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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,642 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,642
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 503 | FT: 2
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%

QuantumPint, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Omer4176, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

klas, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

quantumcipher, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of StoutishDan
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

First review of an IPA.

Up until about 3 weeks ago, I had always been repulsed by IPAs, strictly because of the bitterness. BUT for fun I decided to try one - and it turned out to be very nice.

The appearance is clean, good head retention - sticky lacing.

The smell is bitter, floral, and citrusy (but ever-so slightly). All this with a creamy sort of note.

On to the good part - sometimes. The taste is pure bitterness up front. Not much actual taste stands out to me other than bitterness. I do get a little bit of floral hints here and there...that's not bad. But here comes the bitterness again...and it lingers. Some people might like that, but as far as the bitterness: it's nice, but after a point I wish it'd go away.

Overall, I can't help but remember that I've had better.

On with my IPA kick!

Bring it!

StoutishDan, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

jriggins6, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of stckhndlr
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark golden orange color, clear with sporatic bubbles trickling throughout the glass. Two finger white head.

S- Sweet grassy notes with lots of hops and a bit of caramel. Citrus notes to balance it out.

T- Hop bomb!! grassy and bitter hop flavor. The bitterness lasts through the finish. Just lingers on the tongue for a while.

M- medium body. Full feeling. Good carbonation

O- If you are a hop head, this is your beer. For me it's a little to bitter for my taste. Not digging the bitter finish.

stckhndlr, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Amalak
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are lots of bubbles and it stays bubbly for a while. It's a clear, crystal clear, bronze in color. There's a descent foamy white head and lacing. It has a bit of a spinach scent to it. look good, scent not so much.

This is a nice, mild IPA. there's a caramel sweetness in there. A touch of lemon. There isn't much of a bitter bite that you might like out of an IPA. Not floral, either. It's good and refreshing, but the flavor is very tame. Drinks lots, but nothing jumps out.

Amalak, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger plus of rich lush uber fluffy eggshell colored head with a slightly rocky top... At first pour a lot of carbonation clings tot he sides of the glass... Once that clears there is a slight to moderate bit of mix paced carbonation rising sporadically throughout... The color is a vibrant amber... Very clean and completely translucent... Sheets of lacing cling to the glass...

S - This one want hit you over the head with a hop hammer, but there is plenty of hap character to get one interested... Mostly citrus and tropical fruits... There is a rock solid malt backbone lying beneath the surface... Toasted malts... Caramel... Honey grahams... Very nice...

T - Just a kiss of citrus to start... Orange zest... Some pineapple... Light jolly rancher notes... The malt base comes next... Doughy malts... A touch of caramel... Some bright piney notes on the finish that linger for a while...

M - Light to medium bodied... Still plenty of bitter hop bite... Delicate... Very lightly carbonated... Starts juicy, quickly turns dry...

D - Lots of hop flavor packed into this 6.5% ABV single IPA... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting... I would never turn down an opportunity to indulge in this in the future... Not the best American IPA by any means, but more than solid with lots of appeal...

philbe311, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

WestSideAmish, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ButtomsUp, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ohtheguilt, Jan 08, 2012
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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%

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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