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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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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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Photo of phillipzayas
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When you pop open the bottle the color and appearance make you think that you are in for a treat. The off amber-golden color is awesome and the smell is absolutely exceptional with hoppy goodness. The taste let me down and was just average. I mean I was expecting so much more. The mouthfeel was too light and was not balanced. Needs improvement in that area 100%. The drinkability was ok, but not great.

Pretty plus minus beer. If you just look at it and smell it then it is exceptional. The moment it passes the lips and then goes down your throat it lets you down a lot.

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Photo of bnes09
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Transparent orange color brew - pretty standard. Thick white head with good retention and large patches of creamy lacing.

Nose is bold and inviting. I know this is going to be a hoppy treat for the palate.

Taste starts out with a good dose of citrusy hops, lots of lemon and grapefruit flavor. The malt provides a biscuity backbone which balances the flavor well. However, the finish is a little off, overly dry and quite soapy.

Medium-bodied ale with some mellow bubbles.

The bitter soapy aftertaste makes it a struggle to take another swig. Overall though, a descent IPA with a good flavor up to the finish but there are plenty of better examples of the style to be enjoyed.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very pale color for an ipa. Yellowish. Had moderate whit foamy head. Clear (filtered).

S: some pungent herbal scents with hints of pine and floral.

T: clean bitterness. No real fruit hop flavors. Mild malts to balance. Pine / resin aftertaste.

m: medium to thin body. Moderate carbonation.

D: decent drinkability due to clean flavorvand moderate abv. Nothing terribly compelling, either, though

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

not your stereotypical ipa. this one has more of that belgian vibe to it, not as sturdy as some of the american versions. its delicacy lends itself nicely to the hops here, allowing them to be tasted in their entirety without a lot of interference from other elements. not as yeast driven as their belgo, this one doesnt satisfy all of the conditions of an ipa for me, but under any other name it is an excellent beer. the 6.5 percent can catch you unaware as well!

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

New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Pale gold, one finger head with no staying power, very clean looking, great lacing.

Citrus, pine, slightly floral with a thick earthy and grassy funk.

Pale caramel malt quickly gives way to bright and crisp fruity hops. Resinous bitter lingers around.

Medium body, lots of bubbles, lots of bitter. Resin sits on the back of your tongue, annoyingly. Finishes dry.

A pretty good IPA up front. Too resin-y for me, however.

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

A- Middle of the road golden color. Thin, fizzy head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Strongest smelling IPA right out of the bottle that I've had. BIG time floral, pine hops and a little bit of malty hint.

T- I know this is an IPA, but I think the hops took this one over a bit. Starts and finishes the same way, strong bitter hops. The flavor isn't out of line for the style, it's the lack of complexity that surprised me. There is little change in taste profile from beginning to end. Leaves a bit of hoppy aftertaste.

M- Nothing special as far as IPA's go. Heavy enough to handle the hop profile, light enough to be drinkable for a bit.

Overall, I was not impressed with this as far as IPA's go. I like it when the taste has some complexity rather than being the same throughout.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has long at last made its way to the Philadelphia area. I saw the Ranger IPA with a Best By date of April 2012 so I absolutely had to pick it up and try it. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear, golden honey colored body with a creamy and slightly off-white head. Great sticky lacing and nice retention after it settled out as well. A vibrant and great looking IPA.

S: Lots of whole hop cones, pine, sap and perhaps a little bit of grain. There's some slight citrus notes too, but the overall aroma is very earthy and piney in nature. For me, it seems to strike a nice balance without being dominate in one single note.

T: A wash of bitter hops are up-front, pine needles and lots of hop resin. Pale and caramel malts come through mid-palate, with some dry citrus peel flavors at the back. This tastes very crisp and fresh without leaning too heavily towards one extreme. Nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, well carbonated and medium-bodied. It's not necessarily sticky like I get with more malt-driven IPAs; this feels nice and bubbly.

This was a pretty decent IPA as it had a lot of balance and it wasn't overly piney or one-noted. Although, my preference in IPAs is more citrusy and while this did have some, I like when it's more profound.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,887 ratings.
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