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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,283 Reviews
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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

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Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed 2/19/10.

A-Pours a light orange/amber with a white head.

S-Grapefruit and orange with caramel malt.

T-Grapefruit and pine hops with a pronounced caramel malt flavor.

M-A little on the side for my taste. Medium carbonation.

D-It's pretty easy drinking but I'm looking for more bitterness and less malt forwardness in an IPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright clear copper. Lots of near white head, leaves to disk pretty fast. Lots of lace, but really thin.

S - Pine hops, herbal nose. Some malt in the back.

T - Pine, citrus, a little minty, malty.

M - Medium body, good carb, good coat, nice balance.

D - Very easy to pound this one.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden with a frothy, off-white head that retains very nicely. Leaves some pretty solid lacing behind as well.

S - Some floral, grassy and citric hop aromas with a bit of that patented new belgium biscuity malt aroma backing it up.

T - Distinct pine flavors up front leading into some floral/citric notes. The biscuity pale malt creates a very nicely balanced brew. Finishes crisp and clean, with just a bit of the pineiness lingering into the aftertaste. Good flavor, the hops are a bit mild for my liking though.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a pleasant smoothness

D - Although I'm not generally New Belgium's biggest fan, this is really a pretty solid, nicely balanced IPA. Nice hop flavor, as well as the body and balance lend this one a high drinkability. One of the better beers I've tried from NB so far.

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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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Photo of scoobybrew
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - super clear light amber/golden color with a thick foamy, ice-cream-like head that has great retention

S - pungent, piney American hop aroma (amarillo? simcoe?), sweet malt hiding in there also

T - rich caramel malt but hops are definitely present and won't be ignored, bitterness is modest for an American IPA

M - smooth medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough IPA, but the flavor just doesn't deliver the aroma. Perhaps it needs a touch more bitterness as well. Unfortunately, it seems like a very average IPA though.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a autumnal, golden color with a little bit of a white foam cap. Loses points for lack of head retention but looks OK overall. Aroma is pleasant with a nice smack of dried orange peel and grapefruit with a little bit of a resiny pine aroma. The aroma was promising but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. Too much of the rind/peel factor and not enough of the actual fruit flavors. It struck me as pretty bitter (more than I expected anyway) which is neither good nor bad just an observation. I will say that I felt it needed a bit more malt to balance out the bitterness and more of the juicy fruit flavors as opposed to the earthier orange peel/pine type notes. Mouthfeel was OK but maybe a bit undercarbonated. A bit of an unpleasant finish in my estimation. In general I think this beer was OK and while I didn't like it, it may be right up somebody else's alley so I'd recommend trying it but I think there are many better IPAs on the market.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 birchstick
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden yellow with a nice, pure white head

S - smells really piney and citrusy; also a hint of grapefruits

T - taste follows the nose. Biscuity malts serve as the backbone for the floral hops to explode. There is a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit, as well as some soap. Nice combination of hops, it really works nicely.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - this is a really good IPA. I had no problem not wanting to finish the 750ml bottle. I didn't know what to expect from NB, given that I haven't had an IPA by them, but they did a really nice job with this one. Definitely worth a try, especially given the price point.

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Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a hint of orange. TWo or three inches of white foam.

Smells like pine, with an interesting medicinal/herbal hop note. What is that? Very little citrus in the aroma. I must admit to preferring citrus-y IPAs, though this smells pleasant enough.

Taste is also pleasant. Has kind of a general acrid bitterness to it that I associate more with ESBs than IPAs, but the pine, and that same wacko medicinal/herbal component don't mesh with the ESB style. Kind of an interesting, unique IPA if you ask me. I have no idea what that earthy/herbal tone is. It's pretty unique.

Tasty, but at this price point, not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.29/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was one of the weakest IPA's I have ever tasted. Most pale ales have more hops than this beer. But it is a good interduction into IPA for people who have never tried one before, since it is smooth and easy to drink. I am not a fan but I can see how people would like this anyway

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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 NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear, light copper under a small white head. Some spotty lace and OK retention.

S: Big hops. Citrus, pine, grapefruit. A lot of hops, but it's not a punch you in the face aroma, which is a good thing in this case.

T: Again, hops are the story. Hops seem to be bit green, peppery, pine. Bitterness is fairly high. Not as balanced as the aroma, but still put together pretty well.

M/D: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. A solid AIPA.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear body with a gold color and orange tint. The head has some of the biggest bubbles I have seen in a beer and leaves beautiful lacing

S- Pine comes to mind first, but is surrounded but floral and citrus aromas as well. Very spicy smell

T- The flavor is candy sweet with a grapefruit bitterness.

M- Moderate and fizzy. Not bad

D- I get a good, clean vibe from this beer but it doesn't have enough going for it to beat out it's competition.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a chechvar glass.

Pours a dark straw with perfect clarity. Nice fluffy head lasts very well. Sticky lace is left all around the glass.

Aroma is floral hops and biscuit malt. Slight fruitniness comes in for a second and the end whiff is bitter and piney with floral clover type aroma.

Flavor opens with clean and pungent hops, the simcoe takes the lead followed by chinook and cascade. The malt comes in and gives a sweet smack. There is plenty of pineapple and grapefruit, more grapefruit than I have had recently. Finishes dry with a nice jab of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium bodied with a nice crisp amount of carbonation.

This is an excellent beer. I am assuming that I got a really fresh batch because this beer is right up there with the best for hops flavor. One of my current favorites.


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Photo of ocelot2500
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a slight orange tinge. Has sa tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of light, floral hops and a touch of malt.

Tastes of the floral hops up front followed by a small amount of sweetness. Hop bitterness is present without much flavor to it. Malt has a bit of caramel to it and adds sweetness. Honestly has a bit of a tonic water taste to it.

Mouthfeel is a medium light that has a smooth feel to it.

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

Appearance - This poured a crystalline orange in color with a nice, pure white head that came up nicely. It wasn't like that thick shaving cream kind of head but more like white caps on a choppy sea.

Smell - This has a strong but easy-going aroma led primarily by the rindy citrus hops with just a touch of pine. The grain base is just big enough to maintain respectability. Again, it is a refined and easy smell that brings out the other aspects of the bouquet.

Taste - The malt base comes on a bit more substantial at the taste and, again, shows a lot of class. It is exactly the right kind of grain and malt flavor mix that compliments this diverse hop profile. The citrus from the nose is amazingly smooth at the taste and though the pine largely drops off there is a variety of citrus flavors that gives this IPA a wonderfully clean flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied with some strong but manageable bitterness and a light carbonation that keeps the beer lively without slowing you down too much.

Drinkability - Boy was I impressed with this beer. I do like the big hop bombs I'll admit but I can also appreciate a well-balanced and thoughtful effort such as this New Belgium sample. This is a very refined class act and a must-taste for any true IPA fan.

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Photo of bret27
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Earthy, cat pee vs swampy?, Piney, resinous, tangerine as it warms

A: Dark yellow, clear, off white fluffy head that fades quickly.

T: Swamp? hops, oily and woody, (tastes like a wet-hop pale ale a bit) bitter resiny finish.

m/D: Thin and oily, little dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, but only because it's thin, dry, and not overpowering in any flavor.

Overall: Very Odd flavors. They don't really meld well. The bitterness and malt flavor is balanced, but the hop flavors are very strange. I seems to me the "Rangers" whoever they are would be dissapointed.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer...bought at harris teeter in durham, nc to see what else new belgium has to offer...a great beer for under $10 a 6 pack...

pours a clear and carbonated pale orange with a fluffy head...no lacing, but really looks tasty...smells are of cascade hops and a sweetness which reminds me of honey...

very tasty with a nice alcohol finish...very balanced mouthfeel with just a slight bite...really enjoyable ipa...

i'm certain you'll enjoy this hoppy brew...i enjoyed this beer while discussing a business idea with my wife to make hair pieces...cheers

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Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber pours into my glass. Light orange in color with a moderately hefty white head that is dense with high retention that is both thick and leaves abundant lacing. Aromas is fruity with pear and grapefruit, bright flora with a pleasant sweetness. Hops are not too intense, but very nice balance between them and also with the malt. Smells maltier than it looks, then it ends up tasting hoppier than it smells. Grapefruit and pine explode on the palate with a great full bitterness for a floral and slight cookie finish that is fairly dry. This one totally exceeds my expectations in the flavor department. This is a serious IPA. Full prickly carbonation, though a tad on the lighter side in body, the only issue that prevents this beer from being a straight up "A" quality. Drinkability is high, this is an extremely solid IPA I will gladly drink in the future. Good on you, New Belgium.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single. Average looking IPA.Light orange/gold with a good sized bubbly white head. Resiny, hop aromas,little herbal and lemony. Sweet lemon drop hopping, light malts balance..shortish finish for an IPA. Liked the palate..zesty and refreshing. Overall an average IPA on the lighter side of the style.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange marmalade color; clear; minimal head retention

Nice. The hop bill uses Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade, so it's got a pleasant and heady spicy/fruity mix-classic AIPA.

Taste & Body
Body and texture are spot-on, but the all important flavor is lacking a bit (in true New Belgium fashion, in my opinion). There is a lingering bitterness, but overall the flavor falls a bit short after the inviting and full aroma. It has a nice light candied orange flavor going on, but not a whole lot of complexity from start to finish.

I didn't have high hopes for this, so thankfully I wasn't let down. Unfortunately New Belgium just doesn't hit my standard. I think it's a drinkable IPA, and probably a good starter IPA for the young hopolytes, but this just doesn't cut it compared to so many other breweries' IPAs.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a pleasant orange blossom honey color with nice lacey foam. A light piney hop aroma is persistant throughout. The taste is a spicey pine bitterness with an earthy subtext with a very acidic mouthfeel. A strong peppermint finishes out after swallowing.

This is a surprisingly strong flavored IPA. Unfortuanately, I don't think it's particulatly well balanced and is strong in areas of taste that I do not particularly care for. So if you really enjoy peppermint and pine, then you should love this one.

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Photo of Stpaddys9
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I expected. Generally not a fan of New Belgium, but this was the only IPA on tap at the Waterfront bar in San DIego. I was kind of surprised that being SD and all, that this was the only IPA on tap. As we all know there are lots of potential ipa pours in good ole SD. We certainly don't need to import a CO beer but disitributors win the day and get their beers in lots o bars.

Still it seems very wrong that the oldest bar in SD has no local SD IPAs on tap. I 'm just sayin...

I live at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad so I get more than my fair share of great IPAs be they port or the other great beers they bring in. In the last week I have had blind pig, pliny the elder, poor man's, ruination, and green flash imperial all on tap!!! So I come from a place of decent ipa knowledge. I have been guzzlin IPAs since the late eighties when there were about five.

Ranger was drinkable and I would get it again on tap but never before any of the others mentioned. Not to slight Colorado or Fort Collins to be more specific, I could drink Odell ipa everyday. Unfortunately none in Cali.

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Photo of zoso493
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guiness tuliped pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, ruddy orange-amber color that is somewhat atypical of the style. Absolutely no haze to this one. It does have a large, foamy three-finger head that has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose consists of some very pale and somewhat buttery malts and some piney, resinous hops. The malts definitely overshadow the hops, though, leaving me to wonder what kind of an IPA this is going to be.

Taste: The malts, as evidenced by the nose, are the dominant motif in this brew, which is a horrible idea in an IPA. The taste is pretty weak overall and the hops are almost entirely absent. There's just a touch of grainy hops at the end to offset the faint malts. I have to say, this is a pretty disappointing IPA.

Mouthfeel: This is a very thin beer despite being very fresh. It is pretty highly carbonated, though, which is probably contributing to the thinness but also perhaps making it a bit more drinkable.

Drinkability: This could be a fairly drinkable beer and I'll give it a 4 in this category to offset a low a taste score, but I would never want to have more than one of these.

Overall, this was a very disappointing experience from a beer that I had really been anticipating trying. This is a very fresh bottle but there are no hops to be found anywhere, which is a big no-no in an IPA. It's not a bad beer by any means, but there are quite a few IPA's I would reach for before this one.

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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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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.