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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

5,121 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,121
Reviews: 1,217
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 81
Gots: 765 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 5,121 | Reviews: 1,217
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
6.5% ABV, 26 AUG 12 on bottom of can.

A - Ranger is a beautiful deep golden orange hue that vibrantly shines with clarity so one can witness the column of carbonation feeding the rich ivory head. The pile of tight foam cakes the infamous globe in lace as it drops for one sexy looking result.

S - "We're Hoppy, You're Happy" appears on opposite sides of the can's lip, and I can't agree with them more. The overflowing aroma of fresh hops spewing from Ranger is inviting and brings a smile to my face. Juicy lupulin glands share their delicious aromatics with us in the form of sticky pine resin and light citrus zest. Traces of sweet caramel and pale malt float through, but by no means is it showcased beyond balance.

T - Hop flavor is overwhelmed by bitterness in the mouthfeel but that's only because the flavor is very well balanced and drinkable. Pine resin and citrus compounds both emerge first, but a nice honey-drizzled biscuit and caramel malt finish keeps it from becoming too lop-sided.

M - Incredibly smooth and drinkable, Ranger IPA washes over the tongue with grace and class, gently finishing out with a building bitterness and lightly dry, crisp and refreshing finish that remains drinkable enough to satisfy without crippling the tongue.

O - My wife is a discerning hop head that's fairly picky about her IPAs without coming off too snobby. I don't think she has explored the Ranger yet, but I'm fairly confident she'd really dig this well-balanced yet hop-forward delight because it showcases the hops' citrus and earthy characteristics without bashing you over the head with them. Essentially, Ranger IPA is drinkable and refreshing, something a lot of us want at the core of our beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12SEP12, review #2
Pils yellow with a good sheet of bone white foam and plenty of lace. Smells of lemons, sweet malts, grass and mixed citrus (grapefruit and limes). Slightly bitter in the flavor with some tropical and resinous flavors. Malts a not invasive and quite pleasant. Medium bodied with moderate carb and some wet finish. Good beer. 4/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

Reviewed: 06/30/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.
A: golden yellow with ocassional bubbble rising to thin white surface sheet; good, consistently replenished surfacing of carbonation. Excellent clarity as always with New Belgium.
S: IPA-tastic! Cheers to New Belgium for taking their time developing this bouquet. pine, citrus, sour apples, hemp accentuate this lovely beer's nose.
T: Bitter up front, resin from hops. This quickly transitions to sweet effervescent mouth flavor.
M: Medium body IPA with moderate carbonation pinching the tastebuds as you try to take in the flavors.
D: One of the most sessionable IPA's available. Also great intro IPA for folks. 4/4.5/4/4/4.5 - 4.2

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1.81/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours good with nice head and lacing.

Appearence is medium-light amber. Moderate carbonation.

Very mild citrus with a little funky smell. Not very aromatic.

Piney with mild citrus notes, hoppiness over-powers flavor, very bitter after taste.

Watery feeling, goes flat quickly...you will notice if you cant get past the bitter after taste.

Overall, personally i wont buy again, ive had better that cost less!!

This is my personal opinion.

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1.88/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Severely disappointed to find that this is an extra bitter brew (ESB) not an IPA. This is far too bitter to be considered an IPA. Who can drink stuff this BITTER? It made me sick to my stomach. This is SOUR like taking a huge bite of the white inside of an orange peel, unbearably bitter!

So sour in fact that I called them to see if they take pride in their brews. Apparently not seeing as how I had to suggest that they take down the batch number to see if others had concerns. The lady told me this beer is the #2 IPA, all natural and vegan & that they get a high volume of complaints?! Either label it right or recall the batch.

This is alcohol folks and improper brewing can be dangerous and can make people sick. How can you begin to review a beer that isn't made with pride? No accountability means you don't get my business.

I was trying to get to the bottom of why this beer turned my stomach after drinking it. It's a business with a bottom line.

Severely disappointed to find a failed attempt at beer,
as well as customer service.


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3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour was clear yellow with a small head. Didnt smell like much. More alpha acids than anything, but not that much. Lots of powdery sweet malt. The taste follows suit. I dont get much fruit, pine, or anything. Lots of powdery sweet malt, with some bittering presence from the hops. I want more flavor, but just nothing sits there.

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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Light, orange even yellowish color with a thick white head that was persistent. equally persistent heavy lacing.
Update 5/14: perfectly golden no orange. Head is impressive, beer is clear, carbonation beauteous.

S- Pine and citrus hops- Very nice, but it seems rather ordinary to overpower IPA with hop aroma. I'd like a bit more complexity.
Update 5/14: piney and bitter. Smells great. Still all hop.

T- Both of the above noted scents come out in flavor, but with nice addition of bitter flavor and as well. Unlike in smell, I also get a sweet malt coming through.
Update 5/14: bitter, with a bit more fruitiness and sweetness than the smell indicates. Perhaps too sweet for my liking.

M- Medium body with good carbonation and strong bitter feel. Bitterness present in afterfeel as well with a slight mouth coating (sweet and bitter).
Update 5/14: smooth. Nice carbonation feel. Mouth coating noticeable.

O- Very nice IPA. What it lacks in scent it makes up for in mouthfeel and taste.
Update 5/14:too sweet, would like more of the hop aroma to translate to taste.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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