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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,232 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,232
Hads: 5,505
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 107
Gots: 1,121 | 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
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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not your stereotypical ipa. this one has more of that belgian vibe to it, not as sturdy as some of the american versions. its delicacy lends itself nicely to the hops here, allowing them to be tasted in their entirety without a lot of interference from other elements. not as yeast driven as their belgo, this one doesnt satisfy all of the conditions of an ipa for me, but under any other name it is an excellent beer. the 6.5 percent can catch you unaware as well!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super high clarity golden orange, sticky concentric rings of lacing. Slow ascending carbonation. Tight skim on top, good retention from an initial 3 finger head of billowing foam.

Aroma is all grassy herbal cannabis, some grass clippings and dried basil.

Flavor is similar, herbal with a pleasant juicy cantaloupe sweetness carrying through the middle into a drier finish. Pretty easygoing and light bodied, sessionable. A sweet deal for a $2.69 bomber.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/orange with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger head of bubbly foam that left behind sticky patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of pine and sprigs of spruce. It had mild floral notes with a touch of caramel.

T - This IPA is very, very piney and grassy. It had burnt toast malt undertones.

M - It was crisp, sharp and somewhat dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very green IPA. Tons of pine and grassy flavors may make it difficult for an IPA neophyte.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy white foam on top of a dark golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A fruity hop aroma of mango and orange/grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the background with a little bit of honey malt character.

T - Spicy hops up front with a little bit of grapefruit. Bready malt in the middle with light toast and some pine hop character. Finishes with lemon and pithy grapefruit flavor and smooth, but strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, balanced IPA with great hop character, especially in the aroma. There is a nice balance in the finish with a subtle dryness that helps to emphasize the hop character.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head 1.5 fingers, lacing, clear golden pilsner tan color.

Nose fresh citrus hops, light orange and lemon, hint of candy hops, just a touch of malts.

taste nice hops, fruity citrus and some pine, fairly bitter, drier, light malty taste with a beefy malt backing. Finishes fairly bitter spicy piney hops.

Mouth is med bodied decent carb.

overall nice, pretty bitter, bright hops, light malts to balance, almost juicy.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a bit foamy out of the can but does settle out into a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass, leaving back heavy swathes of soapy lacing that cling to the sides. The aroma smells equal parts floral and herbal, with fresh zesty citrus character and then lighter notes of pine and spice. Sweet malt firms up the back of the nose and helps push those fresh hops forward.

The taste is fresh bitter grapefruit with some more leafy and herbal tones working their way in. Pale malts offer up their beady sweetness for balance and to just generally lay a nice foundation down for those hops build off of. The finish is dry and resinous with some lingering bitter pith that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an easy slick creaminess and just enough sharpness on the tongue to help zing that grapefruit and pine a bit. Some warmth does draw out some of the more assertive aspects of the hops but the overall ABV is mostly pretty darn well hid here.

I think that I had stayed away from this beer so far based on early mediocre reviews for it but man, after finally trying it, I really regret not having done so sooner! This was a really tasty, well balanced, and quite quaffable American IPA with a fresh power to the hops that I wasn’t really expecting. Nice job New Belgium and I’ll definitely be picking up more of these up next time I’m next time I’m in the mood for some canned Craft.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I've heard good things about this. Let's hope they're right. It pours a clear amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and plenty o' caramel. The taste runs very similarly, with some added pine sap and a touch of mint and lime (mojito, anyone?). The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice little IPA, nothing tongue-destroying, but something one could easily sit down and enjoy for a while.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Brewing "Ranger India Pale Ale"
12 oz. can, coded "13 DEC 2015"

Appearance: Clear copper beneath a frothy head of off-white that drops steadily, leaving behind thin streaks of broken lace.

Aroma: Fresh, bright, lively, and welcoming! Piney, resinous, citrusy/tropical (with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine), and softly floral. Gently bready, caramelish, and toasty malts make their way through as well - and that's not always the case with such a bright hop aroma. I have no idea how many hops have gone into this, but in comparison to some other brightly aromatic IPAs this might be a case of "sometimes less is more".

Flavor: New Belgium is known for balanced beers with an emphasis on malt, and that's certainly the case here. The aroma is quite bright with hops, and the flavor follows suit, but they're superbly balanced against the malt and it's not brash or "raspy" at all. The hop bitterness helps with that, not stepping too far out, but still backing it up solidly (probably somewhere around the standard 70 IBUs most brewers go for). As you progress through the glass the flavors seem to move around, appearing piney and grassy here, citrusy and gently berry-like there, and then perhaps bready and honeyish right back where it seemed piney just two sips ago. Some mint comes in, as does some soft earthiness as it warms. The flavors all stand out on their own, but remain centered enough that if you don't focus too much it's still "one". It finishes dry and lingering with just a light touch of fading sweetish malt amidst piney, grassy-lemony, and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: Really nicely done! Superbly balanced, and remarkably well-rounded and polished. It's not an IPA that hits you in the head, but it will certainly make you open your eyes - and if I'm going to have more than one, I certainly don't want to be hit in the head! Drinkable!

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly a great aroma and the first sip is a celebration of hops.

Very thin body and sharp acidity.

Definitely worth a taste when a mouthful of good hops are the goal, but the bitterness stays with you long after the memory of the aroma is gone. OK, it's 70 IBU. New Belgium is kind enough to let us know the hops in question are Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold. Generally appealing.

Sm: A mild strength aroma of citrus ester hops and barley.

T: Citrus ester hops indeed dominate - mainly badly handled grapefruit - but they're curbed near the climax by unwelcome bittering hops and off cream. The first half starts out decently, but it trainwrecks at the climax, ruining the balance. The flavours were chosen alright, but the structure and balance are where the problems lay.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but indistinct and certainly not tailored to the flavours. The thickness is strange as well.

Dr: The quality - or relative lack thereof - makes it difficult to drink. The price isn't that great especially as part of a variety pack. I won't be having it again. A relatively high ABV.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber of this for $2.99. IPA's are my favorite style by far, but this one was a bit out of balance for me. Great hoppiness to it and bitter to the max, but it's almost too much and doesn't make for a smooth finish. It's definitely good for a hop fix, but it becomes difficult to even drink without the malts to back it up. Good deal, and pretty good IPA.. but if it was balanced this could be a really good one.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.