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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,482 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,482
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 61
Gots: 451 | 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 SassyBootblack
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like New Belgium, you don't expect them to have a dynamite IPA in their arsenal, but they certainly do now.

Appearance: Orange color and, I think, a slightly off-white head.

Smell: Big C-hop aroma. Cascade? Cenntenial?

Taste: Sweet malt and a rock solid citrusy C-hop flavors. Not too bitter and no trace of astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied.

SassyBootblack, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of bigbodybussey
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - was a pale amber with exceptional clarity. Poured and had a nice strong head with minor lacing.

Smell - You definetly smell the hops in this brew. It also has a slight floral smell to it (in a good way). The alcohol presence is present, but minimal.

Taste - Immediate bitterness from the hops rests on the back of your palate. This is followed by a definite sweet and earthy presence.

Mouthfeel - It is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - A delicious beer that truly surprised me. Definetly worth your time.

bigbodybussey, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of DrMalt
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Magic Hat pint glass.

Clear yellow, slightly amber with a two finger white head, left nice rings of lacing and holds a good sturdy head.

Aroma is citrus and pine with some yeast.

Flavor is nice blend of citrus, pine, earthy/grassy hops, touch of sweet malt in the middle, fair bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied.

Decent IPA, a fairly good offering from NB.

DrMalt, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. This was bottled 3 weeks ago, so it should be as fresh as I can get in a non-distributed state.

Looks great - an orange-ish brown beer with a nice white head that retreats to a ring.

Smell is citrus, a touch of pine, and some biscuity malt sweetness and slight toast. I love the mango smell, nice one, but overall it's just a touch inexpressive.

Taste is nice, this is kinda what I imagined a New Belgium IPA would be like. The "typical" NB biscuit/victory malt gives a touch of depth. Overall the base is sweet caramel with a touch of toast. The hops are bright orange and pineapple, with a splash of pine cones. Nice tasting IPA, not too bitter - I like the balance here.

Mouthfeel is light to medium light. Carbonation is perfect, sparkly. This is a really good beer. I may have to see if I can track down a few more bottles. I would drink this again.

jampics2, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Norfawkers
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although it smells amazing, fresh, and hoppy, there is little to no initial flavor... wait for the lingering hoppy finish!

Appearance: Clear, golden, light foamy head

Smell: Incredible. Piney, earthy, hops. In the bottle, it smelled almost like a vegetable

Taste: Not much to it. Actually a let down compared with the strong, pungent aroma of hops. Very light earth and pine notes.

Mouthfeel: Very light; not even very bitter for an IPA.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but I would like a little more flavor

Norfawkers, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Shuffledaddy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer in a folly pack. Serving is 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Light amber in color, nice two-finger-width lacing with moderate retention.

S- Smells strongly of orange, mango, coriander, and grapefruit. Slightly fruitier than a typical IPA.

T- Early palate is sweet biscuit malt, followed by a nice hop bouquet mid-palate. The hop notes are more tropical and flowery than the standard pine-y and citrus-y. The palate finishes with more of New Belgium's trademark sweet biscuit maltiness.

M- Moderate bodied, clean mouthfeel. No "sediment" grittiness here.

D- Highly drinkable. It may be a malty and sweet IPA, but it is very drinkable and could be good for those who aren't into hops. Another solid entry by NB that's worth a try.

Shuffledaddy, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Gouxman
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This American IPA has a nice orangish color and a huge citrusy hop aroma.

The hops in this beer give off flavors of pine resin and citrus (grapefruit, orange, mango). The toasted malt base adds a nice dimension to the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is pleasant and the finish lingers just long enough on palate. A great example of the West Coast style. And at 6.5% abv I can easily enjoy several of these without feeling bad later on.

I enjoyed this hoppy brew with Beer Can Chicken (did not use this beer in the chicken) and it worked out quite nicely.

Gouxman, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasing gold pour with 2 fingers of white foam. Laces the glass fairly well.

Aroma is pine resin up front, hint of citrus and malt.

Taste is up front pine and citrus bitter, mellows a bit to some malt and citrus again. Finishes with a nice herbal tone. Good burps.

Lighter body, but coats well. Extreamely easy drinking, almost sessionable. Certainly worth trying.

Bung, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Sept 19, 2010 (bottled June 19?). I think this is right at one month old...pretty fresh.

Pours crystal clear yellow, lightly amber with a two finger white head, leaves nice rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is citrus and pine with a noticeable amount of yeast and bread. Average.

Flavor is nice blend of citrus, pine, earthy/grassy hops, touch of sweet malt in the middle, fair bitterness on the finish. Doesn't quite feel like 70 IBU, however.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA, nothing groundbreaking, but solid.

elgiacomo, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of irishkyle21
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken while I was in Las Vegas. This IPA looks good off the pour. It has a fair sized white foam that leaves some nice lacing and a nice copper color.

Smells of grapefruits, tropical fruits and a good bit of pale malt.

Tastes of roasted malts, tropical fruits thanks to the hops and citrus.

Compared to other IPAs this one is lacking in certain areas buts it is still a good beer.

irishkyle21, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Ranger IPA into pint glass

Pours an immaculately clear light orange body with a frothy off-white head. Absolutely great sticky lace on the glass, with great retention. Looks as though they completely left out any sort of specialty grain, or if they were used it was very sparingly.

Nose is coarse with distinct chinook aromatics, grapefruit, pine resin, and tangerine rind.

Palette is ripe with red grapefruit, pine sap, tangerine peels, and maybe a touch of some sugar cookie from the malt.

Body is medium with a brisk carbonation that almost gets a bit creamy. Well done, without being really wrong in any way.

A surprisingly good IPA that can get chugged in serious quantity.

Flashsp2, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of McThirsty
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on Beer Advocate so I apologize for any vagueness.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into laser etched bottom tumbler glass

Appearance: Rich amber color with 2 finger head. Strong lacing. Thin layer of foams covers the beer through entirety of enjoyment.

Smell: Very pleasant citrus/ floral/ slightly spicy/ signature pine IPA scent.

Taste: Same notes as smell. Slightly bitter. Moderate carbonation. Almost biscuit like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: The carbonation gives it a nice pop feel

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and I would label it as a "sessionable" brew. IPAs are one of my favorite beer styles (especially during the warmer months) and this one is one of my favorites. Highly recommended to all other hop heads out there

McThirsty, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper/amber colored beer with a magnificent creamy pale yellow head that rushes out of the top of the glass. Sticky lace leaves stripes down the side of the glass as I empty it.
C-Hop aroma. Pine trees, citrus and tropical fruit.
Hops rule the stage as well they should. Some bready malts but this is all about the hops.
Medium bodied and sticky feeling
Easy to drink. This will become one of the go to IPAs for me. Great job New Belgium. There's always room for one more IPA when they are this good.

wcudwight, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into my Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a bright orange, initial head of about a finger and a half of off white foam. Retention and lacing are average. The nose is pretty good, pure hop resin. It seems like more and more hop forward beers (at least from American brewers) are going the citrus route, so it's always nice when I find a beer that's gone in a different direction. The taste is a little bit of a letdown, as after minimal (maybe even too little) malts upfront the hop bitterness thoroughly dominates any flavor that was hinted at in the nose. The score for taste would have been lower, but as the beer approaches room temperature this egregious imbalance begins to fade and the resinous hop flavor becomes more appreciable. The carbonation level is nice, a tad low for the style but still perfectly acceptable. The body however, as the lack of malty flavor might have suggested is entirely too thin for an IPA. The light body does lend the beer some drinkability; it drinks fairly easily. That said, I'd gladly trade some of that drinkability for a little more caramel or bready malt flavor. Ranger isn't a bad beer, it's just unfortunately brewed in a style that many breweries are a little more locked in on.

axeman9182, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color with a luxurious three finger off white head. There is nice head retention but no lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. A high dose of citrus and pine hit me up front. Nothing else seems to follow.

The taste is just fine. There is a nice pine quality as well as a light citrus with that oh so familiar hop bite leaving a light bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and softly carbonated. It feels a bit too low on carbonation for my taste, but no real big deal.

Drinkability is relatively high. The ABV is moderate but well incorporated and easily managed. The flavor profile is pleasing enough, and indeed it is an IPA. No major problems here.

Goliath, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of aeminter
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very pale copper color, clear, bone-white foamy head...very persistent...great lacing
S - Grapefruity citrus, resinous, earthy hop aromas
T/M - Nicely balanced, but heavier on the hop bitter end as expected. The hop flavor is more to the floral/citrus/herbal end of the spectrum. The carbonation is moderate but leaning to the high side. Medium body.

This is an other great offering from New Belgium. It's one of those beers that if you didn't have anything important to do it would be easy to kill a sixer without too much thought.

aeminter, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Rhynes2
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer here. I'm quite the hop head and so I might be a little biased towards the IPA's but this one is great. Nice light color with a foamy head that laces the glass wonderfully. The smell is very citrusy and not too overpowering. Simply one of the best IPA's ive had. I'll be getting this one again.

Rhynes2, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (marked 05sep10) poured into tulip

A- A moderate pour left a 1-1/2 to 2 finger, off-white head. The body was golden-bronze and quite clean with tiny bubbles of moderate to heavy carbonation. The head dropped to about 1/2 finger and left some great sticky rings on the glass.

S- It started with an initial hit of hops. They began earthy with grassy/leafy qualities. Hopping also exihibits grapefruit aroma. There's a sweet, malty backbone that's a little doughy with slight, caramel/brown sugar accents.

T- Really good balance as IPAs go. Varied hop qualities from earthy/grassy to grapefruit/zesty to peppery. Sweet malts are substantial enough to keep it in balance. The peppery finish really dries and cleans it up.

M- Rich, nearly oily. Initial sip was through substantial foam. It had lighter carbonation qualities than the visual would suggest. There was a definite hop tingle.

D- It really exceeded expectations for me. I purchased the beer in Chicago and wondered about freshness due to transit from Colorado. It's a nice balance of full/complex flavor without killing the tastebuds. I could see putting it into a regular IPA rotation if it was available in the MI market.

GRPunk, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few six packs of this fine IPA offering from a 'belgian' brewery from colorado, and I love it, along with many that they have

Apearence is good, a bright yellow

smell, is a very floral hop variet

taste: the taste is of a iipa, but not as much body, lots of sharp hoppieness brings out a lot

Mouthfeel is good, not to heavy, the lightness is great when you want a hard citrus, hop feel and not so much thickness

the drink is great, as far as Ipas go, this goes down quite well

Its not the best IPA no, but its pretty damn good and a value for a 7 dollar or so price point for a 6 pack

Elimination, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of BobJustBob
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a 16 Oz dimpled mug.
This beer has a head on it. I'm talking serious foam. Sucking some of it up, the flavour is not unlike a Grapefruit Sorbet.
Colour is a very clear reddish amber.
The lacing is something to behold. It sticks to the glass like that aerosol fake snow people used to spray on Xmas trees.
Aroma is redolent with Grapefruit and Mango notes.
This is inviting stuff. Nice mix of Citrus and Pine tastes, wrapped around a pleasant slightly sweet malt.
The Simcoe Hops are an interesting addition. It seems to turn this brew into something that could be called a "Trans-Atlantic IPA." It has more in common with West Coast versions, but there are hints of the traditional English style in Ranger.
Drinkability is obscenely good. Very easy to polish off a six pack, even though it's at the risk of becoming paralytic afterward.
All in all, a very worthy representation of the style and my second favourite at this point.

BobJustBob, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Boxus
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with a thick white head which retains well, leaving a nice subtle lace.

The smell is nice, but light and kind of confusing. There is only a light smell of citric hops, balanced against a nutty scent that reminds me of Fat Tire. The flavor is quite similar - there is a small and pleasant blossom of hop flavor which very quickly resigns amidst an almond tone (again, think Fat Tire). The aftertaste is disappointing - flat and bitter.

What redeems this beer for me is its drinkability - this is one of the lightest IPA's I've ever had, and it goes down very smooth despite the little hop rush. While its flavor pales in comparison to other IPA's, it gets its niche for being one of the most drinkable of its style. Keep in mind that it hits at a respectable 6.5%.

Boxus, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber color with a thick tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Pop the top shishsh and the air around you is filled with a nice hoppy aroma. Smell is of citrus, grapefruit and hoppy.

The taste has a good bit of malt upfront, but has citrus and pine notes in there as well. Has a bitter dry finish, but it's not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. A very well balanced and drinkable IPA.

Thanks jerz!

weissbierdrinker, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Ranger IPA in a grocery store. $6.49. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color and is clear. A few bubbles are seen rising in the glass. Creamy head with peaks and valleys of bubbles caps the beer, leaving modest drapes of lace on the glass.

Smell is floral, maybe with a hint of dried grapefruit and spice.

Taste has a modest bread flavor up front, with a decidedly pine bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, with a slight cloying quality and a wet bitter aftertaste.

Very drinkable IPA. A bit unusual, perhaps because it tastes like it has the Fat Tire malt behind it. Not your typoical west coast IPA, but good, and I would buy it again, especially at this price.

RJLarse, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very clear golden color, with loads of carbonation & a fat 'rootbeer' head: lots o' bubbles & creamy. This head has staying power!

Grapefruit assault battalion fairly POPS out of the glass, followed quickly by a fruity, floral scent.

Taste is slightly sweet & quite light. Lots of hops & bitters, trending to the piney.

With a crisp & lively mouthfeel, this is a refreshing & quite drinkable little brew.

velmalikevelvet, Jul 10, 2010
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.

salvo, Jul 07, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,482 ratings.