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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,224 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,224
Hads: 5,435
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 101
Gots: 1,054 | 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: 1,224 | Hads: 5,435
Photo of Jmamay22
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

The beer pours a brilliantly clear orange with an ecru colored head. Scent consists of spices hops with some pine. Maybe a hint of fresh baked bread. Taste is centered around the hops, but they aren't particularly distinctive. Mildly bitter for the style. Alai piney in the taste. Finishes fairly dry with a touch of caramel and slight hop astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

A good beer, but not very complex or compelling.

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Photo of corywalston
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A. Average poor ½ inch yellow head dissipates to lacey film around the glass. Little carbonation. Golden in color.
S. Hops, citrus, pine, lemon grass
T. Immediate wall of pine and hops. Same as smell with a light honey taste.
M. Chalky, watery, and dry.
O. Very good. I’m impressed. Recommend to IPA drinkers. It’s like NB Rampant’s little brother Less than average buzz for 6.5%.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

As with almost any IPA from any Colorado brewery it's spot on. Love it. Not my favorite, but it's definitely worth trying and I would absolutely never complain if they were around!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by date of 19Oct14.
Tonight's beer was poured into a pint glass. Two others were poured into a snifter. The head seemed to last longer in the snifter. Anyways, here's the rest.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to amber color with a one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light somewhat foamy lacing roamed around the glass.
The smell was a deep oily grassy sticky wet glossy citrus, to me, this one just pummels my nose into submission of a dank resinous sort of quality.
The taste was dank nasty sticky sweet glossy citrus. I feel like I just licked a hop cone.
The mouthfeel was sticky and pummeling my taste buds into submission. I have to admit that this one was quite oily running over my tongue.
Overall, I do say: wow, though I've had this several times in my life when I sit down to analyze this one, I'm amazed how dank and resinous this one is and how different it really is from other AIPA's. Still, I'd come back to this, I always do.

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Photo of Smitt
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Smells alive and I like that. Clarity is good. Carbonation portrays small bubbles continually floating to the top. Small layer of foam on head after gentle pour. Several IPAs and DIPAs have a processed pellet hop flavor. This one is different - refreshing, alive, and a good bite. Tastes like I put a fresh hop flower in my mouth. I like the low alcohol (6.5% ABV). Hops need to overpower alcohol with IPAs and DIPAs and this one does. Easy to drink. The bitterness slows me down in a good way. Real decent IPA, and it's a pretty mainstream brewery.

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: orange. Clear. Fizzy. Thick, foamy, off-white head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: orange. Flowery. Citrus. Malt aroma of toasted bread.
Taste: malts of biscuit and slight toastiness. Hops are citrus and pine resin.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Balanced between sweet and dry.
Overall: great go-to, easily accessible IPA. Will buy again when I'm at any gas station and need beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows pineapple, super spicy hops, green pepper and a little sweet clean malt. Really interesting.
More green pepper and spicy, herbal hops as flavours. Nicely balanced by sweet clean malt.

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Photo of hophugger
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ok, color, head and lacing are all ok. Now, the aroma of piney hops and citrus peel that hit your nose is divine!!!!!!. The taste explodes with hops, pine, citrus and a touch of bread. This all blends together to form a beer that all hopheads should love. Lingering hop, pine and resin is also very nice after you have finished drinking

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick head with short retention but keeping a constant plate.
Delicious aroma with predominant and intense notes of pine and resin.
Nice flavor with robust notes of pine, spices, American yeast, some grapefruit citrusy, tea bags straight over your tongue, resin, grass, flowers and toasted malts. Super dry and bitter aftertaste that lasts forever.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Very good piney and resiny IPA. Not complex, but with a very good assertiveness. Intense=liked!
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.4 Cj.4

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 11/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A nice lighter bodied IPA. Not outstanding, but drinkable. The hop to malt ratio could be higher, IMHO, but then again, it's always nice to have a lighter alternative to West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +11%

A - Clear, golden body, medium-thick white head, fades quickly and leaves heavy lacing.

S - Strong hop presence. Pine, citrus. Some light malt tones.

T - Pine dominates on the hops. Aftertaste is malt caramel and toffee. More malt than I was expecting.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Smooth, lingers on the palate.

O - A solid IPA. Well balanced. Reminds me of an east coast IPA.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours clear dark gold with a big, creamy off white head. A very nice looking pour.

S: Lemon citrus and a little pine hop aroma. Slightly earthy and grassy.

T: Citrus rind bitterness with a piney finish. A touch of sweet malt but the bitterness of the hops is main player in this beer.

M: Well carbonated, mouth feel is a bit on the thin side. Easy drinking and refreshing on both accounts.

O: This is a solid IPA that showcases the hop varieties over the malt base. It's easy drinking and quite refreshing on a hot and humid summer afternoon. It may not stand out among the massive variety of IPA's on the market but I don't think it would disappoint most IPA fans.

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Photo of smorbrod
4.25/5  rDev +11%

This is another one of my go to beers when I see it on tap. A nice, crisp IPA with plenty of that hop flower taste but a clean finish. It goes well with brats, sauerkraut and onions.

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Photo of jsausley
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Now, as an introduction, I purchased this beer in a New Belgium variety pack box. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had had Fat Tire quite a few times (hard beer to avoid), so I did expect some fairly mid-grade craft beers that were exemplary of their respective styles and fairly balanced in flavor profile. With the first two out of the pack, Blue Paddle and Skinny Dip, I have to say I was underwhelmed and not impressed. But then it came time for the Ranger...

A: A fairly standard appearance of an IPA. Golden in color with hints of red and brown, a nice head and some decent carbonation activity. My pour was fairly rigorous yet did not produce a too lively head and the head faded away rather quickly.

S: Some yeast, some bread notes, but overwhelmingly hops. Nice citrus notes too, with a hint of pine and maybe a hint of pepper. A fairly aromatic and balanced beer.

T: The Ranger hits a home run with its flavor. Predominantly a hoppy IPA, it kicks hard with bitterness but has a really favorable and distinct grapefruit flavor. There's a touch of sweetness in the body as well as the flavors of light toasted malt but overly it's hops and grapefruit to the max. The aftertaste is pleasant, with a little spice and pepper but nothing too dramatic or distracting. Overall a very balanced and well bodied IPA that serves as a blueprint for the style.

M: Crisp and fresh, smooth but not silky. Nice carbonation, good twang and a nice aftertaste. Balanced.

O: Overall, if a new beer drinker came to me and ask, "What is an IPA that, to you, tastes closest to the formula of an American IPA and exemplifies that style in a way that defines it?" The answer would be New Belgium's Ranger. It is by a long way NOT the best IPA nor is it characterized by uniqueness and distinctive flavors, but it is certainly one of the most standard and balanced beers of its type. A wonderful hop balance, nice body and crisp citrus (grapefruit) notes. A solid A-.

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Photo of Sergioelijah
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of dpkpr
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.