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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,482
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 61
Gots: 450 | FT: 1
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 herman77
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Super clear gold color with a decent amount of white fluffy head. A little surprised that it is this light golden of a color. Lots of lacing. Tons of tiny little bubbles stuck to the sides.

S: Grass. Hops. Smells very fresh.

T: Grass, hops, grass. Somewhat of a bitter twang near the end. No fruity or citrus hop flavor at all. Can't taste any malt. Decent dry finish though.

M: Light body. Pretty thin mouthfeel.

D: Its okay, I guess. Something about it makes me want to take another sip right away, but I can't really see drinking more than one or two in a sitting. Actually, the more I drink this beer, the less I want of it.

herman77, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are nice. Pine like, with some resin, and slight citrus.

Taste is reiny up front, with some fresh pine needle flavor, and creamy semi sweet malts. Finish is dry and crisp with more hop flavors, another hit of resin and some ripe orange like citrus.

Mouthfeel is good. Full with spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is high. I hope this one stays in the New Belgium rotation, good flavorful IPA that isn't too heavy, and is quite easy to drink.

flexabull, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, rileys or steves

appearance: served in great dane imperial pint, light clear yellow body, foamy eggshell head

smell: light citrus peel, corriander, tangerine

taste: rather straightforward - tangerine peel, citrusy, light sweetness, bready. certainly enjoyable but nothing striking here - kind of par for the course with new belgium for me (less la folie)

mouthfeel: light, zesty, low bitterness

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of adam42381
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light to medium golden color which is quite a bit lighter than I normally expect from an IPA. 1 finger white creamy head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very strong hops with a bit of pine and hints of citrus rinds.

Taste: Pretty decent amount of hops up front. Pine flavor is dominant with just a hint of lemon peel. Not as much bitterness as one would expect from an IPA. Finish is simple and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability for a beer with an ABV of 6.5%. You could knock back a few without any trouble.

Overall: I'd rate this as an above average IPA. It's not something I'll actively seek out but I'll finish my six pack and won't consciously avoid it in the future.

adam42381, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of jnn4v
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very pale color for an ipa. Yellowish. Had moderate whit foamy head. Clear (filtered).

S: some pungent herbal scents with hints of pine and floral.

T: clean bitterness. No real fruit hop flavors. Mild malts to balance. Pine / resin aftertaste.

m: medium to thin body. Moderate carbonation.

D: decent drinkability due to clean flavorvand moderate abv. Nothing terribly compelling, either, though

jnn4v, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of vdread
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the first thing i notice is the cool new art on the bottle. earthy colors and a display of hop cones on the label. very cool.

Ranger pours a bit more orange than yellow with a thin white head. very clear.

the smell is incredibly potent. strong fruity, citrus, floral, pine hops rule the nose. simcoe is most apparent. some pale malt hides behind all that.

taste is pleasant, fruity, very hoppy. the bitterness isn't overwhelming but it's strong. pale bready malt and a hint of caramel balance it out. i haven't had a lot of IPAs made with simcoe hops, but i am now officially a fan.

well carbonated and smooth, hops linger on the palate, and it ends slightly dry.

+ a solid IPA. bitter, yet balanced. not overly strong on hops or bitterness, but with enough distinction to be recognizable. i've spent a bit of time with Ranger over the past few weeks. it's coming close to being a favorite.

vdread, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a surprise here from New Belgium. I like Fat Tire, but I haven't been super impressed with their other offerings. This one, however, is definitely a good settle IPA. Looks great with some incredible white head that laces with the best of them. Color is pretty too, a nice golden oak color, with plenty of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. The nose isn't too powerful, some pine and maybe lemon zest notes, though the lack of strength could be due to the density of the head. Taste is pretty good for a decent IPA, simple caramel malt, piney hops, a bit of herbal hops, and that's about it. Not too much to think about, though it's exactly what I wanted--a simple, easy-drinking IPA. MF is medium to light-bodied, smooth, a bit dry on the finish. Drinkability is huge, a great session beer, though definitely not my favorite IPA. A good go-to when you want something above Sam Adams, but don't want to shell out some $$ for Two Hearted or other really good IPAs. I think I would prefer Torpedo to it, however (though similarly priced).

LordAdmNelson, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: a orangish- golden beer with alot of clarity and a 1 finger white head. fades son but leaves a lot of spotted lacing

S: alot of pine aromas, toasty with some faint orange and orange peel. also a honey aroma

T: orange peel and sharp hoppiness, dpine sap upfront, with some sweetness and biscuity malt. fades to a bitter finish of grapefruit, honey, pine, and orange peel.

M: light medium body for the style. alot of carbonation abd resinous. finishes off-dry compared with other American IPAs

Overall, a good, sharp IPA that needs some tweaking. I would like this if it had more body, and a more complex, fruity flavor. Otherwise, New Belgium has produced another quality year round offering.

OlRasputin989, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Lighter than a number of IPAs I have seen, but a lovely frothy white head. The bubbles are very inviting, but not so many as to make you think this beer is going to fill ya up. 4.0/5.0

Smell - Like standing in the middle of a forest, there's some definite pine in the aroma of this beer. The hops are nice and pronounced, but not so sharp as to offend (well, I love hops, so not sure that would happen). 4.0/5.0

Taste - The citrus hop flavor is far more blended and subdued than I would have expected. The bitterness is lighter than I usually like, but it's not bad. Like some other reviews I have seen about this beer, I would probably call it a pale ale, rather than an IPA. I expect a lot of boldness in an IPA and this beer just didn't deliver that. - 3.0/5.0

Feel - Smooth, with a great mouth coverage. The aftertaste is a bit sour, but doesn't stick around very much, unlike the hop taste which does hang with you for a while. - 4.0/5.0

Drinkability - As an IPA, probably not. I have a large list of IPAs that I would have on a regular basis. This beer's similarity to a pale ale would put in consideration if I wanted that, but alas - I'll just stick with an IPA. On that note, this isn't a bad beer - just more of a pale ale. 3.0/5.0

taxguyjase, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of alli4051
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a pint.

A: Pours a clear, bright copper color. Pour produces a foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some thick lacing.

S: Strong scent of floral and piney hops.

T: Hops are certainly dominate here but there is definitely a New Belgium malt backbone here. Hops are floral and piney. Hints of some fruit here but I can't quite place what, sorry I'm still kinda new at this. Warm alcohol taste in the finish. Doesn't quite have that hop punch I like in an IPA.

M: Light/medium bodied with some light carbonation.

D: Pleasant, crisp and highly drinkable. Even at 6.5% is still very sessionable. Not my favorite IPA but will definitely be drinking again.

alli4051, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Dotcubed
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Single bottle purchase from wine shopping the other day.

Just a beautiful color. Sunshine yellow.
Not much aroma, Not in your face pungency like many other examples. Some lace.

Weak in the hops area, piney. Like a walk in the trees.

This is very drinkable on it's on.

While this may disappoint those who want a bitterness that burns, this has delighted me. I cao actually have a six-pack of this!

Dotcubed, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a golden yellow that is crystal clear with a steady stream of bubbles floating upward. A huge four finger white foamy head forms and falls slowly leaving very nice lacing behind.

S: Incredibly lifeless...very faint grapefruit citrus aroma mixed with a little pine and the typical new belgium yeast profile is present.

T: This is pretty weak when it comes to the ipa category, even for a pale ale this is fairly mild. The hops seem very muted and very one note being faint citrus/pine and the yeast profile tastes like everything from else from new belgium. Imagine fat tire with less malt and a dash of hop and you get the ranger. Pretty lackluster for the ipa category.

M: Light medium body with active carbonation, fairly aggressive and balanced with the flavors, leaves that yeast profile lingering as always...

D: Fairly drinkable, maybe i'm just not a huge new belgium fan but this is pretty weak for an ipa all around save for the appearance, had high hopes upon pouring but thats where it ended for this one.

RedBrewer83, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Rodekill
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I like the new look of the label, but the beer itself was disappointing. Thin body, no malt backbone. It tastes like fizzy hop water. The hop character is funky in every way - nose, bitterness and flavor. Perhaps a little more malt to back up the hops would help, but it's not a good beer at the moment. I like balance in beer in general, and especially in hoppy beers. This one doesn't deliver.

Rodekill, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise from New Belgium!

Pours a very bright pale copper to dark golden hue with generous rocky head that laces oh so well throughout the pint.

Nose has a pleasant orangey citrus character with some citrusy candies in the background. Flavors on the palate aren't overwhelming, but that's a refreshing change - plenty of pine, some orange, and toasty malt to round it out. Finish is prickly orange with pine. Easy drinking.

yemenmocha, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep yelloe with a hint at orange. The head is thick at an inch and a half and has respectable stamina in a coat of white.

S - Pine and citrus hops make up an inviting smell.

T - Pine and subtle citrus in a bitter hop flavor. There's an interesting beginning consisting slightly of sugared gummy candy.

M - The feel is slightly coarse throughout. Normally in an IPA I'd say the coarse texture assists in bringing out some of the hidden flavors. Here, I'm not sure if it helps all that much. None-the-less the feel is confortable.

~ Overall this is a beer that I feel I could drink sessionally once the warmer months begin. I like the flavors and think New Belgium Brewery has done a nice job with this hop filled brew.

cdkrenz, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a sixer of the excellent NB Abbey in the shopping cart but, after perusing the grocery store for some meat, saw Ranger IPA in a separate, non-refrigerated end-cap display. I hated to put back Abbey but, never having tried Ranger, thought I'd give it a go; good call.

Two full fingers of white froth top a clear amber with light golden trim; nice lacing and decent duration tempt me to grant it a higher score, but regardless, Ranger is a good-looking beer. The smell is wonderful! Really hoppy nose, full of the advertised Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hops, with a distinct sweet, citrusy aroma.

Very good taste, hoppy, resiny and very citrusy. Also, I can't help but detect some pear and apple, too. Good malt balance for a hopped-up IPA. Good texture as well, with some creaminess complementing the oily hop texture. This was all-too easy to fire down.

Really delicious IPA, one of the better ones I've tried lately. Very flavorful, balanced, and aromatic, Ranger stands close to Abbey as the best I've had from New Belgium. Really good stuff--another beer that, with Abbey, New Belgium should aggressively market and make as their standard bearers.

Very well done, New Belgium.

Gehrig, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super high clarity golden orange, sticky concentric rings of lacing. Slow ascending carbonation. Tight skim on top, good retention from an initial 3 finger head of billowing foam.

Aroma is all grassy herbal cannabis, some grass clippings and dried basil.

Flavor is similar, herbal with a pleasant juicy cantaloupe sweetness carrying through the middle into a drier finish. Pretty easygoing and light bodied, sessionable. A sweet deal for a $2.69 bomber.

emerge077, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light rust color, similar to apple juice, with a copious amount of tiny CO2 bubbles funneling from the etching on my glass up into a finger and a half of rocky white foam. The head has pretty nice retention, lasting for about 2 minutes before collapsing. Some sticky lace rings hang around the outside of the glass as well.

The nose is mainly of citrusy hops; I can pick out some candied lemon peel and grapefruit aspects as well as maybe a little grassiness towards the end of each whiff.

Moderate amounts of pale malts up front get taken over by the hops at the end of each sip, and although not as overwhelmingly hoppy as I'd like, the citrusy hops are still tasty and enjoyable.

Medium-light body and a moderate amount of carbonation, coupled with the hoppy finish, gives the beer a nice crispness on your tongue as you drink.

Just a pleasant beer to drink. I like this better than the other New Belgium offering I've had, Fat Tire, but that could be because I really appreciate IPAs more. Still, this is a pretty drinkable IPA that is pretty flavorful and light on your tongue. Good stuff.

feelmefoam, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by about a finger and a half of pillowy off-white head that leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Lots of leafy, green, and citrusy hops over a pale caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of brassy, leafy, citrusy, and mildly bitter hops get things started. Underneath, the malt backbone is biscuity and a little paler than most beers in this style. The balance is slightly tipped towards the hops. Just a hint of alcohol from time to time. Biscuity malt and green hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium boded with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this is one of the more quenching IPAs I've tried.

Verdict: Tasty and very drinkable, Ranger is a solid addition to the New Belgium lineup. It may not be the most intense IPA out there, but it still works nicely.

BeanBone, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, dated 7/9/10 (best by?). Pours a clear light yellow orange with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts with some spicy piney fruity hops that are slightly stinky.

The flavor is some biscuity malts with a decent amount of hops - peppery, floral and slightly fruity. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - it's nice to see one from NB. It's pretty mild in terms of alcohol and bitterness. I really don't care for the biscuit notes in many of New Belgium's beers. I'm not really digging the hop flavors either. More fruitiness or resin would be good for me.

Beaver13, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brassy yellow-gold with a sizable white froth on top, fading moderately quickly while leaving smears of lace.
Doughy, lightly sweet malt aromas mingle with peppery, grassy, and floral hops, a touch of pineapple as well, especially as it warms.
It begins with a sweet breadiness, not unlike a sugared doughnut. Malt never stays beyond this, so it's good that it's an agreeable flavor. Fruitiness enters midway, but carries little vibrancy. Watery pineapple juice with a twist of lemon. Hops hit with pepper, crushed flowers, onions, spruce, and peppermint. That onion note is a bit of a nuisance, and reminds me why I didn't like their 2 Below very much. Here, it's further in the background, fortunately.
Light-ish bodied with a relatively high amount of CO2. Generally balanced, but the hops deliver enough dryness to make it a session option. However, there's nothing very dynamic here, and it results in a middle of the road IPA. The more I drink this, the more I think it is plain boring.

cokes, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked some up my last trip stateside. Enjoyed a bottle while down there, getting around to reviewing another tonight before watching my dad's cousin's son compete for a medal in skeleton. Anyways on to the beer, pale amber, lightly carbonated, gave a half finger of off white head that tried to stick around, but has broken down to leave a sticky collar. Decent, intricate sticky lacings.

I really like the nose on this one. Lots of hops, citrus, some grapefruit, a bit more pine, dominate the softer malt aromas. A touch of biscuit straight out of fat tire is present, a lighter amount of caramel, and some pale malts.

Oily orange peel mixes with a touch of tangerine then gives way to ruby red grapefruit before pine resin takes over. Good stuff here. The malts are pretty much as described above, and let the hops be the showcase here. I like how the dominant malt note is the muted biscuit and while its getting beat up by the hops isnt that the whole point?

Yes this is dry. Its bitter, its somewhat resinous (enjoyed the hops in my mouth the following day). Its also got a fair bit going on in terms of aroma, and does a very solid job of showcasing the hops. Fairly light in body.

This is very drinkable for me and my tastes. I look forward to getting more and seeing how a six pack goes down, because im having no issues knocking a bottle back and wishing i had another one ready to go. Sure there are better IPAs out there, but i suspect you would be hard pressed to find a better one with the availability and distribution that this one has. I highly recommend this to hopheads, it may be a touch too aggressive for the newbies.

demcorhip, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a clear, golden amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head that sticks around for a while. Rich aroma is strongly hoppy and evergreen, promising a seriously hoppy IPA. Fiercely hoppy and somewhat bitter flavor lives up to the aroma - drinking this beer is like drinking a liquid pine tree. Texture has a strong bite and is fizzy and smooth, leaving a nice hoppy and slightly bitter finish.

Cyberkedi, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with a slight coppery note and a decent white head that hangs around and produces some nice lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine resin with just a bit of malt in the background.

The taste is also pine and grapefruit up front with some mild sweet malt coming in for balance. The finish is dry and lating pine resin. Actually, the hops have a definite priority but are not as overwhelming as some IPAs.

Medium bodied, smooth and decently drinkable.

whynot44, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of bdupree
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden-orange color with plenty of head.

S - Monster aroma. Blend of citrus, fresh hops.

T - Very big hop punch right out of the gate. Wham! Grassy, almost wet hop flavor. Lingers well. Sets off like fireworks on the first mouthful.

M - Powerful for a 6.5 IPA, almost has the punch of some stronger Double IPAs. Not heavy, though.

D - Very easy to drink. You get the benefit of strong hop punch, but a light mouthfeel.

OK, I am kind of a New Belgium butt-kisser. I have not found much fault with anything they do out there in Fort Collins. This is definitely one step beyond the recent release of Mighty Arrow. I think this one may grow on me more than that did.

bdupree, Feb 19, 2010
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,482 ratings.