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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,491 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,491
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 62
Gots: 455 | 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 cnjohn19
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer...bought at harris teeter in durham, nc to see what else new belgium has to offer...a great beer for under $10 a 6 pack...

pours a clear and carbonated pale orange with a fluffy head...no lacing, but really looks tasty...smells are of cascade hops and a sweetness which reminds me of honey...

very tasty with a nice alcohol finish...very balanced mouthfeel with just a slight bite...really enjoyable ipa...

i'm certain you'll enjoy this hoppy brew...i enjoyed this beer while discussing a business idea with my wife to make hair pieces...cheers

cnjohn19, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber pours into my glass. Light orange in color with a moderately hefty white head that is dense with high retention that is both thick and leaves abundant lacing. Aromas is fruity with pear and grapefruit, bright flora with a pleasant sweetness. Hops are not too intense, but very nice balance between them and also with the malt. Smells maltier than it looks, then it ends up tasting hoppier than it smells. Grapefruit and pine explode on the palate with a great full bitterness for a floral and slight cookie finish that is fairly dry. This one totally exceeds my expectations in the flavor department. This is a serious IPA. Full prickly carbonation, though a tad on the lighter side in body, the only issue that prevents this beer from being a straight up "A" quality. Drinkability is high, this is an extremely solid IPA I will gladly drink in the future. Good on you, New Belgium.

vacax, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single. Average looking IPA.Light orange/gold with a good sized bubbly white head. Resiny, hop aromas,little herbal and lemony. Sweet lemon drop hopping, light malts balance..shortish finish for an IPA. Liked the palate..zesty and refreshing. Overall an average IPA on the lighter side of the style.

Reidrover, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange marmalade color; clear; minimal head retention

Nice. The hop bill uses Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade, so it's got a pleasant and heady spicy/fruity mix-classic AIPA.

Taste & Body
Body and texture are spot-on, but the all important flavor is lacking a bit (in true New Belgium fashion, in my opinion). There is a lingering bitterness, but overall the flavor falls a bit short after the inviting and full aroma. It has a nice light candied orange flavor going on, but not a whole lot of complexity from start to finish.

I didn't have high hopes for this, so thankfully I wasn't let down. Unfortunately New Belgium just doesn't hit my standard. I think it's a drinkable IPA, and probably a good starter IPA for the young hopolytes, but this just doesn't cut it compared to so many other breweries' IPAs.

JEdmund, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a pleasant orange blossom honey color with nice lacey foam. A light piney hop aroma is persistant throughout. The taste is a spicey pine bitterness with an earthy subtext with a very acidic mouthfeel. A strong peppermint finishes out after swallowing.

This is a surprisingly strong flavored IPA. Unfortuanately, I don't think it's particulatly well balanced and is strong in areas of taste that I do not particularly care for. So if you really enjoy peppermint and pine, then you should love this one.

Bfarr, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Stpaddys9
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I expected. Generally not a fan of New Belgium, but this was the only IPA on tap at the Waterfront bar in San DIego. I was kind of surprised that being SD and all, that this was the only IPA on tap. As we all know there are lots of potential ipa pours in good ole SD. We certainly don't need to import a CO beer but disitributors win the day and get their beers in lots o bars.

Still it seems very wrong that the oldest bar in SD has no local SD IPAs on tap. I 'm just sayin...

I live at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad so I get more than my fair share of great IPAs be they port or the other great beers they bring in. In the last week I have had blind pig, pliny the elder, poor man's, ruination, and green flash imperial all on tap!!! So I come from a place of decent ipa knowledge. I have been guzzlin IPAs since the late eighties when there were about five.

Ranger was drinkable and I would get it again on tap but never before any of the others mentioned. Not to slight Colorado or Fort Collins to be more specific, I could drink Odell ipa everyday. Unfortunately none in Cali.

Stpaddys9, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of zoso493
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a very pale, ruddy orange-amber color that is somewhat atypical of the style. Absolutely no haze to this one. It does have a large, foamy three-finger head that has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose consists of some very pale and somewhat buttery malts and some piney, resinous hops. The malts definitely overshadow the hops, though, leaving me to wonder what kind of an IPA this is going to be.

Taste: The malts, as evidenced by the nose, are the dominant motif in this brew, which is a horrible idea in an IPA. The taste is pretty weak overall and the hops are almost entirely absent. There's just a touch of grainy hops at the end to offset the faint malts. I have to say, this is a pretty disappointing IPA.

Mouthfeel: This is a very thin beer despite being very fresh. It is pretty highly carbonated, though, which is probably contributing to the thinness but also perhaps making it a bit more drinkable.

Drinkability: This could be a fairly drinkable beer and I'll give it a 4 in this category to offset a low a taste score, but I would never want to have more than one of these.

Overall, this was a very disappointing experience from a beer that I had really been anticipating trying. This is a very fresh bottle but there are no hops to be found anywhere, which is a big no-no in an IPA. It's not a bad beer by any means, but there are quite a few IPA's I would reach for before this one.

zoso493, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly a great aroma and the first sip is a celebration of hops.

Very thin body and sharp acidity.

Definitely worth a taste when a mouthful of good hops are the goal, but the bitterness stays with you long after the memory of the aroma is gone. OK, it's 70 IBU. New Belgium is kind enough to let us know the hops in question are Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook.

mactrail, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that slowly fades and leaves a ton of lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is excellent, full of mango and other tropical fruits. Really one of the better smelling IPAs I've come across that's not imperial.

T: The taste is tropical fruits from the nose and a hop bitterness on the finish. Not exactly a huge complex IPA but a great flavor for a typical IPA.

M: The feel is light but crisp and refreshing.

D: Great for when you want that great fruity IPA taste but not a huge amount of hop bitterness. I could drink many of these in a night.

This is no Bells Two Hearted but it's one of the better IPAs available in my area. I'll be keeping this one around on occasion.

GregSVT, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Riccymon
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours from the bottle a surprisingly clear, orangey-brown cider color. About a half inch of white head. Smell is new to me for an IPA; immediately there's a pencil eraser/Windex note, though it's not necessarily unpleasant, just odd. Light mint and lemon join in. Taste is pretty bitter at first and that chemical/plastic flavor is still there, but malt and minty hops join in an odd Goldfish-cracker finish.

Body is pretty light and easy-drinking, but a harsh, salty bitterness settles in the throat, making for mouthfeel characteristics that I don't enjoy. The combination of strange flavors and the unpleasant mouthfeel didn't make this a good drinking experience. Drainpour.

Riccymon, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from the bottle into a nice rounded snifter. Ample white head that laces very well and dissipated down to a crown slowly. Aroma is bountiful from the initial pour all the way to the bottom. Pine is the initial hop aroma, with citrus following to sweeten the scent. Taste is a very bitter pine initially with the sweet citrus following. Feel is very crisp, almost a bit dry with ample carbonation. Light to medium body, and an oily finish. Extremely drinkable, and enjoyable. Overall a great India Pale Ale.

jacobseyb, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Kahlyle
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 of this deliciousness seeing that, well, it was the first time I'd seen an NB IPA. Intrigued, I popped the top and poured it into a frozen 0.5L glass.

Head was present but not thick... no foam mustache for me. Initial taste reminded me more of a straight Pale Ale. Most NB brews don't hit you in the face with hops anyways, so one can say it was consistent with their brewing style.

Very easy to drink but not one you'd want to gulp down fast just because you can. 2.5/3 cheers for New Belgium's IPA attempt, nothing special but still durn yummy.

Kahlyle, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was a dark orange color, with a one-finger off-white head. Heavy carbonation and intricate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was moderate hops, citrus and bread.

Taste was moderately bitter hops, caramel, grains and bread.

Very drinkable and balanced, but would prefer a little more hop bitter bite to it. Still, easy drinking a nice addition to the NB lineup.

drumrboy22, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, golden amber with a 1/2 inch of nice off white head. Some scattered lace.

Floral hop aroma, some citrus with some fruity malt scents. Smells of peaches, oranges, pummelo and light, sweet grain.

Tastes of peaches with a light pine burst. Light caramel, with a light malt backbone. Biscuit malts and very clean without being harsh and overly complex.

Medium/carb, light mouth feel, and creamy. Good for the style. Highly drinkable.

TheJollyHop, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out clear and straw-colored, forming a finger's worth of soft white foam on top. As that head decays, it drags a thick wall of lace (not much lacing after that unfortunately), and eventually settles as a thick, creamy cap. Body is crystal clear and straw-colored, as witnessed during the pour.

Smell: Pungent herbal hops atop a sturdy, toasted malt backbone. Nice. Examining it closer, I find distinct and resinous Chinooks, grapefruit, caramel, and the classic New Belgium biscuit malt. Nothing else is really coming to mind, but the nose on this IPA certainly has some complexity to it.

Taste: Bready malts come forth first, but resinous hops pull through for a bitter, fruity, and herbal finish. Bitterness is solid. A touch of alcohol combines with the resinous hops in the finish. I also get a bit of bubble gum. Pretty basic overall, but nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, oily, and chewy. Carbonation is on the lower end, though there's still a nice prickle in this beer (not from the carbonation) that I'm really enjoying. Creamy too. Medium-bodied. A lot going on - I dig it.

Drinkability: Definitely unique. Well put together too. Still, I don't know if I'd buy this IPA again. It's nice, but I can't imagine myself drinking this all the time. Maybe Ranger just isn't the IPA for me.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really didnt know what to expect with this one. New Belgium isnt exactly famous for its American style hoppy beers so I was a bit leary with this one. No need to worry; solid brewers tend to make solid beers and this was no exception.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass a golden amber color with a taught, stark white head.

Aroma is full of citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit shine in this one and lend plenty of island images, although the weather is miserable out. A nice malt backbone assists with a touch of toastiness that lends well to the overall aroma.

Exquisitely flavored with floral and citrus hops. The citrus hops, mainly in the orange variety, make their way to the palate and deliver a very nice punch. Quite bitter. Sweetness of the malt balances slightly but the hop bitterness and flavor shine and turn me on.

Dry on the tongue and pallate. Dry finish and starkly bitter. A really nice example of the style that certainly lends toward the bitter end. I am all about the bitterness! Hard to beat for the price. Bought a six pack and will easily breeze through this one.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange body with dandelion accents when held to a light source. Dirty white head leaves webs of lace as I drink. . Nice citrusy aroma with grapefruit and tangerine the main players. Subtle and sweet caramel malt aroma too. Nice pungent hoppiness on the buds. Not quite as bright as the nose was leading me to believe. Some bitter pithy grapefruit tones and resinous, smoky residuals. Meidum full body with moderate carbonation. Solid enough IPA.

Bighuge, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber orange color with two fingers of fluffy, dense head. The head retention is great. It sat on top for about a half hour and then faded away. A lot of lacing on the side of my glass as well. With each sip a new thick circle forms around the side of my glass. After filling up the snifter again the lace went away. I gave the glass a few swirls and the lace was back covering all sides of the glass.

Smell: The nose is a mixture of, as expecting, hops and malt. The hops are the winner between the two, but the malt presence is enough to lend some pale malt and caramel malt aroma. The hops present grass, pine and then some fruit including mango, grapefruit, orange and pummelo.

Taste: The tasting starts out with some malt providing an initial sweetness which then gets taken over by bittering and flavorful hops. The hops present more herbal notes, in fact that is the predominant hop flavor on the palate. The aftertaste brings a nice citrus orange and grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Above average amount of carbonation, but it's not harsh on the tongue, even at the beginning. A nice creamy mouth feel and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Given that the beer is relatively new, I think it was a great time to give it a try. I think, and this is pure speculation, but I think that this wouldn't be as good within a few months. Sure, most IPAs are meant to be drank quickly, but this one doesn't pack a load of hops into it, which is completely fine, but it also reduces the hop life on it.

The twelve ounce bottle makes it an easy beer to sip on during a weeknight.

Ek0nomik, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthly malt, strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (pomegranate). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, and citrus. Overall, great appearance with a good body and blend.

Tone, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: 2-finger lingering white head, moderate lacing, deep golden straw color

S: bright hop aroma, pine, grapefruit, slight apple

T: great hop bite up front, clean, bright burst of orange

M: very clean hop mouthfeel, crisp but decent density

D: great effort from NB, sessionable and refreshing; only negative is a watered-down IPA feel, closer akin to a bright pale

Perhaps my palate has grown to accustomed to west coast IPAs, but Ranger lost points with me because of its style label. If NB advertised it as a PA, my review would probably reflect that in a stronger score.

WOTO97, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Domingo
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My fears came true with this beer. The flavor profile for Mighty Arrow that changed when the beer went to retail has seemingly resurfaced.
Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head that doesn't need an aggressive pour to bring out. Lacing? Yup - got that covered. Looks pretty much perfect to be honest.
The smell is of the wild hops I've seen hiking. I think that's the Simcoe hops or the house yeast that adds its own barnyard character to things. I honestly don't like it.
The flavor's the same. Little to no malt or grain flavors, just that wild citric, funky hop/yeast character over and over in each sip.
The body's fine and I do like the texture, but after ½ bottle of this I'd had more than enough.
This beer tastes very much like the first batch of Mighty Arrow that I got from the brewery a couple years ago. I like their Belgian beers, but I don't care for this one.

Domingo, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, citrus, and a piney quality.

T: Tasted of citrus (grapefruit), bitter hops, pine resin, and a bit of malt. Not the most complex or vibrant of flavors, but pleasant enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer with some solid characteristics, but don't expect too much from it.

avalon07, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour into a pint glass gives a clear golden amber color with a thin layer of cream colored foam which sticks to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose is quite a bit better than I was expecting. Some pleasant grapefruit and pine aromas up front along with the bready malt on the back end.

T: This one is surprisingly bitter, much more so than I thought it would be. The citrus is more of an after thought with plenty of resinous pine on the beginning and the finish. Not too much in the way of malt.

M: The body is a touch thin, but still in the medium range with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: An easy drinking IPA, but there are certainly a lot better examples out there. That said, it's nice to see New Belgium putting some more beers out there.

womencantsail, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap before, so I kinda had an idea of what to expect.
A bright light golden color, clear and clean. A good head this time as I poured it. Billowing white, some chunkiness in there.

The citrus aroma is quick and strong, as soon as the cap popped.
Mild biscuit lingers in the background.
I like this as an A-IPA. It's citrus notes and clean bite seem to me like a great example of this style. It's not over the top and the abv is manageable.
Nice finish. Juicy at the end.

Mebuzzard, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of everetends
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pitcher of this brew at Twain's in Atlanta while hanging out with friends and shooting some pool. Served up with some pint glasses.

A: Pours a coppery orangish color with just a hint of yellow to it. Each pour from the pitcher easily got a good finger of foamy white head. The head had little retention, falling somewhat quickly after the pour to a thin ring. What head that did stick around, had some stick of its own and put up some decent lace on the glass. Body was clear with a decent amount of carbonation activity.

S: Uh . . . PINE. Lots of pine. Copious amounts of pine. Smells like the Southern woods or a 1988 Caddilac with a class rearview air freshner. Behind all of this pine, I am getting some orange peel and some grapefruit. Little bit of malty goodness in here but its tough for it to push its way through this hoppy crowd.

T: More pine as well. Riding a fine line of being too much pine for my liking. Its is a bit astrigent and industrial cleaner at times, but it doesn't cross the line of being nasty. The other flavors keep this experience in check with some good grapefruit flavors and various other citrus as well. There is an herbal note here I can't put my finger on. The best part is that the malts do play a role here, adding some sweetness and cutting some of that pine and hops bitterness.

M: Light side of medium in body with a medium carbonation. The carbonation keeps this beer light and easy drinking. Easy to put down and not too heavy on the palate. A little bit oily but nothing obtrusive. Alcohol isn't playing a role here for me at all. Aftertaste is pine and citrus.

D: This pitcher was an easy kill and enjoyable. It does have a good amount of earthiness to it along with all that pine, probably why we have the Ranger name. Its not the greatest IPA out there but its good. With the price of a six pack of this, I can see this venturing into my fridge from time to time. Not bad at all.

everetends, Mar 01, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,491 ratings.