Ranger - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 4,330 | Reviews: 1,137 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden straw with slight orange hue. The head is white, one finger thick, good retention, and dissipates into a nice, sticky lacing.
Smell - Smell is of mild citrus hops; pink grapefruit. Very, very faint malt presence. Something about the smell is a bit off-putting. Almost sour.
Taste - As the smell leads, primarily a mildly sweet, mildly bitter grapefruit hoppiness. The malts are present, but subtle: bready nuttiness as found in Fat Tire, but well buried in the distance. Finishes dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Creamy carbonation.
Overall - A fairly simple, straight-forward IPA. Good, but doesn't quite break away from the pack.
04-14-2012 05:12:56 | More by TheSixthRing
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Rarely re-review based on serving type, but my can experience was more positive:
Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear yellow-gold with foamy white head and impressive lacing lines.
Smell: Citrus, sweet toasted and biscuit malt, maybe slight pine.
Taste: Strong citrus flavor with the expected New Belgium biscuity backbone. Slight spice and pine at the end leading to a decent lingering bitterness. Tastes exactly the way I would expect a New Belgium IPA to taste.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium smooth & creamy body, dry finish.
Overall: While it tastes similar in the can and bottle, the mouthfeel from the can is better and the overall drinkability has simply improved. Still not one of my favorites by a long shot, but quite nice.
04-13-2012 22:35:58 | More by bsp77
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Beautifully clear, golden yellow with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. Significant lacing.
S - Lots of hops goodness here. Pine, grapefruit, floral hops and definite citrus. A wonderfully smelling beer.
T - Same as smell.. Nicely bittered, smooth and very drinkable.
M - Perfect carbonation. Juicy, nicely balanced, not too thick but definitely not thin. Some (very little) malt character. Alcohol almost non-existent.
Overall - My go-to IPA. Always good and never lets me down. Cheap too - $12.99 for a twelver. Also saw that they sell it in 4-packs of 16 ounce cans now! For the price, can't be beat. Very impressed that this IPA is as good as it is being 'mass produced' by the ever growing New Belgium. Highly recommended.
04-09-2012 14:36:49 | More by StLThrash
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
This is really a very good IPA. It sells for less than most but that does not mean it is less good. In fact, the cost to taste ratio pushes it close to the top of my list. True talent is demonstrated in producing a great beer in great quantity with great consistency for a decent price! When I feel like my budget is a little tight I stick with Ranger and live a hoppy life!
04-08-2012 18:16:26 | More by EvanM
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
12oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a plastic cup. best by: 24JUN12.
pours out a very clear sunny orange, golden color with a fairly dense white head. some fine bubbles as well as a few big ones in the head. retains a thin layer and leaves some good lacing on the glass.
lots of big pine and sharp grapefruit citrus as well as a bit of pine tree resin. just a bit of a bready, light caramel malt noticable. smells really nice and fresh.
a nice range of pine tree flavors with a slight sharp grapefruit citrus right next to it. slight nuances of tropical fruits and floral hops. just the right amount of a bready, caramel malt. a dry, bitter, somewhat grassy finish.
medium bodied and very drinkable. a slight stickiness as it warms. carbonation just a touch high at first, but makes for a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
i was surprised how solid and sessionable this was. lots of fresh flavors. i wish this was available in NY cause itd be a staple.
04-07-2012 22:39:53 | More by dogfishandi
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,330 ratings.