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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing


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very good

3,736 Ratings
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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Photo of goochpunch


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
Photo of THE-DUDE


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
Photo of ElectricSalmon


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
Photo of damndirtyape


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
Photo of barczar


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
Photo of alexrichman


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
Photo of samtrillo


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden hue with light white head that lingers.

S - Lite grass and pine scent.

T - Dat citrusy hop you've come to know and love from the west coast. Some caramel malt in there. A bit more balanced than their Imperial but I guess that's to be expected.

M - Medium carbonation and lite body. Refreshing IPA.

O - It's a good IPA. It't not going to stop me from drinking Lagunitas but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 06:49:41 | More by samtrillo
Photo of BrewThru_29


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brew. Looks great. Crystal clear. Dark gold color. Nice head/lace.

Smells choppy/citrusy. Not a big nose.

Taste is of lots of citrus hops. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel has a nice refreshing hop bite. Definitely a good summer beer. Slightly lingering bitterness which I am not a huge fan of.

Overall, this is a very solid IPA. Nothing out of this world, but nothing bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 16:23:26 | More by BrewThru_29
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review and update from fresh bottle. Poured into a Dogfish Head pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a two two finger off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit forward and light bready malt. Flavor of quite grassy and citrus hops, caramel malt, mixed light fruit; sharp citrus hop finish. Medium bodied. A nicely made old fashioned American IPA, with more hop bitterness than herbal hop flavors. Still nicely balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:42:59 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a pale, clear copper with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, tropical fruit aromas, caramel malts, pine resin.

Taste - Bitter citrus hops accentuated by the sweetness of caramel malts, with notes of tropical fruit and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A solid American IPA by New Belgium. Excellent hop profile, definitely a winner amongst hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:46:06 | More by leaddog
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Welcome to Alberta, New Belgium. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at long last. Of course one of the new arrivals is going to be an IPA. Ranger is a dark gold, perhaps just shy of light bronze ale with a decent amount of light beige head. Looks quite fizzy and light-bodied. Aroma is pleasantly herbal, fruity, and tangy, featuring a bouquet of grapefruit and orange, lychee, gooseberry, canned peaches, a hint of pineapple ... Nice fruity hop notes with a gentle caramel malt background. This IPA is rather refined, bold of flavor but not coarsely bitter, rather smooth, moderately medicinal, and notably fruity. Has one of the more pleasing gooseberry or currant flavors I've encountered in such a beer, rich and assertive, musty and spicy but not pungently catty. Also features faintly toasty malts, more peach and lychee fruit, melon, medicinal orange, and some pot resin that shows up late in the show. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost veering into creamy territory, a little soapy, on the lighter side for an IPA body-wise but this allows the hop flavors to shine through nicely. Not an obviously West Coast pine bomb and that's OK by me. Workmanlike but not devoid of some artistic flourishes. Recommended for the IPA lover and relative newcomer alike.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:33:29 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Ohiolager


3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

ranger IPA 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz weird looking brown bottle poured into a pint glass. enjoy by date is marked in a small corner.

pours a clear golden color, almost two fingers of head that give way to some decent ring lacing. may be a tad over carbonated.

smells like your typical IPA but a little lighter. citrus, grapefruits and slight hint of oranges.

taste almost mirrors the smell. citrus, grapefruit and nice piney surroundings. it is on the bitter side, or rather more bitter than some other IPA's i have had.

the mouth feel is light to medium. more medium than light. feels good on the palate , slight dry mainly bitter finish.

overall not bad, not bad at all. better than some other IPA's i have had, however not as good as others in the same price point. i wasn't disappointed with it but i would prefer a commodore Perry over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 05:49:01 | More by Ohiolager
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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - clear golden color, two huge fingers of head. The foam falls back slowly, leaving a cake in the middle and lots of lace rings on the sides.

Aroma - interestingly, on opening I get a fairly intense grapefruit pungency out of the bottle. Upon pouring, however, while that is still there, it is tempered by the biscuity, dare I say Fat Tire-like grain. On setup, I still get a playful jab of floral and citrus from the Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe. A very well-balanced aroma for an IPA.

Taste - briefly sweet and malty, moving quickly and decidedly bitter. Grapefruit pith and rind, oily. A little less citrusy than I'd hoped for with a little more resin make for an IPA leaning towards the dry bitter side of the flavor profile. A touch medicinal on the swallow, moreso as it dries out the palate into the finish. Leaves a tannin taste behind, like I just ate a spoonful of Spanish peanut skins.

Mouthfeel - decent body, nice and crisp, good smooth feel.

Overall - I liked everything but the flavor, really. Odd how that happens sometimes. One I would tend to avoid as that bitter dryness at the end is a nag.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:55:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A - lite translucent golden straw color. 1 1/2 finger head that lingered a bit. Good lacing all the way down. A lotof bubbles

S - Right off the bat got a lot of fruity smells (grapefruit, pineapple, lemon) and piney hops. With a floral note. Toasted malt too

T - straight up grapefruit and piney taste just awesome. got the bitterness too, but just the right amount. Perfect mix of malt and hops.

M - medium light feel with a dry bubbly finish bitterness is perfecr

O - a great IPA imo. I have heard mixed things about this one but I really enjoyed it. I have been sticking with boulevards Mid West ipa but this is giving it a run for its money for sure!


Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:31:43 | More by NickT2121
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Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB April 2014

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a small white head. Head fades fairly quickly, leaving a rim.

Only a faint smell on this one, composed of citrus.

Taste is much better. Hop-focused, citrus is the dominant flavour; grapefruit and orange. A bit sticky. Bitter. Some bready malt and caramel.

Medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, quite good. Better than I expected given the middling reviews.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 17:46:24 | More by jrenihan
Photo of whatthehull


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a white wine glass...

A - California golden sunset, one finger off white head and a tad of lacing

S - pineapple, fresh flowers, that fat tire NB note that is in EVERY one of their standard beers, sugary, funk, sod, baked yeast, more toastiness and more pineapple

T - Roasted malt, pine sap, floral hops, very dry, pineapple, biscuit yeast, drift wood, fresh soil, greens and more hops

M - Medium body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus acidity and a very distinctively dry, sweet finish

D/O - Very easy to drink. Not a novice beer, but if I had my druthers, this would have been the first IPA I had. Introduces you to the style in a easy, yet big way. The pine and pineapple are almost perfect and that distinctive fat tire not will bring you a sense of familiarity

Final thoughts - at $8 a sixer and a nice 6%+ abv, this is a great way to get started with IPA's

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:02:55 | More by whatthehull
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 26/2/14

A clear golden liquid with just a few visible bubbles but it pumps out a well sustained two finger foam that leaves a couple pencil thin rings near the top of the glass followed by thick partial rings, a low laying island is left behind after the foam falls

S tangerine, canned peaches come out strong, candied pineapple, floral notes, a little spruce, smells like candy, a little caramel to go with it, smells great

T slightly toned fruit, a little more sweet malt, some lemon rind comes out, nose has a slight edge but tasty stuff

M medium bodied, mild bitter bite, fluffs up from the bubbles its just a little airy, no booze at all, with a little grit and a piney rind finish

O pretty solid IPA, some balance but the hops are still in charge, goes down in no time and I'd drink it again no problem

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get a little more love from my fellow BA's, I thought it was well rounded and not really lacking anywhere. Might be a little pricy though here in Alberta but yet another welcome addition to the shelf in my neck of the woods

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:47:01 | More by wordemupg
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even though I rated this one kind of low. I really enjoy this IPA. I've had it a few times, and each time it hasn't a different taste. I think the strongest taste is pine, some floral, and mild fruit notes, like grapefruit, with slight peach. Very sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 09:27:05 | More by Celtics17
Photo of nicholas2121


2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing pours an Amber Color. Small White Head. The smell is rich with hops. Nothing bad about the small or the color. The taste is ok at first. The after taste is not as good it is bitter. I don't believe I will be getting this brew again. I just can't get over the after taste. This brew was not for me. ..AT ALL.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 04:02:02 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a golden yellow color and a nice foamy white head. Has a nice citrus aroma. Flavor includes plenty of hops in the body and some dry citrus in the finish. There’s a touch of carbonation that helps give this a nice medium body feel. This is a pretty impressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 14:05:16 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of ronz28


3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light, golden straw, filtered

Smell: Strong hoppy aroma with equally strong biscuity malt finishing if off.

Taste: Fairly hoppy initially with a strange aftertaste that reminded me of liver. I like BrewUSA's description of old, dried turkey.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Certainly unique, I'm happy to add this to my list of "have tried". I've had worse, but will probably pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:05:46 | More by ronz28
Photo of JulianTellez


3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA I always recommend to people that are new to craft beer as its very basic. Nothing too complex in smell or taste. A nice golden color, but not much else to compliment here. I would not recommend this to anyone unless they are transitioning into IPAs from the stale beers that I won't name.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 10:00:30 | More by JulianTellez
Photo of Boca-X


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful foamy white head, sticky long lasting white lace. Deep golden yellow.

Hoppy on the nose, some pine upfront and a nice floral scent lingering ever so lightly.

First drink, hoppy, bitter and dry. Nice mouth feel with the carbonation dancing on my tongue. Slightly sour pine in the middle, still dry and bitter. Hops and bitter rounded off by a hint of floral sweetness.

This is a pretty good hoppy IPA. Some might find it a little to "dry" but at 6.5 I'd think 2 or 3 would be a perfect number to partake in...a great little bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:26:39 | More by Boca-X
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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light orange (urine) appearance. Full white fluffy head. Great lacing.

Light, very, very light. earthy, dirty, latex...?

Watery, thin, missing much complexities. Bitterness is very mild and doesn't stand out. This brew is awkwardy light and too relaxed. For sessionable, it's nailed and spot on. For a top tier IPA it's near the bottom. Not memorable.

A very "safe" IPA, there's nothing challenging about this beer. It's run-of-the-mill, IMO. It could be a nice canned option, but for a couch time IPA, it just doesn't fit into my schedule. I want better from NB!!!! Not sure I can purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:55:47 | More by chugalug06
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

Pint glass

Very strong "pine flavor" after taste with a "skunky" smell when the bottle is first opened

Smooth with little carbonation

For the money, the is the best IPA available in the Unites States. Very strong "hoppy" flavor.

New Belgium Ranger is highly recommended for all IPA lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:31:15 | More by bsthomas15
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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 3,736 ratings.