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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,637 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,637
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 66
Gots: 500 | 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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

emerge077, Feb 21, 2010
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).

biboergosum, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

zeff80, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

StonedTrippin, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

nickfl, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint at the Denver airport.

LOOK: Pale amber, awesome lacing.

SMELL: Sweet oily hop resin, fruity, mild esters, herbal.

TASTE: Crisp, moderate body, orangey hop, bitter, dry biscuity malt, heavy herbal orange finish.

Very drinkable and a bit in your face. Restrained balance. Hop charter does not mess around and gets right to work with a onslaught of bitterness and flavor.

Jason, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great to see New Belgium show up in Ohio, I heard about it, here's the new labeled Ranger IPA at a wowing $2.99 a bomber, I passed on the Fat Tire Ale and the Tripel and got two bombers of Ranger IPA. The forest ranger hat full of hops had me at hello. Beer pours a brilliant copper body with slightly off white head forming thick and rising well above the rim of my pint glass. Aroma earthy, pine, citric qualities...hey gang the hops are all here. Perfect drinkability, clean bitter hops but finishes clean and bready. The type of sessionable hops I could consume in number, albeit the ABV at 6.5% my stand in my way, clean cereal biscuit notes bring out a bread like character, that meshes well with the hops. Let me talk about the hops since it's an IPA and all...great hop flavor, grapefruit peel, pines, earthiness a bit of dirt kicked up on the palate. The label mentions Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook relatively clean sharp bitter finish that's well balanced and doesn't really kill you with the hops, again the balance and drinkability with hop flavor think of drinking a bomber of something really mass produced with actual malt flavor and hop bitterness married in perfect balance. Overall I can't stop buying this after two bottles, I will drink the rest of the local stock available to me.

WVbeergeek, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium. Oh. I did have that Abbey on-tap not too long ago. Okay. It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium, on bottles.

Slightly floral and silky ipa. Leans forward with some perfume tones and fairly clear floral character. Salty pine body seems to dominate the scene. It's got a good consistent profile and an even flavor. I can dig it. As I tend to say with so many other beers: this might be interesting on cask.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Excellent head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemony hops with just a hint of breadyness, plus some flowery hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness & a little astringency up front. Biscuitty malt & grassy hops ebb & flow as this warms. Finishes sort of crisp with some grassyness & grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigorous carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright, but doesn't really pull together. I'd rather have the mighty arrow or hoptoberfest, this would do in a pinch. I was really hoping for more on this one..Scores better than I really like, but I got to score consistently

russpowell, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

jlindros, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Ranger IPA, 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: clear, amber to apricot coloration, plenty of fizz about and sumptuously layered with snowy cap, leaving lace. Lovely look.

Aroma: soft at first, then spicy, zesty citrus notes, bitter orange peel and lime. Nice bitterness, evenly played.

Taste: tidy bitter blast up front, then mild and mellow, with a hoppy finish. Medium/light bodied. Just enough malt to have balance, and not too hoppy. Hop bitterness floods the palate with every sip, then falls back until the next one.

Not shy with the hops, this Ranger, and not overtly bitter either. Easy-drinking IPA. This is one I'll pick up often, bottle or tap.

feloniousmonk, May 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium goblet because I am awesome, more awesome than you, sorry, it is the truth and I cannot tell a lie.

Beer is orange and clear with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation centered around the etched bicycle in the center of the goblet, again, I'm awesome, deal with it.

Aroma is earthy and piny with hints of citrus. Pretty nice aroma.

Beer is medium body and mildly sweet with a great hop profile, the hops are mostly pine on the palate, the finish isn't dry, the beer is super drinkable. I really like this beer, exactly what I wanted tonight.

drabmuh, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a clear golden brown, moderate carbonation, and a foamy white head that leaves decent lacing. Didn't get much in the aroma, other than general IPA citrus notes. Hops up front in the taste, with citrus zest, mellowing out with some sweet maltiness. Pretty standard stuff. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

mactrail, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +13%

mendvicdog, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap tonight at Spider Kelly's in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and fruity malts. Pine hops dominate, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops and pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not bad, but pretty average, and a lot less hops than the nose. A step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all.

o - Overall a decent beer, but pretty average. Some nice pine hops in the nose, but not a lot of hops in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek it out again, but worth trying once.

mdfb79, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish-yellow with a large white head. The aroma is pine and orange, but is not as strong as I expected. The flavor is orange with medium bitterness. Some grassy and flowery hop aromas as well as some grapefruit notes in the flavor, but there is a slight soapiness that distracts from the overall beer. The finish is bitter orange. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a rocky/foamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of piney/herbal notes.

The taste upfront is of juicy, bitter, tasty, citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, orange, a hint of apricot). A biscuity pale malt and caramel (especially as it progresses) malt backbone gives it balance while keeping the hops ahead. Slight alcohol warmth shows. Orange rind hangs on in the aftertaste.

It has a chewy, juicy, smooth body.

This fits the category of American IPA very well. Hop-forward with a firm malt backing and a touch of alcohol warmth. It has a fruity, complex hop character. Wonderful! A hop-head's delight!

jwc215, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,637 ratings.