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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

5,054 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,054
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 79
Gots: 725 | 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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a gas station in seattle

A - Clear golden color with tall white head that recedes slowly leaving great lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Pine and citrusy hops blending with a little bit of malty sweetness. A very appealing smell.

T - more citrus than pine in the taste, it has a nice balance between bitterness and malt, though I usually like my IPA to be a little more bitter and not quite as sweet. The bitterness lingers which I like, I keep going back for more. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. I'd like this beer more if the carbonation were higher. I tend to go for IPA's with a drier finish than this one, but it is still very pleasing.

O - A well balanced example of an american IPA, I really like the aroma coming from simcoe, cascade and chinook hops. It could be more bitter, but that's just my palate talking, this is a very well crafted ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver Airport

A- Poured a clear copper color with high streaming carbonation and a soapy head that left some glass coating lace

S- Huge pungent candided grapefruit, dank, and pine aroma. This is one aromatic IPA

T- Very assertive bitterness, sweet candied grapefruit hop flavor, big piney notes, some dank flavor, and some sweet caramel malt character

M- Highly carbonated (maybe a little overcarbonated), finishes dry, pretty refreshing

O- This beer has the hop profile I love in my IPAs, it does remind me of Fat Head's Head Hunter, Green Flash West Coast IPA, and Stone IPA but with less astringency than those beers. It was also maybe a little overcarbonated, but this one is a winner.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across a six-pack at a Publix while in Atlanta. Definitely hit the spot in the sweltering heat of the dirty south. Review is from notes taken on 6/15/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is pretty standard -- plenty of light gold/copper in terms of color; starts with a 1/2 finger of creamy, slightly off-white head that fades to a full and uneven skim; body has decent clarity and pretty decent and strong carbonation; lots of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter -- herbal, grassy and some strong citrus in the vein of grapefruit, perhaps some lemon peel.

Taste: Pretty much just like the nose suggests, plenty of bitterness and it's grassy and grapefruity (which probably isn't a word). Light grainy and a touch of malt plays in the background, but the bitterness owns this beer.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light in terms of weight, and the carbonation is pretty strong and lively; a thick and dry sticky coating is left all over the mouth.

Overall: Solid overall, very drinkable with a pretty moderate ABV that won't get you wasted, but will definitely make a mark after a couple.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 5,054 ratings.