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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,900 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,900
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 607 | 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 tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with 1/2" of head with decent retention. The nose has citrus and pine notes from the hops. Taste has decent malt character but it's short lived as the hops immediately take over. The hops are mildly citrusy, floral, and intensely piny. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated though a little thin in the finish.

Not a bad IPA. It's affordable so I tend to go back to it over and over.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a heavy, golden hue with a good amount of thick, foamy white head.

S: Smells softly bitter with a pine hoppiness, a touch of citrus, some malty sweetness along with a touch a brown sugar and even some yeast.

T/M: Tastes more hoppy than the aroma indicates. The flavor is very bitter with pine and citrus and a medium amount of carbonation. Citrus evaporates into a candy sweetness near the end and then is immediately replaced by more fresh hop bitterness, reminiscent of dry hopping.

It's quite a hoppy IPA and very nice for a brewery that is used to underwhelming. Bravo, New Belgium. Bravo.

Photo of GregBlatz
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color. A nice 1" off white head. Beer is very clear. Doesn't look like much more than base grains in regards to the bill.

S - Orange citrus hops are the dominant characteristic. Slight breadiness balanced by fruity esters. A little resinous pine as well.

T - Straightforward IPA. Not fooling around. Solid hop flavor. Subtle hop harshness up front. I think the harsh grassiness from the hops indicates strong dry hopping. Very nice citrus and a strong bitterness on the finish.

M - Relatively thin for a big beer. Above average carbonation. Alcohol warmth is apparent.

O - Wow, what a great beer. I really like this. Not sure if I can get it in Ohio, but maybe soon. Solid straightforward west coast style IPA.

Photo of kkoz
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: The beer had a Soapy head on it which left some very nice lacing. It was clear and amber colored with a piney and citrusy hop aroma.

Taste & Feel: It had a crisp mouthfeel and a light medium body. There was a bit of a tingly, somewhat sharp, hoppy bitter taste/feel up front along with a decent amount of caramel like malt sweetness that came through more int he middle. The finish was a big, fresh, piney, resin-like, and citrusy hop bitterness in the finish which hits it’s fullness about 10 seconds into the aftertaste and lasts for a bit.

Food Pairing: This one went well with the pizza we had, but I think it would go with almost any type of solid, flavorful bar food, like burgers, or fried foods. The big piney-citrus hop flavors would cut through almost any of these to provide a clean, fresh, hoppy flavor between bites.

Overall Impression: I was looking for something hoppy and bold and definitely found it with this Ranger IPA. I really enjoyed the fresh, crisp and somewhat complex hoppy flavors, mixing the piney-resin and citrus hop flavors. While it easily leaned toward the hoppy side of the scale, there was a good caramel flavor malt backbone to it as well. Overall, I thought this was a good hoppy beer, and its pretty widely available, so it might be an easy one to find the next time I have a big hoppy beer craving.

Photo of coastiefish
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle from the seasonal New Belgium Folly Pack. Poured into a Philadelphia Eagles Pint glass (Happy 2011-12 season! Thank goodness that silly attention whore lockout is finally over!)

A- Pours a clear copper with a thin layer of head that doesnt break..Leaves a bit of lacing after sips.

S- Somewhat difficult to get a good nose off this brew..It carries a very faint aroma, fairly disappointing, however not entirely surprising. Biscuit and citrus are mainly distinguishable.

T- Very mild IPA. Slight bitterness to the finish. Finishes pretty clean with a pine profile.

M- Nothing worth noing about the mouthfeel, really..the brew swells a bit, and finishes clean.

O- Its drinkable, however if you are a hop head, or IPA fanatic, then your search is still on. There are better IPAs; I would consider this one a middle of the road brew.

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

A- Pours a bright, clear golden/amber color with a frothy, sticky white head that produces great lacing.

S- Great aroma of citric grapefruit, pine, some honey, and bready malts.

T- Loads of hop flavor similar to the nose with citrus and pine, honey blends well with a solid malt background. There's a considerable amount of sweetness but it doesn't stand a chance against the hops, overall the balance is great though.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A solid IPA, very drinkable and flavorful, this beer would go well with just about anything.

Photo of BennyL1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pretty standard looks for the style. A clear copper color with a slim white head. Some nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

Nice grapefruit and pine notes in the aroma. Bit of the bready malt background at the end. Solid nose, a bit subdued for my liking though.

Very good bitter hopped up taste, really liking it. Getting a good amount of pine in the taste, not a whole lot of citrus. Malt backbone is faint, but really lets the hops come out.

Good mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation with a medium body.

A solid everyday IPA from New Belgium. If they distributed to MA I would probably pick some up now and again.

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

A: This poured a clear gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and pine hops, with some honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and apricot and pine, with some sweet honey. It has a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly oily with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a solid IPA, with simple but nice scent, and nice hoppy taste, and good body. It had a nice finish too, so it was very easy to drink. Nothing special, but a strong example of the style. A good session IPA.

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

Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a small pint style glass.

A: Clear golden amber color. Nice head with goodlacing.

S: Decent hop Aroma. Pine is the strongest scent that I am picking up. A bit of grains and malts.

T: Pine. Bit of malts sweetness on the background. Not as hoppy or as balanced as I would like.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp with a bit of a bitter dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: One of the better offerings from New Belgium, I have had. A serviceable if unremarkable IPA.

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

Bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased today at Happy Harry's North GF. BB Oct 2, 2011, but was in the fridge.

A: Pale brownish straw. Clear with a great white head and stellar lacing.
S: Light citrus and piney hops with biscuit malt. I was hoping for more on the nose on terms of a hop punch, but it was older so not a giant surprise.
T/M: A thin dry body with a bunch of biscuit malt coming through. Strong lingering bitterness. Very little hop flavours going on here much to my disappointment.(EDIT: Later bottle gave more earthy hop flavour with a touch of citrus) Not knowing anything about the beer I would venture a guess that this is not their house yeast strain.
O: I would really like to try this a week old. Not the best IPA by far at this stage.

Photo of jbakajust1
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a beveled pint glass on Ntl IPA Day

A - Pale gold w/ copper highlights, tan head, thins to cap, lively carb, good lacing

S - Grapefruit, sweet malt, pine, citrus, candied orange peels, light tropical fruits, faint cattiness as it warms

T - Grapefruit, tangerines, light bitter finish, dry, a light sweet maltiness, citrus lingers on the back end, grainy biscuits

M - Silky carb, smooth, low-med body that is light, dry finish. Light alcohol warmth w/ a gentle hop bitterness.

O - Decent IPA, not too bold, not too bitter, nice hoppy aromas, good balance, nice dry finish, w/ a slightly bread malt backbone. I'll have it again, and could easily have another right now.

Photo of sendsilk
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up in a six pack while vacationing in North Carolina.

Normally I review beers while I am first trying them. This one, I could not wait on. Dying for an IPA I can't normally get and this one did NOT disappoint.

A: Very clear and clean. Decent head and lacing.

S: Citrus smelling hops. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerine and all beautiful citrus. SLightly malty, but more hps forward.

T: A little more pine than I expected, but extremely nice citrus and floral hops. Delicious hop IPA flavor that's not overdone.

M: A medium body with a crisp finish, not syrupy at all. Really great.

O: I wish this one was available in FL as I would drink it regularly.

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

This IPA is pretty well balanced. Would make a good 'go to' if you cant make it to the bottleshop to get a few 22s of your favorites.

Pretty light in color, but kept its head the entire way through until the end. I dont think it tastes as hoppy as it smells. But its not pussified either.

Over all i'd drink again especially for the value of a twelve pack at my local grocery.

Photo of doughanson78
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Yellowish orange in color. Super clear. One finger bright white head, with some larger bubbles, decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and tangerine. Not much malts, maybe a slight caramel.

T: A slight caramel sweetness upfront. Citrusy and piney hops come through big in the middle. Much hoppier than I expected, but I like! Finishes with a slight floral bitterness that lingers nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp. No creaminess, which IMO is good in an IPA. Very dry finish.

O: A great IPA. Don't believe I've every been let down by New Belgium. Definitely could become a go to IPA being how easy it is to come by.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ranger pours a yellow orangish color that quickly indicates a lack of much crystal malt in this IPA. The head is fluffy and very white.

The aroma of ranger is the highlight. Citrus hops greet the nose along with a little bit of pine that rounds out the aroma profile.

The taste is mostly just plain to begin with but finishes with a wonderful hop profile that leaves you wanting more.

Light bodied and bitter this beer is very refreshing.

This is one of my very favorite IPAs, mostly because it is so citrusy and refreashing.

Photo of rwinzing
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from my brother in law when he came up to visit.

Poured into my Mother Earth Brewing tulip. It poured a nice straw color with a very small head. A lot of white lacing around the side of the glass

Smell was sweet with slight pepper and ginger with a touch of citrus

Taste is a nice beer slight sweetness on the tounge followed by a bite from the hops. The beer is well balanced and has jut a little bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is bity and full.

Overall one of my go to IPA's enjoy this beer a lot when I can get it.

Happy IPA day my BA friends

Photo of yankeej13
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss brought back a nice collection of New Belgium beers for me when we went out west so I say cheers to that!

Appearance- has a nice light copper or goldish color. Had a medium amount of foam and little carbonation.

Smell- very potent get a great amount of hops and citris with a piney smell as well.

Taste- it is completely laced inside and out with hops get a nice citrus finish. Very rich which I completely loved.

Mouthfeel- Drinks a bit heavier than a 6.5 but has great drinkability. Medium body with a heavy coat of hops and citrus.

Well done! Cheers

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

Purchased a 6pk while honeymooning in Las Vegas at a Walmart.

6pk-$7.49

Enjoyed out of a standard issue hotel glass (I know but I didn't have anything else!)

A - Pours a semi-transparent amber, red color. A one finger head on the initial pour that quickly faded. Nice gooey lacing left on the glass.

S - A great, classic IPA smell of pine, grapefruit and hops. Very inviting.

T - A really tasty IPA. The beer has all the classic IPA flavors of piney resin, grapefruit and a nice balance between the hops and malt. In my opinion, it is a fine example of an American IPA. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - Nicely carbonated. A bitter aftertaste is left after each sip.

O - This is my first New Belgium beer and I was impressed. Las Vegas is sorely lacking in any type of decent beers (at least in the casino and strip restaurants) so being able to enjoy a few of these after a trip to the pool was great. I would seek out again although I've never seen it in SE PA.
Recommended.

Cheers!

Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear pale amber body with a nice finger of fine white foam. Pretty good retention and some sticky lace. Lovely.

S: Spicy, piney, and grapefruity hops on top of a heavily sweet, brown-sugary malt body. SImple and enjoyable, but a bit too sweet.

T: Piney hops and caramel malt. Slightly spicy, moderately bitter. Pretty good, but a little lacking in complexity.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Fairly creamy. Pleasant.

O: Solid-enough beer, but there are tons of better IPAs out there.

Cheers!

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

Poured into a Ranger pint glass at Amsterdam Cafe.

A: It pours a bright clear carbonated orange yellow color with a thin white head that leaves a spotty lacing.

S: I get caramel malts with a bit of pine in the hops and a touch of citrus. It has a nice fruity earthy smell.

T: It tastes like it smells. There are some nice piney earthy hops. The hop bite is fairly mild with only a small resinous bitter towards the finish. It mixes in with a pleasant sweet note in the finish, light caramel malts and citrus rind.

M & O: It has a medium light mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, it's sharp and ends wet. It's nicely drinkable. Nothing spectacular, but good.

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

A: fairly pale with orange tints

S: Strong citrus notes, with a slight malt sweetness

T: the pine hits me first, though there still is some citrus notes. There is some maltiness in the background, along with a slight spiciness from the hops

M: very crisp and refreshing and smooth. I enjoy this as a go to beer for the quality and price

Photo of king75
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer is a very transparent gold color in appearance, about an inch of head with good lacing, but the beer itself has an almost watered down appearance.

S- This one has a great hop smell to it, with hints of citrus and wheat apparent.

TM- This is how an American IPA should taste. The hops and citrus mixture hit the palate perfectly with a smooth taste that doesn't overwhelm but truly satisfies. Light, but not at all watery.Has a nice tangy feel to it in the end, that is present but not overwhelming.

Overall this beer is amazing. A great example of an American IPA. Could throw this one back all day.

Photo of chicano4craft
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip. Pours a very clear orange with a slight golden hue. Big, fluffy white head with some serious lacing. Looks kind of thin.

First couple of whiffs are real nice. Orange zest dominates with some faded pine and grapefruit. Nose seems to fade as the head settles. Wish the aroma would have stuck around for the session.

Taste brings bitterness and a dry finish. There is some citrus with a grassy middle. Not challenging at all. But it's also nice to have an IPA that is tasty without killing the taste buds. The breadiness of the malt balances the hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin compared to most others in the style. While this is a drawback it actually plays nicely when drinking straight from the can while camping. Overall this is middle of the road for a stacked category.

Photo of fsvan
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Orangeish. Middle of the road darkness for an IPA. Transparent. Always tons of clinging head on this one.

S- Lots of citrus hops, with a bit of an orange kick first and foremost. More bitter pine as it opens up.

T- Bitter citrus hops. Lingering bitterness, but decently balanced with a malt backbone to keep the hops in check.

M- Nice, smooth, palate coating.

O- A solid IPA, and for the price, availability, and quick turnover, ensuring some degree of freshness, this is a go to IPA in the Nashville market for me.

Photo of rpardon7
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on a weekend trip to NC. Poured from a dark brown bottle a orangeish amber color with a frothy rocky pure white head. Smell was fantastic plenty of floral and citrus hops in the nose with a sweet candy malt smell. Taste was smooth and malty with a very crisp citrus and pineapple punch that brought the beer to a wonderful balance. Mouthfeel was clean and full bodied not heavy but well put together. Overall a solid beer that I am happy to have found on the way out of town. Too bad we don't get this beer in KY.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,900 ratings.