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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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1,222 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,222
Hads: 5,430
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.34%
Wants: 101
Gots: 1,048 | 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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Photo of Dotcubed
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Single bottle purchase from wine shopping the other day.

Just a beautiful color. Sunshine yellow.
Not much aroma, Not in your face pungency like many other examples. Some lace.

Weak in the hops area, piney. Like a walk in the trees.

This is very drinkable on it's on.

While this may disappoint those who want a bitterness that burns, this has delighted me. I cao actually have a six-pack of this!

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Photo of RedBrewer83
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a golden yellow that is crystal clear with a steady stream of bubbles floating upward. A huge four finger white foamy head forms and falls slowly leaving very nice lacing behind.

S: Incredibly lifeless...very faint grapefruit citrus aroma mixed with a little pine and the typical new belgium yeast profile is present.

T: This is pretty weak when it comes to the ipa category, even for a pale ale this is fairly mild. The hops seem very muted and very one note being faint citrus/pine and the yeast profile tastes like everything from else from new belgium. Imagine fat tire with less malt and a dash of hop and you get the ranger. Pretty lackluster for the ipa category.

M: Light medium body with active carbonation, fairly aggressive and balanced with the flavors, leaves that yeast profile lingering as always...

D: Fairly drinkable, maybe i'm just not a huge new belgium fan but this is pretty weak for an ipa all around save for the appearance, had high hopes upon pouring but thats where it ended for this one.

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Photo of Rodekill
2.13/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I like the new look of the label, but the beer itself was disappointing. Thin body, no malt backbone. It tastes like fizzy hop water. The hop character is funky in every way - nose, bitterness and flavor. Perhaps a little more malt to back up the hops would help, but it's not a good beer at the moment. I like balance in beer in general, and especially in hoppy beers. This one doesn't deliver.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep yelloe with a hint at orange. The head is thick at an inch and a half and has respectable stamina in a coat of white.

S - Pine and citrus hops make up an inviting smell.

T - Pine and subtle citrus in a bitter hop flavor. There's an interesting beginning consisting slightly of sugared gummy candy.

M - The feel is slightly coarse throughout. Normally in an IPA I'd say the coarse texture assists in bringing out some of the hidden flavors. Here, I'm not sure if it helps all that much. None-the-less the feel is confortable.

~ Overall this is a beer that I feel I could drink sessionally once the warmer months begin. I like the flavors and think New Belgium Brewery has done a nice job with this hop filled brew.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a sixer of the excellent NB Abbey in the shopping cart but, after perusing the grocery store for some meat, saw Ranger IPA in a separate, non-refrigerated end-cap display. I hated to put back Abbey but, never having tried Ranger, thought I'd give it a go; good call.

Two full fingers of white froth top a clear amber with light golden trim; nice lacing and decent duration tempt me to grant it a higher score, but regardless, Ranger is a good-looking beer. The smell is wonderful! Really hoppy nose, full of the advertised Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook hops, with a distinct sweet, citrusy aroma.

Very good taste, hoppy, resiny and very citrusy. Also, I can't help but detect some pear and apple, too. Good malt balance for a hopped-up IPA. Good texture as well, with some creaminess complementing the oily hop texture. This was all-too easy to fire down.

Really delicious IPA, one of the better ones I've tried lately. Very flavorful, balanced, and aromatic, Ranger stands close to Abbey as the best I've had from New Belgium. Really good stuff--another beer that, with Abbey, New Belgium should aggressively market and make as their standard bearers.

Very well done, New Belgium.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super high clarity golden orange, sticky concentric rings of lacing. Slow ascending carbonation. Tight skim on top, good retention from an initial 3 finger head of billowing foam.

Aroma is all grassy herbal cannabis, some grass clippings and dried basil.

Flavor is similar, herbal with a pleasant juicy cantaloupe sweetness carrying through the middle into a drier finish. Pretty easygoing and light bodied, sessionable. A sweet deal for a $2.69 bomber.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light rust color, similar to apple juice, with a copious amount of tiny CO2 bubbles funneling from the etching on my glass up into a finger and a half of rocky white foam. The head has pretty nice retention, lasting for about 2 minutes before collapsing. Some sticky lace rings hang around the outside of the glass as well.

The nose is mainly of citrusy hops; I can pick out some candied lemon peel and grapefruit aspects as well as maybe a little grassiness towards the end of each whiff.

Moderate amounts of pale malts up front get taken over by the hops at the end of each sip, and although not as overwhelmingly hoppy as I'd like, the citrusy hops are still tasty and enjoyable.

Medium-light body and a moderate amount of carbonation, coupled with the hoppy finish, gives the beer a nice crispness on your tongue as you drink.

Just a pleasant beer to drink. I like this better than the other New Belgium offering I've had, Fat Tire, but that could be because I really appreciate IPAs more. Still, this is a pretty drinkable IPA that is pretty flavorful and light on your tongue. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by about a finger and a half of pillowy off-white head that leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Lots of leafy, green, and citrusy hops over a pale caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of brassy, leafy, citrusy, and mildly bitter hops get things started. Underneath, the malt backbone is biscuity and a little paler than most beers in this style. The balance is slightly tipped towards the hops. Just a hint of alcohol from time to time. Biscuity malt and green hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium boded with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this is one of the more quenching IPAs I've tried.

Verdict: Tasty and very drinkable, Ranger is a solid addition to the New Belgium lineup. It may not be the most intense IPA out there, but it still works nicely.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, dated 7/9/10 (best by?). Pours a clear light yellow orange with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts with some spicy piney fruity hops that are slightly stinky.

The flavor is some biscuity malts with a decent amount of hops - peppery, floral and slightly fruity. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - it's nice to see one from NB. It's pretty mild in terms of alcohol and bitterness. I really don't care for the biscuit notes in many of New Belgium's beers. I'm not really digging the hop flavors either. More fruitiness or resin would be good for me.

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Photo of cokes
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brassy yellow-gold with a sizable white froth on top, fading moderately quickly while leaving smears of lace.
Doughy, lightly sweet malt aromas mingle with peppery, grassy, and floral hops, a touch of pineapple as well, especially as it warms.
It begins with a sweet breadiness, not unlike a sugared doughnut. Malt never stays beyond this, so it's good that it's an agreeable flavor. Fruitiness enters midway, but carries little vibrancy. Watery pineapple juice with a twist of lemon. Hops hit with pepper, crushed flowers, onions, spruce, and peppermint. That onion note is a bit of a nuisance, and reminds me why I didn't like their 2 Below very much. Here, it's further in the background, fortunately.
Light-ish bodied with a relatively high amount of CO2. Generally balanced, but the hops deliver enough dryness to make it a session option. However, there's nothing very dynamic here, and it results in a middle of the road IPA. The more I drink this, the more I think it is plain boring.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked some up my last trip stateside. Enjoyed a bottle while down there, getting around to reviewing another tonight before watching my dad's cousin's son compete for a medal in skeleton. Anyways on to the beer, pale amber, lightly carbonated, gave a half finger of off white head that tried to stick around, but has broken down to leave a sticky collar. Decent, intricate sticky lacings.

I really like the nose on this one. Lots of hops, citrus, some grapefruit, a bit more pine, dominate the softer malt aromas. A touch of biscuit straight out of fat tire is present, a lighter amount of caramel, and some pale malts.

Oily orange peel mixes with a touch of tangerine then gives way to ruby red grapefruit before pine resin takes over. Good stuff here. The malts are pretty much as described above, and let the hops be the showcase here. I like how the dominant malt note is the muted biscuit and while its getting beat up by the hops isnt that the whole point?

Yes this is dry. Its bitter, its somewhat resinous (enjoyed the hops in my mouth the following day). Its also got a fair bit going on in terms of aroma, and does a very solid job of showcasing the hops. Fairly light in body.

This is very drinkable for me and my tastes. I look forward to getting more and seeing how a six pack goes down, because im having no issues knocking a bottle back and wishing i had another one ready to go. Sure there are better IPAs out there, but i suspect you would be hard pressed to find a better one with the availability and distribution that this one has. I highly recommend this to hopheads, it may be a touch too aggressive for the newbies.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a clear, golden amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head that sticks around for a while. Rich aroma is strongly hoppy and evergreen, promising a seriously hoppy IPA. Fiercely hoppy and somewhat bitter flavor lives up to the aroma - drinking this beer is like drinking a liquid pine tree. Texture has a strong bite and is fizzy and smooth, leaving a nice hoppy and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with a slight coppery note and a decent white head that hangs around and produces some nice lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine resin with just a bit of malt in the background.

The taste is also pine and grapefruit up front with some mild sweet malt coming in for balance. The finish is dry and lating pine resin. Actually, the hops have a definite priority but are not as overwhelming as some IPAs.

Medium bodied, smooth and decently drinkable.

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

A - Nice golden-orange color with plenty of head.

S - Monster aroma. Blend of citrus, fresh hops.

T - Very big hop punch right out of the gate. Wham! Grassy, almost wet hop flavor. Lingers well. Sets off like fireworks on the first mouthful.

M - Powerful for a 6.5 IPA, almost has the punch of some stronger Double IPAs. Not heavy, though.

D - Very easy to drink. You get the benefit of strong hop punch, but a light mouthfeel.

OK, I am kind of a New Belgium butt-kisser. I have not found much fault with anything they do out there in Fort Collins. This is definitely one step beyond the recent release of Mighty Arrow. I think this one may grow on me more than that did.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.54/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pours a nice pale orange. Each sip leaves pretty legs down the side of my tulip.

Smell is muted fruitiness and a vaporous boozy quality that I'm not excited to pull from a 6.5% beer. If this is dry hopped, I'm not getting it.

What's happening here? Heavy solvent taste and bittering hops. Seems the Chinook are taking center stage. I realize balance is overrated, but this is an astringent mess. For the alcohol level, this beer does nothing to hide it. Bummer.

Mouthfeel and drinkability pull an average. Feelin a bit confused by this beer.

Really don't enjoy slamming a beer, because there are so many good beers, great brewers, and it's a tough gig. But, this is a major letdown.

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Photo of Sallerj
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent, fairly unremarkable, IPA. It has a little bit of the resiny, oniony hop flavor that I don't like, and the aroma is a little thin, but otherwise it's a pretty solid beer. It has a nice mix of citrusy and earthy hops, and enough malt to make it all work. It has a great, bitter, aftertaste. I'll drink this happily any time it's served to me, but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Floral, grassy, piny hops. A grapefruit bitterness lingers on and on.
T: Floral and grassy hops up front. Lots of bland bitterness. Nothing much for balance.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and dry. The bitterness takes its toll. Not a beer I want to drink a lot of.

Not one of New Belgium's better beers. There is just a strong bitterness and not much else. A one and done for me.

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Photo of SaisonInTheAbyss
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA? I guess....
poured from bottle into sam adams pint.

a- light copper-gold, with a sticky, hearty head, laces well enough.

s- almost nothing there. I can already tell that this isn't a big IPA, not that that's a bad thing. A very thin piney hop scent with a faint alcohol smell.

t- not much too it. It's light and crisp. Slightly bitter with not much malt to back it up. Piney hop taste with a slight green apple after.

m- medium carbonation, enjoyable. again, light and crisp.

d- could probably drink this all day, but after my first two, I'm ready for more flavor.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a Stella glass. Poured a clear gold with a finger of white head. Nice piney hop aroma with some malt. Fair amount of hop bitterness to start, but a good balance of malt. Nice lacing on the glass. Medium bodied. A little vegetal with the hops dinged my score a bit. Drying finish from the hops. Decent beer, pretty drinkable.

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

Another new single I was able to pick up recently. This was served cold and enjoyed with dinner last night. Consumed in a pint glass on 02/16/2010.
The pour was about what I would have expected from a solid IPA. Nice amber in color with a smooth, silky look to it. Nice clarity with loads of carbonation streaming up to the surface to form a rich and full looking head of white that laid across the top of the glass for what seemed to be a good bit of time before finally conceding and letting itself go. Aroma is sharp. Lots of citrus bouncing around in here for sure. Huge notes of Orange and grapefruit give way reluctantly to nice touches of buttery malts and a smooth and easy transition into a dry, hoppy finish. Crisp and clean with a definite refreshing nature to it. It really seemed to hold up well and renewed some of my faith in new Belgium. Even warming seemed to continue to bring out nice hints of hops that just would not let go. A more then welcome surprise I have to admit. Last sip was just as good as the first and the light hop nature just slid right on by.
Overall a very solid IPA that you really could not go wrong with. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of mcfisty
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Great Divide slim pint glass

A= Pours a clear light golden color with about two inches of off white head. Some lacing, not much

Ar= Bursting with piney, herbal, and citrusy hops, Only the very faintest malt and a touch of maybe some toasty yeast.

F= Flavor is grassy and "dank". Usual suspects of pine & grapefruit, maybe a small amount of the mango.

M/D= Mouthfeel is gripping bitter at first but very quickly fades. Pretty thin on the mouthfeel, but dry and easy to drink.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


New Belgium
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

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Photo of thedindaniel
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this from a 22 oz bomber into a standard pint glass. Had a nice two finger white head and a light, clear golden body. There was very weak aroma of grassy hops and I felt like I could smell some of the malts as well. As for taste goes, I almost forgot that I was drinking an IPA. It was so watery and bland that I almost felt like I was drinking a pale ale. I also noticed that it seems to have that "fat tire" after taste. Not sure if its the malts or yeast that they use. Overall, I drank this very quickly but didn't really enjoy it. I bought it because it was cheap and I was curious, but I would rather pony up a few more bucks for something of higher quality. Have I gotten spoiled with all of the wonderful IPA's available these days?

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.