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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,191 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,191
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 331 | FT: 1
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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a pale, straw goldenrod color, pretty clear as well. A ton of carbonation can be seen in the body, which multiple streams of bubbles creating a torrent. About 1.5-fingers worth of head grows, ivory in appearance, with very good retention, probably due in part to the amount of carbonation. The lacing as well is great, with thick, generous foam covering nearly every inch of glass.

S - The aroma brings a vivid, fresh hop burst, which focus mainly on the grapefruit and citrus, but also brings pineapple and a dank pine smell as well. It's almost entirely hoppy, with only the slightest bit of caramel malts in the finish.

T - Given the amount of hops in the nose, I was expecting an equal amount of contribution for the flavor, but I am left with a little less than what was promised. It is pretty bitter, taking a lot from the hops, but the flavor seems to fall beyond the wayside. If the aroma gave the impression of a citrus-forward beer, the taste essentially discards that, instead leaving a touch of fruit and pine, replaced with malts and a strong bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. This feels pretty nice on that palate, moving smoothly and easily across the mouth while delivering the flavors, but there isn't a whole lot of distinct flavors that come across with it.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The body and nose on this are pretty nice and enjoyable, but the flavors fall a little short. Rather than extracting the rich, juicy flavor of the hops, New Belgium brings a bitterness that is not faithful to the nose. For $4, I can't say this is disappointing, but I wish the bitterness was toned down a bit in favor of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:59:34 | More by nhindian
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this one over the years several times, it is a very good beer. It is quite possibly one of my gateway IPA's, I was beginning to enjoy the style around the time I tried this one, but it was one of the first that really did it for me. Its piney, resinous, but now looking back it is not all that potent compared to some of the other IPA's I have consumed over the years. Its a very well balanced beer and one that someone should try if they are looking to try an introductory IPA. It definitely has that signature Colorado style and New Belgian yeast strain going on. Its a bit biscuity but hoppy enough to make a novice to IPA's enjoy this particular style. Then again it may come across as a bruiser, but if you find your self getting into IPA's or Pale Ales, you should try this one out. Its easy to find and relatively inexpensive for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 03:14:57 | More by humuloner22
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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-29-2014 20:41:46 | More by jwp2007
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Kirk92


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-29-2014 16:34:46 | More by Kirk92
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Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-29-2014 05:02:29 | More by HopkingGonzalo
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South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

07-29-2014 04:59:09 | More by schimschim
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 23:25:03 | More by Sellen
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-28-2014 21:00:41 | More by bowzer4birdie
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dannykperkins

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 18:36:20 | More by dannykperkins
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Srkolodn

New York

3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-28-2014 15:44:36 | More by Srkolodn
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 14:00:16 | More by Wyattp
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aoampm

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 07:25:11 | More by aoampm
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BenSturk

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-28-2014 03:24:22 | More by BenSturk
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TipsyCyclist

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 01:55:31 | More by TipsyCyclist
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lswilma

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-27-2014 22:01:43 | More by lswilma
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JLSIV

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 ounce Pint style tumbler, nice golden tawny hue, dense head 1 finger thick,

Nice piney aroma right off the bat, some citrus, Cascade and Chinook are right up front where they are supposed to be. I think one of the most aromatic American IPAs i have had.

Nice crisp attack, the piney, almost juniper across the palate, with a dry hoppy finish. It doesn't overwhelm the malt either.

Hoppy finish, with a beautiful original taste and feel.

Overall, I would definitely keep this on hand, and will look for it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 20:28:09 | More by JLSIV
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BobbyQ

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-27-2014 17:31:24 | More by BobbyQ
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-27-2014 17:23:22 | More by SuperHop18
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noperative

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-27-2014 05:42:31 | More by noperative
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mjurney

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark gold color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Citrus, a bit piney, grassy, oily, herbal, sweet malts, very crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrus, piney, grassy, herbal. Malt background, sweet bready, a little caramel. Finish is bitter, yet very crisp. Body is light-medium, a little oily, tangy, crisp, refreshing, sharp carbonation.

Overall:
It's a very good American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 03:18:37 | More by mjurney
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Minnesota

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,191 ratings.