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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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5,068 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,068
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 80
Gots: 735 | 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 azdback
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +7.7%
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 +2.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +8.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +6.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +1.3%
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+

Photo of Phelps
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Casey Moore's.

Perfectly clear honey. One finger of pure frothy white head descends slowly, leaving thick walls of toothpaste-froth lace.

In the nose: honey, soft biscuits, orange peel, a bit of grass and flowers.

Heavily bitter flavor. Light bits of honeyed biscuits before grassy, floral hops and pithy citrus peel hit. Nice background sweetness.

Highly carbonated, these bubbles are peppery and almost painful. Heavily bitter and medium-light in body.

I first tried Ranger when it premiered, and it may be that my palate has developed substantially since then, but this isn’t as bright as I remember. Drinkable enough, but nothing more exciting than your average large-brewery workhorse IPA.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A - a dark golden near copper, clear beer with a short head that lingers for quite awhile.
S - citrus and pine hops hit first follwed by malt notes.
T - citrusy hops dominate over top of a mild malty background.
M - medium bodied and has moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight oily feel.
D - easily drinkable as it is not an overpowering IPA.
A fairly standard but good and thrifty bomber bottle of American style IPA.

Photo of Jayli
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear, gorgeous copper color. A one and a half finger of sudsy, foamy head sits on top. Head retains nicely leaving clumpy sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is floral hops that are quickly dwarfed by a piney resiny note and a solid caramel malt profile.

T: Taste starts with big piney, earthy hops. Light floral notes mingle in. A strong, well blended caramel malt is balanced throughout. Fruity notes come in toward the finish, with a big orange peel note in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thin but very oily body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a nice IPA to sit with for a while.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint at the Denver airport.

LOOK: Pale amber, awesome lacing.

SMELL: Sweet oily hop resin, fruity, mild esters, herbal.

TASTE: Crisp, moderate body, orangey hop, bitter, dry biscuity malt, heavy herbal orange finish.

Very drinkable and a bit in your face. Restrained balance. Hop charter does not mess around and gets right to work with a onslaught of bitterness and flavor.

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a fluffy white head with good retention and lacing properties. Aromas are predominantly of citrusy hops and caramel malts, good but not very interesting as far as IPAs are go. Flavors are more complex, with zesty and pine-like notes intermingling with sweeter caramel flavors before giving way to an orange peel taste on the finish. Medium to full body feels extremely smooth. This is a terrific IPA.

Photo of devinoconnor
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long day, flying to LA and working throughout, I grabbed this at a dive liquor store in Culver City. Perfect find.

Pours a golden amber with orange undertones. Smell is awesome. Plenty of hops and the floral scents are very prevalent.

Taste is well-balanced, nicely hopped. It is a little bitter in the moutfeel and the after taste is a bit unsettling, but not so much that it ruined it for me.

Nice IPA.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Moab Brewery shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale golden color. Has a thick, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of piney and citrusy hops. Has a sweet, bready malt smell in the background.

Taste: Very bitter up front with spicy, citrusy hops. Finishes earthy with a strong, bready maltiness. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Is light- to medium-bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall: A damn fine IPA and another win, in my opinion, for New Belgium. I've only ever seen this beer in bombers around here, so it'll be a "treat" beer for me when I need a good go-to IPA.

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap tonight at Spider Kelly's in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and fruity malts. Pine hops dominate, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops and pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not bad, but pretty average, and a lot less hops than the nose. A step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all.

o - Overall a decent beer, but pretty average. Some nice pine hops in the nose, but not a lot of hops in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek it out again, but worth trying once.

Photo of Thads324
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a bright golden color with a finger of slightly off white head. Good solid head stays around a while, decent lacing.
S : a bit of pine and citrus hops with earthy undertones. vibrant in the hop aroma, with a bit of sweetness underneath.
T : starts with a bready malt flavor, then transistions to a bitter and piney hop. a bit of mint and some citrus towards the tail end. The flavor is solid and just the right amount of bitter.
M : evenly carbonated and well balanced.

awesome hop flavor and a good aroma. Great balance and a really nice ipa.

Photo of pburland23
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a rather pedestrian light orange amber color. I was expecting a little more robust color. The beer produces a half finger layer of bright white head. There was some really nice sticky lacing.

Smell is highlighted by resinous, grapefruit aroma with some bready malt in the background. A very nice smelling IPA.

Taste really stands out for me. It starts out bitter, funky and resinous with some really outstanding hoppy bitterness. Then, there's a solid backbone of biscuity malts which really gives the beer some oomph and creates a full, robust flavor.

The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. It's well carbonated and highly drinkable. Overall, a well rounded and balanced IPA. I'm pretty impressed.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled from bomber in flared glass

A: copper-penny color; lacing fantastic; buoyant head; very good carbs
S: sweet malt, pine, honeysuckle
T: very gentle hops, abundant, very sweet; wow, what a great balance of sweet against bitter
M: smooth

This is an amazing IPA.

Photo of gtermi
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a million times before and bought it again so I thought Id review it.

The appearance is above average. There is nothing special about the way it looks, just a golden beer with not much head.

The smell is the best part of this beer IMO. It has a lot of hoppy smells and just like a well made IPA.

The taste is also very delicious. Not the best IPA I have ever had, but for sure a very solid one. There is a nice hoppy bitterness, with a sort of peppery taste. It lingers for a long time and I start to pick up more sweetness.

The mouthfeel is nice. There is a nice bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and the tip of the tongue. It has a nice full body.

Overall this is a very solid IPA. I can get a 6 pack for around 7 dollars and it never truly gets old.

Photo of dmlasp
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a bottle into a pilsner glass a hazy orange with a thick, frothy lasting head, with a faint but pleasant odor of bitterness and hints of fruit. Understated hoppy flavor with undertones of grapefruit and pine; thin and light in the mouth with a slightly bitter, carbonated finish. Overall good and easy to drink.

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

On tap poured into a pint glass

This was poured way too cold but it had a nice 2 finger head that lines the dirty pub glass and retains well. The color is light orange. Smell is made up of faint hops, fruits and pines. Good smelling beer. Taste is really nice. Citrus fruits and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with good carbonation from the tap. Overall this is sessional IPA. Great tasting with a favorable ABV.

Photo of psuKinger
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber poured into my New Belgium Globe glass. I've been enjoying these Globes for a year now, but this is the first time I've been able to fill it with a New Belgium beer...

A: Pours a hazy opaque orange shade with an awesome thick white head with great "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle. A picture of perfection.

It leaves great lacing on my glass as I work my way through the bottle.

S: Some hop bitterness and grapefruit is a little overpowered by a resiny sweetness.

T: Immediately I notice that this beer is thinner and lighter than expected. None-the-less, it's well balanced. Nice hop bitterness (with a touch of grapefruit) is balanced out by malt sweetness. But it's all done at a "lower volume". This beer has a "watery" thinness to it. None of the flavors dominate.

The beer finishes dry and bitter in a pleasing way.

M: Light and thin, a watery brew that leaves behind a touch of hop oils and sweetness.

D/O: Rather drinkable and somewhat repeatable. This was a fine IPA, but nothing spectacular.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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