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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,981 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,981
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 664 | 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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rodman's, $2.99. One of the cheapest bombers I've seen.

A crystal clear bronze with a dense, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. The nose is surprisingly good. A blend of mild pine and moderate citrus with orange peel, a mild orange juice character and some tropical fruit. Were Cascades used in this beer? I really can't get much malt character here, apart from a mild toast.

The palate opens with a moderate grapefruit pith bitterness, and a mild pine-like bitterness, as well. There's plenty of flavor too, including some citrus and some tropical fruit. There isn't much malt presence here, with a touch of toast. The freshness keeps the hops bright and vibrant. There's a mild resin character as well. Drying and bitter on the finish, this beer is fairly light in body and is moderately carbonated. The mid-palate is just a touch watery, though. All told, this is a surprisingly good IPA, and this fresh, it's awfully enjoyable.

Photo of gopens44
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear solid yellow allows a little ascending bubble parade to dance up in an effort to resupply what was previously a proud, thick and frothy just off white head with great lacing.

S - A bit more muted than I had hoped, but what I can gather is pure hop presence while lacking any hint of most any other scent

T - Very solid citrus hop bitter fun, followed by not much else. Very much like the smell in both character and delivery.

M - Highly carbonated with decent body. Aftertaste is lightly bitter but not too long lasting.

O - I'm excited that this is widely available since it is certainly a quality IPA that really hits the spot.

Photo of Murrhey
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Light amber color, heavy carbonation. Finger width white head with large bubbles, decent retention and sticky, ribbed lacing.

S- Hop city. Very strong on the bittering hops. Not super complex as far as I can smell, but the hoppiness is very IPA so no harm no foul.

T- Bitter hops obviously, but some lemon and mild spices with it.

M- Full bodied, well carbonated. The linger strikes me as a bit grainy.

O- Good IPA. One of my least favorite kinds of beer, but this one has few of the problems I dislike about the type, namely it isn't over bitter.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Middle of the road golden color. Thin, fizzy head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Strongest smelling IPA right out of the bottle that I've had. BIG time floral, pine hops and a little bit of malty hint.

T- I know this is an IPA, but I think the hops took this one over a bit. Starts and finishes the same way, strong bitter hops. The flavor isn't out of line for the style, it's the lack of complexity that surprised me. There is little change in taste profile from beginning to end. Leaves a bit of hoppy aftertaste.

M- Nothing special as far as IPA's go. Heavy enough to handle the hop profile, light enough to be drinkable for a bit.

Overall, I was not impressed with this as far as IPA's go. I like it when the taste has some complexity rather than being the same throughout.

Photo of Dmart1223
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It took me several attempts to appreciate this beer, but I eventually came away with a greater appreciation for IPAs and other hop-heavy beers.

The beer retains a fluffy white head for an extended period of time, which complements the light amber color nicely; it's a pretty beer.

It smells of the Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops it's brewed with, but it isn't overpowering. And the taste follows it up with a well-rounded bitter punch that finishes easy. The bitterness sneaks up on you, though, and by the time you finish the bitterness will have planted a seed in the back of your throat. It makes its presence known in your mouth, but doesn't weigh you down.

I give it points for being my gateway IPA, and it's easy to take its carefully balanced complexion for granted.

Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper with a three finger off-white head.

S- Pine hops, light citrus hops, beardy malts.

T- Balanced, follows the nose, piney bitter finish. Really what you think when you get an IPA.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little on the light side.

O- A nice beer worth trying. I will probably get it again, but would not buy it all the time. I really feel that there is not anything bad about the beer, just wish the smell and taste were stronger.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint.
Being from NY I jump at every opportunity to have a New Belgium. I've had Ranger once before, a few months back and really enjoyed it. Now for a live tasting.
Had a Max's in Baltimore. Pours a deep golden with no head but descent lacing. Smells of hops. Done.
Taste is of hops, yes. But also of citrus and floral piney undertones. Not overhopped, but a good amount to spark even the conditioned hop palate. Drinkable, tastey, and well crafted.
I couldn't wait to have this on tap since my last. Its as good as I remember.

Photo of timtwoface
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I came to drinking this beer without much expectations; I love my IPAs but after drinking some other New Belgium products (such as the good-but-nothing special Fat Tire) I wasn't expecting much.

I really liked this one. The humble look of the label fooled me, as I was blown away by just how good this beer was. And at 70 IBUs and 6.5% ABV, I couldn't believe how smooth and easy drinking this one was.

Definitely worth having again, if you want an easy-drinking IPA.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 10/29/11:
Best before: 08 Jan 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Clear, golden color; After an aggressive pour, there was a three inch white, clumpy, billowy head; Impressive sticky lacing all around the glass

S - Pleasant, but weak smell; Citrus hop aroma with pine notes as well; Touch of sweet malts come through in addition

T - More of a bitter taste than the smell leads on; Piney flavors dominate rather than citrus; Aftertase is bitter, but not overpowering; Bittnerness tones down as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied; Bitter aftertase leaves the mouth dry; Slight oily coat on the tongue

O - This is not a bad IPA overall, and is very drinkable. It did not seem as hop forward as other west coast IPA's, but the lacing and head was very impressive. I will try this brew again sometime, though it's not a go-to IPA for me.

Photo of jvillefan
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden yellow with a two finger white head that last for a while.

S: Amazing. It has a floral hoppy aroma that any good IPA has. There are hints of citrus in the background.

T: It has a very good hop flavor with hints of citrus and pine.

M: This is also good. Great carbonation, a little less viscosity than I like but still good.

O: Very good beer. This is worth having.

Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to Sam Adams glass. Pours a nice 2 finger head with good lacing. Intense floral citrus aroma. Tastes more flowery than citrus or pine but very interesting hop balance. Rather wet finish but oily resinous aftertaste. Has this gotten better over the years? A very solid and sessionable basic IPA.

Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Ranger pours a golden color. It’s mostly clear and has a slight orange tint when held to light. A soft white head covers the top and rises to about a finger in depth. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty average. It’s weak and needs quite a bit more strength. It kicks off with some caramel and toasted malt notes. Smells a tad sweet. I’m not crazy about toasted malts in IPAs. There are some light hoppy notes. They smell mostly citric. Grapefruit and orange are most notable. There’s a light touch of pine, as well. Alcohol is not noticeable. Eh. It’s not bad. Not quite good either.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose. Not quite enough to warrant a score bump. It does have a caramel and toasted malt base. It’s okay. The toasted variety really doesn’t taste that great. There’s a bit of a sweet flavor, but it’s not too strong. The hop profile is okay. It does feature citrus grapefruit and orange flavors. A light piney or grassy flavor is also noted. It leans in the hop direction, but not by much. It is pretty well balanced. Alcohol is light. Finishes with a toasted malt and light hop flavor.

Ranger has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but isn’t quite buzzy. It has a pretty good feel. Better than anticipated. It goes down alright.

Ranger is an okay IPA. It’s not great by any stretch. I’m not a fan of the toasted malt flavor. Just doesn’t mesh well with the hop flavor in my opinion. There are tons of better IPAs out there. This one’s okay. It’s maybe worth a try. Stick with the single bottle if you can.

Photo of IronLover
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden yellow in color with a reddish hue. Poured with a brief soapy white foam that reduced to a healthy cap that leaves sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Amazing hop aroma. Intense, pungent grapefruit and herbal hop aroma with a solid sweet maltiness beneath. Smooth oily feel. Carbonation is a bit understated. Tart grapefruit flavor is prominent with herbal hop flavors and a sweet malty backbone. Finishes semi-dry with pungent, spicy herbal aftertaste. Reminds me a bit of Victory Hop Devil.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-golden body topped by a massive, dense, and persistent white head, exhibiting excellent retention.The lacing is thick and scattered. A profusion of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of citric hop notes with a solid base of bread-like malt notes, offering a balanced presentation.

Taste: Solid grapefruit rind and pine tar hops at the open, and throughout the taste. The malts are rather subdued, but manage to present a slight toasted and caramel presence.The finish is dominated by pine tar hops, these linger at the back of the mouth well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A solid and competently-brewed example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck-style bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - What a beautiful looking beer. Pumpkin orange hue with a creamy, frothy head. The head was an island floating in a sea of beer. Lacing stuck all over the glass.

S - The clean aroma of piney hops dominates this beer.

T - A crisp hoppy beer, but surprisingly clean.

M - Mostly clean, but still some bitter hops at the end.

O - Good beer at a great price.

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

It's a bright, clear coppery color. With a white head that quickly dissipates.

It's got a hoppyt aroma that is more floral than citrus. It's maltiness is apparent.

It's peppery and malty. Good. It's hops are floral and citrus rind.

It's got a thin to medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

All in all, this is a decent IPA and a good one for its price point.

Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at First Street Draught House to start my lunch out. Came out in a New Belgium tulip glass. Nice dark orange with a thick, rocky, white head on top. Great sticky lace all over the glass after each sip. Big notes of citrus, flowery hops, and slight astringent alcohol burn.

The mouth is crisp and full. Alcohol fills in the gaps. Big smack in the mouth bitterness right away. Sharp slightly scalding bitter burn. Sweet orange and melon on the back end, but it fleets away as the bitter aftertaste takes over. This is much more bitter than I remember from the bottle. A good IPA that will cure my "bitter" fix any day.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a golden amber color with lots of rising carbonation and one finger of yellowish head. The retention was impressive and the lacing in thick bands. The aroma was a pleasant blend of citrusy hops, resin, sweet malt and hints of tropical fruit. The flavors were more bitter than the aroma suggested but this is not a bad thing in an IPA. I tasted grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, orange peel and a hint of earthiness from the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation light.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served at Bennigan's in a tall pint glass.

Appearance- It is a gold body with some amber in there. Just a little bit of carbonation can be seen in the glass. I really enjoy the half-finger foam cap. It is white and has amazing retention.

Smell- There are citrus fruit notes here. Also a little bit of floral aromas are coming through. Otherwise not much going on besides a little malt scent.

Taste- Okay, pretty decent hop profile, but not really overwhelming. Again, the estery hop notes are there. The citrus isn't punching through really hard which allows it to be a little more herbal and floral on the tongue. The finish is pretty bitter, and hints at some smooth malt. There is a little bit of hop funk that I am catching every drink, but not hard enough to really detract from the overall taste.

Mouth feel- Ranger has a decent mouth feel. It is more medium bodied, but there is something going on that is keeping it from being creamy or very smooth. Maybe not enough carbonation? I am not really sure, but it is almost there.

Overall- This is by all accounts, a well balanced IPA that lets the floral and herbal notes really ride the wave, while providing a citrus and biscuit malt background. The mouth feel is decent, but could go down smoother. And it really looks the part, so many rings of lace in my empty glass. Definitely give this one your time.

Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear under admittedly bad lighting. Not my first time drinking the Ranger so why haven’t I reviewed it under better lights? This has a wonderful hop profile that’s floral and piney with neither one dominating. I pick up citrus and pine in tandem, delicate and sweet on the palate. Light, refreshing, and so delicious.

Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on October 30, 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is an amazingly clear, very light copper color. A moderate pour forms a one-finger head that becomes an off-white creamy crown that provides excellent lacing.

Aroma of pine, grass and a stray grapefruit note. Traces of vanilla and caramel and a barely-perceptible cooked-vegetable note.

Flavor is straightforward and, while fairly unsophisticated, hits the IPA target. Clean, almost imperceptible caramel malt at first which quickly gives way to restrained grass, pine and grapefruit hops. Low to medium bitterness on finish along with the slightest touch of nutty malt. Think of this as a stepping stone between Bass and Pliny the Elder.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy with good carbonation prickle.

Very drinkable and gets the job done with little drama or flair.

Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a nice white rocky colored head; holds very well and forms a choppy layer of lacing around the edge of the glass; about 1.5 fingers in size; some visible carbonation stems from the bottom of the glass; copper colored body; some sediment is visible

S - Pine and grass; nice and smooth hop nose; soft caramel malt scents; crisp and clean

T - Caramel and fruity flavor; hop-grass flavor, just about right and not too heavy; nutty back-end malt taste

M - Slightly bubbly, but semi-dry from the hops; bitter pine aftertaste, lingers for quite a bit; slight tart feel on the side of the tongue and cheeks

D - Very good beer; could be an IPA staple in my fridge; nice, soft balance of malt flavors and hops, makes for a pleasure experience

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On at Elliott's pour house the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some sweet malt (very fat tire like) and some underlying dry citrus. On the palate, this beer tastes like fat tire, but with some additional hops added. It's essentially a hopped up version of Fat Tire. Like fat tire, the beer is fairly malty, with flavors of baked apple and light cherry. However, there is a little bit of dry citrus as well, and the finish has some bitterness and is a bit more dry (when compared to fat tire). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and I don't detect any off flavors.

Mehhh... why bother to make a beer like this New Belgium? Fat tire is fine for what it is, and I don't require a hoppy version of the beer. I just don't get it.

Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a frothy two to three finger head (somewhere in the middle) that has great retention and lacing sticking around the glass.

The aroma is rich with citrus and pine hops. Bread and some sweet malt. Everything you would want from an American IPA!

The taste is at first dominated with a sharp pine/citrus dryness on the the tongue. Good amount of malt sweetness but the finish is dry piney hop. No problem with me!

Medium body easy to drink American IPA! The New Belgium Brewery makes an IPA that I can find in most supermarkets. Something I can count on. The price is not bad compared to most craft brews; $8.99 for a six pack is good these days.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not your stereotypical ipa. this one has more of that belgian vibe to it, not as sturdy as some of the american versions. its delicacy lends itself nicely to the hops here, allowing them to be tasted in their entirety without a lot of interference from other elements. not as yeast driven as their belgo, this one doesnt satisfy all of the conditions of an ipa for me, but under any other name it is an excellent beer. the 6.5 percent can catch you unaware as well!

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,981 ratings.