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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,469 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,469
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 61
Gots: 448 | 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 martino_cappachino
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

About an inch worth of fizzy head, fast acting and quickly dissapating

Color was a foggy honey amber with an aroma like a gust of wind through heavy blades of grass... and mom had a rhubarb pie, sitting on the window sill from a far away

Flavor was earthy and intense, hops centered. Slipperly-soapy mouthfeel after it warms up, but a tiny bit of textured grainy malt in the finish helped level any bitterness after the first sip... not that I don't like a nice bitter. Slight taste of nectarine and apricot. Gathered an aroma of toast as it warmed up..

A nice throwback IPA for me personally, well crafted, and almost sessionable. Enjoyed it quite thoroughly.

martino_cappachino, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Schlobonda
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Schlobonda, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Roger415
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Roger415, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Jhatwig
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Mark5252, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

Pours a golden transparent yellow with a nice 1.5 inch head that is quite frothy and dense. The head retention is insane and recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing. Quite typical look.

Aroma of malty grain followed by some flowery grassy hops and some nice tropical citrus notes. There is some nice juicy pine notes as well. Bready and biscuity malt backbone with some slight sweetness in there.

Flavor starts off with some nice bread toasty malt and followed by some nice juicy tropical hop notes. Nice bitterness notes with some slight resinous pine notes as well. Dry finish with some nice crisp notes.

Pretty good standard IPA. Nice hop juice notes and some good malt backbone.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of SallyBirkhart
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle. transparent corporate apple juice appearance with a slightly off-white, yet very frothy and lace-inducing set of suds atop. Nose had sweetness underneath and tropical fruit hop notes on top peaking to an almost fresh hop bud smell followed by more sweetness taking over the fruity notes. Flavors reiterate the tropical fruits in the nose spitting forth waves of pineapple, passion fruit, unripe mango, maybe some guava. Overall its on the dry side of sweet..does that make sense? Who cares. Lots of fruity notes, as I’ve said..with dry yet soft bitterness over a nuetral foundation of sweetness. In any event, its clean and fruit, and accents the fruity hop notes, backs them with adequate sweetness, tingles the senses with a burst of dry bitterness...and ends soft and gentle, yet evident..

SallyBirkhart, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

YobroitsJoe, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a lager-clear golden copper. No head, but that's likely because the waitress filled the pint glass to the top--I love America. Bouquet is a grapefruit-pine cone-confectioner's sugar purée. Prevalent pine flavor that is less vibrant than the bouquet. Mouthfeel is pillowy for an IPA. Smoother finish than I'm used to with this type of IPA. Very good, drinkable IPA.

DocJitsu, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ShamboWattsone
4.75/5  rDev +26%

ShamboWattsone, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Fakexican
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Fakexican, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ambruns1979, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

1p5v, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of fijigus
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

fijigus, Mar 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

SuperHeavy, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of smbslt
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%

Have past it forever in the store for no particular reason except for maybe the non-New Belgiumesque labeling but had to try after it was recommended by two different people.

Poured into a pint. Very clear yellow-orange. Initially a swirling tempest of carbonation which then settled but still produced a substantial amount of fine bubbles. 2 finger head slowly collapsed in the center leaving half a finger of very fine head supplied by the carbonation.

Fruity nose. Citrus dominates with grapefruit and orange and a little pineapple but also guava.

Hops of course - straight forward and unabashed, a little No. 2 pencil woodiness . Good but a bit one dimensional.

Feel is good. Consistent with the intensity of the taste and clarity.

A solid AIPA. Overall very enjoyable and a good one to know that it's there when not in the mood for trying something unknown.

smbslt, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of AlCzerik
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

AlCzerik, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of JBCavazos
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JBCavazos, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “best by” date printed on the label is “01 JUL 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a clean, golden copper. Two fingers of dense, slightly off-white head dissipated slowly to leave an uneven cap of foam, a ring around the edge, and trails along the glass.

Smell: Lots of enticing hop citrus: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and orange. It also offers nice scents of floral hops and pine, and underneath the citrus and hops is a base of caramel and toffee.

Taste: The bitterness is tame and the flavors are well balanced. Though the overall bitterness stands out, nothing dominates. It has a medium body and the fruit and citrus blend together. The flavor, though, is much more floral than the smell: the citrus and fruit is muted when compared to the smell. There is a caramel malt presence, but not much. The pine and floral hop aftertaste keeps the uvula and back of the mouth tingling.

Drinkability: Ranger IPA is not a bitter pill to swallow. It is very tasty and offers a nice hop experience without being overly aggressive.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jtomaka65
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

jtomaka65, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

creez, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Hanzo, Mar 26, 2012
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