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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,359 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,359
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 58
Gots: 406 | 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 smakawhat


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very crystal clear looking body, light carbonation rising, dark gold getting into brass bronze almost red amber color. Simple white head with about three fingers of retention, some foamy character. Some minor decent lacing while drinking.

Bouquet is, a simple hop profile, little bit of citrus, little pine, but nothing really distinct. Subtle and nice muted nose with some malt and bread.

Taste is, a good hop blast with a little bit of pine and resin, with a big surprising fruit punch on the finish. What the hell it is sugar coated strawberries. A surprising sweet red juicy fruit almost hawaiian fruit punch, where did that come from? Texture is solid without a big syrupy thickness, fizzy carbonation, or wet body.

Overall decent ipa, different, unique, enjoyable.

08-26-2011 02:59:52 | More by smakawhat
Photo of afdempse


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Welcome, New Belgium, to the DC area!

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass

Creamy white head with meringue consistency. Light golden color with crystal clarity. Head retention is excellent and sticks to the glass.

Aroma of ripe citrus peel and fresh hay

First sip begins with a puckering bitterness, followed by lots of floral hops on top and citrus underneath. The malt provides excellent balance, with nice biscuity-toast undertones.

Dry finish, with alcohol, bitter citrus and fresh evergreen.

Very enjoyable, and excellent example of the style. Offers a nice hop profile that is different from the usual east coast offerings I'm used to. So glad I can buy it locally now!

08-25-2011 15:58:15 | More by afdempse
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz bottle served in shaker pint.

A: Pours a very clear golden orange. Very bright, this one just pops from the glass. A Pillowy white head forms from an aggressive pour and retains itself nicely. Yields a little lace on the way down as well. Fine looking beer.

S: Pine right off the bat. Some sticky, resiny hop aroma. A hint of malt sweetness. Citric character. Candied orange. A little bit tropical. Very nice.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma, but is less impressive. Pine is less apparent. A potent dose of hop bitterness makes an appearance. Mango and honey show up later on. Finishes kinda dry with a faint dose of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: No complaints. Appropriate carbonation. Medium body.

O: Very enjoyable. I picked up a sixer of this in Savannah while on vacation and as I finish off the last bottle I wish I would have grabbed some more. I would drink this pretty regularly if it were available in PA.

Ranger doesn't get tons of love on BA but I found it to be a clean, easy to drink IPA. It's not amazing, but I can find little to critique about it. Also, I love the simple, stylized label.

08-25-2011 05:54:15 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of drabmuh


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Served in a New Belgium goblet because I am awesome, more awesome than you, sorry, it is the truth and I cannot tell a lie.

Beer is orange and clear with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation centered around the etched bicycle in the center of the goblet, again, I'm awesome, deal with it.

Aroma is earthy and piny with hints of citrus. Pretty nice aroma.

Beer is medium body and mildly sweet with a great hop profile, the hops are mostly pine on the palate, the finish isn't dry, the beer is super drinkable. I really like this beer, exactly what I wanted tonight.

08-25-2011 02:21:11 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Jimmys


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

A: slightly copper, mostly light, but very clear. big welcoming head on top. good retention and lacing.

S: a vibrant piney hop aroma. citrus comes to play too, but this is definitely heavier on the pine side of american hops. some toast in there too, but this smells like an AIPA should.

T: bitter flavors interact with a significant toasted body. the sweetness from the toasted malts is great to balance this hoppy brew. the hops linger in the finish leaving a bitterness on the palate.

M: mild to moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: a very good AIPA in my opinion. rich american hop flavor that is well balanced with a toasty backbone. glad new belgium is in VA!

08-25-2011 02:04:37 | More by Jimmys
Photo of tlazaroff


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

A: Beautiful color on this beer, it's a brilliant light-honey to orange color with a soft off-white tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass like crazy streams of carbonation jet up to the surface.

S: Pine, pine, and more pine! Sorry Justin (of TBN), Simcoe doesn't smell like onions to me, it's all pine! Unfortunately, its so dominant that is all I smell. Makes it kind of one-dimensional, but it still smells great.

T: The bitterness is defiantly the first thing that you get. Its strong, but not completely over-powering. Hops taste of flowers and some light citrus. I get a nice malty backbone on this beer, but it is defiantly on the hoppy side.

M: Incredibly smooth. The carbonation isn't overpowering, but it is rather high, and the body is on the light side of medium.

D: Defiantly easy to drink, and at 6.5%, it's completely smooth. I was shocked how good this is.

08-24-2011 04:49:30 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of kojevergas


2.3/5  rDev -39%

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold. Generally appealing.

Sm: A mild strength aroma of citrus ester hops and barley.

T: Citrus ester hops indeed dominate - mainly badly handled grapefruit - but they're curbed near the climax by unwelcome bittering hops and off cream. The first half starts out decently, but it trainwrecks at the climax, ruining the balance. The flavours were chosen alright, but the structure and balance are where the problems lay.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but indistinct and certainly not tailored to the flavours. The thickness is strange as well.

Dr: The quality - or relative lack thereof - makes it difficult to drink. The price isn't that great especially as part of a variety pack. I won't be having it again. A relatively high ABV.

08-21-2011 02:25:37 | More by kojevergas
Photo of snaotheus


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Not very cold.

Pours with a huge gorgeous head, leaves giant clumpy lacing. Clear brownish yellow, fair amount of active carbonation. Smell is mildly floral, clearly hoppy.

Taste is nicely balanced. Nice sweet bready malt offset a terrific hop presence.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, slightly sticky.

This remains one of my go-to easy to find solid IPAs, this is just the first time I've had it in a can.

08-20-2011 23:44:27 | More by snaotheus
Photo of endincolorado


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep, clear, bubbly gold with a finger of white head that settles slowly.

This one smells very good with inviting notes of the fragrant, cascade hops- citrusy and grassy at once. A sweet fruitiness reminds me vaguely of peach. Nice, bready malt to balance.

Flavors are delicious and well-balanced. A wonderful, dry grassiness and orange-peel citrus meets a tasty crackery malt character.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and provides a nice, astringent, finish, leaving the palate feeling pretty clean.

An excellent session beer, packed with juicy hops that make it hard not to reach for one after the other.

08-19-2011 23:58:49 | More by endincolorado
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a light amber with 1/2" of head with decent retention. The nose has citrus and pine notes from the hops. Taste has decent malt character but it's short lived as the hops immediately take over. The hops are mildly citrusy, floral, and intensely piny. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated though a little thin in the finish.

Not a bad IPA. It's affordable so I tend to go back to it over and over.

08-19-2011 00:10:17 | More by tdm168
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a heavy, golden hue with a good amount of thick, foamy white head.

S: Smells softly bitter with a pine hoppiness, a touch of citrus, some malty sweetness along with a touch a brown sugar and even some yeast.

T/M: Tastes more hoppy than the aroma indicates. The flavor is very bitter with pine and citrus and a medium amount of carbonation. Citrus evaporates into a candy sweetness near the end and then is immediately replaced by more fresh hop bitterness, reminiscent of dry hopping.

It's quite a hoppy IPA and very nice for a brewery that is used to underwhelming. Bravo, New Belgium. Bravo.

08-17-2011 23:32:49 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of GregBlatz


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A - Golden in color. A nice 1" off white head. Beer is very clear. Doesn't look like much more than base grains in regards to the bill.

S - Orange citrus hops are the dominant characteristic. Slight breadiness balanced by fruity esters. A little resinous pine as well.

T - Straightforward IPA. Not fooling around. Solid hop flavor. Subtle hop harshness up front. I think the harsh grassiness from the hops indicates strong dry hopping. Very nice citrus and a strong bitterness on the finish.

M - Relatively thin for a big beer. Above average carbonation. Alcohol warmth is apparent.

O - Wow, what a great beer. I really like this. Not sure if I can get it in Ohio, but maybe soon. Solid straightforward west coast style IPA.

08-17-2011 23:12:47 | More by GregBlatz
Photo of kkoz


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance & Aroma: The beer had a Soapy head on it which left some very nice lacing. It was clear and amber colored with a piney and citrusy hop aroma.

Taste & Feel: It had a crisp mouthfeel and a light medium body. There was a bit of a tingly, somewhat sharp, hoppy bitter taste/feel up front along with a decent amount of caramel like malt sweetness that came through more int he middle. The finish was a big, fresh, piney, resin-like, and citrusy hop bitterness in the finish which hits it’s fullness about 10 seconds into the aftertaste and lasts for a bit.

Food Pairing: This one went well with the pizza we had, but I think it would go with almost any type of solid, flavorful bar food, like burgers, or fried foods. The big piney-citrus hop flavors would cut through almost any of these to provide a clean, fresh, hoppy flavor between bites.

Overall Impression: I was looking for something hoppy and bold and definitely found it with this Ranger IPA. I really enjoyed the fresh, crisp and somewhat complex hoppy flavors, mixing the piney-resin and citrus hop flavors. While it easily leaned toward the hoppy side of the scale, there was a good caramel flavor malt backbone to it as well. Overall, I thought this was a good hoppy beer, and its pretty widely available, so it might be an easy one to find the next time I have a big hoppy beer craving.

08-15-2011 03:46:38 | More by kkoz
Photo of coastiefish


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

12ounce bottle from the seasonal New Belgium Folly Pack. Poured into a Philadelphia Eagles Pint glass (Happy 2011-12 season! Thank goodness that silly attention whore lockout is finally over!)

A- Pours a clear copper with a thin layer of head that doesnt break..Leaves a bit of lacing after sips.

S- Somewhat difficult to get a good nose off this brew..It carries a very faint aroma, fairly disappointing, however not entirely surprising. Biscuit and citrus are mainly distinguishable.

T- Very mild IPA. Slight bitterness to the finish. Finishes pretty clean with a pine profile.

M- Nothing worth noing about the mouthfeel, really..the brew swells a bit, and finishes clean.

O- Its drinkable, however if you are a hop head, or IPA fanatic, then your search is still on. There are better IPAs; I would consider this one a middle of the road brew.

08-14-2011 03:22:45 | More by coastiefish
Photo of WillCarrera


4/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Pours a bright, clear golden/amber color with a frothy, sticky white head that produces great lacing.

S- Great aroma of citric grapefruit, pine, some honey, and bready malts.

T- Loads of hop flavor similar to the nose with citrus and pine, honey blends well with a solid malt background. There's a considerable amount of sweetness but it doesn't stand a chance against the hops, overall the balance is great though.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A solid IPA, very drinkable and flavorful, this beer would go well with just about anything.

08-13-2011 03:18:49 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of BennyL1


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pretty standard looks for the style. A clear copper color with a slim white head. Some nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

Nice grapefruit and pine notes in the aroma. Bit of the bready malt background at the end. Solid nose, a bit subdued for my liking though.

Very good bitter hopped up taste, really liking it. Getting a good amount of pine in the taste, not a whole lot of citrus. Malt backbone is faint, but really lets the hops come out.

Good mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation with a medium body.

A solid everyday IPA from New Belgium. If they distributed to MA I would probably pick some up now and again.

08-12-2011 03:10:34 | More by BennyL1
Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev +6.1%

A: This poured a clear gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and pine hops, with some honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and apricot and pine, with some sweet honey. It has a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly oily with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a solid IPA, with simple but nice scent, and nice hoppy taste, and good body. It had a nice finish too, so it was very easy to drink. Nothing special, but a strong example of the style. A good session IPA.

08-12-2011 01:10:44 | More by Pencible
Photo of avaldivia


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a small pint style glass.

A: Clear golden amber color. Nice head with goodlacing.

S: Decent hop Aroma. Pine is the strongest scent that I am picking up. A bit of grains and malts.

T: Pine. Bit of malts sweetness on the background. Not as hoppy or as balanced as I would like.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp with a bit of a bitter dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: One of the better offerings from New Belgium, I have had. A serviceable if unremarkable IPA.

08-09-2011 07:29:19 | More by avaldivia
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased today at Happy Harry's North GF. BB Oct 2, 2011, but was in the fridge.

A: Pale brownish straw. Clear with a great white head and stellar lacing.
S: Light citrus and piney hops with biscuit malt. I was hoping for more on the nose on terms of a hop punch, but it was older so not a giant surprise.
T/M: A thin dry body with a bunch of biscuit malt coming through. Strong lingering bitterness. Very little hop flavours going on here much to my disappointment.(EDIT: Later bottle gave more earthy hop flavour with a touch of citrus) Not knowing anything about the beer I would venture a guess that this is not their house yeast strain.
O: I would really like to try this a week old. Not the best IPA by far at this stage.

08-09-2011 04:03:36 | More by kjyost
Photo of jbakajust1


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 12oz can into a beveled pint glass on Ntl IPA Day

A - Pale gold w/ copper highlights, tan head, thins to cap, lively carb, good lacing

S - Grapefruit, sweet malt, pine, citrus, candied orange peels, light tropical fruits, faint cattiness as it warms

T - Grapefruit, tangerines, light bitter finish, dry, a light sweet maltiness, citrus lingers on the back end, grainy biscuits

M - Silky carb, smooth, low-med body that is light, dry finish. Light alcohol warmth w/ a gentle hop bitterness.

O - Decent IPA, not too bold, not too bitter, nice hoppy aromas, good balance, nice dry finish, w/ a slightly bread malt backbone. I'll have it again, and could easily have another right now.

08-08-2011 16:25:40 | More by jbakajust1
Photo of sendsilk


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Picked this beer up in a six pack while vacationing in North Carolina.

Normally I review beers while I am first trying them. This one, I could not wait on. Dying for an IPA I can't normally get and this one did NOT disappoint.

A: Very clear and clean. Decent head and lacing.

S: Citrus smelling hops. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerine and all beautiful citrus. SLightly malty, but more hps forward.

T: A little more pine than I expected, but extremely nice citrus and floral hops. Delicious hop IPA flavor that's not overdone.

M: A medium body with a crisp finish, not syrupy at all. Really great.

O: I wish this one was available in FL as I would drink it regularly.

08-07-2011 04:03:37 | More by sendsilk
Photo of Kaie


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

This IPA is pretty well balanced. Would make a good 'go to' if you cant make it to the bottleshop to get a few 22s of your favorites.

Pretty light in color, but kept its head the entire way through until the end. I dont think it tastes as hoppy as it smells. But its not pussified either.

Over all i'd drink again especially for the value of a twelve pack at my local grocery.

08-07-2011 01:26:11 | More by Kaie
Photo of doughanson78


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Yellowish orange in color. Super clear. One finger bright white head, with some larger bubbles, decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and tangerine. Not much malts, maybe a slight caramel.

T: A slight caramel sweetness upfront. Citrusy and piney hops come through big in the middle. Much hoppier than I expected, but I like! Finishes with a slight floral bitterness that lingers nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp. No creaminess, which IMO is good in an IPA. Very dry finish.

O: A great IPA. Don't believe I've every been let down by New Belgium. Definitely could become a go to IPA being how easy it is to come by.

08-06-2011 20:30:27 | More by doughanson78
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Ranger pours a yellow orangish color that quickly indicates a lack of much crystal malt in this IPA. The head is fluffy and very white.

The aroma of ranger is the highlight. Citrus hops greet the nose along with a little bit of pine that rounds out the aroma profile.

The taste is mostly just plain to begin with but finishes with a wonderful hop profile that leaves you wanting more.

Light bodied and bitter this beer is very refreshing.

This is one of my very favorite IPAs, mostly because it is so citrusy and refreashing.

08-06-2011 00:41:06 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of rwinzing

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Got this beer from my brother in law when he came up to visit.

Poured into my Mother Earth Brewing tulip. It poured a nice straw color with a very small head. A lot of white lacing around the side of the glass

Smell was sweet with slight pepper and ginger with a touch of citrus

Taste is a nice beer slight sweetness on the tounge followed by a bite from the hops. The beer is well balanced and has jut a little bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is bity and full.

Overall one of my go to IPA's enjoy this beer a lot when I can get it.

Happy IPA day my BA friends

08-04-2011 21:07:26 | More by rwinzing
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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