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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,134
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 304 | 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 salvo


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

Poured into an imperial pint with a nice inch of fluffy head that dissipated slowly; deep gold moving to tan. Smell is complex hop mix: piney, grass, a little citrus, some yeast tones in the background.

With the nose and hops mix listed, I was expecting a little more complexity, but at first the hops is all pine in the taste. Taste mellows as the beer warms in teh mouth, releasing the carbon dioxide: astringent hops and pine to citrus--it's not the peel but the white pith under the peel proper I'm tasting. Malt, yest, then astringent dryness and black pepper: the black pepper that's been sitting at the diner counter for who knows how long. Pepper without the heat?

Medium body mouthfeel and reasonable alcohol makes ths wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:42:05 | More by salvo
Photo of Pecorasc


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Best by date of 12 Sep 10. Thank you New Belgium for dating your IPA. Brewed with Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hops. Reviewed from first pour.

A- Initially holds a large, perfectly white head that slowly melts down to a bubbly white collar. Absolute perfect clarity, as polished as they come. Light gold in color with a stream of beads racing from an imperfection in the glass. A fair amount of lacing that blends in with that nice white collar. Really a marvel of clear beer; almost doesn't look like an IPA.

S- Mostly an astringent bitterness, with some citrus, pine, and floral hop aroma. The malt only provides a subtle, light carmel background. The negatives come from the astringency (probably the Chinook) and a vegetal note that increases with temperature. Still considered above average.

T- Begins with a sharp tingle of carbonation and the bite of 70 IBUs. The bitterness is not overwhelming, however, there is very little gravity to support what's there. Malt character is almost non-existent. The hop flavor is piney and vegetal. I get very little citrus or floral character, like I did in the aroma. Disappointing, considering the hops used.

M- Very dry with a thin body and high carbonation. Extreme attenuation, considering the 6.5%. Dryness and carbonation are great way to accentuate an IPA, but this went a little overboard. Never-the-less, above average because I'd rather drink an IPA like this than the sticky, cloying, carmel bombs that are popping up everywhere.

D- Highly drinkable despite its faults. Dangerous at 6.5% considering it would take a lot to feel full off of this. A fresher example may mask the vegetal character and improve the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 05:43:05 | More by Pecorasc
Photo of afinepilsner


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle

Ranger India Pale Ale was a golden amber color with good clarity. It had a thick beige head with good retention and lacing. The aroma was mainly citrus. The taste was good, a bit of light malt upfront, but was mainly citrus with a little pine from the hops. It a had a nice bitterness coming through in the dry finish. Mouthfeel was good with a medium body and good carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a fairly tame IPA, but overall it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 21:17:33 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of HosP


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a pick 6. Drank a couple while playing some poker. Didn't bring any luck to the table!

A - Poured golden/orange. Small head with little lace remains

S - Very abundant pine smell to it.

T - Tastes like the smell, very pine oriented.
M - A medium-bodied beer. Pretty crisp.

D - Outdoors IPA, piney and grassy. Not bad, but a little more pine than I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:16:20 | More by HosP
Photo of Shaw


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

Deep gold in color with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma is very bready with a bit of hops.

The taste is quite good. Biscuit malt flavors end with a nice bitterness. The flavor is very nicely balanced between malt and hops.

A substantial body with some heft.

Overall this is a good IPA that's worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 18:17:10 | More by Shaw
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely clear orange/amber color with one finger of thick off-white head that leaves a lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is sweet hops with light floral, some citrus and strong fruit (pineapple and some grapefruit). The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm a bit... a bit of caramel now comes through as well as a subtle toasty aroma.

Flavor is well balanced between sweet and caramely malts and hop bitterness and flavor. There is a base of caramel and toasty/biscuity malt but it is subtle, the hops take center stage here. There are some fruity notes from the Simcoe and the Cascade hops are very noticeable with citrus and grassy notes. The finish is hop bitterness, a slight sweetness and a bit of citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a good IPA, plenty of hop aromas, flavors and a balanced bitterness. The malt base is just a tad light for me, more caramel malt would be nice but it's not bad. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:12:40 | More by trevorjn06
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the boiler

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left lots of blotchy lacing.

S: nice piney hop aromas with citrus and pineapple accents and a malt character as well.

T: sweet piney hop flavor upfront with some cirtus grapefruit that helps enhance the bitterness and a pretty good malt backbone that helps out the overall balance.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and mild hop bitter finish.

D: decent IPA from new belgium that had a mild hop bite but drank well all the way through.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 00:01:41 | More by Gobzilla
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4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After an unimpressive experience with Hop Stoopid last night, I am giving this one a closer look.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.
Simple curtain of head with thin but sticky retention.
Pristine appearance in the glass. A glowing amber-orange with feisty carbonation like a good champagne.
Smell is immediate on the pour. Juicy citrus notes that scream loudly of pineapple and, of course, pine.
When I crave IPA, this is exactly what I look for. Dry, fruity bitterness that lacks the syrupy, oily mouthfeel so prevalent in the California style. A tad flat on the carbonation for my tastes, but no dealbreaker.
I am not a huge New Belgium fan but this is worlds away from their other offerings. Very well done, Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 06:54:48 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of TheSarge


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

I love the appearance of this IPA: no haze and has a lighter golden copper color than most IPAs, a tight and clumpy sudsy head, and has great retention.

The aroma is very arid and dry. Floral and grapefruit for the most part, but has strong spruce undertones.

In the taste I'm getting a very inviting vibe. There is a malty caramel and toffee taste upfront, and then dives away from the quick attack of the bitter hops.

For this being moderate in ABV, this is a bit thinner in body. This makes for a smoother and easier drinking experience. There is a lot of carbonation that makes this crisp, with a slight hint of oil in the middle. The palate is left nicely refreshed and satisfied.

This offering from New Belgium makes me want to give this brewery another shot... WELL DONE!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:41:25 | More by TheSarge
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Clear, orange-amber beer with a finger of foamy off-white head that laces moderately well. Visible effervesence.

S: Very aromatic, with the scents detectable at arms length. Strawberry, grapefruit, orange blossom, and honey. Little malt presence.

T: Malts and hops nicely layered, hitting as two distinct notes of a chord. Malt is light and almost wheaty, with a hint of sesame. Solid hop bitterness accentuated by carbonation. Grapefruit, zest, green apple, pine, honey, and strawberry notes round out a robust but balanced palate. Fruits become more pronounced as the beer warms, slightly sweetening it. Lingering, slightly sticky bitterness in the finish.

M: The beer has an interesting layered effect, with the malts, hops, and carbonation creating not just a chord of flavor but also creating distinct sensations within the mouth.

D: The beer is solidly bitter despite its sweet and malty aspects and much of it's complexity is subtle, making food pairings troublesome - not because the beer won't go well with the food, but because the food will rob some of the complexity from the beer. Alone, this one is a treat and I have enjoyed it as a session beer, especially on a summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 06:23:47 | More by TheMadJack
Photo of ManuelHerrera


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely pleasantly surprised by this new effort from New Belgium.

It's got an excellent lace upon pouring, though the pale yellow was less promising. Then, when I went to smell it, the sweetness of the scent was very pleasant. The hoppiness, blended with the malted carmel, proved to be a surprisingly smooth IPA. It's not aggressive like a Stone or Dogfish, thanks to New Belgium's downplay of the hops.

This beer would be great for those too timid to commit to a traditional IPA, because it truly has something for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 04:15:03 | More by ManuelHerrera
Photo of Durge


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

Having really enjoyed this on tap earlier this year I was excited to find this for only $2.99 a bomber (!) at Whole Foods in Los Gatos, CA. It shows a clear light amber color with a big frothy off-white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma brings solid grapefruit and toasted wheat almond malt. The flavor has plenty of crisp hop bite that's citrus and herbal in nature with a bright wheat sense to it. Some caramel vanilla and grass edges. Sort of unbalanced with malt charging through at times but overall it's a nice IPA that's very drinkable. It's about mid-bodied with a fairly effervescent feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 03:41:23 | More by Durge
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A modest and simple IPA that reminds me of the more crisp and clean versions that first created the style.

A deep golden, light copper color emits from the pour, building a creamy and froathy stark-white head that retains and laces very well. Brilliantly clear, the beer is obviously filtered.

Firm but moderate notes of grapefruit, orange zest, and soft spruce give a hoppy start to the beer. Crisp and lightly kilned malts give a light graham cracker aroma. Esters and other yeast characters are very light and only make subtle impacts to aroma.

Flavors fare similarly as aromas- a crisp citrus flavor and bitterness dominate the beer but in less aggressive fashion as we have come to expect from IPA's. Where the beer shines is in the crisp and clean malt profile that remains understated yet supportive, and without trying to compete with the hops. With no real yeast influence, the beer remains all about the hops. I just wish that the hop complex had more variety, flavor, and intensity.

Medium bodied early, the beer begins to lighten immediately and then continues a smooth transition into a pleasantly dry and bitter finish. A citrus linger is the only reminder of the beer going into the aftertaste.

A very nice IPA that reminds me a lot of Goose Island's IPA and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Though very pleasant and refreshing, the beer lacks the punch and fullness of flavor that now allows newer versions to stand out more.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:44:02 | More by BEERchitect
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB snifter. Had a best by date of 9/19/10 on front label. Was a clear golden yellow color with lots of carb bubbles from the etching. It had a massive foamy white head that never got less than a 1/4". Great lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was nice and hoppy with citric, floral and pine being the major players. A little bit of malt as well. Good smelling. The taste was good but not as good as the aroma for me. Pine leading the way. Moderate bitterness from start to finish that sticks well after the drink. Could use a little more malt balance to it. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carb. Moderate bitter after-taste.

Overall, a good AIPA. Glad to see NBB stretch out a bit. I liked this but the never ending bitter would keep me from drinking more than one or two at a time. Do recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - worth the occasional single or 6 pack. Good BHT. [O;O;BHT]

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 00:49:00 | More by TexIndy
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To liberally paraphrase Soundgarden: Ranger is lookin' California, and feelin' California. All to say: this is the most California-esque IPA I've had from a locale outside that great IPA-producing state.

Big bone-white head two fingers thick, which halves in a few minutes and leaves gobs of lace on the glass. Clear, jewel-like sunset orange in color.

Lots of orange and mint in the nose. Also something ultra-earthy, which gives a nearly sawdust-like smell, but is maybe closer to a really strong, grassy, intensely herbal tea. In any case, it's clean hops, big hops, and all hops. Very nice.

More spicy orange in the flavor, and quite bitter in an herbal tea/grassy kind of way. Citrus rind keeps riding through. Slight hints of salt in the finish, but not enough to detract. Is there malt anywhere here? Yeah, in submissive, biscuit-y form--a smidgen enough to keep Ranger from feeling unbalanced. But the malt knows hops are star of the show here.

Feels just fine, although leans a little to the lighter side of things, and a few bubbles too many for my liking. But it works well enough.

Super-refreshing, and despite all the hoppiness, manages to feel balanced and drinkable at the same time. A must for hop-heads who don't necessarily need their tongues ripped off to rediscover their love for the magic flower. I'll go out on a limb here (or at least be true to the impression of my taste buds) and say Blind Pig IPA is overrated where this one is underrated. Might be my favorite beer by New Belgium too.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 22:22:34 | More by Metalmonk
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a pretty nice white head that almost covers the top for the entire glass. Nose is citrus and caramel. A bit mild for my taste. Flavors are more of the same with the citrus dominating, a little bite of pine and carbonation, and then lighter caramel backbone with a reasonably dry finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and pleasant. A respectable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 18:11:18 | More by squaremile
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review. Here we go.

Appearance- pours a rich gold with a finger or so of head that doesn't stay too long.

Smell- strong citrus aroma (grapefruit specifically) with an earthy undertone.

Taste- strong citrus taste up front with a moderate hoppy and smoky bite towards the end.

Mouthfeel- surprisingly chewy for such a light beers

Drinkability- I could easily drink several of these in a sitting.

Overall- overall a good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. I plan on buying this again and sharing with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:11:40 | More by Gilly1980
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully golden in colour like another Colorado brewery which is very infamous on this site. The nose is full of those sweet citrusy American hops that we all love so much. This two finger frothy white head dissipated while I was typing. Wonderful bittering on the sides and top of the palette. Brings to mind that hops possess all of the flavours of grapefruit and the like that I do not care for, but can't get enough of here. Many of you do not know the joy of enjoying a hoppy beer with the addition of facial hair i.e. a mustache. It delivers an extra bit of bite after your palette has already gotten over the joy of the alpha acids. The finish is clean and leaves a familiar taste of an IPA. Not an overly great version of an IPA, meaning not "out there". But, it is a fully solid one to stand up to any other. In short G-d bless the Imperical Brits who's undying thirst for beer in a far away land that they were oppressing who made this beer possible. See all good has to have some bad. Ying Yang.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 19:13:17 | More by RobertTh3Texian
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abecall98 for providing this beer to me an a recent trade. Abel is a great guy.

Foamy finger plus of white head forms and stays for a short while. The beer is a bright/clear amber color with some orange tones. Light lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather light and contains some citrus as well as light caramel malt aromas.

Flavor is nice but not exciting or complex. Citrus flavors, crispness with a vegetal flavor to it. Not quite green, but definitely vegetable like. Decent malt back bone with some white pepper flavor as well.

Light carbonation, medium/light body. Innocuous.

Seems to be built for a wider audience. Not much imagination here. It's ok. Nothing wring with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 14:19:43 | More by Reagan1984
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic.

This was a very enjoyable and solid, yet unremarkable IPA. Fairly pedestrian, slightly biscuity malt body with plenty of C-hops in the nose and flavor. Flavor has a balanced piney mild hop bite. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a fluffy off white bubbly head with nice streaks of lacing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 02:00:45 | More by yourefragile
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear dark gold with a sticky white head. Fades to a film of lace and leaves rings on the sides of the glass.

S: Pine resin, herbal hops, and a faint, underlying toasty malt base.

T/M: Somewhat slick mouthfeel. Aggressive citric bitterness in the finish. Sweetness with slight herbal notes up front. Malt backbone is more present in mouthfeel than in taste but does balance the bitterness in the finish.

D: Quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:24:49 | More by MurphyMacManus
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a favorite ale glass

A: Clear golden color with very nice one inch head. Slightly creamy head, but light consistency. Tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Wispy lacing down the glass. Excellent appearance.

S: Smells like fresh grapefruit, melon. Really good, fresh nose.

T: Nice hop bitterness followed by light malty, dry aftertaste. Clean and balanced flavor. Very nice!

M: A light body. Easy to drink this one down quickly.

D: I really love the nice hop bite followed with a dry aftertaste. This is a really good American IPA. Would be easy to drink several of these.

Summary: I really like this beer. I would buy again. Love the balance of this beer. Quality from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 21:14:56 | More by honestdave
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into .4l New Belgium tulip.

Appearance: Light copper color with a medium white head that stays for a while and leaves heavy lace.

Smell: Tasty, buttery malt aromas with earthy hops.

Taste: Sweet, buttery malt flavors up front, with a toasty, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, sticky body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A bit lighter of an IPA than many, but still very good overall and one I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 19:22:48 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden amber color and a hard pour created about a finger width head of moderate density and lacing.
S-Citrusy aroma mainly of grapefruit and lemon with milder tones of sweet caramel. The hop smell is crisp but not overstated.
T-Malty hoppy flavors now overwhelm any effort by the sweeter notes to come through with bitterness at the finish and smokey afternotes.
M-Creamy medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice beer overall and would be a good session offering. Worth trying again (and again depending on the occasion).

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:04:57 | More by bierenutz
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- deep Halloween orange, little head, or it disappears quickly.

S- Smells of of citrus hops, cannabis, hints of a malt backbone.

T- Woo, sweet malts, biscuits, and a hint of caramel, then Bahm! Hops, cannabis, hops followed by grapefruit, which fades into the end. Its really enjoyable, its not a traditional American IPA.

M- good carbonation, clean and refreshing.

D- I could knock back a few of these and be very happy. The caramel malt basted flavors of New Belgium show up great in their version of an IPA. Its perfect for a nice hot evening, although don't saver to much before it starts to warm up and messes up the balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 06:39:18 | More by Dlish
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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