Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,314 Reviews

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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Photo of dcscientist
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yup, it's another IPA. New Belgium got on a hop kick and released a bunch of new beers within a couple of year span, and this is one of them. It's fine, nothing remarkable. Wish I had more to say but that's all I could think of after drinking this. They have much better beers in their lineup.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Things start out good with Ranger: crystal-clear, sparkling and deep, deep gold in color with a giant (albeit brief-lived) pebbly ivory-colored head that leaves good rafts and ladders of lacing. The nose is nice, too: medium-big in intensity, it's an enticing blend of bright pineapple and citrus, over more subtle pine and sweet florals with hints of darker fruit, cardamom and booze. The taste is where things de-rail; the palate is disappointingly subdued and simplistic after the misleadingly big, complex aroma. There are moderately bitter citrus and floral notes, and that's about it. The finish is clean, maybe a hint of malt, and then a disappointingly light bitterness sets in and lingers for a few minutes. Effervescence notwithstanding, the carbonation is expressed very softly, and the texture is problematically bland as a result. This combines with a decidedly watery mouthfeel to make for a poor-drinking beer. With as many really good IPAs as there are out there, this is one to pass on. (12 oz can, 62 days before best-by)

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a tulip. From the mix and match at my store. Paired with sharp cheeses and salami.

L - crystal clear amber with a finger of head. Layer of foam on the top with tight lacing.

S - Citrus and pine; Not strong on the nose but floral in character

T - Pine taste with a fruity bitter finish. Not overpowering but still has IPA character.

F - clean and crisp with a nice bitter finish. No mouth coating but easy going.

O - File this one as a go-to IPA. Very balanced with the malt and hops, anyone can drink this. If you are intimidated by the style, try this one on for size.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light to medium orange into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice head that fades leaving nice lacing. You can taste the malts and earthy tones of some pine along with some fruitiness. A drinkable IPA. .

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light colored orange with a white head, not much retention, some lacing, lots of carbonation, clear and bright.

A: Citrus peel, sweet malts, some pine, subtle aromas, balanced smell.

T: Pine, citrus, earthy flavors, pretty straightforward.

M: Light bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: A middle of the road IPA, subtle aromas and flavors, light bodied, a decent introduction to an IPA, not too hoppy.

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Photo of whatchathink
2.09/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Whatcha see? Apple juice appearance, white head that leaves splotchy lacing. Whatcha smell? Old white bread, pungent hops that comes across as wet dog food, and a really unpleasant pine. Whatcha taste? Grassy, earthy, old malts. Bitter, astringent, and piney hops. Super carbonated like a light lager. Alcohol is noticeable. Mouth feel is prickly and dry. Whatcha think? Just a bad IPA in my opinion. If you like an all earthy hay-type IPA then you might like this. Really hard to finish. D-

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Photo of maedhros09
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pretty standard IPA - pretty substantial malt base to balance out the piney dank and somewhat citrusy hops. Very moderate bitterness. A reasonably well done IPA but doesn't stand out at all.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around solid IPA. The aroma is pine needles and grapefruit, however, subdued and lacking a bit. The taste does make up for it a little. Same pine and citrus character in the taste, but stands out more. A welcoming bitterness lingers just long enough to keep it interesting. The feel is light, crisp, and dry. An easy drinkable go to IPA.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy feel, with a malt presence that makes this very drinkable by mellowing and balancing the bitterness, hops, and pine.

Nose is weak but the taste makes up for it. This beer isn't nuanced as other IPAs, but it does what it sets out to do, giving you a mouthful and feeling bigger than the 6.5% ABV would suggest. 70 IBU feels like more, and aftertaste, with citrus barely there, is long and bitter and woody. Great go-to with good feel -- and price is usually right.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice piney smell to this Ranger IPA. The malt backbone is pretty solid which balances the hops very well. There is also a bit of earthiness to the hop flavor as well. It's quite good. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side making it easy drinking. Carbonation is perfect. Just a really solid IPA here. The pine flavor from the Simcoe hops is delicious!

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Photo of Stevem68
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color. Has an aroma of malts an pine. Flavor is a little piney with a lightly sweet malty finish. Leaves a solid after taste and is light but smooth. Overall a drinkable IPA

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Photo of allhoppedup2
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my two Go-To IPA's. Avery IPA is the second. Refreshing, pours golden and clear. Half inch head in my tulip glass. Great aroma, Solid hop taste, light malt, sharp hop finish. New Belgium has been wonderfully consistent over the 7 years I have been drinking this beer. It never disappoints. And my friends that don't like hoppy beers leave it alone, so I get to drink most of them. Mission accomplished.

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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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