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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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87
very good

1,211 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 1,211
Hads: 5,372
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 99
Gots: 1,003 | 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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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Photo of Two-Guys-Drinking-Beer
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My go to IPA when out on the two, easy to drink! Smooth and not hang over after 3 or 4. Can't say much more just make sure it's served cold and in a glass. Check out our review on the Two Guys Drinking Beer podcast. (216 characters)

Photo of willic
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This might be my favorite New Belgium product! Super drinkable! Light, balanced happiness, bright... This is a beer that makes me want more and more. Excuse me, I have to go get another.... (189 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated Enjoy By 20 Sept 2015 into pint glass. Clear amber with a thick, persistent head. Medium carbonation. Citrus/grapefruit initially, with a substantial piney resinous hops bite - but nicely balanced by the malt. Medium mouthfeel. Not much taste lingers in the finish. Very drinkable. Probably my favorite from New Belgium. (340 characters)

Photo of transitionbikes93
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's.

Look- Pours a beautiful slightly hazy pale orange with small streams of carbonation.

Smell- Citrusy, hoppy, and a tad sweet, not as aromatic as other IPA's though.

Taste- Wonderfully citrusy and hoppy, ever so slightly sweet that balances out the bitter perfectly. Very very tasty.

Feel- Quite light and easy to drink for the style. Many IPA's I have had are almost a meal in themselves, but not this one. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall- As I said earlier, it's my favorite IPA. Very easy to drink, perfectly balanced, and very tasty. I definitely recommend and I will definitely buy again. (631 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, clear brew with a gold tint. Good head size and Ok retention.

Nice citrusy hop aroma, slightly grassy.

Flavor follows: clean and crisp, grapefruit peel and grassy hops. A kiss of caramel grain rounds it out.

Lively and smooth, a little oily on the otherwise short finish.

Only a month away from the best by date, but if not exactly fresh, definitely not stale. Kudos. (384 characters)

Photo of LisaMessy
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing. (533 characters)

Photo of Mikey55
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really think this is an under-rated beer. Aroma is really outstanding and the taste is smooth and crisp. A very sessionable beer that I can drink one after another. (165 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a snifter.

Look is deep gold with 1 finger of thin white foam and tight lace rings left

Smell is faint citrus and hops. Maybe lemon and orange.

Taste follows well. Lots of hops and faint citrus.

Refreshing and crisp with nice light feel. Good beer for a hot summer day (295 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee glass. Best by date of October 4, 2015.
Orange to golden body, filtered and clear; full fingers worth of head that left a nice amount of lacing in the glass.
Dank aromas of lemon and some pine. Reminiscent of and East Coast IPA.
Tastes really good! That dankness follows from the nose and the lemon and resiny hops come through with a nice bitterness on the tongue.
A nice mouth feel; keeps the tongue coated in a nice bitterness and has a nice of carbonation to keep the hops in line.
Overall, a very well done IPA and is my first introduction to New Belgium which is a nice welcome to the breweries offerings. I like this IPA is has that dankness I like and there's not a lot of sweetness on the end either just a nice carrying through of the hops. (795 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a nice amber color with good head and some lacing

Smell: Piney and resinous hops, some fruity malts

Taste: Piney and resinous hops, some citrus, reasonable bitterness, biscuity malts

Feel: Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall: A very good, solid IPA (267 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml in a snifter

copper color, very very clear, heavily filtered i'm guessing, a tad malty, not overwhelmingly hoppy (pretty mild really)

oddly resinous, decent nose but there's an odd thick subtly cheesy note pleasant, not too much else to say, an okay IPA but by no means great.

decent lacing i think i see the island of japan on my glass

overall sculpin all the way it may cost a tad more but it's better (415 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Off white head with somewhat of an orange tint. Frothy. Dissipates moderately paced. Beer is hazy copper in color with moderate carbonation visible. 4/5

S - Citrus, leaning more towards orange than grapefruit. Somewhat peachy with some herbal hops. 3.75/5

T - Brief caramel sweetness follow by a bitter hop middle. Very slight flavor of buttered bread right before the transition from caramel to hops. Orange and peaches come out immediately after the intense bitter hit. Bitter hops come back on the back end and disappear as the beer washes down. Interesting complexity. 4/5

M - Carbonation doesn't really seem to come out. Drying astringent finish. No real lingering feel or flavor. 3.75/5

O - Very interesting beer. Light but complex at the same time. Not a combination that is often found. Very good offering from New Belgium here. 3.75/5 (871 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About two years ago I had a can of this beer and I thought it was the most disgusting thing on the face of this planet. And why people would want to drink a "pinecone" was beyond me. Of course, I didn't review it then, and I've garnered a bit more experience and respect for different styles. So here we are again, two years later.

Appearance : Absolutely gorgeous. The head is large and in charge, memory foam yellow, three fingers and doesn't descend for a good long while. When it does, it sits at about a finger, but you'd barely be able to tell because of the bountiful lace that covers like a dusty house. The body is a peach-amber glow, hazy and divine. 70% opaque from my view. This is a serious 4.75 out of 5. Just gorgeous.

Aroma : Tropical. Peaches, mangoes, and pineapple. Among those fruits is the trademark IPA armpit-like smell, but it's not too off-putting. Malts are fresh, churned, and slightly baked in the nose. Pretty on-par and not bad.

Taste : Yeah, this is pretty bitter and it packs a punch - but it's manageable. Very tropical in its abundance of hops, I've got peach and papaya here. Maybe a hint of stiff underripe pineapple. It ends fairly dirty, but the feel is clean. It lingers on with some dirt and grass, leaving a coating on the palate. This one is a sipper.

Feel : Creamy and abundant, but lively with carbonation. The end is stiff and woody, though clean; a bit parched and waves a dry goodbye. This feeling lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall : A respectable IPA. Back then I couldn't distinguish styles and if something was bitter I'd just say it was bad. That's not the case anymore. I'd recommend Ranger to anyone looking for a STRONG, hop-heavy, tropical IPA with lots of dryness. That's what's presented here. (1,768 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bright, floral, piney, citrusy, hops and bready, toasted malt, which imparted notes of freshly baked biscuits and French baguettes. I also get notes caramel, black pepper, coriander, clover and honey. Smells like an IPA.

Taste: For an IPA, this beer is quite nice. Yes, there are a lot of hops. Lots of floral, piney, citrusy, grassy, resin-like hops, but here is quite a bit of toasted malt to counter and balance the hops. Like the aroma, I get flavors of black pepper, coriander, clover and some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Really well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds and lift the hops over the palate. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice, tasty, really well balanced IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. An IPA like Dogfish Head 60 Minute & 61, Founders All Day IPA, Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo, Oskar Blues Pinner, Sierra Nevada’s Nooner & Flipside, and Upslope’s Thai Style White IPA, this is one I like and can drink! Well done New Belgium! (1,393 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pine quality in the nose with hints of biscuit malt. Gold hue, slightly copper with healthy white head and good lacing. Thin crisp mouth feel. Light sweetness with pine and earthy hop flavor. (191 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Pours orange amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of piney hops with citrus notes. Tastes of piney and earthy hops. Beer is light bodied and drinkable with nice hoppy bite. Overall a very good beer. (219 characters)

Photo of diablo14
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lacks the finesse of some of its counterparts, and even its brother Rampant, but it's fruity, has a nice bit of zing to it despite somewhat subdues hopping.

For a widely available IPA at a more than reasonable price, it's hard to go past when looking for a tasty session beer that won't cost a fortune or leave you too hammered. (330 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Clear deep golden to light amber. 1 finger of white head that leaves a coating of foam. Medium carbonation.
S: Mainly fruity: Pineapple, peach, a little orange, and some grapefruit rind. Not heavy on the pine. Like Rampant.
T: Very dank, earthy hops that give a flavor I find hard to describe. Nondescript citrus flavors also come through. Malts are not too strong. Not overly sweet. Could use just a bit more bitterness, and a bit more alcohol content.
M: Light side of medium. Nice finish.
O: Strikes me totally as the "little brother" of Rampant. Or vice-versa. It is easier drinking than Rampant, and doesn't suffer from being too sweet. Very nice easy-drinking IPA. (717 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a solid and very well balances IPA. It splits the difference well between piney and citrusy flavors. This is an IPA you could have several of without experiencing palate fatigue, but it has plenty of flavor as well. A really nice, solid, standard IPA. (256 characters)

Photo of Yeah_IPA
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very piney in aroma and taste. Quite enjoyable with a nice bite to the carbonation.
Not super expensive which is nice.

I feel like this is a solid go-to if you don't want something
from the more expensive brands. (213 characters)

Photo of Beerds
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another easy to find IPA that doesn't break the bank. New Belgium has only been in my area for the past few years and was strictly stuck on Fat Tire until I branched out. This is probably one of their better beers to me, ready to try Rampant and see what it's all about. (272 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice fruity (grapefruit, lemon, peach) combination of sweet and an easygoing light bitterness (a little piney and grassy). Particularly nice when it's hot. Going just on the mouthful, could convince me it was much lower abv. (226 characters)

Photo of UKWildcatFan7272
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a strong metallic aftertaste. It might've been due to the keg. Lots of fruity flavors. Not bad, but I'd try something else before grab I'd grab another one. (163 characters)

Photo of Elijah_Haase
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable beer overall, light scents of citrus with much stronger aroma of pine, very pleasent on smell. Look is of a mostly clear amber color. Definite sharp bitter initial tatse that finishes really well. Overall just a genuinely enjoyable ipa, highly recommend (270 characters)

Photo of phthomp1
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a very good IPA. A light taste for an IPA not too much citrus taste but enough to know what kind of beer. Not the neat of the IPAs but a simple uncomplicated beer. (173 characters)

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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