New Belgium Ranger IPA

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Type: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Brewed by: New Belgium
  • Additional beer information
  • Region Available: 26 states
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Moderate
  • Serve at Temperature: Cold
  • Container: Shaker Pints and Tumblers
  • Website: http://www.newbelgium.com/
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  • 112 
  • 4.2/5 
  • 06.50% 
  • 1147/3686 
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Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all 26 of our states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, our Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. And explore many a beer from many a brewery, they do. The fellows up in the Northwest kept calling for “more hops!” Soon it became a common theme across the land. Rangers, fans and craft lovers everywhere were searching for hoppier beers.

So, here it finally is – New Belgium’s foray into the true American India Pale Ales. Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!
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Reviews: 9

  • Mar 7, 2012
    garybrownnc (12)Rank: Beer Novice
    4.5
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    One of my favs! Smooth and Hoppy. Can not drink just one..... I keep at least 12 in the fridge at all times, which has me going to the store quite often.
  • Apr 6, 2011
    Amccann (1)Rank: Beer Novice
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    This fine beverage has one of the greatest aromas I have ever put my nose over. The taste is very hoppy and bitter and there are no complaints here. Over all it is a fantastic IPA
  • Feb 1, 2011
    jcaswell63011 (3)Rank: Beer Novice
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    I can't say enough about Ranger. In my mind it's the best of the new belgium line up. If you like hoppy beers. This is the one. The first thing I do when I get home is pour one.
  • Jan 8, 2011
    lucklys (49)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: IPA Lovers
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    The Ranger poured out crystal clear and oddly reminded me of the way the sun shines through a slice of mandarin orange. Or maybe a coppery apricot with rich golden-honey highlights. It produced a handsome buff/beige whipped cream head that was, again, easily 3 to 4 fingers thick - possibly 5 when I first poured it. Refusing to disappear, the frothy foam held itself together in nice big snow piles that drifted across the middle while thick sheets of fluffy lace clouds clung effortlessly to the glass.

    The nose came across fairly mild, but I think I'm expecting these IPAs to be Imperials or Doubles, when they are only (and not a bad only) regular IPAs. I'm a sucker for a good punchy hop. Regardless the aroma of this IPA, though mild, was chock-full of grapefruit pith rolled up in some marijuana and soaked in oily lemon peel. The obvious zesty hops were present with an even bitterness that was smoothed out by light pale malts, and while I tried to find where the minimal pine accents were coming from, they really didn't associate with the rest of the scents too much even in the flavor.

    Where the nose was nice and mild, the flavor was definitely mellow in its own way. Carrying a nice medium body with heavier medium carbonation, the Ranger also offered a slick oiliness that coated my tongue and mouth while at the same time ended on a dryer note. I've gotta find out how they do that, it doesn't make sense to me that something can be oily and dry at the same time...and still taste delicious. I think the oil came from the lemon peel that was in the aroma, but the taste was more lemon-lime with touches of grapefruit rind. I was a little surprised to find that none of the citrus flavors were very pronounced or obvious despite the use of both Cascade and Chinook hops, and much of the taste came out in light unidentifiable florals and herbs. Nearing the end of my glass, I was able to pay more attention to the sweetness emanating from the liquid and recognized a light honey and a few caramel malt notes just around the edges. These were offered with some breadiness that helped me to really feel it in my mouth - making it taste stronger/thicker.
  • Aug 11, 2010
    RedneckRinpoche (29)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: IPA Lovers
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    The hops in this nice offering from New Belgium aren't overpowering, but they certainly have some staying power, lasting through the finish. The aroma is pine and biting citrus. The flavor is almost juicy, balancing the hop bitterness well. I hope this NB becomes as available as Fat Tire and 1554 in my area. I would definitely take advantage.