Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Very Good
5,971 Ratings

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,971 |  Reviews: 1,315
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great to see New Belgium show up in Ohio, I heard about it, here's the new labeled Ranger IPA at a wowing $2.99 a bomber, I passed on the Fat Tire Ale and the Tripel and got two bombers of Ranger IPA. The forest ranger hat full of hops had me at hello. Beer pours a brilliant copper body with slightly off white head forming thick and rising well above the rim of my pint glass. Aroma earthy, pine, citric qualities...hey gang the hops are all here. Perfect drinkability, clean bitter hops but finishes clean and bready. The type of sessionable hops I could consume in number, albeit the ABV at 6.5% my stand in my way, clean cereal biscuit notes bring out a bread like character, that meshes well with the hops. Let me talk about the hops since it's an IPA and all...great hop flavor, grapefruit peel, pines, earthiness a bit of dirt kicked up on the palate. The label mentions Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook relatively clean sharp bitter finish that's well balanced and doesn't really kill you with the hops, again the balance and drinkability with hop flavor think of drinking a bomber of something really mass produced with actual malt flavor and hop bitterness married in perfect balance. Overall I can't stop buying this after two bottles, I will drink the rest of the local stock available to me.

 1,301 characters

Photo of richmarkle
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SterlingRed
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of muswellbeerbelly
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/30/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves awesome lacing and retention. Looks great. The aromas initially punch you in the face, but they quickly mellow out. Lots of malts along with lime and watermelon. The flavors have a balance between the hops and malts. Lots of hop flavor with a subtle hop bitterness. I'm picking up alot of watermelon. More lime. Some grapefruit. Subtle hints of caramel. Some soap. Some pine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's creamy, but watery. Very easy to drink. Not bad.

This is my first beer from New Belgium and they just hit Ohio shelves this week. This is a pretty solid IPA. Great balance. It doesn't quite standout compared to the top-tier examples of the style, but it's pretty enjoyable with a somewhat unique hop profile. $2.99/bomber is a great price in the world of bombers.

 961 characters

Photo of AnEscapedMind
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of TaborTime
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Lipsntoes
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kruthy
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of wiseguywood
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thomas2357
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of illeagle05
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of berlinabb
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jlivings757
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled English pint glass.

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a standard (not that that's bad) light golden color. Slight, CO2-induced head faded quickly, but nonetheless displayed nice lacing. Completely translucent.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Big hit of hops; really grassy and I am thinking this is because of dry hopping. I also detect a very faint hint of barley malt here.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry, but has a very pleasant edge of hops to it. Just a slight hint at this level. Middle is astringent and more of a mid-level palate taste with light malt and a nice kick of hop alkalinity. This is followed by deep hop tastes, primarily of grapefruit rind. Finish is smooth and semi-sweet with more of the hop alkalinity seeping in near the end of the taste. Aftertaste is short and quite a kick with a return to the grassiness of the hops present in the bouquet.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Very pleasant and certainly adds to the enjoyment of the brew.

Overall 3.5: A pleasant and refreshing IPA. I would give it a 3.7 or so in this category if I could. Clean, clear and well-balanced, it is -nonetheless-- a bit too dry for my tastes as far as a session beer goes. However, as a one-off or a beer while out at a restaurant, it is great. I would really like to try this beer on tap somewhere. Its grapefruit characteristics remind me of Lord Chesterfield, a beer I can no longer find in Georgia. Frowny face emoticon for that sad fact of beeranity.

 1,455 characters

Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5,971 ratings