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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,983 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,983
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 667 | 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 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
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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

I am duly impressed by this beer. I got it on a whim in the warm beer on a Walmart shelf. The flavor is great. Tangy is the best thing that comes to my mind. My wife says "tastes like grapefruit juice". It is a good beer. I can;t argue with it especially since it is not very costly compared to other IPAs I've recently tried. I think beers like this among many others are starting to convince me I'ma big fan of IPAs.

Photo of Dodt
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

surprised to find this at this beer on my last trip to the beer store. poured from the bomber into a pint glass
appearance a nice fluffy head that when touched sticks to your fingers , with some lacing. very light in color i was a bit surprised by this .
smell is hoppy with wonderful taste . for my first try at a beer from the people at new belgian i enjoyed it alot.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger frothy head, clear dark golden with mustard hues. Some lacing.

S: very nice fresh hop smell and some pine. This aroma I usually get with fersh hopped ipas which impressed me

T: Very nice fresh and floral hop character. Mil pine bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is one of new belgiums best offerings. The aroma and taste are excellent and match up well.

Photo of firedog23
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this but was slightly disappointed with it. It has a nice hop character but it lacks a balance with the malt. I would drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

I liked the three hops used in it and the head was 1 finger thick which stuck around for most of the beer.

It has a peppery feel/taste which stayed around longer than I would have liked it too.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear hay to light golden color with two fingers of fine head that is pure white and lingers nicely, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: great citrus or grapefruit hop scent, sweet and very resinous
T: nice citrus hop notes but also with a bit of depth and darkness to it that adds a bit of funk to the finish
M: medium carbonation initially then picks up a bit in the middle, finishes very smoothly and leaves the palate clean
O: a nice brew, smooth and very drinkable, a well rounded brew quite happy with this one

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

Pours a amber-copper; clear with a moderate head. Off-white head is frothy with very good retention.

Smells of fresh hops, lots of hops, with a barely noticeable malt background and some fruitiness. Hops aroma is mainly piney but with a bit of citrus. Aroma and flavor are an excellent mix of 3 hop varieties -- Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity). Taste is nicely bitter [IBU =70]. Excellent clean finish with plenty of lingering hop taste.

M - clean and crisp with medium body and carbonation.

This is a very solid American IPA that is easy to recommend. now widely available in SC.

(Rating confirmed July 2014 with 12 oz can)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper/yellow body with a 2-finger white head that shows good retention before falling to a cap. Leaves nice lacing the whole way down.

S- Piney and citrusy hops up front, followed by a little too much malt for me.

T- Mostly piney hops, followed by grapefruit, then more malt sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied, dry, and pretty carbonated.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful white and creamy lasting head. Plenty of lacing. A nice clear, golden dark amber colored beer.

Citrus and piney hops. I could smell a little bit of the bitterness and noticed a bit of the malt as it warmed up. I primarily got a caramel malt note while it was cool.

Strong, citrusy and pine hops that give a nice and pleasant bitter note. I tasted some sweet malts early on but disappeared and balanced out the hops once the beer warmed up a little bit.

Smooth and a little dry with medium carbonation. The beer definitely leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

A very good IPA. Definitely kinder than most ones that I've had before. Not as bitter as a 60 Minute and no boozy notes, I can definitely see drinking this on a constant basis. I only wish that I could get in MA and not have to import it from VA.

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

Clear, Golden with a hint of burnish brown. Nice one finger foam, creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Strong hoppy smell characteristic in all IPAs. Very sharp and does not linger very long.

A very smooth bitter with a nice hop bite. Very pleasant after taste, this is a much kinder IPA than most.

Just the right amount of carbonation to infringe upon the flavor, the hops become slightly more bitter as you let the beer sit in your mouth. Like the taste, the mouthfeel is much friendlier than in most IPA's

Overall: A very pleasant IPA, I can see why it is such a popular beer for the style. It has all of the key characteristics of an IPA, just less bold than most. To some, this may not be a good trait, but I would disagree. While this is by no means something to put in your all time greats list, it is a very drinkable version of a kind of beer that prides itself on being slow drinking. It is the intro to IPA.

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

Bought a 12-pack of bottles of Ranger. Poured into a pint glass.

When poured, the beer had the usual transparent amber color typical of the IPA. There was very little head when poured down the side of the cup.

The aroma was not very strong, but had a well-balanced hop and citrus scent. The scent got stronger as the beer warmed. As indicated in the smell, this beer has a pretty good balance of the bitter hops and sweet flavor, with the flavor being more balanced and flavorful as the beer warmed up a bit.

Definitely not the best IPA that I have ever had, but I will definitely buy it again. It's also pretty impressive considering this is not the"flagship" beer of this brewer. I highly recommend trying this beer It is a great example of this style and not too steep of a price. Just remember to not drink it ice cold, because it gets better flavor after a few minutes of being out of the fridge.

Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

863rd Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe
12 oz bottle

Best by 11/13/11

App- A deeper orange with some yellow highlights and a 1/2 finger of soft fast receding head. Left a good streak across the glass with cling.

Smell- A good mix of floral, citrus and a little earthy notes. Has some bright tangerine, orange and pineapple with a little bit of malt behind.

Taste- A nice crisp ipa with a good touch of citrus and bitterness. Not over the top in IBUs or in the citrus but creates a nice floral citrus blend along the way.

Mouth- A little bit slick medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Leaves a bit of citrus bitter behind.

Drink- I don't normally keep six packs in the house but I've kept a couple of these lately. Forgot how easy drinking and subtle and nuanced this one can be.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color; 1/2-finger lingering head
S: Grapefruit and pine with a hint of toffee.
T: Has a nice bite, with pine resin, orange peel and biscuit. Lengthy pine finish.
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing.
O: This is very solid. Bold without being over the top; I enjoyed it.

Photo of pBRale
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-27-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear pale amber pour with a slight bit of chill haze. Tall two-finger off-white head that settles slowly with nice retention and huge rings of super sticky lace.

Smell: mmm....Big grapefruit and massive floral notes. There is a nice malt presence of rich bready/biscuity malts.

Taste: Not as robust or vibrant as the nose. There is more of a bitter hop bite up front, but the malt is sustainable as well. The finish is dry, almost tart, and very earthy and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty high carbonation with a crisp and bitter finish. A bit over-carbonated in my opinion because the beer has more of a fizzy overall feel than a smooth and luxurious feel to it.

Overall: This beer could be amazing if the taste was a bit less bitter and better reflected the nose, and if the carbonation was turned down a 1/2 notch or so.

Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ruination Pint glass. A very light and bright orange color. Almost piss yellow. Many tiny carbonation bubbles lead to not much of a head. What is there is maybe one finger and bright white and soapy in appearance. Lace isn't doing much early, but does stick around nicely.

Smell has some sweet citrus notes. A very ripe orange and maybe some pineapple. There is just the smallest hint of yeast or bread.

Taste is much like the smell. The same citrus. An orange and pink grapefruit. There is quite a bit of bitter tongue lashing. There is a weird brassy taste also. Not a bad IPA though.

Mouth is medium body. Average carbonation for the style. The tongue lashing isn't over the top, like the name on the pint glass might suggest.

Overall I really enjoyed this in-expensive off the shelf IPA. There is a date on the bottle that says 09JUL10. I have a real hard time believing this is a year and a third old but if it is, I would love to try this one fresh. Not at all the best IPA out there but for the price and the availability not a bad choice.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head leaving lots of bubbles and lacing.

S" Nose is herbal, floral, and bitter.

T: Taste is caramel malt, floral, herbal and a tad citrusy, bitterness almost from the Simcoe and Chinook hops almost makes you think this is super dry, mainly by the smell and feel but there is a substantial amount of alpha/hop oils on the end.

M: Slight tinge of booze, dry and floral on mouthfeel

O: Good IPA.

Photo of jtb
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden. Impressive lace on the glass.

S: The aroma was amazing. Of all the well hopped beers I have tried, I have never experienced such a fresh a pure hop aroma. Some pine and malt too. The aroma seems to make this beer unique.

T: The taste is initially of malt, but is soon overcome by bitterness. The hop flavor is not a suprise for this style. Bitterness, pine, and grapefruit.

M: Medium carbonation and body. Oily residue. Dry. Lingering bitterness

O: This is a good IPA and a bargain too.

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

A: Crystal clear dark golden color with a solid finger's width of fluff white head that has long retention and leaves behind a lot of lacing.

S: Nice crisp pine aroma over top of a sweet biscuit malt aroma. Good smelling brew.

T: a gentle caramel sweetness is suddenly overwhelmed with grapefruit-heavy hops which bring the taste to a close. The big hop flavor adds bitterness, as well as the citrus fruits, without overwhelming the malts which provide a solid foundation for the hops.

M: Dry and crisp. medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: I am a fan of this IPA. I have never really understood why so many people pick IPAs above any other style of beer, but this is a well balanced, drinkable beer. It won't amaze you, blow your socks off or give you something new and exciting, but it's certainly a solid offering from New Belgium.

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

Big fluffy head 1.5 fingers, lacing, clear golden pilsner tan color.

Nose fresh citrus hops, light orange and lemon, hint of candy hops, just a touch of malts.

taste nice hops, fruity citrus and some pine, fairly bitter, drier, light malty taste with a beefy malt backing. Finishes fairly bitter spicy piney hops.

Mouth is med bodied decent carb.

overall nice, pretty bitter, bright hops, light malts to balance, almost juicy.

Photo of aficionado
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10 for a super fresh version of this beer!

I like this IPA a lot.

Clear light golden yellow body with lots of residual lacing and 1 finger head.

Very fruity, citrusy, and malty on the nose... in that order. The hops are vibrant and the malts taste of caramel.

Pine, grapefruit, and caramel on the palate. There's a touch of sweetness, but overall it's pretty dry. The caramel and fruitiness trick you into thinking there's more sweetness than there is here. But first-and-foremost, this is a very bitter beer with a graceful smooth malt character. Double Jack tastes more sweet than this, yet they are similar flavor profiles. I would like more of the same level of fruity/citrusy hops on the taste as the nose along with a better finish. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

Crisp, light, refreshing, moderately low carbonation, very easy to drink. The finishing feel though is not that great. A chalky dryness comes through.

Photo of codfeast
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint.

A: Bright orange, big rocky head that stuck around, lots of lacing.

S: pine, citrus(grapefruit) some floral hints.

T: Lots of hops on the tip of the tounge, hints of pine sap. Malts mellow it out a bit in the middle. Bitter finish.

M: Medium carbination, medium to full body. Smooth, leaves behind an oily film. Dry, bitter, lingering finish.

O: Easy to drink, nice and hoppy, always seems to be on tap at bars that aren't craft bars "we have bud light, stella, shock top, and something called Ranger"

Photo of hopking311
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light slightly red orange, half finger head dissapates quick to thin white ring and mdoerate lacing

smells caramel malts,citrusy indicative of the Chinook hops

Immediately tasting citrusy Chinook and Simcoe hops on the palate, Bready malt characters.

carbonates well.. light/medium body for IPA

Overall, Ranger is a good median IPA. Well defined and holds its own.. In my opinion a good starter/median IPA for someone first embracing the style.

Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden-orange. One finger white head leaves pretty good lacing.
S- Somewhat sweet, with a light honey/biscuit note, as well as a citrus aroma.
T- Pleasantly hoppy up front with a citrus/floral flavor. The sweetness that has honey qualities balances it out.
M- A little less dry than the average IPA. Medium light body. Very smooth.
O- A solid IPA, and at the price, it's a good purchase.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into a Victory pint glass. Best by: 1/8/12 on side of bottle.

A: Extremely clear yellow light orange color. Finger of white head. Some carbonation from bottom of glass.

S: Lots of piney notes right from popping the bottle. There is some citrus, but not like a WC IPA.

T: You get a nice crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. It mellows in the middle of the mouth due to the malt balance. Maybe some carmel malt? It's a nicely balanced easy drinking IPA.

M: A light medium bodied beer.

O: B+

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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