: Crisp and fresh, smooth but not silky. Nice carbonation, good twang and a nice aftertaste. Balanced.

O: Overall, if a new beer drinker came to me and ask, "What is an IPA that, to you, tastes closest to the formula of an American IPA and exemplifies that style in a way that defines it?" The answer would be New Belgium's Ranger. It is by a long way NOT the best IPA nor is it characterized by uniqueness and distinctive flavors, but it is certainly one of the most standard and balanced beers of its type. A wonderful hop balance, nice body and crisp citrus (grapefruit) notes. A solid A-.

jsausley, Aug 07, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had mixed feelings about the last few New Belgium brews I have had lately,this is a clear winner in my book.Poured into a standard pint glas a clear medium golden with tight formed 1/2 finger white head that left shotty lace as it settled into an almost creamy mass.Nice shot of the Simcoe hops in the nose,sharp and citric, with a little herb.Flavors are well balanced at first with pine and citric hop melding well with a hefty caramel base,a big shot of sharp herbal leafiness hits in the finish.I think a very well rounded IPA with a alot of different hop components going on.

oberon, Feb 03, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

mojohawk21, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a crystalline orange in color with a nice, pure white head that came up nicely. It wasn't like that thick shaving cream kind of head but more like white caps on a choppy sea.

Smell - This has a strong but easy-going aroma led primarily by the rindy citrus hops with just a touch of pine. The grain base is just big enough to maintain respectability. Again, it is a refined and easy smell that brings out the other aspects of the bouquet.

Taste - The malt base comes on a bit more substantial at the taste and, again, shows a lot of class. It is exactly the right kind of grain and malt flavor mix that compliments this diverse hop profile. The citrus from the nose is amazingly smooth at the taste and though the pine largely drops off there is a variety of citrus flavors that gives this IPA a wonderfully clean flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied with some strong but manageable bitterness and a light carbonation that keeps the beer lively without slowing you down too much.

Drinkability - Boy was I impressed with this beer. I do like the big hop bombs I'll admit but I can also appreciate a well-balanced and thoughtful effort such as this New Belgium sample. This is a very refined class act and a must-taste for any true IPA fan.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tectactoe, Aug 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with small head development on the pour.

Smell: Sweet.

Taste: Tangy, tuttie-fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much what you would expect from an American IPA, medium-bodied and moderately bitter.

Drinkability: Good.

Notes: Overall a decent beer, although nothing steller for the style but okay at least.

ExtraStout, May 22, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SuqMadique, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

OhioBobcat, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden beer with very good clarity. A nice head stand produced when poured. A long lasting head of off-white, rocky foam.

S: Strong, fresh citrus hops with a medium piney resinous aroma. some clean malt sweetness with a light floral alcohol note. Moderate grassy aroma.

T: An assertive hops bitterness with a medium-strong citrus, pine and pineapple hops flavor. There is a low, clean malt sweetness giving a balance that is pretty bitter. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste and an off-dry finish.

M: Medium Bodied with a strong level of carbonation that gets almost into that Saison, fluffy territory.

O: A very good IPA with a straight forward balance and a nice blend of citrus, piney and tropical hops flavors.

MadScientist, Jun 09, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with a pillowy white head.

Nice aroma, integating pine and citrus very well. Like a slightly amped up Mighty Arrow.

Similar palate with a wave of grapefruity and piney hops and a bit of raw grain that could probably be smoothed out to improve it.

The carbonation is a little on the rough side but not so much that it's a turn off.

Overall, a solid offering from a brewery that should have had a hoppy beer a long time ago.

brownbeer, Dec 30, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Tedwarhc, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Tiernan, Feb 28, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice brass pour with a bit of bubbles on top, that reduce into a minor lace.

S: Piney on the nose, having trouble picking up anything spectacular though.

T: Great. Bold piney hops with limited to no aftertaste. Makes the sides of tongue goosebump before every sip.

M: A bit thin, but smooth and very very drinkable.

Overall a very nice IPA that I will use as a regular fridge stocker at $3/22oz.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Sep 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tbryan5, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ynalak, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ajkiser12, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of rwinzing
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from my brother in law when he came up to visit.

Poured into my Mother Earth Brewing tulip. It poured a nice straw color with a very small head. A lot of white lacing around the side of the glass

Smell was sweet with slight pepper and ginger with a touch of citrus

Taste is a nice beer slight sweetness on the tounge followed by a bite from the hops. The beer is well balanced and has jut a little bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is bity and full.

Overall one of my go to IPA's enjoy this beer a lot when I can get it.

Happy IPA day my BA friends

rwinzing, Aug 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

markallmon, Jul 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Punchy_Munchie, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

markmo, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

FadetoBock, Mar 21, 2014
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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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