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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,223 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,223
Hads: 5,432
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.34%
Wants: 101
Gots: 1,052 | 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 Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my brother for this bottle, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in an IPA glass.

The color is golden with hazy clarity and thick white head with fine bead and waves of lace with very good retention. The smell has a semi-fruity aroma with gentle tropical hop smell with slight citrus quality. The feel has a subtle malt toastiness with medium carbonation with moderately high bitterness and subtle alcohol influence with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with dank hop flavor and citrus quality which evokes a bitter rind aspect with slight tropical grapefruity and mild pine taste with low malt sweetness and very low alcohol flavor with slight astringency in taste with a grassy quality as it warms with a malt flavor that has a subtle toasted quality. Very good IPA I prefer this to many available on the market -I recommend this if you haven't tried it yet...I don't know why I waited to try it, perhaps I had expectations as far as New Belgium and hoppy beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
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 Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 11/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-copper; clear with a moderate head. Off-white head is frothy with very good retention.

Smells of fresh hops, lots of hops, with a barely noticeable malt background and some fruitiness. Hops aroma is mainly piney but with a bit of citrus. Aroma and flavor are an excellent mix of 3 hop varieties -- Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity). Taste is nicely bitter [IBU =70]. Excellent clean finish with plenty of lingering hop taste.

M - clean and crisp with medium body and carbonation.

This is a very solid American IPA that is easy to recommend. now widely available in SC.

(Rating confirmed July 2014 with 12 oz can)

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a clear light orange color. A very large, chunky head forms, and sticks around for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form down the sides. This beer had a textbook look to it.

S: Very hoppy, and smells fresh. On the citrus/floral side with an underlying pine scent as well. Also get a slight soapy smell as well.

T: Bitter up front from the hops. A nice grapefruit flavor. The bitterness fades away to a nice sweetness in the middle. Bitterness subsides as the beer warms.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp, nice carbonation. Overall its pretty good. Honestly, the taste is what takes knocks it down a little. The smell was amazingly fresh and the appearance was awesome.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense white head that slowly reduces to a thick and wide ring at the edges of the glass and a moderate amount of very thin film covering about 75% of the remainder of the surface. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops along with some lighter floral hop notes. Light notes of caramel malts in the background.

T: Light flavors of caramel malts with a touch of sweetness upfront followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops but while still having very nice hop flavors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours 1bout 1/2 finger of off white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a slight amount of splattered lace. Color is a clear orange hued gold.

Aroma: Lots of pine and floral hops. Grapefruit and lemon citrus blend with some bready malts are also apparent.

Taste: Pine and floral hops again. More bready malts here. Big citrus blend. A decent ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and refreshingly crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent IPA and definitely a decent beer for the price. Drinkable and good for the style. I wouldn't mind another.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has long at last made its way to the Philadelphia area. I saw the Ranger IPA with a Best By date of April 2012 so I absolutely had to pick it up and try it. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear, golden honey colored body with a creamy and slightly off-white head. Great sticky lacing and nice retention after it settled out as well. A vibrant and great looking IPA.

S: Lots of whole hop cones, pine, sap and perhaps a little bit of grain. There's some slight citrus notes too, but the overall aroma is very earthy and piney in nature. For me, it seems to strike a nice balance without being dominate in one single note.

T: A wash of bitter hops are up-front, pine needles and lots of hop resin. Pale and caramel malts come through mid-palate, with some dry citrus peel flavors at the back. This tastes very crisp and fresh without leaning too heavily towards one extreme. Nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, well carbonated and medium-bodied. It's not necessarily sticky like I get with more malt-driven IPAs; this feels nice and bubbly.

This was a pretty decent IPA as it had a lot of balance and it wasn't overly piney or one-noted. Although, my preference in IPAs is more citrusy and while this did have some, I like when it's more profound.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with this pounder can. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear color of pale gold with a yellowish stained cap that is more than a finger strong and is composed of rather large bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is minorly pine-like and herbal with a grassy inclusion of hops that blends into a bit of a mineral aspect. Mild hints of citrus and some faint candy sweetness scent. This brew is all about the hops in the aroma and while it isn't bold and aromatic, it is concise, mild and enjoyable without fault.

The taste is minorly bitter with some faint herbal grassy quality that blends into herbs, a bit of pine and some mineral to citrus notes. A bit of toasty grain is present making this a nicely balanced ipa without any residual sweetness. The backend has some rindy notes of bitter peel that are a cross between grapefruit and/or orange with a hint of cheese and sulfur.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Not an ipa that is groundbreaking or something to sell a kidney over but this is something fitting of the style and something I would reach for to drink effortlessly while doing yardwork. Thanks for sharing Heath!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am stoked to have New Belgium in my neighborhood. Welcome!

The beer is transparent and light orange hued with an inch of thick white head. Decent retention and ample sticky lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma brings a bouquet of hops, with notes of grapefruit. Also present is an earthy, funky scent that seems to be a distraction from the delectable hop nose.

The flavor is good, with the hop character in the driver seat. Grapefruit is the dominant fruit flavor, with more subtle notes of the earthy, musty, funkiness I discovered in the aroma.

The beer is really bitter, even for the style. The finish is dry and bitter, and sits a bit harsh on the palate.

In a style teeming with amazing brews, this one falls a bit short for me. I am enjoying this, but don't see myself returning to this beer too often, if at all.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with 1/2" of head with decent retention. The nose has citrus and pine notes from the hops. Taste has decent malt character but it's short lived as the hops immediately take over. The hops are mildly citrusy, floral, and intensely piny. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated though a little thin in the finish.

Not a bad IPA. It's affordable so I tend to go back to it over and over.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my CANQuest (TM) Wants bites the dust, this time thanks to the generous folks at Max's On Broadway in Baltimore! I brought the San Diego Rock Star duo of Colby Chandler (Ballast Point) and Chuck (Green Flash) in on our way to SAVOR from PHL Beer Week and found a number of new CANs during the visit.

From the CAN: "Are Beer Rangers real?"; "We're hoppy/You're happy [or vice versa]"; "Alternatively empowered/Employee owned".

The Crack & Glug was flawless and I soon had two fingers of dense, tawny head with fantastic retention. Where did this humidity suddenly come from?!? As it slowly fell, as foam is wont to do, I was left with some generous lacing in its wake. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and I just remembered that I wanted to ask for a Lovibond scale at SAVOR, dang it! Nose was redolent with pine hops and I was happy that it was hoppy. More truth in advertising. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and perhaps I have become jaded in my hophead ways, but this did not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. It was plenty hoppy with a caramel malt backbone evident on the tongue, but I was not aroused as I was with the earlier Shift. It could also be that I had it as a Want for so long that it took on mythic proportions ... I dunno. Finish was super dry and as I think about it, this was a pretty darn good IPA, and in a CAN no less. I'd best take my own advice and kwicherbichen.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a big 2" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, orange, and caramel are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, some pine, ripe pears, and a decent bitterness creates a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. Worthy of a look as this hits the spot for the stlye.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very crystal clear looking body, light carbonation rising, dark gold getting into brass bronze almost red amber color. Simple white head with about three fingers of retention, some foamy character. Some minor decent lacing while drinking.

Bouquet is, a simple hop profile, little bit of citrus, little pine, but nothing really distinct. Subtle and nice muted nose with some malt and bread.

Taste is, a good hop blast with a little bit of pine and resin, with a big surprising fruit punch on the finish. What the hell it is sugar coated strawberries. A surprising sweet red juicy fruit almost hawaiian fruit punch, where did that come from? Texture is solid without a big syrupy thickness, fizzy carbonation, or wet body.

Overall decent ipa, different, unique, enjoyable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled February 6th, 2010
A healthy pour into my New Belgium Goblet produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a rich copper hue that shows bright, almost metallic copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest, tangelos, some kumquat, a big lychee note and a touch of pine and herbal notes. These last two only lightly accenting the nose. There is just a hint of crystal malt sweetness and toasted cracker grain character noticeable, but only just so. This is solidly hoppy, but doesn't have that over the top hop character that the most aggressive examples of the style have.

A bit too cold, which accentuates the clean, biting bitterness and a pine needle flavor there are also notes of juniper, and a medicinal sort of hop note. The ample hop fruitiness is still noticeable, but I definitely need to let this warm up just a touch. A quick stint in the microwave makes this chilled beer a bit fizzier, and a lot fruitier tasting. The beer is quite quaffable, definitely has the lightness that a good IPA should have. Even with the warming, the flavor is not as fruit-forward as the nose; notes of bergamot, tangelo and some softer lychee still play a prominent role.

This is a nice example of an IPA. For those who prefer herbal, pine and bitter notes then this is the beer for you. I think I like a bit more fruit in my hop balance though & I don't think I will be replacing my easy hop fix of Sierra Nevada Torpedo with this beer.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.