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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,899 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,899
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 605 | 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 allanplaysguitar
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While not the hoppy-ist IPA or the most bitter, this is for sure a fun IPA. I think New Belgium Brewing Co did a great job at making an IPA that is, for the most part, something that the general population can try as an intro to IPAs. I think that any craft beer lover can find something about this beer to make them happy. Overall its just a fun beer to have when you are looking to just sip one with out having to think too much about it.

Photo of lawlerj
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour translucent amber w/ an off white 1 & 1/2 finger head, lingers a while.

It has a strong floral aroma with hops & citrus.

The taste is not too strong a hop taste, but is very well balanced. It has a nice backbone and doesn't rely solely on the citrus. Not being a fan of IPAs in general for a long time, this is a nice reintroduction to the style.

Mouthfeel is nice and light - moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer, very enjoyable. This gives me a little more perspective on IPAs, a style I'll have to continue exploring.

Photo of langept
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: One of the best aspects of this beer. Beautiful golden copper. Leaves a very sexy lacing as you drink.

S: Mostly piney hops. A little bit of citrus/grapefruit, and then biscuity malt at the end.

T: Starts with a sharp bite of piney hops, then a little citrus. Then a little malty/biscuit flavor followed by a very pleasant lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Pretty average. Perhaps a little too much carbonation for my tastes, but overall not bad.

D: Drinkability was very good. Even at a moderately high 6.5%, I feel that this would make a great session IPA.

Overall another very solid brew from New Belgium. I will definitely pick this one up again if I'm looking for a well-crafted IPA.

Photo of beertaster13
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a nice gold with streaks of amber, lots of carbonation. The head was off-white and clumpy like a nice root beer float head.

The smell was of a nice honey pine. The hops are pleasant on the nose. The citrus is very pleasing. Smells like a fresh spring morning in the Pac Northwest.

The taste is very pleasing, well rounded, the hops are more citrusy sweet that bitter, the bitterness is there but not overwhelming. Alot of grapefruit character, Nice sweet honey nectar.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp in the mouth. This is a very drinkable and approachable beer. Would be a good choice for a first timer into IPA's.

Served with fish tacos and they went perfectly.

Photo of Jslay77
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very clear amber orange color. Unusual head retention for the style.

This is the only new begium beer that doesn't smack me in the face with the biscuitty taste of Fat Tire. Great hops but quickly turns bitter and the bitterness lingers a bit more that I prefer.

Traditional IPA style piney taste that is easy to drink save the aftertaste.

A bit high on the carbonation in my opinion, otherwise a fairly drinkable beer that I would pick over most other drafts at a place without too many crafts.

Photo of LazyL
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear amber orange with a foamy white head that keeps a nice retention layer on the glass. The nose is this beers strong point. Wow, I get strawberry, then pine and citrus. Very floral and berry notes make for a very appealing brew. The taste however leaves me looking for more. After such an excitement with the nose, the taste is mildly bitter and then just beer. The mouthfeel is very dry and the carbonation is a bit heavy. This is not my favourite but is good and may be a touch too dry for me and there is just not enough on the taste element.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours an almost transparent,bronze with 1 1/2 inches of chalky,white head that showed moderate retention and deposited thin ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Big Simcoe qualities upfront led by pine resin then tart citrus and a small hint of ripe tropical fruit.

T-Mild hop flavors of tart citrus,soft pine and spearmint with a decent backbone of caramel malt.

M-Light side of medium-bodied with an easily approachable hop bitterness and a slighty dry finish.Moderate,prickly carbonation.

D-Affordability and accessibilty make this a decent and easily sessionable IPA.

Photo of Chyren
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with unstoppable thick oily head. Massive bouquet of hops, both pine and citrus. The flavor backs off a bit in comparison to the scent, but it is sufficiently hoppy, piney, somewhat sweet and thick. For a strong IPA, this beer is incredibly drinkable and very affordable. This is easily one of my favorite offerings from New Belgian, aside from the defunct Springboard.

Photo of Brunite
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange with a decent head and nice lacing.

S: Piney and citrus aroma....nice IPA smell.

T: Taste is a bit of a disappointment. Mostly hop bitterness of a piney variety. No grapefruit/citrus flavors and no malt balance.

M: Medium light body. Crisp.

D: Decent enough but pretty average compared to many others I have tried.

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep copper color with excellent head and good lacing. Very deep hop aromas, with huge citrus hop scents over a very nice deep maltiness. Excellent flavor, with a huge malt forward and a great hop back that lasts on the tongue, with great citrus hop flavors. There is a fair bit of hop roughness, though.

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden, decent head with some lacing.

Fresh smelling, citrus hops and a lot of floral note.

Fresh but subtle piney hops, a biscuity yeast note, and a green note that reminds me of fresh pumpkin. Piney and floral.

Crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

This was well balanced and disappeared before I knew it. Somewhat reminscent of New Glarus Moon Man.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured a gold amber color lighter than typical IPA but had a huge long lasting frothy head.
S: hops and caramel maltiness but all lighter than a typical IPA and has a different yeast aroma like a Belgian style yeast could be due to the manufacturer who specializes on Belgian styles.
T: slightly bittered hop flavored with standard maltiness of a pale ale. In fact I would call this more like a pale ale instead of IPA. On the flipside it's good and makes this a delicious beer.
M/D: light bodied smooth creamy like feel. Adds to the easy drinkability and great taste and you have one really good hoppy beer.

Photo of paganbeast
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very golden in color but the head is almost non-existent.

Smells like a field of fresh cut grass and notes of light vanilla cream.

The taste is quite malty yet balances the hops well, mild citrus coats the mouth well.

This is an IPA that has a high level of drinkability for those who are intimidated by IPAs.

Photo of Janderson91
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

May 22, 2011 date on the side of the bottle. I assume this is the "best before this date" stamp. Enjoyed on February 23, 2011.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge white rocky head. Recedes to a small head that remains for the entirety. Leaves decent lacing.

S - The nose is citrus and pine hops. Simcoe really comes through. A little sweet malt in the background.

T - Starts out with a piney bitterness that gets more intense through the taste. Finishes incredibly dry and citrusy/piney. This should probably be classified as a pale ale, I find it somewhat watered down for an IPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is quite thin which makes it incredibly drinkable. A real sessionable brew right here.

Photo of hophopandaway
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice amber colour that is just what your're looking for from an american IPA: a nice clear amber colour. Unfortunately, the head dissaped fairly quickly although there seems to be good lacing.

There is a fairly heavy carbonation in this beer that is prickling my tongue, but otherwise it's a pleasant drink. The flavours are of dry hopps with a low-level maltiness in the middle. Long and dry on the finish, this beer's not balanced but is a nice compliment to the fries and hot wings I'm eating.

Good but not great.

Photo of ObeerwanCO
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this at home after a busy Sunday.

Appearance: (4.5) Clear, sparkling and golden, just what you think of for an IPA. Developed a substantial, white head, which dissipated quickly to a nice quarter inch or so.

Smell: (3.5) Well, hoppy as expected. Pine dominated for me at first, made me feel like a ranger out in the woods havin' a beer. Is that frowned upon for rangers? I also get some grapefruit-like fruity citrus. Not much alcohol smell.

Taste: (3.5) This is somewhat on the high side for hoppiness, even for an IPA. Nice initial flavor with some sweet malt flavor in the background to counter the hops. I also get a nice hint of lemon zest. However, Ranger is less balanced on the finish, once the malt goes away completely. It hits you with a very strong bitter aftertaste that is somewhat earthy and lingers for a while. This isn't necessarily bad for me, but I imagine that it might be over the top for some folks. At 6.5% this beers is pretty high in alcohol, but I don't get a strong alcohol flavor from it.

Mouthfeel: (4) Full bodied and somewhat high on the carbonation, but it ends up feeling soft as it goes down. Crisp, but not as much acid burn going down compared to some IPAs.

Drinkability: (4) Very drinkable. I had three of these today and could have had more.

Overall: This is a decent IPA that I enjoy. Although it doesn't quite break from the IPA pack for me, it is solid. Also, it being that I am a cheap bastard and all, I find it on sale frequently, making it a nice beer that is easier on the wallet than some comparable IPAs.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean and clear honey color with a nice 1.5 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh and spicy pine hops only. Taste is of the herbal hops and some sweetish malt on the finish. Bitterness is moderate but not overwhelming. Carbonation is a bit flat. Drinkability is above average but the carbonation is a bit off putting. I would be more than happy to try another one of these to see if I get a different outcome.

Photo of dfillius
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of just off white head with great retention. Crystal clear golden liquid. Nearly ideal.
S: Strong hop aroma - citrus, pine, slightly dank - very nice. Some floral/herbal quality, some tropical fruit. No off aroma, no alcohol, perfect.
T: Bitterness comes on very strong with a citrus peel/white fir needle quality and really hangs on. Slight biscuity malt. Flavor stays clean throughout without getting messy with warmth.
M: Chewy, very bitter! A tad astringent.
D: I like it a lot. I'd order another, and I'm glad I bought 6. I'll definitely buy it again.

Photo of perryw
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a pint glass.

Poured a nice golden bronzey color.

The smell was a very strong citrus that popped out of the glass as I was pouring. It was just great to my nose. The citrus bitterness was pretty apparent on the tongue. It did seem slightly more carbonated than I would like.

I wouldn't want more than a couple in an evening, but I liked this one. I can see buying more in the future.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Lovely honey color, two fingers of head that lasts a while, with nice lace.

S: Very nice, mostly citrus hops, a bit of pine, fresh hay.

T: Balance is impressive. Hops report for duty without being too harsh, a bit of malt sweetness supports them and emerges in the finish.

M: Carbonation is nice, keeps the feel and flavor lively, but there's also some smoothness in the aftertaste that prepares you for the hops in the next sip. The citrus hops and smooth mouthfeel almost whisper "dreamsicle."

D: Totally sessionable, would work with a wide range of food, and just fine all by itself.

Notes: Have had several over the past few days before focusing and writing the review today. Not growing tired of it at all.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Bright orange in color and very effervescent. Two fingers of white head that sticks around forever and leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mostly grapefruit with a hint of lemon and pine. Very faint malt smell.

Taste: On the milder side of things. Grapefruit and pine up front with a mild malty, slightly yeasty backbone. Tart middle and finishes up with more grapefruit bitterness. Overall not to intense though.

Mouthfeel: A bit light and very carbonated. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA. Very good.

Final Notes: Not my favorite IPA, but if there was such a thing as a session IPA this would be it. Would make a great introduction to IPAs or to pair against mildly spicy food.

Photo of voteforhops
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass at fridge temp (+/-40) and left almost no sediment.

a - crystal clear and sparkling, light tangerine color w/1" creamy white head that receded slowly.

s - evergreen forest (simcoe) and sweet, slight citrus and apricot, but mainly resinous pinecone hops.

t - dry pine needle (chinook) and some bitter lemon, slight metallic aftertaste, but definitely all hops and resultant bite.

m - not overly dry, but lacks much malty stick or resinous coating you might expect - perhaps overcarbonated as a little thin.

d - not very balanced or complex, although the nose is terrific and inviting. makes a good session ale or compliment to spicy food. there are better all around affordable ipas (probably local), but this hits the pine hop ipa fix fairly well.

Photo of diamondc
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 2011. Part of the Folly Pack.

A: Golden bronze. Some good head, leaving a thin wisp of foam. Rings of lacing left after every swig.

S: Light grapefruit, sourdough, floral/ozone aromas. Nice.

T: Zesty citrus & strong herbal hop flavors dominate. Grainy, husky, almost rye like malts towards the end.

M/D: A really dry IPA. No bold flavors to make it memorable. Still, Ranger is a servicable IPA if you're in a hurry or in the mood for something new.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fat Tire Hub at Denver airport. Bonus points for advertising their smaller drafts as 14 oz, instead of the misleading "pints" of many establishments.

Clear bright golden color. Bright white head that leaves great lacing, a ring for every sip.

A variety or hop aromas, pine, floral, and citrus. Taste has a clean hop bite, but not too bitter. Higher carbonation helps the mouthfeel.

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

Pours an orange gold color with off white frothy bubbly head which lingers as a nice film. Aroma of sweet resiny hops, slight citrus but in a sweeter way, like tangerine, and cake. Flavor is nice resin-pine like hops, sweet and pungent, which then reveals a cake like malt consistency, back to a slight bitterness of the hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied, not too thick or syrupy. Overall a pretty solid IPA, great flavors, not TOO big (read: sessionable). Good good stuff.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,899 ratings.