Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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5,973 Ratings

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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Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rarely re-review based on serving type, but my can experience was more positive:

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold with foamy white head and impressive lacing lines.

Smell: Citrus, sweet toasted and biscuit malt, maybe slight pine.

Taste: Strong citrus flavor with the expected New Belgium biscuity backbone. Slight spice and pine at the end leading to a decent lingering bitterness. Tastes exactly the way I would expect a New Belgium IPA to taste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium smooth & creamy body, dry finish.

Overall: While it tastes similar in the can and bottle, the mouthfeel from the can is better and the overall drinkability has simply improved. Still not one of my favorites by a long shot, but quite nice.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade hops are delicious, but a bit grassy for my taste, and the malt to pale to have much influence over the dominance of the hops. The golden color and generous head are delighful to look at... This is a very drinkable IPA, but not as tasty as New Belgium's Rampant Imperal IPA

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGordo
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright, deep golden color, topped by a small, bright white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops with a hint of pineapple, balanced nicely by some slightly sweet, light malt with a hint of caramel.
Palate is balanced up front, with the light sweetness of the malt holding its own against the assertive grassy hops. The hops win over towards the finish, with notes of pineapple and skunk, along with a touch of astringency.
Body is light and not at all sticky, which is a bit of a surprise for a hoppy IPA - I guess the resin got boiled out of the hops, or they used some extract. Regardless, it makes for a nice, easy-drinking IPA that's a bit short of a hop bomb, but can still hit the spot.

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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into pint glass. Poor print on bottle code. Fresh batch.

A: Pours a very murky straw, orange body. The head has low formation and retention is good around the edges. The carbonation is moving rather slowly. Layered lacing. 

S: Hop aroma is in the fore front, with flavors of lemon and west coast citrus.

T/M: Very smooth and well balanced flavors of hops, malt gives a nice clean body. The lingering taste is dry hop bitterness. The flavors give a bit of passion fruit, but no mango or pineapple. Good overall lower end intensity IPA. 

O: All in all a very light IPA, but one that suit the style very well. Good flavors and at the price it cannot be beat for a 3$ 22oz bottle

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Photo of HopLover27
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear amber in color with a thick, 2-finger, natural white head. Heavy lacing that leaves foam residue on the sides of the glass. I wish it were unfiltered, but still an inviting appearance.

S- Rich caramel and biscuity malt smell with citrus rhind in the background.

T- At first a bitter hop burst, melding into the bready, caramel malt. A nice floral yeast taste is present. Finishes dry with a citrusy, flavorful taste.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, very well-done for this style.

D- Very refreshing for one to two, but after two the bitterness lingers too long. Excellent for tasting, not drinking alot.

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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz can into snifter. A clear light golden hue with a 2 finger white head. The retention is nice and it leaves a collar and lacing all over. Aromas are sweet, citrus, some pine, floral hops. Sweet buiscuit and honey make up the malt. It really is a hop forward aroma.Ripe juicy citrus hops with pine and leafy notes. The bitterness is contained by the sweet biscuit malts and honey. This blend really works well for my taste buds. Lighter body, perfect carbonation, and a bitter sweet after taste. Pretty solid IPA and priced for sale at $0.42 a can!

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Photo of Jarrod_LC
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coopertheninja
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NiceTaps
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- golden orange/copper color with 1+ finger head that leaves good sticky lacing.

S- It has all the IPA aromas; lots of citrus, lemon and grapefruit, some pine, some malt back there, too.

T- Citus flavor dominates. A little pine and malt for balance.

M-Cool, thin mouthfeel makes it an easy drinker. Tingles.

O- The best offering that I've had so far from this brewery. It's a drinkable IPA that I'll look forward to having again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB April 2014

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a small white head. Head fades fairly quickly, leaving a rim.

Only a faint smell on this one, composed of citrus.

Taste is much better. Hop-focused, citrus is the dominant flavour; grapefruit and orange. A bit sticky. Bitter. Some bready malt and caramel.

Medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, quite good. Better than I expected given the middling reviews.

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Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very light golden color. crystal clear. head was good at first but didn't take long to wane

nicely hoppy aroma: simcoe and chinook. with a touch of sweetness

strong hop flavors and bitterness: grassy and piney...very fresh. a touch of bready malt somethingorother but the hops are really what's going on

it's eminently drinkable. goes right down (unless you want it to). the hopping is wonderful but what else do i have to work with?

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Photo of Stillyman11
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of scotorum
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another from the mixed sixpack composed at Orlando Whole Foods on a Florida trip

a: Clear dark gold, finger thick white head receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing

s: Mild resin

t: Hefty biscuit malt with moderate pine hop bite. Dry finish

m: Medium, good carbonation tingle.

o: A substantial IPA, obvious quality. The hops give it a bit more punch than their fine Fat Tire Amber.

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Photo of Matt2509
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into a Victory pint glass. Best by: 1/8/12 on side of bottle.

A: Extremely clear yellow light orange color. Finger of white head. Some carbonation from bottom of glass.

S: Lots of piney notes right from popping the bottle. There is some citrus, but not like a WC IPA.

T: You get a nice crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. It mellows in the middle of the mouth due to the malt balance. Maybe some carmel malt? It's a nicely balanced easy drinking IPA.

M: A light medium bodied beer.

O: B+

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Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear yellow gold with a finger of thick foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - There's a big lack on aroma here, you do get some nice dank hop aroma, pine needles, grass, caramel and biscuit malt, orange marmalade, citrus zest, but its kinda subdued.
T - Taste is primarily of pine, then you get some nice citrus flavors, medium on the biscuity malt, slight caramel.
M - Not the best, but still good, medium feel, good bitterness level.
O - Good IPA, not the kind to rave about, but a solid take on an American style.

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Photo of tsing
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerman207
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this can in Seattle.

A: Appearance is apple juice in a glass with little to no head to brag about.

S: Nose is strong malt with a slight hop presence. Some light orange perhaps in the back

T: Taste is refreshing - best way to describe it. It goes down smooth and has a nice lingering bitter but isn't a hop punch to the face.

M: Very light carbonation along with a thirst quenching feeling almost similar to water. Would be a great summer beer.

O: Not bad at all. Can't say I was amazed but would definately go back to it for a standard.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-01-19
Glass: Standard US Pint glass

New Belgium's Ranger is a blend of a "traditional" US IPA meeting a bit of the US West coast ideas for the style. Definitely quite bitter and one that would satisfy a craving for "bitter," "hoppy," and pine-citrus flavor. Would pick this one up again.

Pours a generous 2.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of bubbles ranging from small to large in size, presenting a slighty sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow, gradual fade to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also very good, with thick washes and patterns of lace clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is golden orange in color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through transparent body, medium in number and fairly active in movement.

Aroma of grapefruit, generic hoppy-citrus with a slight woodsiness and light ethanol pepperiness in the back. To me, this is a fairly classic, if not amplified a bit by the dry hopping, American IPA aroma.

Flavor is strongly bitter, of pine and grapefruit (in the hop-like way) with a generally fruity background and subdued pale malt sweetness lingering in the background. Front of palate tastes grapefruit, pine resin, bitter peach, and general fruitiness whether from the hops or ale yeast used. Mid-palate experiences strong pine, grapefruit, and hop bitterness, with a peppery spiciness from ethanol and a mildly sweet pale malt background. Back of palate experiences strong bitterness and pine resin, more subdued grapefruit, and slight pepperiness from ethanol. Aftertaste of strong bitterness, with strong pine and grapefruit-like flavor, slighty peppery ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4). Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good stuff, dark yellow pour, not much head to speak of. Good dry hop aroma when fresh, which doesn't happen enough, smells like amarillo and cascade fresh, smells a little like light wood otherwise.

More of the same hops in the taste, light body, not a big hop juggernaut, not much heft on the palate, a pretty light ipa in terms of malt roast, but ample hops, which is what we're here for right?

Gets better as it goes on. A pretty simple, uncomplicated beer, which there is nothing wrong with. If you don't have a car or job, this is good stuff you can hit up just down the street from whatever flop house you are staying at, friends, parents, or if you live in a car and are hookin' for cheeseburgers.

You can really get some faded ones of these lately. Drink asap I'd say if this is the best ipa you can afford/find.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light colored orange with a white head, not much retention, some lacing, lots of carbonation, clear and bright.

A: Citrus peel, sweet malts, some pine, subtle aromas, balanced smell.

T: Pine, citrus, earthy flavors, pretty straightforward.

M: Light bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: A middle of the road IPA, subtle aromas and flavors, light bodied, a decent introduction to an IPA, not too hoppy.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bambam2517
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had many of these last couple years, this review is based of a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint and enjoyed at 50F.

A - Coppery brown beer with a good amount of off white head, good legs down the glass.

S - Hops all the way.

T - Piney and herbal, bitter and sour. Its hop featured but there is nothing to round it out.

M - Bitter, soapy at times. Has a nice zing to it also though, and a dank aftertaste.

O - In the lower tier of hop-forward IPAs for me, this hop profile doesnt build enough flavor complexity to push it higher.

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