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 boilermakerbrew
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Middle of the road golden color. Thin, fizzy head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Strongest smelling IPA right out of the bottle that I've had. BIG time floral, pine hops and a little bit of malty hint.

T- I know this is an IPA, but I think the hops took this one over a bit. Starts and finishes the same way, strong bitter hops. The flavor isn't out of line for the style, it's the lack of complexity that surprised me. There is little change in taste profile from beginning to end. Leaves a bit of hoppy aftertaste.

M- Nothing special as far as IPA's go. Heavy enough to handle the hop profile, light enough to be drinkable for a bit.

Overall, I was not impressed with this as far as IPA's go. I like it when the taste has some complexity rather than being the same throughout.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has long at last made its way to the Philadelphia area. I saw the Ranger IPA with a Best By date of April 2012 so I absolutely had to pick it up and try it. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear, golden honey colored body with a creamy and slightly off-white head. Great sticky lacing and nice retention after it settled out as well. A vibrant and great looking IPA.

S: Lots of whole hop cones, pine, sap and perhaps a little bit of grain. There's some slight citrus notes too, but the overall aroma is very earthy and piney in nature. For me, it seems to strike a nice balance without being dominate in one single note.

T: A wash of bitter hops are up-front, pine needles and lots of hop resin. Pale and caramel malts come through mid-palate, with some dry citrus peel flavors at the back. This tastes very crisp and fresh without leaning too heavily towards one extreme. Nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, well carbonated and medium-bodied. It's not necessarily sticky like I get with more malt-driven IPAs; this feels nice and bubbly.

This was a pretty decent IPA as it had a lot of balance and it wasn't overly piney or one-noted. Although, my preference in IPAs is more citrusy and while this did have some, I like when it's more profound.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/30/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves awesome lacing and retention. Looks great. The aromas initially punch you in the face, but they quickly mellow out. Lots of malts along with lime and watermelon. The flavors have a balance between the hops and malts. Lots of hop flavor with a subtle hop bitterness. I'm picking up alot of watermelon. More lime. Some grapefruit. Subtle hints of caramel. Some soap. Some pine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's creamy, but watery. Very easy to drink. Not bad.

This is my first beer from New Belgium and they just hit Ohio shelves this week. This is a pretty solid IPA. Great balance. It doesn't quite standout compared to the top-tier examples of the style, but it's pretty enjoyable with a somewhat unique hop profile. $2.99/bomber is a great price in the world of bombers.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear light amber. Visible carbonation, two finger head that goes down to a film leaving excellent lacing.

S- Grassy, herbal hop notes with a decent malt backbone.

T- Piney, grassy and herbal hop notes dominate the pallet with a nice bitterness upfront. There is some noticable malt in the backround keeping things balanced.

M- Slick and oily, but still pretty full bodied for the style. Alcohol is well hidden

O- Solid offering from NB that is well priced. There are a lot of better options on the market, but then again, there are a lot of worse options as well.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A) poured from a 12oz bottle into glassware, Ranger poured a clear copper color with a sub 1/2 finger head that quickly settled and did not leave much lacing to speak of

S) nice bouquet some sweet malt that almost has a jolly rancher smell, some nice piney hops, some grapefruit and other tropical fruits

T) malt is sweeter than most but has a bit of biscuit and toast, hops come through much like the smell with pine, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruit. Nice balanced finish.

M) nice thickness, a bit oily from hop resin (this is good), and nice carbonation - pretty drinkable for an IPA

O) Ranger is a solid IPA that offers some interesting hop flavors with a fairly sweet malt background. Hops could be a little more assertive, in fact this beer is pretty tame, but this would be a good beer to introduce someone new to the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear pale amber body with a nice finger of fine white foam. Pretty good retention and some sticky lace. Lovely.

S: Spicy, piney, and grapefruity hops on top of a heavily sweet, brown-sugary malt body. SImple and enjoyable, but a bit too sweet.

T: Piney hops and caramel malt. Slightly spicy, moderately bitter. Pretty good, but a little lacking in complexity.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Fairly creamy. Pleasant.

O: Solid-enough beer, but there are tons of better IPAs out there.


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

Best before 08 January 2012.

Pours clear orange to golden with thick, foamy white head. The aroma is very hoppy - lots of floral, planty notes along with grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor is a bit more mildly hoppy. Still plenty of citrus and floral notes but some caramel malt comes through as well. Well-balanced, not too strong for an IPA, but the mouthfeel is a tad on the light or watery side.

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

Poured into a Magic Hat pint glass.

Clear yellow, slightly amber with a two finger white head, left nice rings of lacing and holds a good sturdy head.

Aroma is citrus and pine with some yeast.

Flavor is nice blend of citrus, pine, earthy/grassy hops, touch of sweet malt in the middle, fair bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied.

Decent IPA, a fairly good offering from NB.

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

pours a golden sunset yellow color with a 2 finger head and creamy off-white ring with decent lacing..appearance was a little light for an ipa but not bad..the smell was pine needles first then some citrus and some hops with a biscuit/toast and malt smell..again a little light the taste was a bitter pine taste first with some citrus and malts i might taste the proprietary NB yeast in this one again its OK balanced but on the light side..the mouth feel was medium and filled the beer taste buds.. and it is very drinkable..its just not my choice when i want an IPA..just bought 2 singles will not buy a sixer but may have it on tap at various establishments since it is year round...i don't know so many other and better IPAS out there... NB'S new HOPTOBER this fall for me was outstanding RANGER is just OK

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this on their recent trip out here.

Pours a moderate golden color with a low-lying white head and not too much lacing. Nose is slightly citric with some light floral aspects as well. Light base with a bit of pale malt and slight caramel sweetness. Feel is a bit dry with good carbonation. Drinks well in the end and is fairly sessionable, but not a high caliber IPA.

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

Best by May 2011. Part of the Folly Pack.

A: Golden bronze. Some good head, leaving a thin wisp of foam. Rings of lacing left after every swig.

S: Light grapefruit, sourdough, floral/ozone aromas. Nice.

T: Zesty citrus & strong herbal hop flavors dominate. Grainy, husky, almost rye like malts towards the end.

M/D: A really dry IPA. No bold flavors to make it memorable. Still, Ranger is a servicable IPA if you're in a hurry or in the mood for something new.

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Photo of k7sw
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, pale golden bronze with a nice fluffy white one finger head. Couldn't really put my finger on the faint sweet aroma. The tastes of grassy herbal hops with a citrusy tang give way to a faint malty finish. Not very bitter as far as IPAs go. Carbonation is nearly perfect with a sticky sweet aftertaste.

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

Appearance - Lighter than a number of IPAs I have seen, but a lovely frothy white head. The bubbles are very inviting, but not so many as to make you think this beer is going to fill ya up. 4.0/5.0

Smell - Like standing in the middle of a forest, there's some definite pine in the aroma of this beer. The hops are nice and pronounced, but not so sharp as to offend (well, I love hops, so not sure that would happen). 4.0/5.0

Taste - The citrus hop flavor is far more blended and subdued than I would have expected. The bitterness is lighter than I usually like, but it's not bad. Like some other reviews I have seen about this beer, I would probably call it a pale ale, rather than an IPA. I expect a lot of boldness in an IPA and this beer just didn't deliver that. - 3.0/5.0

Feel - Smooth, with a great mouth coverage. The aftertaste is a bit sour, but doesn't stick around very much, unlike the hop taste which does hang with you for a while. - 4.0/5.0

Drinkability - As an IPA, probably not. I have a large list of IPAs that I would have on a regular basis. This beer's similarity to a pale ale would put in consideration if I wanted that, but alas - I'll just stick with an IPA. On that note, this isn't a bad beer - just more of a pale ale. 3.0/5.0

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Photo of Gilly1980
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review. Here we go.

Appearance- pours a rich gold with a finger or so of head that doesn't stay too long.

Smell- strong citrus aroma (grapefruit specifically) with an earthy undertone.

Taste- strong citrus taste up front with a moderate hoppy and smoky bite towards the end.

Mouthfeel- surprisingly chewy for such a light beers

Drinkability- I could easily drink several of these in a sitting.

Overall- overall a good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. I plan on buying this again and sharing with friends.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance>nice color, not hazy, small head head, lacing is thin but constant.

Smell>Pretty standard. Nothing offensive. Good IPA.

Taste>Good, but not too complex; a one note Sally. That said this is still the best that New Belgium has ever been able to offer me in their line. So, for complexity aside, this is a good beer. The hop taste is great and the hang is crisp. Simple but good.

Mouf>Tingly. too small of bubbles


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Photo of blaje
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time I had the occasion to drink this IPA. By the beach @ Myrtle Beach for vacation, this bacame my week long beer on hot august days by the see...
Shirt and sweet review:
First impression of this IPA: very good, but drinking it for the entire week, i do found it a bit thin, a bit more malt whould have boosted its backbone. Nevertheless, this IPA gave me what I've wanted. Crisp and sharp, bitter and not to long aftertaste so you do not ruine your palate after a few ones! Nose and flavor reminiscent of most IPAs tasted so far except a funky nose and taste of weed...
For my first New Belgium beer, I'm having a really good impression. Comming accross their other products, I'll give them a try...

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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 SanDiegoBeerLove
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very little white fluffy head and nice golden color.

S - Smells of Citrus(Oranges, Lemons), Minerals, and some sugary malts.

T - Tastes of Citrus(Oranges & Grapefruit), slight Honey, and a little Metallic.

M - Medium to High Carbonation and a little watery.

D - This is very drinkable because it is not too high in bitterness.

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

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Clear light amber with a 1 finger white head with good retention and minimal lacing.

S - Faint pine and floral hops with a little biscuit malt breadiness.

T - Backbone of pine hops but a little underwhelming. A little sweet malt and bready notes. A hint of booze and minimal bitterness at the finish for an IPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

O - Not the best IPA and pretty weak with the considerable competition among the Coloradan IPAs. Not the best from NB but still a above average brew.

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

This beer is very golden in color but the head is almost non-existent.

Smells like a field of fresh cut grass and notes of light vanilla cream.

The taste is quite malty yet balances the hops well, mild citrus coats the mouth well.

This is an IPA that has a high level of drinkability for those who are intimidated by IPAs.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A nice, honey-colored body and fluffy, white head make for an attractive combination. Retention's great, clarity's great... Carbonation is a bit weak, though. Attractive layers of lacing stuck to the glass the whole way down.

S - Nice, cascade hoppiness and a layer of tangerine in the scent make for a pleasant combination. Faint malts in the scent. Not a strong scent, but a pleasant one.

T - Harsh kicks of hops and bitterness the whole way through, with a thin, grain undertone. It gets surprisingly weaker as it warms... Not too complex, but it gets the job done all the same.

M - Thin body with a crisp, clean finish. Nice, prickly amount of carbonation saves it from being too watery.

Overall/notes - Solid IPA, and easy to drink considering the style. I'd be tempted to use this for cooking Brats, actually. Has a really piny character that makes me think of the outdoors... Then again, that could be the bottle. All in all, not the best nor the worst of its style.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer in unfiltered and looks in between orange and golden. This beer leaves a nice foam lace at the top that just won't go away. Smells of cascade hops, some different spice notes, and a bit of yeast in the back. Big hop taste from start to finish. This beer only weighs in at 70 IBU's but don't let that fool you many of the hops were used to bitter this beer up. I taste a bit of citrus flavor near the end, maybe some orange, lemon , but that's probably the cascade hops.

I like my IPA's to have a bit heavier mouth feel, but on the plus side this drinks pretty smoothly and leaves a wet finish. This is much better than mighty arrow. Not a bad IPA give it a chance, but don't expect the holy grail.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken while I was in Las Vegas. This IPA looks good off the pour. It has a fair sized white foam that leaves some nice lacing and a nice copper color.

Smells of grapefruits, tropical fruits and a good bit of pale malt.

Tastes of roasted malts, tropical fruits thanks to the hops and citrus.

Compared to other IPAs this one is lacking in certain areas buts it is still a good beer.

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

A perfectly adequate IPA, happy to drink it anytime, but just can't get into it. Pours a brilliant gold with a nice, fluffy head, nice retention with moderate lacing. Aroma is pine-heavy with a little citrus fruit. On the palate this is well balanced, firmly bitter, resiny and medium bodied with a hit of alcohol on the finish. Drinkable, almost east-coast in style, this is merely lacking a more pronounced hop character to elevate this.

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