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 yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic.

This was a very enjoyable and solid, yet unremarkable IPA. Fairly pedestrian, slightly biscuity malt body with plenty of C-hops in the nose and flavor. Flavor has a balanced piney mild hop bite. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a fluffy off white bubbly head with nice streaks of lacing.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear dark gold with a sticky white head. Fades to a film of lace and leaves rings on the sides of the glass.

S: Pine resin, herbal hops, and a faint, underlying toasty malt base.

T/M: Somewhat slick mouthfeel. Aggressive citric bitterness in the finish. Sweetness with slight herbal notes up front. Malt backbone is more present in mouthfeel than in taste but does balance the bitterness in the finish.

D: Quaffable.

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

Poured 12oz bottle into a favorite ale glass

A: Clear golden color with very nice one inch head. Slightly creamy head, but light consistency. Tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Wispy lacing down the glass. Excellent appearance.

S: Smells like fresh grapefruit, melon. Really good, fresh nose.

T: Nice hop bitterness followed by light malty, dry aftertaste. Clean and balanced flavor. Very nice!

M: A light body. Easy to drink this one down quickly.

D: I really love the nice hop bite followed with a dry aftertaste. This is a really good American IPA. Would be easy to drink several of these.

Summary: I really like this beer. I would buy again. Love the balance of this beer. Quality from New Belgium.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into .4l New Belgium tulip.

Appearance: Light copper color with a medium white head that stays for a while and leaves heavy lace.

Smell: Tasty, buttery malt aromas with earthy hops.

Taste: Sweet, buttery malt flavors up front, with a toasty, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, sticky body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A bit lighter of an IPA than many, but still very good overall and one I would have again.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden amber color and a hard pour created about a finger width head of moderate density and lacing.
S-Citrusy aroma mainly of grapefruit and lemon with milder tones of sweet caramel. The hop smell is crisp but not overstated.
T-Malty hoppy flavors now overwhelm any effort by the sweeter notes to come through with bitterness at the finish and smokey afternotes.
M-Creamy medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice beer overall and would be a good session offering. Worth trying again (and again depending on the occasion).

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Photo of Dlish
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- deep Halloween orange, little head, or it disappears quickly.

S- Smells of of citrus hops, cannabis, hints of a malt backbone.

T- Woo, sweet malts, biscuits, and a hint of caramel, then Bahm! Hops, cannabis, hops followed by grapefruit, which fades into the end. Its really enjoyable, its not a traditional American IPA.

M- good carbonation, clean and refreshing.

D- I could knock back a few of these and be very happy. The caramel malt basted flavors of New Belgium show up great in their version of an IPA. Its perfect for a nice hot evening, although don't saver to much before it starts to warm up and messes up the balance.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Standard Shaker Pint.

A: Pale golden with a thin head. Leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Subdued spicy hops, pretty one dimensional, but still smells nice.

T: Not a whole lot going on here. The taste is rather bland for an IPA, rather than a biting bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Almost like an IPA 'light.' This isn't an awful beer, but it isn't going to blow your mind, either. A pretty basic, run-of-the-mill IPA.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit yellow with ample carbonation that settles rather quickly coating the sides of glass with lace. Clear. Netural aroma (wait: I'm catchign a bit of cedar). Methinks my bottle my not be so fresh. Peppery hops, little bits of malt, rather watery when cold, not so much as it warms up. Fairly solid bitter finish, but not quite what I was expecting. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass with each sip. Although not as impressed as the first time I had this beer, I will say that this is probably an excellent summertime IPA, as it seems very light in body and quite dry in the finish (drier than the saison I just sampled.) Fairly cheap at $3 for a 22-oz bottle.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Head has ok retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

T- Quite a bit lighter than I'd expected but what does come through is pineapple and floral hops.

T- Taste is very good citrusy, pineapple, bit of lemons and touch of pine. Also a nice malt back bone here too.

M- Medium in body and carbonation feels right on.

D- Very easy and enjoyable to drink. Very solid.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 10 May 2010.

Served in a Twisted Pine shaker pint. Large fizzy cream colored head. Well carbonated. Clear bright golden color. Aroma of resin and sweet hay. Sweetly grainy balanced with a resiny and citric bitter bite. Finish and aftertaste have a lingering graininess and a floral bitterness. Medium light body. Moderate alcohol.

Aftertaste is pleasant, lingering.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a lightly misty orange amber with a full head and good lace. Smell has a big wiff of floral hop, citrus with a grainy breadiness. Taste has a moderate hop bite with a slightly underbalanced malt with a watered down grapefruitiness. mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Maybe wouldn't be hoppy enough for the hop heads and not balance enough for me, but it does make for an easy drinking IPA

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Photo of ruckus232
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear golden, slightly amber color with a good amount of white head leaving really good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very strong citrus/fruity smell with a little bit of grassy hop scent. The citrus smell is really nice and even though it is strong it is not unpleasant.

Taste: The fruity taste is there at first which leads nicely into a nice bitterness and then finishes off with a slight sweetness that doesn't completely counter the bitterness but compliments it really well.

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Photo of showell
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured a nice clear yellow with a hint of orange. A 3 finder head. I wasn't very careful with the pour though. You immediately smell the hops. Very piney with a touch of citrus. The flavor is just what you expect from the smell. Pine, pine, and more pine. Not that it's bad. It's exactly what I thought it would be, and it tastes good, but it's rather all one note. Still, it's good, and I'll enjoy the rest of the sixpack, then move on to something new.

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Photo of industrialswill
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color, off white head.
Smell is of some spice and freshly cut wood.
I taste too much "firewood" in this one. There is faint citrus, but I'm just tasting too much pine here. I give an average rating for taste because in spite of my criticisms, it still tastes better than your average swill.
The mouthfeel and drinkability follow suit. Now that I've tried it, I can say, BTDT. At $4 for a bomber, I won't be trying this one anytime soon. I still would grab this one in favor of many choices out there, but as an IPA it is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of aristeros
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name 'Ranger' means something different to anyone who has ever been an infantryman. It means 'this thing will kick your ass.' We will see if New Belgium's offering will live up to the linguistic baggage of the name. I've poured into my Bodum pint glass. The bottle has a 'best by 22 August 2010' notation on the label.

A careful pour yields less than a finger of white head. Little retention but some lacing. The beer is a medium amber and carbonation is visible. The clarity of the beer is excellent. The nose is simple, even subtle. Floral hops over light citrus, with some malt. Smells fairly sweet.

The taste is moderately bitter up front, with heavy grapefruit citrus and some pineapple. Bitter and citrus are in about equal quantities. The finish is slightly sweet, with yellow and red fruit. The beer is very well-balanced. Not the hop bomb I was hoping for, though! More bitter than an English IPA, but less than a HopDevil or Green Flash.

Lower ABV for an American Pale Ale, and fairly sessionable. Too bad it's the last one! I would buy this beer again if I wanted an IPA with a moderate ABV that wasn't a kick to the groin with its bitterness.

It can't truly be called Ranger because it didn't kick me or yell at me.

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Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-29-10
Best before 8-22-10

Pours a light amber color with a pleasant white head. Lacing is a big, consistent layer on the edge.

Smell is awesome floral hops, notes of pineapple and pine. Strong bitterness and earthiness at the end.

Taste is sharp bitterness with a good kick of sweet malt to keep it interesting. The finish is sweet and buttery, with the hop flavors lingering forever.

Mouthfeel is good, the thickness suits the hop character nicely.

Drinkability is very good, a great hoppy beer to have several of.

Overall, a very good example of the style.

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

New Belgium Ranger IPA

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass

A: Clear, golden amber, thick foamy head (two fingers), nice lacing
S: Strong citrus notes, spicy
T: Quick upfront hops, strong but balanced bitterness
M: Medium body, strong carbonation
D: A very drinkable bitter IPA,possibly a new favorite IPA

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Photo of danielharper
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange, transparent, slight effervescence, with a thick foamy white head that sticks around significantly. Smells strongly of high alpha-acid hops, very piney and with some earthiness down deep. Intriguing aroma.

Taste is very hoppy, almost soapy, with a sharp dryness on the backend. Very slight grapefruit character down deep. As the beer warms, the dryness becomes smoother and the hop bite becomes less pronounced, giving a soft soapy quality on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, thin, with moderate carbonation and heavy hops.

So how do I feel about this beer? It gives a very nice presentation and smells quite good, but it does feel a little one-note. Hopheads will enjoy this a lot, but to me it's a little too much like drinking liquid hop juice. Good, probably exactly the beer they intended to make, but far from great.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright, deep golden color, topped by a small, bright white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops with a hint of pineapple, balanced nicely by some slightly sweet, light malt with a hint of caramel.
Palate is balanced up front, with the light sweetness of the malt holding its own against the assertive grassy hops. The hops win over towards the finish, with notes of pineapple and skunk, along with a touch of astringency.
Body is light and not at all sticky, which is a bit of a surprise for a hoppy IPA - I guess the resin got boiled out of the hops, or they used some extract. Regardless, it makes for a nice, easy-drinking IPA that's a bit short of a hop bomb, but can still hit the spot.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Spaten mug. Poured a nice golden yellow with a one-finger white head that contained a nice rainbow effect on it, but subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. There was nice lacing apparent throughout. The aroma was comprised of only hops. The flavor was only comprised of hops with a very slight spicy note to it. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent IPA that was very light on the hoppy flavor. It could have been a great brew if it either had something to balance the hoppy flavor present or had more hops present. However this one is worth a shot for any hop-head out there who has not tried it.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Nice clear amber pour with nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Nice big nose with lots of grapefruit, pine and a hint of tea. Big bitter hop punch right off the bat. Citrusy grapefruit, and a bit of apricot, pine and grass. Great balance as the malty sweetness kicks in to subdue the hop punch. Nice crisp, dry finish makes this a hugely drinkable IPA. Not a huge fan of New Belgium, but hoping they keep this as a regular offering for us hop heads.

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Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little gem was a clear medium amber in color with a single finger white head, nice thin lacing. Noted decent hoppy traits with a touch of piney/citrus on the nose. Light for an IPA but crisp. Was desent in carbonation, not too overbearing. A very delectable brew worthy of additional tastings.

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

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my New Belgium Goblet:

a: extra generous pillow-top head id BEAUTIFUL and settles with Nice lacing.
this Brew is super clear and honey colored.

s: very, very hoppy but not quite the same type/flavor of hops that I have become used to - but I do like this too.

t: hits hard up front with bitter hopiness but no real follow- thru here. just a quick jab and that's it.

m: the extra heavy dose of hops almost bleeds into mouthfeel. otherwise, this seems a bit light bodied, also on a very positive note the impressive 6.5 ABV is barely noticeable until the long awaited and much welcomed buzz kicks in.

d: very drinkable. but not a chugging type of beer, (too much hoppy bite for that) but leaves you wanting more

Loving the New Belgium mentality. This brew is a respectable stab at the AIPA but not in the same league as some of the other new belgium offerings.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from mntlover. Many thanks! Ranger pours a clear amber body with a tall offwhite head. Good retention and lavish patchy lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with notes of pink grapefruit, orange, and some hints of pine. Toasty malt notes underneath.

Medium body has an aggressive but creamy carbonation.

Taste has citrusy pink grapefruit with a hint of apricot before the pine and grassy bitterness kicks in. A hint of honey buttered biscuit adds a nice balance. Finishes crisp and dry.

Hop bitterness is not one dimensional here, making for an extremely drinkable IPA. Very well done.

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Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle

Appearance: Light orange hue and translucent. Little to no head.

Smell: Smells delicious for an IPA. Doesn't smell "dry" like some others. One of the strengths of this beer.

Taste: Very solid taste for an IPA. Pretty standard really. Has a very flavorful hoppy appeal to it. May induce cotton mouth.

Mouthfeel: Is somewhat "watery" and features a lot of carbonation and comes off crisp. Just isn't as dense as other IPAs.

Drinkability: Perhaps the most drinkable IPA I've come across in some time. Is somewhat watery and boasts good flavor and smells delicious. Is very drinkable.

While this isn't the highest quality IPA, it certainly is one of the most drinkable. I love IPAs and have had over forty different kinds but I find this as a good "intro" IPA for those willing to branch out. I've gotten several friends to make the transition to IPAs with this beer. I'd highly recommend this to novices as well as those who would like an IPA to drink for awhile.

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