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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,473 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,473
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 61
Gots: 448 | 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 thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

A-Poured into an official New Belgium glass. Its gold, translucent, with a thick, billowy, white head that lasts a decent amount of time. It leaves some awesome lacing the entire length of the glass.

S-Pretty strong nose featuring grapefruit and some piney hops. No real malt presence.

T-Grapefruit hops with some earthy/piney hops as well. Not much malt at all, making this an unbalanced beer. Its also has a very dry finish.

M-A little thin for the style.

D-The lack of balance and dryness of this beer negatively impact its drinkability for me. I am glad I tried it, but I doubt I will drink it again.

thegodfather2701, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

Served in a pint glass at the Black Sheep Lodge in Austin.

Light amber with a small head producing very little lace. Understated floral hops in the aroma. Front end is grassy and citrusy. Lighter body than one would expect from the style. Drinks like a very understated West Coast IPA, almost a compromise between West Coast and East Coast styles. Moderately bitter back end.

LittleDon, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, lightly bubbling. Head formation is light, just a film, off white in color.

S - Grainy, floral, orangy. Some grapefruit notes are present. Very potent hopping.

T - Starts off with an immediate hop attack, very grassy and sweet. Mid-stream is even more bitter. Lots of piney notes. Finishes with a very harsh bitter edge. Strong aftertaste.

M - Strong bodied, in both carbonation and in beer body. Oily texture, sticking to the tongue. Seems almost sticky.

D - Decent drinkability. ABV, while not extreme, will certainly get to you. Not filling. Bitterness does begin to rip up the palette.

katan, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Nerfherderhan
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

Now I like American IPA's a lot, and in already liking New Belgium as a whole for putting out consistently decent brews (on par with Sierra Nevada in my opinion), I was excited to see and taste this beer.

A- Copper like a penny, but a bit of a golden tint to it.

S- Smelled a bit flowery and yeasty as these do to me.

T- This is, I think, in terms of the more accessible and affordable, one of the best American IPA's out there. I haven't found any more that I'd probably consistently buy a 6-pack of to keep in the fridge as a non-complicated, straight up American IPA. Its a bit hoppy, has a smooth taste and seems pretty darn well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel was covered a bit before, but yes its quite smooth and doesn't linger with its bitterness too long as some IPA's tend to.

D- I can keep drinking these as long as the one before it is done. Its fresh tasting, doesn't make me feel like I'm going to explode, and not too heavy on the alcohol. So yes in terms of liking a beer that you can just keep on drinking and enjoying in large or small quantities, I loved it.

Nerfherderhan, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a bomber into a Yazoo tulip pint...

Pours a deep golden color and a thick creamy white head... Very thick and creamy head here... A beautiful refreshing looking beer...

Aromas of citrusy grapefruity and also piney hoppiness with a nice malt balance to it...very nice...

nice blend of malts and hops here... Not overly hoppy, just a drinkable IPA which is nice... Citrusy and juicy...

A nice IPA from NB...not world class, but solid

Tilley4, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Ranger is a clear, deep golden color with a frothy, soapy white head. The nose is all hops, west coast citrus with Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook being present. There is perhaps just a hint of a lightly toasted malt background, otherwise hops dominate. Reminds me of fresh plug hops straight out of the package. The flavor is also all hops but not quite a hop bomb. Nice citrusy pressence, grapefruit, lemon and pine resin all present and pretty much all that is discernable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer, well done and reasonably balanced. Not a hop bomb but doesn't dissapoint either.

gmfessen, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brass color with a white head that stuck around as a layer leaving fine bubbled lacing on the glass.
S - citrus, earthy and floral hop aromas.
T - a good balance of flavorful hops and solid malts holding together well.
F - medium bodied with a smooth, dry feel.
D - Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of punkguysc
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

For my first trip to CBX in Charleston, I purchased a growler of New Belgium's Ranger IPA on recommendation.

A: Using the New Belgium tulip, this beer poured smoothly revealing a dark amber color with tones of orange.

S: Incredible aroma. Grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth, with a bitter almost piney hop smell to it.

T: Wonderfully bitter with a pronounced grapefruit way in the back. Dry at the end.

M: Nothing overwhelming, very comfortable.

D: I would love to try this on tap, as it is highly drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: Growler to Tulip glass.

Reviewed on 04.22.2010

punkguysc, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a nice bright orange color with a great looking head that is about an inch thick and retains very well. Lacing is very good too. There is a slight bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass

S: I did nto get much aroma from this one. Some caramel and some citrus, but i was not very pungent

T: Very piney and grapfruitish to start, profiving a touch of bitterness and citrus. A caramel note is present in the backround and comes with a second wave of light citrus lemon.

M: Very thin, but thre is no harshness or heat

D: Could surely have a few of these and be happy.

mikey711, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of GENNER
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

I enjoyed this beer.

I bought a six-pack at 7-11 in Glendora. I was in there for when this stopped me in my tracks. Being a New Belgium fan I just had to try it!

When I got home i pulled out my New Belgium globe glass to enhance my drinking expereince.

It pours out a gloden haze that changes after settling. To a cripser golden witha hint of orange color. Created a nice thick faomy head that laced my glass down to the last drop.

Smelled hoppy sweet, with the a hint of maltiness. Citrusy and Piney. Full of Hoppy floral sweetness.

Taste of Piney hops with light biscut maltiness. Very refreshing crips citrus. Light alcohol taste. Resination lingered in th mouth, maybe longer the I like.

Enjoyed the carbonation that tingles my tounge, with a hop sweetness on the breath. Very refreshing. very drinkable.

A re-occuring thought was, floral hoppy sweetness!

This is a well balanced bitter IPA that will not scare some friends away from enjoying.

GENNER, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear gold color with a 3/4" long lasting fluffy white head that settled slowly and left a bunch of sheet lace behind.

S= Hop aroma was grapefruit, pine, and lightly floral. Malt presence in the nose was light and crackery.

T= Solid hop bitterness right from the start. Malts were light but brought enough sweetness to balance. More citrus than pine in the hop flavor, but these two seemed more equally matched than when I had this on tap. Finished with a light alcohol dryness.

MF= Medium bodied with a lasting crisp carbonation level. Refreshing on the tongue.

D= Nicely drinkable. Its better on tap but also very good from the bottle.

spointon, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29 (sale price, it's normally about 20 cents more). Best by August 8, according to the label.

Poured a golden amber color, with a big, creamy-looking white head. Said head took it's time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides o my glass.

Citrusy hops jump out at ones nose with this beer. There's also some bready malt notes but they're very subdued by comparison.

More herbal in the taste than I would have thought by the smell, but not to an unpleasant degree. Still, not quite as tasty as I was expecting from the nose. Fairly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, pucker-inducing mouthfeel.

Decent, not earthshattering. If you are in the mood for a dry, more herbal take on the style, this is for you. It's not quite how I like my IPAs, but it's by no means bad. Nevertheless, not bad isn't as good as, well...good, and there's both good and great IPAs available around here. Consequently, I shan't need to get this again unless at a very cheap price.

woemad, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big foamy, bubbly white head that takes forever to settle, around 3 fingers, clear pale golden orange in color

S: Smells very bitter and sharp, definitely florally but super powerful

T: Again it stars very sharp, the floral qualities build, but then it gets overly bitter, the flavor drops out, the finish gets better again though, the malt helps in the end with a slightly sweet toasted flavor

M: Slightly dry throughout and in the finish, good medium body

D: Good, bite is a lot, but flavor is ok

Notes: The flavor is here, but its just too bitter for the amount of flavor that is there. They need to up the hop flavor to match the intensity and then it would be really good.

dpodratsky3, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a pint glass

Golden orange in color. Very clear with a few bubbles rising to the top. Fat three finger white head. Takes awhile to die down to a decent layer of foam on top with nice lacing left behind.

Yup, that's an ipa. I get citrusy grapefruit and orange rind notes, and dank pine.

The taste brings some barley malts up front. Some slight mintiness and herbal/leafy hops. Then dank, and citrus as grapefruit and orange rind. Not a huge hop punch, but nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty high carbonation, but not super assertive/prickly bubbles.

An easy drinker, definitely could knock back a few. A pretty good price point for what it is too.

billshmeinke, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 09JUL10. Bright golden body is very pleasing. The frothy-creamy head left plenty of white lace on the glass.

Smell was a nice green, earthy hops aroma. Hardy candy and tangerines. Leafy and organic. Yummy.

Taste was a good interplay of sweet, biscuity malts and bright earthy hops. My new favorite New Belgium beer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and adequately carbonated. I could drink this one everyday, a very solid AIPA.

Cresant, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of RussK
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Amber golden with paper white head that dissipates to some heavy, thorough lacing.

S - pine, hops, resin, very slight citrus ...nice lush hops smell

T - hops brightness and bitterness...taste follows nose...very hoppy but not to the point of novelty

M - good tight bubble contrasts thick slight syrup feel

D - decent IPA...perhaps New B's most hop-pronounced beer? someone can correct me if I am wrong.

I enjoyed this beer with a platter of wings, half lemon pepper, half jerk seasoning. The brightness of the hops played off of the lemon, celery and jerk spice, while the slight bitterness cut the heat of the wings...the smoothness of the beer complimented the cool ranch dressing just right. A decent brew for those wanting a more substantial IPA experience.

RussK, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy white foam on top of a dark golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A fruity hop aroma of mango and orange/grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the background with a little bit of honey malt character.

T - Spicy hops up front with a little bit of grapefruit. Bready malt in the middle with light toast and some pine hop character. Finishes with lemon and pithy grapefruit flavor and smooth, but strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, balanced IPA with great hop character, especially in the aroma. There is a nice balance in the finish with a subtle dryness that helps to emphasize the hop character.

nickfl, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of AboutBeverages
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%

Copper/red, yellow in color. Notes of hops in the aroma, with hints of herbs and fruit on the end. Initially mild on the palate, but then turns real herbal, and really dries out the tongue. Some metallic notes were picked up the finish. Overall, very dry and not well balanced.

AboutBeverages, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of rye726
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Pours a woody tan with a thin beige head. Nose has sweet candy malts and light grassy hops. Taste is quite malty with again a mellow hop presence. Lots of toffee and camael. Body finishes a bit light. I'd call it more of an English IPA than American.

rye726, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Wegbier
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

poured into long tulip for pleasure of appearance this sunny afternoon.

pours at firs a nice big fluffy and mountainous head of eggshell head. fades to light coverage with good stubborn lacing. Light honey color

smells of citrus with slight floweryness.

tastes like baked biscuit carmalized orange. a light sweetness.

mouthfeel, very light bitterness hits the back of the throat, carbonation is too light

very drinkable, a session IPA. enjoyable and doesnt challange doesnt offend

Wegbier, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours an ultra-clear light amber. This looks like a lager; like a bock or something. The head sits at two solid fingers of white fluff. This doesn't look like many IPAs but it is pretty. The lacing does its thing admirably as well.

The beer smells soapy and spicy with a faint sense of grapefruit. The hops, that is, smell that way. Some pine, too. I'm expecting the malts to shine and become assertive and, though it takes a while, it happens. It smells pretty sweet. Meh.

Sweet, sugary malt is what this supposedly American-style IPA tastes like. The hops? Ummmm, let me try and find them again. *dives down* *minutes pass* *surfaces* Welp, I found a couple but that's it. There is some light grapefruit but it leaves the palate quicker than the average length of term for a CTU Director on "24." There is no hop bitterness. There is no finish. No aftertaste. This is disappointing and I came in with low expectations.

This is pretty thick for an IPA. I've had double IPAs that are thinner. And if you've read my reviews then you know that I personally prefer a light mouthfeel for hoppy beers. I have mixed feelings about the drinkability. One one hand the beer is light and super-easy to drink. On the other hand it is as boring as the first 15 episodes of season 8 of "24."

This beer might score more favorably as an Amber Ale. As an IPA? Nope.

Reaper16, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a thick inch and a half head and hold for two minutes at least.

A decent IPA. Funny that I really don't like Fat Tire or anything else by them. A good mid-level IPA.

Some decnt hop tones, not biscuity like their other stuff, but the balance is decent. Medium mouth feel-easy drinker overall.

AllFineThings, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ironlung
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Light copper. Tiny head. Faint grassy smell. Taste is very smooth and original for an ipa. We all know by now that I love a good punch in the mouth with hops, but this beer has it's place. Plus I'll get that punch later with the Elder. The closest comparison I can give this brew to is Lagunitas Ipa. Has a much differnt mouthfeel to it though. Overall it's worth a try, and I'll come back for more when ever I need to break up the monotony. Well done Mr. Red Bicycle!

ironlung, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of darthmiles
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Carried 2 bombers home to RI from Las Vegas on Thursday. Bought at Lee's Discount Liquors on Flamingo (great beer store, btw, nice selection and knowledgeable staff) for only 2.99 each. So my expectations were for an average brew.
Well, not so fast bucko.
A very clear, amber color and shockingly white full thick head were just the beginning, the lacing was extreme and painted the glass all the way down.
Very tasty IPA, not an extreme hoppiness but very nicely balanced with some bitterness and citrus.
I could drink this beer all summer, if only, if only it was available here in New England.

darthmiles, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Clean fresh hop aroma. Some sweet, citrus, sweet-citrus, mild pine. Slight hop backing. Very nice.
Brilliantly clear golden body with firm and dense somewhat small cap. Ample lacing.
Nicely balanced malt flavors with the hop flavors and mild to moderate and growing bitterness which is never to excess, and leaves a very extended finish.
Lighter body than many. The slight prickliness of the carbonation adds texture and interest to the drink, yet in fullness they add a softness. Well done.
Drinks easily and smoothly. I'm satisfied with one, but having another would not be a problem.

garymuchow, Apr 11, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,473 ratings.