Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,314 Reviews

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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Photo of jbphoto88
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper colored that has a light haze to it. The head is small and very mediocre. The beer looks dirty and not in the good cougar at the bar looking at you way. It's appearance is incomplete and lacking some character.

The nose is the start of great things for this beer. Bold citrus hops start things off and finish with a nice hop bitterness. It's not the punch to the face with hops that I love but they are present and accounted for. They are complimented by a light touch of pale malts which are simple, clean and effective.

Taste is further confirmation of noses prowess. Light touches of pale grains and gently toasted breads move into gobs of hoppy bitterness and citrus pith. The finish is dry with hints of pine and juicy-fruit.

This is a lovely medium bodied beer that is leaning towards the lighter side of things. The hops are big enough to have plenty of flavor, taste and bitterness while the grains make a smooth easy drinking beer. Simple and tasty well worth checking out. This is a solid IPA that has enough personality to make it a great beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date on label. The ale poured a bright deep golden to orange with great clarity. The white head was fluffy and sustained at about 1/4 inch.

The aromas was strongly of domestic northwestern hops. In fact, one could easily confuse this with a fruity tropical drink.

The initial flavor is strongly hoppy, almost abrasively so. The ale seems unbalanced. You should allow this one to warm a little the glass to allow some of the malt flavor to appear. I was ready to dismiss this beer until the soft malty flavor began to mingle with the hop bitterness. The label states 70 IBUs; I can taste and feel it.

Not overly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel, the ale has a medium body. The ale leaves a slightly sweet flavor in the mouth.

At 6.5 ABV, I am not sure one would drink more than a couple at one time. Initially the flavor seemed very bitter and one dimensional. However, the malt does come into play to give it balance. This is one for the hop lover.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange-yellow with a massive soapy head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is piney citrus hop and biscuit malt.

Taste is initially toasted malt. Then the hops come in with plenty of the pine and citrus from the nose. Green, leafy, and grassy. A touch of mineral and tobacco. Generous pineapple and grapefruit notes. Finishes with crisp spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick with resinous hop.

Overall a decent IPA with balanced malt and hop. Comes off very 'green'.

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Photo of Soneast
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a 2 finger thick, dense, cream colored head, with great retention, a thin layer hanging on through the whole glass, with moderate lacing.

The aroma is clearly hop forward, with a fair amount of pineyness on the nose in addition to a decent citrus character, as well as some sweet honey-like, pale malt notes.

The flavor starts out with some decent hop character, predominately of the citrus/pine variety with some herbal in the background towards the finish. The malt flavor takes over pretty quick, leaving a buttery caramel impression, the finish has a "harsh bitterness" to it that ends on a relatively sweet, butterscotch note, leaving an uncomfortable bitterness on the palate.

Ranger is a decent IPA...it doesn't excel in it's category, but the hops are showcased fairly well, though I perceive a touch of diacetyl in the finish, plus there is a unusual sweetness that drops in at the end that ruins the hop character. The finishing bitterness is quite harsh, with an almost metallic character. ***The last two bottles of this beer have been sitting in my fridge for over 3 months now. I just can't bring myself to drink them when I have FAR batter IPAs in there. That to me is indicative of the quality of this beer....it's just really not good. Consequently....lowering my grade.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a nice clear light amber/golden color with a fair amount of white foamy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. lots of carbination bubbles coming up from the laser etching in the glass. nice looking beer, pretty much what I would expect from a decent IPA

Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. Lots of grapefruit notes and some slightly sweeter orange/lemon scents as well. There is a decent malty aroma once you get past the hops.

Much like the smell the taste is dominated by citrusy hops. There is also some bready malt flavors that attempt to balance the hops out. This is exactly what a decent IPA should taste like. Medium bodied and slightly slick on the tounge. A little more carbination than I usually like to see in an IPA but fairly solid overall.

While this is a well crafted IPA and a fairly good example of the style, it is in no way a stellar beer that stands out and seperates itself from the hundreds of other good/decent IPA's. Unfortunately I think this beer may tend to get lost in the pack...

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Photo of jmbranum
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. The aroma is the strongest note worth mentioning. Very herbal. There's some mint and some fresh cannabis. OK, there's a lot of fresh cannabis. I'm not kidding.

The flavor is good but not as interesting as the aroma. Mostly bitter hops, light malt background, surprising prickle on the back of the tongue. The hops linger and linger. Nice amount of carbonation.

Very pretty beer. Bright gold color with big white head.

Overall this is a compelling aromatic IPA. I quite like it.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very little white fluffy head and nice golden color.

S - Smells of Citrus(Oranges, Lemons), Minerals, and some sugary malts.

T - Tastes of Citrus(Oranges & Grapefruit), slight Honey, and a little Metallic.

M - Medium to High Carbonation and a little watery.

D - This is very drinkable because it is not too high in bitterness.

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Photo of CaliBeerLover86
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Half inch head with a moderate pour into a standard pint glass. Excellent retention! Crystal clear (I don't think I've ever seen an IPA so clear!) Moderate carbonation. Looks alive. Nice pale copper color.

Smell: Citrus-floral hop character.

Taste: There is a dominance of hops, not unusually for a "west coast" IPA. Medium bodied. Similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra Ipa, but the hop profile is different, can't seem to put my finger on it. The Simcoe and Chinook hops I think add a lot of bitterness, but also could be adding more of a floral note. At first very hoppy, then bitter, and at the very very end a nice malty aftertaste. Let it warm up a little from the fridge to fully appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Light with a little chewiness.

Drinkability: If you like bitter IPA's this one's got 70 IBU. Very drinkable, you can easily drink several over the course of a night. I would happily have another, but not my personal favorite IPA. A very good beer none-the-less. A different taste than I am used to from New Belgium, but you won't hear me complaining! A good solid beer.

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Photo of Xul
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, bubbly orange capped by a frothy, two finger white head. Leaves behind a strong, sticky lacing.

S: Grapefruit and orange, along with some earthy hops. Malts are the usual New Belgium bready character with a bit of honey.

T: A bit unbalanced to the hoppy side, but without the complexity to make it interesting. Floral and earthy hops take over and mostly block the grapefruit up front, with the malt base coming through later. An earthy bitter aftertaste remains.

M: Smooth and full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinkability but not interesting enough to want more than one of.

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Photo of SamN
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- huge white foamy head. Crystal clear golden amber color. A satisfying looking beer. Just a huge head that leaves complex lacing all the way down.

S- Clean, floral hops nose. Very fresh and aromatic; citrusy sweetness, grapes, sticky pine resin, and something else I can't put my finger on. First thought is of rice or somesort of cheaper grain. Rotten grass or something. Strong aroma up the middle, falls off at the edges. Seriously, I smell something rotten or moldy

T- Rush of strong hops that gradually mellows out. Lots of hops tastes, resin, pine, acidic fruits. Some malt sweetness pokes it's head out in the middle, but this largely very hoppy and bitter. The aftertaste, while not sticky, is quite bitter as well. Not my cup of tea here.

M- Medium light body with a certain chewiness to it. Not much carbonation.

D- For me, I can't drink a whole one. Too too too much sticky bitterness, not for me.

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Photo of ksbeernuts
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear copper with a nice cream colored head

S- Fruity and sweet smell. Orange zest.

T- Clean and citrus flavor. Some pine aftertaste

M- Nice medium body.

D- Very drinkable. I am not a huge IPA fan but this one is very good. I enjoy Alpha King more but this is a close second for a hoppy beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on...?

Mirror finished clear amber body with a small splashed white head of fine bubbles. A small armada of amoeba-like lacing dots the sides of the glass. Decent retention. A subsequent pour yields a rockier head with much larger bubbles and thicker lacing...

Fruit loops, passion fruit, citrus zest, and a touch of sugar in the nose. The Simcoe hops seem to be doing the most work here. The malt suggests honey as well and adds a nice, albeit slightly grainy balance.

Impressive bitterness, suggesting grapefruit and a little pine on the palate, leading into a peppery malty finish. Faint touch of smoke in here as well. The balance of flavors is subtle - suggesting a lot of attention went into carefully blending the three hop varieties. The profile achieved is fairly unique, leaning slightly towards the "West Coast" style, but with a lighter touch and a maltiness that is more than just an afterthought.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, yet silky. Modest carbonation.

Very easy drinking, especially on a hot day. A decent IPA at an attractive price...worth a try.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clear brassy orange with a big off-white head that leaves loads of Brussels lace.

Smell is super pungent, fresh hops, very dank citrus.

Taste is not as hopilicious as the nose, kind of soapy, but still plenty of citrus. Fairly bitter finish and lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, but with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, the soapy and bitter qualities of the hops got fatiguing...I wish it would have tasted like it smelled, still a decent IPA, but not really my taste.

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Photo of phillipzayas
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When you pop open the bottle the color and appearance make you think that you are in for a treat. The off amber-golden color is awesome and the smell is absolutely exceptional with hoppy goodness. The taste let me down and was just average. I mean I was expecting so much more. The mouthfeel was too light and was not balanced. Needs improvement in that area 100%. The drinkability was ok, but not great.

Pretty plus minus beer. If you just look at it and smell it then it is exceptional. The moment it passes the lips and then goes down your throat it lets you down a lot.

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Photo of bricetrine
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Fat Daddy in Mansfield TX. Soon to be on draft in my garage!

A-Pours a nice copper/orange-ish hue, with a nice tall fluffy head

S-Plenty of big citrus scents - I could enjoy this all day.

T-Piney, floral, and bitter; there is a lot going on here and I like it all.

D- as I said this will be on tap at my house within the week. Very drinkable...

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Photo of bboven
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light copper body with a decent head that leaves stringy lacing.

Grapefruit rind is in the forefront with a very faint honey aroma from the malt.

Almost all hops, lots of bitterness but not a whole lot of delicate flavor. huge bitter aftertaste.

Crisp and drying, but that bitterness in the back of the thoat is still a little off-putting.

Not bad, but there are better IPAs out there that I would rather throw my dollars at.

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Photo of jayfarley3
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a super clear copper color with a decent white head from a bomber into a pint glass. The smell is mostly of lemony hops with a bit of bready malts. Taste is mostly piney grassy hops, nothing too extraordinary here, this is a decent very drinkable beer but in my opinion there are much IPA's out there.

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a crystal clear copper and bronze with a luxurious off white head half an inch deep. it stays and sticks with thick lace. piney hop aroma...earthy, nutty, with a slight citric kick. the flavour follows suit with a deep roasted nut and seed character equaled by some piney and resinous hop notes. this IPA is down and dirty and one with the earth! it's no nonsense and doesn't try to be pretty in it's wholesomeness. it has a sticky sweet body with a mouthfeel equally slick and and resiny. drinkability is good...quite tasty and not lacking on the hop profile.

Ranger is an appropriate title because of the comparisons to the piney hop resins the hops used impart. i like this offering..it seems raw and a bit untamed and is definitely a different and unique take on the american IPA style.

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Photo of brettr
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On on draft in Fort Collins, CO at New Belgium. Couldn't be any fresher.

A- Light copper color thick white head. Long lasting head. Served in NBB tulip glass.

S- Citrus-y hop characteristic.

T- Fresh, crisp and hint of grapefruit flavor.

M- Medium body, ABV 6.5 drinks like a 5.0. Good solid
summer session beer. Don't have to choke it down like some other heavily hopped IPA's.

D- This is a solid beer and will be a permanent lineup in the New Belgium "EXPLORE" series. It is not a "seasonal" as others have alluded to. This will be a very good summer session beer for the IPA lovers. I was a solid Sierra Nevada customer (how can you go wrong at $11.99 12 pack) but this beer is lighter, crisper and has way more of that west coast citrus style at half the price. Bombers under $3.50 this is a very good beer for the price.

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

New Beer ?Thursday? Heck yeah. Beginning of spring break for me (not that it will be much of a break...get to edit my forty page paper for law school, yippee). Moving on...

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a remarkably clear, amber color. About two fingers of white, fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour, and from what I can tell it is leaving pretty decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Pine, hops, herbal, just a hint of mint, and after that all fades a bit of malty/bready scent.

Taste - Pine at the forefront followed by a heavier floral note - not as much citrus here as I was expecting (granted I didn't smell much in the nose but I was expecting a bit more). This is a more-so bitter/hoppy/skunky IPA than some I've recently had so it is actually a good change in pace. Accordingly, it is pretty damn balanced - a nice bitterness up front followed by a not-to-sweet malty backbone finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to a bit light, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good/drinkable. At three dollars for a 22oz bomber you really can't go wrong for the price and it has a nice little alcohol kick to it (which you can't taste - it isn't that potent but decent from a more mainstream brewer such as NB). Pretty good, but honestly, when there is Pliny at the same store I got this at, I'd rather spend a dollar fifty more to get that. If I needed to bring an IPA to a party and nothing else was readily available (which definitely could be the case) I would for sure bring this. Good session beer.

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

02.07.10 at Toronado

A: a very clear golden with frothy head

S: the hops are definitely present, but there's a floral quality that takes over

T: nice and needly, with a touch of malt

M: refreshing and friendly, this is a good starter IPA

D: pretty good. I'd have it again, but there are many I'd choose over this one

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Photo of PintOHops
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Ultra clear gold/coppery color with a soapy/white 2-finger head, retention couldn't get any better creating a sudsy bubble effect atop the beer throughout almost entire consumption. Lacing was nearly perfect, very attractive beer.

S - Floral & dry with a big citrus/pine hopy nose, a bit of fruity pineapple/grapefruit with very soft caramel & cracker. Dominant citrus & fruit, expected more malt in the smell.

T - Grapefruit rind & hop bitterness upfront, bright citrus flavors follow along with a hardly detectable malt presence, I got a cracker/caramel combo but again, very very soft and overpowered buy the intense citrusy hop flavors, as it warmed I got a touch of honey. This beer pretty much finishes with what starts it, lingering rind & citrus from the hops, moderate bitterness for an IPA, and a bit of alcohol. Expected a bit more malts going on here.

M - Crisp & a bit smooth, very complimenting towards the citrusy hop flavor profile, doesn't get much better for me.

D - This IPA is very drinkable, I loved it's load of hop flavor without being too bitter. I could easily drink 2-3 or more pints of this fantastic brew, I would of liked a bit more malt presence as I expected coming from New Belgium. I would definitely buy this one again though, very refreshing and very flavorful. Cheers!

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at The Distillery in Savannah.

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with very pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy white head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Sweet citrus hop arma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit along with some subtle earthy pine. Hints of mango, pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit along with some sweet caramel and biscuit malt.

Chewy medium body that is on the lighter end ifthe spectrum with a lot of dry sweet hops up front that linger trought over the sweet caramel and biscuit malt backbone into a dry finish. Similar to the nose, the flavor has a lot of citrus and tropical fruity notes. Lots of mango, pineapple and orange peel. Subtle alcohol presence toward the end of the palate but overall the ABV is pretty well masked and this beer is very quaffable.

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

22 oz bomber poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (March 9, 2010). "09/JUL/10" is printed on the label, which is the "best before." Thanks to VDub for clearing this issue up.

Eyes: Pours a crystal-clear light ruby color. One finger head forms with moderate retention and lacing.

Nose: A whole lot of green leafy hops, with, pine, hemp, grapefruit and light mint components. A touch of pale malt with caramel, which is very subtle, but more than enough to carry the hops.

Tongue: Very citrusy; orange peel, tangerine, & grapefruit. Just enough biscuit malt to give the hops someone to beat up. Surprisingly smooth and crisp.

Mouth: Very nice here, well carbonated, and very bitter aftertaste as expected.

Libation: I really like the overall profile and it really delivers enough hops to satisfy most hopheads despite being a mere 6.5% ABV IPA and not a strong DIPA. I'll be having more of these in the future for sure.

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Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/4/10

Poured into a tulip. Clear, golden body. 2 finger, frothy, white head. Good lacing. Fades to a thin layer.

Smell had a great aroma. Citrus, orange and grapefruit. Some mild maltiness in the back. Simcoe was very apparent.

Taste upfront had some great hop flavor that mirrored the aroma with the citrus and grapefruit. Mild maltiness in the middle. Nearly no bitterness or flavor in the finish. Basically falls on its face in the middle and on.

Mouthfeel was light/medium body with carbonation. Not much of a finishing mouthfeel.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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