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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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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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Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The gold/amber color had very good clarity below a large foamy head. It dropped extremely slowly leaving a solid film of lace that notched well. Very nice on the eyes.

The hop profile began with pine flavors, as the cascade hops took over it took on a more grapefruit and citrus peel flavor. It isn't overly strong, but it's smooth and balanced quite well by some spiciness and a caramel backbone.

The flavor extremely juicy and the flavors all work in harmony very well. The initial hop spank is there with pine and citrus. As that subsides, more juicey tropical fruity tones are present before the toasty malt catches up and begins to balance things out. The aftertaste is dry and clean. Everything works together magically.

The medium body has a smooth and slick feel before a somewhat dry finish. The drinkability is, as usual from NB, fantastic. It didn't tear my pants off, but it was a solid great tasting IPA that's definitely worth a stab.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda a whimpy light clear orange, good lace and head.

Fresh hop nose, not as good as the top ones, had this after a can of Furious, not as good...

Flavor has some unusual flavor, not bad, just different, grassy maybe, ok but decent malt backbone, good finish.

Light for the abv, not overpowering.

Ok drinker, expected more from these guys, doesn't stand up to Furious, or Two Hearted, much deep tastes, this is just ok.

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

Bomber for $3.29.

Poured into an imperial pint glass a perfectly clear bronze color, with more than an inch of head, darker than white, that fades a bit, but holds steady at about half an inch. The clarity is quite surprising. A scant bubble rises here and there. Laces well. Rare to see this kind of clarity, but it looks good.

Smells like a beefed up Mighty Arrow. Nothing wrong with that exactly, but I would probably still assume this is a pale ale. Some citrus buried deep within. Earthy, grassy, and a bit musty. Takes on more floral notes as it warms.

This reminds me a bit of Torpedo, and not in a real good way. Hops lean heavily towards the herbal and bitter. A little bit of pine. Almost no citrus, maybe a touch of grapefruit rind. Carries that weird earthy flavor reminiscent of mushrooms that I found pretty off-putting in beers like Torpedo or the Longshot IIPA. Messy finish, lacks the crispness of Mighty Arrow. It's hard to think of a thing to say about the malt.

Very light body. Low, smooth carbonation. Seems way light for an IPA.

Well, it's just so light, that it does go down real easy, despite not being an amazing beer. Really more of an extra pale ale. It doesn't necessarily feel like a dumbed down beer, but in trying to be unique it really doesn't share too much with the style. I maybe was harsh on the taste score, but this is where the big boys come out to play. This is not a repeat buy, especially since the price point is not much better when looking at sixers (even though I can't find bombers of any kind of hoppy beers at this price). I've scored the last few NB beers I've had pretty well, but this doesn't quite hit the value/quality sweet spot.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. However, I am going to the brewer in three weeks and hopefully can rate this beer on draft.

A- A very good-looking beer. A nice copper color with an average off white head. The head does last long and leaves a great amount of tracing on all sides of the glass.
S- A sweet malt and citrus hop aroma is the overpowering characteristic. However, an earthy almost sawdust aroma does pick up in the finish.
T- Starts out fresh and woody, but follows with a stronger grapefruit flavor. A very solid session beer. Nothing over the top, but will keep this in my rotation as long as it is available.
M- A very light medium bodied beer. It does quench the thirst and would be great on a warm summer day.
D- This has become my new go to beer. I know I will not be able to get this beer much longer, so I pick up a sixer anytime I have a chance. This is a great session beer and a good beer to start people into craft beer. I can't wait until I am drinking this on draft in a few short weeks.

Beers on me Graff!!!

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Photo of bosox941827
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Bottle states this a 70 IBU IPA, a fairly substantial level of hoppiness.

A - Very clear, golden orange, with a bit of head after a rough pour. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Appears a bit *light* for an IPA - looks like a dark pilsener or a pale ale.
S - Not much in the way of smell; a bit of hops and caramel on the nose, just a bit of alcohol too, but nothing too distinctive.
T & M - Here's where this beer shines, and where it counts the most. Fantastic soapy hop flavor that really drills into your tongue (in a good way, trust me). Malty backbone holds its own to balance things out, with a bit (just a bit given the color of the beer) of roasted malts at the end of the palate. This is a VERY west-coast style IPA - think Sierra Nevada & Ballast Point. Finish is an extremely pleasant, tongue-drying hop flavor - not bitter at all. It really hangs out for a while and is absolutely delicious. This beer, in my humble, is extremely well-balanced and very well-done. Mouthfeel is right on, with low-medium carbonation, perfect for the style.
D - Through the roof; I could drink a ton of these. Absolutely love this style of IPA.

Really surprised by this one, as I am only aware of New Belgium for their "Belgian" style beers - expectations were low and they were blown out of the water. Will definitely be getting more of these.

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

This is a bright gold color, crystal clear, with a modest head. Plenty of hops in the nose for a standard IPA, with resinous, slightly citrus notes. Light malt quickly gives way to a lot of hop flavor, with a more prominent citrus. Lightly fruity yeastiness adds a nice touch at the finish. Very light bodied, though that aids in making this a quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed 2/19/10.

A-Pours a light orange/amber with a white head.

S-Grapefruit and orange with caramel malt.

T-Grapefruit and pine hops with a pronounced caramel malt flavor.

M-A little on the side for my taste. Medium carbonation.

D-It's pretty easy drinking but I'm looking for more bitterness and less malt forwardness in an IPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright clear copper. Lots of near white head, leaves to disk pretty fast. Lots of lace, but really thin.

S - Pine hops, herbal nose. Some malt in the back.

T - Pine, citrus, a little minty, malty.

M - Medium body, good carb, good coat, nice balance.

D - Very easy to pound this one.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden with a frothy, off-white head that retains very nicely. Leaves some pretty solid lacing behind as well.

S - Some floral, grassy and citric hop aromas with a bit of that patented new belgium biscuity malt aroma backing it up.

T - Distinct pine flavors up front leading into some floral/citric notes. The biscuity pale malt creates a very nicely balanced brew. Finishes crisp and clean, with just a bit of the pineiness lingering into the aftertaste. Good flavor, the hops are a bit mild for my liking though.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a pleasant smoothness

D - Although I'm not generally New Belgium's biggest fan, this is really a pretty solid, nicely balanced IPA. Nice hop flavor, as well as the body and balance lend this one a high drinkability. One of the better beers I've tried from NB so far.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very clear golden color with two fingers of pillowy ivory head. Looks good.

Smell: nice, well-rounded hop aroma with elements of funk and herbiness all atop a solid malt background. I like it.

Taste: quite similar to the aroma. A little sweet, a little funky, rather refreshing all-around. This is a pretty solidly crafted IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. It works.

Drinkability: I'm actually finding this quite drinkable indeed. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a six pack of this in the future.

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