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 CHSLBrew
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed Summit Brewing glass.

A-Crystal-clear amber beer, looks beautiful, really. Bright, off-white head was a luxurious 2-fingers out of the bottle and sustained a bit, remaining as sparse bubbles. Nice lacing.

S-Herbal-piney-citrus hops, representing in equal and strong parts. Slightly fruity.

T-Hop flavor is slightly dialed back from the aroma, consisting of herbal-piney tones, alongside a firm hop bitterness. Malt is dryish, nutty and toasty, something that reminded me of Thanksgiving. As the hop flavor fades, the nuttiness lingers into the finish with the leftover hop bitterness.

M-Moderate body feels relatively light on my tongue and moves around freely. Carbonation level seems in line with the appropriate range.

D-This beer is borderline delicious. I've enjoyed this one ina couple different venues and have continued to enjoy it each time. Although I'm confused/saddenned to see New Belgium kind of depart from their Belgian roots in this one, I've certainly gotten over that qualm quickly with how tasty this brew is.

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Photo of beersheppard
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper color, nice lacing from a decent sized head with tiny bubbles.

Smell: a hop punch in the nose.

Taste: Pine, orange, and a lot of GRAPEFRUIT. Not much malt presence. High on the IBUs.

Mouthfeel: nice tingle with the hops, full on the palate.

Drinkability: A nice example of an American IPA. Super-heavy on the hops, a good beer for hop heads. I would get again, and I will definitely have the opportunity. According to my beer rep, NB is pushing this hard, giving it preference over Fat Tire. It should be here for a while.

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

A nice orange amber color, white head is thin but strong.

A great pulpy citrus aroma. Some spice and some malty sweetness in the background. Taste is big on citrus, with a nice sweet malt balance. Turns bitter in the middle and the finish rides this wonderful bitterness to the end, with a touch of alcohol riding shotgun.

Nice big body on this American IPA, a big substantial feel but not a filling beer. Well done by New Belgium.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber, and absolutely crystal clear, with a good amount of foamy, bubbly, white head on top.

S: Grassy and citrus right up front. Mild maltiness, and a little bit of biscuit in the finish.

T: Very hop forward. Grassy and bitter. Good, but a bit one note for me. Not as balanced as I would like, but as I continue to sip the hops diminish a little and let the malt shine through a bit more.

M: Clean and crisp though the in the ending it leaves a bit of a coating.

D: Tasty, but not something I am going to buy a lot of. Good, not amazing.

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Photo of hops1337
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The store by my house sells bombers of this for $2.99, so i decided to pick one up.

Poured into a SA perfect pint. Nice dark burnt orange color with a nice rocky head and sticky lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with a slight pine note in there somewhere. i wish the smell were a little stronger but its nice.

Taste is mostly pine hops with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Low alcohol makes for high drinkability. I could slam a few of these.

Overall a really good beer for the dollar. I probably wouldn't pay much more for it but at that price i will be buying more. Good to have on hand to give to friends so they wont get into the expensive stuff.

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Photo of lester619
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a typical good looking brown/amber IPA color. Thick off-white head and lacing. Smell is very fruity and herbal. Wet grass. Sweet and musty. This is an IPA with a very strong fruity citrusy character. If that is your thing you will love this. Personally the tangerine/orange/grapefruit sweet and sourness gets to be a little much and makes it hard for me to enjoy more than one or two. I prefer a more straight forward clean bitter flavor with more of a malt backbone in an IPA. That being said, it is plenty bitter in the finish. I get that nice little back of the throat burn that I was looking for. Very well made example of my favorite style, just not the best one in my opinion.

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Photo of kyleg
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great beer! this beer holds a beautiful tight head that sits perfectly on top of a clean copper body. The beer throws spring and fresh pine growth in my face. Very refreshing and crisp! The way this beer lingers and whispers "drink more" on my palate tells me this is a great session beer you should enjoy with people you care about.

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Photo of cudmud
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear bronze color with a steady stream of bubbles. One-half finger of head and nice lacing.

Smell: Wonderful hoppy aroma. I also smell fresh apples.

Taste: Spicy, peppery hop flavor and nice, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Good. You can drink this all night.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a big 2" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, orange, and caramel are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, some pine, ripe pears, and a decent bitterness creates a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. Worthy of a look as this hits the spot for the stlye.

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

A - Pours clear gold color with adequate head made up primarily of larger sized bubbles. Head dissipates first to a to creamy top with lots of lacing on the glass, then to a thin ring.

S - A great combination of smooth malts and hop aroma. Hard to determine which dominates, but hops win in the end. Citrus, floral, piney, spicy? Yes, all of the above. Great bouquet of smell with a vegetal dry-hopped component in the mix. Malt is rich and clean.

T - Good flavor that matches the aroma. Key is balance of malts, hops, and bitterness. Very well thought out combination. Nothing stands out as over-the top. Bitterness is in line with a typical IPA.

M - Thin to moderate for an IPA. More like that of an APA. Smooth feel. Slight warming on swallow. Good bitterness that lasts and hop flavors persist on the breath. Cool alcohol in the end.

D - Very drinkable. Could drink more than the average IPA, but would have to keep tabs on the ABV.

Overall - This will be one of my "staples" to have on keg or in the refrigerator at all times. I like the balance of malts and hops with a mouthfeel that is thinner than many IPAs.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is very crisp and clear. fluffy head and great ;acing and retention

light pine, sweet malts, fairly mellow over all.

mostly pine in the hops dept. lots of bitterness through out, nothing really dominant. as it warmed, light orange citrus notes came through. sweet light caramel malt backbone.

light micro carbonation. light but fluffy body.

decent IPA, would like to see more hop complexity. pretty easy to drink but started going downhill as it warmed to room temp.

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Photo of etenbus
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranger finally adds to the New Belgium line-up a hophead's delight.

It pours golden copper like a good IPA should with a decent head of white foam. Good carbonation reveals the bubbles rising to the surface.

The aroma is outstanding. It is heavily floral hops and citrus. It smells so fresh that it might be illegal in some states!

The flavor matches the heavenly aroma. It is citrusy, fruity, without the pine astringency. Lots of hops in the sip and the aftertaste. And the 6.5% ABV does not announce itself. This is a sessinable beer no doubt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. It tastes like a northwest woods IPA. Now that Goose Island IPA is hard to find in western Missouri, this, along with Boulevard Single Wide, is one of my favorite hoppy IPA/APA beers.


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Photo of Brewsmith
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber purchased locally. Aroma is hoppy, slightly flowery. A clear gold color with a nice tight white creamy head. Clean malt with a bit of biscuit/toast character and a firm bitterness in the background, not overpowering. Hop flavor is more on the earthy side, and again not over the top. Crisp and dry, and very easy drinking. Not an over-the-top beer, but well made and sessionable.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is good IMO but I am surprised it is not considered an APA because this reminds me of dale pale ale but I can see it as Ipa as well.
it looks good has a nice head. lacing lingers in the glass
Smells hop bitterness, citrus and bread.
taste like the smell good lingering of the hops on the tongue
decent carbonation not watery, bitter but it leaves you wanting more so good drinkability.
good price for sixer... cheers.

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Photo of snpub540
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber color, with a small off white head. It did leave a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was bready malts and citrus and floral hops.

Taste was a nice balance of malty sweetness with some bitter grassy and floral hops making up the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the drinkability was great. It is crisp, without an overwhelming bitterness. It's quite mild and balanced but has some good flavor and I was able to throw down a couple pints.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus, light breadiness.

Taste: Clean and crisp, balanced IPA with some breadiness and citrus hop flavors.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, could have a few.

Got around to trying New Belgium's IPA, it is well crafted and a solid beer. More on the balanced side than super bitter, quite tasty.

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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 haddon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear, golden color with full, frothy white head. color a little light with not much visible carbonation.

S- nice traditional ipa aroma: citrus hops dominate... orange, pineapple & grapefruit. pine tar & sweet malts light evident on the nose as well.

T- perhaps a bit of caramel flavored malts early but gives away quickly to the citrus hops. pine with lots of bitter bite... much like the bite of a grapefruit

M- light to medium body that is clean and crisp. right amount of carbonation

D- very drinkable. not sure why I was expecting more of an entry level IPA from New Belgium but this was a little more than that. enjoyed it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this one.

Best By: 9 Jul 10

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, citrus, caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, bitter, some malts, and a nice dose of citrus, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA, glad I had a chance to try it.

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

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a light straw color with a large fluffy bright white head that left lots of sticky lacing.
S: Floral hops with some grassy notes and a hint of sweet malt.
T: Follows the nose, but finishes with a tangy tangerine citrus.
M: Not very bitter. Mouth is a tad thin. Could use more a flavor punch.
D: Good hoppy flavor, but it could be hoppier. It's a bit sweeter than other IPAs. This beer has good flavor but it's not very strong. Not my favorite, but something that is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of manahansf
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and pale blonde color with visibly high carbonation supporting the thin and lacy white colored head. The carbonation emits a light and vague sweet hoppy aroma. The flavor is tart and sharp citrus bitterness which is a little out of balance but flows quickly with the light body. The finish is quick and tart but fades into a clean end. Good summer session drinkablity.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok I really thought this was going to be better than this but here it goes.

Pours a caramel clear redish golden color. Very thin head. No lacing.

Aroma is of some cascades and some noble hop. Not a very good combo IMO. It's ok.

Taste is not that great. I've had worse but not great. It has a weird grassy/plant bitterness. Not the citrusy piney bitterness of my favorite IPA's. I'm assuming they used some sort of noble hops in this beer. Not that good of a choice. Slight caramel malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is higher carb for style.

Overall I probably won't buy this one again. I have access to way better IPA's so there will be no need to buy this one again.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/dark beige in the bottle, medium-head... sort of thin and fluffy at the same time. Lacing down the bottle looks very nice. The smell is very good; you can almost smell the malts coming off of the top.

Taste is pretty bland at first but the more drinks you take, the more you feel the deepness of the brew. It has a few different aspects to it - definitely hoppy. Definitely malty. Hits you really quick and leaves just as fast, although the subtle aftertaste remains for a few minutes.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both decent. Not too creamy, and very much like a standard IPA. Can drink multiple without feeling too bloated.

Overall a good release by New Belgium. Not their best, possibly expected more, but still a solid B+ or so.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sea-Tac. Cold and chill hazed at first, but the 22oz sample warmed as it disappeared. Clear, light golden, modest activity. White head fades fast to film and ring. More than average lacing early, but it eventually all washes away.

Cascade and centennial, I'm guessing? Not overpowering and backed and balanced well by a commensurate malty body.

Sweet malty body and passive-aggressive PNW hopping balance pretty well. Bitterness is restrained but not absent. More sweet than hoppy flavored or bitter. Mellow, non-aggressive representation of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

Bit of a tingly bite, too much actually. Medium body and light viscosity, clean finish.

Good, balanced, restrained version of west coast IPA. Not exceptional or remarkable, but certainly good and easy drinking.

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

I'm always excited for New Belgium's seasonals. They kick their regular offerings in the pants!

A: 3 fingers ivory head, frothy and inviting. Pretty clear light amber or dark golden. Amazing retention and gorgeous lacing.
S: Citrust (orange) and other blooming fruitiness. Floral, and then balanced out by a toasted malt.
T/M: Very fruity and citrusy. Really bitter hoppy flavors. Lots of zest, so definitely an emphasis on the fruity esters and bitterness. I know the malt is there, but the hops really dominate the very faint caramel. Flavors just pop from the heavier carbonation. Smooth on the palate, and so enjoyable.
D: I'd love for this to be a regular offering.

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