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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,189 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,189
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 55
Gots: 329 | 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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Strix

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden, decent head with some lacing.

Fresh smelling, citrus hops and a lot of floral note.

Fresh but subtle piney hops, a biscuity yeast note, and a green note that reminds me of fresh pumpkin. Piney and floral.

Crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

This was well balanced and disappeared before I knew it. Somewhat reminscent of New Glarus Moon Man.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:55:44 | More by Strix
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured a gold amber color lighter than typical IPA but had a huge long lasting frothy head.
S: hops and caramel maltiness but all lighter than a typical IPA and has a different yeast aroma like a Belgian style yeast could be due to the manufacturer who specializes on Belgian styles.
T: slightly bittered hop flavored with standard maltiness of a pale ale. In fact I would call this more like a pale ale instead of IPA. On the flipside it's good and makes this a delicious beer.
M/D: light bodied smooth creamy like feel. Adds to the easy drinkability and great taste and you have one really good hoppy beer.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 21:05:59 | More by Kemmerlin
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paganbeast

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very golden in color but the head is almost non-existent.

Smells like a field of fresh cut grass and notes of light vanilla cream.

The taste is quite malty yet balances the hops well, mild citrus coats the mouth well.

This is an IPA that has a high level of drinkability for those who are intimidated by IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:16:13 | More by paganbeast
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Janderson91

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

May 22, 2011 date on the side of the bottle. I assume this is the "best before this date" stamp. Enjoyed on February 23, 2011.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge white rocky head. Recedes to a small head that remains for the entirety. Leaves decent lacing.

S - The nose is citrus and pine hops. Simcoe really comes through. A little sweet malt in the background.

T - Starts out with a piney bitterness that gets more intense through the taste. Finishes incredibly dry and citrusy/piney. This should probably be classified as a pale ale, I find it somewhat watered down for an IPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is quite thin which makes it incredibly drinkable. A real sessionable brew right here.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:45:36 | More by Janderson91
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hophopandaway

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice amber colour that is just what your're looking for from an american IPA: a nice clear amber colour. Unfortunately, the head dissaped fairly quickly although there seems to be good lacing.

There is a fairly heavy carbonation in this beer that is prickling my tongue, but otherwise it's a pleasant drink. The flavours are of dry hopps with a low-level maltiness in the middle. Long and dry on the finish, this beer's not balanced but is a nice compliment to the fries and hot wings I'm eating.

Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:16:04 | More by hophopandaway
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ObeerwanCO

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this at home after a busy Sunday.

Appearance: (4.5) Clear, sparkling and golden, just what you think of for an IPA. Developed a substantial, white head, which dissipated quickly to a nice quarter inch or so.

Smell: (3.5) Well, hoppy as expected. Pine dominated for me at first, made me feel like a ranger out in the woods havin' a beer. Is that frowned upon for rangers? I also get some grapefruit-like fruity citrus. Not much alcohol smell.

Taste: (3.5) This is somewhat on the high side for hoppiness, even for an IPA. Nice initial flavor with some sweet malt flavor in the background to counter the hops. I also get a nice hint of lemon zest. However, Ranger is less balanced on the finish, once the malt goes away completely. It hits you with a very strong bitter aftertaste that is somewhat earthy and lingers for a while. This isn't necessarily bad for me, but I imagine that it might be over the top for some folks. At 6.5% this beers is pretty high in alcohol, but I don't get a strong alcohol flavor from it.

Mouthfeel: (4) Full bodied and somewhat high on the carbonation, but it ends up feeling soft as it goes down. Crisp, but not as much acid burn going down compared to some IPAs.

Drinkability: (4) Very drinkable. I had three of these today and could have had more.

Overall: This is a decent IPA that I enjoy. Although it doesn't quite break from the IPA pack for me, it is solid. Also, it being that I am a cheap bastard and all, I find it on sale frequently, making it a nice beer that is easier on the wallet than some comparable IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:50:51 | More by ObeerwanCO
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean and clear honey color with a nice 1.5 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh and spicy pine hops only. Taste is of the herbal hops and some sweetish malt on the finish. Bitterness is moderate but not overwhelming. Carbonation is a bit flat. Drinkability is above average but the carbonation is a bit off putting. I would be more than happy to try another one of these to see if I get a different outcome.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:31:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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dfillius

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of just off white head with great retention. Crystal clear golden liquid. Nearly ideal.
S: Strong hop aroma - citrus, pine, slightly dank - very nice. Some floral/herbal quality, some tropical fruit. No off aroma, no alcohol, perfect.
T: Bitterness comes on very strong with a citrus peel/white fir needle quality and really hangs on. Slight biscuity malt. Flavor stays clean throughout without getting messy with warmth.
M: Chewy, very bitter! A tad astringent.
D: I like it a lot. I'd order another, and I'm glad I bought 6. I'll definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:16:21 | More by dfillius
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perryw

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a pint glass.

Poured a nice golden bronzey color.

The smell was a very strong citrus that popped out of the glass as I was pouring. It was just great to my nose. The citrus bitterness was pretty apparent on the tongue. It did seem slightly more carbonated than I would like.

I wouldn't want more than a couple in an evening, but I liked this one. I can see buying more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 00:34:49 | More by perryw
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Lovely honey color, two fingers of head that lasts a while, with nice lace.

S: Very nice, mostly citrus hops, a bit of pine, fresh hay.

T: Balance is impressive. Hops report for duty without being too harsh, a bit of malt sweetness supports them and emerges in the finish.

M: Carbonation is nice, keeps the feel and flavor lively, but there's also some smoothness in the aftertaste that prepares you for the hops in the next sip. The citrus hops and smooth mouthfeel almost whisper "dreamsicle."

D: Totally sessionable, would work with a wide range of food, and just fine all by itself.

Notes: Have had several over the past few days before focusing and writing the review today. Not growing tired of it at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 00:33:39 | More by AmericanGothic
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Bright orange in color and very effervescent. Two fingers of white head that sticks around forever and leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mostly grapefruit with a hint of lemon and pine. Very faint malt smell.

Taste: On the milder side of things. Grapefruit and pine up front with a mild malty, slightly yeasty backbone. Tart middle and finishes up with more grapefruit bitterness. Overall not to intense though.

Mouthfeel: A bit light and very carbonated. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA. Very good.

Final Notes: Not my favorite IPA, but if there was such a thing as a session IPA this would be it. Would make a great introduction to IPAs or to pair against mildly spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:43:41 | More by bagpiper2005
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voteforhops

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass at fridge temp (+/-40) and left almost no sediment.

a - crystal clear and sparkling, light tangerine color w/1" creamy white head that receded slowly.

s - evergreen forest (simcoe) and sweet, slight citrus and apricot, but mainly resinous pinecone hops.

t - dry pine needle (chinook) and some bitter lemon, slight metallic aftertaste, but definitely all hops and resultant bite.

m - not overly dry, but lacks much malty stick or resinous coating you might expect - perhaps overcarbonated as a little thin.

d - not very balanced or complex, although the nose is terrific and inviting. makes a good session ale or compliment to spicy food. there are better all around affordable ipas (probably local), but this hits the pine hop ipa fix fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 17:23:59 | More by voteforhops
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diamondc

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 2011. Part of the Folly Pack.

A: Golden bronze. Some good head, leaving a thin wisp of foam. Rings of lacing left after every swig.

S: Light grapefruit, sourdough, floral/ozone aromas. Nice.

T: Zesty citrus & strong herbal hop flavors dominate. Grainy, husky, almost rye like malts towards the end.

M/D: A really dry IPA. No bold flavors to make it memorable. Still, Ranger is a servicable IPA if you're in a hurry or in the mood for something new.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 08:01:42 | More by diamondc
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fat Tire Hub at Denver airport. Bonus points for advertising their smaller drafts as 14 oz, instead of the misleading "pints" of many establishments.

Clear bright golden color. Bright white head that leaves great lacing, a ring for every sip.

A variety or hop aromas, pine, floral, and citrus. Taste has a clean hop bite, but not too bitter. Higher carbonation helps the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 20:08:32 | More by jmdrpi
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange gold color with off white frothy bubbly head which lingers as a nice film. Aroma of sweet resiny hops, slight citrus but in a sweeter way, like tangerine, and cake. Flavor is nice resin-pine like hops, sweet and pungent, which then reveals a cake like malt consistency, back to a slight bitterness of the hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied, not too thick or syrupy. Overall a pretty solid IPA, great flavors, not TOO big (read: sessionable). Good good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 21:45:24 | More by CuriousMonk
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Kidfrogger

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really liked this one
Clor ws great and the aromas off the glass were inviting. Every sip was balanced from begining to end w/ a wonderful ratio of flavors. On a night where I felt like drinking a lot of IPA I could go w/ this one. Flavor is there and alcohol % is mid ranged allowing for a full night of good spirits.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:03:34 | More by Kidfrogger
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beerdown77

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours yellow with nice, big chucky head that lasts. The smell is floral and hoppy, but not overly heavy on the hops. The hops and malt are very well balanced in the taste; this could almost be a strong pale ale. It is very crisp and all around good. This is not the first time that I have tasted Ranger, and I remember from past experiences that it was noticeably light on the sweetness for being an IPA...the same is true on this tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 20:51:49 | More by beerdown77
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soju6

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Piney and citrus aroma with a trace of sweetness.

T: Taste is mostly of citrus with some pine thrown in. A bit tart with a dry-bitter finish and slight bitter after taste.

F: medium body, crisp and clean. Not quite as smooth as I expected.

D: Decent IPA, just doesn't quite have that wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:20:37 | More by soju6
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nezelrac

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange-copper topped with 2 fingers of pillowy white foam; very persistent and dense lacing

S - earthy and bright pine hop notes with a good malt base; not too complex but plenty on offer here

T - sweet malty attack with hints of pine resin and orange; grapefruit, too; quick middle; back end is dominated by hops - firm and brisk

M - CO2 is a bit high for my liking; good weight; very balanced and enjoyable texture

D - a balanced and drinkable IPA; good effort here;

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 21:06:28 | More by nezelrac
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midwestbrewers

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden color with a great abundance of carbonation. Wonderful white 2 finger head with nice lacing.

S: Very hoppy and citric. Some bready malt characteristics.

T: A+ Grapefruit and very, very bitter but smooth coupled with an amazing finish. The finish is more sweet than to be expected.

Overall an amazing American IPA. At 70 IBU it's one of the more hoppy beers I have tried to date and amazingly has to be the smoothest. A very well built beer. The whole taste is not as bitter as to be expected. Nice sweet malt notes all through-out the taste and finish making this, for an IPA, extremely drinkable. Due to the ABV it'll never hit the session table with the buddies but a great start to our session!! Great Beer New Belgium Brewing!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:25:52 | More by midwestbrewers
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delightfully clean and transparent gold, with a rather large and bubbly head. Definitely a big lace, as well.

Delicious aroma -- more piney than citrusy.

Taste is grassy, earthy, clean, and delicious, with a bitter followthrough. Ranger isn't a massive hop-bomb, but works well as a tasty and trusty IPA worthy of repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 23:39:13 | More by secondtooth
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice clear amber body with a small white head and some light lacing. Good floral hoppy aroma with a little sweet malt in the background. Great piney hop flavor, with a bit of sweetness to balance. Very drinkable. Solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:57:24 | More by FanofHefe
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csiewert

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of slighty off white foamy head that leaves permenant ring reminders of your progress down the glass. The aroma is strong with floral hops and that's about all. The taste starts slightly malty sweet and then comes on strong with a piney citrus hop taste that stays around for a while. The batch I had at the Africa Lounge in SeaTac airport was slightly overcarbonat

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 20:09:18 | More by csiewert
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iSip

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of IPA's, and look for a bold aroma, nice head, lots of hop flavor all in a brew that goes down smoothly. Is that too much to ask for? The New Belgium Ranger IPA gets high marks, and is one of my favorites. The Ranger IPA has a great aroma and luxurious head that lasts to the very end. The hop flavor is intense and complex, not a lot of malt sweetness, so this is a serious IPA! I probably would not drink many Ranger IPAs back to back. A good choice when you want one great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 15:22:30 | More by iSip
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mountsnow1010

Vermont

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks!

A - Transparent orange with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing.
S - Smells citrusy with a pine hint as well as quite fruity. Grapefruit forward.
T - Sweet fruitiness followed by a grassy-grape combo...very interesting, have not tried anything quite like it.
MF - Great carbo and pretty smooth. Nice.
DB - Pretty freakin good. High.

Gets bonus points for interesting taste - a unique IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:51:52 | More by mountsnow1010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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