Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
5,945 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,945
Reviews:
1,315
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
1,528
For Trade:
3
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ranger
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Appearance
Pale gold, one finger head with no staying power, very clean looking, great lacing.

Smell
Citrus, pine, slightly floral with a thick earthy and grassy funk.

Taste
Pale caramel malt quickly gives way to bright and crisp fruity hops. Resinous bitter lingers around.

Mouth-feel
Medium body, lots of bubbles, lots of bitter. Resin sits on the back of your tongue, annoyingly. Finishes dry.

Overall
A pretty good IPA up front. Too resin-y for me, however.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-01-19
Glass: Standard US Pint glass

New Belgium's Ranger is a blend of a "traditional" US IPA meeting a bit of the US West coast ideas for the style. Definitely quite bitter and one that would satisfy a craving for "bitter," "hoppy," and pine-citrus flavor. Would pick this one up again.

Pours a generous 2.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of bubbles ranging from small to large in size, presenting a slighty sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow, gradual fade to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also very good, with thick washes and patterns of lace clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is golden orange in color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through transparent body, medium in number and fairly active in movement.

Aroma of grapefruit, generic hoppy-citrus with a slight woodsiness and light ethanol pepperiness in the back. To me, this is a fairly classic, if not amplified a bit by the dry hopping, American IPA aroma.

Flavor is strongly bitter, of pine and grapefruit (in the hop-like way) with a generally fruity background and subdued pale malt sweetness lingering in the background. Front of palate tastes grapefruit, pine resin, bitter peach, and general fruitiness whether from the hops or ale yeast used. Mid-palate experiences strong pine, grapefruit, and hop bitterness, with a peppery spiciness from ethanol and a mildly sweet pale malt background. Back of palate experiences strong bitterness and pine resin, more subdued grapefruit, and slight pepperiness from ethanol. Aftertaste of strong bitterness, with strong pine and grapefruit-like flavor, slighty peppery ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4). Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is a completely clear and bright coppery orange color. The off-white head is a dense and craggy full finger's height. Retention is very good, and it leaves lots of webbing and patching as it slowly recedes.
This beer has a solid hop bouquet with plenty of bite, backbone and balance. It's pretty West Coast, maybe even a little old school: raw but refined, with lots of pine and citrus and balance from bready malts.
Citrus zest and pine resin are again forward on the tongue, with malts secondary to the hops and a bit more herbal dryness to it than in the nose. It's potent but not overpowering, flavorful but better balanced than many. Citrus comes through after the pine starts, and it gets a little juicier without the pine ever fading.
The herbal edge gives some dryness to this otherwise bright beer, and it's very clean. It's got balance in the feel as well, with good contributions to the tongue of both crispness and smoothness under a firm carbonation.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,945 ratings.
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