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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 cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear golden yellow color that sits completely still. The head is pure white, tight and creamy with a few bubbles sitting on top. The head lingers for quite some time and leaves a huge thick lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is a little light with just a hint of biscuity caramel malts up front. Hops really take over, piney hops come in behind, slight notes of resign with a touch of herbal tea leaves.

T-the taste is more balanced than the nose. Caramel malts, notes of bready earthy malts as well. The hops lie in the back, herbal notes with a fair amount of pine. A strong lingering bitterness at the finish

M-lighter body and highly carbonated making it a little prickly on the palate. Syrupy but thin, it coats the mouth and is dry in the back

D-this is a pretty tasty brew, a good bit of hops but a little balanced, more than I would like. It is a little thin and has too much carb in my opnion.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, great clarity, nice layer of spongey off-white foam with good head retention

Aroma: herbal/piney/fruity hop scent (passion fruit, Braeburn apples, gooseberries); underpinning of grainy malt

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a zesty hop flavor of grass, grapefruit rind and a hint of Omega-3; finishes fairly dry with a lingering artichoke bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, sparkly carbonation, crisp yet somehow creamy

Other comments: This is a great little IPA. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Having tried the 12oz version and the 22oz, there's something a bit more flavorful in the larger one. Not sure if that's mental or if they bottle it differently.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

I have been a fan of New Belgium beers for awhile now, pretty much impressed with most all of their offerings, and this is no exception. In fact it is one of my favorites.

A: A nice golden copper, with a nice puffy two finger head. Lacing actually sticks around for a good while, leaving minor strands of spider web-esque patterns clinging to the side.

S: Floral, and citrus. Nothing extremely apparent, or off putting, par for the course of IPA's pleasant, and welcoming.

T: Excellent, a mouth rush of citrus, and floral notes, maybe some grapefruit, orange peels, and a New Belgium trademark biscuit like warmth, and hoppy bitterness to finish off. Not overtly complex, but definitely above average for the style.

M: A little thin, but I prefer my IPA's to not be unruly thick. Maybe could use a little more carbonation to make it not so slick, but more than adequate as is.

D: Very high, I enjoy this beer a lot, and will keep in mind for purchasing, when I'm in need of a well rounded, easy drinking IPA. Kudos to New Belgium.

Note: Watch Out! the ABV will catch up to you after a few of them.

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Photo of Soilworker
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a fluted glass.

A: Quite clear and copper-brown. Off-white head that is about 1 finger this. The head is quite creamy and lingers for a while.

S: Intense hops aroma but not terribly overwhelming. Very well balanced with quite a bit of citrus character, mainly grapefruit and zesty lemon, but with a reasonable amount of herbal and floral hops to balance. This all supported by a nice crisp maltiness. As it warms up the maltiness seemed to switch towards being a bit for like a toasty biscuit.

T: Follows the nose quite well. I taste quite a bit more herbal hops than citrus/floral but they are definitely present. Some caramel maltiness provides the backbone for it all. Very crisp and my favorite aspect is that it has the hop character without the unnecessary and sometimes overwhelming bitterness that accompanies it. Finish is primarily bitter, but not overwhelmingly so and seems to fit well for the style (that not to say the bitterness isn't still hight though, with still some nice hop flavors coming through.

M: Medium bodied and nice and crisp. Some light drying in the end.

D: I really liked this one. The balance between hops and malt is done very well and, as mentioned above, I really liked the way that the bitterness fits well for the style and isn't overwhelming like in some beers.

Note: Overall I really liked this beer. I liked the balance very much and think that New Belgium interpreted the style quite well. I will definitely be coming back to this one. Probably my new 'go to' IPA since the price and taste are so compelling.

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Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in late February for $2.99.

Beer poured a clear golden orange with a nice fluffy head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose has hints of floral and citrus hops. Taste is a light biscuit backbone, grapefruit, with a residual piney dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a solid drinkable IPA that is a bit beyond sessionability. But I can see this at a tailgate this fall!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into an official New Belgium glass. Its gold, translucent, with a thick, billowy, white head that lasts a decent amount of time. It leaves some awesome lacing the entire length of the glass.

S-Pretty strong nose featuring grapefruit and some piney hops. No real malt presence.

T-Grapefruit hops with some earthy/piney hops as well. Not much malt at all, making this an unbalanced beer. Its also has a very dry finish.

M-A little thin for the style.

D-The lack of balance and dryness of this beer negatively impact its drinkability for me. I am glad I tried it, but I doubt I will drink it again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Black Sheep Lodge in Austin.

Light amber with a small head producing very little lace. Understated floral hops in the aroma. Front end is grassy and citrusy. Lighter body than one would expect from the style. Drinks like a very understated West Coast IPA, almost a compromise between West Coast and East Coast styles. Moderately bitter back end.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, lightly bubbling. Head formation is light, just a film, off white in color.

S - Grainy, floral, orangy. Some grapefruit notes are present. Very potent hopping.

T - Starts off with an immediate hop attack, very grassy and sweet. Mid-stream is even more bitter. Lots of piney notes. Finishes with a very harsh bitter edge. Strong aftertaste.

M - Strong bodied, in both carbonation and in beer body. Oily texture, sticking to the tongue. Seems almost sticky.

D - Decent drinkability. ABV, while not extreme, will certainly get to you. Not filling. Bitterness does begin to rip up the palette.

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

Now I like American IPA's a lot, and in already liking New Belgium as a whole for putting out consistently decent brews (on par with Sierra Nevada in my opinion), I was excited to see and taste this beer.

A- Copper like a penny, but a bit of a golden tint to it.

S- Smelled a bit flowery and yeasty as these do to me.

T- This is, I think, in terms of the more accessible and affordable, one of the best American IPA's out there. I haven't found any more that I'd probably consistently buy a 6-pack of to keep in the fridge as a non-complicated, straight up American IPA. Its a bit hoppy, has a smooth taste and seems pretty darn well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel was covered a bit before, but yes its quite smooth and doesn't linger with its bitterness too long as some IPA's tend to.

D- I can keep drinking these as long as the one before it is done. Its fresh tasting, doesn't make me feel like I'm going to explode, and not too heavy on the alcohol. So yes in terms of liking a beer that you can just keep on drinking and enjoying in large or small quantities, I loved it.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Yazoo tulip pint...

Pours a deep golden color and a thick creamy white head... Very thick and creamy head here... A beautiful refreshing looking beer...

Aromas of citrusy grapefruity and also piney hoppiness with a nice malt balance to it...very nice...

nice blend of malts and hops here... Not overly hoppy, just a drinkable IPA which is nice... Citrusy and juicy...

A nice IPA from NB...not world class, but solid

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Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Ranger is a clear, deep golden color with a frothy, soapy white head. The nose is all hops, west coast citrus with Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook being present. There is perhaps just a hint of a lightly toasted malt background, otherwise hops dominate. Reminds me of fresh plug hops straight out of the package. The flavor is also all hops but not quite a hop bomb. Nice citrusy pressence, grapefruit, lemon and pine resin all present and pretty much all that is discernable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer, well done and reasonably balanced. Not a hop bomb but doesn't dissapoint either.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brass color with a white head that stuck around as a layer leaving fine bubbled lacing on the glass.
S - citrus, earthy and floral hop aromas.
T - a good balance of flavorful hops and solid malts holding together well.
F - medium bodied with a smooth, dry feel.
D - Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!

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Photo of punkguysc
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my first trip to CBX in Charleston, I purchased a growler of New Belgium's Ranger IPA on recommendation.

A: Using the New Belgium tulip, this beer poured smoothly revealing a dark amber color with tones of orange.

S: Incredible aroma. Grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth, with a bitter almost piney hop smell to it.

T: Wonderfully bitter with a pronounced grapefruit way in the back. Dry at the end.

M: Nothing overwhelming, very comfortable.

D: I would love to try this on tap, as it is highly drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: Growler to Tulip glass.

Reviewed on 04.22.2010

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Photo of mikey711
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright orange color with a great looking head that is about an inch thick and retains very well. Lacing is very good too. There is a slight bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass

S: I did nto get much aroma from this one. Some caramel and some citrus, but i was not very pungent

T: Very piney and grapfruitish to start, profiving a touch of bitterness and citrus. A caramel note is present in the backround and comes with a second wave of light citrus lemon.

M: Very thin, but thre is no harshness or heat

D: Could surely have a few of these and be happy.

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Photo of GENNER
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer.

I bought a six-pack at 7-11 in Glendora. I was in there for when this stopped me in my tracks. Being a New Belgium fan I just had to try it!

When I got home i pulled out my New Belgium globe glass to enhance my drinking expereince.

It pours out a gloden haze that changes after settling. To a cripser golden witha hint of orange color. Created a nice thick faomy head that laced my glass down to the last drop.

Smelled hoppy sweet, with the a hint of maltiness. Citrusy and Piney. Full of Hoppy floral sweetness.

Taste of Piney hops with light biscut maltiness. Very refreshing crips citrus. Light alcohol taste. Resination lingered in th mouth, maybe longer the I like.

Enjoyed the carbonation that tingles my tounge, with a hop sweetness on the breath. Very refreshing. very drinkable.

A re-occuring thought was, floral hoppy sweetness!

This is a well balanced bitter IPA that will not scare some friends away from enjoying.

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Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear gold color with a 3/4" long lasting fluffy white head that settled slowly and left a bunch of sheet lace behind.

S= Hop aroma was grapefruit, pine, and lightly floral. Malt presence in the nose was light and crackery.

T= Solid hop bitterness right from the start. Malts were light but brought enough sweetness to balance. More citrus than pine in the hop flavor, but these two seemed more equally matched than when I had this on tap. Finished with a light alcohol dryness.

MF= Medium bodied with a lasting crisp carbonation level. Refreshing on the tongue.

D= Nicely drinkable. Its better on tap but also very good from the bottle.

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Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29 (sale price, it's normally about 20 cents more). Best by August 8, according to the label.

Poured a golden amber color, with a big, creamy-looking white head. Said head took it's time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides o my glass.

Citrusy hops jump out at ones nose with this beer. There's also some bready malt notes but they're very subdued by comparison.

More herbal in the taste than I would have thought by the smell, but not to an unpleasant degree. Still, not quite as tasty as I was expecting from the nose. Fairly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, pucker-inducing mouthfeel.

Decent, not earthshattering. If you are in the mood for a dry, more herbal take on the style, this is for you. It's not quite how I like my IPAs, but it's by no means bad. Nevertheless, not bad isn't as good as, well...good, and there's both good and great IPAs available around here. Consequently, I shan't need to get this again unless at a very cheap price.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big foamy, bubbly white head that takes forever to settle, around 3 fingers, clear pale golden orange in color

S: Smells very bitter and sharp, definitely florally but super powerful

T: Again it stars very sharp, the floral qualities build, but then it gets overly bitter, the flavor drops out, the finish gets better again though, the malt helps in the end with a slightly sweet toasted flavor

M: Slightly dry throughout and in the finish, good medium body

D: Good, bite is a lot, but flavor is ok

Notes: The flavor is here, but its just too bitter for the amount of flavor that is there. They need to up the hop flavor to match the intensity and then it would be really good.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Golden orange in color. Very clear with a few bubbles rising to the top. Fat three finger white head. Takes awhile to die down to a decent layer of foam on top with nice lacing left behind.

Yup, that's an ipa. I get citrusy grapefruit and orange rind notes, and dank pine.

The taste brings some barley malts up front. Some slight mintiness and herbal/leafy hops. Then dank, and citrus as grapefruit and orange rind. Not a huge hop punch, but nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty high carbonation, but not super assertive/prickly bubbles.

An easy drinker, definitely could knock back a few. A pretty good price point for what it is too.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 09JUL10. Bright golden body is very pleasing. The frothy-creamy head left plenty of white lace on the glass.

Smell was a nice green, earthy hops aroma. Hardy candy and tangerines. Leafy and organic. Yummy.

Taste was a good interplay of sweet, biscuity malts and bright earthy hops. My new favorite New Belgium beer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and adequately carbonated. I could drink this one everyday, a very solid AIPA.

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Photo of RussK
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber golden with paper white head that dissipates to some heavy, thorough lacing.

S - pine, hops, resin, very slight citrus ...nice lush hops smell

T - hops brightness and bitterness...taste follows nose...very hoppy but not to the point of novelty

M - good tight bubble contrasts thick slight syrup feel

D - decent IPA...perhaps New B's most hop-pronounced beer? someone can correct me if I am wrong.

I enjoyed this beer with a platter of wings, half lemon pepper, half jerk seasoning. The brightness of the hops played off of the lemon, celery and jerk spice, while the slight bitterness cut the heat of the wings...the smoothness of the beer complimented the cool ranch dressing just right. A decent brew for those wanting a more substantial IPA experience.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy white foam on top of a dark golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A fruity hop aroma of mango and orange/grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the background with a little bit of honey malt character.

T - Spicy hops up front with a little bit of grapefruit. Bready malt in the middle with light toast and some pine hop character. Finishes with lemon and pithy grapefruit flavor and smooth, but strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, balanced IPA with great hop character, especially in the aroma. There is a nice balance in the finish with a subtle dryness that helps to emphasize the hop character.

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Photo of AboutBeverages
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Copper/red, yellow in color. Notes of hops in the aroma, with hints of herbs and fruit on the end. Initially mild on the palate, but then turns real herbal, and really dries out the tongue. Some metallic notes were picked up the finish. Overall, very dry and not well balanced.

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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 Wegbier
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into long tulip for pleasure of appearance this sunny afternoon.

pours at firs a nice big fluffy and mountainous head of eggshell head. fades to light coverage with good stubborn lacing. Light honey color

smells of citrus with slight floweryness.

tastes like baked biscuit carmalized orange. a light sweetness.

mouthfeel, very light bitterness hits the back of the throat, carbonation is too light

very drinkable, a session IPA. enjoyable and doesnt challange doesnt offend

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