Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 4,903
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 617 | 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 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.

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

Poured a transparent copper color with a nice amount of white fluffy head on it. Great lacing as I drink this one. Nice classic hop aroma. Taste is very good. Full of hops, some good citrus notes. Very smooth drinking beer with a good finish. I really enjoyed this one and lucky for me, it's readily available around my hometown. I enjoyed this one and it's a good standby to have available.

Photo of JayAre46
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a arrogant bastard ale pint glass, i feel like the gargoyle was glaring at me the whole time....

A - Light golden color with some orange hues the transparency allowed the gargoyle eyes to be fixed on me while questioning the worthiness, 2 solid fingers of white clinging head, great retention with lacing all the way down. I really enjoy amazing lacing like this +1 to ranger.

A - A clean earthy aroma, fresh hops with a mary jane touch, hint of malt in the back. No fruity esters at all, which is fine just sort of takes some of the complexity and differentiation away.

T- Hops, Hops, Bitterness, Hops, with a pale bready malt which is subtle and quickly over come by the sharp mary jane flavors, love it, fair to say this brew is crisp although the carbonation is not crazy, im getting some hints of chemical flavors while this beer finishes less dry than expected.

M - light to medium body, perfectly carbonated with a creamy feel which coats and soothes the palate. from the taste as stated i expected more of a dryness but thats not what i got. No alcohol presence

O - Great IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company, I feel like they achieved exactly what they wanted to in this hoppy brew, I could enjoy six of these in a sitting with out a doubt. Well done

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, grapefruits, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice well balanced taste. Lots of hops mixed with caramel and malts. Also lots of citrus juiciness coming from oranges and grapefruits. It finishes with a bittersweet hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I was really surprised by how much I liked this beer. Kind of a cross between a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a DogFish Head 60min. Highly drinkable and very tasty.

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

Well, after way too long (nearly 36 hours) a wait since arriving in the states, my first new beer.

Light clear golden color. Low carbonation. Nice fluffy whitehead. Good stability and lacing.

Nice aroma. Citrus, pine, resiny hops with some sweet malt as well. Not the strongest but certainly not left wanting. Well done here.

Excellent balance, as evenly matched between malt, hop flavor and bitterness as any I've had. Quick hit of sweet maltiness is followed up by a clean bitter finish. Label says 70ibu but this handles it extremely well. Another good sign (for me at least) is even after the first glass, I still can't pick any single thing about the taste that stands above any other part. Really well done, impressed.

Not the most extreme of the style, there are certainly more notable examples. But judging strictly by style this has all the bases coves, and covered well. Would not think twice about having this again.

Photo of Azurescens
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with best by date of 7/17/11 poured into snifter, reviewed on 4/6/11

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color with whitish head that fades relatively quickly leaving decent lacing around glass.

S: Some floral hops, no real malt aroma to speak of. Smells alright but nothing too exciting going on here.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front that fades towards the finish letting some of the malt flavors come through. Hops are the main player in the taste of this one, it would be nice if there was some detectable malt sweetness to balance out the hops, but it just isn't there. Bitterness level is pretty good for an IPA but nothing outstanding.

M: Body is pretty thin with decent carbonation and clean finish.

O: Not bad but not great either, pretty standard IPA. Plenty of hop bitterness but it would be nice to have some more hop aroma and flavor. It would be significantly better if there was a greater malt presence to add some sweetness and body, or at least enough hops to mask the lack of malt.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A nice, honey-colored body and fluffy, white head make for an attractive combination. Retention's great, clarity's great... Carbonation is a bit weak, though. Attractive layers of lacing stuck to the glass the whole way down.

S - Nice, cascade hoppiness and a layer of tangerine in the scent make for a pleasant combination. Faint malts in the scent. Not a strong scent, but a pleasant one.

T - Harsh kicks of hops and bitterness the whole way through, with a thin, grain undertone. It gets surprisingly weaker as it warms... Not too complex, but it gets the job done all the same.

M - Thin body with a crisp, clean finish. Nice, prickly amount of carbonation saves it from being too watery.

Overall/notes - Solid IPA, and easy to drink considering the style. I'd be tempted to use this for cooking Brats, actually. Has a really piny character that makes me think of the outdoors... Then again, that could be the bottle. All in all, not the best nor the worst of its style.

Photo of gratefuld
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice thick foamy head

S: Nice hoppy smell

T: The taste is not too bad, but just not what I typically like in an IPA

M: Nice bitter dry finish

O: Not a bad beer overall. First beer from New Belgium that I have like in awhile. I would probably drink another of these if it is on tap at one of my local watering holes.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on-tap at the Pizza Joint.

A: It pours a slightly clouded burnt orange color with a half-finger of dirty-white head that holds at 1/8 inch and laces well.

S: Tropical fruits, caramel malts, floral hops, and almost hidden toasted bread aromas.

T: Caramel malts, breadiness, floral hops, and underlying chocolate. This is a super fresh beer so there must be some darker malts in this one. It ends up being odd.

M: It has medium thickness and very high carbonation.

O: This is definitely not what I look for in an IPA. The floral hops that are present are subdued.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Bottle dated 10JUL11

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color with a nice 2in. thick tight white cap of foam that lingered nicely.

S: Bright aromas of sweet candied fruits come through like apricot and mango. Pick up some biscuity malt notes and slight yeastiness.

T: Rich with sweet candied apricot, mango and a touch of pine. Considerable peppery hop bite across the palate. The 70IBU's are present and forward in this beer. Maltiness is nice and light but signature New Belgian biscuity flavors present.

M: Overall slightly sweet and nicely bittered. Finishes light and dry.

D: Very nice. A well balanced hop forward brew that finishes nice light, crisp and dry.

A really nice & affordable offering for IPA entusiast's by New Belgian which maintains that Biscuity malt flavor and aroma abundent in their Fat Tire. Not my personal favorite for the style but overall a well crafted brew with nice hoppiness. One of my favorite releases from NB thus far.

Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, very "traditional" looking beer, according to my significant other (she was referring to stuf she sees in beer commercials). Frothy head, the beer left tons of sheets on the sides, but it looked a little too much like spit for me.

S - Hoppy with some malt grain backbone.

T - Actually not bad, some nice grain malt with a bit of hops (believe amarillo) and a clean finish. I think this would actually be a pretty good starter IPA for someone looking to get into craft. A bit of citrus and sweetness.

M - Crisp, light, refreshing.

O - Not a bad beer, not one I will ever try to find or likely drink again, but it's not unpleasant.

Photo of ScorpyX
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden color with one finger head.

S: Hoppy and grainy scent. There's something of an earthiness to it. It also has a rosy scent that many New Belgiums seem to have have.

T: Hops are definitely there, but not as much as some examples of the style. Maybe a little too light on taste.

M: Medium bodied and very carbonated.

D: A little weak in the taste, but still all right. Not as bitter as many IPAs I've had, which can be a good thing when you're trying more than one.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a lighter amber color with a smallish white head, has a decent overall appearance. smell is decent, not as hoppy as one would expect. taste is good for a pale ale but for a IPA i feel it is misbranded, doesn't have the pizazz of a normal IPA, its a good pale ale however. mouthfeel is average, a bit watery. overall its a good beer but again, i dont feel its a true IPA.

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

Appearance: Golden with a nice thick head. Good lacing.

Smell: Hop aromas with a lil bit of a light malt smell

Taste: Good example of an IPA. Well- balanced. A little bit of biscuit flavors with the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The froth from the head is creamy

Overall: Overall a pretty good IPA. Definitely worth getting if it's on tap

Photo of schatzicat
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a english style pint glass. mid range carbonation. small white head that leaves rather quickly. plenty of lace. the aroma is of a light pine to citrus. the mouthfeel is of a midrange carbonation and plenty of hops and medium malt. the finish is of a light bitter and dense aftertaste..this has become my favorite beer. and im hooked

Photo of JAZwara
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had started a thread a few weeks ago asking about grapefruit-y IPAs after having FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf...amazingly I don't think Ranger came up in that thread, but this is a great grapefruit-y IPA.

Had on-tap, poured with a pretty good head.

The smell is far less of grapefruit than the taste; some grapefruit and other citrus, alot of pine, and a little bit of maltiness.

The taste, however, is mostly grapefruit, with some orange and other citrus. At the same time its not overly bitter. There's enough of a malt backing to give some balance, but theres no mistaking that this is a solid IPA.

Mouth feel is fantastic: given the solid hop profile I expected it to have more sharpness, but its more smooth than expected.

Only wish I had ordered it earlier in the evening so I could keep going back. Luckily its readily available in stores so I'll be sure to be going back

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,903 ratings.