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Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

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1,310 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 liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Avenue, 12oz bottle into a chalice. Best before March 18, 2012.

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a finger or so of white head. Pretty thick lacing, and moderate retention. Nose is nicely hopped, some orange and grapefruit, with a bit of dankness and grass. A light spicy hop note as well, accenting a lightly sweet malt character. Taste has more of the same idea, quite bitter with grassy and herbal notes, a hint of the spicy hop note and more orange and citrus. Very light malt character again, some light grain and cracker in that respect. Long bitter finish, a bit of a palate zapper. Medium carbonation, fairly light medium body. A good hop assault.

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

Clear golden, decent head with some lacing.

Fresh smelling, citrus hops and a lot of floral note.

Fresh but subtle piney hops, a biscuity yeast note, and a green note that reminds me of fresh pumpkin. Piney and floral.

Crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

This was well balanced and disappeared before I knew it. Somewhat reminscent of New Glarus Moon Man.

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

Poured from a bottle with a golden yellow color and a nice foamy white head. Has a nice citrus aroma. Flavor includes plenty of hops in the body and some dry citrus in the finish. There’s a touch of carbonation that helps give this a nice medium body feel. This is a pretty impressive IPA.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 11/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

A - Amber golden with paper white head that dissipates to some heavy, thorough lacing.

S - pine, hops, resin, very slight citrus ...nice lush hops smell

T - hops brightness and bitterness...taste follows nose...very hoppy but not to the point of novelty

M - good tight bubble contrasts thick slight syrup feel

D - decent IPA...perhaps New B's most hop-pronounced beer? someone can correct me if I am wrong.

I enjoyed this beer with a platter of wings, half lemon pepper, half jerk seasoning. The brightness of the hops played off of the lemon, celery and jerk spice, while the slight bitterness cut the heat of the wings...the smoothness of the beer complimented the cool ranch dressing just right. A decent brew for those wanting a more substantial IPA experience.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a moderately large foam head that soon recedes into a semi thick lace. It thins out as the drink progresses, nevertheless, it retains well.
The smell is dominated by hops aromas; grapefruit, pine, herbal and slightly dank along with tropical fruit aromas. There is however, a hint of caramel and toasted malt.
The taste is initially drier on the palate and less juicy than the aroma suggests. At first it feels like a clean, light bodied and hops forward brew. The hops are piny, moderately bitter and leave an aftertaste that lingers and leaves a bitter herbal feel. However, as the drink progresses, some of the fruity flavors, especially grapefruit come out, as well as the sweetness from the caramel malt. The body is medium but, as mentioned before, can feel light due to its drinkability. The carbonation is soft but effective.
I really liked this one. At 6.5% ABV, it is quaffable and very refreshing. It packs a nice hops punch without being overwhelming.

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

Having really enjoyed this on tap earlier this year I was excited to find this for only $2.99 a bomber (!) at Whole Foods in Los Gatos, CA. It shows a clear light amber color with a big frothy off-white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma brings solid grapefruit and toasted wheat almond malt. The flavor has plenty of crisp hop bite that's citrus and herbal in nature with a bright wheat sense to it. Some caramel vanilla and grass edges. Sort of unbalanced with malt charging through at times but overall it's a nice IPA that's very drinkable. It's about mid-bodied with a fairly effervescent feel.

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Photo of macrent2
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a very beautiful dark yellow/orange colour with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 2 to 3 finger head that disapated modestly. A rather nice amount of lacing to report.

Light citrus and a definate Chinooke aroma.

Very carbonated dry and smooth.

Wonderful balance of citrus, pine, and dark caramel hops flavour. Not too bitter or any distinct aftertaste to be had. A bit strong at times whilst drinking.

Very good, will definatly have this again!

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

Sampled this beer in the past, just never took the time for a review.

22 ounce bomber, poured into an Imperial pint. Best by 11 Sep 11 on the label... maybe that was the reason for the gusher on opening?

A -- Slightly hazy, orange color with a dense, white head.

S -- Piny & citrus nose. Touch of lemon zest too.

T -- Great balance of citrus character and biscuit malt up front -- then the piny, resiny bitterness follows through at the back and aftertaste. The biscuit malt comes through in the end in a lightly sweet way.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to medium light body.

O -- Overall, this is a good, every day drinker for anyone craving some hop character without wanting to get hit over the head. It's hoppier than most Pale Ales, but definitely not one to scare away the meek. In a league with Red Hook and Goose Island, this IPA flies under the radar, but brings the right character to the table.

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

It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium. Oh. I did have that Abbey on-tap not too long ago. Okay. It's been quite a long time since I've had anything from New Belgium, on bottles.

Slightly floral and silky ipa. Leans forward with some perfume tones and fairly clear floral character. Salty pine body seems to dominate the scene. It's got a good consistent profile and an even flavor. I can dig it. As I tend to say with so many other beers: this might be interesting on cask.

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

On tap at the boiler

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left lots of blotchy lacing.

S: nice piney hop aromas with citrus and pineapple accents and a malt character as well.

T: sweet piney hop flavor upfront with some cirtus grapefruit that helps enhance the bitterness and a pretty good malt backbone that helps out the overall balance.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and mild hop bitter finish.

D: decent IPA from new belgium that had a mild hop bite but drank well all the way through.

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

Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10 for a super fresh version of this beer!

I like this IPA a lot.

Clear light golden yellow body with lots of residual lacing and 1 finger head.

Very fruity, citrusy, and malty on the nose... in that order. The hops are vibrant and the malts taste of caramel.

Pine, grapefruit, and caramel on the palate. There's a touch of sweetness, but overall it's pretty dry. The caramel and fruitiness trick you into thinking there's more sweetness than there is here. But first-and-foremost, this is a very bitter beer with a graceful smooth malt character. Double Jack tastes more sweet than this, yet they are similar flavor profiles. I would like more of the same level of fruity/citrusy hops on the taste as the nose along with a better finish. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

Crisp, light, refreshing, moderately low carbonation, very easy to drink. The finishing feel though is not that great. A chalky dryness comes through.

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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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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,903 ratings.
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