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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,992 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,992
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 75
Gots: 678 | 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 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
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


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.


Photo of woosterbill
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.


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
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Gatch
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden hue with a thin, fluffy white head. Lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet malt, hops, caramelized sugar.

T - Tastes a little watered down. Malt and hops are there as is a little alcohol. Some pine and floral notes. Nothing stands out. Fairly bitter.

M - Slight carbonation but a smooth feel all the way down. A bit cloying but also dry.

A solid IPA but nothing remarkable to separate it from the middle of the pack.

Photo of ahq514
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a pretty transparent golden color, with very little head, and very little lacing.

Hops really shine through in the aroma. Mostly citrus, but a little bit of a floral hop aroma as well. Not much in the way of malt besides a subtle caramel aroma. Hops really dominate the smell here.

Hops really dominate the taste here as well. Getting mostly floral hops here with the citrus in the background. A little bit of bitterness, but not much. Would give this a higher score if the malt balanced out the hops a little better. Very nice and refreshing either way, could drink this very fast.

Mouthfeel was decent. Carbonation seemed about right. Was a little on the light bodied side, which made it really easy to drink, but a good ipa to me is something that is well balanced as well.

Overall, it was a good ipa, not horrible, not excellent, pretty average. Very light for an ipa and refreshing. Would drink again for sure.

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Clear light orange color with a very white cloudy head. Lots of lacing left on the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell- Great, easy pine smell with a bit of tropical fruits. 4/5

Taste- Right up front here is a tanginess to it that I can't decided if it is pleasant or not. Grassy and piney hops with a small blast of malt in the end. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- A little on the thin side (I can't believe I am saying that). 2.5/5

Overall- When this first came out I loved it to the point that I thought I found my one and only go-to beer and the one beer I would constantly keep in the fridge. No such luck any more. I would like to blame it on my palate, but... It still could very well be. I remember it having more of a malt backbone (more of a mouthfeel) and no tanginess. Sorry NB. I meant every word at the time I emailed you, though. 2.5/5

Photo of micromaniac129
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the food lion down in Corolla Nc.
pours with a nice amber color. The head is thick and dense woth good retention leaving a nice foamy collar and nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is refreshing hops. It definitly has a citrus punch and sweet malts although the hops are the main ingredent here.

Taste starts out citrusy and bitter. caramel malts follow and are hardy enough to stand up to the hops. A nicely balanced ale with only a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

A medium body brew with a sticky mouthfeel. carbonation is about average.

This is a good IPA and represents the style perfectly. Long life those IPa's with hearty malts and flavorful hops. Here here.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is listed as September 2011.

Appearance: A nice amber color. Maintains a very good foamy head that started at 2 fingers wide.

Smell: Smells hoppy with strong soapy and citrus tones. There's a little bit of caramel as well.

Taste: Not quite as bold as it smells, but still quite good! A grainy taste is present, alongside fruity undertones. The hops definitely do a nice job here and spice up the beer. It's properly bitter and sweet as a result, and the maltiness of this beer is high enough to make it taste thickened and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Every gulp is smooth yet bitter, and makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. As it warms up, these qualities are definitely enhanced. There is no wicked aftertaste common with hoppy beers, and makes it easy to finish.

Overall: A very good meat-and-potatoes IPA that delivers the goods in terms of flavor, bitterness and refreshing drinkability. However, if I remember well, Ranger is far more tastier on tap, and even contains a fresher feel. Still, if there's something New Belgium never gets wrong, it's the zestiness of the hops they include in their brews!

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : golden yellow in color. An aggressive pour will yield a tightly formed head with lots of retention. a constant flow of tiny bubbles from the bottle of my glass. Lots of lacing

Smell : pine citrus and juniper abound . This beer smells really fresh can't wait to try this one

Taste : lots of hop forward flavors here. Very well balanced with malty sweetness . This beer really delivers the goods and the flavor really lingers for a long time..

Mouthfeel : light body with adequate carbonation and slightly

Overall : I picked up this beer today for $3.50 . What a bargain for the taste it delivers. Great summertime ipa. Really a easy to enjoy beer.

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into pint glass. Poor print on bottle code. Fresh batch.

A: Pours a very murky straw, orange body. The head has low formation and retention is good around the edges. The carbonation is moving rather slowly. Layered lacing. 

S: Hop aroma is in the fore front, with flavors of lemon and west coast citrus.

T/M: Very smooth and well balanced flavors of hops, malt gives a nice clean body. The lingering taste is dry hop bitterness. The flavors give a bit of passion fruit, but no mango or pineapple. Good overall lower end intensity IPA. 

O: All in all a very light IPA, but one that suit the style very well. Good flavors and at the price it cannot be beat for a 3$ 22oz bottle

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

I've had Ranger before but now I've finally reviewed it. It's a 100+ degree day in Texas and I need a cold beer to help me out.

I poured this out and got a thick three finger and tad off-white head. The beer is a clear, dark golden color. It looks lovely in the bright sun.

It smells...of hops, hops, hops, and more hops! Grassy, earthy hops dominate the nose. Citrus is very strong too like mango and/or pineapple. There's a sweet caramel sweetness. Ranger is very piney too.

The taste is very earthy for me with the hops. It's very hoppy but not too bitter. The mango/pineapple fruitiness and pine tree/caramel sweetness from malts underlay the yummy hops that makes for a great balance.

Ranger is a lighter medium-bodied beer with medium carbonation. It's very clean and crisp. It's a bit syrupy at first but the finish is dry.

This is a great lighter-bodied IPA that's very hoppy but well-balanced and very drinkable. A perfect beer for a hot day.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,992 ratings.