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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,900 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,900
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 70
Gots: 607 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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Photo of mcfisty
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Great Divide slim pint glass

A= Pours a clear light golden color with about two inches of off white head. Some lacing, not much

Ar= Bursting with piney, herbal, and citrusy hops, Only the very faintest malt and a touch of maybe some toasty yeast.

F= Flavor is grassy and "dank". Usual suspects of pine & grapefruit, maybe a small amount of the mango.

M/D= Mouthfeel is gripping bitter at first but very quickly fades. Pretty thin on the mouthfeel, but dry and easy to drink.

Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - yellowish orange clear beer with nice head and retention

Smell - A superb scent! Hops scream out of the glass pine and citrus!

Taste - Very flavorful and very hoppy but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and nice

Overall- A very nice American IPA that is flavorful yet fairly easy on the pallet.

Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Best by 19DEC10 on the label. Enjoyed this with my son while tailgating Saturday on the WA Husky campus. This review is from a fresh pour tonight.

A-Pours a resplendent clear golden hue with a two finger, foamy off white head that settled into an abundant cap, followed by a sticky lace. Very inviting appearance.

S-A fragrant IPA. Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit are prominent, sweet, and inviting. A very nice blend of Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hops.

T-Hoppy bitterness is very citric, especially grapefruit and lemony esters, and full flavored with some piney resin. There is also a pleasant, and welcome, bready malt backbone providing a nice sweet balance that I like in an IPA.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level and complexion. A good introduction to the style for the newly initiated since it is not overpowering.

D-Exceedingly drinkable for an IPA. Drinks well cold and warmer. A good IPA and one of the best beers I have had from New Belgium. A very nice offering that is readily available and reasonably priced.

Photo of tomnoble
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful tight stark white head that rose about an inch above the glass without falling. Heavy lacing that trailed to the bottom of the glass. Earthy aroma after the pour. Nicely balanced and uncomplicated hop profile. Consistent from the beginning to end and very easily drinkable. A smallish IPA at 6.5% leaves plenty of room for more.

Photo of JamesMN
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent golden hue with some visible effervescence and a one finger soapy off-white head. Laces well.

Aroma: Lots of nice hop character. Pineapple, citrus, and grapefruit. A little caramel malt.

Taste: Very bitter throughout which is exactly what I'm looking for in an American IPA. The hop character is interesting because is starts out with sort of west coast tropical fruit flavors and then becomes more piny and earthy in the middle (this is also where the bitterness is the most powerful) and then a healthy mix of both hop profiles in the finish. Some caramel and toffee malt flavor is there to help balance things out but the scale definitely leans towards hoppy and not malty. A lot of flavor packed into a 6.5% ABV IPA. It's aggressive on the palate but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Definitely a good IPA and one that I would recommend to any hop head but just not blowing my mind. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pour is beautifully clean with a gorgeous fluffy head that gives way to sheets of lacing. The product is highly carbonated with tiny bubbles that whiz through the sparkling golden clarity of the beer.

The nose is alive with juicy sappy pine and citrus scents. The hops shine with their sharpness and the nose not muddied up by the graininess that a heavier malt bill would bring. Smells crisp and light and delicious and foreshadows a refreshing and quenching taste that is to follow the foreplay.

The taste is grand. A delicious mouthful of everything that is wonderful about simcoe and sparingly administered chinook hops is the first showpiece offered in the tasting. Citrus, pine, and just the perfect degree of bitterness paired with a modest malt profile devoid of any cloying aspects make this brew quaffable to the fullest. This has everything the western block of ipa manufacture has to be noted and praised for.

The mouthfeel is perfect for drinkability. This brew has enough body to support everything with balance and it promotes all of the flavors and characteristics well and lends to superior ease of imbibing.

Overall this ale has what this reviewer has come to love about the west coast version of the ipa style. Colorado may not be on the coast, but the general western usa idea of streamlined and less filling while still utterly delicious is evident here. Spending years chewing down the midwest's drinks, while fabulous to be certain, has made me grow fond of this lighter type of beer and hence I may feel more satisfied than others to whom this brew has been commonplace. New Belgium is new to our market here in Michigan and I am glad that I decided to snag this out of the gas station today as the overrated status of Fat Tire nearly deterred me from finding out what a great little brew this Ranger India Pale Ale is. I will be looking to this in the future!

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a big 2" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, orange, and caramel are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, some pine, ripe pears, and a decent bitterness creates a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. Worthy of a look as this hits the spot for the stlye.

Photo of Andreji
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, and again, thankful to aschwab for this generous gift. I still have some left.

I have had good experiences with new belgium and ranger isn't far from it. The pour isn't a standard IPA by any means. a bright orange tone glows very prominently and there's lots of carbonatsion going on. Not only that, the head is extremely compact and resembles yeastier belgians- lasts almost indefinitely and leaves tonnes of lacing, and of course that rocky look the foam acquires at some point.

Smell pops out right ahead, and it definetly ain't belgian. This is vintage IPA. That strong, hoppy piney feel becomes undisputable but it somehow makes itself feel sweet to the nose. perhaps malts are hidden beneath rather than right there.

Taste, this is an IPA. I loved it because it simply is a staple of a beer, very prominent hops all over but not being overly bitter, and the malts seem to be the underdog here making it just discretely sweet in the end )rather than the other way around). Alcohol also seems to be lying underneath very stealthily, but it somewhat lets itself be noticed when swallowing it (i mean, that feel you get from your throat to your nose).

The body is well carbonated although would seem much worse if we went by the head alone. it's also a bit oily so it's not much of a thirst quencher.

Nonetheless, once again, a fab american IPA.

Photo of unHipHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Either I underestimated this beer the first time around or they upped the anty because this beer now seems very hoppy and it also hops to it with the alcohol.

Regardless, I am liking the taste of the hop balance they have here, its a seriously lingering flavor that I can get behind. The hops hit you up front and then the mild malty balance comes in and the hops continue through the finish just like I'd expect from a good West Coast IPA.

The hop taste is unexpected from NB and I'm glad that they stepped outside their comfort zone (as they are with a lot of brews lately) because this is a great every day hop lovers beer.


a: poured on the darker side, looks like a lager. the seemingly sturdy head faded fast and completely dissipated in a matter of seconds.

s: hints of pine, hints of grass, malt/minerals

t: not very bitter at all, one dimensional hop taste... mostly on the piney side. The hops are chauffeured both on the introduction and the followup by the usual New Belgium malt taste.

m: after the hops fade there is too much mineral quality that lingers, almost like i drank a San Pellegrino mineral water.

d: I'm not sure I could drink this in place of other IPA's.

In terms of NB's beers, they probably listed it #4 on their explorer list for a reason... the wit, abbey and trippel are all better attempts.

I will try the Ranger again for the sake of fairness but so far I would only buy it if it was one of the few IPA's to choose from.

Photo of estlinska
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served many times in bottle and draft, this is reviewed from a draft pour at Gusano's in 3/13. Poured into a standard large shaker. It's a burnished brass color with excellent light penetration and great clarity. Pillowed with lots of pure white head and sticky lacing all over the glass. It's an overall very fine looking beer. The nose is a bouquet of hops, full of pine and citrus oil that's a good smell for a good IPA. Malt is very subdued overall. The taste is very indicative of the nose as well. It has strong bittering without being overly harsh, very much like orange rind and smacking with some citrus fruit juice as well. Bittering is well done and finishes strong. Full mouthfeel with good carbonation overall. I think this beer is a very quality representation of a good IPA. It's a good standard of the style and does well what it sets out to do.

Photo of honestdave
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a favorite ale glass

A: Clear golden color with very nice one inch head. Slightly creamy head, but light consistency. Tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Wispy lacing down the glass. Excellent appearance.

S: Smells like fresh grapefruit, melon. Really good, fresh nose.

T: Nice hop bitterness followed by light malty, dry aftertaste. Clean and balanced flavor. Very nice!

M: A light body. Easy to drink this one down quickly.

D: I really love the nice hop bite followed with a dry aftertaste. This is a really good American IPA. Would be easy to drink several of these.

Summary: I really like this beer. I would buy again. Love the balance of this beer. Quality from New Belgium.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served at Bennigan's in a tall pint glass.

Appearance- It is a gold body with some amber in there. Just a little bit of carbonation can be seen in the glass. I really enjoy the half-finger foam cap. It is white and has amazing retention.

Smell- There are citrus fruit notes here. Also a little bit of floral aromas are coming through. Otherwise not much going on besides a little malt scent.

Taste- Okay, pretty decent hop profile, but not really overwhelming. Again, the estery hop notes are there. The citrus isn't punching through really hard which allows it to be a little more herbal and floral on the tongue. The finish is pretty bitter, and hints at some smooth malt. There is a little bit of hop funk that I am catching every drink, but not hard enough to really detract from the overall taste.

Mouth feel- Ranger has a decent mouth feel. It is more medium bodied, but there is something going on that is keeping it from being creamy or very smooth. Maybe not enough carbonation? I am not really sure, but it is almost there.

Overall- This is by all accounts, a well balanced IPA that lets the floral and herbal notes really ride the wave, while providing a citrus and biscuit malt background. The mouth feel is decent, but could go down smoother. And it really looks the part, so many rings of lace in my empty glass. Definitely give this one your time.

Photo of Sergioelijah
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into tulip glass.

A- Nice Golden hue, finger and a half head, fluffy head, carbonation rising from bottom

S- Herbal, malty, a bit citrusy

T- First taste is the hops, generous amount but not overwhelming.

M- Crisp, well carbonated, hint of sweetness

O- Ends with hop filled flavor. Great IPA, decent head, decent lace.

Photo of melloashello
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy head. Good hop aromas and nicely carbonated. Hints of citrus and pine. Pretty good selection from New Belgium. The drinkability is great. At 6.5%, it is a bit lighter than some other IPAs but just about right for me. I could drink a couple of these.

Photo of BatDaddy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crisp clear light amber with ample white head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Smells citrusy and clean. Grapefruit and some floral, herbal notes.

T&M - More citrus and grapefruit. Well balanced for an IPA, hop profile is strong and pronounced but certainly not overdone. There's plenty of clean malt backbone behind this one. Feel is crisp and smooth, almost creamy at times.

D - Really good. This isn't a hop bomb by any means, and I could see downing a few of these during the right occasion.

Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a nice white rocky colored head; holds very well and forms a choppy layer of lacing around the edge of the glass; about 1.5 fingers in size; some visible carbonation stems from the bottom of the glass; copper colored body; some sediment is visible

S - Pine and grass; nice and smooth hop nose; soft caramel malt scents; crisp and clean

T - Caramel and fruity flavor; hop-grass flavor, just about right and not too heavy; nutty back-end malt taste

M - Slightly bubbly, but semi-dry from the hops; bitter pine aftertaste, lingers for quite a bit; slight tart feel on the side of the tongue and cheeks

D - Very good beer; could be an IPA staple in my fridge; nice, soft balance of malt flavors and hops, makes for a pleasure experience

Photo of therica
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this was on-tap, several reviews before this one.

Much better with the bottle in my own controlled environment!

A= light tea or light orange color, little head, some pooling, rimming and lacing. Little carbonation activity.

S= superb, as with the draft. Huge spicy west-coast hops florals, great malts (some roasted), lavender.

T= again the lavender and citrus hops (grapefruit, tangerine evident; very rich malts, very potent hops and bite, light carbonation which fits well with the beer. Excellent.

M= slightly rusty, with hops bitterness, slight malts residuals and a slightly watery effect. Decent.

O= a great new creation by New Belgium, I believe their first step into the ultra-hops world and definitely worthy. I'm glad to see it's spreading quickly into beer venues in our Hagerstown MD area.

Photo of MirImage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured with about a 1/4 in white head over a very clear light golden body. Head dissapated into a thin layer of bubbles that kept hugging the glass. great lacing.

S: Fresh hop smell with a mild sweetness.

T: Very well balance (toward the hoppy side of course). Tastes grassy and fresh with slight citrus notes. Hop forward with a slightly hoppy bitter end.

M: Medium bodied, slight carbonation bite.

D: Very easy to drink, would have a few.

Photo of Koufax21
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours beautifully. Clear, clear through the glass and a clean white head settles on top.

S - smells of grassy hops with a bit of citrus.

T - I have always thought that Colorado created several west coast IPA's away from the west coast, but I never included New Belgium BC in that. This IPA tastes just like a WC IPA with it's 70 IBU's and the Simcoe and Cascade hops.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - Easy drinkin' quality IPA. Give it a shot your mouth will thank you.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have really been enjoying Ranger in this summer heat. Went through several six packs before giving it my marks.

The pour produces a love golden hue clear body with a big thick foamy head. Retention was good, left a nice rim of lacing around my tulip glass. Lots of champagne bubble action going on. This beer is already a feast for the eyes.

Aroma is tell tale hops and pine. This is some fair herbal notes to point out, with hints of grass and lemon peel. Grapefruit pungency is also there, but very much subdued.

Flavor was much to be expected. Begins with some fair floral hops then gives way to grapefruit bitterness, and a bit of piney resin to round it all out. I can also pick up there house yeast, it adds to the herbal and grassy undertones of the brew without being over the top. Nicely malty in the finish with some lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine and dandy. Just big enough to enjoy as a sipper, and light enough to enjoy in a session. Carbonation was ample.

Drinkability get good marks for being readily available and being resonable priced for an IPA. Looks like I will going back for more sixers because I can't get enough. Good job New Belgium.

Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 100 Beer Club dimpled mug at the Mellow Mushroom West Ashley...

A: Clear; orange / gold; eggshell white head leaves a wonderful SHEET of lace!

S: Clean malts; citrus / piney / herby hops; a smidge of butter on the nose, but not much.

T: Nice and hoppy with grapefruit and pine at the forefront; some light caramel malts lays the foundation.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation (still some zing, though); very crisp and near refreshing.

O: A nice IPA that’s pretty easy to find; a nice hop fix that’s not too over the top; good stuff.

Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 05/08/2011, so I'm technically a week late. Bottled on 12/7/2010.

A: Thick, foamy, off-white head with excellent lacing. Golden olive oil color with large carbonation bubbles. Very appealing.

S: Strong, earthy, and piney hops with sweet honey malt in the background.

T: Very clean hops taste with a sweet malt backbone. Great hops bitterness without overdoing it. A bit of alcohol on the back end.

M: Medium-light bodied, very crisp and clean. Dryness from the hops lingers slightly.

O: Very solid American IPA that has plenty of hops without being overpowering. A sweet honey malt balances the crisp hops bitterness. Enjoyable.

Photo of thatlongname
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a nice thick head. Good lacing.

Smell: Hop aromas with a lil bit of a light malt smell

Taste: Good example of an IPA. Well- balanced. A little bit of biscuit flavors with the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The froth from the head is creamy

Overall: Overall a pretty good IPA. Definitely worth getting if it's on tap

Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear gold with strong hints of orange. Nice two finger, airy head. Very good retention. Laces well. I'm just not thrilled by the color.

Very strong grapefruit nose (Amarillo hops?). I'm picking the aroma up 6" off the glass. Hint of spiciness and a suggestion of the ABV. Mostly, though, just grapefruit.

Very creamy, smooth hit. Goes almost instantly to tart and dry. Very, very crisp bitter finish. Strong grapefruit, a little pine resin and oil. A little more complex than the nose suggests, but still mostly grapefruit.

Body balances the taste very well.

If you like dry-finishing IPA's, then this one is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of ABOWMan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a single Ranger at Chuck's Beverage in Chagrin Falls and though I'd give it a go. Although I think that many of New Belgium's selections have drifted from pure craft brews to something more "nationally" palatable, this IPA seemed to still maintain it's true roots.

A: Poured a nice brilliant copper/orange color with perfect clarity and a full three fingers of off-white head with fine textured foam. The head had excellent retention and left robust lacing on the walls of my pint glass.

S: Resinous pine, grapefruit and some type of sweet fruit (apricot)? followed by malt.

T: Bitter piny hops which is balanced nicely with citrus, orange and noticeable malt backbone.

M: A tad thin on the tongue despite it's ample carbonation and abv.

D: Very drinkable given it's moderate abv, and cleanness on the palate. I would love to be able to have this ale around as a everyday beverage. Refreshing, and not too heavy on the buds.

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,900 ratings.