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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,393
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 59
Gots: 422 | 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 Stinkypuss


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

New Belgium : Ranger

A bright straw, gorgeous looking brew with a soapy, bubbly head and tons of effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Lace is strewn about the glass. Pine, earth and weed elements in the nose, with a light caramel/bready undertone. Tastes solidly bitter, with pine, earth and dirty grapefruit. The malt comes off biscuity, and really lets the hops do all the talking. Light to medium bodied feel, sharp hop bite, right on for the style. A veritable plethora of hops, with little else. Cool with me.

06-21-2011 06:26:53 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of awesomeandrew


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Lots of lacing that stays throughout the whole drink, light golden color, medium carbonation, thin head

S: smells fruity and flowery. Can pick up a bit of hop smell.

T: Not overly hoppy, tastes a little fruity with a bit of biscuit taste underneath. Taste of hops lingers after. Piny hop.

M: A dry IPA, very drinkable, medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and tingles tongue

O: Pretty nice IPA, I'd drink it again. Pretty dry, has similar qualities to a Fat Tire.

06-19-2011 09:11:54 | More by awesomeandrew
Photo of BJA


4.45/5  rDev +18%

Poured from 12oz bottle

Poured into Sam Adams glass

A: color is golden, orange; very crisp, clear appearance. One and a half fingers of head that is frothy on top; larger, less frothy bubbles make up the bottom of head. Head remains at one finger after several minutes. Leaves sticky white lacing as it falls.

S: Hop Aroma: dank, piney, Malt Aroma: toasty and biscuty. Strong hop aroma

T: hoppy and bitter, as an IPA is expected to be. Very hoppy. Balanced toward the hoppy side but gives me a crispness and lets the malt be known. Leaves a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Long finish.

M: good mouthfeel; smooth, a bit heavy, yet crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is about perfect. Maybe slightly light because more carbonation could cleanse my palate better.

O: A really nicely done IPA. A thin head remains for a long time and a lot of lacing is left as I drink the beer down. I like the balance in this IPA. It is a bit on the crazy, hoppy side, and satisfies that hop-head in me, but is balanced enough to keep me drinking and refreshed. The finish could be crisper for my taste. For me, this is an IPA that finds itself in my stock at least 50% of the time. It is really enjoyable and drinkable.

06-19-2011 04:58:50 | More by BJA
Photo of lstokes


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

I'm getting a lot of Simcoe in the nose and a nice reddish orange color on the pour, with a small head but impressive lacing. Nice American hop bill, with the fruits, the flowers, and the pine all there. Pale malts. I'm not sure what I would remember this for, but it's definitely a good drinking IPA.

06-14-2011 19:42:31 | More by lstokes
Photo of AmberMan22


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a pale orange color, moderate amount of lace.

Smell is of hops, pine, grapefruit, a tinge of black pepper, a bit of pale & munich malt.

Taste is much like the smell, and while all of these things are good -- it just feels shallow. The hoppiness is underwhelming, covered by an overabundance of pale and munich malts.

In terms of mouthfeel, it feels extremely thin. Overall a good effort, but I'll take Mighty Arrow over this any day, not to mention just about any other IPA.

06-12-2011 23:43:52 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of kflorence


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Pours a golden, orange/copper color with a good amount of head that slowly dissipates and leaves lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Lots of hops, seems of the citrus and pine variety. Also a malt presence, and a bit of bread and butter.

T: The hops are definitely the predominant flavor, lending a bitter, grapefruit citrus and pine flavor that blends together nicely with a subtle malt and bread undertone. Lovely, crisp, dry hop finish with the lingering flavor of hops on the tongue for quite some time. I could use a bit more balance, but I didn't find the hops to be overwhelming.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does have subtle creamy, syrupy qualities to it. Goes down smooth and easy and dances on the tongue.

O: I'm not normally a fan of I.P.A.'s, but I have found this one to be palatable. I find that I prefer grapefruit and citrus flavors to the pine notes, and although this one contains both, I find that the pine notes are not overwhelming. I would say that this is probably on the upper end of my hop tolerance, and while the malts are subtle, they are there and they do help balance the beer out a bit. I found this to be quite drinkable considering the hop presence and higher ABV. Not my favorite I.P.A. by any means, but definitely drinkable. Cheers!

06-11-2011 03:48:08 | More by kflorence
Photo of zbuc919


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass...

A light golden orange color with a nice creamy head to it. The grapefruit aroma jumps out of the glass and is the first flavor that hits you on the first sip. It finishes with a nice smooth bitterness. It's nice and dried out really highlighting the excellent choice of hops in this IPA.

Another fantastic brew from the folks at New Belgium Brewery!

06-10-2011 01:12:13 | More by zbuc919
Photo of blackcompg


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

This bottle came from a New Belgium Folly Pack. Pried off the cap, poured into my 12oz beer glass and...

Appearance - Pours a perfectly clear, bright yellow amber color, 2 fingers of foamy eggshell head down to about a half finger in a couple of minutes. Laces already forming when I turn the glass. Color becomes more orange away from the light. A nice looking beer. *near the end of the glass I have well defined lacing for each sip, very nice.

Smell - Nice grapefruity hops with a slight malt sweetness out of the bottle. More semisweet grapfruit from the glass, smell is bolder in the glass, slight sweetness, at 6.5% ABV I get no alcohol in the smell.

Taste - At 70 IBU i'm getting bitter, hopped grapefruit peel right from the start, crispy carbonation bite that begins to dry towards the back, and a nice, dry, crisp hop finish. The hops are long in the finish, and linger long after the sip. Pine bitterness asserts itself after the sip. If you sip this slowly, there is a very slight sweetness and warmth at the center of the tongue, but I personally would not say that this has a sweet malty backbone at all - this beer is all about the hops, and the dry, bitter nuances that they impart. If you prefer an IPA with little/no sweetness, you're REALLY going to like this one.

Mouthfeel - Fairly medium body, smooth, not heavy or syrupy in the least, not creamy, mostly from the lack of sweetness. I would personally prefer a little more sweetness to counteract the bitter/crisp/dry feel, but this is still very drinkable.

Overall - I do like this beer, and for those that prefer their IPA's on the biter/dry side, this one is a must. I respect that although missing the malt sweetness I enjoy, this still has all the bitter hoppy nuances that a hop lover would enjoy. I can recommend this beer, but if you're looking for a sweet malt balance, look elsewhere - Ranger is all about the hops :)

06-09-2011 03:32:28 | More by blackcompg
Photo of topfloor


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured with an attractive cotton head with 'round the glass lacing. Glass shows a semi-cloudy honey orange color. Smell is sweet with a hint of complex hops. This IPA tastes better than in looks with a first pronounced blast of hops and has a light mouthfeel. Has a sweet undertone that lets you enjoy the dry bitterness of the hops. Medium to heavy carbonation (My favorite). This ale was definately brewed to show off hoppiness as the bitterness lingers. The finish is clean with no odd tastes that other large scale IPA's present.

Will recommend for anyone looking for a solid dry hop with a hint of honey. A west coast IPA with a strong cascade hop feel.

06-07-2011 10:43:59 | More by topfloor
Photo of rootbeerman


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

A: pours clear golden orange, two fingers of white head, very good lacing, and long lingering thin layer of head. Also a small but good amount of lacing.
S: mostly pine hop, and just a touch of sweet malt.
T: finally an ipa that is almost exclusively pine in flavor, a light malt sweetness but not too much to hide the pine hop.
M: light upfront, yet lingers aroung on the aftertaste for a long time. Carbonation was good at the start, my duvel glass tends to drag it down it is good.
O: a good ipa with primarily pine hop flavor. Malt ils just enough to give some sweetness but not overpower the hop.

06-05-2011 05:07:38 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of drowninginhops

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Served in standard pint glass.

A: Light orange with frothing white head and very good lacing.
S: Grapefruit, lemon and pepper notes balance out the hops and malt that are also present.
T: Hops, biscuit malt, grapefruit, grass
M: Light and dry.
D: good IPA for after mowing the lawn on a hot summer.

06-01-2011 15:32:20 | More by drowninginhops
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep golden orange with a hint of amber. 1" nice white head. Nice lace.

S: Piney, citrusy, resinous hops. Some fruity esters.

T: Bitter. Hop aromas fail to translate into very complex flavors. Bitterness begins, bitterness finishes. Not a lot of complexity or flavor variation.

M: Average, a little nice drying note.

D: Only when it is the best option (which is rare).

05-27-2011 20:49:45 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of claytong


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

a very nice ipa. very floral, hoppy, a minor malt character. my neighbor brings it over all the time and so ive learned to like it more than i did in the beginning. im just not crazy about really hoppy ipas. but there is always a time and place.
if you like ipas i think this one is a good example of the style.

05-25-2011 23:39:27 | More by claytong
Photo of Monkeypaws


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a nice golden brown, with gobs of foam which reduce to thick lace on the glass. The smell was good and piney. This has a nice hop bitterness - I would prefer a tad more malt in the backbone, as it tastes a bit hard and unbalanced. But there are the hops .... Overall there are other IPAs I'd choose over this (Furious, Torpedo, Inversion), but I wouldn't hesitate to get it if it were the best IPA available.

05-23-2011 23:48:57 | More by Monkeypaws
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.58/5  rDev -5%

Best by date (I'm assuming that's what it is) june 26, 2011

A - Nice light amber body with a big frothy white head. Good look. Good lacing.

S - Bit of peppery spice, citrusy hops, some funky hops (simcoe?), fresh cut grass. Nice simple IPA nose.

T - Last week this was much hoppier. Today it's feeling pretty biscuity. Still the sting and dry and bitter hop thing going on, but as far as the proper flavor of the beer rather than the effects of it, there's not as much hop as there had been. It's a good taste, nicely balanced with the nose, but the hops have faded quickly.

M - Light on the palate, a bit dry.

O (D) - this is a good IPA. The hops didn't hold up that well, but it's a fine beer.

05-23-2011 02:31:47 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of ExtraStout


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with small head development on the pour.

Smell: Sweet.

Taste: Tangy, tuttie-fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much what you would expect from an American IPA, medium-bodied and moderately bitter.

Drinkability: Good.

Notes: Overall a decent beer, although nothing steller for the style but okay at least.

05-22-2011 18:52:28 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Rifugium


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a clear golden brown, moderate carbonation, and a foamy white head that leaves decent lacing. Didn't get much in the aroma, other than general IPA citrus notes. Hops up front in the taste, with citrus zest, mellowing out with some sweet maltiness. Pretty standard stuff. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable.

05-22-2011 04:27:15 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Jinholic


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance - Clear golden orange body with 2 fingers of off white rocky head, got some fine lacing here too boot.

Smell - Hops and lots of them citrus with some sappy pine in the back and the slightest sweet malt scent is picked up.

Taste - Rush of hops right off the bat followed by that good old hop bite while still not being too bitter. Doesn't seem that complex its a bit over on the hop side I wish there was a little more malt in the mix.

Mouthfeel - Smooth crisp but not that refreshing it has a bit of an overall dryness that wants me not to have more than 2 of these.

Overall - Not the worst IPA not the best IPA but I think they could do much more with this, it seems they just wanted something that was super hoppy which it is but it comes out lacking the flavor that it could have. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

05-22-2011 00:16:44 | More by Jinholic
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clean, pale orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mix of citrus and pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and a gingerbread like maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite malty and more English than American, but nice nonetheless.

05-21-2011 16:01:21 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Gtreid


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Golden in color. A nice frothy head appears and leaves nice sticky lace on the glass.

A: Hop forward aroma for sure. Cascade hops first, followed by citrus and grass. A nice malt backbone evens it up.

T: Though the nose was Cascade the taste is chinook. Chinook hops all the way here. A small caramel malt flavor in the middle and it finishes dry, somewhat sweet, and very bitter.

M: On the lighter side of medium. A little light on the carbonation, so a bit oily, but not too bad.

O: Pretty solid example of a Chinook IPA. I could have a few of these. Skal.

05-20-2011 19:43:21 | More by Gtreid
Photo of DCon


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Received a 12oz bottle from Mike, the New Belgium Rep (Midwest). Came with a Brown New Belgium- Ranger Trucker hat as well. Has a 21JUL11 date on the front in white print.

Appearance- Pours a nice 5 finger, white head and has a golden and clear body. Retention was awesome as it stayed around the ENTIRE drink with over 1 finger of head and the lace was very thick.

Smell- Very strong citrus/grapefruit hop and almost a honey aroma with possibly its malts used? Nice characteristics here!

Taste- Has a huge taste just like the aroma. Nice hops used, definitely an American IPA sly and has a very big time bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Viscosity, and very smooth. Citrus is left on the palate after the drink, primarily on the sides of the tongue.

Overall- Great beer! Almost like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale though... Strange how some beers pop out in your mind when your drinking others. Would only enjoy 1 or 2 of these in a night but perfect style and beer.
Now available in 12 Packs!

05-19-2011 22:46:53 | More by DCon
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Nice transparent golden/orange color. A careful pour produces just about no head but leaves a lacing.

Smell: A nice citrus bouquet. Very enjoyable. Not in your face but some nice subtlties.

Taste: A little biscuity but then very much balanced out by the hops. I think this might be one of the more balanced IPAs. Nothing is overpowering, everything works in harmony. I really like the hop character, a little grassy then citrusy. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel, fits the style perfectly, nice carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing. An extremely drinkable IPA. If New Belgium was available in NJ I would make this a staple in my fridge. This is probably one of my favorite IPAs. I strongly believe it is much better than the B+ rating it receives.

05-19-2011 04:26:04 | More by OddNotion
Photo of tito42


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 05/08/2011, so I'm technically a week late. Bottled on 12/7/2010.

A: Thick, foamy, off-white head with excellent lacing. Golden olive oil color with large carbonation bubbles. Very appealing.

S: Strong, earthy, and piney hops with sweet honey malt in the background.

T: Very clean hops taste with a sweet malt backbone. Great hops bitterness without overdoing it. A bit of alcohol on the back end.

M: Medium-light bodied, very crisp and clean. Dryness from the hops lingers slightly.

O: Very solid American IPA that has plenty of hops without being overpowering. A sweet honey malt balances the crisp hops bitterness. Enjoyable.

05-18-2011 01:58:46 | More by tito42
Photo of beerman207


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Found this can in Seattle.

A: Appearance is apple juice in a glass with little to no head to brag about.

S: Nose is strong malt with a slight hop presence. Some light orange perhaps in the back

T: Taste is refreshing - best way to describe it. It goes down smooth and has a nice lingering bitter but isn't a hop punch to the face.

M: Very light carbonation along with a thirst quenching feeling almost similar to water. Would be a great summer beer.

O: Not bad at all. Can't say I was amazed but would definately go back to it for a standard.

05-14-2011 01:41:28 | More by beerman207
Photo of Schmittymack


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

On tap at Old Chi's Wheatridge. Poured an amberish color with about a quarter inch head that quickly disapated. Aromas of malt, pine, and some citrus. Taste was quite a bit hoppier than I remember tasting in the bottle last spring/summer. Malt, piney, and a bit of citrus with a fair amount of hop bitterness. Definitely different on tap than in the bottle. Might have to try a couple more of these.

05-13-2011 07:18:41 | More by Schmittymack
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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