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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,627 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,627
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 66
Gots: 493 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JKaddy, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

south33, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle (best by 05FEB12) into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear pale golden color with nice 1 inch creamy white bubbly head. Decent lacing.
S: Very pleasant aroma. Good balance of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Soft honey and grapefruit notes.
T: Sharp pine, citrus, and floral hops. Follows aroma well, but much more of a sharp hop bite than what aroma led one to expect.
M: Sharp hops. Bitter finish. Light body. Smooth and slightly oily feel.
D: Good drinkability...a nice session beer. Good fresh and sharp hops make this refreshing. Wish it had a bit more of a malt balance.

mwilbur, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Bigbandito, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

JFrankParnell, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

elwoodjblues, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Nashvillain for knocking off this want as an extra.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange with some copper tones. Head is white, sticky, and remains at a decent cap for the duration. Carbonation looks to be on point. Depth of color is solid.

Smell: Fruity with some nice biscuit malt aromas. Chewy and doughy coupled with a hint of pine. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Hops are oily. Nice level of balance.

Taste: Nice hop presence. Some orange zest and pith mingles with a slightly minty finish. Some lingering tastes of tobacco and zest. Malts run to a slightly doughy biscuit. Nice balance. Hops leave a lingering bitterness. Touch of malt sweetness on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and moderate with a good carbonation. Slightly creamy with a tiny dry finish.

Overall: Very easy drinking. Lots of flavor, but a great balance overall. Could definitely see this as a staple in the fridge...if distribution weren't a factor.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

cacher77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Avenue, 12oz bottle into a chalice. Best before March 18, 2012.

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a finger or so of white head. Pretty thick lacing, and moderate retention. Nose is nicely hopped, some orange and grapefruit, with a bit of dankness and grass. A light spicy hop note as well, accenting a lightly sweet malt character. Taste has more of the same idea, quite bitter with grassy and herbal notes, a hint of the spicy hop note and more orange and citrus. Very light malt character again, some light grain and cracker in that respect. Long bitter finish, a bit of a palate zapper. Medium carbonation, fairly light medium body. A good hop assault.

liamt07, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

niceonebro, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of tonyf55
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into a new Delirium Tremens tulip

Visual (3): Great golden IPA colour with perfect clarity. Consistent stream of carbonation bubbles around the centre of the beer. Small head that disappears before it begins. Fairly average, gains points for style adherence but loses points for lack of outstanding qualities

Aroma (4): The cascade and chinook hops are present with pine, light citrus, and grassy notes. The malts are almost non-existent behind the hop mix.

Taste (3): Obviously bitter flavour punctuated by the mix of hops resulting in the self-professed 70 IBU. Malt flavours are light and could be a little more prominent in order to add a degree of complexity to the hop domination. Good for the style, but no real extra points.

Mouthfeel (3): Dry and slightly coarse on the pallet, Ranger asserts its IPA bitterness with a mouthfeel that leaves a coarse hop bitterness on the tounge. Again, good but unremarkable.

Overall (3.5) Ranger is a good offering from New Belgium but wholey average in the world of hop heavy IPAs. The balanced mix of hops results in a satisfyingly hoppy ale with little malt balancing. Added complexity, either in hops or malt balancing could increase the overall score.

I should note that I followed Ranger with Hoptober, a Golden Ale by New Belgium with decent hop flavours. The Hoptober blew Ranger out of the water both in hop complexity and balancing with malt flavours. A better go to for me.

tonyf55, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

grantino9, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

SassyMammaK, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

grubefresh, Jan 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.4%

Ouroborus, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

j1knapp, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

AlexM, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,627 ratings.