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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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5,963 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

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the bottle at Viceroy in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a pilsner glass, showing a solid goldenrod coloring. It held a two finger head of chunky, cakey tannish bubbles, showing nice retention. Equally as thick sheets of lacing were left around the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma was simple, with standard pale malts, light toast, and metallic yeast. With warmth the hops opened up, giving green grassiness and light citrics. Mixing in were notes of orange flesh and light but spicy wheatiness, like a wit from a distance. Our first impression was that the flavoring was even and refreshing. As we sipped, the taste opened with bitter pale malts, white flour, earthy and dried grass hoppiness, and mild adjuncts for bitterness. The peak showed more sweetness to cut the initial bite, in the form of clean honey, light amber malt base, and mild milky creaminess. The finish came with skunky grassiness of hops, green twigs, mineral, faint boozy airs, and corn husks. The aftertaste breathes of toasted pales, faint wheatiness, mild herbal hoppiness, boozy wash, an raw hop oiliness. The body is medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was initially coated and cooled, but eventual crisp malty dryness streaked the palate with astringency. Each sip gave fine slurp, froth, cream, and pop, especially due to the greatly retained head of foam. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the flavoring. The blend and balance were certainly there, with robustly fresh hoppiness to balance what was an initially basic grain bill. The latter enhanced throughout, taking in more spice, and even some light phenols. This is an easy IPA, and seemed to fit a relaxing evening well.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense white head that slowly reduces to a thick and wide ring at the edges of the glass and a moderate amount of very thin film covering about 75% of the remainder of the surface. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops along with some lighter floral hop notes. Light notes of caramel malts in the background.

T: Light flavors of caramel malts with a touch of sweetness upfront followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops but while still having very nice hop flavors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light copper with plenty of small bubbles rising to the creamy, off-white, two-finger head. The head is resilient and stays at least a quarter inch thick all the way down the class while depositing a substantial wall of lacing on the lower half of the glass.

S - Big rush of floral hops of a strong carmel malt background. Fresh tropical fruit comes in once in the glass.

T - Carmel malt and a bit of floral hops upfront. The body is a solid blend of floral notes and light tropical fruit sitting on a tepid caramel malt background. In contrast to most IPA's, the flavor turns more caramel malty as the beer passes over the back of the tongue. Hop resins return for a lingering and satisfying tropical fruit and pine finish.

M - Medium bodied and slightly chewy with adequate carbonation. Overall, this comes off weaker than I would like for the given flavors in this IPA.

Ranger IPA quickly fails to fully live up to its textbook appearance and fresh and inviting nose: falling into the realm of a good, but not particularly memorable IPA. It certainly is drinkable, and the fact that it is ubiquitously present in the bargain-basement Folly Variety pack (which I've purchased for as little as $6), ensures that I will continue enjoying this in the future. For under a buck a bottle, the value of this beer is hard to beat.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ranger is something of a misunderstood IPA. In a world filled with tropical fruity IPAs and piney resiny hop bombs, Ranger goes for an earthy and floral flavor, with bare hints of both orange-grapefruit citrus and only a whisper of piney bitterness. A good IPA.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5,963 ratings
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