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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,333 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,333
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 55
Gots: 392 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A - a dark golden near copper, clear beer with a short head that lingers for quite awhile.
S - citrus and pine hops hit first follwed by malt notes.
T - citrusy hops dominate over top of a mild malty background.
M - medium bodied and has moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight oily feel.
D - easily drinkable as it is not an overpowering IPA.
A fairly standard but good and thrifty bomber bottle of American style IPA.

09-28-2011 04:03:58 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of Jayli


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear, gorgeous copper color. A one and a half finger of sudsy, foamy head sits on top. Head retains nicely leaving clumpy sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is floral hops that are quickly dwarfed by a piney resiny note and a solid caramel malt profile.

T: Taste starts with big piney, earthy hops. Light floral notes mingle in. A strong, well blended caramel malt is balanced throughout. Fruity notes come in toward the finish, with a big orange peel note in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thin but very oily body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a nice IPA to sit with for a while.

09-27-2011 00:58:09 | More by Jayli
Photo of Jason


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

20oz pint at the Denver airport.

LOOK: Pale amber, awesome lacing.

SMELL: Sweet oily hop resin, fruity, mild esters, herbal.

TASTE: Crisp, moderate body, orangey hop, bitter, dry biscuity malt, heavy herbal orange finish.

Very drinkable and a bit in your face. Restrained balance. Hop charter does not mess around and gets right to work with a onslaught of bitterness and flavor.

09-25-2011 20:49:35 | More by Jason
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a fluffy white head with good retention and lacing properties. Aromas are predominantly of citrusy hops and caramel malts, good but not very interesting as far as IPAs are go. Flavors are more complex, with zesty and pine-like notes intermingling with sweeter caramel flavors before giving way to an orange peel taste on the finish. Medium to full body feels extremely smooth. This is a terrific IPA.

09-24-2011 05:29:06 | More by droomyster
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

After a long day, flying to LA and working throughout, I grabbed this at a dive liquor store in Culver City. Perfect find.

Pours a golden amber with orange undertones. Smell is awesome. Plenty of hops and the floral scents are very prevalent.

Taste is well-balanced, nicely hopped. It is a little bitter in the moutfeel and the after taste is a bit unsettling, but not so much that it ruined it for me.

Nice IPA.

09-23-2011 21:24:36 | More by devinoconnor
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Moab Brewery shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale golden color. Has a thick, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of piney and citrusy hops. Has a sweet, bready malt smell in the background.

Taste: Very bitter up front with spicy, citrusy hops. Finishes earthy with a strong, bready maltiness. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Is light- to medium-bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall: A damn fine IPA and another win, in my opinion, for New Belgium. I've only ever seen this beer in bombers around here, so it'll be a "treat" beer for me when I need a good go-to IPA.

09-23-2011 02:50:25 | More by wahhmaster
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Had on tap tonight at Spider Kelly's in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and fruity malts. Pine hops dominate, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops and pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not bad, but pretty average, and a lot less hops than the nose. A step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all.

o - Overall a decent beer, but pretty average. Some nice pine hops in the nose, but not a lot of hops in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek it out again, but worth trying once.

09-22-2011 23:16:30 | More by mdfb79
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

A : pours a bright golden color with a finger of slightly off white head. Good solid head stays around a while, decent lacing.
S : a bit of pine and citrus hops with earthy undertones. vibrant in the hop aroma, with a bit of sweetness underneath.
T : starts with a bready malt flavor, then transistions to a bitter and piney hop. a bit of mint and some citrus towards the tail end. The flavor is solid and just the right amount of bitter.
M : evenly carbonated and well balanced.

awesome hop flavor and a good aroma. Great balance and a really nice ipa.

09-22-2011 19:50:37 | More by Thads324
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a rather pedestrian light orange amber color. I was expecting a little more robust color. The beer produces a half finger layer of bright white head. There was some really nice sticky lacing.

Smell is highlighted by resinous, grapefruit aroma with some bready malt in the background. A very nice smelling IPA.

Taste really stands out for me. It starts out bitter, funky and resinous with some really outstanding hoppy bitterness. Then, there's a solid backbone of biscuity malts which really gives the beer some oomph and creates a full, robust flavor.

The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. It's well carbonated and highly drinkable. Overall, a well rounded and balanced IPA. I'm pretty impressed.

09-22-2011 00:15:18 | More by pburland23
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4.55/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured chilled from bomber in flared glass

A: copper-penny color; lacing fantastic; buoyant head; very good carbs
S: sweet malt, pine, honeysuckle
T: very gentle hops, abundant, very sweet; wow, what a great balance of sweet against bitter
M: smooth

This is an amazing IPA.

09-19-2011 16:18:59 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%

I have had this beer a million times before and bought it again so I thought Id review it.

The appearance is above average. There is nothing special about the way it looks, just a golden beer with not much head.

The smell is the best part of this beer IMO. It has a lot of hoppy smells and just like a well made IPA.

The taste is also very delicious. Not the best IPA I have ever had, but for sure a very solid one. There is a nice hoppy bitterness, with a sort of peppery taste. It lingers for a long time and I start to pick up more sweetness.

The mouthfeel is nice. There is a nice bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and the tip of the tongue. It has a nice full body.

Overall this is a very solid IPA. I can get a 6 pack for around 7 dollars and it never truly gets old.

09-19-2011 06:07:35 | More by gtermi
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours from a bottle into a pilsner glass a hazy orange with a thick, frothy lasting head, with a faint but pleasant odor of bitterness and hints of fruit. Understated hoppy flavor with undertones of grapefruit and pine; thin and light in the mouth with a slightly bitter, carbonated finish. Overall good and easy to drink.

09-14-2011 05:37:11 | More by dmlasp
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap poured into a pint glass

This was poured way too cold but it had a nice 2 finger head that lines the dirty pub glass and retains well. The color is light orange. Smell is made up of faint hops, fruits and pines. Good smelling beer. Taste is really nice. Citrus fruits and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with good carbonation from the tap. Overall this is sessional IPA. Great tasting with a favorable ABV.

09-14-2011 04:17:55 | More by abrand
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3.43/5  rDev -9%

22 ounce bomber poured into my New Belgium Globe glass. I've been enjoying these Globes for a year now, but this is the first time I've been able to fill it with a New Belgium beer...

A: Pours a hazy opaque orange shade with an awesome thick white head with great "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle. A picture of perfection.

It leaves great lacing on my glass as I work my way through the bottle.

S: Some hop bitterness and grapefruit is a little overpowered by a resiny sweetness.

T: Immediately I notice that this beer is thinner and lighter than expected. None-the-less, it's well balanced. Nice hop bitterness (with a touch of grapefruit) is balanced out by malt sweetness. But it's all done at a "lower volume". This beer has a "watery" thinness to it. None of the flavors dominate.

The beer finishes dry and bitter in a pleasing way.

M: Light and thin, a watery brew that leaves behind a touch of hop oils and sweetness.

D/O: Rather drinkable and somewhat repeatable. This was a fine IPA, but nothing spectacular.

09-14-2011 02:21:41 | More by psuKinger
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottle into as SA Perfect Pint

A- Deep crystal clear gold, rocky three finger head. Decent retention and good lacing. Beautiful beer.

S- Citric hops with some zest and grapefruit. Malt undertones.

T- Smooth with some citrus rind, slight malty sweetness and spice from the hops. A touch of warmth for the alcohol. Dry with a balanced lingering bitter finish.

M- Coats the mouth well, perfect carbonation. Expected a little more body. Dry.

O- Another great IPA. Well balanced and refreshing, not overly bitter. NB did a fine job.

09-14-2011 00:11:08 | More by setexascustoms
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

The color is a clear deep gold with a creamy white head building about two fingers high. It leaves great lacing after dissipating.
The smell is very fruity. Citrus, peach, apple and pineapple are dominating.
Those fruit notes also are the front of this beer. In the middle malty notes add to the beer with hints if caramel and honey.
The finish is a nice balance with the addition of some bitter hops.
Very nicely composed IPA, very drinkable, and I certainly will have it again.

09-13-2011 03:09:42 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Solid on all points. Bright carbonation with a quick, sharp hops bittering right up front - citric and piney, with a malt profile that recognizes its job is to carry the hops and not get in the way. Bittering level is well balanced - assertive but not overpowering.

09-12-2011 13:42:10 | More by Brent
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured bright gold with a thick off-white head that lasted and lasted. Great lacing. Smell was all hops, citrusy and predominately piney. I really felt that while the hop profile of this beer was impressive, the malt side of it could have been upped to bring an overall better balance, although I'm not sure if that would cross too far the boundaries of what the style embodies (if so, my apologies). I loved the smoothness of the mouthfeel, really was expecting a dryer texture.

09-12-2011 03:08:37 | More by AEArider
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours clear "Kool-Aid" orange. With a thick off white head that clung very well. Smells of pine and lemon peel. Smell is fresh even though its 21 days past expiration. Taste is semi dry with a nice bitter linger that lasts enough but not as much as some of the Pacific North West versions. Hardly any malt in keeping with the style. Solid, but I would put it right the middle (I've had better, I've had worse). I will say I'd like to try a super fresh batch for comparison. I wouldn't turn one down... but if I'm buying and one of my favorites is available I might pass it by. Worth trying.

09-12-2011 00:25:25 | More by Justin23060
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

22oz. bomber that I picked up on a trip to visit family in Maryland. I knew New Belgium just started distributing in MD, now they need to get into PA!

A- Beautiful and brilliant clear gold. Pillowy off-white head that sticks around. Possibly the best lacing I've ever seen on a single IPA.

S- A balance of citrus and pine, not getting much malt smell.

T- Nice. Citrus and pine intermingle, a little biscuity malts try to balance, but are beaten back by the sharp, hoppy finish.

M- almost creamy for an IPA. Suprisingly, for as sharp and bitter as the finish it, it's not overly drying.

O- Colorado sure can crank out some good IPA's. Can't say I'd seek this out, but certainly on the better side of IPA's I've tried.

09-10-2011 01:55:49 | More by JWU
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured a huge head w/ sticky lace patches on a clear, reddish/orangey body. Very earthy, citric hop aroma and hints of caramel and breadiness there as well. While hoppy, really hoppy for just a "single" IPA, the hops are citrusy and earthy but not overpowering as this beer goes down smooth. Nice balance as well b/c I also pick up some caramel sweetness as well as touches of grape/tropical fruit. Finishing w/ a slightly dry edge, I find this beer to be a quality sipper and one that a hop lover and just a beer lover would enjoy.

09-09-2011 20:48:40 | More by clayrock81
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Big thanks to my boss for saving me a bottle of this and giving me one to try. This poured out as a light colored orangy yellow, the head was white and had a decent retention. The lacing wasn't too sticky though. The smell of the beer packs a nice little punch for just being a regular IPA. Plenty of citrusy pine aromas pouring out of this one. The taste is really nice on this brew, lots of really piney notes on the tongue, very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer is slightly creamy but still quite prickly feeling from the hops and carbonation. Overall this is a highly enjoyable IPA, would be able to drink this one over and over.

09-09-2011 13:47:13 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Had this one on tap at the Carolina Ale House in Fayetteville NC. Tastes better than I remember if from the bottle. Nice light copper color with a decent size whit head. Good retention and plentiful lacing. Smell is robust floral and citrus hops. Taste is primarily citrus hops with some balancing malt. Mouthfeel is better in the draft version. Crisp and rich enough. Good hops bitterness. Overall the drft version is even better than I remember the bottle version. Good IPA.

09-08-2011 00:51:09 | More by JayQue
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

A: A very clean looking beer. The color of this IPA is a light orange yellow and very translucent. The head is creamy and white and lasts a while. Beer leaves a little lacing while being consumed. Good Appearance.

S: The smell of this is straight citrus bittering hops. I can smell my favorite hop, Chinook, and this beer smells almost identical to the cones I pick fresh off the Chinook plants themselves. The smell is one-sided because that is all I am getting.

T: The flavor isn't as citrusy or bitter as the aroma would lead one to believe. The beer is very fruity and delicious. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and there is a very small hint of the malts.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This feels pretty standard.

O: This is a pretty good IPA. The taste is fresher and cleaner than many and IPA's I have had and it is more straightforward. The specific hops seem easier to pick out. Pretty good stuff.

09-07-2011 16:42:17 | More by jifigz
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear light amber. Visible carbonation, two finger head that goes down to a film leaving excellent lacing.

S- Grassy, herbal hop notes with a decent malt backbone.

T- Piney, grassy and herbal hop notes dominate the pallet with a nice bitterness upfront. There is some noticable malt in the backround keeping things balanced.

M- Slick and oily, but still pretty full bodied for the style. Alcohol is well hidden

O- Solid offering from NB that is well priced. There are a lot of better options on the market, but then again, there are a lot of worse options as well.

09-07-2011 03:50:02 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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