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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,253 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,253
Hads: 5,600
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.15%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,222 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,253 | Hads: 5,600
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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Photo of hophead723
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a claret glass from a nice fresh bottle. I have had this beer often and I felt it was time to review it.

Look: Beautiful light gold, the light shines through with an almost heavenly glow like the sunlight that grew the hops themselves. The head depends on how vigorously you pour it but it will linger and lace with the best of them. It is white and made of semi-fine bubbles that faded to a thin cap.

Smell: The hop dominated aroma is luscious and juicy apricot, peach, tropical fruit, and bubblegum. The malt aroma is exhibited with flourishes of honeysuckle, honeycomb, and toasted cracker-like hues.

Taste: The taste follows the smell of apricots, peaches, and pine but with a definite and bold floral burst. There is a lot of spicy, peppery hops here. The malt character is sweet and delicate, almost over shone by the bitterness but in a well-done and expressive way.

Feel: Smooth yet with abundant carbonation that expanded on my tongue. The supple head embraces my lips with each sip. I found the amount of hop oil was apparent with a slightly coating feel in the mouth.

Overall: I call this beer the "Champagne of IPAs" because I love its carbonation and other characteristics, and the availability is astonishing. You should be able to find this beer anywhere and I factor that into a review because it shows the brewery that sends it to such rural areas of the country really care about who gets to try their beer. It stands proud against a desolate backdrop of silver boxes full of disgusting light domestic swill. Try not to drink six of these at a time. Cheers.

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Photo of AceDBaby
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Currently my favorite IPA for just kicking back and having a beer solo. Great day to day beer. Just the right amount of ABV and hops to get you in a relaxed state of mind. The piney yet grapefruit citrus tones are excellent in this beer as well.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pint on draft at Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub in Cleveland Park, NW D.C.; unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass; drank over 30 minutes on Tues., 01/13/2015

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Photo of Marleypoo
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is 6.5 abv & you can taste all 6.5 of it. Strong alcohol taste which I do not like about this beer. Has a very pineappley smell which you think you would taste but you cannot taste the pineapple only smells like pineapples. piney on the front & bitter on the back. I use to like this beer until I put it up against Jai Alai & sweet water IPA. If I'm gonna spend this much money on a domestic ipa then I would much rather spend my $ on sweet water or Jai alai. For the price this beer is not to good.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 14, 2015

22 oz bomber, mason jar

A – Light to medim amber. Slightly off-white foamy head. Pretty long retention and very high clarity.

S – Orange marmalade, slightly bready. Mostly light, fruity hop aroma. Something else there, possibly guava or passion fruit, very low in the mix.

T – Light marmalade and fresh pear, lightly bready but the hops are prominent. Only mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly dank.

M – Slightly resiny, sweet but leaning toward bitter. Moderate body and carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

O – Interesting mix of flavor but not entirely pleasant. Something just a bit off.

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

12 0z brown bottle poured into a shaker pint. The beer is a chill hazed copper with a dense off-white head.

Nice aroma! The “C” hops are proudly 0n display. Citrus and pine all backed by some caramel malts.

The taste closely tracks the smell. Nicely bitter. A bit of pine resin working with some grapefruit. The malts add a grainy almost whole wheat cracker base.

The mouth is nicely oily and more than a touch coating.

No surprise that NB offers up a rock steady IPA.

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Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass. Great amber color with a half inch of white head dissolving to lace. Great nose with fresh grassy hops and citrus. Taste is more citrus with secondary pine notes with what I think of as an uncharacteristic clean finish for an IPA. Not that I mind the clean finish. I like some separation between sips rather than the usually lingering bitterness. An above average IPA in my opinion, but I'm no hop head.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a very thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pleasant mild hops, citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of hops/pine notes with sweeter citrus notes.

Overall: Very good IPA!

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Photo of scotorum
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another from the mixed sixpack composed at Orlando Whole Foods on a Florida trip

a: Clear dark gold, finger thick white head receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing

s: Mild resin

t: Hefty biscuit malt with moderate pine hop bite. Dry finish

m: Medium, good carbonation tingle.

o: A substantial IPA, obvious quality. The hops give it a bit more punch than their fine Fat Tire Amber.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks how it's supposed to, amber color with a smallish head. Surprisingly sweet nose, malt, candy, and also a bunch of fruit. Maybe some cookies. Flavor is similarly sweet; lots of fruitiness. Hop bitterness is there, although fairly subtle. Well balanced. Overall a nice, very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of taters21
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden in color, pours about a half finger white head that fades quickly with lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit, Pine, Citrus in that order
Taste: Sadly mostly pine and citrus followed by a faint hint of grapefruit that quickly fades to a malt backbone, wanted more staying power here. Light bitterness remaining.
Mouthfeel: Thin, mild carbonation
Overall: Not offensive, but nothing great as far as IPA's go, with the grapefruit being so strong in the smell I was hoping for it in the flavor.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't the beer made by this brewery to reach for first. This is just an average IPA with a good nose. It doesn't disappoint, but nothing special.

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Photo of scootny
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden amber brew that releases a good sized head that has good retention and slow fade that leaves quite a bit of decoration on the glass. Smell is a comfortable blend of caramel malt and piney hops. Taste is solid but unremarkable. Light caramel,piney hops, a leafiness with a hint of mint. Medium light weight and gentle carbonation. Quite quaffable. Not a standout but a good brew.

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Photo of Nickolai
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass, the color of the beer pouring into the glass in pretty nice, a light, golden brown. When in the glass, it is the same nice light golden brown, with a 2 finger white foamy head that sticks around for a minute or two before it settles down to a light layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing down the glass as you drink.

The smell is nothing spectacular. Certainly;y doesn't smell bad, but seems to smell just like a typical IPA to me. Nothing spectacular, and nothing bad at all.

The taste is actually very good. IPAs are not my style of choice usually, but I do enjoy a good one every now and then. At first it is nice and smooth, with a strong and full taste in the mouth. As you swallow the full taste begins to come through and you start to get the hops on the tongue and the back of the mouth. Generally, a good tasting IPA.

The mouthfeel i s also really good. Smooth, not too carbonated, easy to drink.

Good beer, recomneded

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful. An easy-to-find great IPA that has what you'd expect and exceeds preconceptions. Very drinkable and refreshing. A much more flowery, herbal hop profile.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this one after many months since the first couple of them I had. Best-by date on this first bottle from the variety pack is November 29th, 2015. Old scores for reference: Look 4.5, Smell 4.25, Taste 3.5, Feel 4.0, Overall 4.0

Pours light golden, with it taking on a nice shiny darker golden-bordering-on-orangeish color once in the glass. Pretty clear, with a nice bunch of bubbles constantly rising up from the bottom of the glass. My pour generated a pretty good-sized head of foam, not quite reaching the rim of the glass but not far off either. Said foam is very nice-looking, too -- white and fluffy and thick, and it takes a bit for it to even start shrinking and seems to hold up really well, leaving trails along the sides as it goes, and even bigger trails once I start drinking more and more. Even near the end of the glass, the majority of the foam (in the form of a thin layer on top with a slightly thicker ring around the edges) is still intact.

Smell is nice too. You can smell the hops even from a few inches away. However, it doesn't seem to stand out quite as much as it did when I first had it -- I guess this being my first ever IPA, the "blast of hop smell upon opening the bottle" effect was a bit more of a surprise then than it is now. Taking a closer sniff, there's a piney sort of smell right off but it blends into a fruitier smell partway through; sort of shifts from mostly pine at first to "grocery store fruit aisle" or something along those lines. I don't remember picking up this fruitiness the last time I had one of these, so it seems either this is a fresher bottle than what I had that time or my senses have gotten a bit better at picking out different smells in beer (or both.) Can't really detect much in the way of malty smells, maybe the faintest hint of a breadiness hiding somewhere behind all the hops? Yeah, I think there is just a bit of a sort of dusty bread kind of thing right there on the end. The hops are definitely the most prominent thing here, though.

Taste... why the heck did I only give this a 3.5 in this category the first time I had it!? Okay, yeah, I'm thinking I definitely just hadn't developed a taste for super hoppy beers yet at the time. Like the smell, it's primarily piney to start out with. There's a bit of a fruitiness in the flavor too, but not as much as the smell. After the initial pine/slight fruit blast, things shift to become a little more earthy, reminding me somewhat of "forest smells" -- like when you're walking around and stepping through really rich soil and dead leaves and such and you get the slightest bit of a damp, leafy kind of smell as your movement jostles things around a bit on the forest floor. I remember being reminded of walking in a pine forest when I drank this one before, and that description definitely still applies. Detectable bitterness is actually near zero to my current taste buds, which is really surprising considering that when I had this one before it was almost too bitter for me to handle -- I mean, it's definitely a bitter beer rather than a sweet one, no doubt about that, and I am noticing the bitterness more as I get further and further down the glass (those first few sips were "all hop flavor, very little bitterness" but it's shifting as I drink more)... but my tongue isn't being overwhelmed by pure bitterness this time like it was the first time. There's just a bit of a stronger leafy bitter flavor showing up right at the end, almost leaning into a slight spiciness after a while, as I get down to around the 1/3 mark of the glass. I'm noticing that this almost spicy kind of thing begins to show up in the smell right around the end of the glass, too. Aftertaste is almost none at first, slowly building up to a leafy bitter later on and then a slight breadiness similar to what's faintly detectable in the smell once that fades. Burps are fruitier, reminding me of the fruity aspect in the smell.

Mouthfeel is just as nice as I remember it being -- "fizzy, but it works" still applies. There's a lot of bubbles, but they come across as soft and add to the feel of the beer, rather than coming across as prickly and not so pleasant. Just feels really nice going down, especially on the first few sips when the foam on top is thicker. Only the slightest "bite" from the hop bitterness on the end, too, just enough to let you know it's definitely there.

Overall, I'm glad I ended up having a chance to revisit this one thanks to the fall Folly pack -- it's a pretty tasty beer (more so than I remembered it being the first time; as I've said multiple times in this review, I guess I just hadn't quite developed a taste for IPAs yet at the time), and it's both widely available and pretty affordable in most stores that stock it. The mouthfeel is also really nice, actually even better than some of the IPAs that I'd rate higher than this one in the flavor department.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium's Ranger IPA - pretty good, but also nothing outstanding as well. I was impressed with it's look and smell. It had good lacing, a great dark golden color, and a rich citrusy smell, but outside of that, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. There was plenty of after-taste for a normal IPA beer. Again, it was better than average, for me, but nothing I would go out of my way to partake of.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This is a solid IPA and a great example of the style. The smell is all hops, and it's predominantly pine. The taste is mouthwatering; loads of pine, citrus, grass, and some juicy fruits coat the tounge. It ends with just the right amount of bitterness. I really like the feel of this beer. It starts off with an in the face hop bomb but the malt balances it out just enough to leave the mouth watering and wanting more. Great IPA

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Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I don't know why, but I am in love with this beer. I will probably catch hell for this, but I could say that this beer is as good as O'Dell's IPA. Though the rankings don't show it. I would recommend people give this beer another shot.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass (marked "enjoy by 08FEB15").

Appearance: Clear golden amber. Frothy, lasting white head with some lacing.

Smell: Layers of hops: resin, lemon rind, and some vegetal notes.

Taste: Slightly toasty, caramel malt under piney, herbal, citrus hops. Good bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slight oiliness and medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid IPA with balanced malt and plenty of hop character.

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Photo of jcance
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pretty durn good. Not quite strong as I like my IPA's but still immensely hoppy. If you're craving some intense hops content but you're not looking to get super drunk I recommend this beer strongly. It has a very strong hops flavor, but it is still very smooth. I recommend this to anyone who has the chance to sample it and will continue to keep it in my personal roster.

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Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Transparent orange with fluffy white head. Aroma of citrus and rind, grass, grapefruit, and pine. Flavors of citrus, pine, mint, grapefruit, lemon skins, and bitterness comes smoothly followed by some booze. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.