Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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5,272 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,254
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 93
Gots: 903 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 5,272 | Reviews: 1,254
Photo of Rddymk
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA. Very, very hoppy.

Photo of Nevbo
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean, crisp, and affordable IPA. And always on tap at my local concert venue!

Photo of Camdav
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean fresh , a real hoppy ipa that has a nice pine finish.

Photo of hopphead31415
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can’t say enough how much I love New Belgium. Although my favorite of this brewery has to go to Rampant, I must say that Ranger is the little brother of the Imperial counterpart. I find every aspect of this beer to be smooth, suave, drinkable and pleasant. Without saying more on this topic, I’ll dive right into the review of each part of the beer.

Appearance: The appearance is a light golden color that reflects the warm sunlight that grew the hops that went into this great beer. The head comes in full and thick with a vigorous pour, but soon settles down to a snow-kissed cap that paints a beautiful fine array of lacing on your glass. But be sure to pour this one instead of drinking from the bottle. The manufacturer can only do so much to ensure that you enjoy every aspect of this beer so you will miss out on some characteristics if you don’t pour it into a worthy glass.

Smell: I get an array of aromas when I take a deep smell of this great beer. I get a malty-cracker and toasty smell that very quickly subsides into a floral and herbal tone with noticeable bubblegum, tropical fruits like mango, and then some citrusy apricot. The smell is excellent and it is one that you really should try before taking a sip.

Taste: The taste is excellent. I get the medium-bodied maltiness which is perfect because then it gives way to the carbonation that explodes on your tongue and is accompanied by a pleasant cut of alcohol which is a respectable 6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs. The hops are delicate but present and the alcohol content is fine-tuned, but noticeable. If you were to change anything about this beer than it would fall apart, I think. This beer is so drinkable and I find it to be one of my favorite ‘go-to’ beers that are available. What is surprising is that after two of these, the alcohol really sneaks up on you so be vigilant while you toss back a few of these classic IPAs by New Belgium.

Feel: The feel is smooth and silky and begs you to take another gulp. The carbonation is pleasantly delayed and gives way to a nice zingy zest that comes from the carbonation playing with the citrus tones. The very last thing that I feel is a resin-like coating on the tongue that lingers every so pleasantly even after the carbonation and flavors have dissipated.

Overall: Overall this beer is great. I think that it has a complex flavor and a well-timed release of each component of its flavor and mouthfeel. Once again, the aroma and taste are excellent and the complexity of this beer compensates for the slightly low end ABV. I would pour through a few of these easily and I am confident that you will too.

Photo of hophead723
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a claret glass from a nice fresh bottle. I have had this beer often and I felt it was time to review it.

Look: Beautiful light gold, the light shines through with an almost heavenly glow like the sunlight that grew the hops themselves. The head depends on how vigorously you pour it but it will linger and lace with the best of them. It is white and made of semi-fine bubbles that faded to a thin cap.

Smell: The hop dominated aroma is luscious and juicy apricot, peach, tropical fruit, and bubblegum. The malt aroma is exhibited with flourishes of honeysuckle, honeycomb, and toasted cracker-like hues.

Taste: The taste follows the smell of apricots, peaches, and pine but with a definite and bold floral burst. There is a lot of spicy, peppery hops here. The malt character is sweet and delicate, almost over shone by the bitterness but in a well-done and expressive way.

Feel: Smooth yet with abundant carbonation that expanded on my tongue. The supple head embraces my lips with each sip. I found the amount of hop oil was apparent with a slightly coating feel in the mouth.

Overall: I call this beer the "Champagne of IPAs" because I love its carbonation and other characteristics, and the availability is astonishing. You should be able to find this beer anywhere and I factor that into a review because it shows the brewery that sends it to such rural areas of the country really care about who gets to try their beer. It stands proud against a desolate backdrop of silver boxes full of disgusting light domestic swill. Try not to drink six of these at a time. Cheers.

Photo of heytomcat
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good easy drinking IPA. Not in my top 10 though.

Photo of boblee
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good IPA at a good price! $ 7.49 + tax for a six pack in my town.

Photo of MillerMan16
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer, wish it was a tad bit less hoppy.

Photo of mluchies
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer that New Belgium has to offer!

Photo of AceDBaby
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Currently my favorite IPA for just kicking back and having a beer solo. Great day to day beer. Just the right amount of ABV and hops to get you in a relaxed state of mind. The piney yet grapefruit citrus tones are excellent in this beer as well.

Photo of Prosnowboarder
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft is way better than bottles, I keep a keg at home. Balanced hoppiness with grapefruit fore and after taste. Yum

Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pint on draft at Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub in Cleveland Park, NW D.C.; unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass; drank over 30 minutes on Tues., 01/13/2015

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly harsh IPA with Grapefruit upfront & through the taste.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hit that IPA spot, hmmm.

Photo of Marleypoo
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is 6.5 abv & you can taste all 6.5 of it. Strong alcohol taste which I do not like about this beer. Has a very pineappley smell which you think you would taste but you cannot taste the pineapple only smells like pineapples. piney on the front & bitter on the back. I use to like this beer until I put it up against Jai Alai & sweet water IPA. If I'm gonna spend this much money on a domestic ipa then I would much rather spend my $ on sweet water or Jai alai. For the price this beer is not to good.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 14, 2015

22 oz bomber, mason jar

A – Light to medim amber. Slightly off-white foamy head. Pretty long retention and very high clarity.

S – Orange marmalade, slightly bready. Mostly light, fruity hop aroma. Something else there, possibly guava or passion fruit, very low in the mix.

T – Light marmalade and fresh pear, lightly bready but the hops are prominent. Only mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly dank.

M – Slightly resiny, sweet but leaning toward bitter. Moderate body and carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

O – Interesting mix of flavor but not entirely pleasant. Something just a bit off.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z brown bottle poured into a shaker pint. The beer is a chill hazed copper with a dense off-white head.

Nice aroma! The “C” hops are proudly 0n display. Citrus and pine all backed by some caramel malts.

The taste closely tracks the smell. Nicely bitter. A bit of pine resin working with some grapefruit. The malts add a grainy almost whole wheat cracker base.

The mouth is nicely oily and more than a touch coating.

No surprise that NB offers up a rock steady IPA.

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass. Great amber color with a half inch of white head dissolving to lace. Great nose with fresh grassy hops and citrus. Taste is more citrus with secondary pine notes with what I think of as an uncharacteristic clean finish for an IPA. Not that I mind the clean finish. I like some separation between sips rather than the usually lingering bitterness. An above average IPA in my opinion, but I'm no hop head.

Photo of PikesPilsner
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good taste,bitter finish.If I have other choices for a sitting I'll have those.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good IPA, but there is so much out there better... at the same price.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a very thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pleasant mild hops, citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of hops/pine notes with sweeter citrus notes.

Overall: Very good IPA!

Photo of scotorum
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another from the mixed sixpack composed at Orlando Whole Foods on a Florida trip

a: Clear dark gold, finger thick white head receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing

s: Mild resin

t: Hefty biscuit malt with moderate pine hop bite. Dry finish

m: Medium, good carbonation tingle.

o: A substantial IPA, obvious quality. The hops give it a bit more punch than their fine Fat Tire Amber.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of a dogfish head 60 minute IPA but a bit sweeter and lighter.

Photo of soupyman10
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks how it's supposed to, amber color with a smallish head. Surprisingly sweet nose, malt, candy, and also a bunch of fruit. Maybe some cookies. Flavor is similarly sweet; lots of fruitiness. Hop bitterness is there, although fairly subtle. Well balanced. Overall a nice, very drinkable IPA.

Photo of taters21
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden in color, pours about a half finger white head that fades quickly with lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit, Pine, Citrus in that order
Taste: Sadly mostly pine and citrus followed by a faint hint of grapefruit that quickly fades to a malt backbone, wanted more staying power here. Light bitterness remaining.
Mouthfeel: Thin, mild carbonation
Overall: Not offensive, but nothing great as far as IPA's go, with the grapefruit being so strong in the smell I was hoping for it in the flavor.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.