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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,154
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 55
Gots: 310 | 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 chicano4craft


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip. Pours a very clear orange with a slight golden hue. Big, fluffy white head with some serious lacing. Looks kind of thin.

First couple of whiffs are real nice. Orange zest dominates with some faded pine and grapefruit. Nose seems to fade as the head settles. Wish the aroma would have stuck around for the session.

Taste brings bitterness and a dry finish. There is some citrus with a grassy middle. Not challenging at all. But it's also nice to have an IPA that is tasty without killing the taste buds. The breadiness of the malt balances the hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin compared to most others in the style. While this is a drawback it actually plays nicely when drinking straight from the can while camping. Overall this is middle of the road for a stacked category.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:26:12 | More by chicano4craft
Photo of fsvan


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Orangeish. Middle of the road darkness for an IPA. Transparent. Always tons of clinging head on this one.

S- Lots of citrus hops, with a bit of an orange kick first and foremost. More bitter pine as it opens up.

T- Bitter citrus hops. Lingering bitterness, but decently balanced with a malt backbone to keep the hops in check.

M- Nice, smooth, palate coating.

O- A solid IPA, and for the price, availability, and quick turnover, ensuring some degree of freshness, this is a go to IPA in the Nashville market for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:26:43 | More by fsvan
Photo of rpardon7


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on a weekend trip to NC. Poured from a dark brown bottle a orangeish amber color with a frothy rocky pure white head. Smell was fantastic plenty of floral and citrus hops in the nose with a sweet candy malt smell. Taste was smooth and malty with a very crisp citrus and pineapple punch that brought the beer to a wonderful balance. Mouthfeel was clean and full bodied not heavy but well put together. Overall a solid beer that I am happy to have found on the way out of town. Too bad we don't get this beer in KY.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 20:00:45 | More by rpardon7
Photo of Gatch


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden hue with a thin, fluffy white head. Lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet malt, hops, caramelized sugar.

T - Tastes a little watered down. Malt and hops are there as is a little alcohol. Some pine and floral notes. Nothing stands out. Fairly bitter.

M - Slight carbonation but a smooth feel all the way down. A bit cloying but also dry.

A solid IPA but nothing remarkable to separate it from the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 05:05:35 | More by Gatch
Photo of ahq514


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a pretty transparent golden color, with very little head, and very little lacing.

Hops really shine through in the aroma. Mostly citrus, but a little bit of a floral hop aroma as well. Not much in the way of malt besides a subtle caramel aroma. Hops really dominate the smell here.

Hops really dominate the taste here as well. Getting mostly floral hops here with the citrus in the background. A little bit of bitterness, but not much. Would give this a higher score if the malt balanced out the hops a little better. Very nice and refreshing either way, could drink this very fast.

Mouthfeel was decent. Carbonation seemed about right. Was a little on the light bodied side, which made it really easy to drink, but a good ipa to me is something that is well balanced as well.

Overall, it was a good ipa, not horrible, not excellent, pretty average. Very light for an ipa and refreshing. Would drink again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:10:25 | More by ahq514
Photo of MADhombrewer


2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Clear light orange color with a very white cloudy head. Lots of lacing left on the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell- Great, easy pine smell with a bit of tropical fruits. 4/5

Taste- Right up front here is a tanginess to it that I can't decided if it is pleasant or not. Grassy and piney hops with a small blast of malt in the end. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- A little on the thin side (I can't believe I am saying that). 2.5/5

Overall- When this first came out I loved it to the point that I thought I found my one and only go-to beer and the one beer I would constantly keep in the fridge. No such luck any more. I would like to blame it on my palate, but... It still could very well be. I remember it having more of a malt backbone (more of a mouthfeel) and no tanginess. Sorry NB. I meant every word at the time I emailed you, though. 2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:46:33 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of micromaniac129


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the food lion down in Corolla Nc.
pours with a nice amber color. The head is thick and dense woth good retention leaving a nice foamy collar and nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is refreshing hops. It definitly has a citrus punch and sweet malts although the hops are the main ingredent here.

Taste starts out citrusy and bitter. caramel malts follow and are hardy enough to stand up to the hops. A nicely balanced ale with only a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

A medium body brew with a sticky mouthfeel. carbonation is about average.

This is a good IPA and represents the style perfectly. Long life those IPa's with hearty malts and flavorful hops. Here here.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 22:32:56 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of magictacosinus


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is listed as September 2011.

Appearance: A nice amber color. Maintains a very good foamy head that started at 2 fingers wide.

Smell: Smells hoppy with strong soapy and citrus tones. There's a little bit of caramel as well.

Taste: Not quite as bold as it smells, but still quite good! A grainy taste is present, alongside fruity undertones. The hops definitely do a nice job here and spice up the beer. It's properly bitter and sweet as a result, and the maltiness of this beer is high enough to make it taste thickened and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Every gulp is smooth yet bitter, and makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. As it warms up, these qualities are definitely enhanced. There is no wicked aftertaste common with hoppy beers, and makes it easy to finish.

Overall: A very good meat-and-potatoes IPA that delivers the goods in terms of flavor, bitterness and refreshing drinkability. However, if I remember well, Ranger is far more tastier on tap, and even contains a fresher feel. Still, if there's something New Belgium never gets wrong, it's the zestiness of the hops they include in their brews!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:41:03 | More by magictacosinus


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : golden yellow in color. An aggressive pour will yield a tightly formed head with lots of retention. a constant flow of tiny bubbles from the bottle of my glass. Lots of lacing

Smell : pine citrus and juniper abound . This beer smells really fresh can't wait to try this one

Taste : lots of hop forward flavors here. Very well balanced with malty sweetness . This beer really delivers the goods and the flavor really lingers for a long time..

Mouthfeel : light body with adequate carbonation and slightly

Overall : I picked up this beer today for $3.50 . What a bargain for the taste it delivers. Great summertime ipa. Really a easy to enjoy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 22:53:05 | More by BUNZILLA


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into pint glass. Poor print on bottle code. Fresh batch.

A: Pours a very murky straw, orange body. The head has low formation and retention is good around the edges. The carbonation is moving rather slowly. Layered lacing. 

S: Hop aroma is in the fore front, with flavors of lemon and west coast citrus.

T/M: Very smooth and well balanced flavors of hops, malt gives a nice clean body. The lingering taste is dry hop bitterness. The flavors give a bit of passion fruit, but no mango or pineapple. Good overall lower end intensity IPA. 

O: All in all a very light IPA, but one that suit the style very well. Good flavors and at the price it cannot be beat for a 3$ 22oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 17:20:20 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Ranger before but now I've finally reviewed it. It's a 100+ degree day in Texas and I need a cold beer to help me out.

I poured this out and got a thick three finger and tad off-white head. The beer is a clear, dark golden color. It looks lovely in the bright sun.

It smells...of hops, hops, hops, and more hops! Grassy, earthy hops dominate the nose. Citrus is very strong too like mango and/or pineapple. There's a sweet caramel sweetness. Ranger is very piney too.

The taste is very earthy for me with the hops. It's very hoppy but not too bitter. The mango/pineapple fruitiness and pine tree/caramel sweetness from malts underlay the yummy hops that makes for a great balance.

Ranger is a lighter medium-bodied beer with medium carbonation. It's very clean and crisp. It's a bit syrupy at first but the finish is dry.

This is a great lighter-bodied IPA that's very hoppy but well-balanced and very drinkable. A perfect beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:13:21 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of dao46


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a beautiful copper color, head stayed through out, with good lacing, and substantial carbonation as well.

S: Decent smell, hops hit you immediately, though not overpowering, picked up a citrus like smell as well.

T: Interesting taste, as an IPA the hops will be the first thing that hits you, but is quite balanced and the bitterness is far from overpowering. Not much malt taste, but enough were its not pure bitterness.. Distinct taste of orange as well.

M: Medium-thickness, with good carbonation but not too much.

O: Overalll a very competent brew, a well balanced beer, with enough bitterness you would expect out of an IPA. When it comes to IPA's I have had better, but this is still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:20:45 | More by dao46
Photo of zeledonia


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11 September 2011. Assuming 6 month shelf life, that suggests bottled early March 2011.

Pours super clear, apple juice golden-orange. Fluffy off-white head with great retention and awesome sticky lacing. A great start!

Smell is a nice combination of pine and citrus hops. Some sticky pine resin underlain by sweet oranges. Very nice. Smells light, not expecting much malt in the flavor.

Where are all those delicious hops I smelled? As with many IPAs, I find that it smells better than it tastes. As expected, not much malt. Mostly bitter, with some pine creeping in. But mostly bitter. Finish is... bitter. Hops are more than alpha acids in a cone!

Light-medium bodied, not quite enough carbonation.

Okay. Was hoping for more after seeing and smelling it. Taste doesn't live up. Just not much to it other than bitterness, without much of the nicer flavors I want the hops to bring.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:47:56 | More by zeledonia
Photo of projectflam86


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very bright orange color with a huge rocky foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Wow, this baby is all grapefruit. Huge pine hop aroma with loads of citrus (ruby red grapefruit). Nice and hoppy!

T- Pretty bitter upfront but fairly well balanced with a touch of caramel malt making up the backbone. A little zing of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- I'm hoping New Belgium comes to Ohio soon because I could see myself picking this up regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:38:19 | More by projectflam86
Photo of BucannonXC5


2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally rated 4.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.0 and 3.0 on July 12, 2011.
Re-rated 4.0, 4.0, 2.5, 2.5 and 3.0 on Oct. 31, 2012.

It was basically your typical IPA. Nothing too exceptional, nothing too out of the ordinary. I had it after having the Mothership Wit, the Somersault and the Fat Tire Amber Ale and I think it was only better than the MW. The biggest plus would be that it tasted clean.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 05:23:49 | More by BucannonXC5
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 100 Beer Club dimpled mug at the Mellow Mushroom West Ashley...

A: Clear; orange / gold; eggshell white head leaves a wonderful SHEET of lace!

S: Clean malts; citrus / piney / herby hops; a smidge of butter on the nose, but not much.

T: Nice and hoppy with grapefruit and pine at the forefront; some light caramel malts lays the foundation.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation (still some zing, though); very crisp and near refreshing.

O: A nice IPA that’s pretty easy to find; a nice hop fix that’s not too over the top; good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 01:28:19 | More by jpro
Photo of emmasdad


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap earlier today up at the brewery. Poured a nice dark golden color, with a very nice inch or so of off-white foam. This one has a big floral hoppy aroma, which is extremely inviting. Taking a drink, I don't get much of the hop flavor, mostly sweet, bready malt, barely kissed with the promised hops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 06:35:03 | More by emmasdad
Photo of sweett3k


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable IPA. Very balanced. I would call this a session IPA. Very easy to drink compared to in your face with hops that you get from the higher end IPA. Wish they had NEW BELGIUM brew on tap at every bar. Soon I hope. Light golden copper color with a head and lacing that gets thicker as you drink it. Very crisp smell of pine and sweet notes of citrus. If IPA made an awesome IPA Light beer this would be it. Drink it you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:16:58 | More by sweett3k
Photo of jgreenearrow


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium brown color with some amber hues. A thick, fluffy white head developed at the top of the pour. Significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit is the predominate scent accompanied by pine and floral notes. Some biscuity notes present as well.

T: Sweetness of grapefruit begins the sip followed by some bread and biscuit in the middle. Sharp hop bitterness and floral flavors dominate th finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA. The flavors are well balanced with he crisp hoppiness adding a nice finish on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:26:53 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this fine beverage on tap at Moe's Irish Pub. The beer arrived in a New Belgium tulip style glass.

A) Looks great.... A light amber color, with a good inch of white head. The head is well maintained during consumption. There is nice lacing too.

S) It smells of grapefruit and fresh pine. Perhaps a slight floral bouquet.

T) The smell doesn't lie in this case. This beer has well balanced flavors in my opinion, with a slightly bitter finish.

M) A fairly light bodied IPA, medium carbonation, and a crisp clean feel on the palate.

O) Very tasty.... Why did I keep ordering those Fat Tires. I think this may be my new favorite by New Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 23:29:24 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the newly opened Plaza Cafe in Taos, NM.

A: Pours a nice clear golden straw with solid orange tones. Wonderful 1 finger white head that had amazing retention. Stayed with me all the way down to the last drop, leaving an amazing ring lace. Check out my twitter for the picture, it makes me very happy.

S: Smells of nice citrus fruits and light flowers. Big on the grapefruits.

T: Same light citrus from the nose with the flower sweetness. There is a slight bitter finish.

M: Very crisp, clean and light bodied. Perfect carbonation with a slight bitter taste that exits the palate rather quickly.

O: This is a very sessionable IPA. I enjoy the flavors and I hope I wasn't spoiled by it being on draft because I have high hopes that it will be close out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 23:39:51 | More by Treebs
Photo of Geuzedad


4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6 pack of this at Chip's on the Outer Banks of NC. Poured it into a dogfish Head pint.

Pours a clear Amber color with lots of bubbles and a nice 2 finger head that lingers. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of Pine and citrus, almost grapefruit in nature. Very strong and made my mouth water.

Tastes of pine and grapefruit, a hint of malts. Closes with a nice bitterness. Nice dry finish.

Good medium carbonation, with a smooth clean mouthfeel.

I was really impressed with this IPA. For the price it is very drinkable. They are coming here to Virginia in Novenber. This will be in my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 15:50:32 | More by Geuzedad
Photo of AdamBear


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light transparent amber, lots of bubbles, nice frothy cream colored head. good lacing.

S-fairly strong scent of grape fruit hops. pretty strong

T-comes in with a good bitterness with a slight taste of grapefruit. the bitterness lasts awhile along with a graininess. this makes up the after-taste.

M-seems a bit watery. creamy medium carbonation. has a good crisp finish

O-a very impressive IPA for the price. this is very satisfying. has an impressive hop profile for the ABV. very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 06:58:10 | More by AdamBear
Photo of kaseydad


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour and a clear golden ale with a frothy eggshell colored foamy head is produced. Nice lacing. The aroma is predominately orange with a slight whiff of pineapple and malt. Was thinking sweet before the sip but got a big time malt bomb with a side helping of bitterness. Way too malty for an IPA in my opinion. There is an odd aftertaste also. Watery mouthfeel…very thin. This malt bomb made the drinkability difficult for me. Overall I know this is an extremely popular beer by the masses, and that is great, I just like my IPA’s on the hoppier side. I am not a huge fan of New Belgium as I feel they tend to be on the malty side and this offering did nothing to change my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:21:31 | More by kaseydad
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drink by July 31st 2011.

Always pass by this and never got it. 1.50 for a single, why not.

Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Appearance-Clear copper with a beautiful head. 3 Fingers, very frothy with nice retention and nice lacing. Looks good.

Smell-Some Piney hops, sweet malts and some light citrus. Not very pungent but nice flavors are present.

Taste-Initially you don't get much then you get a nice explosion of piney and floral hops with a nice malt backbone. One of the boozier IPAs I've had. It's an average experience throughout, nothing spectacular but drinkable.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium carbonation. It's refreshing, but not too much mouthfeel.

Overall-Lacks depth. Kind of bland, not sure how fresh this bottle was. Still a good beer, slightly dissapointed. I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:05:21 | More by SWMeyer4141
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,154 ratings.