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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 600 | 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 Andreji
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, and again, thankful to aschwab for this generous gift. I still have some left.

I have had good experiences with new belgium and ranger isn't far from it. The pour isn't a standard IPA by any means. a bright orange tone glows very prominently and there's lots of carbonatsion going on. Not only that, the head is extremely compact and resembles yeastier belgians- lasts almost indefinitely and leaves tonnes of lacing, and of course that rocky look the foam acquires at some point.

Smell pops out right ahead, and it definetly ain't belgian. This is vintage IPA. That strong, hoppy piney feel becomes undisputable but it somehow makes itself feel sweet to the nose. perhaps malts are hidden beneath rather than right there.

Taste, this is an IPA. I loved it because it simply is a staple of a beer, very prominent hops all over but not being overly bitter, and the malts seem to be the underdog here making it just discretely sweet in the end )rather than the other way around). Alcohol also seems to be lying underneath very stealthily, but it somewhat lets itself be noticed when swallowing it (i mean, that feel you get from your throat to your nose).

The body is well carbonated although would seem much worse if we went by the head alone. it's also a bit oily so it's not much of a thirst quencher.

Nonetheless, once again, a fab american IPA.

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

This pours something like full gold, I guess, with a one finger cream head that subsides and leaves lace. On the nose there are more or less equal parts of grapefruit and bread, with little or no hint of sweeter malts. In the mouth, the bread coats the mouth, maybe just a touch of caramel malt sweetening the deal a little, all providing a backdrop for mild grapefruit rind. The finish is long enough with the malts dying away, leaving just the grapefruit hanging around with nice carbonation making things seem clean.

Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA, not especially hop-bombish but pleasant enough on its own terms. Especially at the price, it's a nice brew to have available.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, balanced IPA from New Belgium. Clear light copper, white head. Piney and citrus smell, good for the style. The taste delivers a nice hop bite with a sturdy backbone that is quite pleasant. The taste lingers and shifts, drifting between the bitter and fruity. I very solid offering from New Belgium.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium, ah... They always manage to not impress me enough to bring their beers back to Australia with me. And yet they're always consistent. Let's see how this one goes...

Pours a very clear, light and bright golden colour, with a fine and full head of white bubbling. Lacing is good; thin and fine, but sticky and intricate. Some fine carbonation, but not a lot. Overall, it looks like a fine drop of beer.

Nose is fresh and hoppy. Not pungent, but soft, spicy and fruity. Citrus notes dominate, with the sweeter end—oranges and tangerines—giving the biggest contribution. Lovely and fresh, and intoxicating. Quite gorgeous.

Taste is also good, but very subdued. Mild, but smooth on the palate, with an uplift of hoppiness that never moves beyond the sparse. Slight nuttiness on the back, with an organic burst of freshness. Green, a little citrussy, but certainly not a huge amount of bite.

Extremely easy to drink, this is an IPA that you could sit with all night. I'm pleased to say that this is one of the best NBB beers I've had. That it's one of their regular range is telling—they have got the basics just right.

Photo of jag21
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, relatively translucent, not very cloudy. White head, good lacing.

S: Great citrus and pine hop aroma. Not much malt in the aroma, but a great mix of hops.

T: Taste is a bit heavy on the hops, I wish there was more malt character. That being said, the hops are nice in this, a good mix of citrus, floral, and pine.

M: Lots of carbonation, wish there was a bit less

O/D: This is a very drinkable if not perfect IPA, and the canned version is great for backpacking

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Note: this bottle gushed upon opening. Medium gold in color with brilliant clarity. Moderate near-white head stand with decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Zesty American hops-citrus, pine, resin, and a hint of spice. Over a nice, firm foundation of bread and sweet caramel. Slight off aroma of skunkiness or cattiness, but not too offensive.

Flavor-Smooth bready malt opens up to piney, resiny, and slightly catty hop flavor. Hops dominate the mid-palate, and the finish has a fresh green hop character to it. In the aftertaste, a hint of bready malt comes back in to focus but moderate bitterness is the primary feature in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Very nice-smooth and creamy on the palate.

Decent, though I feel like I've had better experiences with this beer on tap. The hop character was decently bright, but a little bit funky in the nose-I wonder if the gusher indicated the beginning of an infection or if it was just an over-carbonated bottle. Nonetheless, still a good, and highly drinkable beer.

Photo of peakoil101
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank two of these, poured from the can, and enjoyed the crisp drinkability. It's a beautiful clear bronze IPA with medium foamy head. Pour slowly to keep the foam down. It has a sweet hoppy smell but not overly flowery.

The first sip tastes solid with a decent bite, but it's very drinkable. Very enjoyable overall!

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

Pour - Nice amber color with a better than average head and nice lacing on the glass

Smell - nothing out of the ordinary for and IPA. Floral hops and pine

Taste - Again, typical IPA. Nice bitter but nothing that wows me. Lots of hops and nice dry floral end note

Mouthfeel - dry, similar to a red wine mouth feel.

Not the best beer I have had, but for an IPA that is available at the grocery store it is not bad. As I said before nothing super impressive going on with this one but it is a nice average IPA.

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

This brew pours a very light golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and a rim of clingy lacing,the smell is very tropical with aromas of banannas,mangoes,paw paw,citrus and piney,resiny hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and allows the tastes of mangoes,banannas,lychee,citrus and marzipan all to mingle quite nicely before being finished off with a nice hit of piney hops and overall its definately a nice AIPA and will buy again cheers.

Photo of drinkofczars
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice label. Chronic green coloring with some nice graphic hops sprawled out under the "Ranger India Pale Ale" label. Beer has an outstanding light color to it. Not rated a perfect 5 because I prefer my American IPA's a little hazier.

S- Amazing. One of the most delightful citrus smelling IPA's I have had the pleasure of sinking my nose into. The smell of the hops are very robust surrounding the citrus flavors and trail off nicely as you begin to pick up the floral notes.

T- Nice and mellow tasting for an IPA. I would like a little more bite from the hops, and would expect more looking at the innocuously radiating buds on the bottom of the label. Delicious

M- Good carbonation but borders on the arena of too-much. Pleasant from your first sip down to the last gulp. Not too thick, not too thin.

O- I think this is one of the best reviews I have ever given a beer. Maybe it was a combination of me having a really good day, or being in an optimistic mood. Either way; spectacular beer. I was never a big fan of New Belgium Brewery after having Fat Tire at my brothers wedding, but this beer has rekindled my interest in them.

Super good beer.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is quite popular around Purdue's campus, where I've lived the past 3 years. Fat Tire is definitely their main seller/cult classic, but I have yet to try that. This one I had on-tap at Brownsburg, IN's Buffalo Wild Wings, served in a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pale gold body that boldly outshines many other PA's I've had. Gorgeous. It has a medium-thick head with abundant lacing up and down the glass on all sides. The carbonation looks intense, as it's still fizzing away after a good 20 minutes.

S: Piney hops are big and strong. Some melon notes, but mostly bright, inviting hops (that's an IPA for you).

T: Not as big as the nose. Hops come in the form of pine/mint, and starchy, almost chewy yeast makes its appearance quickly after. This leads to a very present tropical feel. Typical for an IPA, but not really pronounced enough to hold my interest. Gets a bit more "homey" as it warms, adding some grass/outdoor blends. Drinkable, but not superb.

M: I love a good draft PA; this one is very bubbly and upfront, but, unfortunately, it's nothing more than average, really.

O: I can say that this beer is worthy of its following amongst college students. If you are truly looking for a great IPA, though, there are many better ones for the same price.

Photo of keith712
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing “Ranger” IPA. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic tumbler*

Appearance: A stunning bright copper, absolutely crystalline clear. Two fingers of a nice frothy, white head. Beautiful lacing as the level goes down. Nice carbonation bubbles present themselves in a steady but subdued release.

Nose: Grassy, some citrus, with a nice biscuit presence. A malt presence, albeit small, smooths everything out. Far less grapefruit/citrus than most “hophead” IPA’s normally present.

Taste: Nice hops as expected from an IPA, but not overpowering nor obtrusive. There is the grassy flavor followed by a nice hops bitter that sticks around a bit after the finish. Crisp and dry, no thickness at all. The malts are there to finish out the flavor profile, but certainly not a malty IPA in any way.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention crisp? Carbonated nicely, just about perfect for this bright and snappy IPA. No heavy feel at all and this invites me to have another swallow. This is a great brew.

Drinkability: Awesome. A claimed 6.5% ABV is not noticeable to me, and the moderate 70 IBU is simply well stated and this would make a great introductory IPA to a beginner, while still retaining the punch a hophead loves. I could drink a six pack of these over a barbecue session with no problems other than a nice buzz.

Overall: 4 out of 5! A nice change from the “normal” IPA. Excellent IPA profile with a slight twist. I was pleasantly surprised at the character since I had not heard a lot about this beer. * Don’t waste this one in the bottle, it really comes alive when poured. I drank a couple of these from the bottle the night before at a friend’s house and it certainly seemed less “alive” than when I poured it aggressively into my tumbler at home.

Photo of tbrown4
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. I got this in a trade from by buddy Jeff in Seattle. We don't get NB out here in Maryland as of yet. I'd read and heard good things about this IPA.

A - Crystal clear light copper, big fluffy white head, sticky wedded lacing , decent head retention throughout the tasting, steady carb streams for a few minutes

S - Sweet, malty, citrus, pungent hops

T - Up front mild hop bitterness, creamy fruity grapefruit sweet middle, long lingering hop bitter finish

M - This to medium bodied, crisp carb

O - This is a decent and fairly well balanced IPA. It stands up there with the rest of my craft IPA choices and I can see myself getting a six pack or a few bombers a year. It's not mind blowing but it's very good for what it is.

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

Wow, I sure am glad I decided to give this a try.

A- Poured a copper colored body with a solid white one finger head. Average lacing, for an IPA

S- Wonderful scent of floral and citrus hops. A tiny hint of mango or papaya, as well as a bread-like malt character.

T- Lemon, pine, grass, and bitter hops are almost immediately picked up, followed by a slight bread-like malt described in the aroma. The mango/papaya sweet fruit is a bit more present in the aftertaste. Absolutely wonderful.

M- Relatively creamy for an IPA. Carbonation is right where it should be. Just a tad bit too dry, though.

D- Could and would definitely drink a six pack without hesitation. I'm going to go grab another right after I finish typing this sentence.

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

Appearance - Clear amber body with thick white pancake batter head.

Smell - Grassy. Not particularly lime-peely like other IPAs.

Taste - Sharp clean bite. Hoppy and grassy, unsurpsisingly.

Mouthfeel - Crisp.

Overall Drinkability - I like it. One of the better mass marketed IPAs.

Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a seven ounce pour of it as a part of a sampler at Pour 24 at Las Vegas’ New York New York Casino. It was one among two IPA’s in the sampler and a little overpowered by the other but pretty good none-the-less.

Pours a bright clear copper with a very white head that actually left a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is very west coast, with a lot of citrus and some slight malt presence.

Flavor was quite nice, again, high on the hops but well balanced in general.

I have mixed feelings about New Belgium. I like some of their beers, I don't like others. This is one that I'll have again when I see it.

Photo of FattyJLE
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with a puffy off-white head that leaves a sticky, long lasting lacing.

S - Perfect example of a west coast hop aroma. Resinous citrusy hops almost like smelling a fresh hop addition to the boil kettle. The hops dominate the aroma with little added by the malts.

T - Bitter citrus hops right upfront, grapefruit and orange peels. A grassy bitter aftertaste. However, the hops are very well balanced with the malt. Although the hops dominate the beer, a slight malt sweetness emerges.

M - A little thin-bodied and watery and a little low on the carbonation.

O - This beer is a strong showing. The only downside may be the watery mouthfeel. West coast hop lovers will love this beer, but if you're looking for something complex, you won't find it here. That said, this is a solid IPA that I would definitely have again.

Photo of Seanibus
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a welcome surprise. I haven't been a huge fan of New Belgium's flagship Fat Tire, but I was curious to try the new Ranger. But it took several years before I was in a geographic position to try it. And it was worth the wait - a delicious and distinctive IPA, which is getting harder to find in this saturated niche.

Pours bright coppery with a big, sticky head and an odd almost greenish color around the edge. The aroma is sharp and strong, all hops, with a musky, resiny and citrusy hop. The flavor is powerful and piny, sharp and biting, with a citrusy finish, like a powerful lemon zest. The mouthfeel is prickly, assertive, and clingy, emphasizing the pine resin nature of the hops.

A compulsively drinkable beer for hopheads.

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

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent golden body under an enormous white (maybe very slightly off-white) frothy head; amazing lacing!

S - hops, hops, and more hops; pine, mint, grass, citrus, and an almost flowery smell; cascade hops dominate the nose

T - bitter from the beginning, pine and citrus, slight hint of malt, bitter cascade aftertaste

M - medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation complements the bitterness well

O - I prefer my beers malty, but this is a solid IPA.

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

Served in New Belgium IPA glass. Bright copper amber with slight brown hues. Lots of carb. bubbling. Thick and robust barely off-white head that persists. Hop residues apparent in head. Leaves plenty of lacing.

A- American hop aromas most prominent. Malt is subdued.

T- starts with piney and sl. citrus tastes. Low malts. Hop bitters are the showcase. Finishes clean though.

M- bitterness is surely present and is balances heavy toward bitterness. Not harsh or astringent.

This is well crafted Am. IPA. Good staple for those who love the hops. Nicely served and do not drink from the bottle.

Photo of morehoppps
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I could review this beer in one word: exceptional, but I might as well go ahead and go for a mainstream review.

A: Poured from a bottle into Pilsner. Pours a nice golden honey color with a perfect, pillowtop 1-2 finger head. Bubbles keep'a comin'.

S: It smells rustic. I've heard people describe IPA's as kind of a "farm" smell. I can definitely smell that in this beer.

T: Exceptional. As everyone has said, this beer is crisp, refreshing, hoppy, and most of all delicious. You've outdone your self this time New Belgium, this is a great beer. For 70+ IBU's, I would say this is just as good of an introductory PA/IPA, as, say, SNPA, as well as a great beer for anyone who likes an ale with some hops.

M: Light-bodied. Crisp. Not too dry, not sticky at all.

O: This is an IPA you can introduce to your BMC drinkin' family and friends without thinking they're going to have to trudge through to not hurt your feelings, and New Belgium must know it, because they sell this at my local Wal-Mart.

Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

San Marcos, CA

A clear golden orange with a nicely forming off-white pillow head atop. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Very appealing, very pretty.

A faraway nose of some things very pleasant. There's certainly tropical fruit aromas in here including grapefruit, orange, and mango, but they're not quite as pungent or as strong as I've become used to in my favorite IPAs. It's all there, but the aromas seem a tad distant. There's a grainy and bready sweetness that may be taking away from some of the hop's impact.

A very simple IPA that is incredibly easy to drink. The flavors are crisp and bright but not overpowering or very strong. A nice balance of hop bitterness, some tropical elements, and a sweet and bready malt backbone. Balanced and exceptionally drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A highly drinkable, crisp, refreshing, clean and simple IPA. This really is very good beer, although I probably won't be revisiting it because I have even better options so easily available, but I would recommend trying this to anyone.

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

A - Pour a deep honey-golden color with some slight amber highlights. 1/2-inch white head that fades relatively quickly but leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Just from the smell, I can tell they've used at least one of the "c" hops varieties (centennial, chinook, cascade) ...I was right! Just checked NewBelgium.com- Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade. Very floral and citrusy. Smells like hop juice!

T - A punch of bitterness up front that sticks to the sides of the tongue. A great, thick malty backbone follows with some toasty notes included.

M - Balanced carbonation and certainly not watery! One of the more viscous American IPA's i've tasted.

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden amber body, big 2 finger head, great lacing!

S: nice pine, citrus aroma.

T: big clean crisp pine flavor, firm earthy middle, long slow bitter finish

M: medium/light body, good carbonation, slick oily mouth

O: One of my favorite New Belgium offerings and nice American IPA. Enough flavor to sip, but light enough to have more than a few with friends.


Photo of AJacob81
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium globelet, of course.

A - Clear, golden copper with a densely-packed marshmallow-colored head of nearly 3 fingers. Leaves gorgeous lacing on every inch of the glass as I drink.

S - Fresh, green hops are very noticeable up front, with bready yeast also on hand. The overall bouquet is lacking a bit in strength, though.

T - Pine, pine nuts, and pineapple, with fresh grass clippings, announce the hop profile right away. A mild caramel maltiness provides a bit of balance, but this one's very hop forward overall. Not the strong citrus and floral hops of a west coast IPA, but again, very piney, and to my taste, very unique.

M and D - Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium, but with good support from the carbonation, it sits nicely on the palate. Refreshing, and nicely drinkable.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.