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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,497 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,497
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 62
Gots: 454 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dowen44, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

savagepm, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MrJolly, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mthomas84, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dwesh, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

chcfan, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely clear, pale yellow beer with a fluffy white head. Significant lacing and head retention.

Nothing but American hops in the nose. Citrusy and pungent.

In the flavor: Grapefruit/citrus type hops up front. A pretty sharp and harsh bitterness. Understated malt character.

A medium bodied mouthfeel. Bitterness coats and lingers in the mouth.

This is still one of my go-to beers. It's a good IPA, and I can find it nearly anywhere.

UnderPressure, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33%

michaeldrogers, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

alexw07, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

sammy806, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33%

eeggles, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow with a nice white head, great retention & lace.

S: Big, leafy hop nose: grassy, pine needles, weedy and perfume.

T: Great hop flavour: Grass, pine, bitter orange rind weed, light biscuity malt, solid bitterness. Good stuff.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D/O: A great drinker and overall a good brew.

Thanks to Rutager for an awesome extra!

Derek, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

This is an awesome looking beer; just slightly lighter than amber and crystal clear. Beautiful clarity. Pours with a finger of white head that rather quicly diminishes to a thin layer.

Smells of fruity citrusy fresh dried hop cones. A little swirl just brings up more hops. This smells like it is going to be good.

The flavors are bold, surprisingly clean and outstandingly fresh. I am already impressed. The hops are sweet and dripping in a honey flavor, but still pack a nice bitter smack and loads of flavor. After the hops bash around the mouth in their excellence a nice toasty pale malt flavor finishes off the experience. I like how the malt stays away during the "hop time" but shows up at the end to remind the drinker that this isn't an imperial or double IPA, but is still a pale ale at its roots.

The mouthfeel is wonderful and smooth as often well crafted IPAs are.

Conclusion: There are so many IPAs out there it really takes something special to impress me. I find it a generic style and one that takes very little creativity to brew in such a way that people will like it. This offering however is a notch above many others that I have tasted. I wonder how it doesn't have a solid 'A' on this site. Oh well, in my book it is one of the very best around.

allforbetterbeer, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dsaylor, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

swooshjtb, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden with hughe 3" thick white head. Lacing covers the glass.

S- Caramel, and good amount of citrus.

T- Semi-sweet caramel malts, surprised by the amount of citrus flavors in this beer! Nice citrus hop bitterness but not huge for a ipa.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and smooth velvety finish.

O- My favorite NB year round offering. Very solid IPA and for under $4 a bomber you can't go wrong.

kawilliams81, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Bwbkicks, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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