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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

1,233 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,233
Hads: 5,516
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 107
Gots: 1,127 | 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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009

70 IBU
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Reviews: 1,233 | Hads: 5,516
Photo of kyleg
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great beer! this beer holds a beautiful tight head that sits perfectly on top of a clean copper body. The beer throws spring and fresh pine growth in my face. Very refreshing and crisp! The way this beer lingers and whispers "drink more" on my palate tells me this is a great session beer you should enjoy with people you care about.

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Photo of cudmud
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear bronze color with a steady stream of bubbles. One-half finger of head and nice lacing.

Smell: Wonderful hoppy aroma. I also smell fresh apples.

Taste: Spicy, peppery hop flavor and nice, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Good. You can drink this all night.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of ghebel
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear gold color with adequate head made up primarily of larger sized bubbles. Head dissipates first to a to creamy top with lots of lacing on the glass, then to a thin ring.

S - A great combination of smooth malts and hop aroma. Hard to determine which dominates, but hops win in the end. Citrus, floral, piney, spicy? Yes, all of the above. Great bouquet of smell with a vegetal dry-hopped component in the mix. Malt is rich and clean.

T - Good flavor that matches the aroma. Key is balance of malts, hops, and bitterness. Very well thought out combination. Nothing stands out as over-the top. Bitterness is in line with a typical IPA.

M - Thin to moderate for an IPA. More like that of an APA. Smooth feel. Slight warming on swallow. Good bitterness that lasts and hop flavors persist on the breath. Cool alcohol in the end.

D - Very drinkable. Could drink more than the average IPA, but would have to keep tabs on the ABV.

Overall - This will be one of my "staples" to have on keg or in the refrigerator at all times. I like the balance of malts and hops with a mouthfeel that is thinner than many IPAs.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is very crisp and clear. fluffy head and great ;acing and retention

light pine, sweet malts, fairly mellow over all.

mostly pine in the hops dept. lots of bitterness through out, nothing really dominant. as it warmed, light orange citrus notes came through. sweet light caramel malt backbone.

light micro carbonation. light but fluffy body.

decent IPA, would like to see more hop complexity. pretty easy to drink but started going downhill as it warmed to room temp.

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Photo of etenbus
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranger finally adds to the New Belgium line-up a hophead's delight.

It pours golden copper like a good IPA should with a decent head of white foam. Good carbonation reveals the bubbles rising to the surface.

The aroma is outstanding. It is heavily floral hops and citrus. It smells so fresh that it might be illegal in some states!

The flavor matches the heavenly aroma. It is citrusy, fruity, without the pine astringency. Lots of hops in the sip and the aftertaste. And the 6.5% ABV does not announce itself. This is a sessinable beer no doubt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. It tastes like a northwest woods IPA. Now that Goose Island IPA is hard to find in western Missouri, this, along with Boulevard Single Wide, is one of my favorite hoppy IPA/APA beers.


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Photo of Brewsmith
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber purchased locally. Aroma is hoppy, slightly flowery. A clear gold color with a nice tight white creamy head. Clean malt with a bit of biscuit/toast character and a firm bitterness in the background, not overpowering. Hop flavor is more on the earthy side, and again not over the top. Crisp and dry, and very easy drinking. Not an over-the-top beer, but well made and sessionable.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is good IMO but I am surprised it is not considered an APA because this reminds me of dale pale ale but I can see it as Ipa as well.
it looks good has a nice head. lacing lingers in the glass
Smells hop bitterness, citrus and bread.
taste like the smell good lingering of the hops on the tongue
decent carbonation not watery, bitter but it leaves you wanting more so good drinkability.
good price for sixer... cheers.

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Photo of snpub540
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber color, with a small off white head. It did leave a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was bready malts and citrus and floral hops.

Taste was a nice balance of malty sweetness with some bitter grassy and floral hops making up the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the drinkability was great. It is crisp, without an overwhelming bitterness. It's quite mild and balanced but has some good flavor and I was able to throw down a couple pints.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus, light breadiness.

Taste: Clean and crisp, balanced IPA with some breadiness and citrus hop flavors.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, could have a few.

Got around to trying New Belgium's IPA, it is well crafted and a solid beer. More on the balanced side than super bitter, quite tasty.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color. Nice white head has good retention and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Light aroma of citrus and a hint of pine.

Taste: Citrus flavors (like lemon and orange) offset by caramel. Finish and aftertaste have a bit more of a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with just a light bit of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, good ABV.

Nice to have a beer with some more hops from New Belgium. It is pretty tasty; nothing to write home about but a good solid offering. Not over-the-top in the hop department, but still solidly an IPA and not an APA. Pretty affordable too. I'm sure I'll pick more of these up from time to time.

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Photo of haddon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear, golden color with full, frothy white head. color a little light with not much visible carbonation.

S- nice traditional ipa aroma: citrus hops dominate... orange, pineapple & grapefruit. pine tar & sweet malts light evident on the nose as well.

T- perhaps a bit of caramel flavored malts early but gives away quickly to the citrus hops. pine with lots of bitter bite... much like the bite of a grapefruit

M- light to medium body that is clean and crisp. right amount of carbonation

D- very drinkable. not sure why I was expecting more of an entry level IPA from New Belgium but this was a little more than that. enjoyed it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this one.

Best By: 9 Jul 10

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, citrus, caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, bitter, some malts, and a nice dose of citrus, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA, glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a light straw color with a large fluffy bright white head that left lots of sticky lacing.
S: Floral hops with some grassy notes and a hint of sweet malt.
T: Follows the nose, but finishes with a tangy tangerine citrus.
M: Not very bitter. Mouth is a tad thin. Could use more a flavor punch.
D: Good hoppy flavor, but it could be hoppier. It's a bit sweeter than other IPAs. This beer has good flavor but it's not very strong. Not my favorite, but something that is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of manahansf
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and pale blonde color with visibly high carbonation supporting the thin and lacy white colored head. The carbonation emits a light and vague sweet hoppy aroma. The flavor is tart and sharp citrus bitterness which is a little out of balance but flows quickly with the light body. The finish is quick and tart but fades into a clean end. Good summer session drinkablity.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok I really thought this was going to be better than this but here it goes.

Pours a caramel clear redish golden color. Very thin head. No lacing.

Aroma is of some cascades and some noble hop. Not a very good combo IMO. It's ok.

Taste is not that great. I've had worse but not great. It has a weird grassy/plant bitterness. Not the citrusy piney bitterness of my favorite IPA's. I'm assuming they used some sort of noble hops in this beer. Not that good of a choice. Slight caramel malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is higher carb for style.

Overall I probably won't buy this one again. I have access to way better IPA's so there will be no need to buy this one again.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/dark beige in the bottle, medium-head... sort of thin and fluffy at the same time. Lacing down the bottle looks very nice. The smell is very good; you can almost smell the malts coming off of the top.

Taste is pretty bland at first but the more drinks you take, the more you feel the deepness of the brew. It has a few different aspects to it - definitely hoppy. Definitely malty. Hits you really quick and leaves just as fast, although the subtle aftertaste remains for a few minutes.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both decent. Not too creamy, and very much like a standard IPA. Can drink multiple without feeling too bloated.

Overall a good release by New Belgium. Not their best, possibly expected more, but still a solid B+ or so.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sea-Tac. Cold and chill hazed at first, but the 22oz sample warmed as it disappeared. Clear, light golden, modest activity. White head fades fast to film and ring. More than average lacing early, but it eventually all washes away.

Cascade and centennial, I'm guessing? Not overpowering and backed and balanced well by a commensurate malty body.

Sweet malty body and passive-aggressive PNW hopping balance pretty well. Bitterness is restrained but not absent. More sweet than hoppy flavored or bitter. Mellow, non-aggressive representation of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

Bit of a tingly bite, too much actually. Medium body and light viscosity, clean finish.

Good, balanced, restrained version of west coast IPA. Not exceptional or remarkable, but certainly good and easy drinking.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always excited for New Belgium's seasonals. They kick their regular offerings in the pants!

A: 3 fingers ivory head, frothy and inviting. Pretty clear light amber or dark golden. Amazing retention and gorgeous lacing.
S: Citrust (orange) and other blooming fruitiness. Floral, and then balanced out by a toasted malt.
T/M: Very fruity and citrusy. Really bitter hoppy flavors. Lots of zest, so definitely an emphasis on the fruity esters and bitterness. I know the malt is there, but the hops really dominate the very faint caramel. Flavors just pop from the heavier carbonation. Smooth on the palate, and so enjoyable.
D: I'd love for this to be a regular offering.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper colored that has a light haze to it. The head is small and very mediocre. The beer looks dirty and not in the good cougar at the bar looking at you way. It's appearance is incomplete and lacking some character.

The nose is the start of great things for this beer. Bold citrus hops start things off and finish with a nice hop bitterness. It's not the punch to the face with hops that I love but they are present and accounted for. They are complimented by a light touch of pale malts which are simple, clean and effective.

Taste is further confirmation of noses prowess. Light touches of pale grains and gently toasted breads move into gobs of hoppy bitterness and citrus pith. The finish is dry with hints of pine and juicy-fruit.

This is a lovely medium bodied beer that is leaning towards the lighter side of things. The hops are big enough to have plenty of flavor, taste and bitterness while the grains make a smooth easy drinking beer. Simple and tasty well worth checking out. This is a solid IPA that has enough personality to make it a great beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date on label. The ale poured a bright deep golden to orange with great clarity. The white head was fluffy and sustained at about 1/4 inch.

The aromas was strongly of domestic northwestern hops. In fact, one could easily confuse this with a fruity tropical drink.

The initial flavor is strongly hoppy, almost abrasively so. The ale seems unbalanced. You should allow this one to warm a little the glass to allow some of the malt flavor to appear. I was ready to dismiss this beer until the soft malty flavor began to mingle with the hop bitterness. The label states 70 IBUs; I can taste and feel it.

Not overly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel, the ale has a medium body. The ale leaves a slightly sweet flavor in the mouth.

At 6.5 ABV, I am not sure one would drink more than a couple at one time. Initially the flavor seemed very bitter and one dimensional. However, the malt does come into play to give it balance. This is one for the hop lover.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange-yellow with a massive soapy head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is piney citrus hop and biscuit malt.

Taste is initially toasted malt. Then the hops come in with plenty of the pine and citrus from the nose. Green, leafy, and grassy. A touch of mineral and tobacco. Generous pineapple and grapefruit notes. Finishes with crisp spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick with resinous hop.

Overall a decent IPA with balanced malt and hop. Comes off very 'green'.

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Photo of Soneast
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a 2 finger thick, dense, cream colored head, with great retention, a thin layer hanging on through the whole glass, with moderate lacing.

The aroma is clearly hop forward, with a fair amount of pineyness on the nose in addition to a decent citrus character, as well as some sweet honey-like, pale malt notes.

The flavor starts out with some decent hop character, predominately of the citrus/pine variety with some herbal in the background towards the finish. The malt flavor takes over pretty quick, leaving a buttery caramel impression, the finish has a "harsh bitterness" to it that ends on a relatively sweet, butterscotch note, leaving an uncomfortable bitterness on the palate.

Ranger is a decent IPA...it doesn't excel in it's category, but the hops are showcased fairly well, though I perceive a touch of diacetyl in the finish, plus there is a unusual sweetness that drops in at the end that ruins the hop character. The finishing bitterness is quite harsh, with an almost metallic character. ***The last two bottles of this beer have been sitting in my fridge for over 3 months now. I just can't bring myself to drink them when I have FAR batter IPAs in there. That to me is indicative of the quality of this beer....it's just really not good. Consequently....lowering my grade.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a nice clear light amber/golden color with a fair amount of white foamy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. lots of carbination bubbles coming up from the laser etching in the glass. nice looking beer, pretty much what I would expect from a decent IPA

Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. Lots of grapefruit notes and some slightly sweeter orange/lemon scents as well. There is a decent malty aroma once you get past the hops.

Much like the smell the taste is dominated by citrusy hops. There is also some bready malt flavors that attempt to balance the hops out. This is exactly what a decent IPA should taste like. Medium bodied and slightly slick on the tounge. A little more carbination than I usually like to see in an IPA but fairly solid overall.

While this is a well crafted IPA and a fairly good example of the style, it is in no way a stellar beer that stands out and seperates itself from the hundreds of other good/decent IPA's. Unfortunately I think this beer may tend to get lost in the pack...

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Photo of jmbranum
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. The aroma is the strongest note worth mentioning. Very herbal. There's some mint and some fresh cannabis. OK, there's a lot of fresh cannabis. I'm not kidding.

The flavor is good but not as interesting as the aroma. Mostly bitter hops, light malt background, surprising prickle on the back of the tongue. The hops linger and linger. Nice amount of carbonation.

Very pretty beer. Bright gold color with big white head.

Overall this is a compelling aromatic IPA. I quite like it.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.