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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,297 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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: 1,297 | Ratings: 5,840
Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This a solid and very well balances IPA. It splits the difference well between piney and citrusy flavors. This is an IPA you could have several of without experiencing palate fatigue, but it has plenty of flavor as well. A really nice, solid, standard IPA.

Added, 3/11/2106 - Lets do this with my more polished reviewing style

This beer pours a very clear deep straw with a sizeable sustained head. The aroma offers up pine, grapefruit, caramel, and some resin. The flavor is less seet than the nose would suggest, pleasantly molding together pine and citrus notes, with background tropical flavors. The Mouthfeel is fantastically light and airy. Overall this is a truly moreish IPA. Inexpensive and readily availible, this is an awesome option in the oversaturated IPA market.

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

Very piney in aroma and taste. Quite enjoyable with a nice bite to the carbonation.
Not super expensive which is nice.

I feel like this is a solid go-to if you don't want something
from the more expensive brands.

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Photo of Beerds
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another easy to find IPA that doesn't break the bank. New Belgium has only been in my area for the past few years and was strictly stuck on Fat Tire until I branched out. This is probably one of their better beers to me, ready to try Rampant and see what it's all about.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice fruity (grapefruit, lemon, peach) combination of sweet and an easygoing light bitterness (a little piney and grassy). Particularly nice when it's hot. Going just on the mouthful, could convince me it was much lower abv.

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Photo of UKWildcatFan7272
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a strong metallic aftertaste. It might've been due to the keg. Lots of fruity flavors. Not bad, but I'd try something else before grab I'd grab another one.

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Photo of Elijah_Haase
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable beer overall, light scents of citrus with much stronger aroma of pine, very pleasent on smell. Look is of a mostly clear amber color. Definite sharp bitter initial tatse that finishes really well. Overall just a genuinely enjoyable ipa, highly recommend

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Photo of phthomp1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a very good IPA. A light taste for an IPA not too much citrus taste but enough to know what kind of beer. Not the neat of the IPAs but a simple uncomplicated beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Super clear, yellow golden color, visible carbonation, bright white head, major lacing.

S - Pine resin is front and center, with a mild citric note, lemon and honey hints. Grassy line, as well.

T - Bright resin and lemon drop, a bit of herbal, as well. Close is clean, bright, with a mild bitter bite.

M - Hop bright and crisp. Very clean.

O - A pleasant, bright IPA, with subtle fruit, and a mild malt backbone. Not extraordinary, but quite servicable.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear Amber with fluffy white head, smells of resiny hops slight caramel malts, tastes of crackery malt undertones with piney bitter grapefruity hops, smooth thin mouthfeel, strong barely dry finish

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Photo of Michelleluw
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Ranger. It's very drinkable and is a great IPA. The hops are smooth and has a light gold appearance. Nice white head gives this beer a refreshing aftertaste.

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Photo of priwen
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light gold appearance with a solid white head. Shows moderate carbonation. Pine and grapefruit aroma with the slightest hint of malt. Flavor is of piney hops with some malt. Some citrus is also present. Light - medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Moderate bitterness. Overall, A good go-to IPA. Easy drinking and satisfying.

12 oz bottle
Enjoy By: 17MAY15
Served in a Pint glass

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

hops hops & more hops. sheesh. dry & highly carbonated. citrusy, grapefruit-y. did I mention hops? The flavor besides hops is a bit muted, but it's there.
it is a refreshing clean beer though, I'll give it that much hops... I mean, props.
best from new belgium I've had. is that saying much?

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Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very clear golden with a thin, whispy white head of foam that quickly fades down into a film. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Floral aroma, also noted hints of spice, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and ginger. Light weight to the mouthfeel. Quite bitter, with a prominent hop taste. Grapefruit and citrus are also present. A bit boozy for 6.5%, but drinkable. Tasted a bit thin, in terms of actual flavor. Not bad, but not that good.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent hop forward ipa. Just nothing that really stands out or sets it apart from other offerings out there.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of pianoguy
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber on clearance at Albertson's for $2.74 ( bought 2 of them)
Full disclosure; It had an expiration date of Feb 2015 and this is March 15th

Poured a golden honey with a very large inch and a half head . At first I thought it was just my pouring that created this giant head but after pouring a few more I'm inclined to think it's a little overly carbonated. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

Nice floral smells. Everything you would want in an IPA smell

The taste is a good balance of hops, a little peppery too

It was a little too carbonated, not in the feel as much as the pour. (and this was a month past the expiration date ??!! )

Other then the carbonation A very nice IPA

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Photo of Spiri7
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of pine and resin on the palate. Nice fresh hop flavors. Although a little one dimensional I've found this beer to be quite consistent. Good beer overall.

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Photo of eddiefontaine13
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

zesty citrus flavor, mild bitterness, like a crisp cool Christmas tree dripping with fresh snow and hints of evergreen sap, different with every sip, honey dew melon hints bring in a touch of sweetness on the first sip, would buy and drink again

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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 Jrhockney
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sweet, decently hoppy, mass produced budget IPA that is so consistant sometimes I worry about what they put in it. The flavor is crisp, very sweet, floral orange grapefruit combo that has ok bitterness. Its biggest strength is its consistancy. I can't remember a time when it didn't taste like itself on tap or in bottle (unlike Averys sadly). Its biggest weakness is in the mouthfeel I think. It just feels thin too often but thats not to say thats a terrible thing, but the flavor ends up feeling a bit generic or mass produced at times because of it and its really better than that. Its usually priced VERY well too so that is a bonus.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can’t say enough how much I love New Belgium. Although my favorite of this brewery has to go to Rampant, I must say that Ranger is the little brother of the Imperial counterpart. I find every aspect of this beer to be smooth, suave, drinkable and pleasant. Without saying more on this topic, I’ll dive right into the review of each part of the beer.

Appearance: The appearance is a light golden color that reflects the warm sunlight that grew the hops that went into this great beer. The head comes in full and thick with a vigorous pour, but soon settles down to a snow-kissed cap that paints a beautiful fine array of lacing on your glass. But be sure to pour this one instead of drinking from the bottle. The manufacturer can only do so much to ensure that you enjoy every aspect of this beer so you will miss out on some characteristics if you don’t pour it into a worthy glass.

Smell: I get an array of aromas when I take a deep smell of this great beer. I get a malty-cracker and toasty smell that very quickly subsides into a floral and herbal tone with noticeable bubblegum, tropical fruits like mango, and then some citrusy apricot. The smell is excellent and it is one that you really should try before taking a sip.

Taste: The taste is excellent. I get the medium-bodied maltiness which is perfect because then it gives way to the carbonation that explodes on your tongue and is accompanied by a pleasant cut of alcohol which is a respectable 6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs. The hops are delicate but present and the alcohol content is fine-tuned, but noticeable. If you were to change anything about this beer than it would fall apart, I think. This beer is so drinkable and I find it to be one of my favorite ‘go-to’ beers that are available. What is surprising is that after two of these, the alcohol really sneaks up on you so be vigilant while you toss back a few of these classic IPAs by New Belgium.

Feel: The feel is smooth and silky and begs you to take another gulp. The carbonation is pleasantly delayed and gives way to a nice zingy zest that comes from the carbonation playing with the citrus tones. The very last thing that I feel is a resin-like coating on the tongue that lingers every so pleasantly even after the carbonation and flavors have dissipated.

Overall: Overall this beer is great. I think that it has a complex flavor and a well-timed release of each component of its flavor and mouthfeel. Once again, the aroma and taste are excellent and the complexity of this beer compensates for the slightly low end ABV. I would pour through a few of these easily and I am confident that you will too.

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Photo of hophead723
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a claret glass from a nice fresh bottle. I have had this beer often and I felt it was time to review it.

Look: Beautiful light gold, the light shines through with an almost heavenly glow like the sunlight that grew the hops themselves. The head depends on how vigorously you pour it but it will linger and lace with the best of them. It is white and made of semi-fine bubbles that faded to a thin cap.

Smell: The hop dominated aroma is luscious and juicy apricot, peach, tropical fruit, and bubblegum. The malt aroma is exhibited with flourishes of honeysuckle, honeycomb, and toasted cracker-like hues.

Taste: The taste follows the smell of apricots, peaches, and pine but with a definite and bold floral burst. There is a lot of spicy, peppery hops here. The malt character is sweet and delicate, almost over shone by the bitterness but in a well-done and expressive way.

Feel: Smooth yet with abundant carbonation that expanded on my tongue. The supple head embraces my lips with each sip. I found the amount of hop oil was apparent with a slightly coating feel in the mouth.

Overall: I call this beer the "Champagne of IPAs" because I love its carbonation and other characteristics, and the availability is astonishing. You should be able to find this beer anywhere and I factor that into a review because it shows the brewery that sends it to such rural areas of the country really care about who gets to try their beer. It stands proud against a desolate backdrop of silver boxes full of disgusting light domestic swill. Try not to drink six of these at a time. Cheers.

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Photo of AceDBaby
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Currently my favorite IPA for just kicking back and having a beer solo. Great day to day beer. Just the right amount of ABV and hops to get you in a relaxed state of mind. The piney yet grapefruit citrus tones are excellent in this beer as well.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pint on draft at Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub in Cleveland Park, NW D.C.; unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass; drank over 30 minutes on Tues., 01/13/2015

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Photo of Marleypoo
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is 6.5 abv & you can taste all 6.5 of it. Strong alcohol taste which I do not like about this beer. Has a very pineappley smell which you think you would taste but you cannot taste the pineapple only smells like pineapples. piney on the front & bitter on the back. I use to like this beer until I put it up against Jai Alai & sweet water IPA. If I'm gonna spend this much money on a domestic ipa then I would much rather spend my $ on sweet water or Jai alai. For the price this beer is not to good.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 14, 2015

22 oz bomber, mason jar

A – Light to medim amber. Slightly off-white foamy head. Pretty long retention and very high clarity.

S – Orange marmalade, slightly bready. Mostly light, fruity hop aroma. Something else there, possibly guava or passion fruit, very low in the mix.

T – Light marmalade and fresh pear, lightly bready but the hops are prominent. Only mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly dank.

M – Slightly resiny, sweet but leaning toward bitter. Moderate body and carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

O – Interesting mix of flavor but not entirely pleasant. Something just a bit off.

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