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

Added by brownbeer on 12-30-2009

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color. Nice white head has good retention and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Light aroma of citrus and a hint of pine.

Taste: Citrus flavors (like lemon and orange) offset by caramel. Finish and aftertaste have a bit more of a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with just a light bit of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, good ABV.

Nice to have a beer with some more hops from New Belgium. It is pretty tasty; nothing to write home about but a good solid offering. Not over-the-top in the hop department, but still solidly an IPA and not an APA. Pretty affordable too. I'm sure I'll pick more of these up from time to time.

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Photo of squaremile
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a pretty nice white head that almost covers the top for the entire glass. Nose is citrus and caramel. A bit mild for my taste. Flavors are more of the same with the citrus dominating, a little bite of pine and carbonation, and then lighter caramel backbone with a reasonably dry finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and pleasant. A respectable IPA.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark golden orange color, clear with sporatic bubbles trickling throughout the glass. Two finger white head.

S- Sweet grassy notes with lots of hops and a bit of caramel. Citrus notes to balance it out.

T- Hop bomb!! grassy and bitter hop flavor. The bitterness lasts through the finish. Just lingers on the tongue for a while.

M- medium body. Full feeling. Good carbonation

O- If you are a hop head, this is your beer. For me it's a little to bitter for my taste. Not digging the bitter finish.

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Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a hint of orange. TWo or three inches of white foam.

Smells like pine, with an interesting medicinal/herbal hop note. What is that? Very little citrus in the aroma. I must admit to preferring citrus-y IPAs, though this smells pleasant enough.

Taste is also pleasant. Has kind of a general acrid bitterness to it that I associate more with ESBs than IPAs, but the pine, and that same wacko medicinal/herbal component don't mesh with the ESB style. Kind of an interesting, unique IPA if you ask me. I have no idea what that earthy/herbal tone is. It's pretty unique.

Tasty, but at this price point, not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of rawfish
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour clear gold with a 2 1/2 finger creamy meringue white head with incredible retention and decent lacing down the glass.

S - Rather sweet, honey and pine make up the body of the aroma. But there's some herbiness, grapefruit peel a floral back ground.

T - The malts are rather light compared to the bitterness on the back end, light and caramel used here. This one lacks the biscut like character of the malts like many of NBs brews have but adds a touch of sweetness The hop profile has grapefruit peel and pith but I sense deeper notes of more pine and earthiness. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, medium but crisp carbonation, little to no mouth coating.

D - Overall a well rounded IPA, a little unbalanced towards the bitter side but it's worth it to be rid of the biscut malt character. This was my introduction to IPAs and craft brews in general and was not ready for it at the time. Had to revisit to give Ranger its due.

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Photo of scratch69
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color with two fingers worth of head. Lots of patchy lacing.

Smell- Light pine resin aroma.

Taste- Bitter grapefruit hop flavor with hints of pine. Nice flavor but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, crisp, and dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I'm not a big fan of IPAs (I got this in a New Belgium variety pack) this one isn't bad. I like how the hoppy bitterness mellows out after a few sips. I could see myself drinking this on again.

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

A clear golden amber brew that releases a good sized head that has good retention and slow fade that leaves quite a bit of decoration on the glass. Smell is a comfortable blend of caramel malt and piney hops. Taste is solid but unremarkable. Light caramel,piney hops, a leafiness with a hint of mint. Medium light weight and gentle carbonation. Quite quaffable. Not a standout but a good brew.

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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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