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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,138
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 305 | 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 peakoil101


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank two of these, poured from the can, and enjoyed the crisp drinkability. It's a beautiful clear bronze IPA with medium foamy head. Pour slowly to keep the foam down. It has a sweet hoppy smell but not overly flowery.

The first sip tastes solid with a decent bite, but it's very drinkable. Very enjoyable overall!

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 23:42:24 | More by peakoil101
Photo of rbhockeyfan


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

Pour - Nice amber color with a better than average head and nice lacing on the glass

Smell - nothing out of the ordinary for and IPA. Floral hops and pine

Taste - Again, typical IPA. Nice bitter but nothing that wows me. Lots of hops and nice dry floral end note

Mouthfeel - dry, similar to a red wine mouth feel.

Not the best beer I have had, but for an IPA that is available at the grocery store it is not bad. As I said before nothing super impressive going on with this one but it is a nice average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 19:15:53 | More by rbhockeyfan
Photo of ADZA


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

This brew pours a very light golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and a rim of clingy lacing,the smell is very tropical with aromas of banannas,mangoes,paw paw,citrus and piney,resiny hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and allows the tastes of mangoes,banannas,lychee,citrus and marzipan all to mingle quite nicely before being finished off with a nice hit of piney hops and overall its definately a nice AIPA and will buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 11:17:40 | More by ADZA
Photo of drinkofczars


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

A- Nice label. Chronic green coloring with some nice graphic hops sprawled out under the "Ranger India Pale Ale" label. Beer has an outstanding light color to it. Not rated a perfect 5 because I prefer my American IPA's a little hazier.

S- Amazing. One of the most delightful citrus smelling IPA's I have had the pleasure of sinking my nose into. The smell of the hops are very robust surrounding the citrus flavors and trail off nicely as you begin to pick up the floral notes.

T- Nice and mellow tasting for an IPA. I would like a little more bite from the hops, and would expect more looking at the innocuously radiating buds on the bottom of the label. Delicious

M- Good carbonation but borders on the arena of too-much. Pleasant from your first sip down to the last gulp. Not too thick, not too thin.

O- I think this is one of the best reviews I have ever given a beer. Maybe it was a combination of me having a really good day, or being in an optimistic mood. Either way; spectacular beer. I was never a big fan of New Belgium Brewery after having Fat Tire at my brothers wedding, but this beer has rekindled my interest in them.

Super good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:36:33 | More by drinkofczars
Photo of BarryMFBurton


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

New Belgium is quite popular around Purdue's campus, where I've lived the past 3 years. Fat Tire is definitely their main seller/cult classic, but I have yet to try that. This one I had on-tap at Brownsburg, IN's Buffalo Wild Wings, served in a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pale gold body that boldly outshines many other PA's I've had. Gorgeous. It has a medium-thick head with abundant lacing up and down the glass on all sides. The carbonation looks intense, as it's still fizzing away after a good 20 minutes.

S: Piney hops are big and strong. Some melon notes, but mostly bright, inviting hops (that's an IPA for you).

T: Not as big as the nose. Hops come in the form of pine/mint, and starchy, almost chewy yeast makes its appearance quickly after. This leads to a very present tropical feel. Typical for an IPA, but not really pronounced enough to hold my interest. Gets a bit more "homey" as it warms, adding some grass/outdoor blends. Drinkable, but not superb.

M: I love a good draft PA; this one is very bubbly and upfront, but, unfortunately, it's nothing more than average, really.

O: I can say that this beer is worthy of its following amongst college students. If you are truly looking for a great IPA, though, there are many better ones for the same price.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 21:42:47 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of keith712


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

New Belgium Brewing “Ranger” IPA. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic tumbler*

Appearance: A stunning bright copper, absolutely crystalline clear. Two fingers of a nice frothy, white head. Beautiful lacing as the level goes down. Nice carbonation bubbles present themselves in a steady but subdued release.

Nose: Grassy, some citrus, with a nice biscuit presence. A malt presence, albeit small, smooths everything out. Far less grapefruit/citrus than most “hophead” IPA’s normally present.

Taste: Nice hops as expected from an IPA, but not overpowering nor obtrusive. There is the grassy flavor followed by a nice hops bitter that sticks around a bit after the finish. Crisp and dry, no thickness at all. The malts are there to finish out the flavor profile, but certainly not a malty IPA in any way.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention crisp? Carbonated nicely, just about perfect for this bright and snappy IPA. No heavy feel at all and this invites me to have another swallow. This is a great brew.

Drinkability: Awesome. A claimed 6.5% ABV is not noticeable to me, and the moderate 70 IBU is simply well stated and this would make a great introductory IPA to a beginner, while still retaining the punch a hophead loves. I could drink a six pack of these over a barbecue session with no problems other than a nice buzz.

Overall: 4 out of 5! A nice change from the “normal” IPA. Excellent IPA profile with a slight twist. I was pleasantly surprised at the character since I had not heard a lot about this beer. * Don’t waste this one in the bottle, it really comes alive when poured. I drank a couple of these from the bottle the night before at a friend’s house and it certainly seemed less “alive” than when I poured it aggressively into my tumbler at home.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:47:06 | More by keith712
Photo of tbrown4


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

22 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. I got this in a trade from by buddy Jeff in Seattle. We don't get NB out here in Maryland as of yet. I'd read and heard good things about this IPA.

A - Crystal clear light copper, big fluffy white head, sticky wedded lacing , decent head retention throughout the tasting, steady carb streams for a few minutes

S - Sweet, malty, citrus, pungent hops

T - Up front mild hop bitterness, creamy fruity grapefruit sweet middle, long lingering hop bitter finish

M - This to medium bodied, crisp carb

O - This is a decent and fairly well balanced IPA. It stands up there with the rest of my craft IPA choices and I can see myself getting a six pack or a few bombers a year. It's not mind blowing but it's very good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 20:41:24 | More by tbrown4
Photo of Jishguy


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I sure am glad I decided to give this a try.

A- Poured a copper colored body with a solid white one finger head. Average lacing, for an IPA

S- Wonderful scent of floral and citrus hops. A tiny hint of mango or papaya, as well as a bread-like malt character.

T- Lemon, pine, grass, and bitter hops are almost immediately picked up, followed by a slight bread-like malt described in the aroma. The mango/papaya sweet fruit is a bit more present in the aftertaste. Absolutely wonderful.

M- Relatively creamy for an IPA. Carbonation is right where it should be. Just a tad bit too dry, though.

D- Could and would definitely drink a six pack without hesitation. I'm going to go grab another right after I finish typing this sentence.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 06:13:09 | More by Jishguy
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber body with thick white pancake batter head.

Smell - Grassy. Not particularly lime-peely like other IPAs.

Taste - Sharp clean bite. Hoppy and grassy, unsurpsisingly.

Mouthfeel - Crisp.

Overall Drinkability - I like it. One of the better mass marketed IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 19:58:57 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of david18

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a seven ounce pour of it as a part of a sampler at Pour 24 at Las Vegas’ New York New York Casino. It was one among two IPA’s in the sampler and a little overpowered by the other but pretty good none-the-less.

Pours a bright clear copper with a very white head that actually left a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is very west coast, with a lot of citrus and some slight malt presence.

Flavor was quite nice, again, high on the hops but well balanced in general.

I have mixed feelings about New Belgium. I like some of their beers, I don't like others. This is one that I'll have again when I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 19:11:44 | More by david18
Photo of FattyJLE


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with a puffy off-white head that leaves a sticky, long lasting lacing.

S - Perfect example of a west coast hop aroma. Resinous citrusy hops almost like smelling a fresh hop addition to the boil kettle. The hops dominate the aroma with little added by the malts.

T - Bitter citrus hops right upfront, grapefruit and orange peels. A grassy bitter aftertaste. However, the hops are very well balanced with the malt. Although the hops dominate the beer, a slight malt sweetness emerges.

M - A little thin-bodied and watery and a little low on the carbonation.

O - This beer is a strong showing. The only downside may be the watery mouthfeel. West coast hop lovers will love this beer, but if you're looking for something complex, you won't find it here. That said, this is a solid IPA that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:08:45 | More by FattyJLE
Photo of Seanibus


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a welcome surprise. I haven't been a huge fan of New Belgium's flagship Fat Tire, but I was curious to try the new Ranger. But it took several years before I was in a geographic position to try it. And it was worth the wait - a delicious and distinctive IPA, which is getting harder to find in this saturated niche.

Pours bright coppery with a big, sticky head and an odd almost greenish color around the edge. The aroma is sharp and strong, all hops, with a musky, resiny and citrusy hop. The flavor is powerful and piny, sharp and biting, with a citrusy finish, like a powerful lemon zest. The mouthfeel is prickly, assertive, and clingy, emphasizing the pine resin nature of the hops.

A compulsively drinkable beer for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:36:58 | More by Seanibus
Photo of lwillitz


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent golden body under an enormous white (maybe very slightly off-white) frothy head; amazing lacing!

S - hops, hops, and more hops; pine, mint, grass, citrus, and an almost flowery smell; cascade hops dominate the nose

T - bitter from the beginning, pine and citrus, slight hint of malt, bitter cascade aftertaste

M - medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation complements the bitterness well

O - I prefer my beers malty, but this is a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:06:46 | More by lwillitz
Photo of MinnesotaRIS


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in New Belgium IPA glass. Bright copper amber with slight brown hues. Lots of carb. bubbling. Thick and robust barely off-white head that persists. Hop residues apparent in head. Leaves plenty of lacing.

A- American hop aromas most prominent. Malt is subdued.

T- starts with piney and sl. citrus tastes. Low malts. Hop bitters are the showcase. Finishes clean though.

M- bitterness is surely present and is balances heavy toward bitterness. Not harsh or astringent.

This is well crafted Am. IPA. Good staple for those who love the hops. Nicely served and do not drink from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 18:51:08 | More by MinnesotaRIS
Photo of morehoppps


4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I could review this beer in one word: exceptional, but I might as well go ahead and go for a mainstream review.

A: Poured from a bottle into Pilsner. Pours a nice golden honey color with a perfect, pillowtop 1-2 finger head. Bubbles keep'a comin'.

S: It smells rustic. I've heard people describe IPA's as kind of a "farm" smell. I can definitely smell that in this beer.

T: Exceptional. As everyone has said, this beer is crisp, refreshing, hoppy, and most of all delicious. You've outdone your self this time New Belgium, this is a great beer. For 70+ IBU's, I would say this is just as good of an introductory PA/IPA, as, say, SNPA, as well as a great beer for anyone who likes an ale with some hops.

M: Light-bodied. Crisp. Not too dry, not sticky at all.

O: This is an IPA you can introduce to your BMC drinkin' family and friends without thinking they're going to have to trudge through to not hurt your feelings, and New Belgium must know it, because they sell this at my local Wal-Mart.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 22:15:35 | More by morehoppps
Photo of ehammond1

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

San Marcos, CA

A clear golden orange with a nicely forming off-white pillow head atop. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Very appealing, very pretty.

A faraway nose of some things very pleasant. There's certainly tropical fruit aromas in here including grapefruit, orange, and mango, but they're not quite as pungent or as strong as I've become used to in my favorite IPAs. It's all there, but the aromas seem a tad distant. There's a grainy and bready sweetness that may be taking away from some of the hop's impact.

A very simple IPA that is incredibly easy to drink. The flavors are crisp and bright but not overpowering or very strong. A nice balance of hop bitterness, some tropical elements, and a sweet and bready malt backbone. Balanced and exceptionally drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A highly drinkable, crisp, refreshing, clean and simple IPA. This really is very good beer, although I probably won't be revisiting it because I have even better options so easily available, but I would recommend trying this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:05:49 | More by ehammond1
Photo of rundocrun


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour a deep honey-golden color with some slight amber highlights. 1/2-inch white head that fades relatively quickly but leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Just from the smell, I can tell they've used at least one of the "c" hops varieties (centennial, chinook, cascade) ...I was right! Just checked NewBelgium.com- Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade. Very floral and citrusy. Smells like hop juice!

T - A punch of bitterness up front that sticks to the sides of the tongue. A great, thick malty backbone follows with some toasty notes included.

M - Balanced carbonation and certainly not watery! One of the more viscous American IPA's i've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:17:43 | More by rundocrun
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden amber body, big 2 finger head, great lacing!

S: nice pine, citrus aroma.

T: big clean crisp pine flavor, firm earthy middle, long slow bitter finish

M: medium/light body, good carbonation, slick oily mouth

O: One of my favorite New Belgium offerings and nice American IPA. Enough flavor to sip, but light enough to have more than a few with friends.


Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 16:33:44 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of AJacob81


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium globelet, of course.

A - Clear, golden copper with a densely-packed marshmallow-colored head of nearly 3 fingers. Leaves gorgeous lacing on every inch of the glass as I drink.

S - Fresh, green hops are very noticeable up front, with bready yeast also on hand. The overall bouquet is lacking a bit in strength, though.

T - Pine, pine nuts, and pineapple, with fresh grass clippings, announce the hop profile right away. A mild caramel maltiness provides a bit of balance, but this one's very hop forward overall. Not the strong citrus and floral hops of a west coast IPA, but again, very piney, and to my taste, very unique.

M and D - Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium, but with good support from the carbonation, it sits nicely on the palate. Refreshing, and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:51:21 | More by AJacob81
Photo of richkrull


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent copper color with a nice amount of white fluffy head on it. Great lacing as I drink this one. Nice classic hop aroma. Taste is very good. Full of hops, some good citrus notes. Very smooth drinking beer with a good finish. I really enjoyed this one and lucky for me, it's readily available around my hometown. I enjoyed this one and it's a good standby to have available.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:06:56 | More by richkrull
Photo of JayAre46


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a arrogant bastard ale pint glass, i feel like the gargoyle was glaring at me the whole time....

A - Light golden color with some orange hues the transparency allowed the gargoyle eyes to be fixed on me while questioning the worthiness, 2 solid fingers of white clinging head, great retention with lacing all the way down. I really enjoy amazing lacing like this +1 to ranger.

A - A clean earthy aroma, fresh hops with a mary jane touch, hint of malt in the back. No fruity esters at all, which is fine just sort of takes some of the complexity and differentiation away.

T- Hops, Hops, Bitterness, Hops, with a pale bready malt which is subtle and quickly over come by the sharp mary jane flavors, love it, fair to say this brew is crisp although the carbonation is not crazy, im getting some hints of chemical flavors while this beer finishes less dry than expected.

M - light to medium body, perfectly carbonated with a creamy feel which coats and soothes the palate. from the taste as stated i expected more of a dryness but thats not what i got. No alcohol presence

O - Great IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company, I feel like they achieved exactly what they wanted to in this hoppy brew, I could enjoy six of these in a sitting with out a doubt. Well done

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:45:22 | More by JayAre46
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, grapefruits, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice well balanced taste. Lots of hops mixed with caramel and malts. Also lots of citrus juiciness coming from oranges and grapefruits. It finishes with a bittersweet hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I was really surprised by how much I liked this beer. Kind of a cross between a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a DogFish Head 60min. Highly drinkable and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 14:49:30 | More by spinrsx
Photo of joecast


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, after way too long (nearly 36 hours) a wait since arriving in the states, my first new beer.

Light clear golden color. Low carbonation. Nice fluffy whitehead. Good stability and lacing.

Nice aroma. Citrus, pine, resiny hops with some sweet malt as well. Not the strongest but certainly not left wanting. Well done here.

Excellent balance, as evenly matched between malt, hop flavor and bitterness as any I've had. Quick hit of sweet maltiness is followed up by a clean bitter finish. Label says 70ibu but this handles it extremely well. Another good sign (for me at least) is even after the first glass, I still can't pick any single thing about the taste that stands above any other part. Really well done, impressed.

Not the most extreme of the style, there are certainly more notable examples. But judging strictly by style this has all the bases coves, and covered well. Would not think twice about having this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:50:51 | More by joecast
Photo of Azurescens


3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with best by date of 7/17/11 poured into snifter, reviewed on 4/6/11

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color with whitish head that fades relatively quickly leaving decent lacing around glass.

S: Some floral hops, no real malt aroma to speak of. Smells alright but nothing too exciting going on here.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front that fades towards the finish letting some of the malt flavors come through. Hops are the main player in the taste of this one, it would be nice if there was some detectable malt sweetness to balance out the hops, but it just isn't there. Bitterness level is pretty good for an IPA but nothing outstanding.

M: Body is pretty thin with decent carbonation and clean finish.

O: Not bad but not great either, pretty standard IPA. Plenty of hop bitterness but it would be nice to have some more hop aroma and flavor. It would be significantly better if there was a greater malt presence to add some sweetness and body, or at least enough hops to mask the lack of malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:24:44 | More by Azurescens
Photo of bbkd3b


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A nice, honey-colored body and fluffy, white head make for an attractive combination. Retention's great, clarity's great... Carbonation is a bit weak, though. Attractive layers of lacing stuck to the glass the whole way down.

S - Nice, cascade hoppiness and a layer of tangerine in the scent make for a pleasant combination. Faint malts in the scent. Not a strong scent, but a pleasant one.

T - Harsh kicks of hops and bitterness the whole way through, with a thin, grain undertone. It gets surprisingly weaker as it warms... Not too complex, but it gets the job done all the same.

M - Thin body with a crisp, clean finish. Nice, prickly amount of carbonation saves it from being too watery.

Overall/notes - Solid IPA, and easy to drink considering the style. I'd be tempted to use this for cooking Brats, actually. Has a really piny character that makes me think of the outdoors... Then again, that could be the bottle. All in all, not the best nor the worst of its style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 03:16:24 | More by bbkd3b
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,138 ratings.