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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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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 kbutler1
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Clear golden orange color, slight white head. Aroma of subtle hops. Taste is slight bitterness not overly bitter. Very little lacing. Lingering on bitter. Decent but nothing spectacular. Decently balanced. Light/medium mouthfeel. A good choice if there is nothing else to be had on tap.

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Photo of demuzik
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is floral and mixed, flavor is balanced of course and decent amounts of hop and malt, head retention is not so great.

Mixed feelings about this one... the great folks at New Belgium sure don't specialize in the IPA field, IMHO.
It is very mild on both malt and hops for the style, coming in closer to the American Pale Ale category - barely an IPA by IBU's and malt amounts.

Nevertheless, its drinkable and definitely not BAD - its just not what most probably expect when they read "IPA".

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Photo of Azurescens
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with best by date of 7/17/11 poured into snifter, reviewed on 4/6/11

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color with whitish head that fades relatively quickly leaving decent lacing around glass.

S: Some floral hops, no real malt aroma to speak of. Smells alright but nothing too exciting going on here.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front that fades towards the finish letting some of the malt flavors come through. Hops are the main player in the taste of this one, it would be nice if there was some detectable malt sweetness to balance out the hops, but it just isn't there. Bitterness level is pretty good for an IPA but nothing outstanding.

M: Body is pretty thin with decent carbonation and clean finish.

O: Not bad but not great either, pretty standard IPA. Plenty of hop bitterness but it would be nice to have some more hop aroma and flavor. It would be significantly better if there was a greater malt presence to add some sweetness and body, or at least enough hops to mask the lack of malt.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle, with the date on the bottle that says November 25, 2012. I don't know if that's 'bottled on' or 'best by', so I might be a little late on this one but that bothers me not. I haven't had a Ranger in quite a while, but it's been one of my go-to IPA's especially being that it's only $3.99 a bottle around here. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Significant lacing. Poured a giant three finger doughy head on my second pour.

S - Citrus and pine hop smells prevalent for sure. Maybe some faint malts relaxing in the background.

T - Extreme bitter hops for sure. Maybe some roasted nuttiness in the finish, along with a little bit of a sugary sweetness hanging out. Pretty well concocted taste with a nice 6.50% abv, well-balanced, but simple, and extremely bitter tasting. Definitely a beer to go for if you need your hop fix.

M - Very sticky bitter resinous feel. Not unpleasant, just pretty one dimensional.

Overall, in the realm of very bitter IPA's this beer is pretty spot on. However, it is simple and pretty basic tasting, and not a very complex brew. I think I enjoyed this beer much more before I was enlightened by the taste of highly complex IPA's, and before I appreciated stouts and other dark beers also. A decent beer, and I would have it again, but being one of New Belgium's landmark beers, it is slightly unimpressive, and they have released far better beers.

New Belgium Ranger IPA ---3/5.

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Photo of tykees88
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- golden straw with a bronze undertone, one finger head with white lacing as she goes down.

S- smells of hops of course, sugar, and slight citrus, the pine is also a little there, but it's just very vague.

T- the taste is underwhelming, almost no pine taste, very small citrus taste, and it's mostly just hops bitter, and for an ipa it's just one characteristic not blended well with the others it should have.

M- it's light and carbonated, easy in the mouth to drink.

D- it's not too bad slightly more than average, but anymore i want an ipa more than others, for an ipa though i would choose something else.

Not impressed too much here.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up two singles of this in a recent mixed six-pack raid on a local store. Had one during a beer-sharing with friends & it seemed pretty good amidst all the madness, but wanted a few minutes to sit down & have one in peace & quiet. Consumed while watching the first Twins-Sox game of 2010.

Pours a clear orange-amber. Light citrus mixed & crushed with a variety of herbs & a splash of orange zest.

Ranger IPA is heavy on the sweets for an IPA. Sweet malts set the pace, with a pine bath coming in a distant second. Another zing of orange in there. Heavy & viscous, especially for an IPA.

Well, I'm not having the best of beer evenings, yet. This is far too 'balanced' for me, I'd love to have a livelier hop presence in this brew. As is, the malts are more of the focus. Decent enough brew, but not my thing.

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Photo of firedog23
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to this but was slightly disappointed with it. It has a nice hop character but it lacks a balance with the malt. I would drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

I liked the three hops used in it and the head was 1 finger thick which stuck around for most of the beer.

It has a peppery feel/taste which stayed around longer than I would have liked it too.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour was clear yellow with a small head. Didnt smell like much. More alpha acids than anything, but not that much. Lots of powdery sweet malt. The taste follows suit. I dont get much fruit, pine, or anything. Lots of powdery sweet malt, with some bittering presence from the hops. I want more flavor, but just nothing sits there.

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Photo of hardy008
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold to light amber color with a two finger egg shell white head with good retention. The aroma is not very strong. It has some grapefruit and grapefruit peeling, with some pine.

The taste is much like the aroma, and also not very strong. Not much of a malt backbone is present, and nothing really grabs my attention. Some grapefruit, peeling, pine, and some biscuit like malt flavor are present. Not terrible, but not impressive either.

Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, has a bitter aftertaste, and finishes dry. Not bad overall, but there is nothing which makes me want to try this again either.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good looking beer without a hazey tone to it and some large lingering bone white islands of head.
aroma is about average with it being kinda muted with more baked bread and light lemony yeast aromas.
I can tell this is a fresh bottle the lemon zest notes hit right up front. definently a citrus forward beer, there is just enough space for some biscuit and light earthyness.

An Average Ipa you could find anywhere and enjoy drinking, but if your at a big liquor store, there are better options.


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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #87
Served On: 11/13/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV:6.5%
Date/ Code: 08JAN12

My beer store just started carrying New Belgium bombers. I paid $3.99 – you can’t beat that!

Look: Light gold color - more yellow than gold. High level of clarity with mediocre carbonation. Head fizzled down to a thin white coating of various sized bubbles.

Smell: Aroma was crisp and hoppy with notes of citrus and Belgian yeast esters.

Taste: Watery mouth feel. First were the citrus and pine notes from the hops. Middle was bitter and rather dry with faint pepper notes that are typical of New Belgium offerings. Finish and aftertaste were very clean with a slight citrus that lingered.

Overall this is a very mild IPA. The hop profile just wasn't as pronounced as I was hoping for. I experienced a similar palate with the New Belgium Hoptober this year. It was an ok brew. I think they may have been shooting for drinkability just like the Fat Tire and Hoptober. Probably won’t seek this out again, but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Ranger pours a golden color. It’s mostly clear and has a slight orange tint when held to light. A soft white head covers the top and rises to about a finger in depth. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty average. It’s weak and needs quite a bit more strength. It kicks off with some caramel and toasted malt notes. Smells a tad sweet. I’m not crazy about toasted malts in IPAs. There are some light hoppy notes. They smell mostly citric. Grapefruit and orange are most notable. There’s a light touch of pine, as well. Alcohol is not noticeable. Eh. It’s not bad. Not quite good either.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose. Not quite enough to warrant a score bump. It does have a caramel and toasted malt base. It’s okay. The toasted variety really doesn’t taste that great. There’s a bit of a sweet flavor, but it’s not too strong. The hop profile is okay. It does feature citrus grapefruit and orange flavors. A light piney or grassy flavor is also noted. It leans in the hop direction, but not by much. It is pretty well balanced. Alcohol is light. Finishes with a toasted malt and light hop flavor.

Ranger has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but isn’t quite buzzy. It has a pretty good feel. Better than anticipated. It goes down alright.

Ranger is an okay IPA. It’s not great by any stretch. I’m not a fan of the toasted malt flavor. Just doesn’t mesh well with the hop flavor in my opinion. There are tons of better IPAs out there. This one’s okay. It’s maybe worth a try. Stick with the single bottle if you can.

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Photo of JulianTellez
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA I always recommend to people that are new to craft beer as its very basic. Nothing too complex in smell or taste. A nice golden color, but not much else to compliment here. I would not recommend this to anyone unless they are transitioning into IPAs from the stale beers that I won't name.

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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 ssteakley
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is some truth in the evolution of rating beer. Just a month ago I would have been
Much happier with Ranger IPA. But after rating over 10 so-so to excellent PNW brews, I am not very impressed with Ranger at all, it is just OK. Maybe it should be re-marketed as a Summer Ale?

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Photo of Marleypoo
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is 6.5 abv & you can taste all 6.5 of it. Strong alcohol taste which I do not like about this beer. Has a very pineappley smell which you think you would taste but you cannot taste the pineapple only smells like pineapples. piney on the front & bitter on the back. I use to like this beer until I put it up against Jai Alai & sweet water IPA. If I'm gonna spend this much money on a domestic ipa then I would much rather spend my $ on sweet water or Jai alai. For the price this beer is not to good.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice soapy off white head, slightly cloudy golden orange body. Not much of a smell, some american hops of some sort, a touch of sweet carmel malts. Tastes a touch sweet at first, some grassy hop bitterness, touch of citrus. After each sip this finishes quick and quite bitter and dry. Too dry for me to drink a few of theses. Medium body, medium carbing. I wish this had a bigger smell. Thanks mike for the sample.

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Photo of KeefD
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale golden color with a huge fluffy white head that fell slowly leaving generous lacing on the glass. Aroma is ripe with fresh orange and grapefruit peel, with a touch of malt underneath it all, a bit herbal and spicy, but really no sweetness and not much enjoyable hop aroma emanating from the glass. Taste is dry, herbal, and with average bitterness. Kind of disappointed that this one doesn't have as much hop flavor as I usually like. Nothing in the way of juicy fruitiness, just dry bitter, peppery hops. This is not the style of IPA that I enjoy most. Malt flavor is barely there, only a dry cracker-like quality. Underwhelming. Light bodied, dry, medium carb, dull, boring. Not getting into this one. It's by no means a drain pour, but it's boring as hell. It seems like breweries are making IPAs just to make IPAs these days. NB should stick to their sours.

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Pours a thick 2 finger head that retains nicely.. also leaves plenty of lace.
S: Grapefruit and pine
T: Grapefruit and dry pine taste.... Citrus flavor
M: Balanced all around.. nothing special here.. Not too bitter on the tongue, a balanced and approachable feel.
O: better IPAs out there.. this one is pretty typical all around. A good IPA for someone whos never had one before.

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Photo of Slygato
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance- Has a clear golden yellow tint to it crystal clear

Smell- Has a variety of smells to it can smell the citrus first off then a kind of pine smell with some floral scents to it

Taste- Not bad for an IPA but can be improved seemed kind of bitter and a citrus taste to it

Mouthfeel- Ignoring the taste it is very smooth and goes down well

Drinkability- Not a bad beer would buy again but would probably try to find a better IPA

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Photo of Andrew644
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- A very nice golden color with a nice white foaming head that lingers.

S- The smell really got me excited to try this beer it was a very promising smell which was a little sweet but the floral smell from the hobs was amazing.

T- The taste was a little disappointing, I was expecting more. I would have liked the hop flavor to be a little better, the way it is now it leaves a bad aftertaste. This beer definately smells better than it tastes.

M- good carbonation that gives a refreshing feeling.

D- Overall I think the aftertaste really made the drinkability go down.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into an Nonic pint glass. A typical New Belgium straw color with a large head and plenty of carbonation. Surprised at the color, frankly. Was expecting an orangish amber, typical of the IPA.

I must say this beer had very little aroma. No pine, no citrus, no biscuity malt even. Smelled like a lager.

I would not call this a hoppy beer at all. Maybe I'm just used to the San Diego-style overly hopped IPA and DIPA. But, this didn't taste like an IPA to me. More like a tame pale ale. Definitely tasted the New Belgium yeast strain. This is definitely a New Belgium beer. Unmistakeable.

The carbonation was good. Gave it an above average mouthfeel. If I forget the mislabelling of calling this an IPA, this would be good on a hot summer day sitting around the BBQ pit. I could put a few away. But, given the number of good, reasonably priced West Coast IPAs that I have access to, I doubt I'll spend my money on this.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - clear golden color, two huge fingers of head. The foam falls back slowly, leaving a cake in the middle and lots of lace rings on the sides.

Aroma - interestingly, on opening I get a fairly intense grapefruit pungency out of the bottle. Upon pouring, however, while that is still there, it is tempered by the biscuity, dare I say Fat Tire-like grain. On setup, I still get a playful jab of floral and citrus from the Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe. A very well-balanced aroma for an IPA.

Taste - briefly sweet and malty, moving quickly and decidedly bitter. Grapefruit pith and rind, oily. A little less citrusy than I'd hoped for with a little more resin make for an IPA leaning towards the dry bitter side of the flavor profile. A touch medicinal on the swallow, moreso as it dries out the palate into the finish. Leaves a tannin taste behind, like I just ate a spoonful of Spanish peanut skins.

Mouthfeel - decent body, nice and crisp, good smooth feel.

Overall - I liked everything but the flavor, really. Odd how that happens sometimes. One I would tend to avoid as that bitter dryness at the end is a nag.

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Photo of jschwanke84
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Live review.

A: Pours evenly with a finger white head. Leaves a nice lace. Light gold to copper color. High clarity. Looks like your average IPA. Nothing special.

S: Simple aroma. Mild on the hops. Floral. Very basic. Not much complexity or mixture.

T: Not a lot going on here either. Somewhat bitter and a little hoppy. Minor sweetness that quickly gives way to the hops. Minimal complexity for an IPA but offers the kick you would come to expect. Good yet simple overall.

M: Light to medium body. Sits well and goes down smooth. Seems to be a bit over carbonated for an IPA, but not by much. Has a nice crisp finish to cap it off.

O: Easily drinkable with a nice finish. May be the best value IPA that is widely available. The appearance and scent are average at best so pouring into a glass is not necessary and almost detrimental due to the lackluster appearance. But the taste and body are what you would expect of a solid IPA. This is a great value brew for when you need to pick up a 12 pack for the weekend and an IPA is the only thing that will hit the spot. Nothing special here, but a solid IPA that I would recommend to any beer drinker, not just IPA fans.

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

Pour - Nice amber color with a better than average head and nice lacing on the glass

Smell - nothing out of the ordinary for and IPA. Floral hops and pine

Taste - Again, typical IPA. Nice bitter but nothing that wows me. Lots of hops and nice dry floral end note

Mouthfeel - dry, similar to a red wine mouth feel.

Not the best beer I have had, but for an IPA that is available at the grocery store it is not bad. As I said before nothing super impressive going on with this one but it is a nice average IPA.

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