Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,908 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,908
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 623 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Easily one of the best forming & retaining heads I've seen with excellent lacing. It's a clear amber/gold/pale brown all at the same time.

S - It's a unique smell and at first it caught me a little off guard as I was pouring it because there's a pretty sharp astringent scent underneath the rich hops and citrus.

T - Full of citrusy hops, some pine notes, a little bit toasted/carmel , lots of spices (I can't pick out the specific ones), that sharp scent is present but mixed in better than the smell, and it finishes nice and dry.

M - My favorite feel to a beer. Smooth body and a smooth head with some good carbonation, but nothing too bubbly.

O - It's definitely a great beer but as far as IPA's go, it wasn't a stellar standout. Definitely something I'd have again gladly.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. Best before May 13, 2012.

A - Pours a totally transparent pale straw color. The initial one finger bright white head dies quickly and leaves a decent, sporadic lacing.

S - HUGE floral hops on the nose. Some underlying "pilsner-like" malt aroma, but mostly floral hops and mandarin orange. Very pleasant.

T - More of the same from the nose. Starts off with lavender floral hops and sweet clementine citrus. Big bitter bite on the finish and some lingering pine hops on the aftertaste. Not much sweetness or malt presence, but also not a huge hop bomb.

M - On the thinner side with light moderate carbonation.

O - Not a terribly complex IPA, but pretty drinkable with good floral and citrus presence. Cheap and decent, but nothing that stands out in the massive world of IPAs.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Clear light amber with a 1 finger white head with good retention and minimal lacing.

S - Faint pine and floral hops with a little biscuit malt breadiness.

T - Backbone of pine hops but a little underwhelming. A little sweet malt and bready notes. A hint of booze and minimal bitterness at the finish for an IPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

O - Not the best IPA and pretty weak with the considerable competition among the Coloradan IPAs. Not the best from NB but still a above average brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can marked February 19th 2012 poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Brilliant clear sunset gold with lots of honey and straw tones...pretty decent white head that leaves some lace.

S: Hops are still front and center after all this time...citrus, light pine, some tropical fruit notes, earthiness, some sweet aromas, possibly caramel, biscuit as it warms.

T & MF: Follows the nose, not overly bitter but finishes with a moderate dryness. All the hop characters from the nose are here as well; citrus notes (orange & tangerine), tropical fruit, some astringent notes, light pine, definite caramel, light to light-medium body, medium to low carbonation.

O A pretty harmonious IPA, everything (hops and malts) work well together, impressive with over a year of age on it. I guess the cans really do help to preserve the freshness.

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85 out of 100 based on 4,908 ratings.