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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 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 msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single a couple weeks back; a 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint. '09 JUL10' reads the label...

A: Gorgeous and glowing golden, a remarkably clear IPA, but a beauty nonetheless. Capped by over a finger of fluffy white froth, one that melts away slowly to a thin perma-topping. Dabs of lace, coating in broken sheets.

S: Citrus-filled hop nose, a musty sort of orange pith. A sweeter pine, woody and barely covering a dessert-like pastry/dough backing. MMM.

T: First off, LOVE the balance. Good pine and citrus hops (even a mild melon rind) offset by a doughy caramel. Kinda epitomizes what I want from an IPA - not so hoppy that it strips away my taste buds...

M: Effervescent yet somewhat creamy all the same, medium body. A little over-prickly and that never quite fades, even with warming/settling.

D: A pretty impressive brew: flavorful with a sturdy body and lovely look. This falls in my upper echelon of NBB brews, 'drinkable' to a fault. I'll have this again and I'd recommend a try to anyone.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - wonderful bright citrus and grapefruit hops with some malt in the background.
A - Nice two fingers of head, a mix of rocky and fine bubbled head. Clear orange-amber.
M - low to medium carbonation. Thin to medium body.
T - The flavor of the hops comes through wonderfully from the aroma with a very smooth bitterness. Malt nicely supportive and in the background.
D - This is a wonderfully drinkable IPA that has the best of hop flavor without the bitterness of some IPA's that just try to be hop bombs.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear golden amber color with a one finger head that receeded to spotty lacing on my glass.

S- Nice piney/slightly citrusy hops, typical IPA with low amounts of sweetness in the scent.

T- Not overwhelming, nice hoppy notes with a slight sweet malt on the back end, nice and easy to drink.

M- Sharp carbonation, light body, one of the best tasting New Belgium's regular line of beers.

D- So easy to drink this beer it is scary. Only 6.5% and not assertive so really one of the best session IPA's I have had.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance>nice color, not hazy, small head head, lacing is thin but constant.

Smell>Pretty standard. Nothing offensive. Good IPA.

Taste>Good, but not too complex; a one note Sally. That said this is still the best that New Belgium has ever been able to offer me in their line. So, for complexity aside, this is a good beer. The hop taste is great and the hang is crisp. Simple but good.

Mouf>Tingly. too small of bubbles


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Photo of sholland119
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden with a bit of white head. No real lacing.

S-Wonderful aroma. Lots of pine and floral hops with a hint of earthiness as well.

T-Very good. Starts with a little bit of malt before floral hops take over. Earthy hops take over in the finish. A nice pleasant hop character throughout with a bit, but only a bit, of Belgian character.

M-Light to medium bodied with carbonation on the light side.

D-Well hot damn! I was not a fan of the tap version of this beer very much but this rocks in the bottle. Could be more Belgian but the hops are just right.


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Photo of cal82
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


70 IBUs
6.5% ABV
$1.25 at BevMo

Blonde color (a little light for an IPA), but great foam. Great bitterness, but very drinkable. Very affordable for a craft brew. I've also had this on tap at Mission Pizza, and it was even better on tap. Most definitely Recommended.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA Glass

A: nice head bright white head with good lace its a golden color a nice bright gold color not light gold

S: smell does not pop its kind of bland I get some hops but man for an ipa it should be more then this so just average

T: taste is that of an average beer nothing to see here I am disappointed because the last time I had this beer it was great! what happen? yikes!

M: light mouth with good carbonation

D: you can drink it not much bitter here

overall: yea did I get a bad batch or something? its not the beer I first had. I was thinking that I would give this a A- but yea its not that good at least this bottle.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a o e finger frothy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured an oily hop.

The taste consisted of a full malt below an earthy piney and citrusy hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a nice complex and hop forward ale.

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Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise for me. It's a great beer for my tastes! It's not an over the top IPA, but a well balanced, great tasting, very drinkable IPA. I don't drink too many NB beers, but I am definitely buying this beer again.

A: poured clear, golden with great head and tremendous lacing.

S: floral hops and citrus, the smell really pops out at you the second you crack the bottle.

T: very earthy, nutty malts with balance of the floral and citrus from the hops.

M: lighter body and clean alcohol taste

D: very drinkable.

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Photo of Slygato
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance- Has a clear golden yellow tint to it crystal clear

Smell- Has a variety of smells to it can smell the citrus first off then a kind of pine smell with some floral scents to it

Taste- Not bad for an IPA but can be improved seemed kind of bitter and a citrus taste to it

Mouthfeel- Ignoring the taste it is very smooth and goes down well

Drinkability- Not a bad beer would buy again but would probably try to find a better IPA

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Photo of deereless
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold in color with a persistent thin layer of head on top, crystal clear - 4.25, S: Strong and intense hop aromas - lots of pine and citrus as well as some slightly floral smells, very subtle sweetness, quintessential American IPA nose - 4.50, T: Very pleasing hop bite, grapefruit and mild orange, as the beer warms a stronger citrusy zest appears, also resiny and with a noticeable caramel bite, nicely balanced IPA - 4.00, M: Mouth feel has an almost powdery like smoothness - 3.50, D: All around a very nicely crafted American IPA and one I would add to my regular rotation if it was readily available - 4.00

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Photo of KeefD
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale golden color with a huge fluffy white head that fell slowly leaving generous lacing on the glass. Aroma is ripe with fresh orange and grapefruit peel, with a touch of malt underneath it all, a bit herbal and spicy, but really no sweetness and not much enjoyable hop aroma emanating from the glass. Taste is dry, herbal, and with average bitterness. Kind of disappointed that this one doesn't have as much hop flavor as I usually like. Nothing in the way of juicy fruitiness, just dry bitter, peppery hops. This is not the style of IPA that I enjoy most. Malt flavor is barely there, only a dry cracker-like quality. Underwhelming. Light bodied, dry, medium carb, dull, boring. Not getting into this one. It's by no means a drain pour, but it's boring as hell. It seems like breweries are making IPAs just to make IPAs these days. NB should stick to their sours.

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Photo of scarnold8
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear golden hue with a slight orange tint. Good amount of white head that leaves lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of piny hops, some grapefruit, and that's all I get.
T - Spicy, peppery hops dominate. As I drank more of it the hops are a little more balanced with some sweet malt, but the hops dominate throughout.
M - Light and well carbonated (not overly so).
D - It's easy to drink.

All in all a good beer, but nothing really makes it stand out. There are IPAs I would rather have, but I wouldn't be disappointed to have this again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So New Belgium goes hoppy...I never thought I would see an IPA from them. Can they do it well? On to the beer:

Clean bodied, big carbonation bubbles, and a golden yellow color are all found in the body. The head on top is rocky, patching on to the glass. Head retention is excellent. The nose is on target. There's a mix of biscuity malt, grapefruit, pine, citrus.

It's clean, and there are hops. There is a good deal of resin, also some tangerine notes and leaves. Crackery malt, but just a little. Not a really bitter IPA, but that's not my qualm. I feel like it's missing a little something. More malt perhaps? The texture also seemed *just* a touch thin to style. The aftertaste lingers of biscuit malt and a little bit of resin.

This is the type of IPA I could expect from New Belgium. Not super aggressive, though certainly a beer I can enjoy and newbies can too.

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Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear yellow amber with two fingers of white suds and noticable lacing.
Smell is a citrusy mix of hop and grapefruit.
Taste is slight malt and then hop city. Very black and bitter but not overly bitter. Very balanced between the bitterness and the sugary malt/alcohol.
This is one of the best NB brews I have tried.
Mouthfeel is very sticky but the flavor leaves the palate too soon.
Drinkability is very high. I can get this one all the time now and for the price it is well worth it.

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Photo of SShelly
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours blonde with crystal clarity, good white poofy head.

Aroma is citrus and light, pretty nice.

Flavor start out nice for about half a second and switches into this weird dirty hop flavor, aftertaste is just not good, dirty old hop flavors stick, in the mouth. For such a promising start this thing really falls off a cliff.

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Photo of spacholl
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

OH... Is this a beer or is it grapefruit juice? Get me my vodka and we can make a salty dog.

For real, the cascade is really pronounced. From the first wiff when you crack open the bottle all the way to the back of your throat. Even the burps taste and smell of cascade.

I don't taste any malt what-so-ever.
You know they used some because the beer is a honey color.

The thin head remains to the bottom of the glass and laces nicely down the side of the glass.

I have to say this is a totally one sided, unbalanced, glass of hop juice.
You all might like it.

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Photo of david131
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A clear, light orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Steamed asparagus, butter, lemon, and lots of pepper. Normally a beer of this nature tend to be repulsive to me, but it works better than most here.

T- Oh man... This is not good to me. The asparagus, butter, and pepper really take over and makes this very strange... The one redeeming value is the slight watermelon aspect. Still, I can't get into this at all.

M- The carbonation keeps it spicy and it has a lasting dryness associated with the bitterness.

D- Overall, the asparagus aspect to this really killed it. Not gross though.

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Photo of squidbrand
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (16 July 2010 expiration) into tumbler.

A: Slightly desaturated burnt orange with a two-finger head that sinks down to a tight, pillowy, one-finger head after several seconds. Thick lacing.

S: Unmistakable white grapefruit, with the slightest hint of pine. Not the most complex hop smell, but totally delicious.

T: Light malt sweetness upfront, but it soon gets overtaken by bright, slightly spicy hop flavors. A soft but forward bitterness starts early and lasts, intensifying in waves as the beer warms in the mouth.

M: A near-perfect level of carbonation gives this beer a creamy, mouth-coating quality without making it feel heavy. Buoyant and smooth.

D: The refreshing grapefruit nose, good flavor balance, and exceptional mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. Delivers the hop goods without being the kind of hop monster that wears out its welcome fast.

This is a great beer brewed with taste and, compared to current trends, welcome moderation. Not the most creative beer in the world, but a possible go-to IPA.

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Photo of daledeee
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new entrant into our state.

This beer was poured quite aggressively and only came up about a half inch of head. The last did stay on the entire top of the beer. The color is dark clear gold with some bubbles coming from the bottom all the time

Nose is very citrus. Citrus oils and grapefruit.

Taste is mostly grapefruit with hops. Not any or maybe a little malt. The depth of taste is lacking yet the beer is pretty refreshing. Very good carbonation on the tongue and is about perfect. This beer is very easy to drink but lacks the different flavors and balance I see in others.

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Photo of 100floods
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i walked into the pub at SF State, whose best beer has been Boont (they carry the standards othertwise), just got a decent upgrade with the beer.

Poured into a 24oz plastic cup, no head. Lots of floral citrus aromas. The mouth feel has some carbination but it blends with the flavor. There's a strong grapefruit presence. certain sips almost taste spiced like bitting on a peppercorn. There's definitely nothing new to this beer except that the brewery finally made an IPA. Points for effort, and a good effort from a large brewery. As far as a widely distributed IPA goes it's good and cheap, not the bestm but by no means the worst. This is an example of a popular brewery bringing more styles to the masses, an attempt to convert more people to craft beer. If this replaced fat tire everywhere i went, i'd be stoked.

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Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to give this an A+ only because that asshole from Arizona gave it a D+ and some other no good-hoppy-beer-liking S.O.B's scored it low as well.

I would truly give this brew about a B+ only because of the low ABV%.

I thought the taste was exceptionally hopped. I'm glad this bar down the road stocks it. Its either this or the next best thing Stone IPA but the Ranger is on special right now 2 for $10.

I'm ecstatic like Mos Def!

I did not pour into chilled glass as usual cause I was drinking str8 from the double deuce.

Maybe next time?

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Photo of xmorgan
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this one on a whim. The store I was in, ran out of the "Better IPAs". I was supprised.

New Belgium delivers a real IPA, that is well balanced, hoppy enough and has the piney, citrus taste one expects from the west coast IPAs.

The body and hop prescence work really well.

I gave a poured pint to a friend who normally dishes on New Belgium, and he thought I gave him another Nor Cal IPA like RR IPA. He changed his toon.

Pours a brownish red with a white cake head. Retentions is very good and the balance and hop prescence are spot on.

It could have more hop bouquet but that is my only knock on this well made IPA. at >6% it is a good dont drive home after a 6 pack IPA.

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