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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,996 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,996
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 75
Gots: 682 | 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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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a nice little 13oz glass

I can't find this stuff up my way sono bought a twelve pack of it. Glad I did! Best beer I've had on vacation hands down.

Pours out and forms a perfect two finger white head that stays for quite a while. Settles to a solid cap and leaves very heavy lacing on the glass. Very golden yellow in color with good clarity. The cap of foam stays solid every sip and leaves a ring behind on every sip. Looks perfect for the style.

The aroma is the best characteristic of this beer in my humble opinion. Wow. Talk about a showcase of hops. Very complex and balanced. Pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, marijuana, and a touch of biscuits and sweet caramel to balance the hop fest. Lovely smell. Could smell this all day.

Taste is about on par with the aroma. Very hoppy aromatics popping through on the flavor. Lovely bouquet of hops and a small touch of smooth malt to tame it down. The flavor would be a 4.5 or even a 5 of the bitterness came through more. It's just a bit too mellow for as much aromatics there is and how hoppy it is. Needs a nice clean sharp bitterness coming through to make this a fantastic IPA. It's almost like a major hopped up Pale Ale and seems more like 35-40 IBU's as to what it claims as 70 IBU's. Nonetheless, still a fantastic tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is lacking a bit. This is the beer's weak point in my opinion. A tad thin and watery. Smooth, which is nice, but would benefit having a touch more carbonation. Not a lot more, just a little more. If this had a pinch more body and a pinch more carbonation, it'd be spot on. But, unfortunately, it's a bit on the watery and undercarbonated side for me.

Overall, this beer kicks ASS! Might be the most sessionable IPA I've ever had to be honest. But, the reason it's so sessionable may be because it's more like a hopped up Pale Ale than an IPA. More bitterness and body would make this an INCREDIBLE IPA! So sad they don't sell this where I live because I would buy this all the time. One of the best beers I've ever had out of a can next to Dale's Pale Ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold. Some great lacing on top of a hit or miss few finger of white head.

Nose is pleasant. Floral, soft bitter, very clean, some evergreen characteristics.

Taste is about as smooth as you can ask for as far as IPAs go. Extremely balanced and contained. The appropriate flavors make an appearance but nothing really takes a lead role.

As mentioned, this is about the most drinkable IPA that I can think of. Perhaps the original 'session IPA'?

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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/22/12

Poured from a tall boy can in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a clear pale orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head with good retention and lacing.

S: A lot of caramel malt up front with a nice blend of citrus and pine mixed in.

T: There is a nice balance between the caramel malt, citrus and pine up front. More pine and bitterness come through in the finish. Some breadiness in there as well. Dry and clean.

M: Pretty spot on for the style. Nice moderate body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this a very solid IPA. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. This is my first New Belgium brew and I'm enjoying it!

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,996 ratings.