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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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%

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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Photo of TheRock7755
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of brewdoc75
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A: Golden yellow and crystal clear. Nice, bright white head that dwindles to a lace. Great lacing down the sides.

S: Some fruitiness, faint tones of pine and citrus fruits. Light honey sweetness. Really not aromatic at all.

T: More of that fruitiness that blends well with the hop varieties. The hops are grapefruity with a hint of orange. Some piney bitterness in the end. The hop flavors are really very subdued, but the bitterness is pretty strong. Kind of odd. I would like some more hoppy flavor rather than bitterness. The bitterness is clean, but a bit heavy for the hoppy flavors. Malts add a light caramel sweetness with maybe a touch of bread.

M: Light bodied. Clean tasting. Great carbonation.

D: An average IPA at best. There is nothing glaringly bad about it, but it really lags behind many of the other great IPAs in flavor and aroma. I won't be buying this again, but wouldn't turn it away if I was offered one.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear fairly pale amber in color with good carbonation. A very smooth and creamy head billows up and the retention, not to mention the lacing, is outta sight!! Flowery, grapefruity and some cinnamony notes in the nose. Not sure where the latter is coming from, but it rounds out the aroma nicely. Flavor is what you'd expect in an IPA, but just the more-balanced side of the IPA world. Funyy - this comes from Colorado, which isn't quite the West Coast, and the hoppiness of this IPA is less so than those on the West side...kinda neat and regional. Finish is super-long and bitter in a good way. This is actually the best New Belgium beer I've had yet, andf it's really excellent, and excellently priced. You should probably keep a bomber or two of this on hand at all times. Great effort from Fort Collins.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Retail sample, pre-release. The benefits of working at a liquor store...

Pours a murky golden amber--next to impossible to decant off the sediment at the bottom of the bottle--topped by a large and lasting rocky off-white head. Large sheets of lacing left behind. Beautiful.

Big and citrusy on the nose, light on the bitter grapefruit but big on juicy sweet orange. Not really any malt character to note, but with hops like these I can live with--and, indeed, expect--that. Fresh and clean and delicious.

Malt comes through in the palate, showing up as a lightly toasted grainy breadiness, but it's still quite subtle. Bitter hops quickly succeed the malt, and themselves are quickly succeeded by fresh hop flavor, showing bright orange, fresh leaves, and a touch of earthiness. Finishes mild with just the slightest lingering hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied and somewhat thin, not surprising given the overall lack of malt character. Moderately firm and drying. Thinness of body is verging on watery, but manages to stop just short. Quite drinkable.

A well-made IPA, quite sessionable, and what I'd expect from New Belgium. Why they didn't do this earlier I don't know, but at least this presumably long awaited beer lives up to what it should be.

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

First off you will notice the extreme hops smell. I have never had a beer before that tasted like pure hops. The aroma is better than the taste. It is like drinking a bottle of hay and oats and unprocessed barley. Not an everyday beer, and definitely not fr everyone.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5,968 ratings