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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,723 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3723
Reviews: 1109
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%


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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Halcyondays

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 oz. pre-release bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with a pillowy white head, some good lace.

S: Balanced mix of pine and citrus oil, picked up some Simcoe notes in there too.

T: Pine off the bat and mild bread malt, definitely a West Coast feel. Very prominent white grapefruit pith comes in, not my fave type of hop bitterness, but overall a good complexity with the hop character.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation on the palate, finish on the thin side for me.

D: All in all, a solid effort. New Belgium always has well made products. This is by no means going to make me ditch the San Diego hop efforts, but should be an inexpensive IPA making it something I'd pick up now and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 17:21:49 | More by Halcyondays
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Hopnobbin

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good....mild for an ipa, not very hoppy.

Golden ale look, good drinkability, smooth finish. Slightly hoppy with creamy end-note. Solid, would probably try again.

Would be good as a starter ipa for those just trying this style. The mildness will ease your palate to the stouter ipas.

Hopefully future batches from New Belgium will be hoppier, i'd make me happier!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 15:17:34 | More by Hopnobbin
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tippebrewcrew2

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2/14/10

New Belgium
Ranger
IPA
ABV 6.5%

L=3.5 Pours a 2 finger light orange body. Large bubbles/ highly carbonated

S=3.5 A decent nose of citrus and light pine hops

T=3.5 Light body, Light citrus, watery, light bitterness

F-2.5 This beer just feels really watered down to me.

D=3.5 I gave it a pretty high drinkability score because I try to imagine being around a fire during a really warm summer night. I would drink a couple if they were there but overall I would not buy one again or seek one out. It's a

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 08:51:22 | More by tippebrewcrew2
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Florida9

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness Date: 09 Jul 10

A: Deep gold. Clear. Pours with about a 1/2" of fizzy white head that reduces to a sticky surface coating. Nice bit of lacing.

S: A moderate strength aroma of lemony citrus and pine.

T: Something is a bit off here. Most noticeable is an odd burnt plastic flavor - not necessarily strong, but certainly noticeable and distracting. Otherwise, seltzer and grain, with a mild to moderate bitter finish. Oddly, every once in a while I seem to be able to coax a wonderful grassy hop flavor out of this beer, but it is not consistent. Again, something isn't right with this beer.

M: On the lighter side with a heavier carbonation. Very clean.

D: An easy drinker, but with the odd flavor profile, I have little desire to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:53:06 | More by Florida9
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ronz28

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light, golden straw, filtered

Smell: Strong hoppy aroma with equally strong biscuity malt finishing if off.

Taste: Fairly hoppy initially with a strange aftertaste that reminded me of liver. I like BrewUSA's description of old, dried turkey.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated for me.

Overall: Certainly unique, I'm happy to add this to my list of "have tried". I've had worse, but will probably pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:05:46 | More by ronz28
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Brettster

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. This poured a golden color with a white head. This was a typical New Belgum beer to me, not always a bad thing. I have not had a lot of their products but they seem to lack complexity. To me it just was not hoppy enough for an IPA. It still was very smooth and easy drinking. I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:08:19 | More by Brettster
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at my local Taco Mac.

Poured yellow in color with slight orange tint. About a half finger head with lots of lacing.

pine & lemon scent, with the taste of pine hop, overpowering all

The mouthfeel is hoppy and bitter, light on the tongue high carbonation.

Another good ipa let's your tongue know why it's there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:43:47 | More by ImusBeer
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zoso493

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guiness tuliped pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, ruddy orange-amber color that is somewhat atypical of the style. Absolutely no haze to this one. It does have a large, foamy three-finger head that has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose consists of some very pale and somewhat buttery malts and some piney, resinous hops. The malts definitely overshadow the hops, though, leaving me to wonder what kind of an IPA this is going to be.

Taste: The malts, as evidenced by the nose, are the dominant motif in this brew, which is a horrible idea in an IPA. The taste is pretty weak overall and the hops are almost entirely absent. There's just a touch of grainy hops at the end to offset the faint malts. I have to say, this is a pretty disappointing IPA.

Mouthfeel: This is a very thin beer despite being very fresh. It is pretty highly carbonated, though, which is probably contributing to the thinness but also perhaps making it a bit more drinkable.

Drinkability: This could be a fairly drinkable beer and I'll give it a 4 in this category to offset a low a taste score, but I would never want to have more than one of these.

Overall, this was a very disappointing experience from a beer that I had really been anticipating trying. This is a very fresh bottle but there are no hops to be found anywhere, which is a big no-no in an IPA. It's not a bad beer by any means, but there are quite a few IPA's I would reach for before this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 00:08:55 | More by zoso493
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit yellow with ample carbonation that settles rather quickly coating the sides of glass with lace. Clear. Netural aroma (wait: I'm catchign a bit of cedar). Methinks my bottle my not be so fresh. Peppery hops, little bits of malt, rather watery when cold, not so much as it warms up. Fairly solid bitter finish, but not quite what I was expecting. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass with each sip. Although not as impressed as the first time I had this beer, I will say that this is probably an excellent summertime IPA, as it seems very light in body and quite dry in the finish (drier than the saison I just sampled.) Fairly cheap at $3 for a 22-oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:21:04 | More by marcobrau
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mondegreen

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Standard Shaker Pint.

A: Pale golden with a thin head. Leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Subdued spicy hops, pretty one dimensional, but still smells nice.

T: Not a whole lot going on here. The taste is rather bland for an IPA, rather than a biting bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Almost like an IPA 'light.' This isn't an awful beer, but it isn't going to blow your mind, either. A pretty basic, run-of-the-mill IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 20:51:01 | More by mondegreen
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msjacilynn

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden amber pour with a nice frothy head.

S: not a strong scent but some floral hops do hit the nose. I didn't capture a ton of sweetness initially but I do think my beer was served a bit too cold.

T: a grapefruit & spruce hit the palate immediately and leave a bitter end that lasts but not as long as most IPA's.

M: well carbonated and medium mouth-feel.

D: This isn't my favorite IPA but I think a bit of a crowd pleaser. The alcohol is right where you'd expect for an IPA, and the flavors don't knock you out. It's well-balanced and very enjoyable. I love my beer a tad more dangerous than this but I could certainly be convinced to drink a few. :o)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:27:37 | More by msjacilynn
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a clear golden brown, moderate carbonation, and a foamy white head that leaves decent lacing. Didn't get much in the aroma, other than general IPA citrus notes. Hops up front in the taste, with citrus zest, mellowing out with some sweet maltiness. Pretty standard stuff. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 04:27:15 | More by Rifugium
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Ranger is citric, yeasty, and bready.

It poured pale gold with a two-finger white head; lots of lace held onto the glass from top down. The smell and flavor were immediately very citric with a yeasty metallic finish, that seems to be a characteristic of New Belgium, lingering for a long time on the tongue. As the ale warmed, the citrus flavor faded and the yeast asserted itself. There was a lot of carbonation and otherwise, the feel was thick and bready -- also a characteristic of New Belgium -- with very little bitterness.

Ranger made a good first impression, with a sharp appearance and an explosion of citrus; however, both faded and it closed out as bland, bready, and metallic.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 23:16:55 | More by MetalHopHead6
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium products are suddenly everywhere in the greater DC area.

A-Very nice looking IPA; nice thick cap with tons of chunky lacing that floats above a nearly clear, amber colored ale with no visible carbonation.

S-Grapefruit and pine, with some grass and a pinch of malt.

T-Like it smells! Not complex, but tasty and a super value.

M-Very mild fizz and not much heat, which leaves this as a slick ale that is more than refreshing and might be nice paired with fish & chips.

O-I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:39:47 | More by pinotboy007
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just okay. Not a bad IPA, not a great one either. I generally really like IPAs so I am going to always score them a little higher. This one was just missing some of the nice piney, citrusy bite that I really like in a good IPA. Since I am not partial to this brewery, I don't think I will have this one again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:32:56 | More by mjpolzin
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a pale, straw goldenrod color, pretty clear as well. A ton of carbonation can be seen in the body, which multiple streams of bubbles creating a torrent. About 1.5-fingers worth of head grows, ivory in appearance, with very good retention, probably due in part to the amount of carbonation. The lacing as well is great, with thick, generous foam covering nearly every inch of glass.

S - The aroma brings a vivid, fresh hop burst, which focus mainly on the grapefruit and citrus, but also brings pineapple and a dank pine smell as well. It's almost entirely hoppy, with only the slightest bit of caramel malts in the finish.

T - Given the amount of hops in the nose, I was expecting an equal amount of contribution for the flavor, but I am left with a little less than what was promised. It is pretty bitter, taking a lot from the hops, but the flavor seems to fall beyond the wayside. If the aroma gave the impression of a citrus-forward beer, the taste essentially discards that, instead leaving a touch of fruit and pine, replaced with malts and a strong bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. This feels pretty nice on that palate, moving smoothly and easily across the mouth while delivering the flavors, but there isn't a whole lot of distinct flavors that come across with it.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The body and nose on this are pretty nice and enjoyable, but the flavors fall a little short. Rather than extracting the rich, juicy flavor of the hops, New Belgium brings a bitterness that is not faithful to the nose. For $4, I can't say this is disappointing, but I wish the bitterness was toned down a bit in favor of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:59:34 | More by nhindian
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent copper golden color with a thin half finger, white head. Pretty generic.

S - Fresh spicy and floral hops dominate. Caramel and candies sugar show too. Smells very well balanced and quite inviting. The freshness if the beer is evident

T - the balance in this beer is phenomenal. It's not an ibu quest like most; rather a balanced, fair attempt at the style. The floral perfumy hops blend with the crystal malt nicely. Property spice is evident as well. It's not ground breaking, but I appreciate it nonetheless.

M - light bodied, crisp and dry. Pretty good.

D - a pretty good beer overall. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:36:11 | More by blakelive784
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A nice two fingers of head on top of a clear copper colored ale.

Bright citrus smell; lemon and pine.

Neutral taste at first, moved to moderate bitterness, ends with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Crisp, medium body with low carbonation.

I like it. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 17:11:02 | More by Fatehunter
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda a whimpy light clear orange, good lace and head.

Fresh hop nose, not as good as the top ones, had this after a can of Furious, not as good...

Flavor has some unusual flavor, not bad, just different, grassy maybe, ok but decent malt backbone, good finish.

Light for the abv, not overpowering.

Ok drinker, expected more from these guys, doesn't stand up to Furious, or Two Hearted, much deep tastes, this is just ok.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 21:45:36 | More by robbyc1
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JamisonM

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA Glass

A: nice head bright white head with good lace its a golden color a nice bright gold color not light gold

S: smell does not pop its kind of bland I get some hops but man for an ipa it should be more then this so just average

T: taste is that of an average beer nothing to see here I am disappointed because the last time I had this beer it was great! what happen? yikes!

M: light mouth with good carbonation

D: you can drink it not much bitter here

overall: yea did I get a bad batch or something? its not the beer I first had. I was thinking that I would give this a A- but yea its not that good at least this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:02:50 | More by JamisonM
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a lighter amber color with a smallish white head, has a decent overall appearance. smell is decent, not as hoppy as one would expect. taste is good for a pale ale but for a IPA i feel it is misbranded, doesn't have the pizazz of a normal IPA, its a good pale ale however. mouthfeel is average, a bit watery. overall its a good beer but again, i dont feel its a true IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:28:51 | More by 1fastz28
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ChiPool

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into Duvel tulip.

A: Amber; 2 inch head; nice lacing

S: Malt grain; Faint resinous hop

T: Slight citrus hop/grapefruit with malt really coming through

O: Not bad. Hard to pass Torpedo at the same price for 4-pack cans. Decent offering, esp for pint cans. Sessionable IPA. Not memorable.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 01:33:47 | More by ChiPool
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a New Belgium chalice.

The beer is very clear for a dark orange color. The head is huge, at least 3 fingers, very creamy and lasts well over 5 minutes falling in chunks. Great lacing as well.

The aroma is really light, you can just make out the hops but that's all that presents itself.

The taste is disappointing as it starts off very piney followed by a combination of some metallic hops. Not very enjoyable at all.

The feel is super dry and its not very drinkable.

Overall, not an IPA I'd drink a again, pretty disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 21:51:36 | More by jrallen34
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Excellent head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemony hops with just a hint of breadyness, plus some flowery hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness & a little astringency up front. Biscuitty malt & grassy hops ebb & flow as this warms. Finishes sort of crisp with some grassyness & grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigorous carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright, but doesn't really pull together. I'd rather have the mighty arrow or hoptoberfest, this would do in a pinch. I was really hoping for more on this one..Scores better than I really like, but I got to score consistently

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:15:12 | More by russpowell
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apbarwood

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a autumnal, golden color with a little bit of a white foam cap. Loses points for lack of head retention but looks OK overall. Aroma is pleasant with a nice smack of dried orange peel and grapefruit with a little bit of a resiny pine aroma. The aroma was promising but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. Too much of the rind/peel factor and not enough of the actual fruit flavors. It struck me as pretty bitter (more than I expected anyway) which is neither good nor bad just an observation. I will say that I felt it needed a bit more malt to balance out the bitterness and more of the juicy fruit flavors as opposed to the earthier orange peel/pine type notes. Mouthfeel was OK but maybe a bit undercarbonated. A bit of an unpleasant finish in my estimation. In general I think this beer was OK and while I didn't like it, it may be right up somebody else's alley so I'd recommend trying it but I think there are many better IPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 22:51:52 | More by apbarwood
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