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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,178 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,178
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 55
Gots: 323 | 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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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

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

12oz Bottle poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

A- Pours a golden orange color with a dense soapy white head.

S- Smells of pine and grapefruit. Smells very fresh.

T- Strong bitter grapefruit flavor. Good hop and malt balance with a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, a little dry.

D- Very sessionable IPA especially at 6.5% abv

This is the second time I have had this and it is a solid offering from New Belgium. I am sure I will have it in the fridge again because it is very good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:08:07 | More by GehenHerzog
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice soapy off white head, slightly cloudy golden orange body. Not much of a smell, some american hops of some sort, a touch of sweet carmel malts. Tastes a touch sweet at first, some grassy hop bitterness, touch of citrus. After each sip this finishes quick and quite bitter and dry. Too dry for me to drink a few of theses. Medium body, medium carbing. I wish this had a bigger smell. Thanks mike for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:39:24 | More by Homebrew35
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brewerburgundy

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, shaker pint, best by the end of February 2011.

Straight copper with a big rocky head that's really nearly white, but not quite. It looks like an IPA.

Man, straight dank. I have experienced hints of marijuana in hoppy beers before, but never like this. This is weed with a hint of lemon.

This hoppy, puckering lemon citrus with some surprising alcohol apparent making for citron vodka impressions. Still like lemon zest and weed. Oh yeah, there is a caramel body.

The body is sparkling and medium. Meh.

Since I'm not a weed smoker and the weed aromas and flavors are so big that this obviously well crafted IPA isn't my thing. I can tell it's quality and fresh, which I appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:15:42 | More by brewerburgundy
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Lucklys

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Ranger poured out crystal clear and oddly reminded me of the way the sun shines through a slice of mandarin orange. Or maybe a coppery apricot with rich golden-honey highlights. It produced a handsome buff/beige whipped cream head that was, again, easily 3 to 4 fingers thick - possibly 5 when I first poured it. Refusing to disappear, the frothy foam held itself together in nice big snow piles that drifted across the middle while thick sheets of fluffy lace clouds clung effortlessly to the glass.

The nose came across fairly mild, but I think I'm expecting these IPAs to be Imperials or Doubles, when they are only (and not a bad only) regular IPAs. I'm a sucker for a good punchy hop. Regardless the aroma of this IPA, though mild, was chock-full of grapefruit pith rolled up in some marijuana and soaked in oily lemon peel. The obvious zesty hops were present with an even bitterness that was smoothed out by light pale malts, and while I tried to find where the minimal pine accents were coming from, they really didn't associate with the rest of the scents too much even in the flavor.

Where the nose was nice and mild, the flavor was definitely mellow in its own way. Carrying a nice medium body with heavier medium carbonation, the Ranger also offered a slick oiliness that coated my tongue and mouth while at the same time ended on a dryer note. I've gotta find out how they do that, it doesn't make sense to me that something can be oily and dry at the same time...and still taste delicious. I think the oil came from the lemon peel that was in the aroma, but the taste was more lemon-lime with touches of grapefruit rind. I was a little surprised to find that none of the citrus flavors were very pronounced or obvious despite the use of both Cascade and Chinook hops, and much of the taste came out in light unidentifiable florals and herbs. Nearing the end of my glass, I was able to pay more attention to the sweetness emanating from the liquid and recognized a light honey and a few caramel malt notes just around the edges. These were offered with some breadiness that helped me to really feel it in my mouth - making it taste stronger/thicker.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 06:20:59 | More by Lucklys
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear copper colored body with a thick merangue of bubbly off-white. There is a swirling sea of tiny bubbles.
S- This beer has a full green piney hop flavor with some soft cream and malt notes underneath.
T- This beer has a full piney woody dry hop flavor with a slightly earthy note. There is some softer pale malt that is dry aswell. The woody green hops flavor lingers briefly after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz that boost the hop flavor nicely.
D- This beer has a nice full hop flavor that reminds me of British hops. There are not overpowering and well supported by the malt underneath. This is very easy to drink with nice full hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:57:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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GrainDamaged

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An inch thick head tops this one, medium density with slow cavitation, total evidence as I drain the glass. A mosaic of various sized bubbles pack against the glass like a football mob.
It's a vision of crystal clear, honey toned, magnifying glass permeated with fine carbonation.
Earthy and damp, with wood and bread and pine hops, a hearty whif of yeast. It smells exactly like brew day, barley, and wheat malt then the linger of hops.
Tastes almost as it smells, a wonderful bread seasoned lightly with Rosemary, the hops come through gently bitter but strong, pine sap and the tiniest touch of caramel and yeast. After it's over the hops linger indefinitely leaving me totally satisfied but eager for more.
Delightlfully smoothe and robust in flavor, this is precisely what beer should taste like! I could see a few of these disappearing fast!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:39:54 | More by GrainDamaged
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unclejimbay

Florida

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

"are you a hopinista? ...well balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped IPA. 70 ibus"

Appearance is impressively clear golden honey in color with respectable head and lace.
Smell is dank hoppyness leaning toward the pine side of the hop hill.
Tastes as it smells with a bold hop bitterness, more hop bitterness than actual flavor.
Mouthfeel is dry, high carbo and bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability is decent, but I tend to lean toward more citrus flavored IPAs lately. Drinkable for sure, not bad, boldly pine IMO, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:18:27 | More by unclejimbay
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many years ago, and having at that time a different preference in beer, I discovered New Belgium's Fat Tire on a vacation in the Mountain West. It would be nearly ten years until I again was able to sample Fat tire, and while still enjoyable, it wasn't as good as I'd remembered.

On a recent vacation in the Mt. Rushmore area, I found Fat Tire to be plentiful as well as other New Belgium offerings. As an IPA fan I naturally grabbed a six pack of Ranger and was not disappointed. I hope I don't have to wait another ten years to get Ranger again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:37:06 | More by TheOtherMike
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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

A: Golden color that's a bit lighter than expected for an IPA. Poured with an ample rocky white head with good lacing and a small pool remaining.
S: In one word the smell is hoppy. You know this beer has been hopped to the max just from the nose. Very Piney and a bit spicy.
T: The hops reign king from beginning to end on this one with an initial hop punch with the malty flavor shining through for a fleeting instant only to be bashed down again by more delicious hop flavor. Finishes with an oily hop presence that lingers for some time. The hop flavors follow the nose with the pine and spice notes. there's a touch of citrus with a little bit of toasty malt flavor to add something resembling balance
M: good mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. carbonation is pretty good and not overdone
D: As a hop head i won't have a problem drinking this one. I don't know if I'd session this one though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:02:19 | More by SHODriver
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

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

Fluffy white head, amber color. Grassy, herbal, tea aroma with a little bit of sweetness from the malt.

Nice hop bite with some smooth tea and herbal flavor. Carmel malt backbone supports the hop forward flavor. Candied orange/grapefruit. Very drinkable when fresh. Carbonation is on the high side.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:40:46 | More by BearsOnAcid
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ranger pours a clear bronze color with a small amount of head that does not stick around. Smell is of hops, pine and citrus. This is a damn fine IPA if you are a hop head. Initial smoothness upfront then WACK! the hop bitterness hits you. This beer has a very crisp and fresh taste with a slight sweetness, and a hint of pine. I forgot how much I enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable and I could see putting away a few of these on a hot summer afternoon. Not a very complex IPA like Dogfish, but if you are looking for your basic IPA to enjoy at a BBQ or with a pizza this is a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:15:02 | More by mweso2000
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Murchmac

California

2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Was hoping this beer was good as i've heard so much about it.

Poured brilliant, smelled brilliant, tasted awful.

Ive only had two beers by New Belgium that are any good, 1554 beer and La Folie. All their other beers taste like some variation of fat tire.

This brewery is the rogue of the rocky mountains. A couple good beers, the rest all have the same mediocore taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:23:16 | More by Murchmac
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is wonderful to say the least....

Ranger is everything you could ask for out of an american ipa....bouquet of a variety of hops....bitter and aroma...a sharp bitter taste that lingers for a bit....great lacing....the color is light...as with most new belgiums beer....the beautiful aroma hops are sweet and bright in smell....all the way around Ranger is all that one could ask for in an american ipa

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 23:11:27 | More by nickthegun12
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a clear light orange color. A very large, chunky head forms, and sticks around for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form down the sides. This beer had a textbook look to it.

S: Very hoppy, and smells fresh. On the citrus/floral side with an underlying pine scent as well. Also get a slight soapy smell as well.

T: Bitter up front from the hops. A nice grapefruit flavor. The bitterness fades away to a nice sweetness in the middle. Bitterness subsides as the beer warms.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp, nice carbonation. Overall its pretty good. Honestly, the taste is what takes knocks it down a little. The smell was amazingly fresh and the appearance was awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:29:13 | More by mdaschaf
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heissebier

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I should be packing, instead i decided to have a beer.

Appearance- Rich golden orange color with a white head.

Smell- Nice hoppy aroma with that has a big pine, foresty scent to it.

Taste- The hops are very prominent in this beer, but are well balanced by a fairly sweet malt. The fairly bitter, lingering aftertaste is what really stood out to me about this beer. Overall a very solid IPA.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, really a great mouthfeel. Everything is in balance.

Drinkability- I got this beer as part of a sampler pack and I'll probably buy more at some point. It's nothing too fancy, but just a nice beer to sit and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 20:36:34 | More by heissebier
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Estocker

California

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe a 60oz wine glass isn't the best way to tell how a 12oz bottle of beer looks, but it seems to be the typical west coast IPA color; a light amber, almost orange color.

Smells great, which is a surprise. I don't usually expect this kind of hop aroma when I'm buying well-priced IPAs, maybe with the exception of Racer 5. Lots of Pine and Citrus hits the nose, not sure which one dominates more... It's the pine. Definitely a piny hop-bomb. Reminds me of Pliny. I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison to see the differences in the hop aroma. Alongside the hops there is that New Belgium aroma, sort of a dirty smell, I can't quite put my nose on what it smells like exactly. Either way, I'm pleasantly surprised with the nose on this beer.

The taste is slightly subdued on the hop flavors, at least in comparison to the aroma. It is by no means a wimpy IPA, but I don't feel fully satisfied with my sip after such a wonderful nose. It's not a complete let-down, it tastes pretty damn good. There's a punch of bitterness and piny flavor right from the start, and it subdues into a sweeter grapefruit hop taste. Later the malt peeks in to see what's going on, but the door is slammed in its face as the bittering hops take control and leave a VERY dry, bitter aftertaste. Some people have told me that this aftertaste is a HUGE turn-off to an otherwise remarkable beer. I say, "BRING IT", I love being hit in the face by hops, and this IPA does exactly that.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:41:55 | More by Estocker
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Had this on-tap at the New Belgian location in the Denver airport. Pours a dark organge colour with thick frothy head with some lacing. Nice hopping, both pine and citrus come out with some bready/caramel malt. Flavour has a nice mild bitterness to it, easy drinking. Carbonation may be a bit too high and it was served too cold, but a nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 18:43:46 | More by kwjd
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I've heard good things about this. Let's hope they're right. It pours a clear amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and plenty o' caramel. The taste runs very similarly, with some added pine sap and a touch of mint and lime (mojito, anyone?). The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice little IPA, nothing tongue-destroying, but something one could easily sit down and enjoy for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 05:31:01 | More by TMoney2591
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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

Appearance -- Pours a golden orange hue, high clarity, with on finger of stiff beige head. Lots of sporadic, craggy lace. Not too shabby.

Smell -- Smells fresh! Lots of juicy citrus and apricots, grapefruit pith, grapefruit resin, and underlying caramel sweetness.

Taste -- After all of that great stuff going on in the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown. The juicy fruits largely fall out in the flavor, leaving more room for pine resin and pithy grapefruit. Hop bitterness is on point: not too mellow or harsh. Malt base is a bit simple: bread, cane juice, and faint caramel. Finish is bitter and vegatal, which I'm not keen on.

Mouthfeel -- A bit on the lighter side with ample prickly carbonation. Pretty good.

Drinability -- This *had* to have been an especially fresh bottle as the bright and juicy citrus notes were otherworldly, on par with Two Hearted, Sculpin, or Blind Pig. I wish the flavor stacked up to the aroma. The fruity and citrusy character of the nose seems to vanish into the ether leaving only pith and bitter vegetation.

After all is said and done, this is a well-crafted IPA that is certainly worth one's time. Plus, at $3 for a bomber, the price is right! There is a good chance that you may find yourself at a bar where this is the best thing on tap. Consider this.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:50:50 | More by yeahnatenelson
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chumba526

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears solid orange in color with a small white head.

It smells of grassy hops, orange, grapefruit, honey, sweet grains, and walnuts.

It tastes slightly citrusy; there is a yeasty earthiness to the beer. I get a nice grassy hoppy flavor, a slight caramel sweetness. The beer ends with a nice noticeable bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a bit.

The carbonation is moderate it seems to be around medium carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down fairly smooth. I could drink a couple of these easily.

Overall a decent IPA it has a unique flavor, yet is fairly hop forward. Not the best IPA on the market but for a company who has not really done a hop forward beer before they did a nice job.

Serving type: can

12-06-2010 02:20:23 | More by chumba526
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

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

Grabbed a pint at Mullet's in Des Moines. It's a light copper color with a good amount of head that keeps wanting to spill over the edge of the glass. The aroma is all hops but it isn't overbearing. The aroma is the same with a bit of lemon added in. The finish isn't too acidic. This is a good hop-head beer that doesn't require novocain on the tongue beforehand. Definitely a repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 01:31:39 | More by DesMoinesMike
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color with a heavy white head and nice lace.

S- Smell of floral hops and a nice light malt background.

T-Taste of a strong hop bite alittle citrus kick to it. Very light malt taste.

M-Semi dry with the hop bite present and malt.

D- My first IPA from NB. Not bad wish they sell to PA So I can try more of their products.

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 16:35:57 | More by SamuelJackson45
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BatDaddy

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crisp clear light amber with ample white head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Smells citrusy and clean. Grapefruit and some floral, herbal notes.

T&M - More citrus and grapefruit. Well balanced for an IPA, hop profile is strong and pronounced but certainly not overdone. There's plenty of clean malt backbone behind this one. Feel is crisp and smooth, almost creamy at times.

D - Really good. This isn't a hop bomb by any means, and I could see downing a few of these during the right occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:16:56 | More by BatDaddy
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beagle75

Iowa

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of persistent eggshell foam head that slowly diminishes to a solitary iceberg. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense volatile pine, fresh grass, lightly toasted bread--a very attractive, yet clean, smell.

T: Begins dry, dominated early by toasted grain, but featuring only muted--even timid--floral and grassy hop flavors. A mineral quality emerges in a middle that periodically finds itself devoid of any noteworthy flavor. Aromatic hops return in the moderately bitter finish, while the mineral flavor carries though.

M: Thin viscosity, wet but also slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: This IPA is a lightweight when it comes to taste, featuring a flavor profile that just can't live up to the remarkable smell. Clean flavor qualities are taken too far at times, with only the finish really representing the style faithfully. Among its peers Ranger is boring; an IPA with training wheels. The flavors will vanish completely in the company of assertive food flavors. It is genuinely appealing to sniff and to gaze upon, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 16:56:50 | More by beagle75
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grittybrews

Washington

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

Poured a vivid apricot orange with excellent clarity into a tulip with a finger of brilliant white head. Fresh, clean hop aroma dominated by cascade citrus, pine, and mild floral notes.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly resinous mouthfeel. Taste dominated by pine, tangerine, and toast up front with a touch of lemon and pine bitterness on the finish.

Very refreshing and easy-drinking, although the taste is a little mild compared to the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 06:23:46 | More by grittybrews
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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