Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

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Photo of david131
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A clear, light orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Steamed asparagus, butter, lemon, and lots of pepper. Normally a beer of this nature tend to be repulsive to me, but it works better than most here.

T- Oh man... This is not good to me. The asparagus, butter, and pepper really take over and makes this very strange... The one redeeming value is the slight watermelon aspect. Still, I can't get into this at all.

M- The carbonation keeps it spicy and it has a lasting dryness associated with the bitterness.

D- Overall, the asparagus aspect to this really killed it. Not gross though.

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Photo of squidbrand
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (16 July 2010 expiration) into tumbler.

A: Slightly desaturated burnt orange with a two-finger head that sinks down to a tight, pillowy, one-finger head after several seconds. Thick lacing.

S: Unmistakable white grapefruit, with the slightest hint of pine. Not the most complex hop smell, but totally delicious.

T: Light malt sweetness upfront, but it soon gets overtaken by bright, slightly spicy hop flavors. A soft but forward bitterness starts early and lasts, intensifying in waves as the beer warms in the mouth.

M: A near-perfect level of carbonation gives this beer a creamy, mouth-coating quality without making it feel heavy. Buoyant and smooth.

D: The refreshing grapefruit nose, good flavor balance, and exceptional mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. Delivers the hop goods without being the kind of hop monster that wears out its welcome fast.

This is a great beer brewed with taste and, compared to current trends, welcome moderation. Not the most creative beer in the world, but a possible go-to IPA.

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

Another new entrant into our state.

This beer was poured quite aggressively and only came up about a half inch of head. The last did stay on the entire top of the beer. The color is dark clear gold with some bubbles coming from the bottom all the time

Nose is very citrus. Citrus oils and grapefruit.

Taste is mostly grapefruit with hops. Not any or maybe a little malt. The depth of taste is lacking yet the beer is pretty refreshing. Very good carbonation on the tongue and is about perfect. This beer is very easy to drink but lacks the different flavors and balance I see in others.

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Photo of 100floods
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i walked into the pub at SF State, whose best beer has been Boont (they carry the standards othertwise), just got a decent upgrade with the beer.

Poured into a 24oz plastic cup, no head. Lots of floral citrus aromas. The mouth feel has some carbination but it blends with the flavor. There's a strong grapefruit presence. certain sips almost taste spiced like bitting on a peppercorn. There's definitely nothing new to this beer except that the brewery finally made an IPA. Points for effort, and a good effort from a large brewery. As far as a widely distributed IPA goes it's good and cheap, not the bestm but by no means the worst. This is an example of a popular brewery bringing more styles to the masses, an attempt to convert more people to craft beer. If this replaced fat tire everywhere i went, i'd be stoked.

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Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to give this an A+ only because that asshole from Arizona gave it a D+ and some other no good-hoppy-beer-liking S.O.B's scored it low as well.

I would truly give this brew about a B+ only because of the low ABV%.

I thought the taste was exceptionally hopped. I'm glad this bar down the road stocks it. Its either this or the next best thing Stone IPA but the Ranger is on special right now 2 for $10.

I'm ecstatic like Mos Def!

I did not pour into chilled glass as usual cause I was drinking str8 from the double deuce.

Maybe next time?

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

Bought this one on a whim. The store I was in, ran out of the "Better IPAs". I was supprised.

New Belgium delivers a real IPA, that is well balanced, hoppy enough and has the piney, citrus taste one expects from the west coast IPAs.

The body and hop prescence work really well.

I gave a poured pint to a friend who normally dishes on New Belgium, and he thought I gave him another Nor Cal IPA like RR IPA. He changed his toon.

Pours a brownish red with a white cake head. Retentions is very good and the balance and hop prescence are spot on.

It could have more hop bouquet but that is my only knock on this well made IPA. at >6% it is a good dont drive home after a 6 pack IPA.

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

Sun-splashed tangerine with honey hued highlights. Close to half the pint glass is filled with a whipped creamy chunk of manila colored foam that has terrific texture. Whatever else this brew has going on, it looks the part.

If you love the American varieties, the hop bill was nicely chosen. Cascade contributes white grapefruit peel and ganja, while Simcoe adds juicy mango. Chinook rounds out the trio. Cascade was also used for dry-hopping.

New Belgium Brewing did a great job with their first American pale ale, Mighty Arrow. Now they've jumped into the American IPA pool with Ranger. Although this beer is better than decent, it isn't as successful (for the style) as the APA. The malt bill is to blame.

I have never been a fan of the darker malts in an IPA. Unless we're going all the way and making it a black IPA. This offering uses pale and dark caramel. The result is a mid-range toasted earthiness (reminiscent of Munich) that takes too much flavor focus from the little green cones, which is where it belongs.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, a rotting-leaves-on-the-forest-floor earthiness, a bit of honey and a decent amount of citrus peel that doesn't taste or feel quite as high as 70 IBUs should. Here's hoping the brewery is amenable to lightening the malts.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style... but then the ABV is too. It has nothing but smooth edges and is properly bubbled, so above-average is an easy call.

Ranger IPA (at a whopping 6.5%) wouldn't have appeared in this state a mere month ago. I'm glad it's here, but Mighty Arrow is the better beer. Looks like Big Sky IPA is still the best IPA available in Iowa. Almost forgot, we now have Two Hearted. Lucky us.

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

Appearance: Poured a clear, pale amber color. Three finger off-white foamy head. Moderate visible carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Nose of sweet juicy citrus hops, with a pine cutter. Very fresh. Some resiny and herbal hop aromas as well. Sort of smells just like a hop pellet. Little in the way of malts. Above average sweetness.

Taste: More mild hop flavor, with a very good malt balance. Herbal hops and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation bight, with a moderate hop bite. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: A very good IPA that has a wonderful hop aroma and a balanced taste. There are definitely hops for the palate, but they aren't bitter or overwhelming. A must try.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear golden yellow color that sits completely still. The head is pure white, tight and creamy with a few bubbles sitting on top. The head lingers for quite some time and leaves a huge thick lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is a little light with just a hint of biscuity caramel malts up front. Hops really take over, piney hops come in behind, slight notes of resign with a touch of herbal tea leaves.

T-the taste is more balanced than the nose. Caramel malts, notes of bready earthy malts as well. The hops lie in the back, herbal notes with a fair amount of pine. A strong lingering bitterness at the finish

M-lighter body and highly carbonated making it a little prickly on the palate. Syrupy but thin, it coats the mouth and is dry in the back

D-this is a pretty tasty brew, a good bit of hops but a little balanced, more than I would like. It is a little thin and has too much carb in my opnion.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, great clarity, nice layer of spongey off-white foam with good head retention

Aroma: herbal/piney/fruity hop scent (passion fruit, Braeburn apples, gooseberries); underpinning of grainy malt

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a zesty hop flavor of grass, grapefruit rind and a hint of Omega-3; finishes fairly dry with a lingering artichoke bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, sparkly carbonation, crisp yet somehow creamy

Other comments: This is a great little IPA. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Having tried the 12oz version and the 22oz, there's something a bit more flavorful in the larger one. Not sure if that's mental or if they bottle it differently.

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

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

I have been a fan of New Belgium beers for awhile now, pretty much impressed with most all of their offerings, and this is no exception. In fact it is one of my favorites.

A: A nice golden copper, with a nice puffy two finger head. Lacing actually sticks around for a good while, leaving minor strands of spider web-esque patterns clinging to the side.

S: Floral, and citrus. Nothing extremely apparent, or off putting, par for the course of IPA's pleasant, and welcoming.

T: Excellent, a mouth rush of citrus, and floral notes, maybe some grapefruit, orange peels, and a New Belgium trademark biscuit like warmth, and hoppy bitterness to finish off. Not overtly complex, but definitely above average for the style.

M: A little thin, but I prefer my IPA's to not be unruly thick. Maybe could use a little more carbonation to make it not so slick, but more than adequate as is.

D: Very high, I enjoy this beer a lot, and will keep in mind for purchasing, when I'm in need of a well rounded, easy drinking IPA. Kudos to New Belgium.

Note: Watch Out! the ABV will catch up to you after a few of them.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a fluted glass.

A: Quite clear and copper-brown. Off-white head that is about 1 finger this. The head is quite creamy and lingers for a while.

S: Intense hops aroma but not terribly overwhelming. Very well balanced with quite a bit of citrus character, mainly grapefruit and zesty lemon, but with a reasonable amount of herbal and floral hops to balance. This all supported by a nice crisp maltiness. As it warms up the maltiness seemed to switch towards being a bit for like a toasty biscuit.

T: Follows the nose quite well. I taste quite a bit more herbal hops than citrus/floral but they are definitely present. Some caramel maltiness provides the backbone for it all. Very crisp and my favorite aspect is that it has the hop character without the unnecessary and sometimes overwhelming bitterness that accompanies it. Finish is primarily bitter, but not overwhelmingly so and seems to fit well for the style (that not to say the bitterness isn't still hight though, with still some nice hop flavors coming through.

M: Medium bodied and nice and crisp. Some light drying in the end.

D: I really liked this one. The balance between hops and malt is done very well and, as mentioned above, I really liked the way that the bitterness fits well for the style and isn't overwhelming like in some beers.

Note: Overall I really liked this beer. I liked the balance very much and think that New Belgium interpreted the style quite well. I will definitely be coming back to this one. Probably my new 'go to' IPA since the price and taste are so compelling.

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Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in late February for $2.99.

Beer poured a clear golden orange with a nice fluffy head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose has hints of floral and citrus hops. Taste is a light biscuit backbone, grapefruit, with a residual piney dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a solid drinkable IPA that is a bit beyond sessionability. But I can see this at a tailgate this fall!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into an official New Belgium glass. Its gold, translucent, with a thick, billowy, white head that lasts a decent amount of time. It leaves some awesome lacing the entire length of the glass.

S-Pretty strong nose featuring grapefruit and some piney hops. No real malt presence.

T-Grapefruit hops with some earthy/piney hops as well. Not much malt at all, making this an unbalanced beer. Its also has a very dry finish.

M-A little thin for the style.

D-The lack of balance and dryness of this beer negatively impact its drinkability for me. I am glad I tried it, but I doubt I will drink it again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Black Sheep Lodge in Austin.

Light amber with a small head producing very little lace. Understated floral hops in the aroma. Front end is grassy and citrusy. Lighter body than one would expect from the style. Drinks like a very understated West Coast IPA, almost a compromise between West Coast and East Coast styles. Moderately bitter back end.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, lightly bubbling. Head formation is light, just a film, off white in color.

S - Grainy, floral, orangy. Some grapefruit notes are present. Very potent hopping.

T - Starts off with an immediate hop attack, very grassy and sweet. Mid-stream is even more bitter. Lots of piney notes. Finishes with a very harsh bitter edge. Strong aftertaste.

M - Strong bodied, in both carbonation and in beer body. Oily texture, sticking to the tongue. Seems almost sticky.

D - Decent drinkability. ABV, while not extreme, will certainly get to you. Not filling. Bitterness does begin to rip up the palette.

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

Now I like American IPA's a lot, and in already liking New Belgium as a whole for putting out consistently decent brews (on par with Sierra Nevada in my opinion), I was excited to see and taste this beer.

A- Copper like a penny, but a bit of a golden tint to it.

S- Smelled a bit flowery and yeasty as these do to me.

T- This is, I think, in terms of the more accessible and affordable, one of the best American IPA's out there. I haven't found any more that I'd probably consistently buy a 6-pack of to keep in the fridge as a non-complicated, straight up American IPA. Its a bit hoppy, has a smooth taste and seems pretty darn well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel was covered a bit before, but yes its quite smooth and doesn't linger with its bitterness too long as some IPA's tend to.

D- I can keep drinking these as long as the one before it is done. Its fresh tasting, doesn't make me feel like I'm going to explode, and not too heavy on the alcohol. So yes in terms of liking a beer that you can just keep on drinking and enjoying in large or small quantities, I loved it.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Yazoo tulip pint...

Pours a deep golden color and a thick creamy white head... Very thick and creamy head here... A beautiful refreshing looking beer...

Aromas of citrusy grapefruity and also piney hoppiness with a nice malt balance to it...very nice...

nice blend of malts and hops here... Not overly hoppy, just a drinkable IPA which is nice... Citrusy and juicy...

A nice IPA from NB...not world class, but solid

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Ranger is a clear, deep golden color with a frothy, soapy white head. The nose is all hops, west coast citrus with Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook being present. There is perhaps just a hint of a lightly toasted malt background, otherwise hops dominate. Reminds me of fresh plug hops straight out of the package. The flavor is also all hops but not quite a hop bomb. Nice citrusy pressence, grapefruit, lemon and pine resin all present and pretty much all that is discernable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer, well done and reasonably balanced. Not a hop bomb but doesn't dissapoint either.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brass color with a white head that stuck around as a layer leaving fine bubbled lacing on the glass.
S - citrus, earthy and floral hop aromas.
T - a good balance of flavorful hops and solid malts holding together well.
F - medium bodied with a smooth, dry feel.
D - Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!

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

For my first trip to CBX in Charleston, I purchased a growler of New Belgium's Ranger IPA on recommendation.

A: Using the New Belgium tulip, this beer poured smoothly revealing a dark amber color with tones of orange.

S: Incredible aroma. Grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth, with a bitter almost piney hop smell to it.

T: Wonderfully bitter with a pronounced grapefruit way in the back. Dry at the end.

M: Nothing overwhelming, very comfortable.

D: I would love to try this on tap, as it is highly drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: Growler to Tulip glass.

Reviewed on 04.22.2010

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Photo of mikey711
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright orange color with a great looking head that is about an inch thick and retains very well. Lacing is very good too. There is a slight bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass

S: I did nto get much aroma from this one. Some caramel and some citrus, but i was not very pungent

T: Very piney and grapfruitish to start, profiving a touch of bitterness and citrus. A caramel note is present in the backround and comes with a second wave of light citrus lemon.

M: Very thin, but thre is no harshness or heat

D: Could surely have a few of these and be happy.

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Photo of GENNER
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer.

I bought a six-pack at 7-11 in Glendora. I was in there for when this stopped me in my tracks. Being a New Belgium fan I just had to try it!

When I got home i pulled out my New Belgium globe glass to enhance my drinking expereince.

It pours out a gloden haze that changes after settling. To a cripser golden witha hint of orange color. Created a nice thick faomy head that laced my glass down to the last drop.

Smelled hoppy sweet, with the a hint of maltiness. Citrusy and Piney. Full of Hoppy floral sweetness.

Taste of Piney hops with light biscut maltiness. Very refreshing crips citrus. Light alcohol taste. Resination lingered in th mouth, maybe longer the I like.

Enjoyed the carbonation that tingles my tounge, with a hop sweetness on the breath. Very refreshing. very drinkable.

A re-occuring thought was, floral hoppy sweetness!

This is a well balanced bitter IPA that will not scare some friends away from enjoying.

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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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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,276 ratings.