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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,793
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 570 | 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 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
Photo of Atlas1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried a number of New Belgium beers, and I've visited the brewery, but I've never been a convert. They're good beers, to be sure (although Fat Tire is overrated), but I'm not as big a fan of most of their stuff as lots of people I've met are. That said, I like the Ranger IPA.

The Ranger pours a nice golden yellow color with a frothy two finger head. Very nice lace as the beer recedes. The nose is nice enough, with a noticeable hop presence with some grapefruit citrus smell, but it's not as pronounced as I would like. Taste is solid, though, for an American IPA. Fruity up front with an immediate kick of hoppy bitterness. The hops linger up front, though, and the beer finishes clean. There's a lingering funk to the bitterness, as well. But it doesn't detract from the overall flavor.

I like this beer. It's not my favorite American craft IPA, but I could certainly do worse than the Ranger from my selection of beers down here in the Rio Grande Valley. I've had this many times and foresee myself drinking more of it in the future.

Atlas1, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark-golden color with a big white head that slowly diminishes. Scent is hoppy with a nice, sweet caramel malt smell as well. The weird thing is, this beer also has a slight scent of the "cat piss" I got from HopSlam and another IPA and can't think of off the top of my head. The taste is quite delightful. I've had Ranger NUMEROUS times, but I think this may be the freshest I've ever had. I was never this impressed by this beer in the past. Strong hop profile with some great caramel and candy sugar flavors. I get melon and orange flavors. The mouthfeel is not overly crisp, with a slight chewy feel. The drinkability is very high.

DovaliHops, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.99 / ea.

Bottled: June 9, 2010
Enjoyed: September 6, 2010

A: Bright straw body topped with a big loos head that quickly dissipates leaving light lacing, and a thin creamy cover.

S: Citrus aroma with strong pineapple character. Sweetness in the background. Very simple, but enjoyable.

T: Strong resinous hop flavor that dominates the flavor profile, and builds, ultimately overpowering the hint of citrus that was present at first taste. Difficult to make out any malt flavor after a few sips. Unpleasant hop aftertaste.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp despite the hop strength. I would have expected an oilier texture.

D: Difficult to enjoy this one out of the bottle. One glass is plenty, but age may be playing a role. The mouthfeel is adequate, and the aroma touches on greatness, but ultimately the flavor profile is too one sided to enjoy in volume.

O: This beer was much better on tap. I'm pretty disappointed with the bottled version, but age could be playing a role. I'll pay close attention the next time I pick up a bottle. It could very easily be the last time.

dpnelson1978, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color; the two fingered head sits atop the liquid and refuses to fade but leaves nice clumps of lace behind

Smell: For all the C hops in this brew, the aroma is decidedly understated; the hops are there but they are hard to distinguish

Taste: Toasty, up front, with piney bitterness quickly developing, along with an earthy element; by mid-palate, some tangerine and pineapple elements emerge and become more distinct, after the swallow; lingering hops and residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but nothing particularly distinguished, either

brentk56, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of mpyle
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - rich golden color, brilliant clarity. Big foamy white head with great retention.

Aroma - nice citrus hop aroma, strong and pleasant

Taste - minimal malt flavor, strong hop flavor throughout. Citrusy. Turns bitter, but rather gently. Has a lingering bitter finish.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency. A gentle warming, in line with the style.

D'ability - very strong hop character, but not unpleasant. Slight warming might limit d'ability, but actually quite drinkable for an IPA.

mpyle, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Bright, golden color with a lil coppery finish in it. Builds a two-finger head of rocky, creamy, off-white foam which retains very nicely and leaves great sheets of lacing on the glass. Clarity is superb and carbonation is steady.

S: Lots of hops in the nose; a little piny with more dominant citrus, floral and a faint cannabis aroma as well.

T: A good deal of creamy, sweet malts up front with some nice, clean hop bitterness as well. The flavor flows nicely from a creamy, toasted grain flavor and maltiness to the bitter Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook hops. Herbal, bitter, fruity, but never overpowering. Hop bitterness lingers with a fruity, herbal resin. Ranger is a well-balanced and tasty IPA indeed.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, but very clean and creamy; what a great job with the malts! Slightly grainy and bitter in just the right places.

D: A satisfying, well-crafted American IPA which shows exemplary balance. The 6.5% ABV is just right for an IPA of this aggressiveness, but the alcohol and hop sting is kept in check by the creamy malt body. A job well done; I'd certainly get it again.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours thin and clear, but with two nice fingers of head that fill the glass to the brim. Color is a pale yellow - reminds me of apple juice. Nice creamy sheets of lacing.

S: Citrus and grapefruit are predominant, but not overpowering. Also a pale sweet malt int the background, with hints of apples.

T: Mainly grapefruit here, with some piney hops as well. Mild bitterness, but very sessionable. Very little malt.

M: Crisp and clean - maybe a tad light in body. Moderate carbonation. Feels right for the style.

D: Could easily drink several of these. Wouldn't be a regular, but would never turn on down. Easy drinking and refreshing.

kirkpjr, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Grimaldi's in CC TX 8/28/2010

Poured a clear deep golden color with an off white head. Moderate lacing formation.

S: floral hops. Pine oil,

T: this was not an intense IPA. It was more floral and softer. It was flavorful, but nothing too aggressive. Nothing rough around the edges or sharp flavors.

D: good drinkability.

Overall impression: I thought this was a boyscout IPA. All the components were by the book-nothing to outlandish. Still, it was very good and I would recommend this to someone wanting to try an IPA for the first time. I would have this again.

LacquerHead, Sep 01, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,793 ratings.