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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing


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very good

3,710 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3710
Reviews: 1107
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 welldigger888

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge rocky white froth caps my 20oz pint, a wonderful golden hued elixer that had legs for days with sheets of lacing.

Citrusy hop goodness plays the lead with a nice malty background. Hugely quaffable beverage that seems to be readily available, nice.

Taste follows the aromas, nice even bittering that has a balance to the grain malt goodness. The hop aromas are nice and citrusy and flavor follows with the grapefruit citrus goodness.

Nice and dry, well balanced medium bodied goodness.

I dig this brew.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2013 01:05:59 | More by welldigger888
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

A: Poured a golden yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head leaving lots of bubbles and lacing.

S" Nose is herbal, floral, and bitter.

T: Taste is caramel malt, floral, herbal and a tad citrusy, bitterness almost from the Simcoe and Chinook hops almost makes you think this is super dry, mainly by the smell and feel but there is a substantial amount of alpha/hop oils on the end.

M: Slight tinge of booze, dry and floral on mouthfeel

O: Good IPA.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 01:05:21 | More by barleywinefiend
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my first trip to CBX in Charleston, I purchased a growler of New Belgium's Ranger IPA on recommendation.

A: Using the New Belgium tulip, this beer poured smoothly revealing a dark amber color with tones of orange.

S: Incredible aroma. Grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth, with a bitter almost piney hop smell to it.

T: Wonderfully bitter with a pronounced grapefruit way in the back. Dry at the end.

M: Nothing overwhelming, very comfortable.

D: I would love to try this on tap, as it is highly drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: Growler to Tulip glass.

Reviewed on 04.22.2010

Serving type: growler

04-22-2010 17:37:50 | More by punkguysc
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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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3.71/5  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 chugalug06


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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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.