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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,297 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,297 | Ratings: 5,844
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It a long time for NB to add an IPA to their regular line and I for one think it hits the mark. Hoppy but very balanced making it a very drinkable IPA with enough hops to satisfy most hopheads. There really is not point in trying to out gun the highest IBU IPA at this point especially with a beer meant for large distribution and consumption. I am all for the balance and mouthfeel over sheer hops.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear body with a gold color and orange tint. The head has some of the biggest bubbles I have seen in a beer and leaves beautiful lacing

S- Pine comes to mind first, but is surrounded but floral and citrus aromas as well. Very spicy smell

T- The flavor is candy sweet with a grapefruit bitterness.

M- Moderate and fizzy. Not bad

D- I get a good, clean vibe from this beer but it doesn't have enough going for it to beat out it's competition.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Ranger is a clear, deep golden color with a frothy, soapy white head. The nose is all hops, west coast citrus with Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook being present. There is perhaps just a hint of a lightly toasted malt background, otherwise hops dominate. Reminds me of fresh plug hops straight out of the package. The flavor is also all hops but not quite a hop bomb. Nice citrusy pressence, grapefruit, lemon and pine resin all present and pretty much all that is discernable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer, well done and reasonably balanced. Not a hop bomb but doesn't dissapoint either.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

I have been a fan of New Belgium beers for awhile now, pretty much impressed with most all of their offerings, and this is no exception. In fact it is one of my favorites.

A: A nice golden copper, with a nice puffy two finger head. Lacing actually sticks around for a good while, leaving minor strands of spider web-esque patterns clinging to the side.

S: Floral, and citrus. Nothing extremely apparent, or off putting, par for the course of IPA's pleasant, and welcoming.

T: Excellent, a mouth rush of citrus, and floral notes, maybe some grapefruit, orange peels, and a New Belgium trademark biscuit like warmth, and hoppy bitterness to finish off. Not overtly complex, but definitely above average for the style.

M: A little thin, but I prefer my IPA's to not be unruly thick. Maybe could use a little more carbonation to make it not so slick, but more than adequate as is.

D: Very high, I enjoy this beer a lot, and will keep in mind for purchasing, when I'm in need of a well rounded, easy drinking IPA. Kudos to New Belgium.

Note: Watch Out! the ABV will catch up to you after a few of them.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber topped with a one finger white foam head. Great lace and retention.

S: A very strong pine and citrus nose with a nice malty backbone.

T: A delicious hoppy flavor with some pleasant bitterness and spice on the palate. Bready notes and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a very balance & good tasting IPA.

M: A light body with a juicy mouthfeel and lively carbonation.

D: I could definately drink 3-4 at a time being that it's so easy to get at our local grocery store and so cheap. Not my favorite IPA, but right by me for the style.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint at Mullet's in Des Moines. It's a light copper color with a good amount of head that keeps wanting to spill over the edge of the glass. The aroma is all hops but it isn't overbearing. The aroma is the same with a bit of lemon added in. The finish isn't too acidic. This is a good hop-head beer that doesn't require novocain on the tongue beforehand. Definitely a repeat.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - a nice looking golden color with a great head on top. Another great example of how beer from a can looks just as good in a glass as any from a bottle.

Aroma - a sting of citrus and pine in the nostrils along with powdered sugar and toast. I'm enticed so onward we march.

Taste - a nice dose of all that is amazing about fresh hops. Citrus, orange peel, pine and floral flavors upfront and all over your taste buds. This is then followed up by a caramel-y, malty finish that is just plain delicious. Some toasty flavors meld so well with all that hop intensity. This could be a go to beer for me that is for sure.

Overall - balanced with a really nice malty finish that really clears out those hops just in time for your tongue to be numbed again by the next barrage. I was really impressed by the Ranger IPA and I am pretty excited that I've got one more to enjoy in the near future.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a very tasty IPA with the perfect amount of balance that would bring me to crack open another can just as I am taking the last sip (from a glass of course) from the previous one.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can marked February 19th 2012 poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Brilliant clear sunset gold with lots of honey and straw tones...pretty decent white head that leaves some lace.

S: Hops are still front and center after all this time...citrus, light pine, some tropical fruit notes, earthiness, some sweet aromas, possibly caramel, biscuit as it warms.

T & MF: Follows the nose, not overly bitter but finishes with a moderate dryness. All the hop characters from the nose are here as well; citrus notes (orange & tangerine), tropical fruit, some astringent notes, light pine, definite caramel, light to light-medium body, medium to low carbonation.

O A pretty harmonious IPA, everything (hops and malts) work well together, impressive with over a year of age on it. I guess the cans really do help to preserve the freshness.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Light and clear. 2 finger head. Loads of lacing.

S- Bitter hop aroma.

T- Bitterness prevails. A pungent mix of hops overtakes everything. Slightly floral. Good strong hop presence.

M- This is where this beer lacks. A little watered down and too carbonated. But it does go down ok. Drinkable for an IPA.

O- I definitely like this addition to the New Belgium line of beers. This will satisfy anyone who enjoys a hop forward brew. I am no stranger to Ranger and seek it out regularly. A good solid brewski.

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Photo of BTFU
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Easily one of the best forming & retaining heads I've seen with excellent lacing. It's a clear amber/gold/pale brown all at the same time.

S - It's a unique smell and at first it caught me a little off guard as I was pouring it because there's a pretty sharp astringent scent underneath the rich hops and citrus.

T - Full of citrusy hops, some pine notes, a little bit toasted/carmel , lots of spices (I can't pick out the specific ones), that sharp scent is present but mixed in better than the smell, and it finishes nice and dry.

M - My favorite feel to a beer. Smooth body and a smooth head with some good carbonation, but nothing too bubbly.

O - It's definitely a great beer but as far as IPA's go, it wasn't a stellar standout. Definitely something I'd have again gladly.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a warm, clear honey color with moderate carbonation. About 1.5" of slightly offwhite head forms that has great retention and lacing. Very attractive IPA.

Smell: Just a hint of caramel malt peeks out initially, but that is quickly overshadowed by great hop aromas. Citrus, orange rind and pine all come to mind.

Taste: Some nice caramel malt backbone hits up front, but again gives way to great citrus hop flavors. Orange rind and a hint of bitter grapefruit make up the bulk of mid-palate, and the finish is bitter pine hops. Not overly bitter, but just about right.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light-medium with about the right amount of carbonation. Very dry finish. Nice. Overall, this one kind of surprised me. I've drank a fair amount of IPAs but for some reason always found a reason to skip over this one. Not anymore. I will definitely be buying this again in the future. Very nice all around and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Squire123
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one bold brew proudly wearing hop colors on it's sleeve. Clean, clear, light gold shimmering color that just screams refreshment. Hops up front, hops in the middle, hops in the finish, there's some malt in the middle but just enough to speak before politely receding into the background.

If one is in the mood for hop forward refreshment this might just fill the bill.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 BuxMontBeerLover
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer last night and enjoyed most of them but left a survivor for posterity. Pours a cloudy golden color with minimal head but what looks like the makings of respectable lace. Nose is pine and citrus, but not pungent.

The flavor is strong but not overpowering. The expected hop dominance is near total and the taste is heavy on the lemon zest and deep woods pine and maybe a touch of pepper. The finish is clean but has staying power, with the top of the mouth echoing of hops for some time after. Texture is creamy and matches the flavor well.

I've liked but not loved New Belgium's offerings thusfar but I think this is their best. Last night I made some vindaloo curry and Ranger matched it spectacularly. A solid choice, even among american IPAs

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of citrus and grapefruit hops. Taste is a light grapefruit hop flavor with some citrus peel near the end. Nice amount of bitterness for a beer thats a bit on the light side. This is an easy drinking IPA for sure. Overall, worth buying again for certain.

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Photo of ckollias
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 4-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace, leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine as the backbone.

T: Great hoppy flavor – not overwhelming but dominate. Slight lemon and pine background mixed with the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent IPA. Just the right amount of hops and malt.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very bright orange color with a huge rocky foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Wow, this baby is all grapefruit. Huge pine hop aroma with loads of citrus (ruby red grapefruit). Nice and hoppy!

T- Pretty bitter upfront but fairly well balanced with a touch of caramel malt making up the backbone. A little zing of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- I'm hoping New Belgium comes to Ohio soon because I could see myself picking this up regularly.

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Photo of mpyle
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - rich golden color, brilliant clarity. Big foamy white head with great retention.

Aroma - nice citrus hop aroma, strong and pleasant

Taste - minimal malt flavor, strong hop flavor throughout. Citrusy. Turns bitter, but rather gently. Has a lingering bitter finish.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency. A gentle warming, in line with the style.

D'ability - very strong hop character, but not unpleasant. Slight warming might limit d'ability, but actually quite drinkable for an IPA.

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Photo of xpdrinker
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh, NC.

A- Pours oily golden, finger thick white head, lots of lace, crystal clear, glowing

S- Tropical citrus, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, slightly herbal

T- Orange rind, citrus, solid malt backbone but hops hold their own. Very well balanced.

M- Medium body but crisp, perfect medium carbonation, slightly oily, prickly/peppery finish. 

O- Everything I want in an IPA.  Well balanced, flavorful, very drinkable. Hopefully New Belgium's east coast expansion means we'll be seeing this in FL in the near future.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. best by date of 09 Jul 2010 can barely be made out in the lower right hand side of the label.

A- this one pours out a brilliantly clear light copper colored body with a small cream colored head on top. the head quickly becomes a film on the top of my glass and leaves behind solid lines of lacing.

S- some caramel and biscuit malt up front and then an intense blast of citric and piny hops. lots of grapefruit in this one.

T- the taste comes off as much more balanced than the smell. lots of the biscuit malts i could smell and a little bit of the caramel. the hops are there also but offer more than just resiny pine and grapefruit. earthy as well.

M- medium bodied and sharply carbonated. decently bitter and leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- i can see myself buying this again. the large amount of biscuity malt give this one a different and rather unique taste compared to the IPAs i usually come across. over all i was pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of coldriver
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to Sam Adams glass. Pours a nice 2 finger head with good lacing. Intense floral citrus aroma. Tastes more flowery than citrus or pine but very interesting hop balance. Rather wet finish but oily resinous aftertaste. Has this gotten better over the years? A very solid and sessionable basic IPA.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear under admittedly bad lighting. Not my first time drinking the Ranger so why haven’t I reviewed it under better lights? This has a wonderful hop profile that’s floral and piney with neither one dominating. I pick up citrus and pine in tandem, delicate and sweet on the palate. Light, refreshing, and so delicious.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

I used to drink Ranger all the time when I lived in Texas.... but that was before I was into craft beer. Therefore: Clean palate!

Poured into a DFH pint.

A: Very clear, golden in color, with a huge finger of two head that clung to the glass as it died down.

S: Very aromatic! Citrusy, hoppy, floral, and with an extremely fresh disposition indeed.

T: Chinook, Simcoe, and Cascade huh? I coulda swore this was Citra.... that was what I got anyway. After several sips, I definitely got the cascade in the way that this was very grapefruity. Delicious!

M: Nice carbonation, bitterness, and lacing. The lacing was car was stuff by the way....

O: I remember this beer being good, but not this good. Perhaps it's because I've been away from it for a bit....

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Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a vivid apricot orange with excellent clarity into a tulip with a finger of brilliant white head. Fresh, clean hop aroma dominated by cascade citrus, pine, and mild floral notes.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly resinous mouthfeel. Taste dominated by pine, tangerine, and toast up front with a touch of lemon and pine bitterness on the finish.

Very refreshing and easy-drinking, although the taste is a little mild compared to the aroma.

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