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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,232 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,232
Hads: 5,506
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 107
Gots: 1,123 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So New Belgium goes hoppy...I never thought I would see an IPA from them. Can they do it well? On to the beer:

Clean bodied, big carbonation bubbles, and a golden yellow color are all found in the body. The head on top is rocky, patching on to the glass. Head retention is excellent. The nose is on target. There's a mix of biscuity malt, grapefruit, pine, citrus.

It's clean, and there are hops. There is a good deal of resin, also some tangerine notes and leaves. Crackery malt, but just a little. Not a really bitter IPA, but that's not my qualm. I feel like it's missing a little something. More malt perhaps? The texture also seemed *just* a touch thin to style. The aftertaste lingers of biscuit malt and a little bit of resin.

This is the type of IPA I could expect from New Belgium. Not super aggressive, though certainly a beer I can enjoy and newbies can too.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap before, so I kinda had an idea of what to expect.
A bright light golden color, clear and clean. A good head this time as I poured it. Billowing white, some chunkiness in there.

The citrus aroma is quick and strong, as soon as the cap popped.
Mild biscuit lingers in the background.
I like this as an A-IPA. It's citrus notes and clean bite seem to me like a great example of this style. It's not over the top and the abv is manageable.
Nice finish. Juicy at the end.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 oz. pre-release bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with a pillowy white head, some good lace.

S: Balanced mix of pine and citrus oil, picked up some Simcoe notes in there too.

T: Pine off the bat and mild bread malt, definitely a West Coast feel. Very prominent white grapefruit pith comes in, not my fave type of hop bitterness, but overall a good complexity with the hop character.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation on the palate, finish on the thin side for me.

D: All in all, a solid effort. New Belgium always has well made products. This is by no means going to make me ditch the San Diego hop efforts, but should be an inexpensive IPA making it something I'd pick up now and again.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic.

This was a very enjoyable and solid, yet unremarkable IPA. Fairly pedestrian, slightly biscuity malt body with plenty of C-hops in the nose and flavor. Flavor has a balanced piney mild hop bite. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a fluffy off white bubbly head with nice streaks of lacing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium : Ranger

A bright straw, gorgeous looking brew with a soapy, bubbly head and tons of effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Lace is strewn about the glass. Pine, earth and weed elements in the nose, with a light caramel/bready undertone. Tastes solidly bitter, with pine, earth and dirty grapefruit. The malt comes off biscuity, and really lets the hops do all the talking. Light to medium bodied feel, sharp hop bite, right on for the style. A veritable plethora of hops, with little else. Cool with me.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Avenue, 12oz bottle into a chalice. Best before March 18, 2012.

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a finger or so of white head. Pretty thick lacing, and moderate retention. Nose is nicely hopped, some orange and grapefruit, with a bit of dankness and grass. A light spicy hop note as well, accenting a lightly sweet malt character. Taste has more of the same idea, quite bitter with grassy and herbal notes, a hint of the spicy hop note and more orange and citrus. Very light malt character again, some light grain and cracker in that respect. Long bitter finish, a bit of a palate zapper. Medium carbonation, fairly light medium body. A good hop assault.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer by any stretch, but for me this beer is just a bit too thick and grainy- particularly in the taste and finish. I prefer either a leaner, dryer IPA, or one that is sweeter and thinner with more of a honeyed note to the malt. When I get a grainier, thicker one like this, I can't help but think of a mash that has been inefficiently sparged. I'm not saying that's the case here, just what it puts me in mind of. The hops are fine, if a little tame. I'd like either to see some more citrus tang or more of a piney blast- particularly to cut through the graininess. What you get instead is a respectable but slightly boring blend of the two with any earthy note underpinning it all. For me, this is the kind of beer I drink when I'm eating at someplace that doesn't really have a real beer list, but they've got this. In other words, it'll do in a pinch.

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

A clear and golden colored beer with a tinge of the orange color that American IPAs seem to be. A small white head forms and then disappears.

Smells sweet and highly hopped. Sweet malt isn't obliterated in this beer, but it is quite well hopped. This one is all pine and woody, Smells like a High School wood shop actually.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with a little tobacco mixed with the pine. Slight lemon flavor to this one and a strong grapefruit flavor. This dries out quickly on the tongue and becomes woody and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is good.

One thing about California, West Coast AIPA isn't exactly rare or expensive. This one isn't one of the best of the lot. At best this is a good beer, not great.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the boiler

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left lots of blotchy lacing.

S: nice piney hop aromas with citrus and pineapple accents and a malt character as well.

T: sweet piney hop flavor upfront with some cirtus grapefruit that helps enhance the bitterness and a pretty good malt backbone that helps out the overall balance.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and mild hop bitter finish.

D: decent IPA from new belgium that had a mild hop bite but drank well all the way through.

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

Tasting notes from 8/17/10

Poured a light amber colour with a small amount of white head. Somewhat cloudy/hazy.

Nice bitter hops with citrus and floral notes both on the nose and the palate. A very slight malt sweetness which is not very evident in the nose, is there in the palate and provides a nice balance to the bitter hops, although this was a hop dominated IPA.

Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable IPA and one that I would order again.

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

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this one.

Best By: 9 Jul 10

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, citrus, caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, bitter, some malts, and a nice dose of citrus, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA, glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium, ah... They always manage to not impress me enough to bring their beers back to Australia with me. And yet they're always consistent. Let's see how this one goes...

Pours a very clear, light and bright golden colour, with a fine and full head of white bubbling. Lacing is good; thin and fine, but sticky and intricate. Some fine carbonation, but not a lot. Overall, it looks like a fine drop of beer.

Nose is fresh and hoppy. Not pungent, but soft, spicy and fruity. Citrus notes dominate, with the sweeter end—oranges and tangerines—giving the biggest contribution. Lovely and fresh, and intoxicating. Quite gorgeous.

Taste is also good, but very subdued. Mild, but smooth on the palate, with an uplift of hoppiness that never moves beyond the sparse. Slight nuttiness on the back, with an organic burst of freshness. Green, a little citrussy, but certainly not a huge amount of bite.

Extremely easy to drink, this is an IPA that you could sit with all night. I'm pleased to say that this is one of the best NBB beers I've had. That it's one of their regular range is telling—they have got the basics just right.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On at Elliott's pour house the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some sweet malt (very fat tire like) and some underlying dry citrus. On the palate, this beer tastes like fat tire, but with some additional hops added. It's essentially a hopped up version of Fat Tire. Like fat tire, the beer is fairly malty, with flavors of baked apple and light cherry. However, there is a little bit of dry citrus as well, and the finish has some bitterness and is a bit more dry (when compared to fat tire). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and I don't detect any off flavors.

Mehhh... why bother to make a beer like this New Belgium? Fat tire is fine for what it is, and I don't require a hoppy version of the beer. I just don't get it.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a o e finger frothy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured an oily hop.

The taste consisted of a full malt below an earthy piney and citrusy hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a nice complex and hop forward ale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single picked up today at the COOP... Poured into my Delirium goblet.. 2 finger head dies slowly leaving nice sheets of lacing... the brew is dark gold with hints of orange.

Nose has a nice mix of grapefruit.. citrus.. and good herb.. lite pale maltiness..

Good bitterness out of the gate.. all the above hop flavors with just enough sorta bready malty essence... pretty damn dry on the finish with a sorta catty hoppiness that lingers for a bit... Medium body with an effervescent yet mild carbonation...

I am surprised I liked this one as much as I did... but I have a question, is there a "house" malt that New Belgium uses in alot of it's beer... sorta toasty... biscuity.. etc.... I get it pretty heavy in Fat Tire... I would guess a Biscuit or maybe Victory malt.

Anyway... this was pretty nice.


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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before and I am surprised to find that I have not rated it as of yet. Trying the Ranger from a holiday pack recently purchased. The beer has a very nice appearance has a light orange clear color with white head that is leaving a lace. The smell and taste have nice fresh hopiness to it. The taste includes a slight Belgium sweet malt twang common of all New Belgium beers. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice, clear apricot gold body. Pillowy white head with great retention and lace.

S - A shade light. Woody hops, touch of copper, and honey.

T - Resiny bitter hops dry out the opening and center of the profile. Green grass and lemon zest on the backend with a dry woody finish.

M - Light, crisp medium body.

O - Not bad at all. One of the drier IPA's I've had.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head leaving lots of bubbles and lacing.

S" Nose is herbal, floral, and bitter.

T: Taste is caramel malt, floral, herbal and a tad citrusy, bitterness almost from the Simcoe and Chinook hops almost makes you think this is super dry, mainly by the smell and feel but there is a substantial amount of alpha/hop oils on the end.

M: Slight tinge of booze, dry and floral on mouthfeel

O: Good IPA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear copper colored body with a thick merangue of bubbly off-white. There is a swirling sea of tiny bubbles.
S- This beer has a full green piney hop flavor with some soft cream and malt notes underneath.
T- This beer has a full piney woody dry hop flavor with a slightly earthy note. There is some softer pale malt that is dry aswell. The woody green hops flavor lingers briefly after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz that boost the hop flavor nicely.
D- This beer has a nice full hop flavor that reminds me of British hops. There are not overpowering and well supported by the malt underneath. This is very easy to drink with nice full hops.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review and update from fresh bottle. Poured into a Dogfish Head pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a two two finger off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit forward and light bready malt. Flavor of quite grassy and citrus hops, caramel malt, mixed light fruit; sharp citrus hop finish. Medium bodied. A nicely made old fashioned American IPA, with more hop bitterness than herbal hop flavors. Still nicely balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthly malt, strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (pomegranate). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, and citrus. Overall, great appearance with a good body and blend.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle with New Belgium's distinctive neck ring purchased at Chip's late last week. My first run-in with the Ranger.

A: The IPA has a golden orange color, radiantly clear with no visible imperfections. The clarity accentuates the stream of bubbles in the center of the glass. A huge head, over three fingers, overflowed my tulip. After the clean-up, the head left thick patches of lace behind.

S: The nose is very strong, laiden with pine and citrus notes that compete against each other for the title of 'Dominant Hop'. I'd say that piney scents win by a nose. A real treat to sniff on.

T: The taste doesn't quite deliver the floral scent that the nose does. Oh, there's hoppiness to be found, it just isn't as fresh as the nose indicates it should be. Caramel malts take a greater role, delivering breadiness that stands up to the hops. The hops have the same citrusy-piney pas de deux as in the nose, it just isn't as strong. Again the pine flavors win out.

M: The mouthfeel is controlled by the hops, resiny and oily as the flavors go back-and-forth. The strong nose followed by an approachable taste is a good combination.

D: A nice end-of-day beer that delivers a rich aroma and decent taste. I like the piney focus of the hops. And how strange to have to travel to North Carolina for some New Belgium!

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Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle

Appearance: Light orange hue and translucent. Little to no head.

Smell: Smells delicious for an IPA. Doesn't smell "dry" like some others. One of the strengths of this beer.

Taste: Very solid taste for an IPA. Pretty standard really. Has a very flavorful hoppy appeal to it. May induce cotton mouth.

Mouthfeel: Is somewhat "watery" and features a lot of carbonation and comes off crisp. Just isn't as dense as other IPAs.

Drinkability: Perhaps the most drinkable IPA I've come across in some time. Is somewhat watery and boasts good flavor and smells delicious. Is very drinkable.

While this isn't the highest quality IPA, it certainly is one of the most drinkable. I love IPAs and have had over forty different kinds but I find this as a good "intro" IPA for those willing to branch out. I've gotten several friends to make the transition to IPAs with this beer. I'd highly recommend this to novices as well as those who would like an IPA to drink for awhile.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very clear golden color with two fingers of pillowy ivory head. Looks good.

Smell: nice, well-rounded hop aroma with elements of funk and herbiness all atop a solid malt background. I like it.

Taste: quite similar to the aroma. A little sweet, a little funky, rather refreshing all-around. This is a pretty solidly crafted IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. It works.

Drinkability: I'm actually finding this quite drinkable indeed. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a six pack of this in the future.

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