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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Photo of ImusBeer
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at my local Taco Mac.

Poured yellow in color with slight orange tint. About a half finger head with lots of lacing.

pine & lemon scent, with the taste of pine hop, overpowering all

The mouthfeel is hoppy and bitter, light on the tongue high carbonation.

Another good ipa let's your tongue know why it's there. (322 characters)

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


New Belgium
ABV 6.5%

L=3.5 Pours a 2 finger light orange body. Large bubbles/ highly carbonated

S=3.5 A decent nose of citrus and light pine hops

T=3.5 Light body, Light citrus, watery, light bitterness

F-2.5 This beer just feels really watered down to me.

D=3.5 I gave it a pretty high drinkability score because I try to imagine being around a fire during a really warm summer night. I would drink a couple if they were there but overall I would not buy one again or seek one out. It's a (516 characters)

Photo of thedindaniel
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this from a 22 oz bomber into a standard pint glass. Had a nice two finger white head and a light, clear golden body. There was very weak aroma of grassy hops and I felt like I could smell some of the malts as well. As for taste goes, I almost forgot that I was drinking an IPA. It was so watery and bland that I almost felt like I was drinking a pale ale. I also noticed that it seems to have that "fat tire" after taste. Not sure if its the malts or yeast that they use. Overall, I drank this very quickly but didn't really enjoy it. I bought it because it was cheap and I was curious, but I would rather pony up a few more bucks for something of higher quality. Have I gotten spoiled with all of the wonderful IPA's available these days? (747 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a clear copper-gold color with a thin head of white.

The aroma is quite hoppy with grapefruit, orange zest and pine along with a sweet caramel maltiness.

Bright taste of grapefruit, strawberry, pine, caramel malts and bread. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

I like this much more than I thought I would. A nice American IPA for sure. I've never been a real fan of New Belgium but this one was touched me in a special place. (485 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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 (689 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a double deuce into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours an oily copper with just a slight head that leaves a soap scum like lacing down the sides of the glass. This isn't a very pretty beer. Looking down into the glass, it reminds me of extra virgin olive oil sitting on water. The nose is rather unhoppy for its 70 IBU's. Lemon rind, grapefruit and grassy hops come through with just slight bit of toast. Also at the very tail of the aroma is a smell that I can only describe as earthy. The flavor is a bit more hoppy then the aroma but is still toned down from what I expect from an American IPA. Lemon rind, grapefruit, just a bit of pine. White bread and just a little medicinal bitterness at the tail. The mouthfeel is very light and for as oily as its appearance is, it really doesn't coat the mouth in hop bitterness like many of the best American IPA's. The drinkability is about average. I would grab this at a bar that had a pretty crappy selection but if it was Ranger or Boulevard Singlewide, I would take the Singlewide any day. (1,053 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up a clear, copper-toned body with a small, thin, white head that leaves a nice coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly scented pale maltiness quickly gives way to hoppy notes of oily lemon peels and grapefruit pith.

Taste: The mild mannered pale malts deliver tastes of bread (sans crusts) and no more than a small amount of brief caramel sweetness. The hops are predominately citrusy with a good dose of both peel and pith, though some additional white pine is also present. Medium-plus bitterness. Not quite citric. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight, slick oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, there's no about it, it's an IPA. And one that's a tad light in terms of maltiness. Perhaps... perhaps the world of beer has room enough for one more India Pale Ale. (860 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden orange color, with a tight, white foam of a full inch even with a careful pour. Clear body, tiny bubbles, great retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose is muted somewhat by the foam, but a good dose of citric hops get through. Sweet pale malts tinged with biscuit as well. The citric and pine notes are plenty strong in the flavor, but are not backed up much the malt. Finish is herbal, a little dry, with a note of pepper at the end.

Easy drinker, but could be a little bigger on the malt end. A one trick pony, but well-enough crafted to pull the trigger once or twice. (592 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper with a creamy, fine white head that leaves fine lace behind on the glass. The nose is nice and C-hoppy with pine sap, grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of menthol. Nice resinous, minty hop oily flavors are well balanced with carmel maltiness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes bitter. Easily my fave of the NB lineup. (343 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very standard looking orange copper with a small white head and minimal lacing. Nothing to really differentiate this from most other IPAs.

The aroma is of the citric hop variety. A bit of grassy presence as well comes through.

Taste is hop forward, with citrus and pine. As in the appearance, there's not a whole lot to raise this above or below most other standard IPAs out there. Ok but nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but with a nice carbonation tingle.

Overall I'd say this is a beer that most IPA lovers will find reasonably enjoyable. (571 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a very clear light golden with a frothy 2 finger white head, looks crisp and refreshing

S: nice aromatic hops up front, some citrus notes and earthy notes, a little grass as well. There is a slight hint of caramel malts and biscuit in the background.

T: hops are all over the palate as well, the signature New Belgium malt backbone is there with fresh hops from start to finish. The finishing hops leave a slight bitterness on the palate. This is a very nice and hoppy IPA, perhaps lacking a little in body

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

D: a very solid addition to New Belgium's line up. This beer is better than a lot of their year round selections and is very crisp and refreshing. (709 characters)

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

gold/orange color with nice clarity, decent white head and lacing. honeyed doughy malts and citrusy, floral, fruity hops in the nose, although the aromas are muted just a bit. sweet bready malts are balanced out by a smooth hop bitterness which doesn't overwhelm. a bit on the malty side for an ipa, and this aspect would probably make it a good intro to people familiar only with fat tire, etc. nicely carbonated. medium body. finishes with a touch of sweetness and juicy hops. enough going on to have a few of these. (518 characters)

Photo of blackc5
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 48F poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep gold that is crisp and clear. Respectable head with average retention. Very minimal lacing.

S - Grassy and earthy hops with some citrusy grapefruit as well. No malts in the nose surprisingly.

T - As the nose, grass and mild citrus flavors that quickly give way to bitterness. Hints of biscuit. Beyond that, not much complexity - pretty one-dimensional and not exceedingly great at that. It is a bargain IPA price-wise, but I was expecting/hoping for more.

M - Somewhat thin bodied, just slightly oily. Average carbonation.

D - Easy to drink yet a bit disappointing.

I guess for the price ($2.99 for the bomber) you get what you pay for, but there are surely a lot of other IPAs within $0.50 to $1 that I would gladly pay more to drink instead. (805 characters)

Photo of jjh19
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow color. Tiny bubbles in the head and great head retention.

Smell: Suitable hoppy nose, very noticeable crisp smell.

Taste: Strong bitter bite. Nothing subtle about it.

Mouthfeel: Sharp on the tongue, NB isn't messing around with this IPA. Good for them.

Drinkability: As assertive as it is, I've had IPA's that were a little more balanced. I'd dial it back one notch for a little more smoothness.

Odd and Ends - I really like this package. Sharp. (478 characters)

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

Pour from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a rich clear gold. with 3 inches of white fluffy head that lingers with lots of lacing.

S- Lots of hops, citrus, and grass.

T- Huge hops up front, with a finish of citrus and grass. The grass and finish are very refreshing.

M- Light and refreshing.

D- easy (320 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Very good retention. Good lacing. Golden orange color.

S. Smell is really good. Citrus hops, combined with New Belgium's biscuity malt smell. Grapefruit. I like the hop aroma this beer has.

T. Taste is a big letdown compared to the smell. Not much hop flavor or bitterness. Very muted citrus hops. Biscuity malt, but sweet.

M. Light/medium bodied. Very dry. Average carbonation.

D. Ok drinkability. If I had to choose between Ranger and a number of other IPA's, Ranger would lose. Quite unremarkable in the flavor department, when compared to the smell. (614 characters)

Photo of madtappers
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A very clear golden color with a foamy white head, aroma of very grassy hops was given of at first smell.

Upon my first drink I could really taste the grassy note of the hops, but not much else. Beer lacks something can't put my finger on it though.

Ranger is an IPA for all, not a top 25 IPA but a alternative to those who like the taste of hops but not looking for the full experince of a great IPA. (459 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden sunset yellow color with a 2 finger head and creamy off-white ring with decent lacing..appearance was a little light for an ipa but not bad..the smell was pine needles first then some citrus and some hops with a biscuit/toast and malt smell..again a little light the taste was a bitter pine taste first with some citrus and malts i might taste the proprietary NB yeast in this one again its OK balanced but on the light side..the mouth feel was medium and filled the beer taste buds.. and it is very drinkable..its just not my choice when i want an IPA..just bought 2 singles will not buy a sixer but may have it on tap at various establishments since it is year round...i don't know so many other and better IPAS out there... NB'S new HOPTOBER this fall for me was outstanding RANGER is just OK (810 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

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A: Pours a perfectly clear, bright gold color with two fingers of bubbly, pure white, and sticky foam. Retention is good and ropes and curtains of lace were left behind.

S: Nice aromas of grass, apricot, citrus, and pine. Also noticed some presence of wildflowers, honey, and lavender.

T: See above. Apricot is quite prevalent as is fresh cut grass and dried wildflowers.

M: Weighs in on the thin side of medium bodied. Pretty earthy and sticky, though.

D: Enjoyable enough and a somewhat unexpected style from this brewery. (603 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber with excellent clarity and leisurely carbonation from larger bubbles than I would have suspected. A small and soapy eggshell cap has OK retention and leaves just a little bit of lace.

S: Heavy on the pine, with a balanced dose of grapefruit and lemon. The hops are the centerpiece, but a bit of toasted grain manages to break through as the nose lingers over the glass,

T: The pine bitterness dominates. I was expecting more of a grapefruit bomb and was happily surprised. The citrus hop flavors are there, but they balance against the pine. Bitterness is a touch above moderate. Malts are subdued and have a toasted sweetbread quality. The bitterness lingers through the finish, where it gets just a bit metallic.

M: The oily body is also a bit dry. The carbonation could stand being turned down a notch.

D: Ranger is a nice IPA. I must say that I was surprised to see New Belgium release an IPA, given their history. But no matter. This is a well done beer. (1,012 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer in unfiltered and looks in between orange and golden. This beer leaves a nice foam lace at the top that just won't go away. Smells of cascade hops, some different spice notes, and a bit of yeast in the back. Big hop taste from start to finish. This beer only weighs in at 70 IBU's but don't let that fool you many of the hops were used to bitter this beer up. I taste a bit of citrus flavor near the end, maybe some orange, lemon , but that's probably the cascade hops.

I like my IPA's to have a bit heavier mouth feel, but on the plus side this drinks pretty smoothly and leaves a wet finish. This is much better than mighty arrow. Not a bad IPA give it a chance, but don't expect the holy grail. (709 characters)

Photo of Koufax21
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours beautifully. Clear, clear through the glass and a clean white head settles on top.

S - smells of grassy hops with a bit of citrus.

T - I have always thought that Colorado created several west coast IPA's away from the west coast, but I never included New Belgium BC in that. This IPA tastes just like a WC IPA with it's 70 IBU's and the Simcoe and Cascade hops.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - Easy drinkin' quality IPA. Give it a shot your mouth will thank you. (520 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is, well pale...very pale golden color. Bright white head. A bit of a rocky lace survives.

Wow, what a nice nose, hope cones, pine sap, fresh cut grass. A hint of citrus fruits.

Entry is firm, significant hop bitterness up front. Soft water feel, mineral, a little too soft, pushing watery. Nice hoppy bite mid-to-late on the palate.

Flavors don't match the nose, grassy, apricot, some pine. Little malt backing, a hint of honey. Finish is a bit clipped. Enough bitterness to keep you wanting more. (506 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Glowing amber with soapy head and nice lacing. Not much carbonation apparent.

S: Nose is exactly what I was hoping for from a New Belgium IPA, definitely has the distinct New Belgium quality. I still found the nose somewhat lacking overall for an IPA however.

T & M: Mouthfeel just slightly thin, . Malt base is there but the bitterness is dominant. Hop notes are quite fruity and the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D: I was really looking forward to this beer to get New Belgium's take on an IPA. I was slightly let down as I just thought it would be a little more unique. (633 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey hue with a 2 finger, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Resiny hops, light grainy backbone.

T- Deep piney hops all the way through without a bitter back end. Lots of grainy bready Fat tiresque maltiness.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- This is certainly my favorite new belgium beer thus far. Very easy to drink and well rounded. (402 characters)

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