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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,209
Hads: 5,360
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 98
Gots: 991 | 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: 1,209 | Hads: 5,360
Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of bdupree
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of Sallerj
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of SaisonInTheAbyss
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,219 characters)

Photo of mcfisty
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of ImusBeer
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of thedindaniel
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
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? (747 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a clear copper-gold color with a thin head of white.

The aroma is quite hoppy with grapefruit, orange zest and pine along with a sweet caramel maltiness.

Bright taste of grapefruit, strawberry, pine, caramel malts and bread. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

I like this much more than I thought I would. A nice American IPA for sure. I've never been a real fan of New Belgium but this one was touched me in a special place. (485 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Excellent head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemony hops with just a hint of breadyness, plus some flowery hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness & a little astringency up front. Biscuitty malt & grassy hops ebb & flow as this warms. Finishes sort of crisp with some grassyness & grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigorous carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright, but doesn't really pull together. I'd rather have the mighty arrow or hoptoberfest, this would do in a pinch. I was really hoping for more on this one..Scores better than I really like, but I got to score consistently (689 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a double deuce into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours an oily copper with just a slight head that leaves a soap scum like lacing down the sides of the glass. This isn't a very pretty beer. Looking down into the glass, it reminds me of extra virgin olive oil sitting on water. The nose is rather unhoppy for its 70 IBU's. Lemon rind, grapefruit and grassy hops come through with just slight bit of toast. Also at the very tail of the aroma is a smell that I can only describe as earthy. The flavor is a bit more hoppy then the aroma but is still toned down from what I expect from an American IPA. Lemon rind, grapefruit, just a bit of pine. White bread and just a little medicinal bitterness at the tail. The mouthfeel is very light and for as oily as its appearance is, it really doesn't coat the mouth in hop bitterness like many of the best American IPA's. The drinkability is about average. I would grab this at a bar that had a pretty crappy selection but if it was Ranger or Boulevard Singlewide, I would take the Singlewide any day. (1,053 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up a clear, copper-toned body with a small, thin, white head that leaves a nice coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly scented pale maltiness quickly gives way to hoppy notes of oily lemon peels and grapefruit pith.

Taste: The mild mannered pale malts deliver tastes of bread (sans crusts) and no more than a small amount of brief caramel sweetness. The hops are predominately citrusy with a good dose of both peel and pith, though some additional white pine is also present. Medium-plus bitterness. Not quite citric. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight, slick oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, there's no about it, it's an IPA. And one that's a tad light in terms of maltiness. Perhaps... perhaps the world of beer has room enough for one more India Pale Ale. (860 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden orange color, with a tight, white foam of a full inch even with a careful pour. Clear body, tiny bubbles, great retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose is muted somewhat by the foam, but a good dose of citric hops get through. Sweet pale malts tinged with biscuit as well. The citric and pine notes are plenty strong in the flavor, but are not backed up much the malt. Finish is herbal, a little dry, with a note of pepper at the end.

Easy drinker, but could be a little bigger on the malt end. A one trick pony, but well-enough crafted to pull the trigger once or twice. (592 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper with a creamy, fine white head that leaves fine lace behind on the glass. The nose is nice and C-hoppy with pine sap, grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of menthol. Nice resinous, minty hop oily flavors are well balanced with carmel maltiness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes bitter. Easily my fave of the NB lineup. (343 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very standard looking orange copper with a small white head and minimal lacing. Nothing to really differentiate this from most other IPAs.

The aroma is of the citric hop variety. A bit of grassy presence as well comes through.

Taste is hop forward, with citrus and pine. As in the appearance, there's not a whole lot to raise this above or below most other standard IPAs out there. Ok but nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but with a nice carbonation tingle.

Overall I'd say this is a beer that most IPA lovers will find reasonably enjoyable. (571 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a very clear light golden with a frothy 2 finger white head, looks crisp and refreshing

S: nice aromatic hops up front, some citrus notes and earthy notes, a little grass as well. There is a slight hint of caramel malts and biscuit in the background.

T: hops are all over the palate as well, the signature New Belgium malt backbone is there with fresh hops from start to finish. The finishing hops leave a slight bitterness on the palate. This is a very nice and hoppy IPA, perhaps lacking a little in body

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

D: a very solid addition to New Belgium's line up. This beer is better than a lot of their year round selections and is very crisp and refreshing. (709 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gold/orange color with nice clarity, decent white head and lacing. honeyed doughy malts and citrusy, floral, fruity hops in the nose, although the aromas are muted just a bit. sweet bready malts are balanced out by a smooth hop bitterness which doesn't overwhelm. a bit on the malty side for an ipa, and this aspect would probably make it a good intro to people familiar only with fat tire, etc. nicely carbonated. medium body. finishes with a touch of sweetness and juicy hops. enough going on to have a few of these. (518 characters)

Photo of blackc5
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 48F poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep gold that is crisp and clear. Respectable head with average retention. Very minimal lacing.

S - Grassy and earthy hops with some citrusy grapefruit as well. No malts in the nose surprisingly.

T - As the nose, grass and mild citrus flavors that quickly give way to bitterness. Hints of biscuit. Beyond that, not much complexity - pretty one-dimensional and not exceedingly great at that. It is a bargain IPA price-wise, but I was expecting/hoping for more.

M - Somewhat thin bodied, just slightly oily. Average carbonation.

D - Easy to drink yet a bit disappointing.

I guess for the price ($2.99 for the bomber) you get what you pay for, but there are surely a lot of other IPAs within $0.50 to $1 that I would gladly pay more to drink instead. (805 characters)

Photo of jjh19
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow color. Tiny bubbles in the head and great head retention.

Smell: Suitable hoppy nose, very noticeable crisp smell.

Taste: Strong bitter bite. Nothing subtle about it.

Mouthfeel: Sharp on the tongue, NB isn't messing around with this IPA. Good for them.

Drinkability: As assertive as it is, I've had IPA's that were a little more balanced. I'd dial it back one notch for a little more smoothness.

Odd and Ends - I really like this package. Sharp. (478 characters)

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a rich clear gold. with 3 inches of white fluffy head that lingers with lots of lacing.

S- Lots of hops, citrus, and grass.

T- Huge hops up front, with a finish of citrus and grass. The grass and finish are very refreshing.

M- Light and refreshing.

D- easy (320 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Very good retention. Good lacing. Golden orange color.

S. Smell is really good. Citrus hops, combined with New Belgium's biscuity malt smell. Grapefruit. I like the hop aroma this beer has.

T. Taste is a big letdown compared to the smell. Not much hop flavor or bitterness. Very muted citrus hops. Biscuity malt, but sweet.

M. Light/medium bodied. Very dry. Average carbonation.

D. Ok drinkability. If I had to choose between Ranger and a number of other IPA's, Ranger would lose. Quite unremarkable in the flavor department, when compared to the smell. (614 characters)

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.