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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,983 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,983
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 667 | 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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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Photo of Treebs
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the newly opened Plaza Cafe in Taos, NM.

A: Pours a nice clear golden straw with solid orange tones. Wonderful 1 finger white head that had amazing retention. Stayed with me all the way down to the last drop, leaving an amazing ring lace. Check out my twitter for the picture, it makes me very happy.

S: Smells of nice citrus fruits and light flowers. Big on the grapefruits.

T: Same light citrus from the nose with the flower sweetness. There is a slight bitter finish.

M: Very crisp, clean and light bodied. Perfect carbonation with a slight bitter taste that exits the palate rather quickly.

O: This is a very sessionable IPA. I enjoy the flavors and I hope I wasn't spoiled by it being on draft because I have high hopes that it will be close out of the bottle.

Photo of Geuzedad
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6 pack of this at Chip's on the Outer Banks of NC. Poured it into a dogfish Head pint.

Pours a clear Amber color with lots of bubbles and a nice 2 finger head that lingers. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of Pine and citrus, almost grapefruit in nature. Very strong and made my mouth water.

Tastes of pine and grapefruit, a hint of malts. Closes with a nice bitterness. Nice dry finish.

Good medium carbonation, with a smooth clean mouthfeel.

I was really impressed with this IPA. For the price it is very drinkable. They are coming here to Virginia in Novenber. This will be in my regular rotation.

Photo of AdamBear
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light transparent amber, lots of bubbles, nice frothy cream colored head. good lacing.

S-fairly strong scent of grape fruit hops. pretty strong

T-comes in with a good bitterness with a slight taste of grapefruit. the bitterness lasts awhile along with a graininess. this makes up the after-taste.

M-seems a bit watery. creamy medium carbonation. has a good crisp finish

O-a very impressive IPA for the price. this is very satisfying. has an impressive hop profile for the ABV. very drinkable.

Photo of kaseydad
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour and a clear golden ale with a frothy eggshell colored foamy head is produced. Nice lacing. The aroma is predominately orange with a slight whiff of pineapple and malt. Was thinking sweet before the sip but got a big time malt bomb with a side helping of bitterness. Way too malty for an IPA in my opinion. There is an odd aftertaste also. Watery mouthfeel…very thin. This malt bomb made the drinkability difficult for me. Overall I know this is an extremely popular beer by the masses, and that is great, I just like my IPA’s on the hoppier side. I am not a huge fan of New Belgium as I feel they tend to be on the malty side and this offering did nothing to change my opinion.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drink by July 31st 2011.

Always pass by this and never got it. 1.50 for a single, why not.

Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Appearance-Clear copper with a beautiful head. 3 Fingers, very frothy with nice retention and nice lacing. Looks good.

Smell-Some Piney hops, sweet malts and some light citrus. Not very pungent but nice flavors are present.

Taste-Initially you don't get much then you get a nice explosion of piney and floral hops with a nice malt backbone. One of the boozier IPAs I've had. It's an average experience throughout, nothing spectacular but drinkable.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium carbonation. It's refreshing, but not too much mouthfeel.

Overall-Lacks depth. Kind of bland, not sure how fresh this bottle was. Still a good beer, slightly dissapointed. I've had worse.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Clear copper color, one finger off white head. Good retention and good body to the head. No carbonation shown to this puppy.

S-- Pine and grapefruit. Just small amounts of orange peel. Nice nose but a bit one dimensional.

T-- Lots of pine and lots hoppy. Besides pine get a lot of grapefruit peel.

M-- Not one dimensional but two dimensional. Pine and grapefruit. Good malt backing and hints of orange but this is about two things, pine and grapefruit. Good body, very clean and crisp. not oily at all. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O-- Really two things and a good malt backbone. not mind blowing but very, very good. A session IPA and worth getting.

Photo of schmidtn
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, very nice head retention.
Nice and hoppy.

The pine comes right through. For an IPA, maybe too piney but for me, mmm

Taste is nice and bitter. Better than I was expecting. Maltiness comes through nicely in the end.

Carbonation is at a good level.

This is one that won’t disappoint. BTW, its not a 9.99 6 pack. Very Nice.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a nice clear copper color with an awesome off-white head. Damn good retention on this one. Leaves lots of even sticky lacing around the glass. Very attractive looking beer.

S - The nose is very hoppy. Lost of citrus and pine coming through. Fruits like pineapple, orange and subtle apricots are present as well. Also picking up earth tones and a slight grainy smell in the background. The nose is pretty well balanced between hops and malts. The upfront bitterness is awesome but the sweet fruits and malt backbone keep it in check nicely.

T - Taste is extremely bitter and actually pretty biscuity. The graininess is more apparent in the taste and the sweet malts are toned down. The sweet pineapple and orange are replaced with bitter grapefruit rind. This is less balanced than the nose but I was expecting that.

M - The beer is medium bodied, soft, and a bit sticky. The carbonation is right where its supposed to be.

Overall I'm impressed. New Belgium always seems to satisfy me. This one is very drinkable and perfect for a hop fix. Not to mention its very well priced. 7.99 a six pack. That's a $1.30 a beer. Badass.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear barley gold, minimal white head retains indefinitely as a thin film.

Smells of piney floral hops and mild fresh grain.

Tastes up front of piney hops, but only mildly bitter. There's also a woody grain flavor and the slightest hint of lemon zest.

Medium feel, on the thinner side, with soft carbonation over the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Decent flavorful IPA, but not ground breaking. Enjoyable and worth trying, will be much more appealing to hop heads than it will to people who don't mind hoppy beers but don't go looking for them.

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

Poured this American IPA from a 12oz bottle. The IPA poured a golden color and produced a nice white foamy head. The lacing left behind was very nice, surely above average. The aroma filled with floral hops. The mouthfeel was very nice, very smooth beer. The taste consisted of a strong malt base and was balanced by hop bitterness. Overall this was a very Safe IPA, nothing that makes it stand out other then its very good drinkability. Great entry level IPA.

Photo of works4beer
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a luxurious golden color that is topped off by an enticing thick foam head. The effects of the carbonation that create this creamy white cloud releases an aroma of spicy pine infused undertones that is almost overbearing when drinking. The intense bitterness hits the tongue in a refreshing way, but the after taste of pine almost ruins the experience for me. It is a well crafted beer that almost gets ruined by the intense spicy flavor of pine that I do not find in some of my other favorites IPA's.

Photo of gpogo
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear yellow body with a large white head that dissipates slightly, but keeps a respectable size. Sticky white lacing.

A- Piney hop aromas. This aroma is better than I remember, a friend described it as, "good ganja," whatever that means?

T- Hop flavor throughout, almost a sweet hop flavor. Nice malt backing, but not too noticeable. HOPS are here.

M- Medium body almost silky smooth, but with a bitter carbonation bite. Moderate carbonation.

D- This is better than I remember. Let the bottle sit out a bit before consuming. Warming it up made it so much better.

Photo of scootpolute
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours light orange, golden, very clean lookin, VERY white, full head... great lacing.

S - Very Sweet Hops and lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit VERY SWEET!

T - First smooth, with a kick of fresh hopiness with very sweet & pine-like flavour.

M - Not very full. Good hops through-out.

D - For a standard IPA, good. The body kind off dies after the first few sips. The smoothness (drinkability) is what makes this one worth having more than one. REALLY fresh hops, makes for a good summertime treat!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of d1blet
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel brown walnut with a medium head that lingers.

Aroma: Predominately floral with hints of apricot or plum.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew that is surprisingly creamy.

Taste: Very crisp with lots of citrus throughout that finished with a floral hoppiness that lingers on the tongue.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of IPAs, but brews such as these make me want to change my mind. It's a perfect beer that will refresh your taste buds in many meals and is great for sipping with salty snacks on a summer's day.

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

New Belgium : Ranger

A bright straw, gorgeous looking brew with a soapy, bubbly head and tons of effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Lace is strewn about the glass. Pine, earth and weed elements in the nose, with a light caramel/bready undertone. Tastes solidly bitter, with pine, earth and dirty grapefruit. The malt comes off biscuity, and really lets the hops do all the talking. Light to medium bodied feel, sharp hop bite, right on for the style. A veritable plethora of hops, with little else. Cool with me.

Photo of awesomeandrew
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of lacing that stays throughout the whole drink, light golden color, medium carbonation, thin head

S: smells fruity and flowery. Can pick up a bit of hop smell.

T: Not overly hoppy, tastes a little fruity with a bit of biscuit taste underneath. Taste of hops lingers after. Piny hop.

M: A dry IPA, very drinkable, medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and tingles tongue

O: Pretty nice IPA, I'd drink it again. Pretty dry, has similar qualities to a Fat Tire.

Photo of BJA
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

Poured into Sam Adams glass

A: color is golden, orange; very crisp, clear appearance. One and a half fingers of head that is frothy on top; larger, less frothy bubbles make up the bottom of head. Head remains at one finger after several minutes. Leaves sticky white lacing as it falls.

S: Hop Aroma: dank, piney, Malt Aroma: toasty and biscuty. Strong hop aroma

T: hoppy and bitter, as an IPA is expected to be. Very hoppy. Balanced toward the hoppy side but gives me a crispness and lets the malt be known. Leaves a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Long finish.

M: good mouthfeel; smooth, a bit heavy, yet crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is about perfect. Maybe slightly light because more carbonation could cleanse my palate better.

O: A really nicely done IPA. A thin head remains for a long time and a lot of lacing is left as I drink the beer down. I like the balance in this IPA. It is a bit on the crazy, hoppy side, and satisfies that hop-head in me, but is balanced enough to keep me drinking and refreshed. The finish could be crisper for my taste. For me, this is an IPA that finds itself in my stock at least 50% of the time. It is really enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of lstokes
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm getting a lot of Simcoe in the nose and a nice reddish orange color on the pour, with a small head but impressive lacing. Nice American hop bill, with the fruits, the flowers, and the pine all there. Pale malts. I'm not sure what I would remember this for, but it's definitely a good drinking IPA.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange color, moderate amount of lace.

Smell is of hops, pine, grapefruit, a tinge of black pepper, a bit of pale & munich malt.

Taste is much like the smell, and while all of these things are good -- it just feels shallow. The hoppiness is underwhelming, covered by an overabundance of pale and munich malts.

In terms of mouthfeel, it feels extremely thin. Overall a good effort, but I'll take Mighty Arrow over this any day, not to mention just about any other IPA.

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

A: Pours a golden, orange/copper color with a good amount of head that slowly dissipates and leaves lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Lots of hops, seems of the citrus and pine variety. Also a malt presence, and a bit of bread and butter.

T: The hops are definitely the predominant flavor, lending a bitter, grapefruit citrus and pine flavor that blends together nicely with a subtle malt and bread undertone. Lovely, crisp, dry hop finish with the lingering flavor of hops on the tongue for quite some time. I could use a bit more balance, but I didn't find the hops to be overwhelming.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does have subtle creamy, syrupy qualities to it. Goes down smooth and easy and dances on the tongue.

O: I'm not normally a fan of I.P.A.'s, but I have found this one to be palatable. I find that I prefer grapefruit and citrus flavors to the pine notes, and although this one contains both, I find that the pine notes are not overwhelming. I would say that this is probably on the upper end of my hop tolerance, and while the malts are subtle, they are there and they do help balance the beer out a bit. I found this to be quite drinkable considering the hop presence and higher ABV. Not my favorite I.P.A. by any means, but definitely drinkable. Cheers!

Photo of zbuc919
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass...

A light golden orange color with a nice creamy head to it. The grapefruit aroma jumps out of the glass and is the first flavor that hits you on the first sip. It finishes with a nice smooth bitterness. It's nice and dried out really highlighting the excellent choice of hops in this IPA.

Another fantastic brew from the folks at New Belgium Brewery!

Photo of blackcompg
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle came from a New Belgium Folly Pack. Pried off the cap, poured into my 12oz beer glass and...

Appearance - Pours a perfectly clear, bright yellow amber color, 2 fingers of foamy eggshell head down to about a half finger in a couple of minutes. Laces already forming when I turn the glass. Color becomes more orange away from the light. A nice looking beer. *near the end of the glass I have well defined lacing for each sip, very nice.

Smell - Nice grapefruity hops with a slight malt sweetness out of the bottle. More semisweet grapfruit from the glass, smell is bolder in the glass, slight sweetness, at 6.5% ABV I get no alcohol in the smell.

Taste - At 70 IBU i'm getting bitter, hopped grapefruit peel right from the start, crispy carbonation bite that begins to dry towards the back, and a nice, dry, crisp hop finish. The hops are long in the finish, and linger long after the sip. Pine bitterness asserts itself after the sip. If you sip this slowly, there is a very slight sweetness and warmth at the center of the tongue, but I personally would not say that this has a sweet malty backbone at all - this beer is all about the hops, and the dry, bitter nuances that they impart. If you prefer an IPA with little/no sweetness, you're REALLY going to like this one.

Mouthfeel - Fairly medium body, smooth, not heavy or syrupy in the least, not creamy, mostly from the lack of sweetness. I would personally prefer a little more sweetness to counteract the bitter/crisp/dry feel, but this is still very drinkable.

Overall - I do like this beer, and for those that prefer their IPA's on the biter/dry side, this one is a must. I respect that although missing the malt sweetness I enjoy, this still has all the bitter hoppy nuances that a hop lover would enjoy. I can recommend this beer, but if you're looking for a sweet malt balance, look elsewhere - Ranger is all about the hops :)

Photo of topfloor
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an attractive cotton head with 'round the glass lacing. Glass shows a semi-cloudy honey orange color. Smell is sweet with a hint of complex hops. This IPA tastes better than in looks with a first pronounced blast of hops and has a light mouthfeel. Has a sweet undertone that lets you enjoy the dry bitterness of the hops. Medium to heavy carbonation (My favorite). This ale was definately brewed to show off hoppiness as the bitterness lingers. The finish is clean with no odd tastes that other large scale IPA's present.

Will recommend for anyone looking for a solid dry hop with a hint of honey. A west coast IPA with a strong cascade hop feel.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear golden orange, two fingers of white head, very good lacing, and long lingering thin layer of head. Also a small but good amount of lacing.
S: mostly pine hop, and just a touch of sweet malt.
T: finally an ipa that is almost exclusively pine in flavor, a light malt sweetness but not too much to hide the pine hop.
M: light upfront, yet lingers aroung on the aftertaste for a long time. Carbonation was good at the start, my duvel glass tends to drag it down it is good.
O: a good ipa with primarily pine hop flavor. Malt ils just enough to give some sweetness but not overpower the hop.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,983 ratings.