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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,893 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 600 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my nifty Founders snifter

Pouring into my glass the beer was a lovly orange gold color with about 2 fingers of foamy goodness. The head disappeared fairly quick.

Smell, grapefruit. It smells good...damn good.

Taste is where some may try to kill me. I think it's about as damn close to a FFF alpha king as I have ever tasted. This beer is top notch. I can't grade it as high as Alpha King (perfection in my book), but this is fantastic. The hops shine in here. I can taste the grapefruit, maybe some biscuit tones, a little earthiness. Wonderful.

Overall I think this is a star. I really like it. At $12.99 for a 12 pack is another point for the beer. Lets face it, most people love craft beer on this site. But how many can afford to pay $10 for a six all the time. It like having a hot chick that knows how to budget a check book. You'll still want to fiddle around with the high priced flavors of the week, but this one will stay in the stable. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Ranger is one IPA to keep in stock as it is a quintessential version of the style.

It opens in a short burst of froth that slowly dissipates to reveal a spongy head. The body is cloudy amber with moderate lacing. There are strong notes of grass and grapefruit; meanwhile, the Ranger layers the palate with three balanced measures of Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hops, which finish on a hearty dose of grapefruit at the end.

The mouthfeel is crisp and airy with a few malty bits on the tail, all of which make for a very acceptable session beer. As noted, this is one to keep around.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before and I am surprised to find that I have not rated it as of yet. Trying the Ranger from a holiday pack recently purchased. The beer has a very nice appearance has a light orange clear color with white head that is leaving a lace. The smell and taste have nice fresh hopiness to it. The taste includes a slight Belgium sweet malt twang common of all New Belgium beers. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.