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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,138
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 305 | 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 beerprovedwright


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

One finger head from the pour with nice lace retention. Color rates a 7 on the SRM beer color chart. Slightly cloudy because of the action of thousands of tiny bubbles. Lots of hop smell in this one, with hints of malt and roasted wheat. Taste of hops, lemon peel, sweet cigar, golden wheat, yeast and malt. Feels like heavy cream sliding over my tongue, around my teeth and down my throat. Not the prettiest design on the bottle to draw one's attention to the beer, but very drinkable. I will recommend this to my beer buddies.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 20:03:35 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of SDtastentune


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

A - Light to clear yellow golden, ok lace with decent head, pored slow into pint glass.

S - Slight hops but not over the top, slight grapefruit.

T - Robust hops and grapefruit, well balanced bitterness.

M - Good carbonation that suits this IPA well, goes down smooth. Slightly fizzy in mouth but enjoyable.

D - This IPA drinks easy but has bite and flavor, so I enjoy drinking a few. Overall its a very balanced IPA with great drink-ability and filtered clarity. I like this one as far as a good overall IPA not from California.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:06:22 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of demuzik


2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is floral and mixed, flavor is balanced of course and decent amounts of hop and malt, head retention is not so great.

Mixed feelings about this one... the great folks at New Belgium sure don't specialize in the IPA field, IMHO.
It is very mild on both malt and hops for the style, coming in closer to the American Pale Ale category - barely an IPA by IBU's and malt amounts.

Nevertheless, its drinkable and definitely not BAD - its just not what most probably expect when they read "IPA".

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 19:27:09 | More by demuzik
Photo of HARDDON


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

This is probably the best non - seasonal IPA ever brewed by mankind.

If you LOVE IPA's then it doesnt get much better than Ranger.

Hopslam is better but thats about it.

If you like IPA's then do the Ranger and forget about most everything else. Ranger kicks butt and after about 4 of them, you're horizontal so not much more matters anyhow.


Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 01:23:23 | More by HARDDON
Photo of NODAK


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

Nice, strong notes of grapefruit, citric hops on the nose...but there's also a bit of sweetness to it as well.

Fairly strong notes of pine come across first, leading into a grapefruit hoppiness permeating across the tongue in the body of this beer. Even for style, it comes across as a rather hoppy IPA. Hops definitely last through the finish and a bit into the aftertaste. Malt character is faint here on the body. Not a lot more going on in this beer, but it's a very crisp and refreshing take on an IPA.

All in all, a good IPA. Pretty strong, but no off flavors and nothing offensive. Straight forward and will probably please most lovers of style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:40:03 | More by NODAK
Photo of boss302


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

New Belgian Brewing, Ranger IPA, 6.5abv, 12oz. 

A Golden clear, nice head, lasted the whole beer. 4 

S Sweet floral hop aroma with orange citrus notes. 4 

T Typical IPA, nothing significantly different than other IPAs, except it's a quality brewed beer.  Very good malt and hop flavor with hops being the main event. Very clean and crisp. Wonderful. 4.5

M Medium body, high carbonation. 4

D An outstanding IPA, worth seeking out. 4.5  

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:29:37 | More by boss302
Photo of melloashello


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

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy head. Good hop aromas and nicely carbonated. Hints of citrus and pine. Pretty good selection from New Belgium. The drinkability is great. At 6.5%, it is a bit lighter than some other IPAs but just about right for me. I could drink a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 23:30:28 | More by melloashello
Photo of arboristfish


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a golden yellow almost orange. You can smell simcoe hops right away. The taste almost starts out spicy, from the hops, and ends in a citrus almost piney bitterness. The bitterness lingers a little bit with this beer, which im assuming is from the use of simcoe hops. The malt character isnt really noticeable. They do use pale and caramel 120. The 120 gives it a really nice color, without giving to much malty sweetness. A pretty good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 19:46:33 | More by arboristfish
Photo of Andrew644


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- A very nice golden color with a nice white foaming head that lingers.

S- The smell really got me excited to try this beer it was a very promising smell which was a little sweet but the floral smell from the hobs was amazing.

T- The taste was a little disappointing, I was expecting more. I would have liked the hop flavor to be a little better, the way it is now it leaves a bad aftertaste. This beer definately smells better than it tastes.

M- good carbonation that gives a refreshing feeling.

D- Overall I think the aftertaste really made the drinkability go down.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:49:52 | More by Andrew644
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this on their recent trip out here.

Pours a moderate golden color with a low-lying white head and not too much lacing. Nose is slightly citric with some light floral aspects as well. Light base with a bit of pale malt and slight caramel sweetness. Feel is a bit dry with good carbonation. Drinks well in the end and is fairly sessionable, but not a high caliber IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:25:53 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of msjacilynn


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden amber pour with a nice frothy head.

S: not a strong scent but some floral hops do hit the nose. I didn't capture a ton of sweetness initially but I do think my beer was served a bit too cold.

T: a grapefruit & spruce hit the palate immediately and leave a bitter end that lasts but not as long as most IPA's.

M: well carbonated and medium mouth-feel.

D: This isn't my favorite IPA but I think a bit of a crowd pleaser. The alcohol is right where you'd expect for an IPA, and the flavors don't knock you out. It's well-balanced and very enjoyable. I love my beer a tad more dangerous than this but I could certainly be convinced to drink a few. :o)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:27:37 | More by msjacilynn
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy cloud like head measuring two fingers. Amazing retention, a very decent cap left sitting atop until the very end. Thick gobs of lacing left clinging to the glass. Golden body is clear and free of sediment.

Strong grapefruit and subtle piny hops are heavy in the nose. The hops citric aroma ranges beyond grapefruit though is much more subdued. Light maltiness set beneath though the aroma most definitely leans towards the hops.

Pithy bitterness upfront is a bit biting. Grapefruit lemon and floral flavors come through midpalate. Maltiness provides a nice counter point to the hops. The absence of caramel malt is nice though the overall malt bill is a bit more roasted than I prefer.

Medium bodied beer with lively carbonation. Texture is very smooth. The finish is on the drier side.

Easy drinking IPA which is quite enjoyable. The "samples" in which I have enjoyed were provided for free from New Belgium customer service. Though not able to purchase NB products in my area the beer and the company itself has truly impressed.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 23:42:01 | More by kzoobrew
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a copper apricot color with a moundy head that forms a big Island as well as nice collar.

S - Evergreen needles, citrus-orange peel, lime and some kiwi. Hints of clean pale malt cut through the hops.

T - Grapefruit and spruce are evenly tied right out of the gate. That pretty much dominates except for some lime. The clean malt adds to the collective crispness of the beer. Aftertaste is of orange peel citrus. Mouthfeel has nice peppery bitterness with moderate carbonation.

This is a focused IPA. The malt takes a back seat to the evergreen herbal hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:04:07 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of philbertk


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

New Belgium Brewing Company--Ranger India Pale Ale--Are you a hopinista? Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped IPA. 2010 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--70 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich creamy lacy dense white head with excellent retention. Crystal clear bright beautiful rich gold color with light fizz bubbles. Sweet floral citrus grapefruit herbal aromatic rich hop front. Crisp tangy sweet hop resin infused grapefruit light caramel zesty mildly earthy rich pale malt wheat hint? body. Rich hot hop spice burpy pine citrus crisp clean balanced end. WOW HOPS! Balanced Crisp IPA. Sampled 2/9/2010. $3.29 Each.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Ranger India Pale Ale--Are you a hopinista?Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0). Sediment dusting. Foamy thin lacy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Floral pine grapefruit hop front. Dry sweet crusty bitter thin caramel pilsner malt wheat hint body. Earthy rich balanced hop spice end. Tasty floral dry citrus IPA. Sampled 5/27/2010. 6-Pack $8.49.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Fort Collins, CO--Ranger IPA . 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. Lacy off white head. Clear rich bright gold color. Rich sweet hop front Crisp clean IPA body. Easy hop spice end. Floral tasty balanced rich hop IPA. Well made. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster Sampled @ Seattle Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/26/2010.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Ranger India Pale Ale--the JOY RIDE--Full of optimism, biscuity malt, and 20 YEARS of Stories, Fat Tire is rolling out The Joy Ride.--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Medium lace tight mild white head. Clear thin bright amber gold color. Aromatic floral Cascade hop front. Thin textured dry sweet crisp clean mild hop resin pale malt light clean caramel fruit body. Balanced clean crisp mild hop spice slightly bitter end. Sampled 3/12/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/12/2011.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:37:43 | More by philbertk
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2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- golden straw with a bronze undertone, one finger head with white lacing as she goes down.

S- smells of hops of course, sugar, and slight citrus, the pine is also a little there, but it's just very vague.

T- the taste is underwhelming, almost no pine taste, very small citrus taste, and it's mostly just hops bitter, and for an ipa it's just one characteristic not blended well with the others it should have.

M- it's light and carbonated, easy in the mouth to drink.

D- it's not too bad slightly more than average, but anymore i want an ipa more than others, for an ipa though i would choose something else.

Not impressed too much here.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:06:13 | More by tykees88
Photo of afordney


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

Very foamy head, clean white and thick. Nice amber coloring very clear

Very bitter hoppy aroma

a good grassy flavor with strong hoppy finish, not an overwhelming amount of hops for a great balanced taste

an excellent balance, not heavy or syrupy with good hop bitterness in the end but doesn't overdo the bitterness.

Great drinking, some IPAs can linger on the pallate forever but this one is cleaner without compromising the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:47:02 | More by afordney
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear and bright amber color under a thin broken film head served into a pint glass.

S: Light notes of peach nectar citrus.

M/T: A crisp and moderately bitter opening with notes of pine hop makes way for a carbonated palate scrubbing center and a dry hop, piney aftertaste. Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hop deliciousness...

D: A solid, well balanced IPA that made its hop presence known to me equally as well as it quenched my thirst during a hot summer day's Bar-B Q...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:13:27 | More by albertjr21
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - a nice looking golden color with a great head on top. Another great example of how beer from a can looks just as good in a glass as any from a bottle.

Aroma - a sting of citrus and pine in the nostrils along with powdered sugar and toast. I'm enticed so onward we march.

Taste - a nice dose of all that is amazing about fresh hops. Citrus, orange peel, pine and floral flavors upfront and all over your taste buds. This is then followed up by a caramel-y, malty finish that is just plain delicious. Some toasty flavors meld so well with all that hop intensity. This could be a go to beer for me that is for sure.

Overall - balanced with a really nice malty finish that really clears out those hops just in time for your tongue to be numbed again by the next barrage. I was really impressed by the Ranger IPA and I am pretty excited that I've got one more to enjoy in the near future.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a very tasty IPA with the perfect amount of balance that would bring me to crack open another can just as I am taking the last sip (from a glass of course) from the previous one.

Serving type: can

10-08-2010 23:50:48 | More by indiapaleale
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

It a long time for NB to add an IPA to their regular line and I for one think it hits the mark. Hoppy but very balanced making it a very drinkable IPA with enough hops to satisfy most hopheads. There really is not point in trying to out gun the highest IBU IPA at this point especially with a beer meant for large distribution and consumption. I am all for the balance and mouthfeel over sheer hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 16:39:52 | More by canucklehead
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/22/10

02 Jan 11 printed on the bottle

Nice amber color with light tobacco brown highlights. Golden hues when held to the light. Poured right around two fingers of foam. Head retention is slow to thin out & leaves clumpy rings & drippy lace.

The aroma is pine as well as ripe, tropical citrus notes. Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & a touch of orange peel. Reasonably solid malt backdrop; bready with a notion of sugar cookies. Has a twinge of solvency, especially as it warms. Smells like a Midwest IPA.

Tasting of assertive pine bitterness, Ranger IPA is sticky, resinous & ultimately quite dry. The pine is particularly sharp on the first half, though it mellows over time. Citric flavors are blended in but take a backseat to the pine. As with many Midwest IPAs, the malts are sturdy, being unobtrusive all the while. Dry bread; in this case the malts aren't sweet. Soapy notes emerge as the pine crackle subsides.

Medium body with vigorous enough carbonation (at least initially) that makes the bitterness pop. As with the flavor, the carbonation wears down mid way through. Some grittiness. Finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness & a touch of soap.

After drinking the six pack over several days, I'm confident in suggesting Ranger IPA starts off great & gets sketchy over the course of the glass. It shows so much promise but doesn't male it to the upper echelon. Nevertheless, it isn't a bad beer & I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:00:34 | More by Ryan011235
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Poured into a Sammy A Perfect Pint, a see thru burnt orange color with solid head that leaves really nice lacing down the glass

S:Smells of strong bready malts that and piney hops

T:Just as smells detects bready malt up front that is followed up by a slight hop
kick that isn't to powerful but still very tasty. Not much bite on this and seems
to be very well balanced

M:Body is medium, well done for what they were going for, solid carbonation throughout
with a sticky resin left on the palate

D:A well done job by New Belgium and probably the best offering I have had from them so far. Easy drink, nice flavor and taste, and very affordable at under $4 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 22:37:07 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of ReDave


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen and heard about this being out there, but hadn't really tried it for review.

Pours a nice gold color, with fine carbonation. Pretty large white head, very fine lacing.

Aroma, some spicy hops, citrus, not real strong smell.

Taste, not, like most West Coast IPA's, more malty and flavor hop like, not super bitter.
Pretty OK though, but wouldn't be my 1st choice.
fair body. nothing super special, but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:10:58 | More by ReDave
Photo of FreshHawk


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

A - Quite clear and crisp looking copper color. Pretty large, rocky, foamy, sticky, soapy white head. Good retention leaving a sticky, foamy layer of lace.

S - A lot of fruity/citrus hops with grapefruit, mango, orange, and a touch of tropical fruitiness. Some lemony and spicy aromas as well. Some pale malt in the background. A hint of resin/pine aroma, but citrus dominates the nose.

T - Similar to the nose, but with a bit less citrus and a bit more herbal hop flavors. Citrus hops are still strong and pretty dominant. Some pale malt in the background and a buttery flavors. Fairly bitter tasting and it lingers.

M - Medium body with just above average carbonation. Kind of crisp and zesty feel.

D - Pretty drinkable IPA with a pretty bitter taste that lingers. Good body and a nice taste, but nothing outstanding.

Notes: A good IPA, but nothing outstanding. Good amount of citrus with some pine and herbal flavors in the taste. Fairly bitter tasting IPA. Enjoyable, but nothing world beating.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 08:24:18 | More by FreshHawk
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a dense rocky white head.

spicy herbal grapefruit pine floral hop nose of medium intensity.

Herbal and citrus hop flavor underpinned by a somewhat dry and neutral malt base. Good balance of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness.

Light to medium bodied with a bitter finish that reprises some hop flavor as well.

I went back and bought a second six pack, but that's probably all for me in this life.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 05:50:20 | More by dedrinker
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden color with a white head that slowly dissipates down to a thin foam on top of the beer. Smell is dominated by pine hops. Taste is also dominated by the pine hops, with a hint of floral hops and malt. Mouthfeel is medium/light and its a crisp beer. Overall, decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:13:00 | More by gkunkle
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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