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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,899 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,899
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 603 | FT: 2
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 bayougutter
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had my son pick up a 12 pack while in Dallas for business, for $14.99.

Poured mildly and produced a one finger white head that left nice lacing. Good crystal clear light orange color.

The aroma is earthy hops, a little pine, bready malts to balance it out.

The taste is a balance between the malts and the hop profile, with the hop taste lingering to the finish. Good bisciut/ bready malt, could taste the Simcoe and the cascade without being over the top.

The mouthfeel is spot on for an IPA, carbination about right too.

Overall a good IPA, not exactly what a hophead is looking for, but I liked it just fine. $14.99 for a 12 pack, I can see this as a staple. Can't beat the value.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pinotboy007
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium products are suddenly everywhere in the greater DC area.

A-Very nice looking IPA; nice thick cap with tons of chunky lacing that floats above a nearly clear, amber colored ale with no visible carbonation.

S-Grapefruit and pine, with some grass and a pinch of malt.

T-Like it smells! Not complex, but tasty and a super value.

M-Very mild fizz and not much heat, which leaves this as a slick ale that is more than refreshing and might be nice paired with fish & chips.

O-I'd buy it again.

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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #87
Served On: 11/13/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV:6.5%
Date/ Code: 08JAN12

My beer store just started carrying New Belgium bombers. I paid $3.99 – you can’t beat that!

Look: Light gold color - more yellow than gold. High level of clarity with mediocre carbonation. Head fizzled down to a thin white coating of various sized bubbles.

Smell: Aroma was crisp and hoppy with notes of citrus and Belgian yeast esters.

Taste: Watery mouth feel. First were the citrus and pine notes from the hops. Middle was bitter and rather dry with faint pepper notes that are typical of New Belgium offerings. Finish and aftertaste were very clean with a slight citrus that lingered.

Overall this is a very mild IPA. The hop profile just wasn't as pronounced as I was hoping for. I experienced a similar palate with the New Belgium Hoptober this year. It was an ok brew. I think they may have been shooting for drinkability just like the Fat Tire and Hoptober. Probably won’t seek this out again, but it was enjoyable.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rodman's, $2.99. One of the cheapest bombers I've seen.

A crystal clear bronze with a dense, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. The nose is surprisingly good. A blend of mild pine and moderate citrus with orange peel, a mild orange juice character and some tropical fruit. Were Cascades used in this beer? I really can't get much malt character here, apart from a mild toast.

The palate opens with a moderate grapefruit pith bitterness, and a mild pine-like bitterness, as well. There's plenty of flavor too, including some citrus and some tropical fruit. There isn't much malt presence here, with a touch of toast. The freshness keeps the hops bright and vibrant. There's a mild resin character as well. Drying and bitter on the finish, this beer is fairly light in body and is moderately carbonated. The mid-palate is just a touch watery, though. All told, this is a surprisingly good IPA, and this fresh, it's awfully enjoyable.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear solid yellow allows a little ascending bubble parade to dance up in an effort to resupply what was previously a proud, thick and frothy just off white head with great lacing.

S - A bit more muted than I had hoped, but what I can gather is pure hop presence while lacking any hint of most any other scent

T - Very solid citrus hop bitter fun, followed by not much else. Very much like the smell in both character and delivery.

M - Highly carbonated with decent body. Aftertaste is lightly bitter but not too long lasting.

O - I'm excited that this is widely available since it is certainly a quality IPA that really hits the spot.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Light amber color, heavy carbonation. Finger width white head with large bubbles, decent retention and sticky, ribbed lacing.

S- Hop city. Very strong on the bittering hops. Not super complex as far as I can smell, but the hoppiness is very IPA so no harm no foul.

T- Bitter hops obviously, but some lemon and mild spices with it.

M- Full bodied, well carbonated. The linger strikes me as a bit grainy.

O- Good IPA. One of my least favorite kinds of beer, but this one has few of the problems I dislike about the type, namely it isn't over bitter.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Middle of the road golden color. Thin, fizzy head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Strongest smelling IPA right out of the bottle that I've had. BIG time floral, pine hops and a little bit of malty hint.

T- I know this is an IPA, but I think the hops took this one over a bit. Starts and finishes the same way, strong bitter hops. The flavor isn't out of line for the style, it's the lack of complexity that surprised me. There is little change in taste profile from beginning to end. Leaves a bit of hoppy aftertaste.

M- Nothing special as far as IPA's go. Heavy enough to handle the hop profile, light enough to be drinkable for a bit.

Overall, I was not impressed with this as far as IPA's go. I like it when the taste has some complexity rather than being the same throughout.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It took me several attempts to appreciate this beer, but I eventually came away with a greater appreciation for IPAs and other hop-heavy beers.

The beer retains a fluffy white head for an extended period of time, which complements the light amber color nicely; it's a pretty beer.

It smells of the Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops it's brewed with, but it isn't overpowering. And the taste follows it up with a well-rounded bitter punch that finishes easy. The bitterness sneaks up on you, though, and by the time you finish the bitterness will have planted a seed in the back of your throat. It makes its presence known in your mouth, but doesn't weigh you down.

I give it points for being my gateway IPA, and it's easy to take its carefully balanced complexion for granted.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper with a three finger off-white head.

S- Pine hops, light citrus hops, beardy malts.

T- Balanced, follows the nose, piney bitter finish. Really what you think when you get an IPA.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little on the light side.

O- A nice beer worth trying. I will probably get it again, but would not buy it all the time. I really feel that there is not anything bad about the beer, just wish the smell and taste were stronger.

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint.
Being from NY I jump at every opportunity to have a New Belgium. I've had Ranger once before, a few months back and really enjoyed it. Now for a live tasting.
Had a Max's in Baltimore. Pours a deep golden with no head but descent lacing. Smells of hops. Done.
Taste is of hops, yes. But also of citrus and floral piney undertones. Not overhopped, but a good amount to spark even the conditioned hop palate. Drinkable, tastey, and well crafted.
I couldn't wait to have this on tap since my last. Its as good as I remember.

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