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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing


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very good

3,733 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3733
Reviews: 1111
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,733 | Reviews: 1,111 | Show All Ratings:
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very clear amber orange color. Unusual head retention for the style.

This is the only new begium beer that doesn't smack me in the face with the biscuitty taste of Fat Tire. Great hops but quickly turns bitter and the bitterness lingers a bit more that I prefer.

Traditional IPA style piney taste that is easy to drink save the aftertaste.

A bit high on the carbonation in my opinion, otherwise a fairly drinkable beer that I would pick over most other drafts at a place without too many crafts.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 22:07:51 | More by Jslay77
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fat Tire Hub at Denver airport. Bonus points for advertising their smaller drafts as 14 oz, instead of the misleading "pints" of many establishments.

Clear bright golden color. Bright white head that leaves great lacing, a ring for every sip.

A variety or hop aromas, pine, floral, and citrus. Taste has a clean hop bite, but not too bitter. Higher carbonation helps the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 20:08:32 | More by jmdrpi
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of slighty off white foamy head that leaves permenant ring reminders of your progress down the glass. The aroma is strong with floral hops and that's about all. The taste starts slightly malty sweet and then comes on strong with a piney citrus hop taste that stays around for a while. The batch I had at the Africa Lounge in SeaTac airport was slightly overcarbonat

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 20:09:18 | More by csiewert
Photo of nataku00


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

Reviewed from notes this past weekend.

On tap poured into a clear plastic cup. Clear dark orange with minimal collar of white large bubble head. There is ample carbonation, but it slowly rises up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of fresh grapefruit, sweet and bitter citrus peel, and pale biscuit malt.

Grapefruit juice hits the tongue first, with a nice bitter citrus and resiny pine hops balanced by light malt sweetness. Finishes fairly clean.

Light bodied with just enough carbonation to help clean the palate for the next sip. Not much alcohol in the taste helps make this drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 06:45:10 | More by nataku00
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark orange red color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of good lacing. Smells of piny grassy hops and some citrus. Tastes of hoppy bitterness and some slight grapefruit and almost no malts. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 00:20:34 | More by TheKingofWichita
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the New Belgian location in the Denver airport. Pours a dark organge colour with thick frothy head with some lacing. Nice hopping, both pine and citrus come out with some bready/caramel malt. Flavour has a nice mild bitterness to it, easy drinking. Carbonation may be a bit too high and it was served too cold, but a nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 18:43:46 | More by kwjd
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint at Mullet's in Des Moines. It's a light copper color with a good amount of head that keeps wanting to spill over the edge of the glass. The aroma is all hops but it isn't overbearing. The aroma is the same with a bit of lemon added in. The finish isn't too acidic. This is a good hop-head beer that doesn't require novocain on the tongue beforehand. Definitely a repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 01:31:39 | More by DesMoinesMike
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2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is floral and mixed, flavor is balanced of course and decent amounts of hop and malt, head retention is not so great.

Mixed feelings about this one... the great folks at New Belgium sure don't specialize in the IPA field, IMHO.
It is very mild on both malt and hops for the style, coming in closer to the American Pale Ale category - barely an IPA by IBU's and malt amounts.

Nevertheless, its drinkable and definitely not BAD - its just not what most probably expect when they read "IPA".

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 19:27:09 | More by demuzik
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5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best non - seasonal IPA ever brewed by mankind.

If you LOVE IPA's then it doesnt get much better than Ranger.

Hopslam is better but thats about it.

If you like IPA's then do the Ranger and forget about most everything else. Ranger kicks butt and after about 4 of them, you're horizontal so not much more matters anyhow.


Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 01:23:23 | More by HARDDON
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Tasting notes from 8/17/10

Poured a light amber colour with a small amount of white head. Somewhat cloudy/hazy.

Nice bitter hops with citrus and floral notes both on the nose and the palate. A very slight malt sweetness which is not very evident in the nose, is there in the palate and provides a nice balance to the bitter hops, although this was a hop dominated IPA.

Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable IPA and one that I would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 02:51:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Clear golden orange color, slight white head. Aroma of subtle hops. Taste is slight bitterness not overly bitter. Very little lacing. Lingering on bitter. Decent but nothing spectacular. Decently balanced. Light/medium mouthfeel. A good choice if there is nothing else to be had on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 17:58:04 | More by kbutler1
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like New Belgium, you don't expect them to have a dynamite IPA in their arsenal, but they certainly do now.

Appearance: Orange color and, I think, a slightly off-white head.

Smell: Big C-hop aroma. Cascade? Cenntenial?

Taste: Sweet malt and a rock solid citrusy C-hop flavors. Not too bitter and no trace of astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 17:32:40 | More by SassyBootblack
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasing gold pour with 2 fingers of white foam. Laces the glass fairly well.

Aroma is pine resin up front, hint of citrus and malt.

Taste is up front pine and citrus bitter, mellows a bit to some malt and citrus again. Finishes with a nice herbal tone. Good burps.

Lighter body, but coats well. Extreamely easy drinking, almost sessionable. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 02:56:08 | More by Bung
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the boiler

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left lots of blotchy lacing.

S: nice piney hop aromas with citrus and pineapple accents and a malt character as well.

T: sweet piney hop flavor upfront with some cirtus grapefruit that helps enhance the bitterness and a pretty good malt backbone that helps out the overall balance.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and mild hop bitter finish.

D: decent IPA from new belgium that had a mild hop bite but drank well all the way through.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 00:01:41 | More by Gobzilla
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little gem was a clear medium amber in color with a single finger white head, nice thin lacing. Noted decent hoppy traits with a touch of piney/citrus on the nose. Light for an IPA but crisp. Was desent in carbonation, not too overbearing. A very delectable brew worthy of additional tastings.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 00:28:18 | More by Bizz88
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber in my glass, topped by a half inch of stubborn foam. Classic IPA look, good lacing. Hard to be spectacular in this group with so many worthy competitors, it nonetheless succeeds in looking damn appetizing.
Big classic Cascade aroma, with something spicy behind it. Northern Brewer, Chinook, Simcoe? Not sure. I get a surprising amount of heavily carmelized malt here that I hope doesn't show up in the flavor.
Flavor is quite good but at the same time fails to distinguish. Call it 3.75. Too much caramel malt, but not as much as I feared. Hop flavors are excellent, fresh, inviting one to grab another gulp, er, sip!
On that note, it is pretty dry, and begs another drink. Just enough carb to slow me down, and dangerous drinkability.

If I'm considering the number of quality alternatives and thus being a bit harsh I'd say this: there is only a bit of caramel and more cascade and less amarillo separating this beer and the Mighty Arrow Pale Ale. Even the hop flavor, though increased, is not a ton different to my palate. Not a lot to differentiate them. The difference in IBUs barely shows up at all. Given the choice I'd go for the slightly less caramelly and barely less hoppy Pale Ale. But that's just me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 01:23:27 | More by udubdawg
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance>nice color, not hazy, small head head, lacing is thin but constant.

Smell>Pretty standard. Nothing offensive. Good IPA.

Taste>Good, but not too complex; a one note Sally. That said this is still the best that New Belgium has ever been able to offer me in their line. So, for complexity aside, this is a good beer. The hop taste is great and the hang is crisp. Simple but good.

Mouf>Tingly. too small of bubbles


Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 03:56:51 | More by 1759Girl
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i walked into the pub at SF State, whose best beer has been Boont (they carry the standards othertwise), just got a decent upgrade with the beer.

Poured into a 24oz plastic cup, no head. Lots of floral citrus aromas. The mouth feel has some carbination but it blends with the flavor. There's a strong grapefruit presence. certain sips almost taste spiced like bitting on a peppercorn. There's definitely nothing new to this beer except that the brewery finally made an IPA. Points for effort, and a good effort from a large brewery. As far as a widely distributed IPA goes it's good and cheap, not the bestm but by no means the worst. This is an example of a popular brewery bringing more styles to the masses, an attempt to convert more people to craft beer. If this replaced fat tire everywhere i went, i'd be stoked.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 22:15:37 | More by 100floods
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into an official New Belgium glass. Its gold, translucent, with a thick, billowy, white head that lasts a decent amount of time. It leaves some awesome lacing the entire length of the glass.

S-Pretty strong nose featuring grapefruit and some piney hops. No real malt presence.

T-Grapefruit hops with some earthy/piney hops as well. Not much malt at all, making this an unbalanced beer. Its also has a very dry finish.

M-A little thin for the style.

D-The lack of balance and dryness of this beer negatively impact its drinkability for me. I am glad I tried it, but I doubt I will drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 21:06:58 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Black Sheep Lodge in Austin.

Light amber with a small head producing very little lace. Understated floral hops in the aroma. Front end is grassy and citrusy. Lighter body than one would expect from the style. Drinks like a very understated West Coast IPA, almost a compromise between West Coast and East Coast styles. Moderately bitter back end.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 02:52:43 | More by LittleDon
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4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now I like American IPA's a lot, and in already liking New Belgium as a whole for putting out consistently decent brews (on par with Sierra Nevada in my opinion), I was excited to see and taste this beer.

A- Copper like a penny, but a bit of a golden tint to it.

S- Smelled a bit flowery and yeasty as these do to me.

T- This is, I think, in terms of the more accessible and affordable, one of the best American IPA's out there. I haven't found any more that I'd probably consistently buy a 6-pack of to keep in the fridge as a non-complicated, straight up American IPA. Its a bit hoppy, has a smooth taste and seems pretty darn well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel was covered a bit before, but yes its quite smooth and doesn't linger with its bitterness too long as some IPA's tend to.

D- I can keep drinking these as long as the one before it is done. Its fresh tasting, doesn't make me feel like I'm going to explode, and not too heavy on the alcohol. So yes in terms of liking a beer that you can just keep on drinking and enjoying in large or small quantities, I loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 05:10:51 | More by Nerfherderhan
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber golden with paper white head that dissipates to some heavy, thorough lacing.

S - pine, hops, resin, very slight citrus ...nice lush hops smell

T - hops brightness and bitterness...taste follows nose...very hoppy but not to the point of novelty

M - good tight bubble contrasts thick slight syrup feel

D - decent IPA...perhaps New B's most hop-pronounced beer? someone can correct me if I am wrong.

I enjoyed this beer with a platter of wings, half lemon pepper, half jerk seasoning. The brightness of the hops played off of the lemon, celery and jerk spice, while the slight bitterness cut the heat of the wings...the smoothness of the beer complimented the cool ranch dressing just right. A decent brew for those wanting a more substantial IPA experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 17:50:56 | More by RussK
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy white foam on top of a dark golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A fruity hop aroma of mango and orange/grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the background with a little bit of honey malt character.

T - Spicy hops up front with a little bit of grapefruit. Bready malt in the middle with light toast and some pine hop character. Finishes with lemon and pithy grapefruit flavor and smooth, but strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, balanced IPA with great hop character, especially in the aroma. There is a nice balance in the finish with a subtle dryness that helps to emphasize the hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 05:43:36 | More by nickfl
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small pint style glass, this IPA is a clear golden orange with a big tan head that fades quickly. Smell is not quite as pungent as some IPA's but I detect a nice herbal hop note. Taste is sweet malt up front, then a massive apricot flavor, herbal and earthy hops in the middle, reminding me of black pepper, and a balanced sweet/bitter finish. A hint of citrus, but the hop flavor is mostly herbal and earthy. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Good drinkability. Not a hop bomb like many American IPA's, this beer is more balanced, but a good example of the style that I would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 18:33:58 | More by tronester
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber color, with a small off white head. It did leave a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was bready malts and citrus and floral hops.

Taste was a nice balance of malty sweetness with some bitter grassy and floral hops making up the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the drinkability was great. It is crisp, without an overwhelming bitterness. It's quite mild and balanced but has some good flavor and I was able to throw down a couple pints.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 15:41:05 | More by snpub540
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