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

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Photo of blackcompg
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle came from a New Belgium Folly Pack. Pried off the cap, poured into my 12oz beer glass and...

Appearance - Pours a perfectly clear, bright yellow amber color, 2 fingers of foamy eggshell head down to about a half finger in a couple of minutes. Laces already forming when I turn the glass. Color becomes more orange away from the light. A nice looking beer. *near the end of the glass I have well defined lacing for each sip, very nice.

Smell - Nice grapefruity hops with a slight malt sweetness out of the bottle. More semisweet grapfruit from the glass, smell is bolder in the glass, slight sweetness, at 6.5% ABV I get no alcohol in the smell.

Taste - At 70 IBU i'm getting bitter, hopped grapefruit peel right from the start, crispy carbonation bite that begins to dry towards the back, and a nice, dry, crisp hop finish. The hops are long in the finish, and linger long after the sip. Pine bitterness asserts itself after the sip. If you sip this slowly, there is a very slight sweetness and warmth at the center of the tongue, but I personally would not say that this has a sweet malty backbone at all - this beer is all about the hops, and the dry, bitter nuances that they impart. If you prefer an IPA with little/no sweetness, you're REALLY going to like this one.

Mouthfeel - Fairly medium body, smooth, not heavy or syrupy in the least, not creamy, mostly from the lack of sweetness. I would personally prefer a little more sweetness to counteract the bitter/crisp/dry feel, but this is still very drinkable.

Overall - I do like this beer, and for those that prefer their IPA's on the biter/dry side, this one is a must. I respect that although missing the malt sweetness I enjoy, this still has all the bitter hoppy nuances that a hop lover would enjoy. I can recommend this beer, but if you're looking for a sweet malt balance, look elsewhere - Ranger is all about the hops :)

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Photo of jag21
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, relatively translucent, not very cloudy. White head, good lacing.

S: Great citrus and pine hop aroma. Not much malt in the aroma, but a great mix of hops.

T: Taste is a bit heavy on the hops, I wish there was more malt character. That being said, the hops are nice in this, a good mix of citrus, floral, and pine.

M: Lots of carbonation, wish there was a bit less

O/D: This is a very drinkable if not perfect IPA, and the canned version is great for backpacking

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Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29 (sale price, it's normally about 20 cents more). Best by August 8, according to the label.

Poured a golden amber color, with a big, creamy-looking white head. Said head took it's time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides o my glass.

Citrusy hops jump out at ones nose with this beer. There's also some bready malt notes but they're very subdued by comparison.

More herbal in the taste than I would have thought by the smell, but not to an unpleasant degree. Still, not quite as tasty as I was expecting from the nose. Fairly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, pucker-inducing mouthfeel.

Decent, not earthshattering. If you are in the mood for a dry, more herbal take on the style, this is for you. It's not quite how I like my IPAs, but it's by no means bad. Nevertheless, not bad isn't as good as, well...good, and there's both good and great IPAs available around here. Consequently, I shan't need to get this again unless at a very cheap price.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange body with dandelion accents when held to a light source. Dirty white head leaves webs of lace as I drink. . Nice citrusy aroma with grapefruit and tangerine the main players. Subtle and sweet caramel malt aroma too. Nice pungent hoppiness on the buds. Not quite as bright as the nose was leading me to believe. Some bitter pithy grapefruit tones and resinous, smoky residuals. Meidum full body with moderate carbonation. Solid enough IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear medium copper/bronze hue with a two finger head after the pour. The head recedes to a thick film that lasts throughout the whole bottle of beer.

Nice floral nose with a little citrus and earthen grass. The toasted biscuit malts add a sweet bready note to the nose.

The taste has a little floral bitterness, but more of a earthy soil and grass bitterness. This goes rather well with a medium toasted biscuit malt flavor and quenching yet resiny palate.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sun-splashed tangerine with honey hued highlights. Close to half the pint glass is filled with a whipped creamy chunk of manila colored foam that has terrific texture. Whatever else this brew has going on, it looks the part.

If you love the American varieties, the hop bill was nicely chosen. Cascade contributes white grapefruit peel and ganja, while Simcoe adds juicy mango. Chinook rounds out the trio. Cascade was also used for dry-hopping.

New Belgium Brewing did a great job with their first American pale ale, Mighty Arrow. Now they've jumped into the American IPA pool with Ranger. Although this beer is better than decent, it isn't as successful (for the style) as the APA. The malt bill is to blame.

I have never been a fan of the darker malts in an IPA. Unless we're going all the way and making it a black IPA. This offering uses pale and dark caramel. The result is a mid-range toasted earthiness (reminiscent of Munich) that takes too much flavor focus from the little green cones, which is where it belongs.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, a rotting-leaves-on-the-forest-floor earthiness, a bit of honey and a decent amount of citrus peel that doesn't taste or feel quite as high as 70 IBUs should. Here's hoping the brewery is amenable to lightening the malts.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style... but then the ABV is too. It has nothing but smooth edges and is properly bubbled, so above-average is an easy call.

Ranger IPA (at a whopping 6.5%) wouldn't have appeared in this state a mere month ago. I'm glad it's here, but Mighty Arrow is the better beer. Looks like Big Sky IPA is still the best IPA available in Iowa. Almost forgot, we now have Two Hearted. Lucky us.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear "Kool-Aid" orange. With a thick off white head that clung very well. Smells of pine and lemon peel. Smell is fresh even though its 21 days past expiration. Taste is semi dry with a nice bitter linger that lasts enough but not as much as some of the Pacific North West versions. Hardly any malt in keeping with the style. Solid, but I would put it right the middle (I've had better, I've had worse). I will say I'd like to try a super fresh batch for comparison. I wouldn't turn one down... but if I'm buying and one of my favorites is available I might pass it by. Worth trying.

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Photo of jamespub
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a newcastle glass.

A-light amber, nice frothy head that dissipates slowly leaving tons of lacing on the glass. clear, nice looking IPA.

S- Pine, citrus, hops. smells good. not too much sweetness in there. A little bit of orange peel present, leaning more towards ruby red grapefruit peel.

T- Initial citrus hop flavor, followed by the faintest of sweetness that dissipates almost instantly into a dry, pine-like bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Resin stays around between drinks. It's not your typical West coast IPA. It does well at mimicking every IPA while at the same time tasting relatively unique. I can see this appealing to many IPA fans, while not blowing any of them away. No negative flavors, just solid beer like New Belgium frequently does. Not blown away, however....

M- wet....of course. starts creamy and goes into a dry bitterness. quite a contrast from the beginning to the end of a drink. A great study of contrast.

O- I find this beer on clearance regularly at my local bottle shop, and I am happy that I do. It is a very good everyday drinking IPA. I prefer it over many IPA's and PA's out there. I am amazed at how bitter this simple IPA can come across on some days, and on other days taste much sweeter. Obviously, my palate is the variable, but it is impressive to me, none-the-less. A solid, relatively-unique look at an IPA.

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Photo of charlzm
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on October 30, 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is an amazingly clear, very light copper color. A moderate pour forms a one-finger head that becomes an off-white creamy crown that provides excellent lacing.

Aroma of pine, grass and a stray grapefruit note. Traces of vanilla and caramel and a barely-perceptible cooked-vegetable note.

Flavor is straightforward and, while fairly unsophisticated, hits the IPA target. Clean, almost imperceptible caramel malt at first which quickly gives way to restrained grass, pine and grapefruit hops. Low to medium bitterness on finish along with the slightest touch of nutty malt. Think of this as a stepping stone between Bass and Pliny the Elder.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy with good carbonation prickle.

Very drinkable and gets the job done with little drama or flair.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

Doughy malt, pine, and citrus form the aroma. Pine dominates.

Flavor reveals fresh cut grass initially, with a toasted malt backbone, finishing fairly bitter. Grass is definitely dominant. There's a hint of grapefruit pith. Citrus becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and significant astringency.

Somewhat one-note. Good balance of malt and flavoring hops, but too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber, and absolutely crystal clear, with a good amount of foamy, bubbly, white head on top.

S: Grassy and citrus right up front. Mild maltiness, and a little bit of biscuit in the finish.

T: Very hop forward. Grassy and bitter. Good, but a bit one note for me. Not as balanced as I would like, but as I continue to sip the hops diminish a little and let the malt shine through a bit more.

M: Clean and crisp though the in the ending it leaves a bit of a coating.

D: Tasty, but not something I am going to buy a lot of. Good, not amazing.

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Photo of Tdizzle
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass, Ranger IPA pours a clear gold color with a frothy head of white foam that has fairly good retention as it settles to a rocky layer over the beer. A thick ring along the inside of the glass leaves some solid lacing behind.

S- There are fresh-cut grassy and floral hop aromas with a minimal amount of grainy cracker-like malts in the background. A good swirl is needed to bring the smell to life.

T- The taste is moderately bitter with some pithy, plant-like middle flavors. There aren't a lot of balancing malts to cut how "green" the taste is. The finish is very dry and leaves a light hop bitterness and more grassy flavors lingering on the palate.

M- A medium-bodied mouthfeel with active carbonation bubbles. The texture borders on having a lush, almost oily quality to it, but it falls short with a slightly watery finish.

D- This is a fairly light IPA with loads of grassy hop flavors that would fare well on a hot summer day. It's not a great beer, but I would definitely buy this again to bring to a BBQ or to keep around for friends and family to try.

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Photo of jjh19
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow color. Tiny bubbles in the head and great head retention.

Smell: Suitable hoppy nose, very noticeable crisp smell.

Taste: Strong bitter bite. Nothing subtle about it.

Mouthfeel: Sharp on the tongue, NB isn't messing around with this IPA. Good for them.

Drinkability: As assertive as it is, I've had IPA's that were a little more balanced. I'd dial it back one notch for a little more smoothness.

Odd and Ends - I really like this package. Sharp.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brew. Looks great. Crystal clear. Dark gold color. Nice head/lace.

Smells choppy/citrusy. Not a big nose.

Taste is of lots of citrus hops. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel has a nice refreshing hop bite. Definitely a good summer beer. Slightly lingering bitterness which I am not a huge fan of.

Overall, this is a very solid IPA. Nothing out of this world, but nothing bad.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 07/09/10 (best by date, I presume). Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

See-thru golden body with a hint of amber. A fluffy off-white head leaves nice lacing.

A fresh sprucy hop aroma greets the nose. A crisp and dry malt profile with little sweetness balances the resiny spruce nicely. A little bit of grapefruit, a hint of nuttines. Finishes quite dry with a moderate sting of bitterness.

Overall impression: This one goes down nice and easy. Recommended.

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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 ColdPoncho
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date (I'm assuming that's what it is) june 26, 2011

A - Nice light amber body with a big frothy white head. Good look. Good lacing.

S - Bit of peppery spice, citrusy hops, some funky hops (simcoe?), fresh cut grass. Nice simple IPA nose.

T - Last week this was much hoppier. Today it's feeling pretty biscuity. Still the sting and dry and bitter hop thing going on, but as far as the proper flavor of the beer rather than the effects of it, there's not as much hop as there had been. It's a good taste, nicely balanced with the nose, but the hops have faded quickly.

M - Light on the palate, a bit dry.

O (D) - this is a good IPA. The hops didn't hold up that well, but it's a fine beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abecall98 for providing this beer to me an a recent trade. Abel is a great guy.

Foamy finger plus of white head forms and stays for a short while. The beer is a bright/clear amber color with some orange tones. Light lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather light and contains some citrus as well as light caramel malt aromas.

Flavor is nice but not exciting or complex. Citrus flavors, crispness with a vegetal flavor to it. Not quite green, but definitely vegetable like. Decent malt back bone with some white pepper flavor as well.

Light carbonation, medium/light body. Innocuous.

Seems to be built for a wider audience. Not much imagination here. It's ok. Nothing wring with it.

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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 Zaplt
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden color, nice frothy white head with semi good retention and lacing.

Smell - hoppy deliciousness! citrus (grapefruit) earthy resinous smell I associate with hops...yum

taste - well balanced delicious hoppiness. strong fruity flavors from the hops, Well balanced like they advertised.

mouthfeel - smooth, a bit resinous in a pleasant way

Overall - good solid IPA. Pleased.

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Photo of cokes
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brassy yellow-gold with a sizable white froth on top, fading moderately quickly while leaving smears of lace.
Doughy, lightly sweet malt aromas mingle with peppery, grassy, and floral hops, a touch of pineapple as well, especially as it warms.
It begins with a sweet breadiness, not unlike a sugared doughnut. Malt never stays beyond this, so it's good that it's an agreeable flavor. Fruitiness enters midway, but carries little vibrancy. Watery pineapple juice with a twist of lemon. Hops hit with pepper, crushed flowers, onions, spruce, and peppermint. That onion note is a bit of a nuisance, and reminds me why I didn't like their 2 Below very much. Here, it's further in the background, fortunately.
Light-ish bodied with a relatively high amount of CO2. Generally balanced, but the hops deliver enough dryness to make it a session option. However, there's nothing very dynamic here, and it results in a middle of the road IPA. The more I drink this, the more I think it is plain boring.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice brownish gold beer with a fairly respectable white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nose of oily hops, also some slightly floral notes. Taste emphasizes hops and is true to style. Broadens some and has obvious solid malt backbone beneath the hops. The flavor seems to end with less than balance or integration than it might, but this is still a pretty good IPA. Mouthfeel slightly slick and numb.

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Photo of imasloth
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Light, orange even yellowish color with a thick white head that was persistent. equally persistent heavy lacing.
Update 5/14: perfectly golden no orange. Head is impressive, beer is clear, carbonation beauteous.

S- Pine and citrus hops- Very nice, but it seems rather ordinary to overpower IPA with hop aroma. I'd like a bit more complexity.
Update 5/14: piney and bitter. Smells great. Still all hop.

T- Both of the above noted scents come out in flavor, but with nice addition of bitter flavor and as well. Unlike in smell, I also get a sweet malt coming through.
Update 5/14: bitter, with a bit more fruitiness and sweetness than the smell indicates. Perhaps too sweet for my liking.

M- Medium body with good carbonation and strong bitter feel. Bitterness present in afterfeel as well with a slight mouth coating (sweet and bitter).
Update 5/14: smooth. Nice carbonation feel. Mouth coating noticeable.

O- Very nice IPA. What it lacks in scent it makes up for in mouthfeel and taste.
Update 5/14:too sweet, would like more of the hop aroma to translate to taste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my recent excursion to Ohio and I can tell it's kind of old with a best by June 8th stamp on it. Into a standard pint.

A - Basic hazy orange amber color with very little head just a 1/4 inch but it does seem to stick around for a bit. Decent lacing.
S - Eh it's smell rather malty sort of English smelling IPA but I can pick up on mild citrus hops and lemon rind goodness. I sip.
T - Not bad it's not as hoppy as I would like possibly due to it being a tad old but I can tell it's very balanced and crisp. Don't go in expecting a hop bomb though.
M - A tad more medium bodied I can sense the ABV and it's not as snappy as other iPA's

Overall a decent beer from New Belgium in no way terrible but nothing as zippy as world class IPA's

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Photo of shadow1961
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Ranger IPA

* Creamy finger of white foam over crystal clear pale orange brew.

* Pine scented hops dominate the nose- note of grapefruit rind.

* Flavor is mild sweet malt overtaken by herbal/medicinal hop off the back.

* Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and semi-dry. Long herbal/grassy hop aftertaste.

A good take on the West Coast style IPA- light bodied and hop forward. Not a style variation
I'm particularly wild about but the hops are restrained enough that this isn't just hop juice.

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