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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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1,292 Reviews
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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

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Reviews: 1,292 | Ratings: 5,807
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Brewing "Ranger India Pale Ale"
12 oz. can, coded "13 DEC 2015"

Appearance: Clear copper beneath a frothy head of off-white that drops steadily, leaving behind thin streaks of broken lace.

Aroma: Fresh, bright, lively, and welcoming! Piney, resinous, citrusy/tropical (with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine), and softly floral. Gently bready, caramelish, and toasty malts make their way through as well - and that's not always the case with such a bright hop aroma. I have no idea how many hops have gone into this, but in comparison to some other brightly aromatic IPAs this might be a case of "sometimes less is more".

Flavor: New Belgium is known for balanced beers with an emphasis on malt, and that's certainly the case here. The aroma is quite bright with hops, and the flavor follows suit, but they're superbly balanced against the malt and it's not brash or "raspy" at all. The hop bitterness helps with that, not stepping too far out, but still backing it up solidly (probably somewhere around the standard 70 IBUs most brewers go for). As you progress through the glass the flavors seem to move around, appearing piney and grassy here, citrusy and gently berry-like there, and then perhaps bready and honeyish right back where it seemed piney just two sips ago. Some mint comes in, as does some soft earthiness as it warms. The flavors all stand out on their own, but remain centered enough that if you don't focus too much it's still "one". It finishes dry and lingering with just a light touch of fading sweetish malt amidst piney, grassy-lemony, and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: Really nicely done! Superbly balanced, and remarkably well-rounded and polished. It's not an IPA that hits you in the head, but it will certainly make you open your eyes - and if I'm going to have more than one, I certainly don't want to be hit in the head! Drinkable!

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light amber. Clear. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Intense citrus aroma. Little grassy.
T: lemon. Grassy. Moderate bitterness. Mildly sweetness. Dry finish.
M: light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Excellent IPA even I drank it on non-fresh time. .

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Photo of basildog
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An earthy, citrusy brew with predominate fruity hops on the palate. Nothing hits you with an uppercut, which I prefer, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of willic
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This might be my favorite New Belgium product! Super drinkable! Light, balanced happiness, bright... This is a beer that makes me want more and more. Excuse me, I have to go get another....

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated Enjoy By 20 Sept 2015 into pint glass. Clear amber with a thick, persistent head. Medium carbonation. Citrus/grapefruit initially, with a substantial piney resinous hops bite - but nicely balanced by the malt. Medium mouthfeel. Not much taste lingers in the finish. Very drinkable. Probably my favorite from New Belgium.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's.

Look- Pours a beautiful slightly hazy pale orange with small streams of carbonation.

Smell- Citrusy, hoppy, and a tad sweet, not as aromatic as other IPA's though.

Taste- Wonderfully citrusy and hoppy, ever so slightly sweet that balances out the bitter perfectly. Very very tasty.

Feel- Quite light and easy to drink for the style. Many IPA's I have had are almost a meal in themselves, but not this one. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall- As I said earlier, it's my favorite IPA. Very easy to drink, perfectly balanced, and very tasty. I definitely recommend and I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, clear brew with a gold tint. Good head size and Ok retention.

Nice citrusy hop aroma, slightly grassy.

Flavor follows: clean and crisp, grapefruit peel and grassy hops. A kiss of caramel grain rounds it out.

Lively and smooth, a little oily on the otherwise short finish.

Only a month away from the best by date, but if not exactly fresh, definitely not stale. Kudos.

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing.

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Photo of Mikey55
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really think this is an under-rated beer. Aroma is really outstanding and the taste is smooth and crisp. A very sessionable beer that I can drink one after another.

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Photo of Gear54
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a snifter.

Look is deep gold with 1 finger of thin white foam and tight lace rings left

Smell is faint citrus and hops. Maybe lemon and orange.

Taste follows well. Lots of hops and faint citrus.

Refreshing and crisp with nice light feel. Good beer for a hot summer day

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Photo of jhartley
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee glass. Best by date of October 4, 2015.
Orange to golden body, filtered and clear; full fingers worth of head that left a nice amount of lacing in the glass.
Dank aromas of lemon and some pine. Reminiscent of and East Coast IPA.
Tastes really good! That dankness follows from the nose and the lemon and resiny hops come through with a nice bitterness on the tongue.
A nice mouth feel; keeps the tongue coated in a nice bitterness and has a nice of carbonation to keep the hops in line.
Overall, a very well done IPA and is my first introduction to New Belgium which is a nice welcome to the breweries offerings. I like this IPA is has that dankness I like and there's not a lot of sweetness on the end either just a nice carrying through of the hops.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a nice amber color with good head and some lacing

Smell: Piney and resinous hops, some fruity malts

Taste: Piney and resinous hops, some citrus, reasonable bitterness, biscuity malts

Feel: Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall: A very good, solid IPA

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml in a snifter

copper color, very very clear, heavily filtered i'm guessing, a tad malty, not overwhelmingly hoppy (pretty mild really)

oddly resinous, decent nose but there's an odd thick subtly cheesy note present, not too much else to say, an okay IPA but by no means great.

decent lacing i think i see the island of japan on my glass

overall sculpin all the way it may cost a tad more but it's better

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Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Off white head with somewhat of an orange tint. Frothy. Dissipates moderately paced. Beer is hazy copper in color with moderate carbonation visible. 4/5

S - Citrus, leaning more towards orange than grapefruit. Somewhat peachy with some herbal hops. 3.75/5

T - Brief caramel sweetness follow by a bitter hop middle. Very slight flavor of buttered bread right before the transition from caramel to hops. Orange and peaches come out immediately after the intense bitter hit. Bitter hops come back on the back end and disappear as the beer washes down. Interesting complexity. 4/5

M - Carbonation doesn't really seem to come out. Drying astringent finish. No real lingering feel or flavor. 3.75/5

O - Very interesting beer. Light but complex at the same time. Not a combination that is often found. Very good offering from New Belgium here. 3.75/5

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About two years ago I had a can of this beer and I thought it was the most disgusting thing on the face of this planet. And why people would want to drink a "pinecone" was beyond me. Of course, I didn't review it then, and I've garnered a bit more experience and respect for different styles. So here we are again, two years later.

Appearance : Absolutely gorgeous. The head is large and in charge, memory foam yellow, three fingers and doesn't descend for a good long while. When it does, it sits at about a finger, but you'd barely be able to tell because of the bountiful lace that covers like a dusty house. The body is a peach-amber glow, hazy and divine. 70% opaque from my view. This is a serious 4.75 out of 5. Just gorgeous.

Aroma : Tropical. Peaches, mangoes, and pineapple. Among those fruits is the trademark IPA armpit-like smell, but it's not too off-putting. Malts are fresh, churned, and slightly baked in the nose. Pretty on-par and not bad.

Taste : Yeah, this is pretty bitter and it packs a punch - but it's manageable. Very tropical in its abundance of hops, I've got peach and papaya here. Maybe a hint of stiff underripe pineapple. It ends fairly dirty, but the feel is clean. It lingers on with some dirt and grass, leaving a coating on the palate. This one is a sipper.

Feel : Creamy and abundant, but lively with carbonation. The end is stiff and woody, though clean; a bit parched and waves a dry goodbye. This feeling lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall : A respectable IPA. Back then I couldn't distinguish styles and if something was bitter I'd just say it was bad. That's not the case anymore. I'd recommend Ranger to anyone looking for a STRONG, hop-heavy, tropical IPA with lots of dryness. That's what's presented here.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bright, floral, piney, citrusy, hops and bready, toasted malt, which imparted notes of freshly baked biscuits and French baguettes. I also get notes caramel, black pepper, coriander, clover and honey. Smells like an IPA.

Taste: For an IPA, this beer is quite nice. Yes, there are a lot of hops. Lots of floral, piney, citrusy, grassy, resin-like hops, but here is quite a bit of toasted malt to counter and balance the hops. Like the aroma, I get flavors of black pepper, coriander, clover and some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Really well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds and lift the hops over the palate. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice, tasty, really well balanced IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. An IPA like Dogfish Head 60 Minute & 61, Founders All Day IPA, Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo, Oskar Blues Pinner, Sierra Nevada’s Nooner & Flipside, and Upslope’s Thai Style White IPA, this is one I like and can drink! Well done New Belgium!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pine quality in the nose with hints of biscuit malt. Gold hue, slightly copper with healthy white head and good lacing. Thin crisp mouth feel. Light sweetness with pine and earthy hop flavor.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Pours orange amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of piney hops with citrus notes. Tastes of piney and earthy hops. Beer is light bodied and drinkable with nice hoppy bite. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of diablo14
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lacks the finesse of some of its counterparts, and even its brother Rampant, but it's fruity, has a nice bit of zing to it despite somewhat subdues hopping.

For a widely available IPA at a more than reasonable price, it's hard to go past when looking for a tasty session beer that won't cost a fortune or leave you too hammered.

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Photo of car2052
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Clear deep golden to light amber. 1 finger of white head that leaves a coating of foam. Medium carbonation.
S: Mainly fruity: Pineapple, peach, a little orange, and some grapefruit rind. Not heavy on the pine. Like Rampant.
T: Very dank, earthy hops that give a flavor I find hard to describe. Nondescript citrus flavors also come through. Malts are not too strong. Not overly sweet. Could use just a bit more bitterness, and a bit more alcohol content.
M: Light side of medium. Nice finish.
O: Strikes me totally as the "little brother" of Rampant. Or vice-versa. It is easier drinking than Rampant, and doesn't suffer from being too sweet. Very nice easy-drinking IPA.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This a solid and very well balances IPA. It splits the difference well between piney and citrusy flavors. This is an IPA you could have several of without experiencing palate fatigue, but it has plenty of flavor as well. A really nice, solid, standard IPA.

Added, 3/11/2106 - Lets do this with my more polished reviewing style

This beer pours a very clear deep straw with a sizeable sustained head. The aroma offers up pine, grapefruit, caramel, and some resin. The flavor is less seet than the nose would suggest, pleasantly molding together pine and citrus notes, with background tropical flavors. The Mouthfeel is fantastically light and airy. Overall this is a truly moreish IPA. Inexpensive and readily availible, this is an awesome option in the oversaturated IPA market.

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Photo of Yeah_IPA
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very piney in aroma and taste. Quite enjoyable with a nice bite to the carbonation.
Not super expensive which is nice.

I feel like this is a solid go-to if you don't want something
from the more expensive brands.

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Photo of Beerds
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another easy to find IPA that doesn't break the bank. New Belgium has only been in my area for the past few years and was strictly stuck on Fat Tire until I branched out. This is probably one of their better beers to me, ready to try Rampant and see what it's all about.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice fruity (grapefruit, lemon, peach) combination of sweet and an easygoing light bitterness (a little piney and grassy). Particularly nice when it's hot. Going just on the mouthful, could convince me it was much lower abv.

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Photo of UKWildcatFan7272
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a strong metallic aftertaste. It might've been due to the keg. Lots of fruity flavors. Not bad, but I'd try something else before grab I'd grab another one.

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