Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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5,277 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,277
Reviews: 1,254
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 95
Gots: 913 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 5,277 | Reviews: 1,254
Photo of carrionricardo
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why does everyone say such bad things about this brew.its cheap,its readily available,and its a solid ipa.and it hangs with the big boys.just a easy to go to ipa. i have enjoyed a couple hundred of these in a night(hahaha)and enjoyed every minute of em.better than drinking a corona and at the same price.

Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Retail sample, pre-release. The benefits of working at a liquor store...

Pours a murky golden amber--next to impossible to decant off the sediment at the bottom of the bottle--topped by a large and lasting rocky off-white head. Large sheets of lacing left behind. Beautiful.

Big and citrusy on the nose, light on the bitter grapefruit but big on juicy sweet orange. Not really any malt character to note, but with hops like these I can live with--and, indeed, expect--that. Fresh and clean and delicious.

Malt comes through in the palate, showing up as a lightly toasted grainy breadiness, but it's still quite subtle. Bitter hops quickly succeed the malt, and themselves are quickly succeeded by fresh hop flavor, showing bright orange, fresh leaves, and a touch of earthiness. Finishes mild with just the slightest lingering hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied and somewhat thin, not surprising given the overall lack of malt character. Moderately firm and drying. Thinness of body is verging on watery, but manages to stop just short. Quite drinkable.

A well-made IPA, quite sessionable, and what I'd expect from New Belgium. Why they didn't do this earlier I don't know, but at least this presumably long awaited beer lives up to what it should be.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

This is an awesome looking beer; just slightly lighter than amber and crystal clear. Beautiful clarity. Pours with a finger of white head that rather quicly diminishes to a thin layer.

Smells of fruity citrusy fresh dried hop cones. A little swirl just brings up more hops. This smells like it is going to be good.

The flavors are bold, surprisingly clean and outstandingly fresh. I am already impressed. The hops are sweet and dripping in a honey flavor, but still pack a nice bitter smack and loads of flavor. After the hops bash around the mouth in their excellence a nice toasty pale malt flavor finishes off the experience. I like how the malt stays away during the "hop time" but shows up at the end to remind the drinker that this isn't an imperial or double IPA, but is still a pale ale at its roots.

The mouthfeel is wonderful and smooth as often well crafted IPAs are.

Conclusion: There are so many IPAs out there it really takes something special to impress me. I find it a generic style and one that takes very little creativity to brew in such a way that people will like it. This offering however is a notch above many others that I have tasted. I wonder how it doesn't have a solid 'A' on this site. Oh well, in my book it is one of the very best around.

Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

A - Gorgeous pale golden coloration topped with a pillowy layer of froth. Retention was nice and layered.

S - Big grapefruit nose, very citrusy and very hoppy. If anything else is present, it is definitely overshadowed.

T - Hop bomb with big citrus notes. Not particularly balanced, but I'm not sure it was intended to be. Loads of grapefruit.

M - Light bodied with a mellow carbonation level. Slightly oily feel to it, and the finish was moderately dry.

D - Very tasty and highly drinkable. Will revisit this gem of an IPA without a doubt. I'd mark this one as a must try.

Photo of bort11
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tulip. Tall and chunky white head, well over an inch. Great legs on that head too. Slow to recede and keeps clinging to the glass. Nice lacing all around. Color is a clear copper. Clean bright coloring.

Smell has a mild pine hoppiness. It is clean smelling with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is equally mild. That is not to say it is weak or bad. Far from that. It seems more relaxed and less intense than may other American IPAs and APAs.

Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. That greatly increases the drinkability. I like this a lot better than Fat Tire. This may be my new favorite everyday New Belgium.

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean fresh hop aroma. Some sweet, citrus, sweet-citrus, mild pine. Slight hop backing. Very nice.
Brilliantly clear golden body with firm and dense somewhat small cap. Ample lacing.
Nicely balanced malt flavors with the hop flavors and mild to moderate and growing bitterness which is never to excess, and leaves a very extended finish.
Lighter body than many. The slight prickliness of the carbonation adds texture and interest to the drink, yet in fullness they add a softness. Well done.
Drinks easily and smoothly. I'm satisfied with one, but having another would not be a problem.

Photo of kyleg
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep copper color with excellent head and good lacing. Very deep hop aromas, with huge citrus hop scents over a very nice deep maltiness. Excellent flavor, with a huge malt forward and a great hop back that lasts on the tongue, with great citrus hop flavors. There is a fair bit of hop roughness, though.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 26/2/14

A clear golden liquid with just a few visible bubbles but it pumps out a well sustained two finger foam that leaves a couple pencil thin rings near the top of the glass followed by thick partial rings, a low laying island is left behind after the foam falls

S tangerine, canned peaches come out strong, candied pineapple, floral notes, a little spruce, smells like candy, a little caramel to go with it, smells great

T slightly toned fruit, a little more sweet malt, some lemon rind comes out, nose has a slight edge but tasty stuff

M medium bodied, mild bitter bite, fluffs up from the bubbles its just a little airy, no booze at all, with a little grit and a piney rind finish

O pretty solid IPA, some balance but the hops are still in charge, goes down in no time and I'd drink it again no problem

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get a little more love from my fellow BA's, I thought it was well rounded and not really lacking anywhere. Might be a little pricy though here in Alberta but yet another welcome addition to the shelf in my neck of the woods

Photo of afdempse
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome, New Belgium, to the DC area!

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass

Creamy white head with meringue consistency. Light golden color with crystal clarity. Head retention is excellent and sticks to the glass.

Aroma of ripe citrus peel and fresh hay

First sip begins with a puckering bitterness, followed by lots of floral hops on top and citrus underneath. The malt provides excellent balance, with nice biscuity-toast undertones.

Dry finish, with alcohol, bitter citrus and fresh evergreen.

Very enjoyable, and excellent example of the style. Offers a nice hop profile that is different from the usual east coast offerings I'm used to. So glad I can buy it locally now!

Photo of jeffdjacobs
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a glass

A - copper in color, crystal clear, with a light, slightly off-white head that dissipates

S - strong citrusy, grapefruit-like hop aroma. A slight fruitiness is present as well. Very pleasing

T - strong grapefruit and citrusy hop flavor up front with a good, firm bitterness at the tail-end.

M - Crisp and pleasing.

D - very drinkable for hop-lovers. Certainly not the best IPA on the planet, but very good. I would not recommend for the average BMC beer drinker or someone that doesn't like hoppy beers.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise from New Belgium!

Pours a very bright pale copper to dark golden hue with generous rocky head that laces oh so well throughout the pint.

Nose has a pleasant orangey citrus character with some citrusy candies in the background. Flavors on the palate aren't overwhelming, but that's a refreshing change - plenty of pine, some orange, and toasty malt to round it out. Finish is prickly orange with pine. Easy drinking.

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Tolnik
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. As it seems most people posting are liquor store employees. This muddy copper colored beer poured off with a fair amount of head that reduced down to rim of the glass lacing. The aroma that lofts from the beer is citrus and a clean hop smell. Really aromatic. The taste is that of a clean hopped beer both during the brewing cycle and a dry hop flavoring. The tones of grapefruit lead through toward the aftertaste of the brew. A slight amount of a watered down taste also peaks through. Overall a averaged IPA. It will be interesting to see if this takes off or if it actually just stays like the abby, blue paddle and mothership wit.

Photo of GroovyDeus
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a fan of big IPA's - particularly american IPA's, but this was given to me from a friend returning from out of state.

Appearance: Clear/golden with a nice white head and good carbonation

Smell: All I get here is funky pine/grapefruit. Like a hammer.

Taste: Again, I am not a huge hophead - and this is on the edge of unpleasant to me...but I kept going back to it. It flirts with the edge of bitter but keeps it really interesting with a balance of malt/herbal and floral notes. Interesting enough to keep me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry with a long, semi-sweet finish

Overall: NB remarks that this is a 'sessionable' beer...@ 6.5% I wouldn't go that far. This is however, an amazingly interesting beer - good introduction for the hop novice on what notes the simcoe and cascade hops can bring to the party.

Serving type: can

Photo of Czequershuus
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a solid and very well balances IPA. It splits the difference well between piney and citrusy flavors. This is an IPA you could have several of without experiencing palate fatigue, but it has plenty of flavor as well. A really nice, solid, standard IPA.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice brass pour with a bit of bubbles on top, that reduce into a minor lace.

S: Piney on the nose, having trouble picking up anything spectacular though.

T: Great. Bold piney hops with limited to no aftertaste. Makes the sides of tongue goosebump before every sip.

M: A bit thin, but smooth and very very drinkable.

Overall a very nice IPA that I will use as a regular fridge stocker at $3/22oz.

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle. Live review for once!

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden straw color. Nice one and a half finger white head that dies down rather quickly. Skirted lacing as I drank away.

S- Nice citrusy hops in the front of this beer (pineapple upfront). Lighter sweet biscuty caramel malts in the backend of this.

T- First off let me say there is that New Belgium "malt" in there. I don't know how to describe it but I could pick this out of a blind test for being New Belgium because of that taste. Anyways, other than that nice big citrus hops in the front end of this. Bigger citrus flavors like pineapple and the like than what the aroma brings on. There is a light bitterness in the back end of this beer which I expected and balances it out for the most part. Light sugary taste as well from the citrus hops in the middle to tail end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nice citrusy hops left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Light hop resin left on the teeth and tongue as well. Clean tasting throughout the entire beer. Nice mouthfeel.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA. To be honest I am quite shocked that it is from New Belgium. I can only hope this is a new trend with them. Good IPA for people who love Fat Tire and know nothing else of craft beer. This could be my go to IPA if the cash flow is low.

Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper/amber colored beer with a magnificent creamy pale yellow head that rushes out of the top of the glass. Sticky lace leaves stripes down the side of the glass as I empty it.
C-Hop aroma. Pine trees, citrus and tropical fruit.
Hops rule the stage as well they should. Some bready malts but this is all about the hops.
Medium bodied and sticky feeling
Easy to drink. This will become one of the go to IPAs for me. Great job New Belgium. There's always room for one more IPA when they are this good.

Photo of heissebier
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I should be packing, instead i decided to have a beer.

Appearance- Rich golden orange color with a white head.

Smell- Nice hoppy aroma with that has a big pine, foresty scent to it.

Taste- The hops are very prominent in this beer, but are well balanced by a fairly sweet malt. The fairly bitter, lingering aftertaste is what really stood out to me about this beer. Overall a very solid IPA.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, really a great mouthfeel. Everything is in balance.

Drinkability- I got this beer as part of a sampler pack and I'll probably buy more at some point. It's nothing too fancy, but just a nice beer to sit and enjoy.

Photo of EvanM
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really a very good IPA. It sells for less than most but that does not mean it is less good. In fact, the cost to taste ratio pushes it close to the top of my list. True talent is demonstrated in producing a great beer in great quantity with great consistency for a decent price! When I feel like my budget is a little tight I stick with Ranger and live a hoppy life!

Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are nice. Pine like, with some resin, and slight citrus.

Taste is reiny up front, with some fresh pine needle flavor, and creamy semi sweet malts. Finish is dry and crisp with more hop flavors, another hit of resin and some ripe orange like citrus.

Mouthfeel is good. Full with spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is high. I hope this one stays in the New Belgium rotation, good flavorful IPA that isn't too heavy, and is quite easy to drink.

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12oz bottle from Mike, the New Belgium Rep (Midwest). Came with a Brown New Belgium- Ranger Trucker hat as well. Has a 21JUL11 date on the front in white print.

Appearance- Pours a nice 5 finger, white head and has a golden and clear body. Retention was awesome as it stayed around the ENTIRE drink with over 1 finger of head and the lace was very thick.

Smell- Very strong citrus/grapefruit hop and almost a honey aroma with possibly its malts used? Nice characteristics here!

Taste- Has a huge taste just like the aroma. Nice hops used, definitely an American IPA sly and has a very big time bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Viscosity, and very smooth. Citrus is left on the palate after the drink, primarily on the sides of the tongue.

Overall- Great beer! Almost like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale though... Strange how some beers pop out in your mind when your drinking others. Would only enjoy 1 or 2 of these in a night but perfect style and beer.
Now available in 12 Packs!

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow with a nice white head, great retention & lace.

S: Big, leafy hop nose: grassy, pine needles, weedy and perfume.

T: Great hop flavour: Grass, pine, bitter orange rind weed, light biscuity malt, solid bitterness. Good stuff.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D/O: A great drinker and overall a good brew.

Thanks to Rutager for an awesome extra!

Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (marked 05sep10) poured into tulip

A- A moderate pour left a 1-1/2 to 2 finger, off-white head. The body was golden-bronze and quite clean with tiny bubbles of moderate to heavy carbonation. The head dropped to about 1/2 finger and left some great sticky rings on the glass.

S- It started with an initial hit of hops. They began earthy with grassy/leafy qualities. Hopping also exihibits grapefruit aroma. There's a sweet, malty backbone that's a little doughy with slight, caramel/brown sugar accents.

T- Really good balance as IPAs go. Varied hop qualities from earthy/grassy to grapefruit/zesty to peppery. Sweet malts are substantial enough to keep it in balance. The peppery finish really dries and cleans it up.

M- Rich, nearly oily. Initial sip was through substantial foam. It had lighter carbonation qualities than the visual would suggest. There was a definite hop tingle.

D- It really exceeded expectations for me. I purchased the beer in Chicago and wondered about freshness due to transit from Colorado. It's a nice balance of full/complex flavor without killing the tastebuds. I could see putting it into a regular IPA rotation if it was available in the MI market.

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