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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

5,070 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 5,070
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 80
Gots: 738 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Jrhockney
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sweet, decently hoppy, mass produced budget IPA that is so consistant sometimes I worry about what they put in it. The flavor is crisp, very sweet, floral orange grapefruit combo that has ok bitterness. Its biggest strength is its consistancy. I can't remember a time when it didn't taste like itself on tap or in bottle (unlike Averys sadly). Its biggest weakness is in the mouthfeel I think. It just feels thin too often but thats not to say thats a terrible thing, but the flavor ends up feeling a bit generic or mass produced at times because of it and its really better than that. Its usually priced VERY well too so that is a bonus.

Photo of BB1980
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Ego_bibo_ergo_sum
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 gradergator
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bearshawks85
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frozen-1984
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nightrain87
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mflamar
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jblake4124
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Jteel3
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colonia25
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jkderouen1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobsledTM
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NCIPArunner
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bazinga
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 rudimon
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MahjongNucleus
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pocketharpy
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophead723
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. 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. 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.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 5,070 ratings.