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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 clm9
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Small head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful light-amber color.

S: Appropriately hoppy (chocolate-pine). While the hop fragrance is definitely there, it does not give off the vibe that you are about to be hit in the face with hops. Overall, not a very strong or memorable smell.

T: Taste follows the smell, delicious blend of hops without the bitter bite of some IPAs. Alcohol does not factor into the taste. Very good balance, I definitely prefer this to NB's IIPA rampant.

M: Not heavy, medium-body. Not a very carbonated feel.

O: Would recommend to any fan of IPAs. Usually decently priced ($7.99 here). Not an amazing IPA, but with the price and availability in mind, is a frequent occupant of my fridge.

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Random find in Geneva, OH during a camping stop on the way from MA to Chicago. Reviewed from notes at the campsite.

A- Bomber poured to two goblet glasses with a clear golden-apricot body. White head up to two fingers with a thick creamy texture and good retention. The frothy thick ring deposits plenty of lace sheets.

S- Citrus hops off the top with notes of orange, lemon and grapefruit zests. Pine and floral hops behind that with a light caramel, biscuit and bread base.

T- Again, citrus hops take precedence on the taste buds with grapefruit, orange, tangerine and zestiness making way for some pine and floral hints. Cereal, biscuit and cracked light grains as well as a yeast bread and fruit esters.

MF- Light to moderately thick bodied with a frothy, foamy texture. Carbonation is on the high side but fairly smooth. Clean, bitter finish.

Mostly citrus hops with some pine and floral backing it and enough malts to make a difference. Solid IPA after a long day of driving.

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Photo of vkv822
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tall boy : tulip pint

Clear golden with a foamy, craggy off white head.

Big citric, grapefruit nose.

Citric and grapefruit again upfront, with some resiny hops as well. Just a faint biscuit malt backbone.

Medium-full body, average carbonation.

A well done IPA. Pleasant hop notes and body.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly a great aroma and the first sip is a celebration of hops.

Very thin body and sharp acidity.

Definitely worth a taste when a mouthful of good hops are the goal, but the bitterness stays with you long after the memory of the aroma is gone. OK, it's 70 IBU. New Belgium is kind enough to let us know the hops in question are Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook.

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Photo of IPhantom
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours lighter than expected with a nice sticky head. Plenty of lacing. Nose is grassy, herbal, and indicative of the bitterness to follow. Taste is bitter, herbal hops with a slight citrus note and something almost vinous. Very little malt to be found. Mouthfeel is bitter and crisp.

Not bad overall, but I'd probably stick to Fat Tire.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

Pours a golden transparent yellow with a nice 1.5 inch head that is quite frothy and dense. The head retention is insane and recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing. Quite typical look.

Aroma of malty grain followed by some flowery grassy hops and some nice tropical citrus notes. There is some nice juicy pine notes as well. Bready and biscuity malt backbone with some slight sweetness in there.

Flavor starts off with some nice bread toasty malt and followed by some nice juicy tropical hop notes. Nice bitterness notes with some slight resinous pine notes as well. Dry finish with some nice crisp notes.

Pretty good standard IPA. Nice hop juice notes and some good malt backbone.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big foamy, bubbly white head that takes forever to settle, around 3 fingers, clear pale golden orange in color

S: Smells very bitter and sharp, definitely florally but super powerful

T: Again it stars very sharp, the floral qualities build, but then it gets overly bitter, the flavor drops out, the finish gets better again though, the malt helps in the end with a slightly sweet toasted flavor

M: Slightly dry throughout and in the finish, good medium body

D: Good, bite is a lot, but flavor is ok

Notes: The flavor is here, but its just too bitter for the amount of flavor that is there. They need to up the hop flavor to match the intensity and then it would be really good.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden hue with light white head that lingers.

S - Lite grass and pine scent.

T - Dat citrusy hop you've come to know and love from the west coast. Some caramel malt in there. A bit more balanced than their Imperial but I guess that's to be expected.

M - Medium carbonation and lite body. Refreshing IPA.

O - It's a good IPA. It't not going to stop me from drinking Lagunitas but it's good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, best before July 9, 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold/orange color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's lots of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly pine and citrus hops with the addition of some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, I thought it was enjoyable to drink. I think this is a decent overall IPA, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger plus of rich lush uber fluffy eggshell colored head with a slightly rocky top... At first pour a lot of carbonation clings tot he sides of the glass... Once that clears there is a slight to moderate bit of mix paced carbonation rising sporadically throughout... The color is a vibrant amber... Very clean and completely translucent... Sheets of lacing cling to the glass...

S - This one want hit you over the head with a hop hammer, but there is plenty of hap character to get one interested... Mostly citrus and tropical fruits... There is a rock solid malt backbone lying beneath the surface... Toasted malts... Caramel... Honey grahams... Very nice...

T - Just a kiss of citrus to start... Orange zest... Some pineapple... Light jolly rancher notes... The malt base comes next... Doughy malts... A touch of caramel... Some bright piney notes on the finish that linger for a while...

M - Light to medium bodied... Still plenty of bitter hop bite... Delicate... Very lightly carbonated... Starts juicy, quickly turns dry...

D - Lots of hop flavor packed into this 6.5% ABV single IPA... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting... I would never turn down an opportunity to indulge in this in the future... Not the best American IPA by any means, but more than solid with lots of appeal...

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled English pint glass.

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a standard (not that that's bad) light golden color. Slight, CO2-induced head faded quickly, but nonetheless displayed nice lacing. Completely translucent.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Big hit of hops; really grassy and I am thinking this is because of dry hopping. I also detect a very faint hint of barley malt here.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry, but has a very pleasant edge of hops to it. Just a slight hint at this level. Middle is astringent and more of a mid-level palate taste with light malt and a nice kick of hop alkalinity. This is followed by deep hop tastes, primarily of grapefruit rind. Finish is smooth and semi-sweet with more of the hop alkalinity seeping in near the end of the taste. Aftertaste is short and quite a kick with a return to the grassiness of the hops present in the bouquet.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Very pleasant and certainly adds to the enjoyment of the brew.

Overall 3.5: A pleasant and refreshing IPA. I would give it a 3.7 or so in this category if I could. Clean, clear and well-balanced, it is -nonetheless-- a bit too dry for my tastes as far as a session beer goes. However, as a one-off or a beer while out at a restaurant, it is great. I would really like to try this beer on tap somewhere. Its grapefruit characteristics remind me of Lord Chesterfield, a beer I can no longer find in Georgia. Frowny face emoticon for that sad fact of beeranity.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium to deep gold color with a creamy, white head and moderate carbonation.

S - weak, Weak, WEAK! I'm disappointed with the smell, wish it had more b*lls. Malty, mild citrus, that's about it...MEH! Awful nose on this beer.

T - Definitely tastes better than it smells. Moderate grapefruit presence, crackery malt, mild pine, caramel, and even more mild pine. After the sip the pine hopping really slams the tongue in a nice but not aggressive way.

M - Medium body, crisp finish, nice lingering bitter finish.

D - Satisfies my IPA craving but it really lacks some serious aroma.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with 1/2" of head with decent retention. The nose has citrus and pine notes from the hops. Taste has decent malt character but it's short lived as the hops immediately take over. The hops are mildly citrusy, floral, and intensely piny. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated though a little thin in the finish.

Not a bad IPA. It's affordable so I tend to go back to it over and over.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour translucent amber w/ an off white 1 & 1/2 finger head, lingers a while.

It has a strong floral aroma with hops & citrus.

The taste is not too strong a hop taste, but is very well balanced. It has a nice backbone and doesn't rely solely on the citrus. Not being a fan of IPAs in general for a long time, this is a nice reintroduction to the style.

Mouthfeel is nice and light - moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer, very enjoyable. This gives me a little more perspective on IPAs, a style I'll have to continue exploring.

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

Nice pour with an orange-gold color. Nice head on the pour and lacing that stays. First taste reveals strong citrus (grapefruit) and pine/spruce that gives way to a pronounced hop bite. The malt is there but the hop presence is consistent throughout and lingers on the palate. To me, the alcohol barely reveals its presence and instead just comes in a nice warming.

This is a nice IPA from a great brewery. I will say that I've had IPAs with higher IBUs that did a better job of balancing malt and hops. This would not be my first choice but I'd be happy to have it again!

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Taste is piney hops up front, light citrus notes, a mild malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth ansd overall is an enjoyable beer.

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

Pours an orange gold color with off white frothy bubbly head which lingers as a nice film. Aroma of sweet resiny hops, slight citrus but in a sweeter way, like tangerine, and cake. Flavor is nice resin-pine like hops, sweet and pungent, which then reveals a cake like malt consistency, back to a slight bitterness of the hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied, not too thick or syrupy. Overall a pretty solid IPA, great flavors, not TOO big (read: sessionable). Good good stuff.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a nice clear copper color with an awesome off-white head. Damn good retention on this one. Leaves lots of even sticky lacing around the glass. Very attractive looking beer.

S - The nose is very hoppy. Lost of citrus and pine coming through. Fruits like pineapple, orange and subtle apricots are present as well. Also picking up earth tones and a slight grainy smell in the background. The nose is pretty well balanced between hops and malts. The upfront bitterness is awesome but the sweet fruits and malt backbone keep it in check nicely.

T - Taste is extremely bitter and actually pretty biscuity. The graininess is more apparent in the taste and the sweet malts are toned down. The sweet pineapple and orange are replaced with bitter grapefruit rind. This is less balanced than the nose but I was expecting that.

M - The beer is medium bodied, soft, and a bit sticky. The carbonation is right where its supposed to be.

Overall I'm impressed. New Belgium always seems to satisfy me. This one is very drinkable and perfect for a hop fix. Not to mention its very well priced. 7.99 a six pack. That's a $1.30 a beer. Badass.

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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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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
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