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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,095 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,095
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 287 | 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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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-06-2012 02:58:20 | More by Stoffel
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Nashvillain for knocking off this want as an extra.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange with some copper tones. Head is white, sticky, and remains at a decent cap for the duration. Carbonation looks to be on point. Depth of color is solid.

Smell: Fruity with some nice biscuit malt aromas. Chewy and doughy coupled with a hint of pine. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Hops are oily. Nice level of balance.

Taste: Nice hop presence. Some orange zest and pith mingles with a slightly minty finish. Some lingering tastes of tobacco and zest. Malts run to a slightly doughy biscuit. Nice balance. Hops leave a lingering bitterness. Touch of malt sweetness on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and moderate with a good carbonation. Slightly creamy with a tiny dry finish.

Overall: Very easy drinking. Lots of flavor, but a great balance overall. Could definitely see this as a staple in the fridge...if distribution weren't a factor.

Serving type: can

01-05-2012 05:42:38 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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jaredseaman77

Texas

2/5  rDev -47.1%

01-04-2012 15:22:53 | More by jaredseaman77
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cacher77

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-04-2012 07:23:12 | More by cacher77
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Avenue, 12oz bottle into a chalice. Best before March 18, 2012.

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a finger or so of white head. Pretty thick lacing, and moderate retention. Nose is nicely hopped, some orange and grapefruit, with a bit of dankness and grass. A light spicy hop note as well, accenting a lightly sweet malt character. Taste has more of the same idea, quite bitter with grassy and herbal notes, a hint of the spicy hop note and more orange and citrus. Very light malt character again, some light grain and cracker in that respect. Long bitter finish, a bit of a palate zapper. Medium carbonation, fairly light medium body. A good hop assault.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:45:48 | More by liamt07
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niceonebro

Florida

5/5  rDev +32.3%

01-04-2012 00:23:06 | More by niceonebro
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into a new Delirium Tremens tulip

Visual (3): Great golden IPA colour with perfect clarity. Consistent stream of carbonation bubbles around the centre of the beer. Small head that disappears before it begins. Fairly average, gains points for style adherence but loses points for lack of outstanding qualities

Aroma (4): The cascade and chinook hops are present with pine, light citrus, and grassy notes. The malts are almost non-existent behind the hop mix.

Taste (3): Obviously bitter flavour punctuated by the mix of hops resulting in the self-professed 70 IBU. Malt flavours are light and could be a little more prominent in order to add a degree of complexity to the hop domination. Good for the style, but no real extra points.

Mouthfeel (3): Dry and slightly coarse on the pallet, Ranger asserts its IPA bitterness with a mouthfeel that leaves a coarse hop bitterness on the tounge. Again, good but unremarkable.

Overall (3.5) Ranger is a good offering from New Belgium but wholey average in the world of hop heavy IPAs. The balanced mix of hops results in a satisfyingly hoppy ale with little malt balancing. Added complexity, either in hops or malt balancing could increase the overall score.

I should note that I followed Ranger with Hoptober, a Golden Ale by New Belgium with decent hop flavours. The Hoptober blew Ranger out of the water both in hop complexity and balancing with malt flavours. A better go to for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 06:11:39 | More by tonyf55
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-03-2012 05:56:25 | More by aliving1
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grantino9

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-03-2012 05:28:30 | More by grantino9
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SassyMammaK

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-03-2012 03:37:33 | More by SassyMammaK
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Huffaroma

Montana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-02-2012 05:50:49 | More by Huffaroma
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-02-2012 00:29:27 | More by grubefresh
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Ouroborus

Iowa

1/5  rDev -73.5%

01-02-2012 00:13:27 | More by Ouroborus
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j1knapp

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 17:58:47 | More by j1knapp
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-01-2012 05:12:24 | More by AlexM
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 01:12:50 | More by whartontallboy
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 00:38:24 | More by KimenTshom
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OremLK

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cold one from a sampler case into a chalice and let warm for a few minutes.

A: Pours golden, medium head which quickly fades, soft bubbles as you drink through the glass.

S: Pine, pine, citrus, more pine. Pine smell is too strong to be appealing. Would've liked more balance with the citrus.

T: Solid initially. Medium bitterness, nice hoppy citrus/pine at the start. Not much malt backing, but fine for the style. The problem comes in with the aftertaste. It is VERY strong pine and follows the smell. After a burp I feel like I've just eaten a whole plate full of pine needles. Honestly kind of gross.

M: Perfect carbonation. A nice, drinkable pale ale in terms of the mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a big fan. Too much pine going on here, as I mentioned before. I don't think I will have another. I hope the amber and the Snow Day are better beers as I wasn't a fan of this one or the Trippel (due to the overwhelming coriander taste, but that's for another review).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 20:03:06 | More by OremLK
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cerunincos

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-31-2011 19:56:54 | More by cerunincos
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Taste is piney hops up front, light citrus notes, a mild malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth ansd overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:44:46 | More by tone77
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leediehr

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-31-2011 03:52:32 | More by leediehr
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Runofthemiller

Maryland

5/5  rDev +32.3%

12-30-2011 23:23:30 | More by Runofthemiller
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ranger...Colorado Rangers...wait a minute...that's a different show I think...

Like the show...this beer is "la tee da"...

It's golden. It smells of jubilant hoppy gushness. I tastes rather average. It leaves me with a sweetish aftertaste. It's just not a good punch in the face like an American I.P.A. should be. This ain't too bad I reckon. I'd rather have this than a standard pale ale anyday but I have had deluxe pale ales...and by "deluxe" I mean the kind you have one sip off you know they is "deluxe"...kick this beer's booty...

That said it was the hoppiest beer at the gas station today. So I filled up and grabbed a sixxer and I'm gonna drink 'em. Gonna let the next two warm up a bit.

I edited to give this beer some mouthfeel points...cause I had no idea there be 6.5 ponies per beer! Hidden very well! Ahhh...I'm starting to see where the love was...hidden like an Army Ranger in a Ghille suit...GOT YA NB!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 16:36:30 | More by CamuMahubah
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xpdrinker

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh, NC.

A- Pours oily golden, finger thick white head, lots of lace, crystal clear, glowing

S- Tropical citrus, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, slightly herbal

T- Orange rind, citrus, solid malt backbone but hops hold their own. Very well balanced.

M- Medium body but crisp, perfect medium carbonation, slightly oily, prickly/peppery finish. 

O- Everything I want in an IPA.  Well balanced, flavorful, very drinkable. Hopefully New Belgium's east coast expansion means we'll be seeing this in FL in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 06:42:45 | More by xpdrinker
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estes42

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-29-2011 18:14:49 | More by estes42
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,095 ratings.