Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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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 Pens1967
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeThompson
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle from Safeway.

A good IPA. Can really smell the citrus and pine in the hop oils .

Very little malt in the taste, dominated by the hops, which for me were a little too bitter. The hops were not as complex as some other new IPAs, such as the Torpedo from Sierra Nevada. Mostly just bitter with some pine.

Mouthfeel was good and chewy.

Drinkability is great, I could have plenty of these.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus, light breadiness.

Taste: Clean and crisp, balanced IPA with some breadiness and citrus hop flavors.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, could have a few.

Got around to trying New Belgium's IPA, it is well crafted and a solid beer. More on the balanced side than super bitter, quite tasty.

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Photo of Omniwar
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JGebers
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Welcome to Alberta, New Belgium. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at long last. Of course one of the new arrivals is going to be an IPA. Ranger is a dark gold, perhaps just shy of light bronze ale with a decent amount of light beige head. Looks quite fizzy and light-bodied. Aroma is pleasantly herbal, fruity, and tangy, featuring a bouquet of grapefruit and orange, lychee, gooseberry, canned peaches, a hint of pineapple ... Nice fruity hop notes with a gentle caramel malt background. This IPA is rather refined, bold of flavor but not coarsely bitter, rather smooth, moderately medicinal, and notably fruity. Has one of the more pleasing gooseberry or currant flavors I've encountered in such a beer, rich and assertive, musty and spicy but not pungently catty. Also features faintly toasty malts, more peach and lychee fruit, melon, medicinal orange, and some pot resin that shows up late in the show. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost veering into creamy territory, a little soapy, on the lighter side for an IPA body-wise but this allows the hop flavors to shine through nicely. Not an obviously West Coast pine bomb and that's OK by me. Workmanlike but not devoid of some artistic flourishes. Recommended for the IPA lover and relative newcomer alike.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded a bottle of Sierra Nevada Glissdale for a bottle of Ranger. Can this new IPA measure up to New Belgium's outstanding 2 Below, their winter effort? Let's find out:

No question that this is a beautiful beer. clear as can be, straw gold with a big old white head.

Let's be blunt, this beer smells like cheeba. It's a very complex layered aroma, very nice.

Much mellower on the palate than I expected. The front end is floral and spicy, but the back is nice and smooth.

Typical solid product from NB. It's snowy outside, but this beer makes me ready for warmer weather.

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Photo of McStagger
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Moderate pour into tasting glass. Two fingers fluffy white head. Nice, fairly rocky. Good retention. Nice lacing. Beer itself is a beat copper. Moderate carbonation.

S: Lemons, evergreens, miscellaneous citrus. Missing that grapefruit edge that the California IPA's are known for. Still, it's got some fruitiness, with a bit of caramel from the malt.

T: Spruce, evergreen , sharp acidic and that all encompassing New Belgium roastiness on the end. Seriously, that same biscuity nuttiness seems to be in every NB beer I come across. Maybe it's me. Not overly resinous. Hops tend towards the herbal and evergreen. Not much going on the way of fruit.

M: Probably this beers weakest point. While I don't need a beer with heroic alcohol levels, I found this one to lean towards the lighter end of the IPA spectrum.

O: Great, for the price. Solid, well made IPA. Wish it had a bit more citrus. That, combined with the comparatively light body would make a most refreshing beer.

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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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