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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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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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Photo of scoobybrew
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - super clear light amber/golden color with a thick foamy, ice-cream-like head that has great retention

S - pungent, piney American hop aroma (amarillo? simcoe?), sweet malt hiding in there also

T - rich caramel malt but hops are definitely present and won't be ignored, bitterness is modest for an American IPA

M - smooth medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough IPA, but the flavor just doesn't deliver the aroma. Perhaps it needs a touch more bitterness as well. Unfortunately, it seems like a very average IPA though.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a autumnal, golden color with a little bit of a white foam cap. Loses points for lack of head retention but looks OK overall. Aroma is pleasant with a nice smack of dried orange peel and grapefruit with a little bit of a resiny pine aroma. The aroma was promising but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. Too much of the rind/peel factor and not enough of the actual fruit flavors. It struck me as pretty bitter (more than I expected anyway) which is neither good nor bad just an observation. I will say that I felt it needed a bit more malt to balance out the bitterness and more of the juicy fruit flavors as opposed to the earthier orange peel/pine type notes. Mouthfeel was OK but maybe a bit undercarbonated. A bit of an unpleasant finish in my estimation. In general I think this beer was OK and while I didn't like it, it may be right up somebody else's alley so I'd recommend trying it but I think there are many better IPAs on the market.

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

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours 1bout 1/2 finger of off white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a slight amount of splattered lace. Color is a clear orange hued gold.

Aroma: Lots of pine and floral hops. Grapefruit and lemon citrus blend with some bready malts are also apparent.

Taste: Pine and floral hops again. More bready malts here. Big citrus blend. A decent ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and refreshingly crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent IPA and definitely a decent beer for the price. Drinkable and good for the style. I wouldn't mind another.

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Photo of birchstick
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden yellow with a nice, pure white head

S - smells really piney and citrusy; also a hint of grapefruits

T - taste follows the nose. Biscuity malts serve as the backbone for the floral hops to explode. There is a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit, as well as some soap. Nice combination of hops, it really works nicely.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - this is a really good IPA. I had no problem not wanting to finish the 750ml bottle. I didn't know what to expect from NB, given that I haven't had an IPA by them, but they did a really nice job with this one. Definitely worth a try, especially given the price point.

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

Pours golden with a hint of orange. TWo or three inches of white foam.

Smells like pine, with an interesting medicinal/herbal hop note. What is that? Very little citrus in the aroma. I must admit to preferring citrus-y IPAs, though this smells pleasant enough.

Taste is also pleasant. Has kind of a general acrid bitterness to it that I associate more with ESBs than IPAs, but the pine, and that same wacko medicinal/herbal component don't mesh with the ESB style. Kind of an interesting, unique IPA if you ask me. I have no idea what that earthy/herbal tone is. It's pretty unique.

Tasty, but at this price point, not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.29/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was one of the weakest IPA's I have ever tasted. Most pale ales have more hops than this beer. But it is a good interduction into IPA for people who have never tried one before, since it is smooth and easy to drink. I am not a fan but I can see how people would like this anyway

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled February 6th, 2010
A healthy pour into my New Belgium Goblet produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a rich copper hue that shows bright, almost metallic copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest, tangelos, some kumquat, a big lychee note and a touch of pine and herbal notes. These last two only lightly accenting the nose. There is just a hint of crystal malt sweetness and toasted cracker grain character noticeable, but only just so. This is solidly hoppy, but doesn't have that over the top hop character that the most aggressive examples of the style have.

A bit too cold, which accentuates the clean, biting bitterness and a pine needle flavor there are also notes of juniper, and a medicinal sort of hop note. The ample hop fruitiness is still noticeable, but I definitely need to let this warm up just a touch. A quick stint in the microwave makes this chilled beer a bit fizzier, and a lot fruitier tasting. The beer is quite quaffable, definitely has the lightness that a good IPA should have. Even with the warming, the flavor is not as fruit-forward as the nose; notes of bergamot, tangelo and some softer lychee still play a prominent role.

This is a nice example of an IPA. For those who prefer herbal, pine and bitter notes then this is the beer for you. I think I like a bit more fruit in my hop balance though & I don't think I will be replacing my easy hop fix of Sierra Nevada Torpedo with this beer.

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