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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,375 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,375
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 58
Gots: 414 | 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 pburland23


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
Photo of Arithmeticus


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
Photo of gtermi


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
Photo of dmlasp


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
Photo of abrand


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
Photo of psuKinger


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
Photo of setexascustoms


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
Photo of Hopfenpeter


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
Photo of Brent


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
Photo of AEArider


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
Photo of Justin23060


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
Photo of JWU


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
Photo of clayrock81


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
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of JayQue


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
Photo of jifigz


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
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud


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
Photo of bobutt


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

Just got New Belgium in Maryland, which is nice since it has been 6years since I moved here from Colorado. Went with Ranger because I didn't know it as well as Fire Tire, 1554, abby, etc.

Appearance was great deep gold and long lasting lace.
The smell is over powering sense of hops
The taste is very much like the taste.
the hops make the mouthful a negative and hard to drink. I not a big hops guy, and others like the taste of this beer.

Overall the price is too much for this beer and not made for drinking in a maryland summer heat. more a ski mountain beer. I would not buy this again unless I was hard up for hops.

09-06-2011 01:32:12 | More by bobutt
Photo of chodinheaven


4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

Vibrant orange hue with a nice white head on top that sticks around for the duration. Good retention and stickage. Smells of grapefruity citrus hops and some pine as well. Excellent biscuity malt smell as well that rounds out the aroma nicely.

Very well balanced between hops and malts. The hops are bold and bitter, but also citrusy and sweet at the same time. Juicy grapefruit comes to mind in taste and mouthfeel. A good and balancing amount of biscuity malt is present and really makes the beer stand out. Sometimes I find that too much of a biscuit malt is overpowering in IPAs, but not the case here. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very dry and it finishes crisp and relatively clean. A little grit in back that only furthers the experience. Alcohol is hidden very well and it only registers as an afterthought. Really just a well done beer, but make sure its fresh or that biscuit malt may take over the character. The hops in this are not to be missed.

09-04-2011 23:48:00 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

New Belgium Ranger is citric, yeasty, and bready.

It poured pale gold with a two-finger white head; lots of lace held onto the glass from top down. The smell and flavor were immediately very citric with a yeasty metallic finish, that seems to be a characteristic of New Belgium, lingering for a long time on the tongue. As the ale warmed, the citrus flavor faded and the yeast asserted itself. There was a lot of carbonation and otherwise, the feel was thick and bready -- also a characteristic of New Belgium -- with very little bitterness.

Ranger made a good first impression, with a sharp appearance and an explosion of citrus; however, both faded and it closed out as bland, bready, and metallic.

09-04-2011 23:16:55 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

A: Nice brass pour with a bit of bubbles on top, that reduce into a minor lace.

S: Piney on the nose, having trouble picking up anything spectacular though.

T: Great. Bold piney hops with limited to no aftertaste. Makes the sides of tongue goosebump before every sip.

M: A bit thin, but smooth and very very drinkable.

Overall a very nice IPA that I will use as a regular fridge stocker at $3/22oz.

09-04-2011 03:11:54 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4.68/5  rDev +24.1%

The first time I tried this brew it was on tap at a metal concert I went to last year and it was like the freaking nectar of the gods. So why did it take me nearly 10 months to try it again?

Appearance: Pours a clear whiskey shade of amber with a massive pillow of soft milky white foam that leaves some hellish lacing.

Smell: Pure grapefruit with a double shot of caramel malt that has me almost hyperventilating.

Taste: Bitter, sweet, then viciously bitter again, in such and incredible way as to rip my lips off and make my head spin.

Mouthfeel: A little on the light side but...

Overall: A great beer. This has reached my top 10 without a doubt.

09-03-2011 04:13:18 | More by godlessape
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

I am stoked to have New Belgium in my neighborhood. Welcome!

The beer is transparent and light orange hued with an inch of thick white head. Decent retention and ample sticky lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma brings a bouquet of hops, with notes of grapefruit. Also present is an earthy, funky scent that seems to be a distraction from the delectable hop nose.

The flavor is good, with the hop character in the driver seat. Grapefruit is the dominant fruit flavor, with more subtle notes of the earthy, musty, funkiness I discovered in the aroma.

The beer is really bitter, even for the style. The finish is dry and bitter, and sits a bit harsh on the palate.

In a style teeming with amazing brews, this one falls a bit short for me. I am enjoying this, but don't see myself returning to this beer too often, if at all.

09-03-2011 00:58:24 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

12 ounce bottle, date of 07/31/11 printed on the side. Past it’s prime, but lets hope this goes well. Pours crystal clear orangish golden amber color with 2 fingers of a fairly dense off white head with awesome retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A small amount of nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, caramel, grapefruit, spices, and a bit of orange. Delicious aromas with nice strength as well. Taste of big pine, caramel, spices, grapefruit, and a bit of orange. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of pine, spices, and a bit of citrus that last for a good amount of time. Medium-high carbonation, with a medium body. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation as well, but still very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, for this supposedly being past its date, this definitely surprised me and is an excellent IPA. Very Chinook forward it seems.

09-02-2011 02:46:24 | More by superspak
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 8/24/11
*From notes

A: Really well filtered. It's a rusty amber in color. A standard pour yields a 2.25 finger head and some really awesome lacing.

S: Bitter, yet slightly fruit forward and juicy. The simcoe profile is right there.

T: A bit floral up front, then the bitter quality carries through from the mid to the back. The finish is a bit juicy, yet it dries out quickly, leaving the palate neat and tidy.

M: Extremely thick, the carbonation is very well done and the overall texture is executed with precision.

O: New Belgium's Ranger IPA is, for the price, one of the better bargains I've come across. For a quick hop fix, you could do a hell of a lot worse. This might not have the depth and "wow" factor a lot of folks desire, yet it has everything you look for in a day-to-day IPA.

Good stuff. I'll be having more of this.

09-01-2011 22:02:42 | More by Rhettroactive
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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