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Ranger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,640 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,640
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 502 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-30-2009)
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Guzzle_McBrew, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RWLawman, Mar 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Rubalaca, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

sth77677, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Ohiolager
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

ranger IPA 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz weird looking brown bottle poured into a pint glass. enjoy by date is marked in a small corner.

pours a clear golden color, almost two fingers of head that give way to some decent ring lacing. may be a tad over carbonated.

smells like your typical IPA but a little lighter. citrus, grapefruits and slight hint of oranges.

taste almost mirrors the smell. citrus, grapefruit and nice piney surroundings. it is on the bitter side, or rather more bitter than some other IPA's i have had.

the mouth feel is light to medium. more medium than light. feels good on the palate , slight dry mainly bitter finish.

overall not bad, not bad at all. better than some other IPA's i have had, however not as good as others in the same price point. i wasn't disappointed with it but i would prefer a commodore Perry over this any day.

Ohiolager, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

WallyHop, Mar 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

dannyhead, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

cardwel1, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lagerquestrian, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Mikus, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

fpdoty, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dillon_1005, Mar 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

kgammell1, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Williaar, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

mikepcarney, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hoffke88, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

FadetoBock, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

ZumWohl, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ralerwen, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dougish, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BRClemons, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

gshackles, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Shafaegalo, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 20, 2014
Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 4,640 ratings.