Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
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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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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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Photo of Elijah_Haase
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable beer overall, light scents of citrus with much stronger aroma of pine, very pleasent on smell. Look is of a mostly clear amber color. Definite sharp bitter initial tatse that finishes really well. Overall just a genuinely enjoyable ipa, highly recommend

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Photo of phthomp1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a very good IPA. A light taste for an IPA not too much citrus taste but enough to know what kind of beer. Not the neat of the IPAs but a simple uncomplicated beer.

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

A - Super clear, yellow golden color, visible carbonation, bright white head, major lacing.

S - Pine resin is front and center, with a mild citric note, lemon and honey hints. Grassy line, as well.

T - Bright resin and lemon drop, a bit of herbal, as well. Close is clean, bright, with a mild bitter bite.

M - Hop bright and crisp. Very clean.

O - A pleasant, bright IPA, with subtle fruit, and a mild malt backbone. Not extraordinary, but quite servicable.

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

Pours clear Amber with fluffy white head, smells of resiny hops slight caramel malts, tastes of crackery malt undertones with piney bitter grapefruity hops, smooth thin mouthfeel, strong barely dry finish

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Photo of Michelleluw
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Ranger. It's very drinkable and is a great IPA. The hops are smooth and has a light gold appearance. Nice white head gives this beer a refreshing aftertaste.

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Photo of priwen
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light gold appearance with a solid white head. Shows moderate carbonation. Pine and grapefruit aroma with the slightest hint of malt. Flavor is of piney hops with some malt. Some citrus is also present. Light - medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Moderate bitterness. Overall, A good go-to IPA. Easy drinking and satisfying.

12 oz bottle
Enjoy By: 17MAY15
Served in a Pint glass

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

hops hops & more hops. sheesh. dry & highly carbonated. citrusy, grapefruit-y. did I mention hops? The flavor besides hops is a bit muted, but it's there.
it is a refreshing clean beer though, I'll give it that much hops... I mean, props.
best from new belgium I've had. is that saying much?

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Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very clear golden with a thin, whispy white head of foam that quickly fades down into a film. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Floral aroma, also noted hints of spice, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and ginger. Light weight to the mouthfeel. Quite bitter, with a prominent hop taste. Grapefruit and citrus are also present. A bit boozy for 6.5%, but drinkable. Tasted a bit thin, in terms of actual flavor. Not bad, but not that good.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent hop forward ipa. Just nothing that really stands out or sets it apart from other offerings out there.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of pianoguy
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber on clearance at Albertson's for $2.74 ( bought 2 of them)
Full disclosure; It had an expiration date of Feb 2015 and this is March 15th

Poured a golden honey with a very large inch and a half head . At first I thought it was just my pouring that created this giant head but after pouring a few more I'm inclined to think it's a little overly carbonated. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

Nice floral smells. Everything you would want in an IPA smell

The taste is a good balance of hops, a little peppery too

It was a little too carbonated, not in the feel as much as the pour. (and this was a month past the expiration date ??!! )

Other then the carbonation A very nice IPA

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Photo of Spiri7
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of pine and resin on the palate. Nice fresh hop flavors. Although a little one dimensional I've found this beer to be quite consistent. Good beer overall.

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Photo of eddiefontaine13
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

zesty citrus flavor, mild bitterness, like a crisp cool Christmas tree dripping with fresh snow and hints of evergreen sap, different with every sip, honey dew melon hints bring in a touch of sweetness on the first sip, would buy and drink again

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my brother for this bottle, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in an IPA glass.

The color is golden with hazy clarity and thick white head with fine bead and waves of lace with very good retention. The smell has a semi-fruity aroma with gentle tropical hop smell with slight citrus quality. The feel has a subtle malt toastiness with medium carbonation with moderately high bitterness and subtle alcohol influence with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with dank hop flavor and citrus quality which evokes a bitter rind aspect with slight tropical grapefruity and mild pine taste with low malt sweetness and very low alcohol flavor with slight astringency in taste with a grassy quality as it warms with a malt flavor that has a subtle toasted quality. Very good IPA I prefer this to many available on the market -I recommend this if you haven't tried it yet...I don't know why I waited to try it, perhaps I had expectations as far as New Belgium and hoppy beers.

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Photo of Jrhockney
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sweet, decently hoppy, mass produced budget IPA that is so consistant sometimes I worry about what they put in it. The flavor is crisp, very sweet, floral orange grapefruit combo that has ok bitterness. Its biggest strength is its consistancy. I can't remember a time when it didn't taste like itself on tap or in bottle (unlike Averys sadly). Its biggest weakness is in the mouthfeel I think. It just feels thin too often but thats not to say thats a terrible thing, but the flavor ends up feeling a bit generic or mass produced at times because of it and its really better than that. Its usually priced VERY well too so that is a bonus.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can’t say enough how much I love New Belgium. Although my favorite of this brewery has to go to Rampant, I must say that Ranger is the little brother of the Imperial counterpart. I find every aspect of this beer to be smooth, suave, drinkable and pleasant. Without saying more on this topic, I’ll dive right into the review of each part of the beer.

Appearance: The appearance is a light golden color that reflects the warm sunlight that grew the hops that went into this great beer. The head comes in full and thick with a vigorous pour, but soon settles down to a snow-kissed cap that paints a beautiful fine array of lacing on your glass. But be sure to pour this one instead of drinking from the bottle. The manufacturer can only do so much to ensure that you enjoy every aspect of this beer so you will miss out on some characteristics if you don’t pour it into a worthy glass.

Smell: I get an array of aromas when I take a deep smell of this great beer. I get a malty-cracker and toasty smell that very quickly subsides into a floral and herbal tone with noticeable bubblegum, tropical fruits like mango, and then some citrusy apricot. The smell is excellent and it is one that you really should try before taking a sip.

Taste: The taste is excellent. I get the medium-bodied maltiness which is perfect because then it gives way to the carbonation that explodes on your tongue and is accompanied by a pleasant cut of alcohol which is a respectable 6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs. The hops are delicate but present and the alcohol content is fine-tuned, but noticeable. If you were to change anything about this beer than it would fall apart, I think. This beer is so drinkable and I find it to be one of my favorite ‘go-to’ beers that are available. What is surprising is that after two of these, the alcohol really sneaks up on you so be vigilant while you toss back a few of these classic IPAs by New Belgium.

Feel: The feel is smooth and silky and begs you to take another gulp. The carbonation is pleasantly delayed and gives way to a nice zingy zest that comes from the carbonation playing with the citrus tones. The very last thing that I feel is a resin-like coating on the tongue that lingers every so pleasantly even after the carbonation and flavors have dissipated.

Overall: Overall this beer is great. I think that it has a complex flavor and a well-timed release of each component of its flavor and mouthfeel. Once again, the aroma and taste are excellent and the complexity of this beer compensates for the slightly low end ABV. I would pour through a few of these easily and I am confident that you will too.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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