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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,253 Reviews
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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 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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Photo of infinitebruner
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 14, 2015

22 oz bomber, mason jar

A – Light to medim amber. Slightly off-white foamy head. Pretty long retention and very high clarity.

S – Orange marmalade, slightly bready. Mostly light, fruity hop aroma. Something else there, possibly guava or passion fruit, very low in the mix.

T – Light marmalade and fresh pear, lightly bready but the hops are prominent. Only mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly dank.

M – Slightly resiny, sweet but leaning toward bitter. Moderate body and carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

O – Interesting mix of flavor but not entirely pleasant. Something just a bit off.

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

pours a darker orange, but SUPER clear, a little head but not a ton, actually quite a pretty beer. smells a nice, lighter hops. mostly a citrus greapfruit smell, with just a hint of resiny, piny bitterness. also a small, sweeter malt profile, but nothing too developed. smooth with decent carbonation in the mouth, but nothing too special. the hops present are a little unbalanced. never hard to drink or harsh, but definitely does not beg to be drank.

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

Picked up a 22 of this deliciousness seeing that, well, it was the first time I'd seen an NB IPA. Intrigued, I popped the top and poured it into a frozen 0.5L glass.

Head was present but not thick... no foam mustache for me. Initial taste reminded me more of a straight Pale Ale. Most NB brews don't hit you in the face with hops anyways, so one can say it was consistent with their brewing style.

Very easy to drink but not one you'd want to gulp down fast just because you can. 2.5/3 cheers for New Belgium's IPA attempt, nothing special but still durn yummy.

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

Poured in a Bruery chalice. Body is a clear orange gold, topped with an inch of white foam, that dissipates to a ring, leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells of piney hops and bready malt.

Tastes of piney hops, with a little orange citrus rind. Bitterness is tasted up front, balanced by some sweet malt in the mid palate with a bit more orange presence, and then finishes quite bitter. I get a little metallic taste in the finish as well. It is certainly hoppy, producing a little numbness on the tongue.

Body is medium and carbonation is moderate; has a creamy mouthfeel.

Not a bad IPA, a lot of flavor is packed in. It is a little too bitter.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear light amber-orange with tall white head that laces the glass.

S- Sweet grain and pine hops.

T- Hoppy from start to finish. Mostly pine hops but there are herbal and slight citrus notes. Sweet malt makes up the backbone of this one.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bitterness of the aftertaste coats the mouth and sticks around for a little while after you finish the drink.

O- Good but not great, very drinkable IPA that is nice to enjoy a full 22 oz bottle of.

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