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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,505 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,505
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 62
Gots: 457 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Raiders757, Mar 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cvescalante, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of orcsinspace
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ranger IPA is a very accessible IPA. What I mean by that, is that it is fairly standard for an IPA, but has a subtle taste pallet that many novice beer drinkers, or IPA drinkers will enjoy. My father, a man who considers drinking anything outside of Miller High Life or Coors Light adventurous absolutely hates IPAs, but I got him to try this and he looked surprised and said "now this one doesn't taste like cat piss!"

I poured a 22 ounce bottle into a mug, and the first thing I noticed was the crisp golden color. Slightly darker than some IPAs. The color is extremely clear, there is no haziness to this beer at all. There is also a nice sized head, about an inch that has a little lacing down the glass. This is really nice, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

The smell is also nice, not really strong for an IPA in my opinion. There is more of a piney, wooden hint than anything citrusy.

The best part about this beer--as it should be with any--is the taste. This IPA is not too strong, but still really, really hoppy. There is a complex balance going on here because the taste is subtle but very sophisticated at the same time. As noted in the smell, there is a pine presence to the hops which I find far more drinkable as far as IPAs go. The flavor is extremely crisp, and has a lingering hint of hops.

Overall, Ranger is a very standard IPA, as well as an outstanding example of the style. I feel like there was not a lot of experimentation going on in this beer, which is a good thing in the case of Ranger. It also has a very crisp quality to it which makes it an awesome beer on a hot day, and I find it slightly more drinkable than many IPA beers.

orcsinspace, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Samber79, Mar 10, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: most people say this beer pours clear in my case it poured very cloudy still it looked okay small head but good lacing

S: refreshingly hoppy there is some citrus it is a very pleasant aroma quite nice on a warm day like today

T: Similar to the scent it follows the standard ipa style nothing to special but enjoyable

M: slightly watery easy to drink it follows the refreshing trend of this beer

O: this is an ipa i could drink a few of it is refreshing good for hot days and it doesnt taste bad either

laramis, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

match1112, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MDunk, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Joshpu, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber orange color with lighter hues throughout. Crystal clear with a fizzy head with good retention.

The nose has a good hop forward note but some minor malts as well. A more citrus and grapefruit aroma up front. Some minor herbal and touch of orange as it warms. The malt is non-distinct but a good light caramel backing. Some yeast, esters as well. Rose peddles but that is something Im sensitive to.

The taste is similar. A good hop note up front. A good bitterness balance as well as the malt. A more distinct hop flavor versus the nose. A good grapefruit orange and a touch of grassy notes. Some herbal but more of a ester note than hops. Rose peddles. The malt is more distinct with a good caramel and touch of bready notes.

The body is moderate but higher carbonation leaves some carbonic bite that deters from the astringency. Some lingering yeast notes and good hop presence. Overall a very good IPA with great drinkability.

Oxymoron, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Shatter, Mar 04, 2013
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,505 ratings.