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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,253
Hads: 5,600
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,223 | 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 spointon
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear gold color with a 3/4" long lasting fluffy white head that settled slowly and left a bunch of sheet lace behind.

S= Hop aroma was grapefruit, pine, and lightly floral. Malt presence in the nose was light and crackery.

T= Solid hop bitterness right from the start. Malts were light but brought enough sweetness to balance. More citrus than pine in the hop flavor, but these two seemed more equally matched than when I had this on tap. Finished with a light alcohol dryness.

MF= Medium bodied with a lasting crisp carbonation level. Refreshing on the tongue.

D= Nicely drinkable. Its better on tap but also very good from the bottle.

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Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29 (sale price, it's normally about 20 cents more). Best by August 8, according to the label.

Poured a golden amber color, with a big, creamy-looking white head. Said head took it's time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides o my glass.

Citrusy hops jump out at ones nose with this beer. There's also some bready malt notes but they're very subdued by comparison.

More herbal in the taste than I would have thought by the smell, but not to an unpleasant degree. Still, not quite as tasty as I was expecting from the nose. Fairly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, pucker-inducing mouthfeel.

Decent, not earthshattering. If you are in the mood for a dry, more herbal take on the style, this is for you. It's not quite how I like my IPAs, but it's by no means bad. Nevertheless, not bad isn't as good as, well...good, and there's both good and great IPAs available around here. Consequently, I shan't need to get this again unless at a very cheap price.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big foamy, bubbly white head that takes forever to settle, around 3 fingers, clear pale golden orange in color

S: Smells very bitter and sharp, definitely florally but super powerful

T: Again it stars very sharp, the floral qualities build, but then it gets overly bitter, the flavor drops out, the finish gets better again though, the malt helps in the end with a slightly sweet toasted flavor

M: Slightly dry throughout and in the finish, good medium body

D: Good, bite is a lot, but flavor is ok

Notes: The flavor is here, but its just too bitter for the amount of flavor that is there. They need to up the hop flavor to match the intensity and then it would be really good.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Golden orange in color. Very clear with a few bubbles rising to the top. Fat three finger white head. Takes awhile to die down to a decent layer of foam on top with nice lacing left behind.

Yup, that's an ipa. I get citrusy grapefruit and orange rind notes, and dank pine.

The taste brings some barley malts up front. Some slight mintiness and herbal/leafy hops. Then dank, and citrus as grapefruit and orange rind. Not a huge hop punch, but nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty high carbonation, but not super assertive/prickly bubbles.

An easy drinker, definitely could knock back a few. A pretty good price point for what it is too.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 09JUL10. Bright golden body is very pleasing. The frothy-creamy head left plenty of white lace on the glass.

Smell was a nice green, earthy hops aroma. Hardy candy and tangerines. Leafy and organic. Yummy.

Taste was a good interplay of sweet, biscuity malts and bright earthy hops. My new favorite New Belgium beer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and adequately carbonated. I could drink this one everyday, a very solid AIPA.

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

A - Amber golden with paper white head that dissipates to some heavy, thorough lacing.

S - pine, hops, resin, very slight citrus ...nice lush hops smell

T - hops brightness and bitterness...taste follows nose...very hoppy but not to the point of novelty

M - good tight bubble contrasts thick slight syrup feel

D - decent IPA...perhaps New B's most hop-pronounced beer? someone can correct me if I am wrong.

I enjoyed this beer with a platter of wings, half lemon pepper, half jerk seasoning. The brightness of the hops played off of the lemon, celery and jerk spice, while the slight bitterness cut the heat of the wings...the smoothness of the beer complimented the cool ranch dressing just right. A decent brew for those wanting a more substantial IPA experience.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy white foam on top of a dark golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A fruity hop aroma of mango and orange/grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the background with a little bit of honey malt character.

T - Spicy hops up front with a little bit of grapefruit. Bready malt in the middle with light toast and some pine hop character. Finishes with lemon and pithy grapefruit flavor and smooth, but strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, balanced IPA with great hop character, especially in the aroma. There is a nice balance in the finish with a subtle dryness that helps to emphasize the hop character.

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Photo of AboutBeverages
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Copper/red, yellow in color. Notes of hops in the aroma, with hints of herbs and fruit on the end. Initially mild on the palate, but then turns real herbal, and really dries out the tongue. Some metallic notes were picked up the finish. Overall, very dry and not well balanced.

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Photo of rye726
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a woody tan with a thin beige head. Nose has sweet candy malts and light grassy hops. Taste is quite malty with again a mellow hop presence. Lots of toffee and camael. Body finishes a bit light. I'd call it more of an English IPA than American.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into long tulip for pleasure of appearance this sunny afternoon.

pours at firs a nice big fluffy and mountainous head of eggshell head. fades to light coverage with good stubborn lacing. Light honey color

smells of citrus with slight floweryness.

tastes like baked biscuit carmalized orange. a light sweetness.

mouthfeel, very light bitterness hits the back of the throat, carbonation is too light

very drinkable, a session IPA. enjoyable and doesnt challange doesnt offend

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Photo of Reaper16
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours an ultra-clear light amber. This looks like a lager; like a bock or something. The head sits at two solid fingers of white fluff. This doesn't look like many IPAs but it is pretty. The lacing does its thing admirably as well.

The beer smells soapy and spicy with a faint sense of grapefruit. The hops, that is, smell that way. Some pine, too. I'm expecting the malts to shine and become assertive and, though it takes a while, it happens. It smells pretty sweet. Meh.

Sweet, sugary malt is what this supposedly American-style IPA tastes like. The hops? Ummmm, let me try and find them again. *dives down* *minutes pass* *surfaces* Welp, I found a couple but that's it. There is some light grapefruit but it leaves the palate quicker than the average length of term for a CTU Director on "24." There is no hop bitterness. There is no finish. No aftertaste. This is disappointing and I came in with low expectations.

This is pretty thick for an IPA. I've had double IPAs that are thinner. And if you've read my reviews then you know that I personally prefer a light mouthfeel for hoppy beers. I have mixed feelings about the drinkability. One one hand the beer is light and super-easy to drink. On the other hand it is as boring as the first 15 episodes of season 8 of "24."

This beer might score more favorably as an Amber Ale. As an IPA? Nope.

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Photo of AllFineThings
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick inch and a half head and hold for two minutes at least.

A decent IPA. Funny that I really don't like Fat Tire or anything else by them. A good mid-level IPA.

Some decnt hop tones, not biscuity like their other stuff, but the balance is decent. Medium mouth feel-easy drinker overall.

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Photo of ironlung
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper. Tiny head. Faint grassy smell. Taste is very smooth and original for an ipa. We all know by now that I love a good punch in the mouth with hops, but this beer has it's place. Plus I'll get that punch later with the Elder. The closest comparison I can give this brew to is Lagunitas Ipa. Has a much differnt mouthfeel to it though. Overall it's worth a try, and I'll come back for more when ever I need to break up the monotony. Well done Mr. Red Bicycle!

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Photo of darthmiles
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carried 2 bombers home to RI from Las Vegas on Thursday. Bought at Lee's Discount Liquors on Flamingo (great beer store, btw, nice selection and knowledgeable staff) for only 2.99 each. So my expectations were for an average brew.
Well, not so fast bucko.
A very clear, amber color and shockingly white full thick head were just the beginning, the lacing was extreme and painted the glass all the way down.
Very tasty IPA, not an extreme hoppiness but very nicely balanced with some bitterness and citrus.
I could drink this beer all summer, if only, if only it was available here in New England.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean fresh hop aroma. Some sweet, citrus, sweet-citrus, mild pine. Slight hop backing. Very nice.
Brilliantly clear golden body with firm and dense somewhat small cap. Ample lacing.
Nicely balanced malt flavors with the hop flavors and mild to moderate and growing bitterness which is never to excess, and leaves a very extended finish.
Lighter body than many. The slight prickliness of the carbonation adds texture and interest to the drink, yet in fullness they add a softness. Well done.
Drinks easily and smoothly. I'm satisfied with one, but having another would not be a problem.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Arista foods today. I was drinking High Life this weekend and I got to the point where I needed something with taste and aromatics. Arista didn't have anything on sale really so I chose this. Heres we goes.

Appearance- Dark golden orange with a 2 finger head that reseades into a cap on top. Spotty lacing along my tulip glass.

Smell- This is where the beer sort of let me down. You can pick up the hops but they are not as intense as I would have thought. The hop aroma is pretty citrusy and earthy. There is a nice bready note back there as well. It smells good don't get me wrong just a little weak to the nose for my preference.

Taste- Nice pale malt back bone with a decent enough hop punch. The hops come out as very grapefruit like with a earthen finish. The taste is sort of weaker than some other IPAs that I drink but for what it is it taste good. Not overpowering in anyway so I could see this as a good training wheel beer to bring someone into craft. It is refreshing and tasty for sure I could see myself drinking it again. The alcohol comes out in the taste as you hit the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel- Very slick on the pallete which is spot on for the style. Not alot of carbonation which is fine by me. I am having a hard time distinguishing what the "proper" carbonation level is for an IPA because I have tried several and the carbonation levels were all across the board. Nice clean dry finish.

Drinkability- I will probably find myself in pretty rare form pretty shortly. These go down very smooth and don't seem to fill you up that fast. Very good on a hot day.

Bottom Line- I would say try it don't shy away from it. There are better options out there but if you come across this and there isn't anything better go for it. For an IPA it is very unintrusive and quite easy on the pallete. A good starter beer to pull someone into the world of craft.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with a half inch head of white. Retention is average with a partial skim coat on the surface within two minutes.

Aromatics are grassy and citric, with hints of toasted malt. Grapefruit zest and pine bark.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Somewhat drying.

A firm, drying bitterness takes hold of the pallate quickly with lively shades of pine-rubbed citrus, wet grass, and forest floor.
A light malt backbone keeps the beer balanced.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, woody hop resins, and a mild warmth.

A decent IPA, but nothing to write home about. Definatley lacking in the nose for what a great IPA should be. Neither pungent nor largely floral. I'd certainly like to try an unfiltered version or a dry-hopped cask though.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.87/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foamy light bright white head. The aroma is fantastic -- just flowing off the head. The taste is a mouthful of hops but no bitterness at all. It's a wonderful balance of goodness. Highly highly recommended. NB has mastered the IPA! Can't believe it only gets a B+.

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small pint style glass, this IPA is a clear golden orange with a big tan head that fades quickly. Smell is not quite as pungent as some IPA's but I detect a nice herbal hop note. Taste is sweet malt up front, then a massive apricot flavor, herbal and earthy hops in the middle, reminding me of black pepper, and a balanced sweet/bitter finish. A hint of citrus, but the hop flavor is mostly herbal and earthy. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Good drinkability. Not a hop bomb like many American IPA's, this beer is more balanced, but a good example of the style that I would get again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up two singles of this in a recent mixed six-pack raid on a local store. Had one during a beer-sharing with friends & it seemed pretty good amidst all the madness, but wanted a few minutes to sit down & have one in peace & quiet. Consumed while watching the first Twins-Sox game of 2010.

Pours a clear orange-amber. Light citrus mixed & crushed with a variety of herbs & a splash of orange zest.

Ranger IPA is heavy on the sweets for an IPA. Sweet malts set the pace, with a pine bath coming in a distant second. Another zing of orange in there. Heavy & viscous, especially for an IPA.

Well, I'm not having the best of beer evenings, yet. This is far too 'balanced' for me, I'd love to have a livelier hop presence in this brew. As is, the malts are more of the focus. Decent enough brew, but not my thing.

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Photo of argock
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 06/11/10 on bottle neck. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $3.49.

A: Hazy peach-gold with substantial 2-3 finger, off-white foamy head with craggy lacing all over the glass.

S: Mild citrus, grapefruit and orange mainly, meet resinous, earthy aromas which dominate. Pale malts are a token player.

T: Flavor is earthy and laid back initially with a background bitterness which is sneaky big and a very dry finish. Pale maltiness is more involved but still far behind the resinous, earthy hoppiness which has some pine and citrus accents.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Carbonation is low to give a classic oily, slick IPA feel.

D: A good, solid IPA with a very nice price tag. Well-constructed, but I wish the hopbill wasn't such a snoozer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had a rare beer night and we all brought some stuff over I'll be reviewing on memory for this one as we had alot of smaples that night. Nearly 10 I beleive.

Nice beer. Herad rumors that this tasted liek fat tire with extra hops. not true. it was a basic IPA and probably a great IPA for someone starting but I liked the interesting flavors. some sublte malt sweetness that balanced well with the sublt bitterness of the hops. A nice chnage of pace for the hop deaths I usually drink.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized white rocky/creamy head that has good retention and wonderful lacing. Very attractive beer.

S-First comes the hops. It's delicate yet pungent with a perfect balance of floral, piney, and citrus hops. A little (very little) sweet fruity esthers too.

T-The flavor mirrors the aroma very well with a balance of floral, piney, and citrus hop flavor. But there is also a sweet biscuity toasty maltiness added to the experience with an extremely clean yet hardy resiny bitterness that lingers forever. In the flavor as oppose to the aroma, the sweet maltiness is very present, yet balance with plenty of hop flavor, but in the aroma you can't really smell the malt because the hops dominate the aroma, which I like.

M-It has a full creamy body with medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D-This beer is extremely drinkable but because it's 6.5% alcohol I would not want to have more than three of these in one evening. I highly recommend this to any true hop lover.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew!! The appearance was what to expect from the style. The smell was very inviting with a strong hint of hops and some citrusy notes. The taste was good just not as good as some of the other IPA's I have tried. The mouthfeel was nice with a sort of dry finish but it has a really nice drinkability and before you know it have a finished a six pack!!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed Summit Brewing glass.

A-Crystal-clear amber beer, looks beautiful, really. Bright, off-white head was a luxurious 2-fingers out of the bottle and sustained a bit, remaining as sparse bubbles. Nice lacing.

S-Herbal-piney-citrus hops, representing in equal and strong parts. Slightly fruity.

T-Hop flavor is slightly dialed back from the aroma, consisting of herbal-piney tones, alongside a firm hop bitterness. Malt is dryish, nutty and toasty, something that reminded me of Thanksgiving. As the hop flavor fades, the nuttiness lingers into the finish with the leftover hop bitterness.

M-Moderate body feels relatively light on my tongue and moves around freely. Carbonation level seems in line with the appropriate range.

D-This beer is borderline delicious. I've enjoyed this one ina couple different venues and have continued to enjoy it each time. Although I'm confused/saddenned to see New Belgium kind of depart from their Belgian roots in this one, I've certainly gotten over that qualm quickly with how tasty this brew is.

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