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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,189
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 330 | 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 MrMcGibblets


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

gold/orange color with nice clarity, decent white head and lacing. honeyed doughy malts and citrusy, floral, fruity hops in the nose, although the aromas are muted just a bit. sweet bready malts are balanced out by a smooth hop bitterness which doesn't overwhelm. a bit on the malty side for an ipa, and this aspect would probably make it a good intro to people familiar only with fat tire, etc. nicely carbonated. medium body. finishes with a touch of sweetness and juicy hops. enough going on to have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 00:29:10 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of blackc5


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 48F poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep gold that is crisp and clear. Respectable head with average retention. Very minimal lacing.

S - Grassy and earthy hops with some citrusy grapefruit as well. No malts in the nose surprisingly.

T - As the nose, grass and mild citrus flavors that quickly give way to bitterness. Hints of biscuit. Beyond that, not much complexity - pretty one-dimensional and not exceedingly great at that. It is a bargain IPA price-wise, but I was expecting/hoping for more.

M - Somewhat thin bodied, just slightly oily. Average carbonation.

D - Easy to drink yet a bit disappointing.

I guess for the price ($2.99 for the bomber) you get what you pay for, but there are surely a lot of other IPAs within $0.50 to $1 that I would gladly pay more to drink instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 06:07:00 | More by blackc5
Photo of jjh19


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

Appearance: Bright yellow color. Tiny bubbles in the head and great head retention.

Smell: Suitable hoppy nose, very noticeable crisp smell.

Taste: Strong bitter bite. Nothing subtle about it.

Mouthfeel: Sharp on the tongue, NB isn't messing around with this IPA. Good for them.

Drinkability: As assertive as it is, I've had IPA's that were a little more balanced. I'd dial it back one notch for a little more smoothness.

Odd and Ends - I really like this package. Sharp.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 05:06:02 | More by jjh19
Photo of Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

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

Pour from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a rich clear gold. with 3 inches of white fluffy head that lingers with lots of lacing.

S- Lots of hops, citrus, and grass.

T- Huge hops up front, with a finish of citrus and grass. The grass and finish are very refreshing.

M- Light and refreshing.

D- easy

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:00:58 | More by Tinfoilrcr
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Very good retention. Good lacing. Golden orange color.

S. Smell is really good. Citrus hops, combined with New Belgium's biscuity malt smell. Grapefruit. I like the hop aroma this beer has.

T. Taste is a big letdown compared to the smell. Not much hop flavor or bitterness. Very muted citrus hops. Biscuity malt, but sweet.

M. Light/medium bodied. Very dry. Average carbonation.

D. Ok drinkability. If I had to choose between Ranger and a number of other IPA's, Ranger would lose. Quite unremarkable in the flavor department, when compared to the smell.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:43:30 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of madtappers


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A very clear golden color with a foamy white head, aroma of very grassy hops was given of at first smell.

Upon my first drink I could really taste the grassy note of the hops, but not much else. Beer lacks something can't put my finger on it though.

Ranger is an IPA for all, not a top 25 IPA but a alternative to those who like the taste of hops but not looking for the full experince of a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 23:45:59 | More by madtappers
Photo of gatornation


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden sunset yellow color with a 2 finger head and creamy off-white ring with decent lacing..appearance was a little light for an ipa but not bad..the smell was pine needles first then some citrus and some hops with a biscuit/toast and malt smell..again a little light the taste was a bitter pine taste first with some citrus and malts i might taste the proprietary NB yeast in this one again its OK balanced but on the light side..the mouth feel was medium and filled the beer taste buds.. and it is very drinkable..its just not my choice when i want an IPA..just bought 2 singles will not buy a sixer but may have it on tap at various establishments since it is year round...i don't know so many other and better IPAS out there... NB'S new HOPTOBER this fall for me was outstanding RANGER is just OK

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 21:08:18 | More by gatornation
Photo of GbVDave


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best Before 09JUL10

A: Pours a perfectly clear, bright gold color with two fingers of bubbly, pure white, and sticky foam. Retention is good and ropes and curtains of lace were left behind.

S: Nice aromas of grass, apricot, citrus, and pine. Also noticed some presence of wildflowers, honey, and lavender.

T: See above. Apricot is quite prevalent as is fresh cut grass and dried wildflowers.

M: Weighs in on the thin side of medium bodied. Pretty earthy and sticky, though.

D: Enjoyable enough and a somewhat unexpected style from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 20:59:55 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Rayek


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

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber with excellent clarity and leisurely carbonation from larger bubbles than I would have suspected. A small and soapy eggshell cap has OK retention and leaves just a little bit of lace.

S: Heavy on the pine, with a balanced dose of grapefruit and lemon. The hops are the centerpiece, but a bit of toasted grain manages to break through as the nose lingers over the glass,

T: The pine bitterness dominates. I was expecting more of a grapefruit bomb and was happily surprised. The citrus hop flavors are there, but they balance against the pine. Bitterness is a touch above moderate. Malts are subdued and have a toasted sweetbread quality. The bitterness lingers through the finish, where it gets just a bit metallic.

M: The oily body is also a bit dry. The carbonation could stand being turned down a notch.

D: Ranger is a nice IPA. I must say that I was surprised to see New Belgium release an IPA, given their history. But no matter. This is a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 06:00:03 | More by Rayek
Photo of bgreg3


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

This beer in unfiltered and looks in between orange and golden. This beer leaves a nice foam lace at the top that just won't go away. Smells of cascade hops, some different spice notes, and a bit of yeast in the back. Big hop taste from start to finish. This beer only weighs in at 70 IBU's but don't let that fool you many of the hops were used to bitter this beer up. I taste a bit of citrus flavor near the end, maybe some orange, lemon , but that's probably the cascade hops.

I like my IPA's to have a bit heavier mouth feel, but on the plus side this drinks pretty smoothly and leaves a wet finish. This is much better than mighty arrow. Not a bad IPA give it a chance, but don't expect the holy grail.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:52:06 | More by bgreg3
Photo of Koufax21

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours beautifully. Clear, clear through the glass and a clean white head settles on top.

S - smells of grassy hops with a bit of citrus.

T - I have always thought that Colorado created several west coast IPA's away from the west coast, but I never included New Belgium BC in that. This IPA tastes just like a WC IPA with it's 70 IBU's and the Simcoe and Cascade hops.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - Easy drinkin' quality IPA. Give it a shot your mouth will thank you.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:31:53 | More by Koufax21
Photo of sweethome


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is, well pale...very pale golden color. Bright white head. A bit of a rocky lace survives.

Wow, what a nice nose, hope cones, pine sap, fresh cut grass. A hint of citrus fruits.

Entry is firm, significant hop bitterness up front. Soft water feel, mineral, a little too soft, pushing watery. Nice hoppy bite mid-to-late on the palate.

Flavors don't match the nose, grassy, apricot, some pine. Little malt backing, a hint of honey. Finish is a bit clipped. Enough bitterness to keep you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:33:20 | More by sweethome
Photo of elniko


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

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Glowing amber with soapy head and nice lacing. Not much carbonation apparent.

S: Nose is exactly what I was hoping for from a New Belgium IPA, definitely has the distinct New Belgium quality. I still found the nose somewhat lacking overall for an IPA however.

T & M: Mouthfeel just slightly thin, . Malt base is there but the bitterness is dominant. Hop notes are quite fruity and the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D: I was really looking forward to this beer to get New Belgium's take on an IPA. I was slightly let down as I just thought it would be a little more unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 22:55:55 | More by elniko
Photo of Lothore


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey hue with a 2 finger, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Resiny hops, light grainy backbone.

T- Deep piney hops all the way through without a bitter back end. Lots of grainy bready Fat tiresque maltiness.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- This is certainly my favorite new belgium beer thus far. Very easy to drink and well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 05:15:30 | More by Lothore
Photo of Mistofminn


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a mix six.

Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Upon further inspection, it has a copper tint to it, but it crystal clear. A nice, fluffy white head sits a top the beer, with great staying power. If I had no idea what this was, I might have actually pegged it to be a macro lager, because thats exactly what it looks like.

The nose is juicy hops, with a solid sweet malt backbone. You can tell this bottle fairly fresh and the hops are at their peak. So far so good, great smelling IPA.

Tastes about what you would expect, but milder. As soon as the beer hits the palate, a big wave of bitterness hits, along with fruity and grassy hops. About mid palate, everything vanishes into a mild nothingness, but the bitterness comes back in the finish.

About medium in body, with a slow laboring carbonation and a nice bitter bite. Decent lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is excellent, I had no problem finishing this single off and wouldn't see a sixer being a problem.

Overall, not a bad IPA. For the price, I will gladly get this again, as it's a solid example of the style, nothing bold just simple. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 04:16:16 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of ArrogantB


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bright orange color, clear, good head, decent lacing, looks like an IPA. Smells hoppy, grassy, citrus, good but not overpowering. The flavor was sort of west coast IPA, citrus and grass but no actual dank present. This was a good IPA but i'm betting the shelf life is not great. Also it was a little thin of rmy preferences.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:02:14 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear gold with strong hints of orange. Nice two finger, airy head. Very good retention. Laces well. I'm just not thrilled by the color.

Very strong grapefruit nose (Amarillo hops?). I'm picking the aroma up 6" off the glass. Hint of spiciness and a suggestion of the ABV. Mostly, though, just grapefruit.

Very creamy, smooth hit. Goes almost instantly to tart and dry. Very, very crisp bitter finish. Strong grapefruit, a little pine resin and oil. A little more complex than the nose suggests, but still mostly grapefruit.

Body balances the taste very well.

If you like dry-finishing IPA's, then this one is pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:36:19 | More by beer2day
Photo of allthatAles


4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Clean, smooth, pours a, golden highlighted, Amber, almost coppery. Head was nearly non-existent, and broke apart rather quickly

Nose: i am detecting two to possibly three hops. a slight almost malt residue blocks the first part, i get 'pollen' in middle and more 'flower' at the end, should such a thing be possible.

Mouth: a little soapy/bitter and the beginning, lively hops across the tongue and while the bubbles are at a minimum by design the few are move uninterrupted across the tongue and act as the on lingerance to the finish. Light, hopy, delightful. i see this beer as something you try on way to the more challenging and harsh IPA's and imperials. Personally, i could drink this everyday.

This beer makes the fourth offering from this brewery's line i have tried. this has revealed a theme to me of the fort collins brewery: Clean finishes. what's left to linger is so .... little. i think them some of the best at this, actually. Also, it does make me see the need for, well, he exact opposite. I'll cite the extreme Sour Blemish genre for contrast. However, as a beer nerd i think the its the balance and the choice that make it fun.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 17:18:34 | More by allthatAles
Photo of brewdoc75


2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A: Golden yellow and crystal clear. Nice, bright white head that dwindles to a lace. Great lacing down the sides.

S: Some fruitiness, faint tones of pine and citrus fruits. Light honey sweetness. Really not aromatic at all.

T: More of that fruitiness that blends well with the hop varieties. The hops are grapefruity with a hint of orange. Some piney bitterness in the end. The hop flavors are really very subdued, but the bitterness is pretty strong. Kind of odd. I would like some more hoppy flavor rather than bitterness. The bitterness is clean, but a bit heavy for the hoppy flavors. Malts add a light caramel sweetness with maybe a touch of bread.

M: Light bodied. Clean tasting. Great carbonation.

D: An average IPA at best. There is nothing glaringly bad about it, but it really lags behind many of the other great IPAs in flavor and aroma. I won't be buying this again, but wouldn't turn it away if I was offered one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 01:26:24 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of hobojon


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle tasted 2-10-10.

Aroma- piney and citrus. grainy sweet malt. some caramel. some alcohol. fruity yeast esters. resinous and hoppy.

App- filtered, clear. white foam, low retention but laces nicely. golden.

Taste- bitter pine and herbal hops. resinous and grainy finish. plenty of bitterness and resin, but lacking solid hop flavor. hints of grapefruit and citrus peel. grainy and bready malt with slight sweetness. resin is strong. slightly vegetative.

Mouthfeel- med carb. resinous end is rough, aggravates alcohol in throat. could be more smooth. dry.

Overall- impressed. not a belgian IPA... could be more smooth and refined but it is aggressive and hop balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 22:45:19 | More by hobojon
Photo of Buebie


2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. The pour produces a 2 inch white frothy head. Receding to leave a thin cap with sticky lace drageape. Color is a darker golden yellow. The ultra filtered look is not very appealing. Its crystal clear, like food coloring in water.

Aroma is a bit weak for the style, hops do not jump out in the traditional american ipa fashion. There are some jucy hop aromas, but they are very subdued. No malt aroma, some mild sweet butter, and a touch of fruity hops.

Taste is also quite thin, hops are better here, but flavors are subdued and almost watered down in taste and mouthfeel. I cannot understand how this was dubbed an american ipa, because it is not. Now had it been labled an epa, or pale ale, I would have likely given it an A. Mouthfeel is thin and water, some carbonation present.

Taste has some more mango fruit forward hop flavors and there is some mild malt sweetness coming forward.

All in all, go ahead and avoid this one if you are looking for smashing hops and a full flavored thicker brew.
Not pleased.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 22:42:50 | More by Buebie
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 7/9/10
Drank on: 2/9/10

12 oz. bottle poured into NB belgian glass

A= Translucent copper color, with a 3/4" head which slowly receeded to a nice halo with a thin layer of white foam remaining. Appears very carbonated.

S= Smooth aroma with malt laced notes in the beginning. Citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple.

T= mild maltiness with an herbal hoppiness in the middle, and a grassy hop finish. Piney, herbal and grassy hop notes. Great hop flavor! Not as bitter as many of the IPA's I am familiar with. NB's usual malt character comes through.

MF= Light but leaves a thin coating in your mouth and throat, bubbly on the tongue with a dry finish. Nice not out of control hop bitterness from start to finish with a mild lasting bitterness.

D= Quite drinkable, reminds me of a summer ale. I will definitely be buying another sixpack when the weather warms up.

Overall a delicious brew but not a great example of the IPA style. Would be a great beer to introduce non-hop heads to the world of true enlightened hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 21:54:21 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of Zaplt


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

Appearance - clear golden color, nice frothy white head with semi good retention and lacing.

Smell - hoppy deliciousness! citrus (grapefruit) earthy resinous smell I associate with hops...yum

taste - well balanced delicious hoppiness. strong fruity flavors from the hops, Well balanced like they advertised.

mouthfeel - smooth, a bit resinous in a pleasant way

Overall - good solid IPA. Pleased.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 07:24:12 | More by Zaplt
Photo of bnes09


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Transparent orange color brew - pretty standard. Thick white head with good retention and large patches of creamy lacing.

Nose is bold and inviting. I know this is going to be a hoppy treat for the palate.

Taste starts out with a good dose of citrusy hops, lots of lemon and grapefruit flavor. The malt provides a biscuity backbone which balances the flavor well. However, the finish is a little off, overly dry and quite soapy.

Medium-bodied ale with some mellow bubbles.

The bitter soapy aftertaste makes it a struggle to take another swig. Overall though, a descent IPA with a good flavor up to the finish but there are plenty of better examples of the style to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 05:19:46 | More by bnes09
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Crystal clear gold with a small but sticky head of pillowy foam. Nice rings of drippy lace. Fresh, oily hop aroma...grapefruit pulp, wood, pine resin, a little dank herbal-ness. Sweet, but it's mostly about the hops. Sweet, juicy red grapefruit flavor. Medium bitterness, medium body. Quite tasty, actually. A session-worthy, very solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:27:41 | More by wedge
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,189 ratings.