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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,209 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,209
Hads: 5,366
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 98
Gots: 998 | 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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Reviews: 1,209 | Hads: 5,366
Photo of Sergioelijah
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into tulip glass.

A- Nice Golden hue, finger and a half head, fluffy head, carbonation rising from bottom

S- Herbal, malty, a bit citrusy

T- First taste is the hops, generous amount but not overwhelming.

M- Crisp, well carbonated, hint of sweetness

O- Ends with hop filled flavor. Great IPA, decent head, decent lace. (344 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. into a shaker pint glass. Drink by Sept. 28

A- Light copper, high degree of clarity, two finger high white head fluffy head.

S- Pine, orange, grapefruit, floral, thought maybe it was Centennial in here but turns out it's Cascade so I was close.

T- Pine, floral, citrus is much less than in the aroma, pretty big bitterness for a single IPA.

M- Medium, crisp, clean and easy drinking.

O- A pretty decent IPA that is easy to find and very affordable, nice flavor and mouthfeel for a lower abv IPA. That said, I probably wouldn't pick this one over something like Two Hearted, Centennial, Torpedo, or Lagunitas IPA, which are usually my go to choices for an IPA sixer. I also found the bitterness a bit too big and lingering for my preference. (767 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this one over the years several times, it is a very good beer. It is quite possibly one of my gateway IPA's, I was beginning to enjoy the style around the time I tried this one, but it was one of the first that really did it for me. Its piney, resinous, but now looking back it is not all that potent compared to some of the other IPA's I have consumed over the years. Its a very well balanced beer and one that someone should try if they are looking to try an introductory IPA. It definitely has that signature Colorado style and New Belgian yeast strain going on. Its a bit biscuity but hoppy enough to make a novice to IPA's enjoy this particular style. Then again it may come across as a bruiser, but if you find your self getting into IPA's or Pale Ales, you should try this one out. Its easy to find and relatively inexpensive for what you get. (863 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 ounce Pint style tumbler, nice golden tawny hue, dense head 1 finger thick,

Nice piney aroma right off the bat, some citrus, Cascade and Chinook are right up front where they are supposed to be. I think one of the most aromatic American IPAs i have had.

Nice crisp attack, the piney, almost juniper across the palate, with a dry hoppy finish. It doesn't overwhelm the malt either.

Hoppy finish, with a beautiful original taste and feel.

Overall, I would definitely keep this on hand, and will look for it in the future. (542 characters)

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

Dark gold color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

Citrus, a bit piney, grassy, oily, herbal, sweet malts, very crisp.

Citrus, piney, grassy, herbal. Malt background, sweet bready, a little caramel. Finish is bitter, yet very crisp. Body is light-medium, a little oily, tangy, crisp, refreshing, sharp carbonation.

It's a very good American IPA. (419 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfirld, IL for $1.67. It was in their mix-and-match loose beer bin. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear, amber/orange color and made a ½-finger of white head that lasted a little over a minute. It left some really nice lacing.

The beer smelled like orange peel.

Mild malty sweetness with a lot of citrus in it - mostly orange. It had both a fruity orange juice flavor along with some really bitter orange peel flavor. Also a touch of lemon and grapefruit hops.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

If you like orange flavored beers, then this is for you. Even if you're not an orange fiend it's still pretty good. (697 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - golden, amber, didn't really produce a head

S - hops, bread, yeast

T - as expected with a started IPA the primary taste is hops, not overwhelming but a good amount, can also taste bread and yeast

M - medium bodied, sweet, crisp

O - good IPA for a standard IPA, nothing crazy here, but a good amount of hops with full flavor (331 characters)

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)

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.