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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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4,796 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,796
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 571 | 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 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.

jpro, Jul 12, 2011
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.

tito42, May 18, 2011
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

thatlongname, Mar 26, 2011
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.

beer2day, Feb 12, 2010
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.

ABOWMan, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of drowninginhops
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in standard pint glass.

A: Light orange with frothing white head and very good lacing.
S: Grapefruit, lemon and pepper notes balance out the hops and malt that are also present.
T: Hops, biscuit malt, grapefruit, grass
M: Light and dry.
D: good IPA for after mowing the lawn on a hot summer.

drowninginhops, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that slowly fades and leaves a ton of lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is excellent, full of mango and other tropical fruits. Really one of the better smelling IPAs I've come across that's not imperial.

T: The taste is tropical fruits from the nose and a hop bitterness on the finish. Not exactly a huge complex IPA but a great flavor for a typical IPA.

M: The feel is light but crisp and refreshing.

D: Great for when you want that great fruity IPA taste but not a huge amount of hop bitterness. I could drink many of these in a night.

This is no Bells Two Hearted but it's one of the better IPAs available in my area. I'll be keeping this one around on occasion.

GregSVT, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Jslay77
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very clear amber orange color. Unusual head retention for the style.

This is the only new begium beer that doesn't smack me in the face with the biscuitty taste of Fat Tire. Great hops but quickly turns bitter and the bitterness lingers a bit more that I prefer.

Traditional IPA style piney taste that is easy to drink save the aftertaste.

A bit high on the carbonation in my opinion, otherwise a fairly drinkable beer that I would pick over most other drafts at a place without too many crafts.

Jslay77, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of marty21
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with 2.5 fingers worth of creamy white head. Settles to a solid cap with a big island of foam in the middle. Completly covers the glass with foam.

S: Citrus and grapefruit hops. Maybe some light malt but not much.

T: Nice citrus and grapefruit up front. A little caramel malt but hardly any. Mild bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: This wasn't the most hoppy IPA but it tastes really good.

marty21, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Not very cold.

Pours with a huge gorgeous head, leaves giant clumpy lacing. Clear brownish yellow, fair amount of active carbonation. Smell is mildly floral, clearly hoppy.

Taste is nicely balanced. Nice sweet bready malt offset a terrific hop presence.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, slightly sticky.

This remains one of my go-to easy to find solid IPAs, this is just the first time I've had it in a can.

snaotheus, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of arboristfish
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a golden yellow almost orange. You can smell simcoe hops right away. The taste almost starts out spicy, from the hops, and ends in a citrus almost piney bitterness. The bitterness lingers a little bit with this beer, which im assuming is from the use of simcoe hops. The malt character isnt really noticeable. They do use pale and caramel 120. The 120 gives it a really nice color, without giving to much malty sweetness. A pretty good ipa.

arboristfish, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a frothy two to three finger head (somewhere in the middle) that has great retention and lacing sticking around the glass.

The aroma is rich with citrus and pine hops. Bread and some sweet malt. Everything you would want from an American IPA!

The taste is at first dominated with a sharp pine/citrus dryness on the the tongue. Good amount of malt sweetness but the finish is dry piney hop. No problem with me!

Medium body easy to drink American IPA! The New Belgium Brewery makes an IPA that I can find in most supermarkets. Something I can count on. The price is not bad compared to most craft brews; $8.99 for a six pack is good these days.

Luigi, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of keith712
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing “Ranger” IPA. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic tumbler*

Appearance: A stunning bright copper, absolutely crystalline clear. Two fingers of a nice frothy, white head. Beautiful lacing as the level goes down. Nice carbonation bubbles present themselves in a steady but subdued release.

Nose: Grassy, some citrus, with a nice biscuit presence. A malt presence, albeit small, smooths everything out. Far less grapefruit/citrus than most “hophead” IPA’s normally present.

Taste: Nice hops as expected from an IPA, but not overpowering nor obtrusive. There is the grassy flavor followed by a nice hops bitter that sticks around a bit after the finish. Crisp and dry, no thickness at all. The malts are there to finish out the flavor profile, but certainly not a malty IPA in any way.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention crisp? Carbonated nicely, just about perfect for this bright and snappy IPA. No heavy feel at all and this invites me to have another swallow. This is a great brew.

Drinkability: Awesome. A claimed 6.5% ABV is not noticeable to me, and the moderate 70 IBU is simply well stated and this would make a great introductory IPA to a beginner, while still retaining the punch a hophead loves. I could drink a six pack of these over a barbecue session with no problems other than a nice buzz.

Overall: 4 out of 5! A nice change from the “normal” IPA. Excellent IPA profile with a slight twist. I was pleasantly surprised at the character since I had not heard a lot about this beer. * Don’t waste this one in the bottle, it really comes alive when poured. I drank a couple of these from the bottle the night before at a friend’s house and it certainly seemed less “alive” than when I poured it aggressively into my tumbler at home.

keith712, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of udubdawg
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber in my glass, topped by a half inch of stubborn foam. Classic IPA look, good lacing. Hard to be spectacular in this group with so many worthy competitors, it nonetheless succeeds in looking damn appetizing.
Big classic Cascade aroma, with something spicy behind it. Northern Brewer, Chinook, Simcoe? Not sure. I get a surprising amount of heavily carmelized malt here that I hope doesn't show up in the flavor.
Flavor is quite good but at the same time fails to distinguish. Call it 3.75. Too much caramel malt, but not as much as I feared. Hop flavors are excellent, fresh, inviting one to grab another gulp, er, sip!
On that note, it is pretty dry, and begs another drink. Just enough carb to slow me down, and dangerous drinkability.

If I'm considering the number of quality alternatives and thus being a bit harsh I'd say this: there is only a bit of caramel and more cascade and less amarillo separating this beer and the Mighty Arrow Pale Ale. Even the hop flavor, though increased, is not a ton different to my palate. Not a lot to differentiate them. The difference in IBUs barely shows up at all. Given the choice I'd go for the slightly less caramelly and barely less hoppy Pale Ale. But that's just me.

udubdawg, May 20, 2010
Photo of Khad
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow! New Belgium can make a pretty damn good IPA! This is a remarkable IPA with incredible drinkability, yes an IPA which serves the "beer snob" well and will also satisfy the newbie of craft beer.

The appearance of this IPA is nearly flawless. Wonderful head that sticks around, excellent lacing and wonderful , surprisingly clear darker yellow, color. The smell is quite pleasant but not profound. You get some hops and citrus just what you'd expect, I did not get any pine but apparently may others have. The taste is wonderful with a barrage of hops but none of them overpowering or overly hoppy. In the end you don't get much hoppiness but plenty of subtle citrus. The mouth-feel is phenomenal, not too carbonated and all very subtle and smooth. I often talk about balance and that's exactly what this beer has. Wonderful hops but not overbearing and a great intro style for the newcomers. Highly recommended to anyone!

Khad, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of NickT2121
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A - lite translucent golden straw color. 1 1/2 finger head that lingered a bit. Good lacing all the way down. A lotof bubbles

S - Right off the bat got a lot of fruity smells (grapefruit, pineapple, lemon) and piney hops. With a floral note. Toasted malt too

T - straight up grapefruit and piney taste just awesome. got the bitterness too, but just the right amount. Perfect mix of malt and hops.

M - medium light feel with a dry bubbly finish bitterness is perfecr

O - a great IPA imo. I have heard mixed things about this one but I really enjoyed it. I have been sticking with boulevards Mid West ipa but this is giving it a run for its money for sure!


NickT2121, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of acevenom
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours clear dark golden with a thick white head and visible streaming bubbles rising from the bottom. The head retreats slowly as it should for an IPA, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. The aroma is of clean grapefruit with some pine. I get some caramel in the nose as well. The flavor follows the smell pretty well. There's some nice bright grapefruit and bitter piney hops in the back. There's also some caramel sweetness from the malt as well as some breadiness. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is sticky and the hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. This beer is pleasantly drinkable. This is a very good beer.

acevenom, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a crystalline orange in color with a nice, pure white head that came up nicely. It wasn't like that thick shaving cream kind of head but more like white caps on a choppy sea.

Smell - This has a strong but easy-going aroma led primarily by the rindy citrus hops with just a touch of pine. The grain base is just big enough to maintain respectability. Again, it is a refined and easy smell that brings out the other aspects of the bouquet.

Taste - The malt base comes on a bit more substantial at the taste and, again, shows a lot of class. It is exactly the right kind of grain and malt flavor mix that compliments this diverse hop profile. The citrus from the nose is amazingly smooth at the taste and though the pine largely drops off there is a variety of citrus flavors that gives this IPA a wonderfully clean flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied with some strong but manageable bitterness and a light carbonation that keeps the beer lively without slowing you down too much.

Drinkability - Boy was I impressed with this beer. I do like the big hop bombs I'll admit but I can also appreciate a well-balanced and thoughtful effort such as this New Belgium sample. This is a very refined class act and a must-taste for any true IPA fan.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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