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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

4,631 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,631
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 66
Gots: 495 | 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 nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Head has ok retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

T- Quite a bit lighter than I'd expected but what does come through is pineapple and floral hops.

T- Taste is very good citrusy, pineapple, bit of lemons and touch of pine. Also a nice malt back bone here too.

M- Medium in body and carbonation feels right on.

D- Very easy and enjoyable to drink. Very solid.

nrbw23, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 10 May 2010.

Served in a Twisted Pine shaker pint. Large fizzy cream colored head. Well carbonated. Clear bright golden color. Aroma of resin and sweet hay. Sweetly grainy balanced with a resiny and citric bitter bite. Finish and aftertaste have a lingering graininess and a floral bitterness. Medium light body. Moderate alcohol.

Aftertaste is pleasant, lingering.

htomsirveaux, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly misty orange amber with a full head and good lace. Smell has a big wiff of floral hop, citrus with a grainy breadiness. Taste has a moderate hop bite with a slightly underbalanced malt with a watered down grapefruitiness. mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Maybe wouldn't be hoppy enough for the hop heads and not balance enough for me, but it does make for an easy drinking IPA

Bookseeb, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear golden, slightly amber color with a good amount of white head leaving really good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very strong citrus/fruity smell with a little bit of grassy hop scent. The citrus smell is really nice and even though it is strong it is not unpleasant.

Taste: The fruity taste is there at first which leads nicely into a nice bitterness and then finishes off with a slight sweetness that doesn't completely counter the bitterness but compliments it really well.

ruckus232, May 31, 2010
Photo of showell
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured a nice clear yellow with a hint of orange. A 3 finder head. I wasn't very careful with the pour though. You immediately smell the hops. Very piney with a touch of citrus. The flavor is just what you expect from the smell. Pine, pine, and more pine. Not that it's bad. It's exactly what I thought it would be, and it tastes good, but it's rather all one note. Still, it's good, and I'll enjoy the rest of the sixpack, then move on to something new.

showell, May 31, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color, off white head.
Smell is of some spice and freshly cut wood.
I taste too much "firewood" in this one. There is faint citrus, but I'm just tasting too much pine here. I give an average rating for taste because in spite of my criticisms, it still tastes better than your average swill.
The mouthfeel and drinkability follow suit. Now that I've tried it, I can say, BTDT. At $4 for a bomber, I won't be trying this one anytime soon. I still would grab this one in favor of many choices out there, but as an IPA it is not one of my favorites.

industrialswill, May 30, 2010
Photo of aristeros
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name 'Ranger' means something different to anyone who has ever been an infantryman. It means 'this thing will kick your ass.' We will see if New Belgium's offering will live up to the linguistic baggage of the name. I've poured into my Bodum pint glass. The bottle has a 'best by 22 August 2010' notation on the label.

A careful pour yields less than a finger of white head. Little retention but some lacing. The beer is a medium amber and carbonation is visible. The clarity of the beer is excellent. The nose is simple, even subtle. Floral hops over light citrus, with some malt. Smells fairly sweet.

The taste is moderately bitter up front, with heavy grapefruit citrus and some pineapple. Bitter and citrus are in about equal quantities. The finish is slightly sweet, with yellow and red fruit. The beer is very well-balanced. Not the hop bomb I was hoping for, though! More bitter than an English IPA, but less than a HopDevil or Green Flash.

Lower ABV for an American Pale Ale, and fairly sessionable. Too bad it's the last one! I would buy this beer again if I wanted an IPA with a moderate ABV that wasn't a kick to the groin with its bitterness.

It can't truly be called Ranger because it didn't kick me or yell at me.

aristeros, May 30, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-29-10
Best before 8-22-10

Pours a light amber color with a pleasant white head. Lacing is a big, consistent layer on the edge.

Smell is awesome floral hops, notes of pineapple and pine. Strong bitterness and earthiness at the end.

Taste is sharp bitterness with a good kick of sweet malt to keep it interesting. The finish is sweet and buttery, with the hop flavors lingering forever.

Mouthfeel is good, the thickness suits the hop character nicely.

Drinkability is very good, a great hoppy beer to have several of.

Overall, a very good example of the style.

BMoney575, May 29, 2010
Photo of michaelbutler
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Ranger IPA

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass

A: Clear, golden amber, thick foamy head (two fingers), nice lacing
S: Strong citrus notes, spicy
T: Quick upfront hops, strong but balanced bitterness
M: Medium body, strong carbonation
D: A very drinkable bitter IPA,possibly a new favorite IPA

michaelbutler, May 29, 2010
Photo of danielharper
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange, transparent, slight effervescence, with a thick foamy white head that sticks around significantly. Smells strongly of high alpha-acid hops, very piney and with some earthiness down deep. Intriguing aroma.

Taste is very hoppy, almost soapy, with a sharp dryness on the backend. Very slight grapefruit character down deep. As the beer warms, the dryness becomes smoother and the hop bite becomes less pronounced, giving a soft soapy quality on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin, with moderate carbonation and heavy hops.

So how do I feel about this beer? It gives a very nice presentation and smells quite good, but it does feel a little one-note. Hopheads will enjoy this a lot, but to me it's a little too much like drinking liquid hop juice. Good, probably exactly the beer they intended to make, but far from great.

danielharper, May 29, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright, deep golden color, topped by a small, bright white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops with a hint of pineapple, balanced nicely by some slightly sweet, light malt with a hint of caramel.
Palate is balanced up front, with the light sweetness of the malt holding its own against the assertive grassy hops. The hops win over towards the finish, with notes of pineapple and skunk, along with a touch of astringency.
Body is light and not at all sticky, which is a bit of a surprise for a hoppy IPA - I guess the resin got boiled out of the hops, or they used some extract. Regardless, it makes for a nice, easy-drinking IPA that's a bit short of a hop bomb, but can still hit the spot.

ElGordo, May 28, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Spaten mug. Poured a nice golden yellow with a one-finger white head that contained a nice rainbow effect on it, but subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. There was nice lacing apparent throughout. The aroma was comprised of only hops. The flavor was only comprised of hops with a very slight spicy note to it. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent IPA that was very light on the hoppy flavor. It could have been a great brew if it either had something to balance the hoppy flavor present or had more hops present. However this one is worth a shot for any hop-head out there who has not tried it.

thagr81us, May 27, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Nice clear amber pour with nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Nice big nose with lots of grapefruit, pine and a hint of tea. Big bitter hop punch right off the bat. Citrusy grapefruit, and a bit of apricot, pine and grass. Great balance as the malty sweetness kicks in to subdue the hop punch. Nice crisp, dry finish makes this a hugely drinkable IPA. Not a huge fan of New Belgium, but hoping they keep this as a regular offering for us hop heads.

beerdrifter, May 26, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little gem was a clear medium amber in color with a single finger white head, nice thin lacing. Noted decent hoppy traits with a touch of piney/citrus on the nose. Light for an IPA but crisp. Was desent in carbonation, not too overbearing. A very delectable brew worthy of additional tastings.

Bizz88, May 25, 2010
Photo of burnerfinger
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my New Belgium Goblet:

a: extra generous pillow-top head id BEAUTIFUL and settles with Nice lacing.
this Brew is super clear and honey colored.

s: very, very hoppy but not quite the same type/flavor of hops that I have become used to - but I do like this too.

t: hits hard up front with bitter hopiness but no real follow- thru here. just a quick jab and that's it.

m: the extra heavy dose of hops almost bleeds into mouthfeel. otherwise, this seems a bit light bodied, also on a very positive note the impressive 6.5 ABV is barely noticeable until the long awaited and much welcomed buzz kicks in.

d: very drinkable. but not a chugging type of beer, (too much hoppy bite for that) but leaves you wanting more

Loving the New Belgium mentality. This brew is a respectable stab at the AIPA but not in the same league as some of the other new belgium offerings.

burnerfinger, May 24, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from mntlover. Many thanks! Ranger pours a clear amber body with a tall offwhite head. Good retention and lavish patchy lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with notes of pink grapefruit, orange, and some hints of pine. Toasty malt notes underneath.

Medium body has an aggressive but creamy carbonation.

Taste has citrusy pink grapefruit with a hint of apricot before the pine and grassy bitterness kicks in. A hint of honey buttered biscuit adds a nice balance. Finishes crisp and dry.

Hop bitterness is not one dimensional here, making for an extremely drinkable IPA. Very well done.

merlin48, May 22, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle

Appearance: Light orange hue and translucent. Little to no head.

Smell: Smells delicious for an IPA. Doesn't smell "dry" like some others. One of the strengths of this beer.

Taste: Very solid taste for an IPA. Pretty standard really. Has a very flavorful hoppy appeal to it. May induce cotton mouth.

Mouthfeel: Is somewhat "watery" and features a lot of carbonation and comes off crisp. Just isn't as dense as other IPAs.

Drinkability: Perhaps the most drinkable IPA I've come across in some time. Is somewhat watery and boasts good flavor and smells delicious. Is very drinkable.

While this isn't the highest quality IPA, it certainly is one of the most drinkable. I love IPAs and have had over forty different kinds but I find this as a good "intro" IPA for those willing to branch out. I've gotten several friends to make the transition to IPAs with this beer. I'd highly recommend this to novices as well as those who would like an IPA to drink for awhile.

aasher, May 21, 2010
Photo of macrent2
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a very beautiful dark yellow/orange colour with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 2 to 3 finger head that disapated modestly. A rather nice amount of lacing to report.

Light citrus and a definate Chinooke aroma.

Very carbonated dry and smooth.

Wonderful balance of citrus, pine, and dark caramel hops flavour. Not too bitter or any distinct aftertaste to be had. A bit strong at times whilst drinking.

Very good, will definatly have this again!

macrent2, May 21, 2010
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
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,631 ratings.