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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,776 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,776
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 562 | 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 kzoobrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy cloud like head measuring two fingers. Amazing retention, a very decent cap left sitting atop until the very end. Thick gobs of lacing left clinging to the glass. Golden body is clear and free of sediment.

Strong grapefruit and subtle piny hops are heavy in the nose. The hops citric aroma ranges beyond grapefruit though is much more subdued. Light maltiness set beneath though the aroma most definitely leans towards the hops.

Pithy bitterness upfront is a bit biting. Grapefruit lemon and floral flavors come through midpalate. Maltiness provides a nice counter point to the hops. The absence of caramel malt is nice though the overall malt bill is a bit more roasted than I prefer.

Medium bodied beer with lively carbonation. Texture is very smooth. The finish is on the drier side.

Easy drinking IPA which is quite enjoyable. The "samples" in which I have enjoyed were provided for free from New Belgium customer service. Though not able to purchase NB products in my area the beer and the company itself has truly impressed.

kzoobrew, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a copper apricot color with a moundy head that forms a big Island as well as nice collar.

S - Evergreen needles, citrus-orange peel, lime and some kiwi. Hints of clean pale malt cut through the hops.

T - Grapefruit and spruce are evenly tied right out of the gate. That pretty much dominates except for some lime. The clean malt adds to the collective crispness of the beer. Aftertaste is of orange peel citrus. Mouthfeel has nice peppery bitterness with moderate carbonation.

This is a focused IPA. The malt takes a back seat to the evergreen herbal hops.

StaveHooks, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing Company--Ranger India Pale Ale--Are you a hopinista? Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped IPA. 2010 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--70 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich creamy lacy dense white head with excellent retention. Crystal clear bright beautiful rich gold color with light fizz bubbles. Sweet floral citrus grapefruit herbal aromatic rich hop front. Crisp tangy sweet hop resin infused grapefruit light caramel zesty mildly earthy rich pale malt wheat hint? body. Rich hot hop spice burpy pine citrus crisp clean balanced end. WOW HOPS! Balanced Crisp IPA. Sampled 2/9/2010. $3.29 Each.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Ranger India Pale Ale--Are you a hopinista?Thank our Beer Rangers for inspiring (and begging for) this well-balanced Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hopped--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0). Sediment dusting. Foamy thin lacy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Floral pine grapefruit hop front. Dry sweet crusty bitter thin caramel pilsner malt wheat hint body. Earthy rich balanced hop spice end. Tasty floral dry citrus IPA. Sampled 5/27/2010. 6-Pack $8.49.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Fort Collins, CO--Ranger IPA . 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. Lacy off white head. Clear rich bright gold color. Rich sweet hop front Crisp clean IPA body. Easy hop spice end. Floral tasty balanced rich hop IPA. Well made. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster Sampled @ Seattle Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/26/2010.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Ranger India Pale Ale--the JOY RIDE--Full of optimism, biscuity malt, and 20 YEARS of Stories, Fat Tire is rolling out The Joy Ride.--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Medium lace tight mild white head. Clear thin bright amber gold color. Aromatic floral Cascade hop front. Thin textured dry sweet crisp clean mild hop resin pale malt light clean caramel fruit body. Balanced clean crisp mild hop spice slightly bitter end. Sampled 3/12/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/12/2011.

philbertk, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of tykees88
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- golden straw with a bronze undertone, one finger head with white lacing as she goes down.

S- smells of hops of course, sugar, and slight citrus, the pine is also a little there, but it's just very vague.

T- the taste is underwhelming, almost no pine taste, very small citrus taste, and it's mostly just hops bitter, and for an ipa it's just one characteristic not blended well with the others it should have.

M- it's light and carbonated, easy in the mouth to drink.

D- it's not too bad slightly more than average, but anymore i want an ipa more than others, for an ipa though i would choose something else.

Not impressed too much here.

tykees88, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of afordney
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very foamy head, clean white and thick. Nice amber coloring very clear

Very bitter hoppy aroma

a good grassy flavor with strong hoppy finish, not an overwhelming amount of hops for a great balanced taste

an excellent balance, not heavy or syrupy with good hop bitterness in the end but doesn't overdo the bitterness.

Great drinking, some IPAs can linger on the pallate forever but this one is cleaner without compromising the style.

afordney, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear and bright amber color under a thin broken film head served into a pint glass.

S: Light notes of peach nectar citrus.

M/T: A crisp and moderately bitter opening with notes of pine hop makes way for a carbonated palate scrubbing center and a dry hop, piney aftertaste. Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hop deliciousness...

D: A solid, well balanced IPA that made its hop presence known to me equally as well as it quenched my thirst during a hot summer day's Bar-B Q...

albertjr21, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - a nice looking golden color with a great head on top. Another great example of how beer from a can looks just as good in a glass as any from a bottle.

Aroma - a sting of citrus and pine in the nostrils along with powdered sugar and toast. I'm enticed so onward we march.

Taste - a nice dose of all that is amazing about fresh hops. Citrus, orange peel, pine and floral flavors upfront and all over your taste buds. This is then followed up by a caramel-y, malty finish that is just plain delicious. Some toasty flavors meld so well with all that hop intensity. This could be a go to beer for me that is for sure.

Overall - balanced with a really nice malty finish that really clears out those hops just in time for your tongue to be numbed again by the next barrage. I was really impressed by the Ranger IPA and I am pretty excited that I've got one more to enjoy in the near future.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a very tasty IPA with the perfect amount of balance that would bring me to crack open another can just as I am taking the last sip (from a glass of course) from the previous one.

indiapaleale, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It a long time for NB to add an IPA to their regular line and I for one think it hits the mark. Hoppy but very balanced making it a very drinkable IPA with enough hops to satisfy most hopheads. There really is not point in trying to out gun the highest IBU IPA at this point especially with a beer meant for large distribution and consumption. I am all for the balance and mouthfeel over sheer hops.

canucklehead, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/22/10

02 Jan 11 printed on the bottle

Nice amber color with light tobacco brown highlights. Golden hues when held to the light. Poured right around two fingers of foam. Head retention is slow to thin out & leaves clumpy rings & drippy lace.

The aroma is pine as well as ripe, tropical citrus notes. Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & a touch of orange peel. Reasonably solid malt backdrop; bready with a notion of sugar cookies. Has a twinge of solvency, especially as it warms. Smells like a Midwest IPA.

Tasting of assertive pine bitterness, Ranger IPA is sticky, resinous & ultimately quite dry. The pine is particularly sharp on the first half, though it mellows over time. Citric flavors are blended in but take a backseat to the pine. As with many Midwest IPAs, the malts are sturdy, being unobtrusive all the while. Dry bread; in this case the malts aren't sweet. Soapy notes emerge as the pine crackle subsides.

Medium body with vigorous enough carbonation (at least initially) that makes the bitterness pop. As with the flavor, the carbonation wears down mid way through. Some grittiness. Finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness & a touch of soap.

After drinking the six pack over several days, I'm confident in suggesting Ranger IPA starts off great & gets sketchy over the course of the glass. It shows so much promise but doesn't male it to the upper echelon. Nevertheless, it isn't a bad beer & I'd drink it again.

Ryan011235, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Poured into a Sammy A Perfect Pint, a see thru burnt orange color with solid head that leaves really nice lacing down the glass

S:Smells of strong bready malts that and piney hops

T:Just as smells detects bready malt up front that is followed up by a slight hop
kick that isn't to powerful but still very tasty. Not much bite on this and seems
to be very well balanced

M:Body is medium, well done for what they were going for, solid carbonation throughout
with a sticky resin left on the palate

D:A well done job by New Belgium and probably the best offering I have had from them so far. Easy drink, nice flavor and taste, and very affordable at under $4 for a bomber.

SuperNova777, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of ReDave
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen and heard about this being out there, but hadn't really tried it for review.

Pours a nice gold color, with fine carbonation. Pretty large white head, very fine lacing.

Aroma, some spicy hops, citrus, not real strong smell.

Taste, not, like most West Coast IPA's, more malty and flavor hop like, not super bitter.
Pretty OK though, but wouldn't be my 1st choice.
fair body. nothing super special, but I'd drink it again.

ReDave, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Quite clear and crisp looking copper color. Pretty large, rocky, foamy, sticky, soapy white head. Good retention leaving a sticky, foamy layer of lace.

S - A lot of fruity/citrus hops with grapefruit, mango, orange, and a touch of tropical fruitiness. Some lemony and spicy aromas as well. Some pale malt in the background. A hint of resin/pine aroma, but citrus dominates the nose.

T - Similar to the nose, but with a bit less citrus and a bit more herbal hop flavors. Citrus hops are still strong and pretty dominant. Some pale malt in the background and a buttery flavors. Fairly bitter tasting and it lingers.

M - Medium body with just above average carbonation. Kind of crisp and zesty feel.

D - Pretty drinkable IPA with a pretty bitter taste that lingers. Good body and a nice taste, but nothing outstanding.

Notes: A good IPA, but nothing outstanding. Good amount of citrus with some pine and herbal flavors in the taste. Fairly bitter tasting IPA. Enjoyable, but nothing world beating.

FreshHawk, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a dense rocky white head.

spicy herbal grapefruit pine floral hop nose of medium intensity.

Herbal and citrus hop flavor underpinned by a somewhat dry and neutral malt base. Good balance of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness.

Light to medium bodied with a bitter finish that reprises some hop flavor as well.

I went back and bought a second six pack, but that's probably all for me in this life.

dedrinker, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden color with a white head that slowly dissipates down to a thin foam on top of the beer. Smell is dominated by pine hops. Taste is also dominated by the pine hops, with a hint of floral hops and malt. Mouthfeel is medium/light and its a crisp beer. Overall, decent IPA.

gkunkle, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light golden clear color, has a thin white head that leaves good lacing.
Smells like piney grapefruit, nice hop aroma.
Taste is nice and hoppy, pine and citrus with a hint of sweet malt.
It's light bodied and crisp.
Very drinkable beer, one of my favorites, I always come back to this one.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good stuff, dark yellow pour, not much head to speak of. Good dry hop aroma when fresh, which doesn't happen enough, smells like amarillo and cascade fresh, smells a little like light wood otherwise.

More of the same hops in the taste, light body, not a big hop juggernaut, not much heft on the palate, a pretty light ipa in terms of malt roast, but ample hops, which is what we're here for right?

Gets better as it goes on. A pretty simple, uncomplicated beer, which there is nothing wrong with. If you don't have a car or job, this is good stuff you can hit up just down the street from whatever flop house you are staying at, friends, parents, or if you live in a car and are hookin' for cheeseburgers.

You can really get some faded ones of these lately. Drink asap I'd say if this is the best ipa you can afford/find.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had while in NM over the summer.

Took a six pack in a cooler up into the Pecos Wilderness and cracked a few of these after a long hike in the mountains. what a great way to end the day!

Nice clean fresh hop smell. Tons of pine notes and floral bitterness in the nose.

The taste is that of the west coast style IPA. Lots of pure hop bitterness and no real malt character. Piney flavors dominate, this beer is a tasty thirst quencher on a hot day. Dry and highly carbonated, this went down easily.

Spider889, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up a few weeks ago and kept it in the fridge since. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Wow, perfectly clear, giving me a lovely golden honey hue with a massive off-white head. Long lasting and retains as a cap. Lots of lacing forming rings in the glass. The aroma yells grapefruit with a tiny hint of pineapple. But a weird listerine-like tone as well. Hmm, at least it's not too noticeable. Immediate honey and tangerine notes give way to a mildly grassy and herbal finish. Pine is subdued, but present. Long aftertaste of honey and grapefruit rind. Perfect carbonation and a smooth beer. Solid. I should make this a staple IPA or one to have at least a few times a month. Too bad they don't distribute around here.

DmanGTR, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ambery gold color with cap of stiff white bubbles, good retention and sticky lacing. Scent is of piney hops with only a faint kiss of citrus and malt. Taste is slightly more balanced with bitter piney hops the dominant flavor but a noticable pale malt background, almost pilsner in quality. Dry, bitter and coating. A good IPA which could use more flavorful hops and a kick more malt.

rfgetz, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of errantnight
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly adequate IPA, happy to drink it anytime, but just can't get into it. Pours a brilliant gold with a nice, fluffy head, nice retention with moderate lacing. Aroma is pine-heavy with a little citrus fruit. On the palate this is well balanced, firmly bitter, resiny and medium bodied with a hit of alcohol on the finish. Drinkable, almost east-coast in style, this is merely lacking a more pronounced hop character to elevate this.

errantnight, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a pretty darn good beer from a brewery which typically makes mediocre beers (besides maybe the lips of faith line).

Pours golden and quite clear for an IPA - quite typical of New Belgium brewing.

nose is very hop driven, tons of juicy cascade grapefruit, and a little piney stuff in there too - nice!

taste is smooth, creamy and with a nice bitter fruity end kick from all that hop character, very round fruit, not ultra bitter or citrusy some popcorn in there too...except it has a strange sweet honey taste that doesn't really fit IMO, and the finish is fairly weak on the hops.

drinkability is not as moreish as a lot of other ipas, but still darn good - a good but not great beer.

benclimbs, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Best by 19DEC10 on the label. Enjoyed this with my son while tailgating Saturday on the WA Husky campus. This review is from a fresh pour tonight.

A-Pours a resplendent clear golden hue with a two finger, foamy off white head that settled into an abundant cap, followed by a sticky lace. Very inviting appearance.

S-A fragrant IPA. Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit are prominent, sweet, and inviting. A very nice blend of Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hops.

T-Hoppy bitterness is very citric, especially grapefruit and lemony esters, and full flavored with some piney resin. There is also a pleasant, and welcome, bready malt backbone providing a nice sweet balance that I like in an IPA.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level and complexion. A good introduction to the style for the newly initiated since it is not overpowering.

D-Exceedingly drinkable for an IPA. Drinks well cold and warmer. A good IPA and one of the best beers I have had from New Belgium. A very nice offering that is readily available and reasonably priced.

velosuds, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a pale golden color with a light red hue, a little lighter than I'm used to seeing in an IPA, but has a nice thick white head with good staying power.

The scent is all citrus, notably grapefruit which is always ok in my book. It's probably just me, but I'd swear I picked up the smell of cherries as well.

You can taste the Cascade hops and they're wonderful. I'd say you could pick up the citrus, but it's the hops.

Given an IPA with 70 IBUs, I was expecting this thing to melt concrete, but it's malts balance the hops very well. It's medium-bodied with a good hoppy bite, but nothing offensive as the citrus and malts keep everything in balance. It's got a crisp taste, but nothing overpowering.

The lacing on this thing is fantastic. I don't consider most IPAs to be very drinkable, but this is. It's got good alcohol but you don't notice it. It's got a good bite, but it's very well balanced. This is really a beer I could enjoy drinking every night.

RickS95, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Thank to my enabling wife for bringing this, along with may others, back from a recent trip out west. Label is very simple, green and brown, with the name of the beer and some hop cones. Freshness date of 24OCT10.

Appearance: Pours with just over 3 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles only slightly, still leaving a substantial cap and lots of puffy lacing. The beer itself is light copper and perfectly clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong pine and floral aromas with a solid backbone of caramel malt

Taste: Spicy grapefruit and piney hops upfront; strong enough to be pronounced through the entire drink and well into the finish. Solid biscuity and caramel malt backbone. Lingering honey finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: An excellent example of an IPA that I don't think makes it to Ohio.

beveritt, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of jeffdjacobs
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a glass

A - copper in color, crystal clear, with a light, slightly off-white head that dissipates

S - strong citrusy, grapefruit-like hop aroma. A slight fruitiness is present as well. Very pleasing

T - strong grapefruit and citrusy hop flavor up front with a good, firm bitterness at the tail-end.

M - Crisp and pleasing.

D - very drinkable for hop-lovers. Certainly not the best IPA on the planet, but very good. I would not recommend for the average BMC beer drinker or someone that doesn't like hoppy beers.

jeffdjacobs, Sep 12, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,776 ratings.