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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,069 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 273 | 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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Photo of powpig2002


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-28-2012 03:01:38 | More by powpig2002
Photo of TheCondor


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a tulip.

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear golden color with a nice big, pillowy white head about two fingers worth that sticks around for some time. Leaves outstanding lacing.

Smell - Pine, grapefruit, citrus and orange peel, herbal essences as well. There is a slight hint of a malt background, not much though.

Taste - Bitter hop assault from start to finish. Much like the nose, the hops dominate every aspect of the brew. As it warms, it gets even more bitter. It's true to style, but I generally like to drink IPA's relatively quick.

Mouthfeel - This beer is certainly carbonated, to say the least. Finishes pretty clean and bitter, with adequate carbonation.

Overall - This is a decent IPA. Nothing to freak out about, a good go-to, sessionable, easily accessible, and well-priced IPA most can enjoy. I likely won't buy it again (just because I don't drink many IPAs) but I would certainly drink it again, albeit faster this time. Good beer overall

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:44:24 | More by TheCondor
Photo of Stirling

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-27-2012 19:17:00 | More by Stirling
Photo of tomnoble

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful tight stark white head that rose about an inch above the glass without falling. Heavy lacing that trailed to the bottom of the glass. Earthy aroma after the pour. Nicely balanced and uncomplicated hop profile. Consistent from the beginning to end and very easily drinkable. A smallish IPA at 6.5% leaves plenty of room for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 02:13:45 | More by tomnoble
Photo of GroovyDeus


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a fan of big IPA's - particularly american IPA's, but this was given to me from a friend returning from out of state.

Appearance: Clear/golden with a nice white head and good carbonation

Smell: All I get here is funky pine/grapefruit. Like a hammer.

Taste: Again, I am not a huge hophead - and this is on the edge of unpleasant to me...but I kept going back to it. It flirts with the edge of bitter but keeps it really interesting with a balance of malt/herbal and floral notes. Interesting enough to keep me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry with a long, semi-sweet finish

Overall: NB remarks that this is a 'sessionable' beer...@ 6.5% I wouldn't go that far. This is however, an amazingly interesting beer - good introduction for the hop novice on what notes the simcoe and cascade hops can bring to the party.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

06-26-2012 21:17:00 | More by GroovyDeus
Photo of FuselGuy


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-25-2012 05:56:50 | More by FuselGuy
Photo of DrewBurch

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-24-2012 21:07:37 | More by DrewBurch
Photo of wdarcy77


4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-24-2012 13:08:09 | More by wdarcy77
Photo of jimelee108


4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-24-2012 00:39:26 | More by jimelee108
Photo of blaapple


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer. The hop aroma is awesome, the mouthfeel still packs a bunch but isn't overly heavy. This is a great "go-to" IPA if you aren't feeling too adventurous.

The beer has a nice dark golden appearance with a good head and very good lacing.

Overall, I'd recommend this beer to any IPA-lover and definitely will continue buying myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:09:50 | More by blaapple
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-22-2012 23:04:05 | More by diehl07
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-22-2012 18:26:06 | More by Thehopluver
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-22-2012 18:24:47 | More by Arborescence
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-22-2012 12:46:28 | More by rondufresne
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a small amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Mix of herbal, pine, and citrus hops. Orange, pineapple, and pine are strongest. Lightly bready, but clean overall.

3.5 T: Like the nose. Orange, pineapple, and pine. Moderate bitterness. Light breadiness and caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Good enough.

3.5 D: Easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: can

06-21-2012 23:56:34 | More by DavoleBomb
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2012 23:41:37 | More by jonnybraddock
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-21-2012 21:34:57 | More by rcatalano
Photo of beestes


4.5/5  rDev +19%

06-21-2012 21:27:38 | More by beestes
Photo of Cormega

1/5  rDev -73.5%

06-21-2012 15:45:43 | More by Cormega
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

06-21-2012 07:24:47 | More by TDintino
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2012 01:39:38 | More by dmadsen
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-21-2012 01:04:57 | More by djtomain
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber, pours out a bright clear golden hue, tall foamy off-white head that retains well and slowly settles to a thick rocky cap. Lots of latticework lacing left in its wake.

The aroma presents an enjoyable blend of the Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops, with a layering of earthy, leafy, slightly herbal character, along with pine and citrus. Mild bready and grainy malt in the background.

Big spicy grapefruit hops up front in the flavour, some clean bready malt trying to hold its own behind it all, followed by more citrus and finishing some sharp wet green herbal notes and dry grapefruit pith.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit watery and slippery in the texture, moderate carbonation.

Nice blend of hops, although they're all similar enough to blend into the same direction after a while. All hops with this one, barely a trace of malt backbone, but it delivers the goods with a very clean character to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 06:21:03 | More by IronDjinn
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my CANQuest (TM) Wants bites the dust, this time thanks to the generous folks at Max's On Broadway in Baltimore! I brought the San Diego Rock Star duo of Colby Chandler (Ballast Point) and Chuck (Green Flash) in on our way to SAVOR from PHL Beer Week and found a number of new CANs during the visit.

From the CAN: "Are Beer Rangers real?"; "We're hoppy/You're happy [or vice versa]"; "Alternatively empowered/Employee owned".

The Crack & Glug was flawless and I soon had two fingers of dense, tawny head with fantastic retention. Where did this humidity suddenly come from?!? As it slowly fell, as foam is wont to do, I was left with some generous lacing in its wake. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and I just remembered that I wanted to ask for a Lovibond scale at SAVOR, dang it! Nose was redolent with pine hops and I was happy that it was hoppy. More truth in advertising. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and perhaps I have become jaded in my hophead ways, but this did not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. It was plenty hoppy with a caramel malt backbone evident on the tongue, but I was not aroused as I was with the earlier Shift. It could also be that I had it as a Want for so long that it took on mythic proportions ... I dunno. Finish was super dry and as I think about it, this was a pretty darn good IPA, and in a CAN no less. I'd best take my own advice and kwicherbichen.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 00:53:26 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-20-2012 00:09:43 | More by cblack1114
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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