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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,779 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,779
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 563 | 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 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
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured at a beer/grocery store somewhere in Montana earlier this month.

This beer pours a clear medium golden brass hue, with two pudgy fingers of thickly foamy, and ebulliently bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar drooping spiderweb lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of slightly musty orange and grapefruit citrus, a bit of pine oil, some herbal leafiness, a touch of grocery aisle fruitiness, and bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter pine resin and pithy citrus hops up front, followed soon by an isolated dank herbal essence, some sweetly perfumed floral hops, balanced all by a light bready caramel maltiness. Simple, but effective enough.

The carbonation is a bit on the prickly side, the body medium-light in weight, generically smooth, with a wee sprig of creaminess, and an integrated, near-seamless alcohol warmth. It finishes off-dry, the pull of the desiccating hops barely tempered, and in a less than even way, by a diminishing malt.

Nice to see a well-wrought example of a New World American standard from a brewery who up to now has only reminded me of ambitious Old World style renditions. Ranger leans quite heavily toward the hops, if maybe in a less than certain way, the malt balance seeming like a bit of an afterthought. Still, enjoyable and eminently drinkable, especially given the sticker price and convenient ubiquity (south of the 49th, that is).

biboergosum, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey color with slight cloudiness. Fluffy white head with great retention and good lacing.

S - Lots of sweet hops and some nice malt undertones to balance.

T - Great dynamic. The hops bitterness hit me at first, with a sweet hops taste to follow, and finishing with a nice malt flavor.

M - Very carbonated, and leaves a syrupy feel afterward.

D - Good beer, but not a session beer, the syrupy feel left behind keeps me from wanting more than one at a time.

Very good beer with great dynamic of flavor. A little too much sweetness in the middle, but overall still very good. Prolly wouldn't buy a 6 pack of it, but maybe get one on draft sometime.

cottonkoozie, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear fairly pale amber in color with good carbonation. A very smooth and creamy head billows up and the retention, not to mention the lacing, is outta sight!! Flowery, grapefruity and some cinnamony notes in the nose. Not sure where the latter is coming from, but it rounds out the aroma nicely. Flavor is what you'd expect in an IPA, but just the more-balanced side of the IPA world. Funyy - this comes from Colorado, which isn't quite the West Coast, and the hoppiness of this IPA is less so than those on the West side...kinda neat and regional. Finish is super-long and bitter in a good way. This is actually the best New Belgium beer I've had yet, andf it's really excellent, and excellently priced. You should probably keep a bomber or two of this on hand at all times. Great effort from Fort Collins.

SolomonGrundy, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium to deep gold color with a creamy, white head and moderate carbonation.

S - weak, Weak, WEAK! I'm disappointed with the smell, wish it had more b*lls. Malty, mild citrus, that's about it...MEH! Awful nose on this beer.

T - Definitely tastes better than it smells. Moderate grapefruit presence, crackery malt, mild pine, caramel, and even more mild pine. After the sip the pine hopping really slams the tongue in a nice but not aggressive way.

M - Medium body, crisp finish, nice lingering bitter finish.

D - Satisfies my IPA craving but it really lacks some serious aroma.

jzeilinger, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold to light amber color with a two finger egg shell white head with good retention. The aroma is not very strong. It has some grapefruit and grapefruit peeling, with some pine.

The taste is much like the aroma, and also not very strong. Not much of a malt backbone is present, and nothing really grabs my attention. Some grapefruit, peeling, pine, and some biscuit like malt flavor are present. Not terrible, but not impressive either.

Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, has a bitter aftertaste, and finishes dry. Not bad overall, but there is nothing which makes me want to try this again either.

hardy008, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Damian
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to stawn for including this as an extra in our trade.

A two-finger, off-white, sea foam head topped the crystal clear, golden-amber liquid. Large drops of lacing trickled all down the glass, lasting long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was a bit more subtle than I was expecting. Moderately hoppy with some tropical fruit and citrus notes. Orange peel was most noticeable. Semi-sweet caramel malts were apparent as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma, except punchier. The hops were fairly intense. Grapefruit notes dominated. A stiff yet unobtrusive caramel malt backbone kept the hops in check. Pine sap came through on the crisp, semi-dry finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with a lively, large bubbled effervescence.

Drinkability was impressive. This IPA was hoppy enough to keep my interest yet balanced enough to be sessionable. Furthermore, the 6.5% ABV was remarkably well hidden. Overall, not a terribly complex brew but notable nonetheless.

Damian, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ZDub
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Best by date: Oct. 2010

A - The color is a light golden straw, very clear. One finger of white head which sticks around for a minute then begins to dissipate, leaving some nice lacing as it does so.

S - Pine resin, a touch of honey sweetness. Subtle, but in a good way.

T - A wave of piney/floral flavors hits the palate first, followed by some malt-sweetness. A nice hop bitterness give this one a crisp clean finish.

M - light to medium bodied. Not much else to say.

D - This one is very drinkable. If Two-Hearted ale wasn't readily available in my area, Ranger IPA would be a regular in my beer fridge.

ZDub, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber topped with a one finger white foam head. Great lace and retention.

S: A very strong pine and citrus nose with a nice malty backbone.

T: A delicious hoppy flavor with some pleasant bitterness and spice on the palate. Bready notes and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a very balance & good tasting IPA.

M: A light body with a juicy mouthfeel and lively carbonation.

D: I could definately drink 3-4 at a time being that it's so easy to get at our local grocery store and so cheap. Not my favorite IPA, but right by me for the style.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle with New Belgium's distinctive neck ring purchased at Chip's late last week. My first run-in with the Ranger.

A: The IPA has a golden orange color, radiantly clear with no visible imperfections. The clarity accentuates the stream of bubbles in the center of the glass. A huge head, over three fingers, overflowed my tulip. After the clean-up, the head left thick patches of lace behind.

S: The nose is very strong, laiden with pine and citrus notes that compete against each other for the title of 'Dominant Hop'. I'd say that piney scents win by a nose. A real treat to sniff on.

T: The taste doesn't quite deliver the floral scent that the nose does. Oh, there's hoppiness to be found, it just isn't as fresh as the nose indicates it should be. Caramel malts take a greater role, delivering breadiness that stands up to the hops. The hops have the same citrusy-piney pas de deux as in the nose, it just isn't as strong. Again the pine flavors win out.

M: The mouthfeel is controlled by the hops, resiny and oily as the flavors go back-and-forth. The strong nose followed by an approachable taste is a good combination.

D: A nice end-of-day beer that delivers a rich aroma and decent taste. I like the piney focus of the hops. And how strange to have to travel to North Carolina for some New Belgium!

akorsak, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 8/17/10

Poured a light amber colour with a small amount of white head. Somewhat cloudy/hazy.

Nice bitter hops with citrus and floral notes both on the nose and the palate. A very slight malt sweetness which is not very evident in the nose, is there in the palate and provides a nice balance to the bitter hops, although this was a hop dominated IPA.

Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable IPA and one that I would order again.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer last night and enjoyed most of them but left a survivor for posterity. Pours a cloudy golden color with minimal head but what looks like the makings of respectable lace. Nose is pine and citrus, but not pungent.

The flavor is strong but not overpowering. The expected hop dominance is near total and the taste is heavy on the lemon zest and deep woods pine and maybe a touch of pepper. The finish is clean but has staying power, with the top of the mouth echoing of hops for some time after. Texture is creamy and matches the flavor well.

I've liked but not loved New Belgium's offerings thusfar but I think this is their best. Last night I made some vindaloo curry and Ranger matched it spectacularly. A solid choice, even among american IPAs

daliandragon, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

multiple 12oz bottles consumed last week, from notes

A - very clear, amber dark-golden body hoists a massive amount of frothy white foam that refuses to go away. impressed.

S - earthy, slightly spicy hops...citrusy fruits and finishes lightly floral. mild caramel underneath.

T - floral and citrus heavy hops, with a bit of spice thanks to the Simcoe hops. bready sweet malt bed balances nicely.

M - medium bodied with moderate bubbly carbonation.

D - color me pretty impressed. i put down quite a few of these on vacation. great hop profile and drinkable due to a moderate body and controllable ABV.

Stigs, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Clear golden orange color, slight white head. Aroma of subtle hops. Taste is slight bitterness not overly bitter. Very little lacing. Lingering on bitter. Decent but nothing spectacular. Decently balanced. Light/medium mouthfeel. A good choice if there is nothing else to be had on tap.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleaning out the fridge...I have no idea who gave me this beer, but thanks to whoever it was! Label has a best by date of 9 July, 2010, looks like I'm close enough to that date.

A - Pours a clear gold in color topped with an eggshell white one finger head. head retention is decent and it leaves a spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Very nice hop profile in the nose! Citrus hops are dominating the aroma...smells like this will be a bitter little number!

T & M - My first impression is that this brew is very bready, followed by a nice citric hop bitterness. It's not overwhelmingly hoppy, but very tasty. Medium bodied and smooth...finishes with just the slightest hop bitterness for the aftertaste.

D - New Belgium seems to be a middle of the road brewery to me, good beer but nothing that is hit out of the ballpark. Ranger is a definite solid offering that has actually raised their stock in my eyes. A very good IPA.

drizzam, Aug 20, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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