1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

4,792 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,792
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 569 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ranger Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,792 | Reviews: 1,164 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden color. The medium sized, off-white head has a soapy, frothy texture. Retention is decent, and very good levels of lacing deposit onto the glass.

S: A little bit of cookielike pale malt in the nose. Hop aromas are equally citric (grapefruit), piney, and resinous. Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe certainly seems accurate. While hoppy, the nose lacks the truly vibrant character some other IPAs offer.

T: Generally pale malt up front, with minimal sweetness, caramel or otherwise. Hop bitterness is robust but never bracing. Hop flavors are citric/grapefruit-forward, with contributing notes of pine and candy/resin.

M: Somewhat full-bodied for the style. Carbonation is medium. A bit oily before a dry finish.

D: This is an enjoyable IPA. It's a fairly blank slate for the hops to do their work, but I enjoy this particular hop bill because it provides a nice array of complementary flavors. This isn't a top-tier IPA, but it's not far off. A slightly more interesting malt and/or yeast presence would go a long way for this beer.

Clydesdale, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of uhhitsjames
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: The color came across somewhere between gold and amber, probably closer to gold though. Poured with roughly two fingers of off white head.

S: Very citrusy-hoppy smell comes across, with a some floral to it as well.

T: Awesome citrus flavor right way with near perfect amount of bitterness. There was some pine flavor to it, but it was minimal.

M: Good mouthfeel to it, great carbonation and bitterness. Goes down rather smoothly

O: I really enjoyed this beer. This was the first IPA I bought upon arriving in Southern California. Remains one of my favorite readily available IPAs.

uhhitsjames, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/gold color w/ a one finger off white head. Decent carbonation and good lacing. Beer is fairly clear, but somewhat hazy. Nose is that of mango, grapefruit, hops, and earthy funky-ness. Slight malt in the background. Taste is a little better. Hops are king in the taste, and the funkiness evident in the nose is completely gone in the taste. Very hoppy, dry aftertaste, w/ medium body. Ok.. I lied. Slight earthy funkiness evident in the aftertaste as the beer warms up. Decent malt backbone as well, although I'd like more malt in the taste. Not a bad IPA, but not my favorite in the style. Still, I'm glad I tried it, and glad New Belgium has come to DC! Love to try this one on draft at some point.

jayhawk73, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Murgen
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Massive head of eggshell white. Slowly dissipating. Very nice lacing.
S. I get pine, orange peel, and maybe some hops.
T. Hops and citrus up front. Fairly bold, but not too much.
M.Not too thick, not thin. Fairly long lasting aftertaste, (good thing).
O. This is a pretty decent IPA that does the job in most any situation. This is not a backup beer. It sits pretty close to the front for me. I still like my Stone, but this one rocks.

Murgen, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

I used to drink Ranger all the time when I lived in Texas.... but that was before I was into craft beer. Therefore: Clean palate!

Poured into a DFH pint.

A: Very clear, golden in color, with a huge finger of two head that clung to the glass as it died down.

S: Very aromatic! Citrusy, hoppy, floral, and with an extremely fresh disposition indeed.

T: Chinook, Simcoe, and Cascade huh? I coulda swore this was Citra.... that was what I got anyway. After several sips, I definitely got the cascade in the way that this was very grapefruity. Delicious!

M: Nice carbonation, bitterness, and lacing. The lacing was car was stuff by the way....

O: I remember this beer being good, but not this good. Perhaps it's because I've been away from it for a bit....

Chaney, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 65 degrees into an old glass stein.

Poured a golden orange with a 1.5 finger head

Some slight citrus, some pine resin, decently projected.

Taste is okay, relatively thin and slightly understructured for what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting a great deal from what was a characteristic but sort of cliched IPA.

For me this is really a run of the mill IPA that's trying to be slightly more than what it is. I paid probably 3.50USD for a 650, and while I don't feel ripped, I feel that I could put that toward another, more carefully crafted beer that I could feel really satisfied with.


Crossmd, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle consumed from the bottle at a staff meeting at work today. Couldn't really look at the beer since I drank from the bottle - but everything about this IPA was pretty average. Strong hop bitterness with some floral notes and pale biscuity malt. Crisp sharp finish.

This is an easy-drinking IPA which I assume, since it was served at a work function, is also a less expensive option. I could easily enjoy 3 or 4 of these or more at a barbecue or day at the beach, this is a good beer when you really don't want to think about your beer but just want something light and refreshing. But I don't know that I'd go out of my way to have it again when so many superior IPAs are readily available.

draheim, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and assertive IPA.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Brown label with a green oval with a drawing of hop cones, branding and name of the brew. Small side note talks about intent, ingredients, and shows 70 IBUs. Back label dedicated to the schedule of the cLips of Faith film tour. Notes best by date 08jan12. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale to medium amber pour, rich creamy head, medium retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Rich nose, resinous citric touches with hints of orange peel and grapefruit.

T - Coherent expansion in the mouth with a rich hoppy profile, resinous, touches of grapefruit, malty toasty hint woven back into the hop profile.

M - Medium to medium-light body with medium carbonation, and a slightly oily ride in the palate as the bitter finish lingers.

O - Feeling rather rich and tasty in this incarnation.

Notes: Part of the distribution launch of New Belgium in the region… And these bombers sure seem to come fresh and full of character. I´ve had Ranger before, and while likable, I did not remember it this enjoyable. Initially I would have preferred to have six-packs available instead, but the price-quality ratio of the big bottle is spectacular.

Daniellobo, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of afdempse
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

afdempse, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

AdamGarcia, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Jimmys, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tlazaroff, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

kojevergas, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

snaotheus, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of endincolorado
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

endincolorado, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tdm168, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheBeerAlmanac, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of GregBlatz
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GregBlatz, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of kkoz
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kkoz, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of coastiefish
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

coastiefish, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WillCarrera, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BennyL1, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Pencible, Aug 12, 2011
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,792 ratings.