Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,312 Reviews
RangerRanger
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,312
Ratings:
5,922
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
1,514
For Trade:
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense white head that slowly reduces to a thick and wide ring at the edges of the glass and a moderate amount of very thin film covering about 75% of the remainder of the surface. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops along with some lighter floral hop notes. Light notes of caramel malts in the background.

T: Light flavors of caramel malts with a touch of sweetness upfront followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops but while still having very nice hop flavors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sun-splashed tangerine with honey hued highlights. Close to half the pint glass is filled with a whipped creamy chunk of manila colored foam that has terrific texture. Whatever else this brew has going on, it looks the part.

If you love the American varieties, the hop bill was nicely chosen. Cascade contributes white grapefruit peel and ganja, while Simcoe adds juicy mango. Chinook rounds out the trio. Cascade was also used for dry-hopping.

New Belgium Brewing did a great job with their first American pale ale, Mighty Arrow. Now they've jumped into the American IPA pool with Ranger. Although this beer is better than decent, it isn't as successful (for the style) as the APA. The malt bill is to blame.

I have never been a fan of the darker malts in an IPA. Unless we're going all the way and making it a black IPA. This offering uses pale and dark caramel. The result is a mid-range toasted earthiness (reminiscent of Munich) that takes too much flavor focus from the little green cones, which is where it belongs.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, a rotting-leaves-on-the-forest-floor earthiness, a bit of honey and a decent amount of citrus peel that doesn't taste or feel quite as high as 70 IBUs should. Here's hoping the brewery is amenable to lightening the malts.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style... but then the ABV is too. It has nothing but smooth edges and is properly bubbled, so above-average is an easy call.

Ranger IPA (at a whopping 6.5%) wouldn't have appeared in this state a mere month ago. I'm glad it's here, but Mighty Arrow is the better beer. Looks like Big Sky IPA is still the best IPA available in Iowa. Almost forgot, we now have Two Hearted. Lucky us.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a clear light orange color. A very large, chunky head forms, and sticks around for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form down the sides. This beer had a textbook look to it.

S: Very hoppy, and smells fresh. On the citrus/floral side with an underlying pine scent as well. Also get a slight soapy smell as well.

T: Bitter up front from the hops. A nice grapefruit flavor. The bitterness fades away to a nice sweetness in the middle. Bitterness subsides as the beer warms.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp, nice carbonation. Overall its pretty good. Honestly, the taste is what takes knocks it down a little. The smell was amazingly fresh and the appearance was awesome.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my brother for this bottle, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in an IPA glass.

The color is golden with hazy clarity and thick white head with fine bead and waves of lace with very good retention. The smell has a semi-fruity aroma with gentle tropical hop smell with slight citrus quality. The feel has a subtle malt toastiness with medium carbonation with moderately high bitterness and subtle alcohol influence with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with dank hop flavor and citrus quality which evokes a bitter rind aspect with slight tropical grapefruity and mild pine taste with low malt sweetness and very low alcohol flavor with slight astringency in taste with a grassy quality as it warms with a malt flavor that has a subtle toasted quality. Very good IPA I prefer this to many available on the market -I recommend this if you haven't tried it yet...I don't know why I waited to try it, perhaps I had expectations as far as New Belgium and hoppy beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint at the Denver airport.

LOOK: Pale amber, awesome lacing.

SMELL: Sweet oily hop resin, fruity, mild esters, herbal.

TASTE: Crisp, moderate body, orangey hop, bitter, dry biscuity malt, heavy herbal orange finish.

Very drinkable and a bit in your face. Restrained balance. Hop charter does not mess around and gets right to work with a onslaught of bitterness and flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour into a pint glass gives a clear golden amber color with a thin layer of cream colored foam which sticks to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose is quite a bit better than I was expecting. Some pleasant grapefruit and pine aromas up front along with the bready malt on the back end.

T: This one is surprisingly bitter, much more so than I thought it would be. The citrus is more of an after thought with plenty of resinous pine on the beginning and the finish. Not too much in the way of malt.

M: The body is a touch thin, but still in the medium range with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: An easy drinking IPA, but there are certainly a lot better examples out there. That said, it's nice to see New Belgium putting some more beers out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I've heard good things about this. Let's hope they're right. It pours a clear amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and plenty o' caramel. The taste runs very similarly, with some added pine sap and a touch of mint and lime (mojito, anyone?). The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice little IPA, nothing tongue-destroying, but something one could easily sit down and enjoy for a while.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap tonight at Spider Kelly's in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and fruity malts. Pine hops dominate, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops and pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not bad, but pretty average, and a lot less hops than the nose. A step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all.

o - Overall a decent beer, but pretty average. Some nice pine hops in the nose, but not a lot of hops in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek it out again, but worth trying once.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my CANQuest (TM) Wants bites the dust, this time thanks to the generous folks at Max's On Broadway in Baltimore! I brought the San Diego Rock Star duo of Colby Chandler (Ballast Point) and Chuck (Green Flash) in on our way to SAVOR from PHL Beer Week and found a number of new CANs during the visit.

From the CAN: "Are Beer Rangers real?"; "We're hoppy/You're happy [or vice versa]"; "Alternatively empowered/Employee owned".

The Crack & Glug was flawless and I soon had two fingers of dense, tawny head with fantastic retention. Where did this humidity suddenly come from?!? As it slowly fell, as foam is wont to do, I was left with some generous lacing in its wake. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and I just remembered that I wanted to ask for a Lovibond scale at SAVOR, dang it! Nose was redolent with pine hops and I was happy that it was hoppy. More truth in advertising. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and perhaps I have become jaded in my hophead ways, but this did not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. It was plenty hoppy with a caramel malt backbone evident on the tongue, but I was not aroused as I was with the earlier Shift. It could also be that I had it as a Want for so long that it took on mythic proportions ... I dunno. Finish was super dry and as I think about it, this was a pretty darn good IPA, and in a CAN no less. I'd best take my own advice and kwicherbichen.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am stoked to have New Belgium in my neighborhood. Welcome!

The beer is transparent and light orange hued with an inch of thick white head. Decent retention and ample sticky lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma brings a bouquet of hops, with notes of grapefruit. Also present is an earthy, funky scent that seems to be a distraction from the delectable hop nose.

The flavor is good, with the hop character in the driver seat. Grapefruit is the dominant fruit flavor, with more subtle notes of the earthy, musty, funkiness I discovered in the aroma.

The beer is really bitter, even for the style. The finish is dry and bitter, and sits a bit harsh on the palate.

In a style teeming with amazing brews, this one falls a bit short for me. I am enjoying this, but don't see myself returning to this beer too often, if at all.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with this pounder can. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear color of pale gold with a yellowish stained cap that is more than a finger strong and is composed of rather large bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is minorly pine-like and herbal with a grassy inclusion of hops that blends into a bit of a mineral aspect. Mild hints of citrus and some faint candy sweetness scent. This brew is all about the hops in the aroma and while it isn't bold and aromatic, it is concise, mild and enjoyable without fault.

The taste is minorly bitter with some faint herbal grassy quality that blends into herbs, a bit of pine and some mineral to citrus notes. A bit of toasty grain is present making this a nicely balanced ipa without any residual sweetness. The backend has some rindy notes of bitter peel that are a cross between grapefruit and/or orange with a hint of cheese and sulfur.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking. Not an ipa that is groundbreaking or something to sell a kidney over but this is something fitting of the style and something I would reach for to drink effortlessly while doing yardwork. Thanks for sharing Heath!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great to see New Belgium show up in Ohio, I heard about it, here's the new labeled Ranger IPA at a wowing $2.99 a bomber, I passed on the Fat Tire Ale and the Tripel and got two bombers of Ranger IPA. The forest ranger hat full of hops had me at hello. Beer pours a brilliant copper body with slightly off white head forming thick and rising well above the rim of my pint glass. Aroma earthy, pine, citric qualities...hey gang the hops are all here. Perfect drinkability, clean bitter hops but finishes clean and bready. The type of sessionable hops I could consume in number, albeit the ABV at 6.5% my stand in my way, clean cereal biscuit notes bring out a bread like character, that meshes well with the hops. Let me talk about the hops since it's an IPA and all...great hop flavor, grapefruit peel, pines, earthiness a bit of dirt kicked up on the palate. The label mentions Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook relatively clean sharp bitter finish that's well balanced and doesn't really kill you with the hops, again the balance and drinkability with hop flavor think of drinking a bomber of something really mass produced with actual malt flavor and hop bitterness married in perfect balance. Overall I can't stop buying this after two bottles, I will drink the rest of the local stock available to me.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice, clear apricot gold body. Pillowy white head with great retention and lace.

S - A shade light. Woody hops, touch of copper, and honey.

T - Resiny bitter hops dry out the opening and center of the profile. Green grass and lemon zest on the backend with a dry woody finish.

M - Light, crisp medium body.

O - Not bad at all. One of the drier IPA's I've had.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium. Oh. I did have that Abbey on-tap not too long ago. Okay. It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium, on bottles.

Slightly floral and silky ipa. Leans forward with some perfume tones and fairly clear floral character. Salty pine body seems to dominate the scene. It's got a good consistent profile and an even flavor. I can dig it. As I tend to say with so many other beers: this might be interesting on cask.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with 1/2" of head with decent retention. The nose has citrus and pine notes from the hops. Taste has decent malt character but it's short lived as the hops immediately take over. The hops are mildly citrusy, floral, and intensely piny. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated though a little thin in the finish.

Not a bad IPA. It's affordable so I tend to go back to it over and over.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before and I am surprised to find that I have not rated it as of yet. Trying the Ranger from a holiday pack recently purchased. The beer has a very nice appearance has a light orange clear color with white head that is leaving a lace. The smell and taste have nice fresh hopiness to it. The taste includes a slight Belgium sweet malt twang common of all New Belgium beers. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very crystal clear looking body, light carbonation rising, dark gold getting into brass bronze almost red amber color. Simple white head with about three fingers of retention, some foamy character. Some minor decent lacing while drinking.

Bouquet is, a simple hop profile, little bit of citrus, little pine, but nothing really distinct. Subtle and nice muted nose with some malt and bread.

Taste is, a good hop blast with a little bit of pine and resin, with a big surprising fruit punch on the finish. What the hell it is sugar coated strawberries. A surprising sweet red juicy fruit almost hawaiian fruit punch, where did that come from? Texture is solid without a big syrupy thickness, fizzy carbonation, or wet body.

Overall decent ipa, different, unique, enjoyable.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Ranger IPA, 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: clear, amber to apricot coloration, plenty of fizz about and sumptuously layered with snowy cap, leaving lace. Lovely look.

Aroma: soft at first, then spicy, zesty citrus notes, bitter orange peel and lime. Nice bitterness, evenly played.

Taste: tidy bitter blast up front, then mild and mellow, with a hoppy finish. Medium/light bodied. Just enough malt to have balance, and not too hoppy. Hop bitterness floods the palate with every sip, then falls back until the next one.

Not shy with the hops, this Ranger, and not overtly bitter either. Easy-drinking IPA. This is one I'll pick up often, bottle or tap.

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Ranger IPA, 22 oz. bomber. Has some tiny numbers printed on the label, brewed on date, best before info who knows, they make no sense to me. Pours on the clear side, glowing orangy amber, soft and fluffy off white head, slowly goes to a thin film and leaves nice looking sheeting and extensive fine lacing. Extra points given for the kick ass lace left by this one on my glass. Mild tea like hops, with some faint citrus/tropical fruits. Decently hopped AIPA, not over the top (like I like) but still respectable. More orange peels, smooth honey, some earthiness and perhaps light smoke. Surprisingly complex, quite enjoyable. Nice offering from NB

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthly malt, strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (pomegranate). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, and citrus. Overall, great appearance with a good body and blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium goblet because I am awesome, more awesome than you, sorry, it is the truth and I cannot tell a lie.

Beer is orange and clear with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation centered around the etched bicycle in the center of the goblet, again, I'm awesome, deal with it.

Aroma is earthy and piny with hints of citrus. Pretty nice aroma.

Beer is medium body and mildly sweet with a great hop profile, the hops are mostly pine on the palate, the finish isn't dry, the beer is super drinkable. I really like this beer, exactly what I wanted tonight.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,922 ratings.
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