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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

5,123 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,123
Reviews: 1,217
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 81
Gots: 766 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 5,123 | Reviews: 1,217
Photo of TechTriumph
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 10/29/11:
Best before: 08 Jan 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Clear, golden color; After an aggressive pour, there was a three inch white, clumpy, billowy head; Impressive sticky lacing all around the glass

S - Pleasant, but weak smell; Citrus hop aroma with pine notes as well; Touch of sweet malts come through in addition

T - More of a bitter taste than the smell leads on; Piney flavors dominate rather than citrus; Aftertase is bitter, but not overpowering; Bittnerness tones down as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied; Bitter aftertase leaves the mouth dry; Slight oily coat on the tongue

O - This is not a bad IPA overall, and is very drinkable. It did not seem as hop forward as other west coast IPA's, but the lacing and head was very impressive. I will try this brew again sometime, though it's not a go-to IPA for me.

Photo of jvillefan
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden yellow with a two finger white head that last for a while.

S: Amazing. It has a floral hoppy aroma that any good IPA has. There are hints of citrus in the background.

T: It has a very good hop flavor with hints of citrus and pine.

M: This is also good. Great carbonation, a little less viscosity than I like but still good.

O: Very good beer. This is worth having.

Photo of coldriver
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to Sam Adams glass. Pours a nice 2 finger head with good lacing. Intense floral citrus aroma. Tastes more flowery than citrus or pine but very interesting hop balance. Rather wet finish but oily resinous aftertaste. Has this gotten better over the years? A very solid and sessionable basic IPA.

Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Ranger pours a golden color. It’s mostly clear and has a slight orange tint when held to light. A soft white head covers the top and rises to about a finger in depth. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty average. It’s weak and needs quite a bit more strength. It kicks off with some caramel and toasted malt notes. Smells a tad sweet. I’m not crazy about toasted malts in IPAs. There are some light hoppy notes. They smell mostly citric. Grapefruit and orange are most notable. There’s a light touch of pine, as well. Alcohol is not noticeable. Eh. It’s not bad. Not quite good either.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose. Not quite enough to warrant a score bump. It does have a caramel and toasted malt base. It’s okay. The toasted variety really doesn’t taste that great. There’s a bit of a sweet flavor, but it’s not too strong. The hop profile is okay. It does feature citrus grapefruit and orange flavors. A light piney or grassy flavor is also noted. It leans in the hop direction, but not by much. It is pretty well balanced. Alcohol is light. Finishes with a toasted malt and light hop flavor.

Ranger has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but isn’t quite buzzy. It has a pretty good feel. Better than anticipated. It goes down alright.

Ranger is an okay IPA. It’s not great by any stretch. I’m not a fan of the toasted malt flavor. Just doesn’t mesh well with the hop flavor in my opinion. There are tons of better IPAs out there. This one’s okay. It’s maybe worth a try. Stick with the single bottle if you can.

Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden yellow in color with a reddish hue. Poured with a brief soapy white foam that reduced to a healthy cap that leaves sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Amazing hop aroma. Intense, pungent grapefruit and herbal hop aroma with a solid sweet maltiness beneath. Smooth oily feel. Carbonation is a bit understated. Tart grapefruit flavor is prominent with herbal hop flavors and a sweet malty backbone. Finishes semi-dry with pungent, spicy herbal aftertaste. Reminds me a bit of Victory Hop Devil.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-golden body topped by a massive, dense, and persistent white head, exhibiting excellent retention.The lacing is thick and scattered. A profusion of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of citric hop notes with a solid base of bread-like malt notes, offering a balanced presentation.

Taste: Solid grapefruit rind and pine tar hops at the open, and throughout the taste. The malts are rather subdued, but manage to present a slight toasted and caramel presence.The finish is dominated by pine tar hops, these linger at the back of the mouth well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A solid and competently-brewed example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck-style bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - What a beautiful looking beer. Pumpkin orange hue with a creamy, frothy head. The head was an island floating in a sea of beer. Lacing stuck all over the glass.

S - The clean aroma of piney hops dominates this beer.

T - A crisp hoppy beer, but surprisingly clean.

M - Mostly clean, but still some bitter hops at the end.

O - Good beer at a great price.

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

It's a bright, clear coppery color. With a white head that quickly dissipates.

It's got a hoppyt aroma that is more floral than citrus. It's maltiness is apparent.

It's peppery and malty. Good. It's hops are floral and citrus rind.

It's got a thin to medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

All in all, this is a decent IPA and a good one for its price point.

Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at First Street Draught House to start my lunch out. Came out in a New Belgium tulip glass. Nice dark orange with a thick, rocky, white head on top. Great sticky lace all over the glass after each sip. Big notes of citrus, flowery hops, and slight astringent alcohol burn.

The mouth is crisp and full. Alcohol fills in the gaps. Big smack in the mouth bitterness right away. Sharp slightly scalding bitter burn. Sweet orange and melon on the back end, but it fleets away as the bitter aftertaste takes over. This is much more bitter than I remember from the bottle. A good IPA that will cure my "bitter" fix any day.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a golden amber color with lots of rising carbonation and one finger of yellowish head. The retention was impressive and the lacing in thick bands. The aroma was a pleasant blend of citrusy hops, resin, sweet malt and hints of tropical fruit. The flavors were more bitter than the aroma suggested but this is not a bad thing in an IPA. I tasted grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, orange peel and a hint of earthiness from the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation light.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served at Bennigan's in a tall pint glass.

Appearance- It is a gold body with some amber in there. Just a little bit of carbonation can be seen in the glass. I really enjoy the half-finger foam cap. It is white and has amazing retention.

Smell- There are citrus fruit notes here. Also a little bit of floral aromas are coming through. Otherwise not much going on besides a little malt scent.

Taste- Okay, pretty decent hop profile, but not really overwhelming. Again, the estery hop notes are there. The citrus isn't punching through really hard which allows it to be a little more herbal and floral on the tongue. The finish is pretty bitter, and hints at some smooth malt. There is a little bit of hop funk that I am catching every drink, but not hard enough to really detract from the overall taste.

Mouth feel- Ranger has a decent mouth feel. It is more medium bodied, but there is something going on that is keeping it from being creamy or very smooth. Maybe not enough carbonation? I am not really sure, but it is almost there.

Overall- This is by all accounts, a well balanced IPA that lets the floral and herbal notes really ride the wave, while providing a citrus and biscuit malt background. The mouth feel is decent, but could go down smoother. And it really looks the part, so many rings of lace in my empty glass. Definitely give this one your time.

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear under admittedly bad lighting. Not my first time drinking the Ranger so why haven’t I reviewed it under better lights? This has a wonderful hop profile that’s floral and piney with neither one dominating. I pick up citrus and pine in tandem, delicate and sweet on the palate. Light, refreshing, and so delicious.

Photo of charlzm
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on October 30, 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is an amazingly clear, very light copper color. A moderate pour forms a one-finger head that becomes an off-white creamy crown that provides excellent lacing.

Aroma of pine, grass and a stray grapefruit note. Traces of vanilla and caramel and a barely-perceptible cooked-vegetable note.

Flavor is straightforward and, while fairly unsophisticated, hits the IPA target. Clean, almost imperceptible caramel malt at first which quickly gives way to restrained grass, pine and grapefruit hops. Low to medium bitterness on finish along with the slightest touch of nutty malt. Think of this as a stepping stone between Bass and Pliny the Elder.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy with good carbonation prickle.

Very drinkable and gets the job done with little drama or flair.

Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a nice white rocky colored head; holds very well and forms a choppy layer of lacing around the edge of the glass; about 1.5 fingers in size; some visible carbonation stems from the bottom of the glass; copper colored body; some sediment is visible

S - Pine and grass; nice and smooth hop nose; soft caramel malt scents; crisp and clean

T - Caramel and fruity flavor; hop-grass flavor, just about right and not too heavy; nutty back-end malt taste

M - Slightly bubbly, but semi-dry from the hops; bitter pine aftertaste, lingers for quite a bit; slight tart feel on the side of the tongue and cheeks

D - Very good beer; could be an IPA staple in my fridge; nice, soft balance of malt flavors and hops, makes for a pleasure experience

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On at Elliott's pour house the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some sweet malt (very fat tire like) and some underlying dry citrus. On the palate, this beer tastes like fat tire, but with some additional hops added. It's essentially a hopped up version of Fat Tire. Like fat tire, the beer is fairly malty, with flavors of baked apple and light cherry. However, there is a little bit of dry citrus as well, and the finish has some bitterness and is a bit more dry (when compared to fat tire). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and I don't detect any off flavors.

Mehhh... why bother to make a beer like this New Belgium? Fat tire is fine for what it is, and I don't require a hoppy version of the beer. I just don't get it.

Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a frothy two to three finger head (somewhere in the middle) that has great retention and lacing sticking around the glass.

The aroma is rich with citrus and pine hops. Bread and some sweet malt. Everything you would want from an American IPA!

The taste is at first dominated with a sharp pine/citrus dryness on the the tongue. Good amount of malt sweetness but the finish is dry piney hop. No problem with me!

Medium body easy to drink American IPA! The New Belgium Brewery makes an IPA that I can find in most supermarkets. Something I can count on. The price is not bad compared to most craft brews; $8.99 for a six pack is good these days.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not your stereotypical ipa. this one has more of that belgian vibe to it, not as sturdy as some of the american versions. its delicacy lends itself nicely to the hops here, allowing them to be tasted in their entirety without a lot of interference from other elements. not as yeast driven as their belgo, this one doesnt satisfy all of the conditions of an ipa for me, but under any other name it is an excellent beer. the 6.5 percent can catch you unaware as well!

Photo of mgeraci
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am duly impressed by this beer. I got it on a whim in the warm beer on a Walmart shelf. The flavor is great. Tangy is the best thing that comes to my mind. My wife says "tastes like grapefruit juice". It is a good beer. I can;t argue with it especially since it is not very costly compared to other IPAs I've recently tried. I think beers like this among many others are starting to convince me I'ma big fan of IPAs.

Photo of Dodt
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

surprised to find this at this beer on my last trip to the beer store. poured from the bomber into a pint glass
appearance a nice fluffy head that when touched sticks to your fingers , with some lacing. very light in color i was a bit surprised by this .
smell is hoppy with wonderful taste . for my first try at a beer from the people at new belgian i enjoyed it alot.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger frothy head, clear dark golden with mustard hues. Some lacing.

S: very nice fresh hop smell and some pine. This aroma I usually get with fersh hopped ipas which impressed me

T: Very nice fresh and floral hop character. Mil pine bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is one of new belgiums best offerings. The aroma and taste are excellent and match up well.

Photo of firedog23
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this but was slightly disappointed with it. It has a nice hop character but it lacks a balance with the malt. I would drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

I liked the three hops used in it and the head was 1 finger thick which stuck around for most of the beer.

It has a peppery feel/taste which stayed around longer than I would have liked it too.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear hay to light golden color with two fingers of fine head that is pure white and lingers nicely, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: great citrus or grapefruit hop scent, sweet and very resinous
T: nice citrus hop notes but also with a bit of depth and darkness to it that adds a bit of funk to the finish
M: medium carbonation initially then picks up a bit in the middle, finishes very smoothly and leaves the palate clean
O: a nice brew, smooth and very drinkable, a well rounded brew quite happy with this one

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-copper; clear with a moderate head. Off-white head is frothy with very good retention.

Smells of fresh hops, lots of hops, with a barely noticeable malt background and some fruitiness. Hops aroma is mainly piney but with a bit of citrus. Aroma and flavor are an excellent mix of 3 hop varieties -- Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity). Taste is nicely bitter [IBU =70]. Excellent clean finish with plenty of lingering hop taste.

M - clean and crisp with medium body and carbonation.

This is a very solid American IPA that is easy to recommend. now widely available in SC.

(Rating confirmed July 2014 with 12 oz can)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper/yellow body with a 2-finger white head that shows good retention before falling to a cap. Leaves nice lacing the whole way down.

S- Piney and citrusy hops up front, followed by a little too much malt for me.

T- Mostly piney hops, followed by grapefruit, then more malt sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied, dry, and pretty carbonated.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful white and creamy lasting head. Plenty of lacing. A nice clear, golden dark amber colored beer.

Citrus and piney hops. I could smell a little bit of the bitterness and noticed a bit of the malt as it warmed up. I primarily got a caramel malt note while it was cool.

Strong, citrusy and pine hops that give a nice and pleasant bitter note. I tasted some sweet malts early on but disappeared and balanced out the hops once the beer warmed up a little bit.

Smooth and a little dry with medium carbonation. The beer definitely leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

A very good IPA. Definitely kinder than most ones that I've had before. Not as bitter as a 60 Minute and no boozy notes, I can definitely see drinking this on a constant basis. I only wish that I could get in MA and not have to import it from VA.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 5,123 ratings.