Beer Review – New Belgium Ranger

New Belgium Ranger

New Belgium Ranger IPA is available throughout much of the country and even can be found in Brookings, SD.  It is a fine India Pale Ale (IPA).  New Belgium has marketed this beer well – go to their website to check out the humorous Ranger rap video – I dare you not to smile!

IBUs = 70

ABV = 6.5%

Ranger pours out light amber/deep gold into a pint glass.  There is a one finger head with a nice piney hop aroma.  The NB website lists Simcoe, Cascade & Chinook hops in this beer.  The taste is piney and very enjoyable.  The lacing is good.  This is a very enjoyable, well balanced beer and is part of my regular IPA rotation.  Most craftbeer drinkers will like this one (even relatively new craftbeer fans will like).

Grade = B+

7 thoughts on “Beer Review – New Belgium Ranger

  1. I would agree. I am a huge fan of New Belgium! This is a great beer for any occasion. This and Big Sky IPA is a real favorite of mine! If you can get a hold of 21st amendment’s Brew Free or Die its another wonderful balanced IPA that you could knock back 13 or 14 🙂

  2. @Paul – You’re the man if you can knock back 14 Live Free or Die IPA’s! 😉

    @Dale – You know I could never really take a huge liking to much of anything from New Belgium, BUT this is one of the few that I can enjoy. It’s far from my favorite IPA’s but it’s better than many of there beers in my opinion. Their Hoptober isn’t half bad either if you get a chance to try that one.

    I am curious as all hell to see what knew winter brews they’ll come up with here next though!

    Ilya

  3. Ilya,
    I started New Belgium with the Fat Tire, but soon moved on to more flavorful or hoppy choices. The only “craft” beer in some of our local restaurants is Fat Tire. Maybe our local beer club, which is now organizing, can influence them to carry more choices. Thanks for the comment!
    Dale

  4. @Dale – I did not know that you were forming any beer groups and clubs! That’s so much of what I do, let me know if I can help in any way! 🙂

    Also, yep that’s often the case here in Dallas too…Fat Tire seems to be “the craft beer” to carry here on tap usually. Too bad.

    Ilya

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