Voodoo Ranger IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Voodoo Ranger IPAVoodoo Ranger IPA

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.

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Reviews by Buster:
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Citrus, grassyness & a little catty

T: Mango, tangerine, grassyness along with light breadyness up front. Lemongrass, pomelo, dryness as this warms. Finishes grassy, dry & with more pomelo, plus mango

MF: Medium body , semi-firm carbonation

An enjoyable & very drinkable IPA

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by 16APR17 printed on the label. Was intrigued to find freshies of this stuff in the cooler at the local beer shop. "India Pale Ale brewed with spice".

Poured into a Central Waters snifter.

A - Pours a crisp, clean gold colored body. Excellent clarity on this bad boy, with a good solid finger and a half of frothy white head that lingers, leaving good thin strands of lacing galore. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice, per the style.

S - Aroma is bright, fresh, & floral, with good bursting aromas of fresh pine & hop oils.

T - Taste follows the nose: bright, fresh, crisp, fruity, & floral. Big bright flavors of fresh piney hops. "Spice" isn't really apparent to me in any way, unless it refers to some sort of citrus zest or something? Perhaps a subtle addition of peppercorn? I have no idea.

M - The feel is extremely smooth, crisp, creamy, & easy-drinking. Light-bodied, with excellent carb. Sessionable even, for the modest 7.00% abv.

Overall, very nice fresh stuff from New Belgium. Nice work here, guys.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up six pack of New Belgium's Voodoo Ranger IPA at Meijers. I'm always down to try a new beer from New Belgium and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a pretty golden amber color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly creamy and slightly bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking IPA, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart of mix of citrus rind, grapefruit, light mango, green, hops and dank with hops with a little bit of floral and spicy hops showing up in the background. Up next comes some noticeable doughy yeast and that goes into the malts which impart some bread crust, pale malt, light caramel malt, grainy and bready aromas with a little more sweet malts showing up towards the end. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's balanced and I like the complexity in the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time the fruits seem to stick out a little more and they are a little juicer with the green and dank hops showing up a little more too. Up next comes that some noticeable doughy yeast and that goes into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy and sweet malt like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's pretty spot on for an IPA, but I wish the green hops were a little less strong.

M- Fairly smooth, almost cloying, a little crisp, slightly tingly, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a solid example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in an IPA and I thought the hop profile was nice, but it could have been just a little better. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them, but the green hops might start to wear on me after more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a very nice looking IPA. What I like the least about this beer is the green hops, I wish they were a little lighter so more of those fruity could be showcased. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid IPA with a west coast style hop profile. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love it and I thought it was just a little rough around the edges when it came to the hop profile and the sweetness. It's not a favorite beer from New Belgium and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is one solid IPA, keep it up.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells like hops. Tropical fruit, citrus. Tastes like papaya, citrus (grapefruit). The bitterness is there from the start and continues long after a drink. Still, it's easy to drink.

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Photo of Buffjones
1.99/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am so dissapointed in this one. Pours about like a Coors in color. None of the explosive hope juicyness described on the label. Head was super fast to die, no lacing of any kind. Mouth feel is thin, and cheap. There are very faint hop notes, but certainly the flavor mirrors the look. Very weak. I fell for this on sale, and most pale ales (Sierra Nevada) will easily put this "IPA" to complete shame. If this is the type of stuff new Belgium hopes to win customers over, they're indeed in deep trouble.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Voodoo Ranger IPA | New Belgium Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this brew is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear pale golden body.

Smells like crisp, juicy hops with a buttered cracked malt base.

I taste equal parts "pine" hops as much as I do "tropical" ones. Clean, bright, not too bitter, and very refreshing.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Voodoo Ranger IPA | New Belgium Brewing with a 4.25

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Photo of Rufus1
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful golden amber color with small white head. Twelve ounce bottle in a thin straight glass at same temperature as the beer. Small white head. Good lacing that lasts. It asserts itself on the nose with big floral/citrus hops along with some dank wet hops. All this followed closely by the bold citrus hops. This is a hop bomb for sure. Flavor for the most part follows the nose. Hop explosion with all the aforementioned hops plus a pleasing grassiness that lingers on the palate. Pine. Juicy almost chewy full mouthfeel. Nice malt backbone. Well balanced. Dry hop finish that's a little chalky. Overall a great IPA that is a blessing on a hot summers day.

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Photo of gearinches
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a really enjoyable beer. Rock my world? - No. Would I buy it again if I was limited to this or most Treehouse and Trillium beers - yes. Superb value, though not quite at the SN Celebration Ale level. It's just a very nice tasting, not pretentious or in your face "look at me", kind of beer. If you're on the search for a life changing brew, don't stop stop at this station. If you want a very good, day-in day-out satisfying quaf, you needn't go any further.

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Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Saw an orphaned single looking for a consumer and took it home.

a; Clear dark gold/amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s; Slightly of bread and light fruit.

t; Some light fruit with a light to moderate hop bite over a bread-biscuit malt. Clean dry finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A nice medium weight IPA with a good balance of malt and hops. Covers its slightly higher ABV very well. A refreshing summer brew yet substantial enough for year round consumption.

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick head with excellent retention.
Aroma with notes of pine, passion fruit, lots of caramel malt and some mango.
Flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, resin, passion fruit, toasted malts, spices and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is hidden.
Piney and resiny American IPA that carries a traditional recipe on a malty base; slightly above average.

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Photo of spectru
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste Test: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA vs New Belgium Voodoo Ranger.
90 Minute has a very appealing rich creamy head and a slightly deeper golden color. Voodoo Ranger is a surprisingly smooth and tasty IPA. 90 Minute has that oh-so-nice flavor, piquant je ne sais quoi, but Voodoo Ranger comes in a very close second; closer I think than Dogfish Head's 60 Minute. If you taste one and then the other, you can tell the difference, but if somebody handed you a Voodoo Ranger and told you it was a 90 Minute, after tasting you would not dispute.

ADDENDUM: It's been a year since I wrote that review and a year since I've had a Voodoo Ranger. Picked up a six last night. If I were to analyze it today, I probably wouldn't rate it quite as high, but I think that's me rather than the beer. Voodoo Ranger is good beer. I really like it. And it costs less than the 90 Minute IPA I compared it to above.

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Photo of rymoreno
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp and refreshing IPA with a few fruity hints like grapefruit and mandarin/citrus fruits. These accents don't thin out the body too much -- it remains smooth and easily thrown back. 7% bittersweet IPA for lower-mid range price = overall solid brew.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Brent_B
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markallmon
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
In a pint glass the beer was a bright gold color with a 1" white head. The head retained well and left a bit of lace.
Aroma of sweet fruit and citrus.
Taste of grapefruit, orange, and mango. Malt background.
Generic, inoffensive.

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Photo of red_5_sooner
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heddar33
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CaeserTits
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
2.17/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is stinky onion and foot hops with some sweet malt.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malt with a little fruit and a lot of stinky onion hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I don't like the onion hops and it's too sweet. Regular Ranger was a lot better.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drhall36
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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