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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,899 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,899
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 603 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Tops Tasting Room. A very good drinking IPA. High carbonation, but the bitterness is right there. Above average mouthfeel. Medium yellow with lts of head that leaves it lacey.C-Hoppy aroma.Told it was a beginner IPA, but its stronger hoppiness, pine, is a bit more than that. Liked it.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean and clear honey color with a nice 1.5 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh and spicy pine hops only. Taste is of the herbal hops and some sweetish malt on the finish. Bitterness is moderate but not overwhelming. Carbonation is a bit flat. Drinkability is above average but the carbonation is a bit off putting. I would be more than happy to try another one of these to see if I get a different outcome.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this on their recent trip out here.

Pours a moderate golden color with a low-lying white head and not too much lacing. Nose is slightly citric with some light floral aspects as well. Light base with a bit of pale malt and slight caramel sweetness. Feel is a bit dry with good carbonation. Drinks well in the end and is fairly sessionable, but not a high caliber IPA.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left thick lacing running down the sides of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose (grapefruit stands out in particular) along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy ans has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very well balanced. It has a good amount of hop flavors but isn't overly bitter and is easy to drink.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color; the two fingered head sits atop the liquid and refuses to fade but leaves nice clumps of lace behind

Smell: For all the C hops in this brew, the aroma is decidedly understated; the hops are there but they are hard to distinguish

Taste: Toasty, up front, with piney bitterness quickly developing, along with an earthy element; by mid-palate, some tangerine and pineapple elements emerge and become more distinct, after the swallow; lingering hops and residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but nothing particularly distinguished, either

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A modest and simple IPA that reminds me of the more crisp and clean versions that first created the style.

A deep golden, light copper color emits from the pour, building a creamy and froathy stark-white head that retains and laces very well. Brilliantly clear, the beer is obviously filtered.

Firm but moderate notes of grapefruit, orange zest, and soft spruce give a hoppy start to the beer. Crisp and lightly kilned malts give a light graham cracker aroma. Esters and other yeast characters are very light and only make subtle impacts to aroma.

Flavors fare similarly as aromas- a crisp citrus flavor and bitterness dominate the beer but in less aggressive fashion as we have come to expect from IPA's. Where the beer shines is in the crisp and clean malt profile that remains understated yet supportive, and without trying to compete with the hops. With no real yeast influence, the beer remains all about the hops. I just wish that the hop complex had more variety, flavor, and intensity.

Medium bodied early, the beer begins to lighten immediately and then continues a smooth transition into a pleasantly dry and bitter finish. A citrus linger is the only reminder of the beer going into the aftertaste.

A very nice IPA that reminds me a lot of Goose Island's IPA and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Though very pleasant and refreshing, the beer lacks the punch and fullness of flavor that now allows newer versions to stand out more.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger frothy head, clear dark golden with mustard hues. Some lacing.

S: very nice fresh hop smell and some pine. This aroma I usually get with fersh hopped ipas which impressed me

T: Very nice fresh and floral hop character. Mil pine bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is one of new belgiums best offerings. The aroma and taste are excellent and match up well.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sun-splashed tangerine with honey hued highlights. Close to half the pint glass is filled with a whipped creamy chunk of manila colored foam that has terrific texture. Whatever else this brew has going on, it looks the part.

If you love the American varieties, the hop bill was nicely chosen. Cascade contributes white grapefruit peel and ganja, while Simcoe adds juicy mango. Chinook rounds out the trio. Cascade was also used for dry-hopping.

New Belgium Brewing did a great job with their first American pale ale, Mighty Arrow. Now they've jumped into the American IPA pool with Ranger. Although this beer is better than decent, it isn't as successful (for the style) as the APA. The malt bill is to blame.

I have never been a fan of the darker malts in an IPA. Unless we're going all the way and making it a black IPA. This offering uses pale and dark caramel. The result is a mid-range toasted earthiness (reminiscent of Munich) that takes too much flavor focus from the little green cones, which is where it belongs.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, a rotting-leaves-on-the-forest-floor earthiness, a bit of honey and a decent amount of citrus peel that doesn't taste or feel quite as high as 70 IBUs should. Here's hoping the brewery is amenable to lightening the malts.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style... but then the ABV is too. It has nothing but smooth edges and is properly bubbled, so above-average is an easy call.

Ranger IPA (at a whopping 6.5%) wouldn't have appeared in this state a mere month ago. I'm glad it's here, but Mighty Arrow is the better beer. Looks like Big Sky IPA is still the best IPA available in Iowa. Almost forgot, we now have Two Hearted. Lucky us.

Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new single I was able to pick up recently. This was served cold and enjoyed with dinner last night. Consumed in a pint glass on 02/16/2010.
 
The pour was about what I would have expected from a solid IPA. Nice amber in color with a smooth, silky look to it. Nice clarity with loads of carbonation streaming up to the surface to form a rich and full looking head of white that laid across the top of the glass for what seemed to be a good bit of time before finally conceding and letting itself go. Aroma is sharp. Lots of citrus bouncing around in here for sure. Huge notes of Orange and grapefruit give way reluctantly to nice touches of buttery malts and a smooth and easy transition into a dry, hoppy finish. Crisp and clean with a definite refreshing nature to it. It really seemed to hold up well and renewed some of my faith in new Belgium. Even warming seemed to continue to bring out nice hints of hops that just would not let go. A more then welcome surprise I have to admit. Last sip was just as good as the first and the light hop nature just slid right on by.
 
Overall a very solid IPA that you really could not go wrong with. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day.

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour into a pint glass gives a clear golden amber color with a thin layer of cream colored foam which sticks to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose is quite a bit better than I was expecting. Some pleasant grapefruit and pine aromas up front along with the bready malt on the back end.

T: This one is surprisingly bitter, much more so than I thought it would be. The citrus is more of an after thought with plenty of resinous pine on the beginning and the finish. Not too much in the way of malt.

M: The body is a touch thin, but still in the medium range with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: An easy drinking IPA, but there are certainly a lot better examples out there. That said, it's nice to see New Belgium putting some more beers out there.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my boss for saving me a bottle of this and giving me one to try. This poured out as a light colored orangy yellow, the head was white and had a decent retention. The lacing wasn't too sticky though. The smell of the beer packs a nice little punch for just being a regular IPA. Plenty of citrusy pine aromas pouring out of this one. The taste is really nice on this brew, lots of really piney notes on the tongue, very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer is slightly creamy but still quite prickly feeling from the hops and carbonation. Overall this is a highly enjoyable IPA, would be able to drink this one over and over.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up a clear, copper-toned body with a small, thin, white head that leaves a nice coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly scented pale maltiness quickly gives way to hoppy notes of oily lemon peels and grapefruit pith.

Taste: The mild mannered pale malts deliver tastes of bread (sans crusts) and no more than a small amount of brief caramel sweetness. The hops are predominately citrusy with a good dose of both peel and pith, though some additional white pine is also present. Medium-plus bitterness. Not quite citric. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight, slick oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, there's no about it, it's an IPA. And one that's a tad light in terms of maltiness. Perhaps... perhaps the world of beer has room enough for one more India Pale Ale.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had mixed feelings about the last few New Belgium brews I have had lately,this is a clear winner in my book.Poured into a standard pint glas a clear medium golden with tight formed 1/2 finger white head that left shotty lace as it settled into an almost creamy mass.Nice shot of the Simcoe hops in the nose,sharp and citric, with a little herb.Flavors are well balanced at first with pine and citric hop melding well with a hefty caramel base,a big shot of sharp herbal leafiness hits in the finish.I think a very well rounded IPA with a alot of different hop components going on.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured at a beer/grocery store somewhere in Montana earlier this month.

This beer pours a clear medium golden brass hue, with two pudgy fingers of thickly foamy, and ebulliently bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar drooping spiderweb lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of slightly musty orange and grapefruit citrus, a bit of pine oil, some herbal leafiness, a touch of grocery aisle fruitiness, and bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter pine resin and pithy citrus hops up front, followed soon by an isolated dank herbal essence, some sweetly perfumed floral hops, balanced all by a light bready caramel maltiness. Simple, but effective enough.

The carbonation is a bit on the prickly side, the body medium-light in weight, generically smooth, with a wee sprig of creaminess, and an integrated, near-seamless alcohol warmth. It finishes off-dry, the pull of the desiccating hops barely tempered, and in a less than even way, by a diminishing malt.

Nice to see a well-wrought example of a New World American standard from a brewery who up to now has only reminded me of ambitious Old World style renditions. Ranger leans quite heavily toward the hops, if maybe in a less than certain way, the malt balance seeming like a bit of an afterthought. Still, enjoyable and eminently drinkable, especially given the sticker price and convenient ubiquity (south of the 49th, that is).

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,899 ratings.