Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,202
Hads: 5,310
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 94
Gots: 952 | 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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Random find in Geneva, OH during a camping stop on the way from MA to Chicago. Reviewed from notes at the campsite.

A- Bomber poured to two goblet glasses with a clear golden-apricot body. White head up to two fingers with a thick creamy texture and good retention. The frothy thick ring deposits plenty of lace sheets.

S- Citrus hops off the top with notes of orange, lemon and grapefruit zests. Pine and floral hops behind that with a light caramel, biscuit and bread base.

T- Again, citrus hops take precedence on the taste buds with grapefruit, orange, tangerine and zestiness making way for some pine and floral hints. Cereal, biscuit and cracked light grains as well as a yeast bread and fruit esters.

MF- Light to moderately thick bodied with a frothy, foamy texture. Carbonation is on the high side but fairly smooth. Clean, bitter finish.

Mostly citrus hops with some pine and floral backing it and enough malts to make a difference. Solid IPA after a long day of driving. (986 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a gold/amber body with minimal white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing.

S-Sweet caramel aroma holding up a balanced blend of citrus and pine with apple juice notes.

T-Sweet caramel flavor blended with the right balance of bitterness. Hops flavor is a blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

M-Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O-Overall a very good tasting IPA well balanced and easy to drink. (456 characters)

Photo of dpkpr
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a 20 ounce beer club members' mug at Mellow Mushroom in Southlake, Texas. A solid easy drinking choice for an IPA. Very middle of the road and maybe a little old fashioned but not in a bad way. Subtle citrus notes. A good go-to beer available in a lot of places. (272 characters)

Photo of Axeforhire
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. My favorite way to drink, other than on tap!

What a great looking beer! The head was a little thin, but I think I just poured it like a jackass so it's probably my fault. But overall a great looking brew. Very effervescent and a nice dark gold color. Goldenrod, if it were a Crayola crayon. But, it's not. It's beer! Once I started drinking some remarkable lacing occurred. The head I accidentally messed up stuck around for a good while too!

Very pleasant smell. Citrus and pine take over like they should in a good IPA. The smell instantly conjures images of a snowy pine forest near some mountains and a large, frozen lake. Absolutely beautiful!

And the taste... oh, the taste! This is honestly one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Almost a perfect balance of hop bitterness and an a slightly sweet citrus taste. Nice malty finish. Definitely has a few sides, but not overly complex. Very drinkable. I could see myself drinking this one often.

Mouthfeel is very good, especially for the style. Carbonation is good but it remains a very smooth brew. Good golly, I could drink way too much of this...

4.25/5, will most certainly drink again (1,198 characters)

Photo of jcavend1
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 13 oz tulip glass. The smell hits you immediately and is of pine and citrus. The beer is a medium golden color. The taste is citrusy and bitter. Not overpowering though. Light and refreshing. The bitterness lingers with you but has some sweet notes. Overall, a good IPA. (301 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: amber/gold/orange color in a goblet glass.

S: hops w/ citrus and pine.

T: smooth IPA, very hoppy but not overpowering.

M: nice aftertaste with hints of citrus, even a little lime and grapefruit. Smooth finish.

O: I'm not big on New Belgium's wheat beers, but I find their IPAs to be very tasty. (301 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured light amber color with thick foamy head. Moderate lacing on side. Predominately citrus aroma. Slightly grassy. Citrus taste up front quickly followed by grassy, hoppy taste. Slight malts with moderately bitter aftertaste on the end. This is definitely a beer I can drink often. (284 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best before 07 Sep 2014.

A: Gorgeous fluffy white head. Body has a little haze to it. A great looking beer.

S: Hoppy, some citrus. Light malt in the nose.

T: Doesn't quite taste as good as it smells. Starts off nice, but the middle of the mouth is kind of weird. Nice light malt backbone at the end though. You can tell this is a NB beer.

M: Good for the style.

O: Love that these are in cans and can usually be had for about $15/twelver. Would make a good camping beer. (486 characters)

Photo of mathmalicious
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maple syrup color with a pretty weak head, though the head remains for the duration of the drink.

Nose: Hops: pine-sol (in a good sense?), grapefruit

Taste: Begins hoppy and grassy, turns into bitter, unripe pears. Finishes an echo of what it started as, no gradient in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit too viscous given my comments on the taste. Reminds me more of the body of a barleywine.

Overall: I have had this many times— it is a staple AIPA for me and certainly establishes the baseline to which all other AIPAs that are worth the time should transcend. (587 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear brew with a white head and beautiful lace. Great head retention.
S: Pine, spruce tips and citrus nose.
T: Grapefruit, pine flavors balance nicely with malt notes.
M: Dry, clean and balanced.
O: Excellent IPA that is flavorful and hoppy with a solid malt backbone. (284 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing 'Ranger IPA' @ 6.5% ,originally tasted on tap at GCBF'13, this review served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $15

A-pour is gold from the bottle to glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-nice pine resin presence to start

T-ok/good tasting IPA , not as good as the smell

MF-ok carbonation , medium body , nothing harsh on the palate

Ov-decent IPA , ok standard , no wow factor

prost LampertLand (474 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color with two fingers worth of head. Lots of patchy lacing.

Smell- Light pine resin aroma.

Taste- Bitter grapefruit hop flavor with hints of pine. Nice flavor but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I'm not a big fan of IPAs (I got this in a New Belgium variety pack) this one isn't bad. I like how the hoppy bitterness mellows out after a few sips. I could see myself drinking this on again. (543 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ok.. Very Nice IPA New Belgium folks..
Very nice gold/amber/yellow colour! (Sorry, my wife say's I'm colourblind).
The smell is excellent! A muted, Sweet pinecone essence (scratch a young pinecone with your thumbnail- you'll understand) .
Taste is nice with a bittersweet/tangy/citrus taste. The only small critique would be the mouth feel, to me, was a bit lacking the robustness of say, Bells Brewery 2 Hearted Ale. But Overall an excellent IPA that I'll be sure to try again when my tastebuds are more alert.
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

Hoppy Beering!!! (558 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color in a 16oz pub glass with about a 1/inch head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Carbonation is really active as a closer look is examined.

Smell is of hops as you would expect from an IPA with maybe a little malt in the background. Pine and lemon are the dominating aromas.

Taste is nice and hoppy. Again, pine and lemon are the big players here. As a couple of sips are taken, hops seem to mellow out on the pallet.

Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation.

Overall a really good beer. I have been drinking beer with much less hops here lately so that probably amplifies the hoppyness for me. It was really nice because they were not overpowering and as mentioned, they seemed to mellow out as the glass emptied. (774 characters)

Photo of juanny
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden colored and good clarity, medium level carbonation and lower levels of white head retention. Nice hop aroma, like bitter grapefruit. For an IPA I found the flavor to be better balanced then most IPAs, some maltiness present, but a bitter hop aftertaste is the dominate flavor present. Very crisp as well as drinkable ale. The mouth feel is fantastic! Smooth and very creamy...

I am not a hop-head by any means, but the balance and smoothness of this IPA was very good and an IPA worth buying again in my book. (517 characters)

Photo of beerviews2013
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour: golden brown brew with a not too thick not too thin white head

Smell: a nice blend of hops and sweet malts

Taste: a blend of 3 diffrent hops i can taste 2 of them 2 diffent hop taste one more bitter then the other. Also blended is some sweet malts that dont make much of a appearance a a light kick of citrus.

Overall: only 6.4 its pretty weak for a ipa. This was kind of a watered down ipa to me. Still i would drink it on a hot summer day,but definitely not one of my favorites. I like to call these begginers brews if you want to get into ipas this is the one for you. Not too harsh on the pallet. (611 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my recent excursion to Ohio and I can tell it's kind of old with a best by June 8th stamp on it. Into a standard pint.

A - Basic hazy orange amber color with very little head just a 1/4 inch but it does seem to stick around for a bit. Decent lacing.
S - Eh it's smell rather malty sort of English smelling IPA but I can pick up on mild citrus hops and lemon rind goodness. I sip.
T - Not bad it's not as hoppy as I would like possibly due to it being a tad old but I can tell it's very balanced and crisp. Don't go in expecting a hop bomb though.
M - A tad more medium bodied I can sense the ABV and it's not as snappy as other iPA's

Overall a decent beer from New Belgium in no way terrible but nothing as zippy as world class IPA's (749 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.32/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Pours out a light copper. Thin head. Smells malty as hell. Worty. Hops are of the citric variety, but wildly under represented in the nose. Flavor is malty, worty, Grape Nut-y, sweet, with a touch of hops. I pick up heavy toasty NB house taste. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than I'd like. Carbonation is a bit prickly. Not feeling this. Weirdly worty. Lacking. (361 characters)

Photo of THE-DUDE
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers! It is in my top 3 IPAs. A very west coast type IPA, which I apparently love. Fabulous citrus and floral fragrance and flavor. Quite bitter with a strong grapefruit flavor. Not as balanced and some may prefer, definitely on the hoppy side. But for me, this is a great IPA. I recommend this to anyone who likes a hoppy IPA. Although I am tempted to keep trying new IPAs, and I do, I still manage to always pick up a 6-er of Ranger a few times a years. Long live Ranger. (501 characters)

Photo of ElectricSalmon
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Gold Color with a thin, white head. The head didn't stick around for too long, but the beer left some lacing on the glass as I was drinking. Clear with bubbles visible rising in several columns from the bottom of the glass.

Definite hop aroma... it wasn't strong...but I could also be congested right now.

Flavor - hops dominate. Some malt balance but mainly hops leaving a hops after taste lingering after the mostly dry finish.

Overall - it's good...not out of this world good, but a good beer. (542 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 08 June 14. Poured into a Libby globe porter glass. Label is the ranger hat full of hops.

Appearance: Clear gold to light amber color, with a think white skin of foam across the top. Initial 1/4" foam died back pretty quickly to the skin of foam. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing noted. A good amount of bubbles coming up through the beer. Nice looking beer. With a swirl the lacing still sticks around.

Smell: Interesting, but not what I was expecting. Not as hoppy aromatic as advertised. Some pine and citrus, but mostly herbal and a notable, but not bad, onion flavored potato chip smell.

Taste: Hoppy, but not overly so. Hops up front and at the end, with a clean cracker-like malt in the middle. Hops have some pine and grapefruit, but strong grassy/herbal flavor as well. Definite strong bitter finish. Gets better as it warms up - the flavors become stronger but not necessarily different. They just contrast better.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, with some lingering hop oils sticking to the teeth. A little watery underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm...I think I like my IPAs with more malt and more aromatic hops. Full flavored, but not amazing. A middle of the pack, but hop forward IPA. (1,241 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

Doughy malt, pine, and citrus form the aroma. Pine dominates.

Flavor reveals fresh cut grass initially, with a toasted malt backbone, finishing fairly bitter. Grass is definitely dominant. There's a hint of grapefruit pith. Citrus becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and significant astringency.

Somewhat one-note. Good balance of malt and flavoring hops, but too bitter for my liking. (522 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A) poured from a 12oz bottle into glassware, Ranger poured a clear copper color with a sub 1/2 finger head that quickly settled and did not leave much lacing to speak of

S) nice bouquet some sweet malt that almost has a jolly rancher smell, some nice piney hops, some grapefruit and other tropical fruits

T) malt is sweeter than most but has a bit of biscuit and toast, hops come through much like the smell with pine, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruit. Nice balanced finish.

M) nice thickness, a bit oily from hop resin (this is good), and nice carbonation - pretty drinkable for an IPA

O) Ranger is a solid IPA that offers some interesting hop flavors with a fairly sweet malt background. Hops could be a little more assertive, in fact this beer is pretty tame, but this would be a good beer to introduce someone new to the style. (839 characters)

Photo of Ed_from_Ohio
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent gold.
Smell: Fruity--almost melony
Taste: Wallop of fruit--too fruity, almost cloyingly fruity, for my preferences, with robust bitter aftertaste.
MF: smooth with a little pucker at the end.

Overall: I won't be intentionally buying it again--If you're a big IPA fan, you probably owe it to yourself to try it, but not enough undertones or body for me. (376 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden hue with light white head that lingers.

S - Lite grass and pine scent.

T - Dat citrusy hop you've come to know and love from the west coast. Some caramel malt in there. A bit more balanced than their Imperial but I guess that's to be expected.

M - Medium carbonation and lite body. Refreshing IPA.

O - It's a good IPA. It't not going to stop me from drinking Lagunitas but it's good. (405 characters)

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