Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,200
Hads: 5,306
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 93
Gots: 945 | 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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Reviews: 1,200 | Hads: 5,306
Photo of BrewThru_29
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brew. Looks great. Crystal clear. Dark gold color. Nice head/lace.

Smells choppy/citrusy. Not a big nose.

Taste is of lots of citrus hops. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel has a nice refreshing hop bite. Definitely a good summer beer. Slightly lingering bitterness which I am not a huge fan of.

Overall, this is a very solid IPA. Nothing out of this world, but nothing bad. (373 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ranger pours a clear golden color with a nice large lacing head. The aroma is sweet, lots of citrus, and a noticeable hop note. The taste has lots of citrus, and a noticeable hop bite, finishes very wet. Good feel, a little watery. Overall its a very solid IPA. (261 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a pale, clear copper with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, tropical fruit aromas, caramel malts, pine resin.

Taste - Bitter citrus hops accentuated by the sweetness of caramel malts, with notes of tropical fruit and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A solid American IPA by New Belgium. Excellent hop profile, definitely a winner amongst hopheads. (481 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Welcome to Alberta, New Belgium. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at long last. Of course one of the new arrivals is going to be an IPA. Ranger is a dark gold, perhaps just shy of light bronze ale with a decent amount of light beige head. Looks quite fizzy and light-bodied. Aroma is pleasantly herbal, fruity, and tangy, featuring a bouquet of grapefruit and orange, lychee, gooseberry, canned peaches, a hint of pineapple ... Nice fruity hop notes with a gentle caramel malt background. This IPA is rather refined, bold of flavor but not coarsely bitter, rather smooth, moderately medicinal, and notably fruity. Has one of the more pleasing gooseberry or currant flavors I've encountered in such a beer, rich and assertive, musty and spicy but not pungently catty. Also features faintly toasty malts, more peach and lychee fruit, melon, medicinal orange, and some pot resin that shows up late in the show. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost veering into creamy territory, a little soapy, on the lighter side for an IPA body-wise but this allows the hop flavors to shine through nicely. Not an obviously West Coast pine bomb and that's OK by me. Workmanlike but not devoid of some artistic flourishes. Recommended for the IPA lover and relative newcomer alike. (1,264 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

ranger IPA 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz weird looking brown bottle poured into a pint glass. enjoy by date is marked in a small corner.

pours a clear golden color, almost two fingers of head that give way to some decent ring lacing. may be a tad over carbonated.

smells like your typical IPA but a little lighter. citrus, grapefruits and slight hint of oranges.

taste almost mirrors the smell. citrus, grapefruit and nice piney surroundings. it is on the bitter side, or rather more bitter than some other IPA's i have had.

the mouth feel is light to medium. more medium than light. feels good on the palate , slight dry mainly bitter finish.

overall not bad, not bad at all. better than some other IPA's i have had, however not as good as others in the same price point. i wasn't disappointed with it but i would prefer a commodore Perry over this any day. (864 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - clear golden color, two huge fingers of head. The foam falls back slowly, leaving a cake in the middle and lots of lace rings on the sides.

Aroma - interestingly, on opening I get a fairly intense grapefruit pungency out of the bottle. Upon pouring, however, while that is still there, it is tempered by the biscuity, dare I say Fat Tire-like grain. On setup, I still get a playful jab of floral and citrus from the Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe. A very well-balanced aroma for an IPA.

Taste - briefly sweet and malty, moving quickly and decidedly bitter. Grapefruit pith and rind, oily. A little less citrusy than I'd hoped for with a little more resin make for an IPA leaning towards the dry bitter side of the flavor profile. A touch medicinal on the swallow, moreso as it dries out the palate into the finish. Leaves a tannin taste behind, like I just ate a spoonful of Spanish peanut skins.

Mouthfeel - decent body, nice and crisp, good smooth feel.

Overall - I liked everything but the flavor, really. Odd how that happens sometimes. One I would tend to avoid as that bitter dryness at the end is a nag. (1,125 characters)

Photo of NickT2121
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A - lite translucent golden straw color. 1 1/2 finger head that lingered a bit. Good lacing all the way down. A lotof bubbles

S - Right off the bat got a lot of fruity smells (grapefruit, pineapple, lemon) and piney hops. With a floral note. Toasted malt too

T - straight up grapefruit and piney taste just awesome. got the bitterness too, but just the right amount. Perfect mix of malt and hops.

M - medium light feel with a dry bubbly finish bitterness is perfecr

O - a great IPA imo. I have heard mixed things about this one but I really enjoyed it. I have been sticking with boulevards Mid West ipa but this is giving it a run for its money for sure!

Enjoy (694 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB April 2014

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a small white head. Head fades fairly quickly, leaving a rim.

Only a faint smell on this one, composed of citrus.

Taste is much better. Hop-focused, citrus is the dominant flavour; grapefruit and orange. A bit sticky. Bitter. Some bready malt and caramel.

Medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, quite good. Better than I expected given the middling reviews. (436 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a white wine glass...

A - California golden sunset, one finger off white head and a tad of lacing

S - pineapple, fresh flowers, that fat tire NB note that is in EVERY one of their standard beers, sugary, funk, sod, baked yeast, more toastiness and more pineapple

T - Roasted malt, pine sap, floral hops, very dry, pineapple, biscuit yeast, drift wood, fresh soil, greens and more hops

M - Medium body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus acidity and a very distinctively dry, sweet finish

D/O - Very easy to drink. Not a novice beer, but if I had my druthers, this would have been the first IPA I had. Introduces you to the style in a easy, yet big way. The pine and pineapple are almost perfect and that distinctive fat tire not will bring you a sense of familiarity

Final thoughts - at $8 a sixer and a nice 6%+ abv, this is a great way to get started with IPA's (891 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 26/2/14

A clear golden liquid with just a few visible bubbles but it pumps out a well sustained two finger foam that leaves a couple pencil thin rings near the top of the glass followed by thick partial rings, a low laying island is left behind after the foam falls

S tangerine, canned peaches come out strong, candied pineapple, floral notes, a little spruce, smells like candy, a little caramel to go with it, smells great

T slightly toned fruit, a little more sweet malt, some lemon rind comes out, nose has a slight edge but tasty stuff

M medium bodied, mild bitter bite, fluffs up from the bubbles its just a little airy, no booze at all, with a little grit and a piney rind finish

O pretty solid IPA, some balance but the hops are still in charge, goes down in no time and I'd drink it again no problem

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get a little more love from my fellow BA's, I thought it was well rounded and not really lacking anywhere. Might be a little pricy though here in Alberta but yet another welcome addition to the shelf in my neck of the woods (1,113 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even though I rated this one kind of low. I really enjoy this IPA. I've had it a few times, and each time it hasn't a different taste. I think the strongest taste is pine, some floral, and mild fruit notes, like grapefruit, with slight peach. Very sessionable IPA. (264 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing pours an Amber Color. Small White Head. The smell is rich with hops. Nothing bad about the small or the color. The taste is ok at first. The after taste is not as good it is bitter. I don't believe I will be getting this brew again. I just can't get over the after taste. This brew was not for me. ..AT ALL. (339 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a golden yellow color and a nice foamy white head. Has a nice citrus aroma. Flavor includes plenty of hops in the body and some dry citrus in the finish. There’s a touch of carbonation that helps give this a nice medium body feel. This is a pretty impressive IPA. (291 characters)

Photo of ronz28
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light, golden straw, filtered

Smell: Strong hoppy aroma with equally strong biscuity malt finishing if off.

Taste: Fairly hoppy initially with a strange aftertaste that reminded me of liver. I like BrewUSA's description of old, dried turkey.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Certainly unique, I'm happy to add this to my list of "have tried". I've had worse, but will probably pass on this one in the future. (489 characters)

Photo of JulianTellez
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA I always recommend to people that are new to craft beer as its very basic. Nothing too complex in smell or taste. A nice golden color, but not much else to compliment here. I would not recommend this to anyone unless they are transitioning into IPAs from the stale beers that I won't name. (304 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful foamy white head, sticky long lasting white lace. Deep golden yellow.

Hoppy on the nose, some pine upfront and a nice floral scent lingering ever so lightly.

First drink, hoppy, bitter and dry. Nice mouth feel with the carbonation dancing on my tongue. Slightly sour pine in the middle, still dry and bitter. Hops and bitter rounded off by a hint of floral sweetness.

This is a pretty good hoppy IPA. Some might find it a little to "dry" but at 6.5 I'd think 2 or 3 would be a perfect number to partake in...a great little bomb. (567 characters)

Photo of bondjedi
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight from the can before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII.

This sketch is based on one serving. Wish that I had a few more to base an opinion on, maybe pour one or two to get a full look and sense of the aroma. Otherwise, strong ale flavor that wasn't gravelly or perfumey. Tasted great and well-balanced, crisp finish. I look forward to my next experience with this brew. (373 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light orange (urine) appearance. Full white fluffy head. Great lacing.

Light, very, very light. earthy, dirty, latex...?

Watery, thin, missing much complexities. Bitterness is very mild and doesn't stand out. This brew is awkwardy light and too relaxed. For sessionable, it's nailed and spot on. For a top tier IPA it's near the bottom. Not memorable.

A very "safe" IPA, there's nothing challenging about this beer. It's run-of-the-mill, IMO. It could be a nice canned option, but for a couch time IPA, it just doesn't fit into my schedule. I want better from NB!!!! Not sure I can purchase again. (607 characters)

Photo of bsthomas15
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

Pint glass

Very strong "pine flavor" after taste with a "skunky" smell when the bottle is first opened

Smooth with little carbonation

For the money, the is the best IPA available in the Unites States. Very strong "hoppy" flavor.

New Belgium Ranger is highly recommended for all IPA lovers. (322 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale copper that pours a one finger head that quickly dissolves. Small carbonation bubbles that grow as the rise up the glass.

S: Lemon, ginger, and pine on the nose.

T: A bitter start with strong grapefruit and sour lemon flavors, some peppery spices. On the bitter side that is initially a crisp, citrus bite of bitterness, but lacks a complementing flavor. Malty, biscuit sweetness if there, but pops in too late.

M: A bit astringent at first, but smooths out with some biscuity, yeasty sweetness. Nice warming sensation on the throat.

O: Overall, a good, but not great tasting beer. I was not as impressed in the aromas and appearance. The taste was a bit flat as well, lacking that kick in the teeth and roun. Good mouthfeel. Not a complete departure from their Belgian beer roots, this IPA maintains some spice characteristics that resemble a Belgian, but I would recommend other Colorado IPAs over this one. (965 characters)

Photo of scottyb88
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before date of March 23, 2014

A- clear orange, almost copper, hue with a nice fluffy head; the head dissipated quickly and it had some lacing

S-classic notes of piney citrus, but perhaps a hint of pear and mango

T-not a huge depth to the taste profile. It has a hoppy bite, but nothing interesting is coming through from the malts to add any dimensions; bitter citrus peel and a little biscuit flavor

M-very smooth with a nice hop bite at the end

O-a solid offering from an increasingly popular craft brewery among both craft and non-craft drinkers; a decent IPA (572 characters)

Photo of kwc017
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my go to IPA's when I can't make a decision. Pours a light straw color, good head and retention. Smell is wonderful, grapefruit, a little pine, nice and hoppy. Taste is similar to smell, grapefruit, orange peel with a nice hop linger. A great west coast IPA that won't scare away the newbies. Awesome beer. (321 characters)

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this cause it was on sale. Not a huge fan of New Belgium, but this made me want to try some of their other beers. I really like the smell, a smack of hops, citricy and flowery. Looks alright, nice golden amber color, sticky head, but it faded fast. Taste was not what I expected, there is just something "off" about it, but the hops really shine and I cant quite put my finger on it, but its just a touch too sweet or something. Really easy drinking, kind of thin for my liking. I would buy this again if it was on sale, but definitely not my first choice. (563 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Light and clear. 2 finger head. Loads of lacing.

S- Bitter hop aroma.

T- Bitterness prevails. A pungent mix of hops overtakes everything. Slightly floral. Good strong hop presence.

M- This is where this beer lacks. A little watered down and too carbonated. But it does go down ok. Drinkable for an IPA.

O- I definitely like this addition to the New Belgium line of beers. This will satisfy anyone who enjoys a hop forward brew. I am no stranger to Ranger and seek it out regularly. A good solid brewski. (512 characters)

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.