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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Reviews: 1,302 | Ratings: 5,875
Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Crystal clear, golden in color
Smell - Piney, grassy, grapefruity, herbaceous.....kinda underwhelming
Taste - Tons of pine, pine needles, grapefruit, pithy, nice pop of bitterness to keep in interesting
Feel - Dry

Overall - Nothing overly special or stand-out-ish about this one. But with that said, it's a decent IPA. Would drink this over a malty/floral bomb anyday of the week. Has a nice hop presence.

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Photo of jeswasgui
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poored with a nice white head a more transparent honey color to it with some lace. A very hoppy aroma more pine than anything else. A little maltier smell as the beer warms. Taste is very consistent with aroma and had a good carbonated feel to it. Performs very well to me if your into a beers with hops like I am.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap

A - clear amber low head with lots of lacing 3.0

S - crystal caramel malts, tons of hops. Ipa like. 2.75

T - sweet vaguely caramel initial tastes and hoppy aromatics. Unremarkable but not unpleasant. 2.75

M - cold malty but bitter and hoppy with a silky finish. 3.25

O - pleasant but overly hoppy. A weak ipa. Wish I could say more. 2.75

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Photo of Bearcat_42
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass-

L: Nice, golden head that pours large and slowly recedes
S: Mixture of hops and slight fruitiness
T: Mixture of bitter and sweet with definite hop dominance
F: Medium, slightly refreshing
O: A solid beer, but nothing that really sets it apart as a special brew for me.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from folly pack can (best by 12-27-15) into stemmed glass. Light golden/dark straw colored with delicate carbonation and good head retention.

Nose is pine and fresh hops. Herbal and outdoorsy without noticeable dankness. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly hops. Medium bitterness, medium sweetness, with light malt.

Many IPAs have more malt to balance out hops, but I think this is a good example of a cleaner, perhaps more traditional IPA. Overall I'd say it's a good, straight-forward IPA. It's not the best I've had, but it did impress me with it's clean taste, and overall character.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

had one of these last night at a restaurant that had limited selection of craft beer....hadnt had one of these since 2010
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass (with a coors light logo! yay!)
pours copper/gold with minimal head
smell slightly piney
taste piney moderate hops with no real character bubbly
left very bitter aftertaste
pretty bland overall
would prefer not to drink again but not the worst beer i've had

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Photo of youcantmakeme
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It's cheap i paid $3 and change for 22 oz, it starts off okay and it's somewhat refreshing but a then at the end i get this garlic or burnt taste which iv'e tasted before and do not like. For what it's worth it's not bad iv'e tasted another beer which was more expensive with the same taste. I would not buy it again though even if i was low on cash.

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Photo of pinyin
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

38F in a 16 ounce snifter, from the bottle.

Pretty average overall.

I taste a strong simcoe presence, but the malts dont really mesh too well with the hop profile.

Reminds me a lot of Ithaca Flower Power but the flavor and balance just quite arent there.

Just feels like its missing something in the malts department. It is very hoppy, and the color and carbonation are spot on for a 6.5abv ale, but I think there are a lot of better options out there, especially for the price point. Namely Stone, Victory, Troeg's, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, Oskar Blues.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ranger was part of New Belgium's fall variety pack, on sale at my nearby Lucky (as were all 12s) at a price too good to pass up—and which gives me a chance later on to try the Hoptober for the first time. I've mentioned that I tend to avoid pales, especially the hop bombs; the label—a ranger's hat filled to overflowing with, yup, hops—was not a good sign for someone like me. Pours a clear, rich straw color with a decent, lasting head. Nose is buttered, burnt toast and slightly sweet grapefruit juice, which would later strike me as false advertising. Initial taste was cream soda that (very) quickly gave way to pepper, licorice and citrus; underripe grapefruit finished, and held on as if its life depended on it. It's a very good pale that ultimately reminded me of why I don't drink pales. xD

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color. White frothy head. Light floral, barely fruity, pleasant smell. Taste was more one dimensional. strong Pine hops. Mouthfeel was tart. Everything is an "ipa" nowadays, and the flavors are incredibly varied. If you like an ipa with a simple hop taste, this is it. If you're looking for malt and fruit and more going on, this might not be your beer.

Note... had a bug fly in my beer halfway through. Decided to post review, but kept my rating at the average so I didn't throw anything off. Fyi the bug seemed to enjoy the beer before he died.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Brewing "Ranger India Pale Ale"
12 oz. can, coded "13 DEC 2015"

Appearance: Clear copper beneath a frothy head of off-white that drops steadily, leaving behind thin streaks of broken lace.

Aroma: Fresh, bright, lively, and welcoming! Piney, resinous, citrusy/tropical (with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine), and softly floral. Gently bready, caramelish, and toasty malts make their way through as well - and that's not always the case with such a bright hop aroma. I have no idea how many hops have gone into this, but in comparison to some other brightly aromatic IPAs this might be a case of "sometimes less is more".

Flavor: New Belgium is known for balanced beers with an emphasis on malt, and that's certainly the case here. The aroma is quite bright with hops, and the flavor follows suit, but they're superbly balanced against the malt and it's not brash or "raspy" at all. The hop bitterness helps with that, not stepping too far out, but still backing it up solidly (probably somewhere around the standard 70 IBUs most brewers go for). As you progress through the glass the flavors seem to move around, appearing piney and grassy here, citrusy and gently berry-like there, and then perhaps bready and honeyish right back where it seemed piney just two sips ago. Some mint comes in, as does some soft earthiness as it warms. The flavors all stand out on their own, but remain centered enough that if you don't focus too much it's still "one". It finishes dry and lingering with just a light touch of fading sweetish malt amidst piney, grassy-lemony, and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: Really nicely done! Superbly balanced, and remarkably well-rounded and polished. It's not an IPA that hits you in the head, but it will certainly make you open your eyes - and if I'm going to have more than one, I certainly don't want to be hit in the head! Drinkable!

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light amber. Clear. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Intense citrus aroma. Little grassy.
T: lemon. Grassy. Moderate bitterness. Mildly sweetness. Dry finish.
M: light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Excellent IPA even I drank it on non-fresh time. .

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Photo of basildog
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An earthy, citrusy brew with predominate fruity hops on the palate. Nothing hits you with an uppercut, which I prefer, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of willic
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This might be my favorite New Belgium product! Super drinkable! Light, balanced happiness, bright... This is a beer that makes me want more and more. Excuse me, I have to go get another....

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated Enjoy By 20 Sept 2015 into pint glass. Clear amber with a thick, persistent head. Medium carbonation. Citrus/grapefruit initially, with a substantial piney resinous hops bite - but nicely balanced by the malt. Medium mouthfeel. Not much taste lingers in the finish. Very drinkable. Probably my favorite from New Belgium.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's.

Look- Pours a beautiful slightly hazy pale orange with small streams of carbonation.

Smell- Citrusy, hoppy, and a tad sweet, not as aromatic as other IPA's though.

Taste- Wonderfully citrusy and hoppy, ever so slightly sweet that balances out the bitter perfectly. Very very tasty.

Feel- Quite light and easy to drink for the style. Many IPA's I have had are almost a meal in themselves, but not this one. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall- As I said earlier, it's my favorite IPA. Very easy to drink, perfectly balanced, and very tasty. I definitely recommend and I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, clear brew with a gold tint. Good head size and Ok retention.

Nice citrusy hop aroma, slightly grassy.

Flavor follows: clean and crisp, grapefruit peel and grassy hops. A kiss of caramel grain rounds it out.

Lively and smooth, a little oily on the otherwise short finish.

Only a month away from the best by date, but if not exactly fresh, definitely not stale. Kudos.

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing.

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Photo of Mikey55
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really think this is an under-rated beer. Aroma is really outstanding and the taste is smooth and crisp. A very sessionable beer that I can drink one after another.

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Photo of Gear54
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a snifter.

Look is deep gold with 1 finger of thin white foam and tight lace rings left

Smell is faint citrus and hops. Maybe lemon and orange.

Taste follows well. Lots of hops and faint citrus.

Refreshing and crisp with nice light feel. Good beer for a hot summer day

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Photo of jhartley
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee glass. Best by date of October 4, 2015.
Orange to golden body, filtered and clear; full fingers worth of head that left a nice amount of lacing in the glass.
Dank aromas of lemon and some pine. Reminiscent of and East Coast IPA.
Tastes really good! That dankness follows from the nose and the lemon and resiny hops come through with a nice bitterness on the tongue.
A nice mouth feel; keeps the tongue coated in a nice bitterness and has a nice of carbonation to keep the hops in line.
Overall, a very well done IPA and is my first introduction to New Belgium which is a nice welcome to the breweries offerings. I like this IPA is has that dankness I like and there's not a lot of sweetness on the end either just a nice carrying through of the hops.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a nice amber color with good head and some lacing

Smell: Piney and resinous hops, some fruity malts

Taste: Piney and resinous hops, some citrus, reasonable bitterness, biscuity malts

Feel: Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall: A very good, solid IPA

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml in a snifter

copper color, very very clear, heavily filtered i'm guessing, a tad malty, not overwhelmingly hoppy (pretty mild really)

oddly resinous, decent nose but there's an odd thick subtly cheesy note present, not too much else to say, an okay IPA but by no means great.

decent lacing i think i see the island of japan on my glass

overall sculpin all the way it may cost a tad more but it's better

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Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Off white head with somewhat of an orange tint. Frothy. Dissipates moderately paced. Beer is hazy copper in color with moderate carbonation visible. 4/5

S - Citrus, leaning more towards orange than grapefruit. Somewhat peachy with some herbal hops. 3.75/5

T - Brief caramel sweetness follow by a bitter hop middle. Very slight flavor of buttered bread right before the transition from caramel to hops. Orange and peaches come out immediately after the intense bitter hit. Bitter hops come back on the back end and disappear as the beer washes down. Interesting complexity. 4/5

M - Carbonation doesn't really seem to come out. Drying astringent finish. No real lingering feel or flavor. 3.75/5

O - Very interesting beer. Light but complex at the same time. Not a combination that is often found. Very good offering from New Belgium here. 3.75/5

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About two years ago I had a can of this beer and I thought it was the most disgusting thing on the face of this planet. And why people would want to drink a "pinecone" was beyond me. Of course, I didn't review it then, and I've garnered a bit more experience and respect for different styles. So here we are again, two years later.

Appearance : Absolutely gorgeous. The head is large and in charge, memory foam yellow, three fingers and doesn't descend for a good long while. When it does, it sits at about a finger, but you'd barely be able to tell because of the bountiful lace that covers like a dusty house. The body is a peach-amber glow, hazy and divine. 70% opaque from my view. This is a serious 4.75 out of 5. Just gorgeous.

Aroma : Tropical. Peaches, mangoes, and pineapple. Among those fruits is the trademark IPA armpit-like smell, but it's not too off-putting. Malts are fresh, churned, and slightly baked in the nose. Pretty on-par and not bad.

Taste : Yeah, this is pretty bitter and it packs a punch - but it's manageable. Very tropical in its abundance of hops, I've got peach and papaya here. Maybe a hint of stiff underripe pineapple. It ends fairly dirty, but the feel is clean. It lingers on with some dirt and grass, leaving a coating on the palate. This one is a sipper.

Feel : Creamy and abundant, but lively with carbonation. The end is stiff and woody, though clean; a bit parched and waves a dry goodbye. This feeling lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall : A respectable IPA. Back then I couldn't distinguish styles and if something was bitter I'd just say it was bad. That's not the case anymore. I'd recommend Ranger to anyone looking for a STRONG, hop-heavy, tropical IPA with lots of dryness. That's what's presented here.

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