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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,801
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 573 | 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 Jinholic
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden orange body with 2 fingers of off white rocky head, got some fine lacing here too boot.

Smell - Hops and lots of them citrus with some sappy pine in the back and the slightest sweet malt scent is picked up.

Taste - Rush of hops right off the bat followed by that good old hop bite while still not being too bitter. Doesn't seem that complex its a bit over on the hop side I wish there was a little more malt in the mix.

Mouthfeel - Smooth crisp but not that refreshing it has a bit of an overall dryness that wants me not to have more than 2 of these.

Overall - Not the worst IPA not the best IPA but I think they could do much more with this, it seems they just wanted something that was super hoppy which it is but it comes out lacking the flavor that it could have. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Jinholic, May 22, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, pale orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mix of citrus and pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and a gingerbread like maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite malty and more English than American, but nice nonetheless.

OWSLEY069, May 21, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Golden in color. A nice frothy head appears and leaves nice sticky lace on the glass.

A: Hop forward aroma for sure. Cascade hops first, followed by citrus and grass. A nice malt backbone evens it up.

T: Though the nose was Cascade the taste is chinook. Chinook hops all the way here. A small caramel malt flavor in the middle and it finishes dry, somewhat sweet, and very bitter.

M: On the lighter side of medium. A little light on the carbonation, so a bit oily, but not too bad.

O: Pretty solid example of a Chinook IPA. I could have a few of these. Skal.

Gtreid, May 20, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12oz bottle from Mike, the New Belgium Rep (Midwest). Came with a Brown New Belgium- Ranger Trucker hat as well. Has a 21JUL11 date on the front in white print.

Appearance- Pours a nice 5 finger, white head and has a golden and clear body. Retention was awesome as it stayed around the ENTIRE drink with over 1 finger of head and the lace was very thick.

Smell- Very strong citrus/grapefruit hop and almost a honey aroma with possibly its malts used? Nice characteristics here!

Taste- Has a huge taste just like the aroma. Nice hops used, definitely an American IPA sly and has a very big time bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Viscosity, and very smooth. Citrus is left on the palate after the drink, primarily on the sides of the tongue.

Overall- Great beer! Almost like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale though... Strange how some beers pop out in your mind when your drinking others. Would only enjoy 1 or 2 of these in a night but perfect style and beer.
Now available in 12 Packs!

DCon, May 19, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Nice transparent golden/orange color. A careful pour produces just about no head but leaves a lacing.

Smell: A nice citrus bouquet. Very enjoyable. Not in your face but some nice subtlties.

Taste: A little biscuity but then very much balanced out by the hops. I think this might be one of the more balanced IPAs. Nothing is overpowering, everything works in harmony. I really like the hop character, a little grassy then citrusy. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel, fits the style perfectly, nice carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing. An extremely drinkable IPA. If New Belgium was available in NJ I would make this a staple in my fridge. This is probably one of my favorite IPAs. I strongly believe it is much better than the B+ rating it receives.

OddNotion, May 19, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 05/08/2011, so I'm technically a week late. Bottled on 12/7/2010.

A: Thick, foamy, off-white head with excellent lacing. Golden olive oil color with large carbonation bubbles. Very appealing.

S: Strong, earthy, and piney hops with sweet honey malt in the background.

T: Very clean hops taste with a sweet malt backbone. Great hops bitterness without overdoing it. A bit of alcohol on the back end.

M: Medium-light bodied, very crisp and clean. Dryness from the hops lingers slightly.

O: Very solid American IPA that has plenty of hops without being overpowering. A sweet honey malt balances the crisp hops bitterness. Enjoyable.

tito42, May 18, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this can in Seattle.

A: Appearance is apple juice in a glass with little to no head to brag about.

S: Nose is strong malt with a slight hop presence. Some light orange perhaps in the back

T: Taste is refreshing - best way to describe it. It goes down smooth and has a nice lingering bitter but isn't a hop punch to the face.

M: Very light carbonation along with a thirst quenching feeling almost similar to water. Would be a great summer beer.

O: Not bad at all. Can't say I was amazed but would definately go back to it for a standard.

beerman207, May 14, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chi's Wheatridge. Poured an amberish color with about a quarter inch head that quickly disapated. Aromas of malt, pine, and some citrus. Taste was quite a bit hoppier than I remember tasting in the bottle last spring/summer. Malt, piney, and a bit of citrus with a fair amount of hop bitterness. Definitely different on tap than in the bottle. Might have to try a couple more of these.

Schmittymack, May 13, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, and again, thankful to aschwab for this generous gift. I still have some left.

I have had good experiences with new belgium and ranger isn't far from it. The pour isn't a standard IPA by any means. a bright orange tone glows very prominently and there's lots of carbonatsion going on. Not only that, the head is extremely compact and resembles yeastier belgians- lasts almost indefinitely and leaves tonnes of lacing, and of course that rocky look the foam acquires at some point.

Smell pops out right ahead, and it definetly ain't belgian. This is vintage IPA. That strong, hoppy piney feel becomes undisputable but it somehow makes itself feel sweet to the nose. perhaps malts are hidden beneath rather than right there.

Taste, this is an IPA. I loved it because it simply is a staple of a beer, very prominent hops all over but not being overly bitter, and the malts seem to be the underdog here making it just discretely sweet in the end )rather than the other way around). Alcohol also seems to be lying underneath very stealthily, but it somewhat lets itself be noticed when swallowing it (i mean, that feel you get from your throat to your nose).

The body is well carbonated although would seem much worse if we went by the head alone. it's also a bit oily so it's not much of a thirst quencher.

Nonetheless, once again, a fab american IPA.

Andreji, May 13, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours something like full gold, I guess, with a one finger cream head that subsides and leaves lace. On the nose there are more or less equal parts of grapefruit and bread, with little or no hint of sweeter malts. In the mouth, the bread coats the mouth, maybe just a touch of caramel malt sweetening the deal a little, all providing a backdrop for mild grapefruit rind. The finish is long enough with the malts dying away, leaving just the grapefruit hanging around with nice carbonation making things seem clean.

Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA, not especially hop-bombish but pleasant enough on its own terms. Especially at the price, it's a nice brew to have available.

EricCioe, May 11, 2011
Photo of TastyTaste
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, balanced IPA from New Belgium. Clear light copper, white head. Piney and citrus smell, good for the style. The taste delivers a nice hop bite with a sturdy backbone that is quite pleasant. The taste lingers and shifts, drifting between the bitter and fruity. I very solid offering from New Belgium.

TastyTaste, May 07, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium, ah... They always manage to not impress me enough to bring their beers back to Australia with me. And yet they're always consistent. Let's see how this one goes...

Pours a very clear, light and bright golden colour, with a fine and full head of white bubbling. Lacing is good; thin and fine, but sticky and intricate. Some fine carbonation, but not a lot. Overall, it looks like a fine drop of beer.

Nose is fresh and hoppy. Not pungent, but soft, spicy and fruity. Citrus notes dominate, with the sweeter end—oranges and tangerines—giving the biggest contribution. Lovely and fresh, and intoxicating. Quite gorgeous.

Taste is also good, but very subdued. Mild, but smooth on the palate, with an uplift of hoppiness that never moves beyond the sparse. Slight nuttiness on the back, with an organic burst of freshness. Green, a little citrussy, but certainly not a huge amount of bite.

Extremely easy to drink, this is an IPA that you could sit with all night. I'm pleased to say that this is one of the best NBB beers I've had. That it's one of their regular range is telling—they have got the basics just right.

lacqueredmouse, May 07, 2011
Photo of jag21
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, relatively translucent, not very cloudy. White head, good lacing.

S: Great citrus and pine hop aroma. Not much malt in the aroma, but a great mix of hops.

T: Taste is a bit heavy on the hops, I wish there was more malt character. That being said, the hops are nice in this, a good mix of citrus, floral, and pine.

M: Lots of carbonation, wish there was a bit less

O/D: This is a very drinkable if not perfect IPA, and the canned version is great for backpacking

jag21, May 05, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Note: this bottle gushed upon opening. Medium gold in color with brilliant clarity. Moderate near-white head stand with decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Zesty American hops-citrus, pine, resin, and a hint of spice. Over a nice, firm foundation of bread and sweet caramel. Slight off aroma of skunkiness or cattiness, but not too offensive.

Flavor-Smooth bready malt opens up to piney, resiny, and slightly catty hop flavor. Hops dominate the mid-palate, and the finish has a fresh green hop character to it. In the aftertaste, a hint of bready malt comes back in to focus but moderate bitterness is the primary feature in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Very nice-smooth and creamy on the palate.

Decent, though I feel like I've had better experiences with this beer on tap. The hop character was decently bright, but a little bit funky in the nose-I wonder if the gusher indicated the beginning of an infection or if it was just an over-carbonated bottle. Nonetheless, still a good, and highly drinkable beer.

plfahey, May 04, 2011
Photo of peakoil101
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank two of these, poured from the can, and enjoyed the crisp drinkability. It's a beautiful clear bronze IPA with medium foamy head. Pour slowly to keep the foam down. It has a sweet hoppy smell but not overly flowery.

The first sip tastes solid with a decent bite, but it's very drinkable. Very enjoyable overall!

peakoil101, May 04, 2011
Photo of rbhockeyfan
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - Nice amber color with a better than average head and nice lacing on the glass

Smell - nothing out of the ordinary for and IPA. Floral hops and pine

Taste - Again, typical IPA. Nice bitter but nothing that wows me. Lots of hops and nice dry floral end note

Mouthfeel - dry, similar to a red wine mouth feel.

Not the best beer I have had, but for an IPA that is available at the grocery store it is not bad. As I said before nothing super impressive going on with this one but it is a nice average IPA.

rbhockeyfan, May 01, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very light golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and a rim of clingy lacing,the smell is very tropical with aromas of banannas,mangoes,paw paw,citrus and piney,resiny hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and allows the tastes of mangoes,banannas,lychee,citrus and marzipan all to mingle quite nicely before being finished off with a nice hit of piney hops and overall its definately a nice AIPA and will buy again cheers.

ADZA, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of drinkofczars
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice label. Chronic green coloring with some nice graphic hops sprawled out under the "Ranger India Pale Ale" label. Beer has an outstanding light color to it. Not rated a perfect 5 because I prefer my American IPA's a little hazier.

S- Amazing. One of the most delightful citrus smelling IPA's I have had the pleasure of sinking my nose into. The smell of the hops are very robust surrounding the citrus flavors and trail off nicely as you begin to pick up the floral notes.

T- Nice and mellow tasting for an IPA. I would like a little more bite from the hops, and would expect more looking at the innocuously radiating buds on the bottom of the label. Delicious

M- Good carbonation but borders on the arena of too-much. Pleasant from your first sip down to the last gulp. Not too thick, not too thin.

O- I think this is one of the best reviews I have ever given a beer. Maybe it was a combination of me having a really good day, or being in an optimistic mood. Either way; spectacular beer. I was never a big fan of New Belgium Brewery after having Fat Tire at my brothers wedding, but this beer has rekindled my interest in them.

Super good beer.

drinkofczars, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is quite popular around Purdue's campus, where I've lived the past 3 years. Fat Tire is definitely their main seller/cult classic, but I have yet to try that. This one I had on-tap at Brownsburg, IN's Buffalo Wild Wings, served in a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pale gold body that boldly outshines many other PA's I've had. Gorgeous. It has a medium-thick head with abundant lacing up and down the glass on all sides. The carbonation looks intense, as it's still fizzing away after a good 20 minutes.

S: Piney hops are big and strong. Some melon notes, but mostly bright, inviting hops (that's an IPA for you).

T: Not as big as the nose. Hops come in the form of pine/mint, and starchy, almost chewy yeast makes its appearance quickly after. This leads to a very present tropical feel. Typical for an IPA, but not really pronounced enough to hold my interest. Gets a bit more "homey" as it warms, adding some grass/outdoor blends. Drinkable, but not superb.

M: I love a good draft PA; this one is very bubbly and upfront, but, unfortunately, it's nothing more than average, really.

O: I can say that this beer is worthy of its following amongst college students. If you are truly looking for a great IPA, though, there are many better ones for the same price.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of keith712
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing “Ranger” IPA. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic tumbler*

Appearance: A stunning bright copper, absolutely crystalline clear. Two fingers of a nice frothy, white head. Beautiful lacing as the level goes down. Nice carbonation bubbles present themselves in a steady but subdued release.

Nose: Grassy, some citrus, with a nice biscuit presence. A malt presence, albeit small, smooths everything out. Far less grapefruit/citrus than most “hophead” IPA’s normally present.

Taste: Nice hops as expected from an IPA, but not overpowering nor obtrusive. There is the grassy flavor followed by a nice hops bitter that sticks around a bit after the finish. Crisp and dry, no thickness at all. The malts are there to finish out the flavor profile, but certainly not a malty IPA in any way.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention crisp? Carbonated nicely, just about perfect for this bright and snappy IPA. No heavy feel at all and this invites me to have another swallow. This is a great brew.

Drinkability: Awesome. A claimed 6.5% ABV is not noticeable to me, and the moderate 70 IBU is simply well stated and this would make a great introductory IPA to a beginner, while still retaining the punch a hophead loves. I could drink a six pack of these over a barbecue session with no problems other than a nice buzz.

Overall: 4 out of 5! A nice change from the “normal” IPA. Excellent IPA profile with a slight twist. I was pleasantly surprised at the character since I had not heard a lot about this beer. * Don’t waste this one in the bottle, it really comes alive when poured. I drank a couple of these from the bottle the night before at a friend’s house and it certainly seemed less “alive” than when I poured it aggressively into my tumbler at home.

keith712, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. I got this in a trade from by buddy Jeff in Seattle. We don't get NB out here in Maryland as of yet. I'd read and heard good things about this IPA.

A - Crystal clear light copper, big fluffy white head, sticky wedded lacing , decent head retention throughout the tasting, steady carb streams for a few minutes

S - Sweet, malty, citrus, pungent hops

T - Up front mild hop bitterness, creamy fruity grapefruit sweet middle, long lingering hop bitter finish

M - This to medium bodied, crisp carb

O - This is a decent and fairly well balanced IPA. It stands up there with the rest of my craft IPA choices and I can see myself getting a six pack or a few bombers a year. It's not mind blowing but it's very good for what it is.

tbrown4, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I sure am glad I decided to give this a try.

A- Poured a copper colored body with a solid white one finger head. Average lacing, for an IPA

S- Wonderful scent of floral and citrus hops. A tiny hint of mango or papaya, as well as a bread-like malt character.

T- Lemon, pine, grass, and bitter hops are almost immediately picked up, followed by a slight bread-like malt described in the aroma. The mango/papaya sweet fruit is a bit more present in the aftertaste. Absolutely wonderful.

M- Relatively creamy for an IPA. Carbonation is right where it should be. Just a tad bit too dry, though.

D- Could and would definitely drink a six pack without hesitation. I'm going to go grab another right after I finish typing this sentence.

Jishguy, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber body with thick white pancake batter head.

Smell - Grassy. Not particularly lime-peely like other IPAs.

Taste - Sharp clean bite. Hoppy and grassy, unsurpsisingly.

Mouthfeel - Crisp.

Overall Drinkability - I like it. One of the better mass marketed IPAs.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a seven ounce pour of it as a part of a sampler at Pour 24 at Las Vegas’ New York New York Casino. It was one among two IPA’s in the sampler and a little overpowered by the other but pretty good none-the-less.

Pours a bright clear copper with a very white head that actually left a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is very west coast, with a lot of citrus and some slight malt presence.

Flavor was quite nice, again, high on the hops but well balanced in general.

I have mixed feelings about New Belgium. I like some of their beers, I don't like others. This is one that I'll have again when I see it.

david18, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of FattyJLE
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with a puffy off-white head that leaves a sticky, long lasting lacing.

S - Perfect example of a west coast hop aroma. Resinous citrusy hops almost like smelling a fresh hop addition to the boil kettle. The hops dominate the aroma with little added by the malts.

T - Bitter citrus hops right upfront, grapefruit and orange peels. A grassy bitter aftertaste. However, the hops are very well balanced with the malt. Although the hops dominate the beer, a slight malt sweetness emerges.

M - A little thin-bodied and watery and a little low on the carbonation.

O - This beer is a strong showing. The only downside may be the watery mouthfeel. West coast hop lovers will love this beer, but if you're looking for something complex, you won't find it here. That said, this is a solid IPA that I would definitely have again.

FattyJLE, Apr 20, 2011
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,801 ratings.