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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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5,958 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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Ratings: 5,958 |  Reviews: 1,315
Photo of kflorence
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, orange/copper color with a good amount of head that slowly dissipates and leaves lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Lots of hops, seems of the citrus and pine variety. Also a malt presence, and a bit of bread and butter.

T: The hops are definitely the predominant flavor, lending a bitter, grapefruit citrus and pine flavor that blends together nicely with a subtle malt and bread undertone. Lovely, crisp, dry hop finish with the lingering flavor of hops on the tongue for quite some time. I could use a bit more balance, but I didn't find the hops to be overwhelming.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does have subtle creamy, syrupy qualities to it. Goes down smooth and easy and dances on the tongue.

O: I'm not normally a fan of I.P.A.'s, but I have found this one to be palatable. I find that I prefer grapefruit and citrus flavors to the pine notes, and although this one contains both, I find that the pine notes are not overwhelming. I would say that this is probably on the upper end of my hop tolerance, and while the malts are subtle, they are there and they do help balance the beer out a bit. I found this to be quite drinkable considering the hop presence and higher ABV. Not my favorite I.P.A. by any means, but definitely drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of crowbar540
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of vobr0002
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CJRubes
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of diamondc
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 2011. Part of the Folly Pack.

A: Golden bronze. Some good head, leaving a thin wisp of foam. Rings of lacing left after every swig.

S: Light grapefruit, sourdough, floral/ozone aromas. Nice.

T: Zesty citrus & strong herbal hop flavors dominate. Grainy, husky, almost rye like malts towards the end.

M/D: A really dry IPA. No bold flavors to make it memorable. Still, Ranger is a servicable IPA if you're in a hurry or in the mood for something new.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ipa. india pale ale. the folks here at new belgium have taken a very literal approach to the "pale" appearance of this beer. i've seen redheads with more color in their untanned, shaved nether regions than this beverage. perhaps it is a battle of color with the triple hopped miller lite.
however! a magnanimous nose on this silly puppy. the simcoe and cascade battle into the sky, forming a plume of tropical and evergreen goodness. there is solid bitterness but the hops are clearly not married, or, if they are, are perhaps going through a rough spot in their marriage. it is delightful and intriguing, but ultimately wanting. the chinook bitters it out nicely with that clean hoppiness.

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Photo of mttdls
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Vestlake
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One finger head from the pour with nice lace retention. Color rates a 7 on the SRM beer color chart. Slightly cloudy because of the action of thousands of tiny bubbles. Lots of hop smell in this one, with hints of malt and roasted wheat. Taste of hops, lemon peel, sweet cigar, golden wheat, yeast and malt. Feels like heavy cream sliding over my tongue, around my teeth and down my throat. Not the prettiest design on the bottle to draw one's attention to the beer, but very drinkable. I will recommend this to my beer buddies.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color in a 16oz pub glass with about a 1/inch head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Carbonation is really active as a closer look is examined.

Smell is of hops as you would expect from an IPA with maybe a little malt in the background. Pine and lemon are the dominating aromas.

Taste is nice and hoppy. Again, pine and lemon are the big players here. As a couple of sips are taken, hops seem to mellow out on the pallet.

Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation.

Overall a really good beer. I have been drinking beer with much less hops here lately so that probably amplifies the hoppyness for me. It was really nice because they were not overpowering and as mentioned, they seemed to mellow out as the glass emptied.

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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of lcdawg
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5,958 ratings
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