Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
5,945 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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Photo of Slash
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of citrus and grapefruit hops. Taste is a light grapefruit hop flavor with some citrus peel near the end. Nice amount of bitterness for a beer thats a bit on the light side. This is an easy drinking IPA for sure. Overall, worth buying again for certain.

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Photo of ckollias
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 4-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace, leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine as the backbone.

T: Great hoppy flavor – not overwhelming but dominate. Slight lemon and pine background mixed with the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent IPA. Just the right amount of hops and malt.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very bright orange color with a huge rocky foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Wow, this baby is all grapefruit. Huge pine hop aroma with loads of citrus (ruby red grapefruit). Nice and hoppy!

T- Pretty bitter upfront but fairly well balanced with a touch of caramel malt making up the backbone. A little zing of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- I'm hoping New Belgium comes to Ohio soon because I could see myself picking this up regularly.

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Photo of brianliedtke
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kw_pip
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tastes boring. Hopps and malt.

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Photo of dbs3268
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpyle
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - rich golden color, brilliant clarity. Big foamy white head with great retention.

Aroma - nice citrus hop aroma, strong and pleasant

Taste - minimal malt flavor, strong hop flavor throughout. Citrusy. Turns bitter, but rather gently. Has a lingering bitter finish.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency. A gentle warming, in line with the style.

D'ability - very strong hop character, but not unpleasant. Slight warming might limit d'ability, but actually quite drinkable for an IPA.

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Photo of xpdrinker
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh, NC.

A- Pours oily golden, finger thick white head, lots of lace, crystal clear, glowing

S- Tropical citrus, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, slightly herbal

T- Orange rind, citrus, solid malt backbone but hops hold their own. Very well balanced.

M- Medium body but crisp, perfect medium carbonation, slightly oily, prickly/peppery finish. 

O- Everything I want in an IPA.  Well balanced, flavorful, very drinkable. Hopefully New Belgium's east coast expansion means we'll be seeing this in FL in the near future.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. best by date of 09 Jul 2010 can barely be made out in the lower right hand side of the label.

A- this one pours out a brilliantly clear light copper colored body with a small cream colored head on top. the head quickly becomes a film on the top of my glass and leaves behind solid lines of lacing.

S- some caramel and biscuit malt up front and then an intense blast of citric and piny hops. lots of grapefruit in this one.

T- the taste comes off as much more balanced than the smell. lots of the biscuit malts i could smell and a little bit of the caramel. the hops are there also but offer more than just resiny pine and grapefruit. earthy as well.

M- medium bodied and sharply carbonated. decently bitter and leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- i can see myself buying this again. the large amount of biscuity malt give this one a different and rather unique taste compared to the IPAs i usually come across. over all i was pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of coldriver
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to Sam Adams glass. Pours a nice 2 finger head with good lacing. Intense floral citrus aroma. Tastes more flowery than citrus or pine but very interesting hop balance. Rather wet finish but oily resinous aftertaste. Has this gotten better over the years? A very solid and sessionable basic IPA.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear under admittedly bad lighting. Not my first time drinking the Ranger so why haven’t I reviewed it under better lights? This has a wonderful hop profile that’s floral and piney with neither one dominating. I pick up citrus and pine in tandem, delicate and sweet on the palate. Light, refreshing, and so delicious.

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Photo of Achenin
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

I used to drink Ranger all the time when I lived in Texas.... but that was before I was into craft beer. Therefore: Clean palate!

Poured into a DFH pint.

A: Very clear, golden in color, with a huge finger of two head that clung to the glass as it died down.

S: Very aromatic! Citrusy, hoppy, floral, and with an extremely fresh disposition indeed.

T: Chinook, Simcoe, and Cascade huh? I coulda swore this was Citra.... that was what I got anyway. After several sips, I definitely got the cascade in the way that this was very grapefruity. Delicious!

M: Nice carbonation, bitterness, and lacing. The lacing was car was stuff by the way....

O: I remember this beer being good, but not this good. Perhaps it's because I've been away from it for a bit....

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Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a vivid apricot orange with excellent clarity into a tulip with a finger of brilliant white head. Fresh, clean hop aroma dominated by cascade citrus, pine, and mild floral notes.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly resinous mouthfeel. Taste dominated by pine, tangerine, and toast up front with a touch of lemon and pine bitterness on the finish.

Very refreshing and easy-drinking, although the taste is a little mild compared to the aroma.

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Photo of nanobrew
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: fairly pale with orange tints

S: Strong citrus notes, with a slight malt sweetness

T: the pine hits me first, though there still is some citrus notes. There is some maltiness in the background, along with a slight spiciness from the hops

M: very crisp and refreshing and smooth. I enjoy this as a go to beer for the quality and price

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date is listed as September 2011.

Appearance: A nice amber color. Maintains a very good foamy head that started at 2 fingers wide.

Smell: Smells hoppy with strong soapy and citrus tones. There's a little bit of caramel as well.

Taste: Not quite as bold as it smells, but still quite good! A grainy taste is present, alongside fruity undertones. The hops definitely do a nice job here and spice up the beer. It's properly bitter and sweet as a result, and the maltiness of this beer is high enough to make it taste thickened and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Every gulp is smooth yet bitter, and makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. As it warms up, these qualities are definitely enhanced. There is no wicked aftertaste common with hoppy beers, and makes it easy to finish.

Overall: A very good meat-and-potatoes IPA that delivers the goods in terms of flavor, bitterness and refreshing drinkability. However, if I remember well, Ranger is far more tastier on tap, and even contains a fresher feel. Still, if there's something New Belgium never gets wrong, it's the zestiness of the hops they include in their brews!

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this today at an awesome local beer store as a throw in. Thanks John!

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with nice and fluffy white two finger head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by grassy hops. The most fresh grass (lawn kind) smell I've experienced in a beer. Citrus is present as well. Really fresh and crisp smelling.

The hops are more subtle than the nose suggested. Still nice grassy and citric hop presence. Some buttery taste backs it up. Really clean and refreshing taste.

The feel is kind of buttery as well. It's about medium bodied, but feels kind of buttery, greasy slick. A little flat feeling. Hard to explain. Finishes really clean.

Drinkability is awesome. This one sampling won't last more than a few minutes. Really well crafted IPA. I would have to say this is the best beer I've had from NB thus far. Looking forward to this one being available soon.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear deep gold with a creamy white head building about two fingers high. It leaves great lacing after dissipating.
The smell is very fruity. Citrus, peach, apple and pineapple are dominating.
Those fruit notes also are the front of this beer. In the middle malty notes add to the beer with hints if caramel and honey.
The finish is a nice balance with the addition of some bitter hops.
Very nicely composed IPA, very drinkable, and I certainly will have it again.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber color with a high level of transparency. Light off white bubbly head which lacing as it dissipates. I would like some more color and character in the body.

Oh yeah, definitely hops in this bad boy. Big pine nose up front with some grapefruit aromas hidden underneath.

Big piney hops hit first, yup, definitely a lot of simcoe hoppage. A light malt backbone present as well, and fortunately there is not the big biscuit malt profile NB seems to love so much. Some citrus and grapefruit hops come through as well. Pretty well done.

Smooth with a high level of carbonation, I like how this beer feels going down, very pleasant. Light body as well.

Overall this is a pretty dang drinkable IPA, absolutely my new favorite offering from NB.

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Photo of Masonpp85
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Emnmarko
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Light and clear. 2 finger head. Loads of lacing.

S- Bitter hop aroma.

T- Bitterness prevails. A pungent mix of hops overtakes everything. Slightly floral. Good strong hop presence.

M- This is where this beer lacks. A little watered down and too carbonated. But it does go down ok. Drinkable for an IPA.

O- I definitely like this addition to the New Belgium line of beers. This will satisfy anyone who enjoys a hop forward brew. I am no stranger to Ranger and seek it out regularly. A good solid brewski.

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Photo of Spindelphia
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BTFU
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Easily one of the best forming & retaining heads I've seen with excellent lacing. It's a clear amber/gold/pale brown all at the same time.

S - It's a unique smell and at first it caught me a little off guard as I was pouring it because there's a pretty sharp astringent scent underneath the rich hops and citrus.

T - Full of citrusy hops, some pine notes, a little bit toasted/carmel , lots of spices (I can't pick out the specific ones), that sharp scent is present but mixed in better than the smell, and it finishes nice and dry.

M - My favorite feel to a beer. Smooth body and a smooth head with some good carbonation, but nothing too bubbly.

O - It's definitely a great beer but as far as IPA's go, it wasn't a stellar standout. Definitely something I'd have again gladly.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a warm, clear honey color with moderate carbonation. About 1.5" of slightly offwhite head forms that has great retention and lacing. Very attractive IPA.

Smell: Just a hint of caramel malt peeks out initially, but that is quickly overshadowed by great hop aromas. Citrus, orange rind and pine all come to mind.

Taste: Some nice caramel malt backbone hits up front, but again gives way to great citrus hop flavors. Orange rind and a hint of bitter grapefruit make up the bulk of mid-palate, and the finish is bitter pine hops. Not overly bitter, but just about right.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light-medium with about the right amount of carbonation. Very dry finish. Nice. Overall, this one kind of surprised me. I've drank a fair amount of IPAs but for some reason always found a reason to skip over this one. Not anymore. I will definitely be buying this again in the future. Very nice all around and easy drinking IPA.

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