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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing


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very good

3,720 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3720
Reviews: 1108
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 Ed_from_Ohio


3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent gold.
Smell: Fruity--almost melony
Taste: Wallop of fruit--too fruity, almost cloyingly fruity, for my preferences, with robust bitter aftertaste.
MF: smooth with a little pucker at the end.

Overall: I won't be intentionally buying it again--If you're a big IPA fan, you probably owe it to yourself to try it, but not enough undertones or body for me.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 15:55:09 | More by Ed_from_Ohio
Photo of Henrich


3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with an inch of fluffy, sudsy foam, which deflates to a slight coating across the top of the beer in little time. Very clear, light amber.
Smell: Strong notes of citrus, with a grassy undertone. Quite nice; it reminds me of summer.
Taste: Strong bitterness. The bitterness wrestles a bit with the sweetness on the tongue, but quickly the flavor is dominated by the strong, hoppy bitterness. I like it.
Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated, not too thin.
Overall: It is pretty decent. I tend to steer away from IPAs, but this one came in a sampler pack and I'm glad it did.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 01:00:38 | More by Henrich
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ranger pours a clear golden color with a nice large lacing head. The aroma is sweet, lots of citrus, and a noticeable hop note. The taste has lots of citrus, and a noticeable hop bite, finishes very wet. Good feel, a little watery. Overall its a very solid IPA.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 01:07:45 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of bondjedi


3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight from the can before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII.

This sketch is based on one serving. Wish that I had a few more to base an opinion on, maybe pour one or two to get a full look and sense of the aroma. Otherwise, strong ale flavor that wasn't gravelly or perfumey. Tasted great and well-balanced, crisp finish. I look forward to my next experience with this brew.

Serving type: can

02-04-2014 17:05:24 | More by bondjedi
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 16oz. can into a Guinness Imperial Pint glass. Mostly clear, the color of hay with a white 2-finger head that lingers. Really nice lacing (sticky!) that circles the glass.

S: Hop-forward with a definite barley mash backbone. Light, dry hops that invite without overpowering. Aromas of dry grass, light pine needles, granola. Light and appealing.

T: The taste is clean and light, but well-defined. Good hop character balances the toasted malts. It has a grainy, earthy flavor up-front with a warm hoppy finish and dry linger. Flavors of toasted barley, light hops, Triscuits, dried pine needles, and grass.

M: Clean and smooth with a bone-dry finish. This won't clog your senses like some IPAs, and it provides a nice gentle hoppiness to cut the grainy texture. Light and sessionable.

O: This beer is a great example of an IPA with consistent quality. It's not too much of anything, but what it tries to be (fresh, clean, drinkable) it achieves every time.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 22:03:54 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of Slackerville


3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my current favorite New Belgium IPA. They do a great job making beers with different hop varieties and this combination is perfect for my pallet. Ranger is very aromatic with a noticeable hop flavor on the tongue initially, then finishes smooth and not as bitter as many IPAs. Malt takes a back seat in this beer but the result is an IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink. The main flavors I get from the hops are papaya and other tropical fruit which provides a pleasant and not overpowering sweetness.

Like many Colorado breweries New Belgium has started selling Ranger in cans so it’s easy to transport for outdoor activities and the cans don’t seem to have any adverse affect on the hop aroma of flavor.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 19:43:39 | More by Slackerville
Photo of Flatlands


3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the can and it was on sale for a darn good price. I craft beer in a big can as 12 oz is not enough and 2 beers is sometimes too much
A-Almost looks like a pilsner! Light and golden.
S-Not bad, you can smell grass, pine and hops
T-You need to let this one warm up a bit to bring out the flavor. It's not a big hoppy IPA, more malt and overall solid balance.
M-A lot like it looks, somewhat light but a good feel. Again, better if it is a bit warmer. This is a good porch drinking beer.
O-not something I would chase down but gotta like the big can and if you are in Colorado, sometimes this one is the only IPA on tap. A decent brew for a big can. For the price, a great value.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 02:18:08 | More by Flatlands
Photo of mjryan


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

A very good IPA. Orange juice and biscuit aroma. Orange peel flavour leads, touch of caramel in the middle with a bitter, pithy finish. Medium light body. An extremely solid IPA. Has a distinct orange fruit hop character, which when coupled with its off dry character and pithy bitterness, really makes for a refreshing beer.

Serving type: can

02-11-2013 04:05:06 | More by mjryan
Photo of Dope


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

A: Pours a clear golden-amber. Huge frothy beige head. Fades slowly, leaving thin but fluffy tendrils of lacing behind. Good head retention.

S: Nice grapefruit hop aroma primarily. Some pine and resin with hints of tropical fruit (tangerine and apricot). Lots of caramel to back it up.

T: Pretty strong resin and grapefruit up front. Not as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe, however. Quite bitter but not overpowering. Big caramel malt sweetens it up in the middle but it fades away into a bitter, resinous finish. Long, drying, resinous aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and tropical fruit here and there.

M: Medium bodied, drying in the aftertaste.

O: A much more balanced example of an IPA than you usually see. Thus, not a hop bomb but perhaps more easily drinkable/sessionable. I enjoyed it tremendously for what it is.

Serving type: can

10-15-2012 01:05:56 | More by Dope
Photo of jimmah120


4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can out of the can. I've reviewed this in the bottle before so I'll keep this short.

This smells and tastes like you want an IPA to: dank pine, musk, lemon, grapefruit, with an excellent malt profile of caramel rolls and butter toast. The two compliment each other brilliantly, and keep your taste buds bouncing between rich malt and tangy hops.

Excellent IPA, and a great price. Could drink this all night.

Serving type: can

09-25-2012 10:51:59 | More by jimmah120
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer probably so many times it is probably second to only NG Moon Man.

Pours a nice need Gold almost orange in color, very clear about a finger of a nice tight head.

Smell is all over the place with hops, fruity, piney and floral.

Taste is great, big piney resiny hops. A lot of fruit comes to the font with lemon, orange, grapefruit and a slight malt backbone to balance it out.

Mouthfeel has a decent amount of carbonation that really fills it out nicely and makes it a full bodied nice drinkin IPA.

Great IPA, and at a price that will blow your mind, 13.39/12

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 01:52:41 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly-transparent yellow-orange color, with a thick, fluffy head. The aroma features a prototypical Cascade hop profile, with a fragrant combination of pine and some light citrus, which is balanced by a reasonably substantial malty sweetness. The flavor similarly showcases a juicy combination of grapefruit and pine, with only enough underlying sweetness to keep the assertively bitter hop flavors from overwhelming. The texture is pleasantly light yet resinous, which helps this beer go down relatively smoothly, but it is really the bold, varied hop character that makes this beer what it is.

Serving type: can

09-04-2012 13:24:11 | More by devilben02
Photo of vkv822


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tall boy : tulip pint

Clear golden with a foamy, craggy off white head.

Big citric, grapefruit nose.

Citric and grapefruit again upfront, with some resiny hops as well. Just a faint biscuit malt backbone.

Medium-full body, average carbonation.

A well done IPA. Pleasant hop notes and body.

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 08:18:19 | More by vkv822
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
6.5% ABV, 26 AUG 12 on bottom of can.

A - Ranger is a beautiful deep golden orange hue that vibrantly shines with clarity so one can witness the column of carbonation feeding the rich ivory head. The pile of tight foam cakes the infamous globe in lace as it drops for one sexy looking result.

S - "We're Hoppy, You're Happy" appears on opposite sides of the can's lip, and I can't agree with them more. The overflowing aroma of fresh hops spewing from Ranger is inviting and brings a smile to my face. Juicy lupulin glands share their delicious aromatics with us in the form of sticky pine resin and light citrus zest. Traces of sweet caramel and pale malt float through, but by no means is it showcased beyond balance.

T - Hop flavor is overwhelmed by bitterness in the mouthfeel but that's only because the flavor is very well balanced and drinkable. Pine resin and citrus compounds both emerge first, but a nice honey-drizzled biscuit and caramel malt finish keeps it from becoming too lop-sided.

M - Incredibly smooth and drinkable, Ranger IPA washes over the tongue with grace and class, gently finishing out with a building bitterness and lightly dry, crisp and refreshing finish that remains drinkable enough to satisfy without crippling the tongue.

O - My wife is a discerning hop head that's fairly picky about her IPAs without coming off too snobby. I don't think she has explored the Ranger yet, but I'm fairly confident she'd really dig this well-balanced yet hop-forward delight because it showcases the hops' citrus and earthy characteristics without bashing you over the head with them. Essentially, Ranger IPA is drinkable and refreshing, something a lot of us want at the core of our beers.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 23:07:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a fan of big IPA's - particularly american IPA's, but this was given to me from a friend returning from out of state.

Appearance: Clear/golden with a nice white head and good carbonation

Smell: All I get here is funky pine/grapefruit. Like a hammer.

Taste: Again, I am not a huge hophead - and this is on the edge of unpleasant to me...but I kept going back to it. It flirts with the edge of bitter but keeps it really interesting with a balance of malt/herbal and floral notes. Interesting enough to keep me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry with a long, semi-sweet finish

Overall: NB remarks that this is a 'sessionable' beer...@ 6.5% I wouldn't go that far. This is however, an amazingly interesting beer - good introduction for the hop novice on what notes the simcoe and cascade hops can bring to the party.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

06-26-2012 21:17:00 | More by GroovyDeus
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a small amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Mix of herbal, pine, and citrus hops. Orange, pineapple, and pine are strongest. Lightly bready, but clean overall.

3.5 T: Like the nose. Orange, pineapple, and pine. Moderate bitterness. Light breadiness and caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Good enough.

3.5 D: Easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: can

06-21-2012 23:56:34 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of woodychandler


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

Another of my CANQuest (TM) Wants bites the dust, this time thanks to the generous folks at Max's On Broadway in Baltimore! I brought the San Diego Rock Star duo of Colby Chandler (Ballast Point) and Chuck (Green Flash) in on our way to SAVOR from PHL Beer Week and found a number of new CANs during the visit.

From the CAN: "Are Beer Rangers real?"; "We're hoppy/You're happy [or vice versa]"; "Alternatively empowered/Employee owned".

The Crack & Glug was flawless and I soon had two fingers of dense, tawny head with fantastic retention. Where did this humidity suddenly come from?!? As it slowly fell, as foam is wont to do, I was left with some generous lacing in its wake. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and I just remembered that I wanted to ask for a Lovibond scale at SAVOR, dang it! Nose was redolent with pine hops and I was happy that it was hoppy. More truth in advertising. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and perhaps I have become jaded in my hophead ways, but this did not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. It was plenty hoppy with a caramel malt backbone evident on the tongue, but I was not aroused as I was with the earlier Shift. It could also be that I had it as a Want for so long that it took on mythic proportions ... I dunno. Finish was super dry and as I think about it, this was a pretty darn good IPA, and in a CAN no less. I'd best take my own advice and kwicherbichen.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 00:53:26 | More by woodychandler
Photo of kevanb


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tallboy into a pint glass

Ranger pours a nice copper color, very clear, a bit of chill haze with about a finger and a half of white head that has moderate retention but leaves behind some great lacing. The aroma is pleasant, earthy hops, grassy notes, a bit of cereal malt, some floral notes poke out too, nothing spectacular, but a solid example of a balanced IPA. Earthy bitter hops hit the tongue straight away, grassiness comes out as well with some light floral notes, citrus is absent, a bit of stronger malt on the tongue, good balance between the hops of malt, although some of the flavors from the hops are a bit missing and not in harmony, a bit too bitter considering the lack of flavor as well. The body is solid, nice carbonation, not too big and rich, not watery by any stretch, solid for the style.

Verdict: Solid IPA from New Belgium and of the best value IPAs on the market. This made from great drinking on my camping trip, and great drinking when I got home. It's not going to redefine the style or even stand out amongst the giants, but it's going to satisfy you every time.

Serving type: can

06-03-2012 01:17:51 | More by kevanb
Photo of BigDoug


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a nice little 13oz glass

I can't find this stuff up my way sono bought a twelve pack of it. Glad I did! Best beer I've had on vacation hands down.

Pours out and forms a perfect two finger white head that stays for quite a while. Settles to a solid cap and leaves very heavy lacing on the glass. Very golden yellow in color with good clarity. The cap of foam stays solid every sip and leaves a ring behind on every sip. Looks perfect for the style.

The aroma is the best characteristic of this beer in my humble opinion. Wow. Talk about a showcase of hops. Very complex and balanced. Pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, marijuana, and a touch of biscuits and sweet caramel to balance the hop fest. Lovely smell. Could smell this all day.

Taste is about on par with the aroma. Very hoppy aromatics popping through on the flavor. Lovely bouquet of hops and a small touch of smooth malt to tame it down. The flavor would be a 4.5 or even a 5 of the bitterness came through more. It's just a bit too mellow for as much aromatics there is and how hoppy it is. Needs a nice clean sharp bitterness coming through to make this a fantastic IPA. It's almost like a major hopped up Pale Ale and seems more like 35-40 IBU's as to what it claims as 70 IBU's. Nonetheless, still a fantastic tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is lacking a bit. This is the beer's weak point in my opinion. A tad thin and watery. Smooth, which is nice, but would benefit having a touch more carbonation. Not a lot more, just a little more. If this had a pinch more body and a pinch more carbonation, it'd be spot on. But, unfortunately, it's a bit on the watery and undercarbonated side for me.

Overall, this beer kicks ASS! Might be the most sessionable IPA I've ever had to be honest. But, the reason it's so sessionable may be because it's more like a hopped up Pale Ale than an IPA. More bitterness and body would make this an INCREDIBLE IPA! So sad they don't sell this where I live because I would buy this all the time. One of the best beers I've ever had out of a can next to Dale's Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 00:26:34 | More by BigDoug
Photo of yamar68


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold. Some great lacing on top of a hit or miss few finger of white head.

Nose is pleasant. Floral, soft bitter, very clean, some evergreen characteristics.

Taste is about as smooth as you can ask for as far as IPAs go. Extremely balanced and contained. The appropriate flavors make an appearance but nothing really takes a lead role.

As mentioned, this is about the most drinkable IPA that I can think of. Perhaps the original 'session IPA'?

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 03:37:34 | More by yamar68
Photo of muletrane


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/22/12

Poured from a tall boy can in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a clear pale orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head with good retention and lacing.

S: A lot of caramel malt up front with a nice blend of citrus and pine mixed in.

T: There is a nice balance between the caramel malt, citrus and pine up front. More pine and bitterness come through in the finish. Some breadiness in there as well. Dry and clean.

M: Pretty spot on for the style. Nice moderate body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this a very solid IPA. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. This is my first New Belgium brew and I'm enjoying it!

Serving type: can

05-24-2012 14:05:28 | More by muletrane
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4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on bottom of can says 15 Jul 12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A nicely strong and vibrant mix of citrus hops and herbal grassy hops. Good hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon. Some pine resin and grassy hops lingering around. Also a good background of caramel malts. Smells like a good and fresh hoppy IPA.

Taste: Like the aroma, but maybe not quite as strong with the hops. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pineapple. Light hints of pine resin. Hops are also fairly grassy. Good backbone of lightly sweet caramel malts. Hop forward taste but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy, juicy, and very drying finish.

Overall: A solid American IPA. Hop forward but not overly bitter. Well balanced by the malts.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 07:10:10 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Veristic


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz. can of New Belgium Ranger poured into a Sculpin pint glass, consumed on 4/24/12. Best by date: 7/22/12.

A- Crystal clear! Most definitely filtered, you can bet that! Golden-amber body with some bright yellow highlights. Nice one finger off-white head with good retention, eventually fades to a nice crown that sticks around to the end. Spotty lacing.

S- In the can it smells like a Cascade citrus bomb, then comes a little pine and sweet malt. Once poured it stays about the same, smells good. Once it warms, some very light tropical fruit notes and bready malt.

T- Pine & citrus, orange pith/peel bitterness, maybe a hint a grapefruit. Moderate to moderate-high bitterness. Decent amount of pale malt that hangs around through the finish. Much like the smell, once warm, some tropical notes emerge, mango maybe??

M- Medium-light body, only slightly thin. Moderate carbonation. Finish is fairly dry. Run-of-the-mill mouthfeel really.

O- A solid IPA from New Belgium.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 04:30:03 | More by Veristic
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with this pounder can. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear color of pale gold with a yellowish stained cap that is more than a finger strong and is composed of rather large bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is minorly pine-like and herbal with a grassy inclusion of hops that blends into a bit of a mineral aspect. Mild hints of citrus and some faint candy sweetness scent. This brew is all about the hops in the aroma and while it isn't bold and aromatic, it is concise, mild and enjoyable without fault.

The taste is minorly bitter with some faint herbal grassy quality that blends into herbs, a bit of pine and some mineral to citrus notes. A bit of toasty grain is present making this a nicely balanced ipa without any residual sweetness. The backend has some rindy notes of bitter peel that are a cross between grapefruit and/or orange with a hint of cheese and sulfur.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Not an ipa that is groundbreaking or something to sell a kidney over but this is something fitting of the style and something I would reach for to drink effortlessly while doing yardwork. Thanks for sharing Heath!

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 01:52:46 | More by stakem
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer in a pint can for $3 @ Argonant on H street in DC! The best ipa deal in the city! IBU 70 & 6.5 etoh. One of my fav beers to driink a lot of. The can is even cute...it reads "we're hoppy" and "you're happy" on each side of the can where the drink hole is.

Serving type: can

05-04-2012 01:58:49 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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