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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,766 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,766
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 555 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

fishkab, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Borganization, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has long at last made its way to the Philadelphia area. I saw the Ranger IPA with a Best By date of April 2012 so I absolutely had to pick it up and try it. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear, golden honey colored body with a creamy and slightly off-white head. Great sticky lacing and nice retention after it settled out as well. A vibrant and great looking IPA.

S: Lots of whole hop cones, pine, sap and perhaps a little bit of grain. There's some slight citrus notes too, but the overall aroma is very earthy and piney in nature. For me, it seems to strike a nice balance without being dominate in one single note.

T: A wash of bitter hops are up-front, pine needles and lots of hop resin. Pale and caramel malts come through mid-palate, with some dry citrus peel flavors at the back. This tastes very crisp and fresh without leaning too heavily towards one extreme. Nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, well carbonated and medium-bodied. It's not necessarily sticky like I get with more malt-driven IPAs; this feels nice and bubbly.

This was a pretty decent IPA as it had a lot of balance and it wasn't overly piney or one-noted. Although, my preference in IPAs is more citrusy and while this did have some, I like when it's more profound.

ShanePB, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jimdkc, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 3/11/12. Beautiful hop bitterness throughout, piney, resinous, grassy. Easy to drink, alcohol masked by floral hop aromas and grapefruit. Moderate malt backbone, nicely balanced but leaning toward hops. Tongue coating and delicious. Can't wait to get these in Florida...

KickbacksSteve, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

CoryR, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

rayj212, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JimmyTango, Feb 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

jtd335, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of edb7
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for the buck for hop heads.

A- nothing special, orange hue with some carbonation and the head is insignificant.

S- WOW! Floral hops all the way. I love it.

T- Follows the smell. A whole lot of hop flavor (earthen, grapefruit, pine) and not much else to get in the way. No sweetness or alcohol flavors. If you have ever chewed on a cascade leaf, this isn't far off, although less intense.

M- standard, some may disagree based on bitterness.

In summary, I think this is an affordable and great-tasting beer for a hop enthusiast. If you do not like bitter and floral, leave this one on the shelf.

edb7, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dcellis, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

Lucasrj, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of therica
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this was on-tap, several reviews before this one.

Much better with the bottle in my own controlled environment!

A= light tea or light orange color, little head, some pooling, rimming and lacing. Little carbonation activity.

S= superb, as with the draft. Huge spicy west-coast hops florals, great malts (some roasted), lavender.

T= again the lavender and citrus hops (grapefruit, tangerine evident; very rich malts, very potent hops and bite, light carbonation which fits well with the beer. Excellent.

M= slightly rusty, with hops bitterness, slight malts residuals and a slightly watery effect. Decent.

O= a great new creation by New Belgium, I believe their first step into the ultra-hops world and definitely worthy. I'm glad to see it's spreading quickly into beer venues in our Hagerstown MD area.

therica, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of TheFlern
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date: April 15, 2012. Review Date: January 28, 2012

Appearance: Star color with white head. Good retention and lacing. Crystal clear.

Smell: Resin, bitterness. Citrus of a grapefruit nature. Not overpower. Very neutral malt and yeast aroma.

Taste: Pretty bitter. A little tart grapefruit taste. Not much sweetness from the malt, in fact none.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, a little of balance bitter to sweetness in this beer.

Overall: Not the best IPA on the market but this one is widely available and usually fresh when other IPAs aren't in the places I visit so it is a go to. Nothing to go out of your way for but if you are pressed for selection you can't go wrong here.

TheFlern, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

CamM, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

CoreyCramer, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

FeelinSurley, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

agaloco9, Jan 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

krabriter, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Served draft to a glass mug.

A - Pours crystal clear golden amber color with 2.5 finger white head and solid lacing.

S - Strong pine and citrus hop characteristics. Hints of sweet crystal malt.

T - Starts off with strong grapefruit and orange hop flavors. Strong bitterness follows with a mellow pine flavor. Finishes crisp though not much in termsof malt flavor.

M - Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer. Unlike a lot of IPA's which are too bitter or pack too much bite this is a nice alternative.

Overall, Ranger is a solid offering from New Belgium. I really enjoy the hop character though it could use a bit of malt to balance out a little more but it's a good beer. I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-16-2011 14:31:33

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,766 ratings.