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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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Reviews: 1,310 | Ratings: 5,902
Photo of dsa7783
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good, drinkable IPA. On tap at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. More or less was what I expected. Didn't leave much to be desired. Sessionable in my opinion. Moderate hop backbone with pine and citrus flavors apparent. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium is an old well known craft brewery that has some good stuff including this IPA.

(L) It has an amber clear hue with an inch thick white head.

(A) It has a nice aroma of pine and citrus

(T) The taste is piney, grapefruit, orange, there’s some dankness, pretty good.

(F) Smooth, slightly carbonated, clean and crisp, drinkable and affordable.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange, very earthy aroma for an ipa almost a pine and snuff smell. Taste is pine astringent and floral. Certainly terrible with glutinous volume of ipas on the market I'd have a hard time reaching for this, the price is certainly attractive though

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks an amber with good lacing.

Smells Herbal, Pine and citrus right off the bat.

Tastes orangey and piney. Picking up some bready malts. Very herbal.

Bitter, herbal, clean; my first IPA, and so has a special place in my heart.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.61/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

After all these years, New Belgium gets into New England! They have a pretty legendary status as a pioneer of the craft brewing world.

Nice labels, including a date stamp of enjoy before the 16th October, 2016. Custom glassware with the collar is very classy. Pours a surprisingly clear light gold with a pure white head that looks creamy and laces very well. Smells dull and musty, reminding me of what Cluster hops used to smell like, when brewers used those way back when. A bit piney. The taste falls flat for me. Stale biscuit and herbs with a sterile bitterness in the finish. I don't know if it's the yeast (chico?), or if this is filtered/pasteurized in a way that zaps the soul of it, but this beer really disappoints for me. Tastes like a brewing conglomerate trying to make a craft beer. Bummer.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack $7.99 Foodland
Clear golden slightly orange color
High carbonation
Medium-light mouth feel
Bitterness not overly done but present
Overall just ok for me. Much better IPAs out there so probably won't buy again.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into English pint glass.

L - Pours a bright, clear golden color with a very bubbly head that leaves a thick lacing around the glass.

S - Pine needles, citrus rind, floral hops, very fruity and pleasant smelling IPA

T - The earthy, cascade hops hit up front, surprisingly citrusy (lemon, some grapefruit), not overpoweringly bitter like some other IPAs

F - Sharp, astringent/bubbly, carbonated but very smooth and drinkable

O - Big fan of Fat Tire, enjoyed the Trippel, as I drink more and more IPAs, this is a very solid addition to the repertoire. A citrusy, drinkable IPA I'll definitely drink again

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Photo of bobv
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a nice head that sticks in the glass, not on it, as there is no lacing.
Smells of citrus with a little pine , orange and ruby red grapefruit, very nice.
Taste is a bit subdued with a slightly bitter finish and a medium mouthfeel. Overall I would love to try this on tap. Hopefully someday soon New Belgium will come to Vermont!

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good IPA. I've seen this one around and finally picked it up in Virginia at a Food Lion. Decent carbonation, very hoppy, but not too much. Smooth finish. All around a good beer.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale orange-yellow with a 15mm white head. Head retention is moderate, with good lacing. Especially early in the glass. Wonderful hop aromas right off the bat, with notes of pine, citrus, and resin. Flavor profile is bitter with notes of pine and resin right off the front. More subtle biscuit malts and citrus along the back. Mouth feel is harsh, with a medium consistency. Overall, it's an alright brew. The hop notes in the aroma are pleasant, while the flavor doesn't quite deliver the same oomph. A nice, tasty IPA that leans bitter.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of B-rett
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Darker, but still clear golden color with a very thin head and lots of lacing.

S-Fruity is the first scent followed by sweet caramel and pine.

T-Very mild bitterness at 70 IBUs. A piney hop flavor mixed with caramel malts.

M-Sharp and appropriately carbonated. Very drinkable.

O-This is the first IPA that I've genuinely enjoyed. The 6.5% is an added bonus that will help to get the job done since you can't just have one of these.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Comes out a golden hearty color, 1/4" white head. Nice dry hop aroma, seems like it has some simcoe going for it, maybe even some amarillo.

Taste offers a light body and good hop mouthfeel without being overly alcohol or over the top bitterness wise. These do age fast though and will take on some maltier woodsy dimensions with time. Good stuff, consistently done well.

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

Big, tacky pine resin aromas and flavors in this 6.5% IPA make it taste bigger than it is. Shellacs the tongue with bitterness. A sticky, dank, drenched-in-pine kinda beer. I really dug it. Great aftertaste...

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Photo of JohnBright
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First IPA I've tried that didn't repel me due to the sheer amount of bitterness from the hops. This is coming from someone trying to get into beer.
The rest of this reveiw is for me alone, so take the rest of it with with a grain of salt, because I'm not as avid in describing flavors and whatnot as all the other reviewers on this site.

- Again, the bitterness is not off-putting for someone new to beer. The aftertaste given pushes a just-about medium sized bitterness, which is pleasant in contrast to the aftertaste I experienced after trying a russian imperial stout that sat at 75 IBUs. I was surprised that the Ranger, which sits at 70 IBUs, could still taste tolerably with just a 5 IBU difference. Idk, but just for me to catalog, apparently either a 5 IBU difference is a huge difference, for me to tolerate, or New Belgium is skilled enough to make this IPA suitable for my palate, OR, as a starting point, maybe I can really just tolerate 70 IBUs as my threshold.
- It has a very floral type of feel, with an accent of citrus, which I personally like.
- Goes down easy I guess, smooth.

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Photo of Tank880
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of this brewery. Fat tire is a go to now that it got a big push in ny. The ranger is a very good ipa. Perfect even in summer. The bouquet could be stronger but the taste and back end, more than make up for any issues. Big fan. Keep brewing great beers and thanks for coming to ny.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of sudsy white head that leaves roiling sea foam lace as it recedes.

Smells of forest earth and pine needles, citrus rind, soft caramel and dank resiny hops.

Tastes of bright mixed citrus rind (lemon, grapefruit), pine sap, more mild caramel malt and further earthy, piney hops.

Feels soft and satisfying. Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Very solid.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice brownish gold beer with a fairly respectable white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nose of oily hops, also some slightly floral notes. Taste emphasizes hops and is true to style. Broadens some and has obvious solid malt backbone beneath the hops. The flavor seems to end with less than balance or integration than it might, but this is still a pretty good IPA. Mouthfeel slightly slick and numb.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant aroma, smells of ripe fruit, fresh spring air. Unfortunately it just smells weak, tastes weak and feels weak. The carbonation, or lack thereof, just finishes off my dislike of this one. I bought this to take a break from some of my home-brew IPA's I found to be a tad bit weak, and was greeted with a worse tasting, weaker brew.

After a second taste I like this even less, the flavor is not only weak, it's just not very good.

And a third taste, I asked a bar keep for an ipa and he poured it without a word. One sip, and I said this is New Belgium's ranger isn't it? He smiled. I shook my head and walked away. It loses another quarter point.

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Photo of BrewbQn
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear Golden straw color w white head. Piney tropical citrus aroma. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Smooth mouth feel, lower carbonation w dry piney finish.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served just above fridge temperature into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting in the US. Best before September 4, 2016. Math for pricing this is well... what the hell is the exchange rate currently. Let's put it at reasonably priced.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant, clear, light copper color. Lots of bubbles and a nice little three quarter finger white head rests on top. Good retention and some sparse lacing left around the glass.

Smell - Plenty of hops, mostly earthy with little bits of piney aromas as well as a hint of some citrus, orange, lemon and lime seem to be the big contributors.

Taste - Similar to the nose, some pine adn earthiness with little amounts of sour citrus. There is an malty, crackery undercurrent more pronounced in this IPA than with many others. Probably do to less extreme hop flavors and also a stronger malt backbone. Nice, refreshing and quite balanced.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is moderate but more prickly than other IPA's body is soft and light, really easy to throw back a couple.

Overall - An impressive, if different IPA in that with all the current emphasis of loads of hops, turbid orange juice-like concoctions, it's nice to kick back with something that isn't as bold, but drinks really well. Range is a sessionable IPA without being a session IPA, I'm certainly glad to have picked up a whole six-pack.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bttl into BL glass
bb 6/19/2016
L- pours a clear amber, with fluffy white head that wants to stay, leaves lacing
S- pine and citrus jumps out at you, together with some sweet malt
T- piney, followed by sweet malt and a strong citrus-sy finish
F- light-medium bodied, crisply carbonated
O- a balanced beer, a little too high Abv (6.5%) to be session-able, but still drinkable and gives over the hop very nicely, particularly in the nose

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Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a moderately large foam head that soon recedes into a semi thick lace. It thins out as the drink progresses, nevertheless, it retains well.
The smell is dominated by hops aromas; grapefruit, pine, herbal and slightly dank along with tropical fruit aromas. There is however, a hint of caramel and toasted malt.
The taste is initially drier on the palate and less juicy than the aroma suggests. At first it feels like a clean, light bodied and hops forward brew. The hops are piny, moderately bitter and leave an aftertaste that lingers and leaves a bitter herbal feel. However, as the drink progresses, some of the fruity flavors, especially grapefruit come out, as well as the sweetness from the caramel malt. The body is medium but, as mentioned before, can feel light due to its drinkability. The carbonation is soft but effective.
I really liked this one. At 6.5% ABV, it is quaffable and very refreshing. It packs a nice hops punch without being overwhelming.

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

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Translucent gold, big foamy head, nice sheets of lace.
S-Sweet fruit, lemon, yeasty, bread, a bit of floral.
T-Mildly bitter grapefruit & lemon contrasting quickly with notes of sweet malt, yeast roll.
M-Light to moderate carbonation, light body, almost watery, slight astringency.
O-Not as big a bitter as I like in an IPA but still I appreciate the complexity of the sweetness blended into it. I really like the nice bitter after taste that has some staying power.

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Photo of EagleJesus
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A true hoppy American IPA. Not as intense as one would immediately think by the look or even the smell of it, but it indeed stands on it's own in a world currently mad about IPAs. An overall fantastic ale.

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Photo of Caj1
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright gold and clear, with a head that borders on suds but is compact enough to last about three or four minutes, dissipating just in time for my first sip. Carbonation is lackluster but is more than enough to keep it from feeling flat.

Smell: very bright, a lot of lemongrass. I sort of get a sweet bread smell as well. This beer is kind of 50/50 on the hops/malt ratio as far as smell goes but it's not bad at all.

Taste: very crisp, it's got some really good fruity and green flavor, and it's actually rather bitter for a New Belgium product. If it didn't have these flavors to balance it, I would probably be complaining about how the malty flavors were just a little too intense for me. But they weren't, so I won't.

Feel: clean and dry at first, and light. After a little while it starts to sour on the tongue and get too bready. Kind of leaves a film on the teeth after a while, so I'm knocking off some points for this. Probably they should cut the sugar just a tad.

Overall: this is an okay offering from New Belgium. If I saw it on tap somewhere, I'd probably have myself a glass or two. However, I think they should try to take some of that bready flavor out, because it borders on overpowering once you get to know the beer a little. I'd still drink it, though.

To good health and good beer.

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