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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,798 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,798
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 572 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.8%

NeverSettle, Apr 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Jkharris200634, Sep 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

aflies, Jul 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

SuperHeavy, Mar 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Rpreskenis, Mar 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

clager, Nov 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

jgreenward, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Rodekill
2.1/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I like the new look of the label, but the beer itself was disappointing. Thin body, no malt backbone. It tastes like fizzy hop water. The hop character is funky in every way - nose, bitterness and flavor. Perhaps a little more malt to back up the hops would help, but it's not a good beer at the moment. I like balance in beer in general, and especially in hoppy beers. This one doesn't deliver.

Rodekill, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of AboutBeverages
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Copper/red, yellow in color. Notes of hops in the aroma, with hints of herbs and fruit on the end. Initially mild on the palate, but then turns real herbal, and really dries out the tongue. Some metallic notes were picked up the finish. Overall, very dry and not well balanced.

AboutBeverages, Apr 14, 2010
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2.2/5  rDev -41.5%

SeanPatin, Nov 16, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

TheWillMitch, Aug 02, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

prisoner1572, May 09, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Hellpop65, Nov 10, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

jraaaaanger, Dec 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Domvan, Apr 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Peller80, Jul 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Woodyarmadillo, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

goochpunch, Apr 25, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours from the bottle a surprisingly clear, orangey-brown cider color. About a half inch of white head. Smell is new to me for an IPA; immediately there's a pencil eraser/Windex note, though it's not necessarily unpleasant, just odd. Light mint and lemon join in. Taste is pretty bitter at first and that chemical/plastic flavor is still there, but malt and minty hops join in an odd Goldfish-cracker finish.

Body is pretty light and easy-drinking, but a harsh, salty bitterness settles in the throat, making for mouthfeel characteristics that I don't enjoy. The combination of strange flavors and the unpleasant mouthfeel didn't make this a good drinking experience. Drainpour.

Riccymon, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was one of the weakest IPA's I have ever tasted. Most pale ales have more hops than this beer. But it is a good interduction into IPA for people who have never tried one before, since it is smooth and easy to drink. I am not a fan but I can see how people would like this anyway

WhatsNewinBooze, Mar 07, 2010
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2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold. Generally appealing.

Sm: A mild strength aroma of citrus ester hops and barley.

T: Citrus ester hops indeed dominate - mainly badly handled grapefruit - but they're curbed near the climax by unwelcome bittering hops and off cream. The first half starts out decently, but it trainwrecks at the climax, ruining the balance. The flavours were chosen alright, but the structure and balance are where the problems lay.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but indistinct and certainly not tailored to the flavours. The thickness is strange as well.

Dr: The quality - or relative lack thereof - makes it difficult to drink. The price isn't that great especially as part of a variety pack. I won't be having it again. A relatively high ABV.

kojevergas, Aug 21, 2011
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,798 ratings.