Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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3.77 w/ 5,951 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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Ratings: 5,951 |  Reviews: 1,315
Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Ranger is the type specimen, the pinnacle, the state of the art of the traditional standard session IPA. It is smooth, refreshing, well-balanced, mellow, fairly neutral, pretty-well carbonated, and low enough ABV to down it like water. I find that the perfect pairing is a few ice-cold Rangers with half a dozen buttery scrambled eggs on a weekend morning. Ranger is a staple, always in the fridge, and great with breakfast. lunch, or dinner.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Ranger IPA into pint glass

Pours an immaculately clear light orange body with a frothy off-white head. Absolutely great sticky lace on the glass, with great retention. Looks as though they completely left out any sort of specialty grain, or if they were used it was very sparingly.

Nose is coarse with distinct chinook aromatics, grapefruit, pine resin, and tangerine rind.

Palette is ripe with red grapefruit, pine sap, tangerine peels, and maybe a touch of some sugar cookie from the malt.

Body is medium with a brisk carbonation that almost gets a bit creamy. Well done, without being really wrong in any way.

A surprisingly good IPA that can get chugged in serious quantity.

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Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber pours into my glass. Light orange in color with a moderately hefty white head that is dense with high retention that is both thick and leaves abundant lacing. Aromas is fruity with pear and grapefruit, bright flora with a pleasant sweetness. Hops are not too intense, but very nice balance between them and also with the malt. Smells maltier than it looks, then it ends up tasting hoppier than it smells. Grapefruit and pine explode on the palate with a great full bitterness for a floral and slight cookie finish that is fairly dry. This one totally exceeds my expectations in the flavor department. This is a serious IPA. Full prickly carbonation, though a tad on the lighter side in body, the only issue that prevents this beer from being a straight up "A" quality. Drinkability is high, this is an extremely solid IPA I will gladly drink in the future. Good on you, New Belgium.

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Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white head that had tons of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides and rings as it went down – a very good looking beer.

Smells of sweet citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, grains, tea leaf, biscuit, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, very mild wheat or yeast and a whiff of alcohol; the hops mix well with the malts for very nice IPA balance that allows the sweetness to shine in the nose.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, flowers, herbs, tea leaf, lightly roasted grains, biscuit or wheat bread, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, mild spices like coriander and toast that kicks in right before the mild bitter finish. Hoppy, bready, well balanced and delicious; this went down so easy that it would be a great session IPA if it were readily available on the East Coast.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with very mild carbonation that’s thin, a light body that is a little chewy, and real easy flow to it with a mild bitter finish that dries in your mouth leaving an almost clean feeling.

This is not a hop-bomb that attacks your palate, and the bready malts actually play a big part throughout the flavor and make it extremely drinkable as well as hiding the ABV quite well. I had to hold myself back from drinking this too quickly, that’s how smooth it was. Very enjoyable beer that I will seek out again and highly recommend.

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Photo of carrionricardo
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why does everyone say such bad things about this brew.its cheap,its readily available,and its a solid ipa.and it hangs with the big boys.just a easy to go to ipa. i have enjoyed a couple hundred of these in a night(hahaha)and enjoyed every minute of em.better than drinking a corona and at the same price.

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Photo of Bigdoc91
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Retail sample, pre-release. The benefits of working at a liquor store...

Pours a murky golden amber--next to impossible to decant off the sediment at the bottom of the bottle--topped by a large and lasting rocky off-white head. Large sheets of lacing left behind. Beautiful.

Big and citrusy on the nose, light on the bitter grapefruit but big on juicy sweet orange. Not really any malt character to note, but with hops like these I can live with--and, indeed, expect--that. Fresh and clean and delicious.

Malt comes through in the palate, showing up as a lightly toasted grainy breadiness, but it's still quite subtle. Bitter hops quickly succeed the malt, and themselves are quickly succeeded by fresh hop flavor, showing bright orange, fresh leaves, and a touch of earthiness. Finishes mild with just the slightest lingering hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied and somewhat thin, not surprising given the overall lack of malt character. Moderately firm and drying. Thinness of body is verging on watery, but manages to stop just short. Quite drinkable.

A well-made IPA, quite sessionable, and what I'd expect from New Belgium. Why they didn't do this earlier I don't know, but at least this presumably long awaited beer lives up to what it should be.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

This is an awesome looking beer; just slightly lighter than amber and crystal clear. Beautiful clarity. Pours with a finger of white head that rather quicly diminishes to a thin layer.

Smells of fruity citrusy fresh dried hop cones. A little swirl just brings up more hops. This smells like it is going to be good.

The flavors are bold, surprisingly clean and outstandingly fresh. I am already impressed. The hops are sweet and dripping in a honey flavor, but still pack a nice bitter smack and loads of flavor. After the hops bash around the mouth in their excellence a nice toasty pale malt flavor finishes off the experience. I like how the malt stays away during the "hop time" but shows up at the end to remind the drinker that this isn't an imperial or double IPA, but is still a pale ale at its roots.

The mouthfeel is wonderful and smooth as often well crafted IPAs are.

Conclusion: There are so many IPAs out there it really takes something special to impress me. I find it a generic style and one that takes very little creativity to brew in such a way that people will like it. This offering however is a notch above many others that I have tasted. I wonder how it doesn't have a solid 'A' on this site. Oh well, in my book it is one of the very best around.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

A - Gorgeous pale golden coloration topped with a pillowy layer of froth. Retention was nice and layered.

S - Big grapefruit nose, very citrusy and very hoppy. If anything else is present, it is definitely overshadowed.

T - Hop bomb with big citrus notes. Not particularly balanced, but I'm not sure it was intended to be. Loads of grapefruit.

M - Light bodied with a mellow carbonation level. Slightly oily feel to it, and the finish was moderately dry.

D - Very tasty and highly drinkable. Will revisit this gem of an IPA without a doubt. I'd mark this one as a must try.

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Photo of molson5190
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bort11
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tulip. Tall and chunky white head, well over an inch. Great legs on that head too. Slow to recede and keeps clinging to the glass. Nice lacing all around. Color is a clear copper. Clean bright coloring.

Smell has a mild pine hoppiness. It is clean smelling with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is equally mild. That is not to say it is weak or bad. Far from that. It seems more relaxed and less intense than may other American IPAs and APAs.

Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. That greatly increases the drinkability. I like this a lot better than Fat Tire. This may be my new favorite everyday New Belgium.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean fresh hop aroma. Some sweet, citrus, sweet-citrus, mild pine. Slight hop backing. Very nice.
Brilliantly clear golden body with firm and dense somewhat small cap. Ample lacing.
Nicely balanced malt flavors with the hop flavors and mild to moderate and growing bitterness which is never to excess, and leaves a very extended finish.
Lighter body than many. The slight prickliness of the carbonation adds texture and interest to the drink, yet in fullness they add a softness. Well done.
Drinks easily and smoothly. I'm satisfied with one, but having another would not be a problem.

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Photo of kyleg
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great beer! this beer holds a beautiful tight head that sits perfectly on top of a clean copper body. The beer throws spring and fresh pine growth in my face. Very refreshing and crisp! The way this beer lingers and whispers "drink more" on my palate tells me this is a great session beer you should enjoy with people you care about.

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Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep copper color with excellent head and good lacing. Very deep hop aromas, with huge citrus hop scents over a very nice deep maltiness. Excellent flavor, with a huge malt forward and a great hop back that lasts on the tongue, with great citrus hop flavors. There is a fair bit of hop roughness, though.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 26/2/14

A clear golden liquid with just a few visible bubbles but it pumps out a well sustained two finger foam that leaves a couple pencil thin rings near the top of the glass followed by thick partial rings, a low laying island is left behind after the foam falls

S tangerine, canned peaches come out strong, candied pineapple, floral notes, a little spruce, smells like candy, a little caramel to go with it, smells great

T slightly toned fruit, a little more sweet malt, some lemon rind comes out, nose has a slight edge but tasty stuff

M medium bodied, mild bitter bite, fluffs up from the bubbles its just a little airy, no booze at all, with a little grit and a piney rind finish

O pretty solid IPA, some balance but the hops are still in charge, goes down in no time and I'd drink it again no problem

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get a little more love from my fellow BA's, I thought it was well rounded and not really lacking anywhere. Might be a little pricy though here in Alberta but yet another welcome addition to the shelf in my neck of the woods

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Photo of afdempse
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome, New Belgium, to the DC area!

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass

Creamy white head with meringue consistency. Light golden color with crystal clarity. Head retention is excellent and sticks to the glass.

Aroma of ripe citrus peel and fresh hay

First sip begins with a puckering bitterness, followed by lots of floral hops on top and citrus underneath. The malt provides excellent balance, with nice biscuity-toast undertones.

Dry finish, with alcohol, bitter citrus and fresh evergreen.

Very enjoyable, and excellent example of the style. Offers a nice hop profile that is different from the usual east coast offerings I'm used to. So glad I can buy it locally now!

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Photo of rodlavers
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffdjacobs
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a glass

A - copper in color, crystal clear, with a light, slightly off-white head that dissipates

S - strong citrusy, grapefruit-like hop aroma. A slight fruitiness is present as well. Very pleasing

T - strong grapefruit and citrusy hop flavor up front with a good, firm bitterness at the tail-end.

M - Crisp and pleasing.

D - very drinkable for hop-lovers. Certainly not the best IPA on the planet, but very good. I would not recommend for the average BMC beer drinker or someone that doesn't like hoppy beers.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise from New Belgium!

Pours a very bright pale copper to dark golden hue with generous rocky head that laces oh so well throughout the pint.

Nose has a pleasant orangey citrus character with some citrusy candies in the background. Flavors on the palate aren't overwhelming, but that's a refreshing change - plenty of pine, some orange, and toasty malt to round it out. Finish is prickly orange with pine. Easy drinking.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy white foam on top of a dark golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A fruity hop aroma of mango and orange/grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the background with a little bit of honey malt character.

T - Spicy hops up front with a little bit of grapefruit. Bready malt in the middle with light toast and some pine hop character. Finishes with lemon and pithy grapefruit flavor and smooth, but strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, balanced IPA with great hop character, especially in the aroma. There is a nice balance in the finish with a subtle dryness that helps to emphasize the hop character.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had mixed feelings about the last few New Belgium brews I have had lately,this is a clear winner in my book.Poured into a standard pint glas a clear medium golden with tight formed 1/2 finger white head that left shotty lace as it settled into an almost creamy mass.Nice shot of the Simcoe hops in the nose,sharp and citric, with a little herb.Flavors are well balanced at first with pine and citric hop melding well with a hefty caramel base,a big shot of sharp herbal leafiness hits in the finish.I think a very well rounded IPA with a alot of different hop components going on.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6pk while honeymooning in Las Vegas at a Walmart.


Enjoyed out of a standard issue hotel glass (I know but I didn't have anything else!)

A - Pours a semi-transparent amber, red color. A one finger head on the initial pour that quickly faded. Nice gooey lacing left on the glass.

S - A great, classic IPA smell of pine, grapefruit and hops. Very inviting.

T - A really tasty IPA. The beer has all the classic IPA flavors of piney resin, grapefruit and a nice balance between the hops and malt. In my opinion, it is a fine example of an American IPA. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - Nicely carbonated. A bitter aftertaste is left after each sip.

O - This is my first New Belgium beer and I was impressed. Las Vegas is sorely lacking in any type of decent beers (at least in the casino and strip restaurants) so being able to enjoy a few of these after a trip to the pool was great. I would seek out again although I've never seen it in SE PA.


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Beer rating: 65% out of 100 with 5,951 ratings
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