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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,538 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,538
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 463 | 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 udubdawg
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber in my glass, topped by a half inch of stubborn foam. Classic IPA look, good lacing. Hard to be spectacular in this group with so many worthy competitors, it nonetheless succeeds in looking damn appetizing.
Big classic Cascade aroma, with something spicy behind it. Northern Brewer, Chinook, Simcoe? Not sure. I get a surprising amount of heavily carmelized malt here that I hope doesn't show up in the flavor.
Flavor is quite good but at the same time fails to distinguish. Call it 3.75. Too much caramel malt, but not as much as I feared. Hop flavors are excellent, fresh, inviting one to grab another gulp, er, sip!
On that note, it is pretty dry, and begs another drink. Just enough carb to slow me down, and dangerous drinkability.

If I'm considering the number of quality alternatives and thus being a bit harsh I'd say this: there is only a bit of caramel and more cascade and less amarillo separating this beer and the Mighty Arrow Pale Ale. Even the hop flavor, though increased, is not a ton different to my palate. Not a lot to differentiate them. The difference in IBUs barely shows up at all. Given the choice I'd go for the slightly less caramelly and barely less hoppy Pale Ale. But that's just me.

udubdawg, May 20, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium copper hue, 1-2 fingers of head, mild fine carbonation, very light spotted lacing.

S- Citrus in the form of lime for me up front, some melon, honey dew, honey suckle, sweet malt, great spicy character that delivers really well.

T- The aroma is reflected in the taste, nice grapefruit as the bitterness delivers up front, lemon zest, bitter earthiness, caramel, definitely get the texture and flavor out of the Simcoe, nice strong but balanced bitterness.

M- Clean grassy, earth quality, crisp, medium full body.

D- Nice and drinkable, sits well on the tongue, fresh bitterness, balanced nicely, complex enough and deep in it's flavor and aroma...very nice IPA offering from NB.

mwagner1018, May 20, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Ranger IPA, 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: clear, amber to apricot coloration, plenty of fizz about and sumptuously layered with snowy cap, leaving lace. Lovely look.

Aroma: soft at first, then spicy, zesty citrus notes, bitter orange peel and lime. Nice bitterness, evenly played.

Taste: tidy bitter blast up front, then mild and mellow, with a hoppy finish. Medium/light bodied. Just enough malt to have balance, and not too hoppy. Hop bitterness floods the palate with every sip, then falls back until the next one.

Not shy with the hops, this Ranger, and not overtly bitter either. Easy-drinking IPA. This is one I'll pick up often, bottle or tap.

feloniousmonk, May 19, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, looks picture perfect classic ipa. Hazy yellow and light coppery gold in coloration, a nice lively amount of carbonation. Nice cream white finger of head dissipates quick with nice head cling.

The smell is a little on the lighter side for what I would like in an ipa, but it's characteristic New Belgium springtime freshness. Aromatic hops impart a very floral, organic new flowering plant growth.

The flavor is quite nice, citrusy from the bittering hops which comes through as a combo sour lemon sweet apricot, hint of pine which is completely muted by the balancing malt which is a flower honey taste. Can't forget about the spices which are present in small amounts; coriander and orange zest like in a wheat but with an added fresh leafy herb that I cannot explicitly define (sorry!). Super mellow ipa though, it's got flavor for sure which is definitely not the intense kind, good intro brew I think.

Solid mouthfeel, it's got the malt needed to balance the many hop flavors used, not watery at all which is great.

This is probably one of the most drinkable ipa's on the market, it's refreshing in aroma and flavor, has substantial malt for a solid body character while at the same time isn't so thick you can't drink more than a sip at a time.

dwilson01, May 19, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - A clear, light gold color with a finger of white head and good lacing.

s - Piney hops fairly strong with a bit of citrus on the first whiff.

t - Not very strong for an IPA, but the hops are definitely the dominant flavor here. Has that subtle, pine aftertaste. As the drink starts to near empty, though, it seems to get a little bland.

m - Fairly light with some good crispiness.

d - A smooth, subtle IPA with relatively low ABV. Very drinkable.

wesclaypool, May 18, 2010
Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with hints of orange color nice fluffy cream colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is hops mixture of floral, soft pine and citrus notes on a wonderful fresh baked bread smell of malts. Aroma is not over complex really but very nice and relaxing.

Taste is sharp carbonation hints of sweet floral up front for half a second then right to piny bitterness that that is amplified by the carbonation. Bready malt notes pretty much beat down by the hops. Finish is lingering pine bitterness with hints of grapefruit rind. Very enjoyable very easy drinking brew goes down of so fast.

Mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation which i usually don't like but seems to work well in this beer.

Drinkability is good liking this one from New Belgium hope they get some of this in TN. doubtful but i can always hope. Would put this in my regular line up.

mntlover, May 17, 2010
Photo of thatguy3579
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color. Thick foamy head, clinging heavily to the glass and dissipating only slowly. No clouding.

S: Piney with hints of sweet orange. All fairly moderate for an IPA.

T: Piney with citrus. Alcohol comes through a little. Hoppy tastes linger.

M: Medium carbonation. Light body.

D: Very drinkable for an IPA. Would gladly consume 2 more.

thatguy3579, May 15, 2010
Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Brewing Ranger IPA ABV: 6.5%

A: The appearance is your typical IPA. It has a yellow and orange fluid color; However in the light, the yellow stands out alot more than the orange. The head foams up to a quarter inch head and quickly falls to a minimal head. Great Lacing!

S: The smell is of citrus and sort of a grassy scent. Can smell the malts and also the floral hops. Smells very advertising.

T: The taste is relatively bitter, but not as bitter as other IPA's I have had. Taste is very floral and tangy. Definitely can taste what you smell. Also, has a sweet after taste.

M-D: The flavors go together very well. It leaves a bitter sensation on your tongue that gets you ready for the next sip! Therefore, it is a very smooth beer to drink.

chasebrownyeah1, May 15, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger creamy off-white head with good retention. Lightly decanted. Moderate lacing.

S: Big pine, citrus and grapefruit hops. Earthy foundation.

T: Bready malt quicly transitions to floarl hops consistent with aroma. Resiny in the middle. Sharp bitter to balance.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, coating and balanced

D: Very drinkable; flavorful and balance. Moderate ABV.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, best before July 9, 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold/orange color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's lots of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly pine and citrus hops with the addition of some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, I thought it was enjoyable to drink. I think this is a decent overall IPA, definitely worth a try.

bluejacket74, May 13, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single a couple weeks back; a 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint. '09 JUL10' reads the label...

A: Gorgeous and glowing golden, a remarkably clear IPA, but a beauty nonetheless. Capped by over a finger of fluffy white froth, one that melts away slowly to a thin perma-topping. Dabs of lace, coating in broken sheets.

S: Citrus-filled hop nose, a musty sort of orange pith. A sweeter pine, woody and barely covering a dessert-like pastry/dough backing. MMM.

T: First off, LOVE the balance. Good pine and citrus hops (even a mild melon rind) offset by a doughy caramel. Kinda epitomizes what I want from an IPA - not so hoppy that it strips away my taste buds...

M: Effervescent yet somewhat creamy all the same, medium body. A little over-prickly and that never quite fades, even with warming/settling.

D: A pretty impressive brew: flavorful with a sturdy body and lovely look. This falls in my upper echelon of NBB brews, 'drinkable' to a fault. I'll have this again and I'd recommend a try to anyone.

msubulldog25, May 12, 2010
Photo of Yeastcakes
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - wonderful bright citrus and grapefruit hops with some malt in the background.
A - Nice two fingers of head, a mix of rocky and fine bubbled head. Clear orange-amber.
M - low to medium carbonation. Thin to medium body.
T - The flavor of the hops comes through wonderfully from the aroma with a very smooth bitterness. Malt nicely supportive and in the background.
D - This is a wonderfully drinkable IPA that has the best of hop flavor without the bitterness of some IPA's that just try to be hop bombs.

Yeastcakes, May 12, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear golden amber color with a one finger head that receeded to spotty lacing on my glass.

S- Nice piney/slightly citrusy hops, typical IPA with low amounts of sweetness in the scent.

T- Not overwhelming, nice hoppy notes with a slight sweet malt on the back end, nice and easy to drink.

M- Sharp carbonation, light body, one of the best tasting New Belgium's regular line of beers.

D- So easy to drink this beer it is scary. Only 6.5% and not assertive so really one of the best session IPA's I have had.

Schmaltzy, May 10, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance>nice color, not hazy, small head head, lacing is thin but constant.

Smell>Pretty standard. Nothing offensive. Good IPA.

Taste>Good, but not too complex; a one note Sally. That said this is still the best that New Belgium has ever been able to offer me in their line. So, for complexity aside, this is a good beer. The hop taste is great and the hang is crisp. Simple but good.

Mouf>Tingly. too small of bubbles


1759Girl, May 10, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden with a bit of white head. No real lacing.

S-Wonderful aroma. Lots of pine and floral hops with a hint of earthiness as well.

T-Very good. Starts with a little bit of malt before floral hops take over. Earthy hops take over in the finish. A nice pleasant hop character throughout with a bit, but only a bit, of Belgian character.

M-Light to medium bodied with carbonation on the light side.

D-Well hot damn! I was not a fan of the tap version of this beer very much but this rocks in the bottle. Could be more Belgian but the hops are just right.


sholland119, May 08, 2010
Photo of cal82
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


70 IBUs
6.5% ABV
$1.25 at BevMo

Blonde color (a little light for an IPA), but great foam. Great bitterness, but very drinkable. Very affordable for a craft brew. I've also had this on tap at Mission Pizza, and it was even better on tap. Most definitely Recommended.

cal82, May 08, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA Glass

A: nice head bright white head with good lace its a golden color a nice bright gold color not light gold

S: smell does not pop its kind of bland I get some hops but man for an ipa it should be more then this so just average

T: taste is that of an average beer nothing to see here I am disappointed because the last time I had this beer it was great! what happen? yikes!

M: light mouth with good carbonation

D: you can drink it not much bitter here

overall: yea did I get a bad batch or something? its not the beer I first had. I was thinking that I would give this a A- but yea its not that good at least this bottle.

JamisonM, May 06, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a o e finger frothy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured an oily hop.

The taste consisted of a full malt below an earthy piney and citrusy hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a nice complex and hop forward ale.

plaid75, May 05, 2010
Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise for me. It's a great beer for my tastes! It's not an over the top IPA, but a well balanced, great tasting, very drinkable IPA. I don't drink too many NB beers, but I am definitely buying this beer again.

A: poured clear, golden with great head and tremendous lacing.

S: floral hops and citrus, the smell really pops out at you the second you crack the bottle.

T: very earthy, nutty malts with balance of the floral and citrus from the hops.

M: lighter body and clean alcohol taste

D: very drinkable.

dirtbikejunkie, May 05, 2010
Photo of Slygato
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance- Has a clear golden yellow tint to it crystal clear

Smell- Has a variety of smells to it can smell the citrus first off then a kind of pine smell with some floral scents to it

Taste- Not bad for an IPA but can be improved seemed kind of bitter and a citrus taste to it

Mouthfeel- Ignoring the taste it is very smooth and goes down well

Drinkability- Not a bad beer would buy again but would probably try to find a better IPA

Slygato, May 05, 2010
Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold in color with a persistent thin layer of head on top, crystal clear - 4.25, S: Strong and intense hop aromas - lots of pine and citrus as well as some slightly floral smells, very subtle sweetness, quintessential American IPA nose - 4.50, T: Very pleasing hop bite, grapefruit and mild orange, as the beer warms a stronger citrusy zest appears, also resiny and with a noticeable caramel bite, nicely balanced IPA - 4.00, M: Mouth feel has an almost powdery like smoothness - 3.50, D: All around a very nicely crafted American IPA and one I would add to my regular rotation if it was readily available - 4.00

deereless, May 05, 2010
Photo of KeefD
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale golden color with a huge fluffy white head that fell slowly leaving generous lacing on the glass. Aroma is ripe with fresh orange and grapefruit peel, with a touch of malt underneath it all, a bit herbal and spicy, but really no sweetness and not much enjoyable hop aroma emanating from the glass. Taste is dry, herbal, and with average bitterness. Kind of disappointed that this one doesn't have as much hop flavor as I usually like. Nothing in the way of juicy fruitiness, just dry bitter, peppery hops. This is not the style of IPA that I enjoy most. Malt flavor is barely there, only a dry cracker-like quality. Underwhelming. Light bodied, dry, medium carb, dull, boring. Not getting into this one. It's by no means a drain pour, but it's boring as hell. It seems like breweries are making IPAs just to make IPAs these days. NB should stick to their sours.

KeefD, May 05, 2010
Photo of scarnold8
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear golden hue with a slight orange tint. Good amount of white head that leaves lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of piny hops, some grapefruit, and that's all I get.
T - Spicy, peppery hops dominate. As I drank more of it the hops are a little more balanced with some sweet malt, but the hops dominate throughout.
M - Light and well carbonated (not overly so).
D - It's easy to drink.

All in all a good beer, but nothing really makes it stand out. There are IPAs I would rather have, but I wouldn't be disappointed to have this again.

scarnold8, May 04, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So New Belgium goes hoppy...I never thought I would see an IPA from them. Can they do it well? On to the beer:

Clean bodied, big carbonation bubbles, and a golden yellow color are all found in the body. The head on top is rocky, patching on to the glass. Head retention is excellent. The nose is on target. There's a mix of biscuity malt, grapefruit, pine, citrus.

It's clean, and there are hops. There is a good deal of resin, also some tangerine notes and leaves. Crackery malt, but just a little. Not a really bitter IPA, but that's not my qualm. I feel like it's missing a little something. More malt perhaps? The texture also seemed *just* a touch thin to style. The aftertaste lingers of biscuit malt and a little bit of resin.

This is the type of IPA I could expect from New Belgium. Not super aggressive, though certainly a beer I can enjoy and newbies can too.

DoubleJ, May 03, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear yellow amber with two fingers of white suds and noticable lacing.
Smell is a citrusy mix of hop and grapefruit.
Taste is slight malt and then hop city. Very black and bitter but not overly bitter. Very balanced between the bitterness and the sugary malt/alcohol.
This is one of the best NB brews I have tried.
Mouthfeel is very sticky but the flavor leaves the palate too soon.
Drinkability is very high. I can get this one all the time now and for the price it is well worth it.

peabody, Apr 30, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,538 ratings.