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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,202 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,202
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 335 | 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 bigrzman


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours out with an inch thick white head that laces the glass very nicely. The color is a light amber and it has very active carbonation. very pleasant.

Smells like citrusy hops, floral hops, and clean grains like and American IPA Should. Check plus here.

Tastes like an herbal grassy valley with orange peels and grains of paradise. This is truly tastey.

Mouthfeel is light and drying. Hops cloy to the tongue and provide a satisfaction of slow sipping.

Drinakbility is good but this is a beer to savor and not drink is mass quantity.

Very good beer. I recommend this as an excellent example of American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 22:45:34 | More by bigrzman
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

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

Ranger IPA pours a bright gold with a thick, foamy white head that doesn't give up. The aroma is just about as close to a hand full of fresh hops as you can get, grassy, herbal and citrusy. The flavor is dry with plenty more grassy herbal hops, There is just enough sweet light malt hiding underneath the hops to balance out the hops. The bitterness is surprisingly mild for the level of hop flavor, but there is still a nice resiny aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:16:18 | More by ericj551
Photo of LukeD23


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a golden color with a touch of amber. subtle head that does not stay.

Smell is slightly danky, with roses, grapefruit and grassy notes.

Ranger has a great up front hop flavor of herbs and citrus. Falls off quickly, with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - this beer finishes dry and I love it. The dryness makes this beer exeptionally drinkable. Pints and pints

Overall, I think this beer is good, it is memerable, but not the best IPA I have had, but it is one that I want to drink a bunch of. I really like this IPA. Go New Belgium for stepping out of your comfort zone.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:20:37 | More by LukeD23
Photo of swede96


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

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, and with an agressive pour the head almost went over the edge of the glass.
Appearance was an exceptional clear light amber with a good 2 finger head and nice lacing as the brew went down the side of the glass.
Smell was a crisp hoppy smell
The taste matched the hoppy smell with a crisp finish.
Mouthfeel was light.
Drinkability was great and I will have another please....wonderful brew

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 20:02:35 | More by swede96
Photo of jlandis


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear light copper with huge 3 finger billowy white head. The aroma is full of bright pine and citrus hops (cascade, chinook and simcoe). The flavor is full of pine / spruce and that delicious grapefruit that I love in my IPAs. At 70 IBUS it packs a nice bitter punch. There is a touch of malt sweetness, but this beer focuses on the hops.

The body is a lot thinner than I would have expected. Almost watery with minimal carbonation. Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I really like the hop profile, but I can't get over the watery feel to the body. It's a good beer, but I won't set up a trade for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 16:41:57 | More by jlandis
Photo of AleBlager


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a golden orange color, with a very foamy white head that sticks to the glass like a crazy ex-girlfriend. The smell is hoppy for days on end, with bright floral smells adding to the fun factor of this brew. This beer is a hop-bomb, but the bitterness does not make your face collapse in on itself. With most bitter beers, you receive a bouncing sensation across the palate, much like pop-rocks. The Ranger IPA does not have this bouncing sensation, however, the flavors that are contained stand out bold and delicious. Steak-drinkable, a beer that goes good with a manly meal. One of the more fun beers that we have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:59:25 | More by AleBlager
Photo of wgk


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the second NB brew we'd tried, the first being Hoptoberfest. The IPA, Ranger was somewhat disappointing and left us wanting more of the Hoptoberfest, but that 6-pack was gone. Nevertheless, we felt there was a consistent quality from the two in the brand we had and would try more variations.

A - appealing
S - wanted to smell more hops
T - lighter than we expected
M - not memorable
D - wanted more Hoptoberfest

Will try 2 Below and see about that one.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:20:52 | More by wgk
Photo of cnally


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classy looking label on the Ranger. Produced for mass consumption.

A clear golden color in the body, nice white lacing finely strewn on the glass from the head.

Aroma is patently shallow, a little sour but just a small glimpse of malt and a touch of citrusy hops.

The flavor is low-key and and on a low wavelength. A mildly sour, skunky flavor permeates the lightly toasted caramel malt and citrus hop finish. A slightly bitey see-saw which neither party, the hops or the grain, wants to ride too high.

A well carbonated and evenly balanced mouthfeel.

In spite of its lackluster nature, its ease to drink kicks it up a notch in the drinkability. A crisp enough beer to partly enjoy, even if you aren't highly buoyant about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 05:03:30 | More by cnally
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - copper in color, slight lace that decimates quickly

S - Pleasing smell, very fruity

T - Bitter at the end, but taste of grapefruit hops and citrus are strong

M - Crisp and soothing

D - A very ok IPA, I would definitely drink it again, but not a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 19:32:20 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Winter


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

Clear amber in color with a rocky, light-khaki head. Biscuity aroma consists of piney and citrusy hops - Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook. The mouthfeel is med with soft carbonation. With the three types of hops used and with 70 IBUs this definitely has an assertive hop bitterness to its flavor. It's resiny with grapefruit and is bitter throughout. The juicy middle lends it way to some maltiness toward the back. The 6.5% abv becomes somewhat noticeable as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 04:54:02 | More by Winter
Photo of RandyV


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour with an orange-gold color. Nice head on the pour and lacing that stays. First taste reveals strong citrus (grapefruit) and pine/spruce that gives way to a pronounced hop bite. The malt is there but the hop presence is consistent throughout and lingers on the palate. To me, the alcohol barely reveals its presence and instead just comes in a nice warming.

This is a nice IPA from a great brewery. I will say that I've had IPAs with higher IBUs that did a better job of balancing malt and hops. This would not be my first choice but I'd be happy to have it again!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:17:26 | More by RandyV
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

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

This IPA looks good. A light brownish color, crystal clear with a BIG soapy head. Lots of lacing is left down the side of the glass. Color could be slightly improved as could head retention.

The smell is great. Big notes of pine, citrus fruit and some berry sweetness. Nice!

Tastewise everything is amped up. Lots of hoppiness here with the taste of pine and citrus fruit.. but there's also good balance in some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is a big part of the equation and this stuff is wonderful on the tongue. Silky smooth with a light prickly carbonation in the background.

Drinkability is good. Three's plenty to enjoy here. I think the high bitterness my stop me from having them back to back however.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:40:04 | More by Ralphus
Photo of JackieTH


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

Appearance: Golden amber with white fluffy head.

Smell: Somewhat muted IPA nose of pine, citrus/grapefruit.

Taste: Almost spicy as it touches the tongue but quickly washed away by waves of orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Underlying, subtle bready malt characteristic helps to restrain the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: There are 'better' IPA's out there however Ranger hits the right notes and with it's clean and crisp finish, it's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 15:31:34 | More by JackieTH
Photo of JayS2629


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

A- Tranparent amber with a fluffy white head that has a clinging lace.

S- Quite hoppy up front with strong tones of lemon zest and spruce. soap. Very floral and clean.

T- Grapefruit and spruce is the first thing I thought. Definite hops on the front. Well balanced. Do I taste soap? Biting and the hops has a lingering aftertaste yet somehow has a clean finish.

M- Crisp, refreshing, creamy with dry finish.

D- Very well balanced for an IPA. No off flavors. Very refreshing. Easy to drink. Good IPA. Not the best, but in the top ten.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:37:49 | More by JayS2629
Photo of ChadQuest


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good looking beer without a hazey tone to it and some large lingering bone white islands of head.
aroma is about average with it being kinda muted with more baked bread and light lemony yeast aromas.
I can tell this is a fresh bottle the lemon zest notes hit right up front. definently a citrus forward beer, there is just enough space for some biscuit and light earthyness.

An Average Ipa you could find anywhere and enjoy drinking, but if your at a big liquor store, there are better options.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 20:33:17 | More by ChadQuest
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
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