Ranger | New Belgium Brewing

very good
5,931 Ratings

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 moofthedog
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly darker IPA. Clear. Decent head.
Aroma: Dank hops. Herbal.
Taste: Fruit. I'm getting slight mango/tropical fruit with piney notes. Great balance between all of the different flavors. Malt comes later. At 70 IBU's, it doesn't really stick to your tongue like some other IPA's of the same IBU.
Mouth: Smooth. Not over carbonated. Flavors resonate as they move through the mouth.
Overall: Great IPA. Showcases ideal balance between too much and not enough bitterness. Maltiness shows just enough as an afterthought, but not enough to cloud the hop flavors. A solid IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of nbbyrd
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a TEKU glass. Enjoy by 15 May 16 printed on the label.
Look: Pours a crisp clear orangey amber with a fluffy finger of bright white head, with tiny sticky bubbles that fades to soapy bubbles.
Smell: Piney and resinous with citrus in the background, a little caramely malt sweetness lingering with the sticky hops.
Taste: Pine hits first and coats your mouth resinously, subtle citrus bitterness and grapefruit pith lingers with the caramel maltiness that fades off the back of your tongue.
Feel: Medium body and carbonation with only a tiny hint of 6.5% alcohol, the piney bitterness lingers nicely and is a great representation of the style and name of this beer – “Ranger” – reminding me of the pine forests of a park ranger.
Overall: A solid and classic IPA, usually easy to grab a sixer off the grocery store shelf for a night that calls for a higher ABV.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My general feelings are not too different than my review of Rampant, New Belgium's imperial IPA... they should stick to their knitting if they only want to produce great beers. New Belgium has done a great job of introducing Americans to the malty, modestly spiced Belgium styles. As the 4th largest craft brewer, I suppose they think they have to compete in the IPA market... but they seem to make average entries.
Again, best to stick to your knitting.
The bitter aftertaste of this ale makes me hesitate to try your new Belgian offerings.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber gold with a medium head and minimal lacing. Nose is citrus and pine, fairly classic c-hop notes, but is not particularly fresh or punchy. Flavor is a bit bolder with more resiny qualities and firm bitterness on malt backbone. Overall, a good IPA, but not a stand out.

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Photo of A20sp
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz bottle. 40-45F

L:- A nice amber in color with a translucent substance. Decent 1+ finger head which fades over time. Leaves a nice lacing within the glass.
S:- Citrus and hops are very prominent.
T:- Citrus (grapefruit with a hint of orange zest) and hops with a subtle, yet apparent, touch of pine. Much like the aroma, but enjoyed on the tongue.
F:- Bold hops and citrus, yet with a crisp and dry enjoyability. Really easy to down, if that is your goal.
Has a lingering bitterness which is dry and tasty.

:- Pretty damn tasty for a decent price ($8; I live in Indy and get excellent deals at 21st Amendment). A unique attempt at IPA from New Belgium Brewing. Not your normal IPA due to the lack of overly sharp hops and bitterness, which I like (Not a big fan of overly hoppy beers) Would recommend for anyone new to IPA’s; looking to experience a “real beer” with pronounced hops (But not so much for the inexperienced palate). Would drink again.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper with a huge fluffy head, tons of persistent foam and lacing on this one. Smell is grassy, floral, and with hints of scallions and orange peel. Taste is also slightly oniony and with an orange peel oiliness, but also has prominent piney hops, some honey, and grapefruit. Feel is about medium with average carbonation, dry on the finish, and with a lingering bitterness. Overall a solid and easily available IPA option.

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Photo of Grizwaldio
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy yellow golden, with a nice head. Nice hop aroma, super clean and fresh hop taste and feel. Very smooth, yet bold and flavorful.

A Very nice IPA

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Ranger is the type specimen, the pinnacle, the state of the art of the traditional standard session IPA. It is smooth, refreshing, well-balanced, mellow, fairly neutral, pretty-well carbonated, and low enough ABV to down it like water. I find that the perfect pairing is a few ice-cold Rangers with half a dozen buttery scrambled eggs on a weekend morning. Ranger is a staple, always in the fridge, and great with breakfast. lunch, or dinner.

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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz can into snifter. A clear light golden hue with a 2 finger white head. The retention is nice and it leaves a collar and lacing all over. Aromas are sweet, citrus, some pine, floral hops. Sweet buiscuit and honey make up the malt. It really is a hop forward aroma.Ripe juicy citrus hops with pine and leafy notes. The bitterness is contained by the sweet biscuit malts and honey. This blend really works well for my taste buds. Lighter body, perfect carbonation, and a bitter sweet after taste. Pretty solid IPA and priced for sale at $0.42 a can!

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz into glass mug. Average looking amber colour with an off white head and some nice lacing. The hop smell hits you up front but the taste has a well balanced citrus/grapefruit feel to the hops and a slight malt backtaste. Goes down very smooth. Not overly hoppy, this would be a great one to introduce to someone who doesn't want a hoppy beer. Taste like a session but with the abv of a typical IPA. Zum wohl!

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Photo of StupidlyBrave
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

Looks great, clear, not much head but laces the glass
Smell is really muted
Taste is pretty bitter, but within what you'd expect from many IPAs

Overall, not my favorite

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light honey color with 1 finger of a white creamy head. Great lacing.

Aroma is of pine, grapefruit pith, and maybe a touch of corn.

Taste is totally dominated pine. Nice bit of citrus, some grapefruit pith, and a nice underlying malt.

Overall, this is a solid offering. While rather standard and not very complex, it’s still a very good beer that boasts classic flavors. I see this pairing well with a Mexican casserole. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Golden copper color a decent off white head that quickly dissipates not much lacing.

Smell - slightly floral you can smell the hops and grapefruit slightly.

Taste - I get some citrus and orange peel as well as some bitter hops.

Feel - lighter bodied a little bite from the hops and bitter citrus.

Overall a decent IPA not sure I would have it again.

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Photo of hdf561
1.92/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into English pub glass....more Amber than gold but very clear lacing through out glass minimal head on pour that lasted no time....I will freely admit I do not like IPA's but my buddy recommended it so I am trying it...initial smell is awful the hops completely overwhelm anything in the first few sniffs, after my nose adjusts I can smell some caramel possibly some spices but still a ton of hops...taste is surprisingly decent smoother than expected but still has the harshness and dry mouth feel and finish I get when I drink this style....prob wouldn't buy or try again...if you like IPA's you'll probably dig it.

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Photo of matcris
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Amber-orange, lots of tiny carbonation streaming up the pint glass. A finger+ of foamy off white head that lasts. Good bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Floral, citrus and a little pine.
TASTE: Nice bit of bready malt. Citrus/grapefruit. Mildly bitter all the way through the sip.
MOUTHFEEL: On the lighter side as far as body goes, a little watery but in a refreshing way. Decent carbonation.
OVERALL: An above average, decent IPA, with mostly citrus taste going for it.

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Photo of scooob
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How many people write a review of a new beer after only having had one? I tried Ranger tonight for the first time, and was underwhelmed by the first one. I thought it was bitter-for-its-own-sake without a creamy enough finish to redeem it. Then I opened another, and started to really enjoy the light mouthfeel combined with the solid hops flavors. By the end of the second I was sold. Of course, the relatively high APV may have influenced my judgment. Now I'm on my third, and inspired enough to write my first ever beeradvocate review, after lurking the site lo these many years. Has anyone considered that their reviews are influenced by the buzz? I have, and I submit my positive verdict on this beer all the same. Cheers!

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Photo of claminat420
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated enjoy by April 17 2016

Appearance- from a hardy pour into my Michigan 22 pint glass. very transparent. copper/ golden colored. slightest off white head.

Smell- pure cascade! floral and citrusy. hops. what an ipa should smell like.

Taste- slight bitterness. get that floral/ citrus from the cascade dry hop.mellow caramel malt action.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied. feels alil slick. good carbonation.

Drinkability- i'm on #3 right now and plan on killing a few more. really solid.

Overall- this to me as I type this is hands down the most underradted ipa on here. coming from Michigan with founders centennial, dark horse crooked tree, and bells two hearted this beer can stand with them. I don't know if it's the availability or the price that people want to overlook it or crap on it but it's solid.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the first, serious IPAs I tried was from Colorado and having this beer now resonates with my first, strong IPA memory. The flavor profile is, to me, right between east coast and west coast IPAs. Not quite as malty as I tend to think of as East coast, not quite as citrus laden as I tend to equate with west coast. The hop character is big and aggressive, while still managing a pleasant balance with the rest of the characteristics of the beer.
Tangerine fruit flavor peeks through. I would happily buy cases of this.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber color with streaming bubbles and a quickly dissipating head.

Great bam smell of hops with a lot of citrus, pine and yes that damn old grapefruit.

The taste was just a solid slap of pine with a great clean finish. Definitely felt like I needed to take another bite just to get that hop slap again.

The finish really helps make this an easily approachable beer. And overall this one makes me come back for more. I am not a hops fan but this beer is a solid WINNER and it makes me look forward to more to come.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.25] Very transparent beer. Mild orange in color but noticably clear. Forms about a 1/4 of a finger of head. The head is heterogeneous mix of small and large white bubbles. The head eventually settles to just the sides. The bottle lists the ABV (6.5%) it also has codes for born (10/19/15) and best by (02/28/16).

S: [2.75] Mild pine then something much more dank and musty and maybe something soapy and cat pee.

T: [3.00] Nice citrus flavor up front dominated by orange peel. There are other milder flavors like pine after but the orange peel is the main player.

M: [2.75] A bit watery with an astringent finish. It is strange it is not overly bitter but still has a drying quality.

O: [3.00] Not my favorite IPA. The nose is confusing and maybe a bit off putting. The flavor is similar. The finish is a bit abrasive - not the typical hop bitterness - this is more like soapy or synthetic. Not something I would seek more of.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass. Color is a nice light golden straw color. Nice sweet hoppy smell. Taste is much the same, sweet and bitter. Feel is nice, thin to medium and with a nice dry finish. At 6.50% ABV, I still consider this very sessionable. You won't be disappointed. Cheers.

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Photo of SDak
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from a freshly tapped keg!

L Brilliant Gold Yellow with a Rocky white Head
S Pungent dank, grapefruit, some funk, and pine
T Pine and grapefruit with slight tropical fruit and dank grassy notes
F Medium to Medium Light with a firm Bitterness
O Excellent representation of a IPA which is now consistently available on tap around here.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - clear, dark copper

S - caramel malts with a crisp, fruity aroma. Raisins? Slightly sweet.

T - rich, malty, resiny. Some deeply dark fruit flavors. All about those malts with some hop bitterness.

F - low-medium carb and a smooth creamy feel.

O - solid IPA. Nothing that'll blow your socks off, but something I would session any day.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a 3 finger white head with good retention that leaves excellent sheets of lacing. Smell is a nice mix of grapefruit, pine, floral and dankness. Simcoe hops up the wazoo. Also a touch of sweet malts. Taste is similar, but a bit more balanced with a nice bit of bitterness. Feel is light and crisp, good carbonation. Overall a very good, widely available, fairly priced IPA. Great example of the West Coast style. Reading some of the other reviews I feel this beer gets a lot of undeserved hate just because of who brews it.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer but nothing spectacular. Clean and crisp with a piney hop snap but nothing too intense. Has a thin mouth feel, mildly carbonated. Their other brews are better.

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Ranger from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,931 ratings.
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