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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

1,233 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,233
Hads: 5,512
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 107
Gots: 1,123 | 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: 1,233 | Hads: 5,512
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a heavy, golden hue with a good amount of thick, foamy white head.

S: Smells softly bitter with a pine hoppiness, a touch of citrus, some malty sweetness along with a touch a brown sugar and even some yeast.

T/M: Tastes more hoppy than the aroma indicates. The flavor is very bitter with pine and citrus and a medium amount of carbonation. Citrus evaporates into a candy sweetness near the end and then is immediately replaced by more fresh hop bitterness, reminiscent of dry hopping.

It's quite a hoppy IPA and very nice for a brewery that is used to underwhelming. Bravo, New Belgium. Bravo.

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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 WOTO97
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: 2-finger lingering white head, moderate lacing, deep golden straw color

S: bright hop aroma, pine, grapefruit, slight apple

T: great hop bite up front, clean, bright burst of orange

M: very clean hop mouthfeel, crisp but decent density

D: great effort from NB, sessionable and refreshing; only negative is a watered-down IPA feel, closer akin to a bright pale

Perhaps my palate has grown to accustomed to west coast IPAs, but Ranger lost points with me because of its style label. If NB advertised it as a PA, my review would probably reflect that in a stronger score.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear barley gold, minimal white head retains indefinitely as a thin film.

Smells of piney floral hops and mild fresh grain.

Tastes up front of piney hops, but only mildly bitter. There's also a woody grain flavor and the slightest hint of lemon zest.

Medium feel, on the thinner side, with soft carbonation over the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Decent flavorful IPA, but not ground breaking. Enjoyable and worth trying, will be much more appealing to hop heads than it will to people who don't mind hoppy beers but don't go looking for them.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange marmalade color; clear; minimal head retention

Nice. The hop bill uses Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade, so it's got a pleasant and heady spicy/fruity mix-classic AIPA.

Taste & Body
Body and texture are spot-on, but the all important flavor is lacking a bit (in true New Belgium fashion, in my opinion). There is a lingering bitterness, but overall the flavor falls a bit short after the inviting and full aroma. It has a nice light candied orange flavor going on, but not a whole lot of complexity from start to finish.

I didn't have high hopes for this, so thankfully I wasn't let down. Unfortunately New Belgium just doesn't hit my standard. I think it's a drinkable IPA, and probably a good starter IPA for the young hopolytes, but this just doesn't cut it compared to so many other breweries' IPAs.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

San Marcos, CA

A clear golden orange with a nicely forming off-white pillow head atop. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Very appealing, very pretty.

A faraway nose of some things very pleasant. There's certainly tropical fruit aromas in here including grapefruit, orange, and mango, but they're not quite as pungent or as strong as I've become used to in my favorite IPAs. It's all there, but the aromas seem a tad distant. There's a grainy and bready sweetness that may be taking away from some of the hop's impact.

A very simple IPA that is incredibly easy to drink. The flavors are crisp and bright but not overpowering or very strong. A nice balance of hop bitterness, some tropical elements, and a sweet and bready malt backbone. Balanced and exceptionally drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A highly drinkable, crisp, refreshing, clean and simple IPA. This really is very good beer, although I probably won't be revisiting it because I have even better options so easily available, but I would recommend trying this to anyone.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Best by date of 12 Sep 10. Thank you New Belgium for dating your IPA. Brewed with Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hops. Reviewed from first pour.

A- Initially holds a large, perfectly white head that slowly melts down to a bubbly white collar. Absolute perfect clarity, as polished as they come. Light gold in color with a stream of beads racing from an imperfection in the glass. A fair amount of lacing that blends in with that nice white collar. Really a marvel of clear beer; almost doesn't look like an IPA.

S- Mostly an astringent bitterness, with some citrus, pine, and floral hop aroma. The malt only provides a subtle, light carmel background. The negatives come from the astringency (probably the Chinook) and a vegetal note that increases with temperature. Still considered above average.

T- Begins with a sharp tingle of carbonation and the bite of 70 IBUs. The bitterness is not overwhelming, however, there is very little gravity to support what's there. Malt character is almost non-existent. The hop flavor is piney and vegetal. I get very little citrus or floral character, like I did in the aroma. Disappointing, considering the hops used.

M- Very dry with a thin body and high carbonation. Extreme attenuation, considering the 6.5%. Dryness and carbonation are great way to accentuate an IPA, but this went a little overboard. Never-the-less, above average because I'd rather drink an IPA like this than the sticky, cloying, carmel bombs that are popping up everywhere.

D- Highly drinkable despite its faults. Dangerous at 6.5% considering it would take a lot to feel full off of this. A fresher example may mask the vegetal character and improve the taste.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am stoked to have New Belgium in my neighborhood. Welcome!

The beer is transparent and light orange hued with an inch of thick white head. Decent retention and ample sticky lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma brings a bouquet of hops, with notes of grapefruit. Also present is an earthy, funky scent that seems to be a distraction from the delectable hop nose.

The flavor is good, with the hop character in the driver seat. Grapefruit is the dominant fruit flavor, with more subtle notes of the earthy, musty, funkiness I discovered in the aroma.

The beer is really bitter, even for the style. The finish is dry and bitter, and sits a bit harsh on the palate.

In a style teeming with amazing brews, this one falls a bit short for me. I am enjoying this, but don't see myself returning to this beer too often, if at all.

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Photo of danielharper
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange, transparent, slight effervescence, with a thick foamy white head that sticks around significantly. Smells strongly of high alpha-acid hops, very piney and with some earthiness down deep. Intriguing aroma.

Taste is very hoppy, almost soapy, with a sharp dryness on the backend. Very slight grapefruit character down deep. As the beer warms, the dryness becomes smoother and the hop bite becomes less pronounced, giving a soft soapy quality on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin, with moderate carbonation and heavy hops.

So how do I feel about this beer? It gives a very nice presentation and smells quite good, but it does feel a little one-note. Hopheads will enjoy this a lot, but to me it's a little too much like drinking liquid hop juice. Good, probably exactly the beer they intended to make, but far from great.

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Photo of jcavend1
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow color, with a white two finger head, no lace

S: earthy hops, pine notes and citrusy

T: predominates the bitterness of the hops, nice clean with some grain and cereal notes

M: nice level of carbonation and medium body

Great beer to drink

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Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a seven ounce pour of it as a part of a sampler at Pour 24 at Las Vegas’ New York New York Casino. It was one among two IPA’s in the sampler and a little overpowered by the other but pretty good none-the-less.

Pours a bright clear copper with a very white head that actually left a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is very west coast, with a lot of citrus and some slight malt presence.

Flavor was quite nice, again, high on the hops but well balanced in general.

I have mixed feelings about New Belgium. I like some of their beers, I don't like others. This is one that I'll have again when I see it.

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Photo of acelin
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great release from New Belgium! Picked this up locally in a "beer Geek" sixer. I heard it is a relativley new release as well.

Poured from the amber Belgian-esque bottle into a pint glass. Poured a scaringly clear yellow somewhat reminiscent of a lager, with a small white head that lasted throughout. The beer left minimal lacing.

Hardly a scent in this beer. I smell hops and thats about it.

Taste is the same. Hardly a malt presence to speak of in this brew, mostly hops. Kind of a thing IPA if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, and drinkability is bleh.

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Photo of wgk
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the second NB brew we'd tried, the first being Hoptoberfest. The IPA, Ranger was somewhat disappointing and left us wanting more of the Hoptoberfest, but that 6-pack was gone. Nevertheless, we felt there was a consistent quality from the two in the brand we had and would try more variations.

A - appealing
S - wanted to smell more hops
T - lighter than we expected
M - not memorable
D - wanted more Hoptoberfest

Will try 2 Below and see about that one.

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Photo of pinyin
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

38F in a 16 ounce snifter, from the bottle.

Pretty average overall.

I taste a strong simcoe presence, but the malts dont really mesh too well with the hop profile.

Reminds me a lot of Ithaca Flower Power but the flavor and balance just quite arent there.

Just feels like its missing something in the malts department. It is very hoppy, and the color and carbonation are spot on for a 6.5abv ale, but I think there are a lot of better options out there, especially for the price point. Namely Stone, Victory, Troeg's, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, Oskar Blues.

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Photo of lochef81
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw blonde with very little head. Sips quite smooth and light with a forward bitterness that is pleasant but with nothing to balance it out on the back end. This is a very light and simple ipa. Not unpleasant in any way but lacking the complexity of many other American ipas. A good before for sessioning and to quench a hearty thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of Henrich
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with an inch of fluffy, sudsy foam, which deflates to a slight coating across the top of the beer in little time. Very clear, light amber.
Smell: Strong notes of citrus, with a grassy undertone. Quite nice; it reminds me of summer.
Taste: Strong bitterness. The bitterness wrestles a bit with the sweetness on the tongue, but quickly the flavor is dominated by the strong, hoppy bitterness. I like it.
Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated, not too thin.
Overall: It is pretty decent. I tend to steer away from IPAs, but this one came in a sampler pack and I'm glad it did.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on-tap at the Pizza Joint.

A: It pours a slightly clouded burnt orange color with a half-finger of dirty-white head that holds at 1/8 inch and laces well.

S: Tropical fruits, caramel malts, floral hops, and almost hidden toasted bread aromas.

T: Caramel malts, breadiness, floral hops, and underlying chocolate. This is a super fresh beer so there must be some darker malts in this one. It ends up being odd.

M: It has medium thickness and very high carbonation.

O: This is definitely not what I look for in an IPA. The floral hops that are present are subdued.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Piney and citrus aroma with a trace of sweetness.

T: Taste is mostly of citrus with some pine thrown in. A bit tart with a dry-bitter finish and slight bitter after taste.

F: medium body, crisp and clean. Not quite as smooth as I expected.

D: Decent IPA, just doesn't quite have that wow factor.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On at Elliott's pour house the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some sweet malt (very fat tire like) and some underlying dry citrus. On the palate, this beer tastes like fat tire, but with some additional hops added. It's essentially a hopped up version of Fat Tire. Like fat tire, the beer is fairly malty, with flavors of baked apple and light cherry. However, there is a little bit of dry citrus as well, and the finish has some bitterness and is a bit more dry (when compared to fat tire). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and I don't detect any off flavors.

Mehhh... why bother to make a beer like this New Belgium? Fat tire is fine for what it is, and I don't require a hoppy version of the beer. I just don't get it.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks!

A - Transparent orange with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing.
S - Smells citrusy with a pine hint as well as quite fruity. Grapefruit forward.
T - Sweet fruitiness followed by a grassy-grape combo...very interesting, have not tried anything quite like it.
MF - Great carbo and pretty smooth. Nice.
DB - Pretty freakin good. High.

Gets bonus points for interesting taste - a unique IPA.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange-yellow with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grapefruit, hops, malt, citrus, some floral notes, and some caramel.

taste is smooth, citrus, hops, and dandelion, ends a little tangy on the tongue and nicely bitter.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a small pint style glass.

A: Clear golden amber color. Nice head with goodlacing.

S: Decent hop Aroma. Pine is the strongest scent that I am picking up. A bit of grains and malts.

T: Pine. Bit of malts sweetness on the background. Not as hoppy or as balanced as I would like.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp with a bit of a bitter dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: One of the better offerings from New Belgium, I have had. A serviceable if unremarkable IPA.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap earlier today up at the brewery. Poured a nice dark golden color, with a very nice inch or so of off-white foam. This one has a big floral hoppy aroma, which is extremely inviting. Taking a drink, I don't get much of the hop flavor, mostly sweet, bready malt, barely kissed with the promised hops.

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Photo of elniko
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Glowing amber with soapy head and nice lacing. Not much carbonation apparent.

S: Nose is exactly what I was hoping for from a New Belgium IPA, definitely has the distinct New Belgium quality. I still found the nose somewhat lacking overall for an IPA however.

T & M: Mouthfeel just slightly thin, . Malt base is there but the bitterness is dominant. Hop notes are quite fruity and the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D: I was really looking forward to this beer to get New Belgium's take on an IPA. I was slightly let down as I just thought it would be a little more unique.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.