Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,314 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

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Reviews: 1,314 | Ratings: 5,930
Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of just off white head with great retention. Crystal clear golden liquid. Nearly ideal.
S: Strong hop aroma - citrus, pine, slightly dank - very nice. Some floral/herbal quality, some tropical fruit. No off aroma, no alcohol, perfect.
T: Bitterness comes on very strong with a citrus peel/white fir needle quality and really hangs on. Slight biscuity malt. Flavor stays clean throughout without getting messy with warmth.
M: Chewy, very bitter! A tad astringent.
D: I like it a lot. I'd order another, and I'm glad I bought 6. I'll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of drinkofczars
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice label. Chronic green coloring with some nice graphic hops sprawled out under the "Ranger India Pale Ale" label. Beer has an outstanding light color to it. Not rated a perfect 5 because I prefer my American IPA's a little hazier.

S- Amazing. One of the most delightful citrus smelling IPA's I have had the pleasure of sinking my nose into. The smell of the hops are very robust surrounding the citrus flavors and trail off nicely as you begin to pick up the floral notes.

T- Nice and mellow tasting for an IPA. I would like a little more bite from the hops, and would expect more looking at the innocuously radiating buds on the bottom of the label. Delicious

M- Good carbonation but borders on the arena of too-much. Pleasant from your first sip down to the last gulp. Not too thick, not too thin.

O- I think this is one of the best reviews I have ever given a beer. Maybe it was a combination of me having a really good day, or being in an optimistic mood. Either way; spectacular beer. I was never a big fan of New Belgium Brewery after having Fat Tire at my brothers wedding, but this beer has rekindled my interest in them.

Super good beer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is wonderful to say the least....

Ranger is everything you could ask for out of an american ipa....bouquet of a variety of hops....bitter and aroma...a sharp bitter taste that lingers for a bit....great lacing....the color is light...as with most new belgiums beer....the beautiful aroma hops are sweet and bright in smell....all the way around Ranger is all that one could ask for in an american ipa

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Photo of zbuc919
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass...

A light golden orange color with a nice creamy head to it. The grapefruit aroma jumps out of the glass and is the first flavor that hits you on the first sip. It finishes with a nice smooth bitterness. It's nice and dried out really highlighting the excellent choice of hops in this IPA.

Another fantastic brew from the folks at New Belgium Brewery!

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Photo of bricetrine
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Fat Daddy in Mansfield TX. Soon to be on draft in my garage!

A-Pours a nice copper/orange-ish hue, with a nice tall fluffy head

S-Plenty of big citrus scents - I could enjoy this all day.

T-Piney, floral, and bitter; there is a lot going on here and I like it all.

D- as I said this will be on tap at my house within the week. Very drinkable...

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled from bomber in flared glass

A: copper-penny color; lacing fantastic; buoyant head; very good carbs
S: sweet malt, pine, honeysuckle
T: very gentle hops, abundant, very sweet; wow, what a great balance of sweet against bitter
M: smooth

This is an amazing IPA.

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Photo of aeminter
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very pale copper color, clear, bone-white foamy head...very persistent...great lacing
S - Grapefruity citrus, resinous, earthy hop aromas
T/M - Nicely balanced, but heavier on the hop bitter end as expected. The hop flavor is more to the floral/citrus/herbal end of the spectrum. The carbonation is moderate but leaning to the high side. Medium body.

This is an other great offering from New Belgium. It's one of those beers that if you didn't have anything important to do it would be easy to kill a sixer without too much thought.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the appearance of this IPA: no haze and has a lighter golden copper color than most IPAs, a tight and clumpy sudsy head, and has great retention.

The aroma is very arid and dry. Floral and grapefruit for the most part, but has strong spruce undertones.

In the taste I'm getting a very inviting vibe. There is a malty caramel and toffee taste upfront, and then dives away from the quick attack of the bitter hops.

For this being moderate in ABV, this is a bit thinner in body. This makes for a smoother and easier drinking experience. There is a lot of carbonation that makes this crisp, with a slight hint of oil in the middle. The palate is left nicely refreshed and satisfied.

This offering from New Belgium makes me want to give this brewery another shot... WELL DONE!

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Photo of swede96
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, and with an agressive pour the head almost went over the edge of the glass.
Appearance was an exceptional clear light amber with a good 2 finger head and nice lacing as the brew went down the side of the glass.
Smell was a crisp hoppy smell
The taste matched the hoppy smell with a crisp finish.
Mouthfeel was light.
Drinkability was great and I will have another please....wonderful brew

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Photo of BobJustBob
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a 16 Oz dimpled mug.
This beer has a head on it. I'm talking serious foam. Sucking some of it up, the flavour is not unlike a Grapefruit Sorbet.
Colour is a very clear reddish amber.
The lacing is something to behold. It sticks to the glass like that aerosol fake snow people used to spray on Xmas trees.
Aroma is redolent with Grapefruit and Mango notes.
This is inviting stuff. Nice mix of Citrus and Pine tastes, wrapped around a pleasant slightly sweet malt.
The Simcoe Hops are an interesting addition. It seems to turn this brew into something that could be called a "Trans-Atlantic IPA." It has more in common with West Coast versions, but there are hints of the traditional English style in Ranger.
Drinkability is obscenely good. Very easy to polish off a six pack, even though it's at the risk of becoming paralytic afterward.
All in all, a very worthy representation of the style and my second favourite at this point.

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Photo of squidbrand
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (16 July 2010 expiration) into tumbler.

A: Slightly desaturated burnt orange with a two-finger head that sinks down to a tight, pillowy, one-finger head after several seconds. Thick lacing.

S: Unmistakable white grapefruit, with the slightest hint of pine. Not the most complex hop smell, but totally delicious.

T: Light malt sweetness upfront, but it soon gets overtaken by bright, slightly spicy hop flavors. A soft but forward bitterness starts early and lasts, intensifying in waves as the beer warms in the mouth.

M: A near-perfect level of carbonation gives this beer a creamy, mouth-coating quality without making it feel heavy. Buoyant and smooth.

D: The refreshing grapefruit nose, good flavor balance, and exceptional mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. Delivers the hop goods without being the kind of hop monster that wears out its welcome fast.

This is a great beer brewed with taste and, compared to current trends, welcome moderation. Not the most creative beer in the world, but a possible go-to IPA.

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Photo of bamafan
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIG piney hops! super crazy head stands up and stays there. the smell of this beer is is all evergreen and spicy hops. taste is big pine with some resiny notes on aftertaste. BIG carbonation and easy drinkability for a more alcoholic beer. (6.5%). If you enjoy american style I.P.A.s then this beer is a no brainer.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head formation is just absolutely phenomenal (~3 fingers). Though very airy, retention and lacing are also excellent; thick white foam clings to the glass after every sip. The beer itself is a translucent, light pale-gold color with a little bit of visible carbonation.

As one would expect from an IPA, an oily hop aroma is the most obvious scent. Notes of grapefruit and pine are also strong, and a subtle bread malt can also be detected.

Pungent, citrusy hops are the fist thing I taste. There isn't really any spice to speak of, but I can also distinctly pick up a pine flavor. The maltiness can be detected if you take a large sip and let it sit in your mouth; it's present near the end of the tasting.

Other IPAs that I've had are of fairly thin body and very crisp, but this one is relatively creamy in comparison. The acidic citrus and hop characters tingle the tongue, but the overall sensation is quite pleasant.

Though the body is a bit thicker than expected, this is a very drinkable beer. Given that it's ~6.5% ABV, I can't detect too much alcohol; I'm sure it's obscured by the hoppiness, even though it's not overpowering.

Simply put, this IPA is excellent with respect to virtually every facet. Some who make this style can over-do the hops, but New Belgium strikes an excellent balance; several flavors are present, but they're all pretty distinct without being overpowering. If you like IPAs (regardless of origin), then you owe it to yourself to sample this interpretation of a wonderful style.

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Photo of bcm119
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper colored, good clarity, fine white head with some lace.

Green, fresh hop cone nose, with some underlying bready malt. Flavors are bright, with lemony, minty hops coming through uninhibited by much malt sweetness. The malt profile is lean and biscuit-like, and stays in the background. Bitterness is clean and refined; mouthfeel is smooth and silky with fine carbonation. The green hop flavors integrate perfectly with the slightly doughy malt, resulting in a clean, bright, balanced IPA. Clearly one of the finest IPAs being made today, and from a brewery large enough to offer consistency, value and availability. A staple of mine.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 09JUL10. Bright golden body is very pleasing. The frothy-creamy head left plenty of white lace on the glass.

Smell was a nice green, earthy hops aroma. Hardy candy and tangerines. Leafy and organic. Yummy.

Taste was a good interplay of sweet, biscuity malts and bright earthy hops. My new favorite New Belgium beer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and adequately carbonated. I could drink this one everyday, a very solid AIPA.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a rocky/foamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of piney/herbal notes.

The taste upfront is of juicy, bitter, tasty, citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, orange, a hint of apricot). A biscuity pale malt and caramel (especially as it progresses) malt backbone gives it balance while keeping the hops ahead. Slight alcohol warmth shows. Orange rind hangs on in the aftertaste.

It has a chewy, juicy, smooth body.

This fits the category of American IPA very well. Hop-forward with a firm malt backing and a touch of alcohol warmth. It has a fruity, complex hop character. Wonderful! A hop-head's delight!

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured a gold amber color lighter than typical IPA but had a huge long lasting frothy head.
S: hops and caramel maltiness but all lighter than a typical IPA and has a different yeast aroma like a Belgian style yeast could be due to the manufacturer who specializes on Belgian styles.
T: slightly bittered hop flavored with standard maltiness of a pale ale. In fact I would call this more like a pale ale instead of IPA. On the flipside it's good and makes this a delicious beer.
M/D: light bodied smooth creamy like feel. Adds to the easy drinkability and great taste and you have one really good hoppy beer.

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Photo of punkguysc
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my first trip to CBX in Charleston, I purchased a growler of New Belgium's Ranger IPA on recommendation.

A: Using the New Belgium tulip, this beer poured smoothly revealing a dark amber color with tones of orange.

S: Incredible aroma. Grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth, with a bitter almost piney hop smell to it.

T: Wonderfully bitter with a pronounced grapefruit way in the back. Dry at the end.

M: Nothing overwhelming, very comfortable.

D: I would love to try this on tap, as it is highly drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: Growler to Tulip glass.

Reviewed on 04.22.2010

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a light white head. It has a subtle floral bop scent, definitely delightful. Mouth feel is medium with the bitterness apparent. Flavor is grapefruity with solid hop. Good bitter hop aftertaste that's just the perfect strength.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Beautifully clear, golden yellow with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. Significant lacing.

S - Lots of hops goodness here. Pine, grapefruit, floral hops and definite citrus. A wonderfully smelling beer.

T - Same as smell.. Nicely bittered, smooth and very drinkable.

M - Perfect carbonation. Juicy, nicely balanced, not too thick but definitely not thin. Some (very little) malt character. Alcohol almost non-existent.

Overall - My go-to IPA. Always good and never lets me down. Cheap too - $12.99 for a twelver. Also saw that they sell it in 4-packs of 16 ounce cans now! For the price, can't be beat. Very impressed that this IPA is as good as it is being 'mass produced' by the ever growing New Belgium. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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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4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maybe it's just me but this is a great example of what a highly available IPA should be. Citrus and pine laden flavors linger on the tongue begging you to take another swig. Good bitterness without being brash. Bravo NB.

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Photo of etenbus
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranger finally adds to the New Belgium line-up a hophead's delight.

It pours golden copper like a good IPA should with a decent head of white foam. Good carbonation reveals the bubbles rising to the surface.

The aroma is outstanding. It is heavily floral hops and citrus. It smells so fresh that it might be illegal in some states!

The flavor matches the heavenly aroma. It is citrusy, fruity, without the pine astringency. Lots of hops in the sip and the aftertaste. And the 6.5% ABV does not announce itself. This is a sessinable beer no doubt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. It tastes like a northwest woods IPA. Now that Goose Island IPA is hard to find in western Missouri, this, along with Boulevard Single Wide, is one of my favorite hoppy IPA/APA beers.


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Photo of AceDBaby
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Currently my favorite IPA for just kicking back and having a beer solo. Great day to day beer. Just the right amount of ABV and hops to get you in a relaxed state of mind. The piney yet grapefruit citrus tones are excellent in this beer as well.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Clear. Pale amber. A lace that lasts.
Smell: Hoppy grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter hops, grapefruit, and malt.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation.

This has the hop and bitter qualities that I want out of an IPA. The grapefruit smell is so inviting, and the taste follows suit. Basically, it's liquid hops, but not overwhelmingly so and only in good ways. I will get this again.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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