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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,736 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3736
Reviews: 1112
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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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle, with the date on the bottle that says November 25, 2012. I don't know if that's 'bottled on' or 'best by', so I might be a little late on this one but that bothers me not. I haven't had a Ranger in quite a while, but it's been one of my go-to IPA's especially being that it's only $3.99 a bottle around here. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Significant lacing. Poured a giant three finger doughy head on my second pour.

S - Citrus and pine hop smells prevalent for sure. Maybe some faint malts relaxing in the background.

T - Extreme bitter hops for sure. Maybe some roasted nuttiness in the finish, along with a little bit of a sugary sweetness hanging out. Pretty well concocted taste with a nice 6.50% abv, well-balanced, but simple, and extremely bitter tasting. Definitely a beer to go for if you need your hop fix.

M - Very sticky bitter resinous feel. Not unpleasant, just pretty one dimensional.

Overall, in the realm of very bitter IPA's this beer is pretty spot on. However, it is simple and pretty basic tasting, and not a very complex brew. I think I enjoyed this beer much more before I was enlightened by the taste of highly complex IPA's, and before I appreciated stouts and other dark beers also. A decent beer, and I would have it again, but being one of New Belgium's landmark beers, it is slightly unimpressive, and they have released far better beers.

New Belgium Ranger IPA ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:41:41 | More by mfnmbvp
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goochpunch

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Pours out a light copper. Thin head. Smells malty as hell. Worty. Hops are of the citric variety, but wildly under represented in the nose. Flavor is malty, worty, Grape Nut-y, sweet, with a touch of hops. I pick up heavy toasty NB house taste. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than I'd like. Carbonation is a bit prickly. Not feeling this. Weirdly worty. Lacking.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 01:56:03 | More by goochpunch
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aliciamsu

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-25-2014 00:09:41 | More by aliciamsu
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RanchHand

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-25-2014 00:08:35 | More by RanchHand
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maniaczak

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-24-2014 00:53:42 | More by maniaczak
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-23-2014 09:45:53 | More by Sanchezrox23
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IllicitEloquence

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-23-2014 03:01:51 | More by IllicitEloquence
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THE-DUDE

Missouri

4.98/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers! It is in my top 3 IPAs. A very west coast type IPA, which I apparently love. Fabulous citrus and floral fragrance and flavor. Quite bitter with a strong grapefruit flavor. Not as balanced and some may prefer, definitely on the hoppy side. But for me, this is a great IPA. I recommend this to anyone who likes a hoppy IPA. Although I am tempted to keep trying new IPAs, and I do, I still manage to always pick up a 6-er of Ranger a few times a years. Long live Ranger.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:27:34 | More by THE-DUDE
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ElectricSalmon

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Gold Color with a thin, white head. The head didn't stick around for too long, but the beer left some lacing on the glass as I was drinking. Clear with bubbles visible rising in several columns from the bottom of the glass.

Definite hop aroma... it wasn't strong...but I could also be congested right now.

Flavor - hops dominate. Some malt balance but mainly hops leaving a hops after taste lingering after the mostly dry finish.

Overall - it's good...not out of this world good, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:11:11 | More by ElectricSalmon
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kj8525

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-23-2014 00:19:02 | More by kj8525
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shaneshort

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-22-2014 05:38:58 | More by shaneshort
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 08 June 14. Poured into a Libby globe porter glass. Label is the ranger hat full of hops.

Appearance: Clear gold to light amber color, with a think white skin of foam across the top. Initial 1/4" foam died back pretty quickly to the skin of foam. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing noted. A good amount of bubbles coming up through the beer. Nice looking beer. With a swirl the lacing still sticks around.

Smell: Interesting, but not what I was expecting. Not as hoppy aromatic as advertised. Some pine and citrus, but mostly herbal and a notable, but not bad, onion flavored potato chip smell.

Taste: Hoppy, but not overly so. Hops up front and at the end, with a clean cracker-like malt in the middle. Hops have some pine and grapefruit, but strong grassy/herbal flavor as well. Definite strong bitter finish. Gets better as it warms up - the flavors become stronger but not necessarily different. They just contrast better.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, with some lingering hop oils sticking to the teeth. A little watery underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm...I think I like my IPAs with more malt and more aromatic hops. Full flavored, but not amazing. A middle of the pack, but hop forward IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 22:38:38 | More by damndirtyape
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-21-2014 18:28:01 | More by Knoxrb12
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brywhite

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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bcr42

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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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California

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%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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