Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale AleVoodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BB1313 on 12-16-2016

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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by redleg64:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of BB1313
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/19/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency; small white head that falls leaving great bubbly retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle, but very nice. Lots of ripe fruit along with some mild cracker notes. Lots of grapefruit. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Nice hop flavor and hop bitterness. Malts are there, but the hops shine. Everything is sharp and clean. It has a nice light west coast vibe going on. Nice balance between citrus and tropical notes. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of light with active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and very easy to drink.

This is a great pale ale. The hops really shine, but this one ultimately stays true to style. It doesn't really come off as an IPA. It's unique compared to alot of New Belgium's hoppy brews. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Well done. I also personally like this one the most out of the three in the new Voodoo Ranger series, for what it's worth.

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Photo of LarryV
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is just starting to show up here in Central MA. Aroma is light, earthy hops. Pours a golden color, very light carbonation. Didn't pour with much of a head, mostly a thin veil of lace. Taste is a little vague to me, like it doesn't know what it really wants to be, maybe that's because of the use of 8 hops. I often believe less is more and sometimes too many hops just muddy the waters. It's certainly not an offensive beer, and is easily drinkable but to me it misses the attributes that would make me want to buy it again; the use of 8 different hops seems like more of a marketing gimmick.

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Photo of Squire
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter shade of gold color, very bright, nice white cap, decent lacing.

Nice aroma. I get what the brewer describes as pine, tropical fruit, don't really notice the stone fruits, but there is bright hop scents in abundance. Some mild caramel like malt present.

Taste is clearly hops followed by mild malt. These are not heavy hops but are delicious. The malt presence holds to the finish and the aftertaste is richly hop seasoned with just a tinge of bitterness. This is complex and worth contemplation.

Malt does come into play in the texture which is medium rich.

A very well made, complex and multifaceted brew. Subtle flavors worth the teasing out, it rewards with a brew that reveals more layers and the glass is emptied. I think I slightly prefer the stronger malt presence in the standard Voodoo Ranger but this one is no slouch in the flavor department.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint a lighter straw color with a thick sticky bone white head atop.Sharp grapefruit stands out most in the nose,a slight toasted bread element as well.The back end feels a little thin going down,not quite watery but thinner than I was expecting none the less.That sharp grapefruit hits up front on the palate with underlying mango and sweet onion,a sweetish doughy base holds thru the finish.Not bad,a good hop profile,and easy going down,a quaffer for my first day grilling of 2017.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shreead
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rejis
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ledouge
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Unclevince
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Immediate fantastic aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and herbal notes. It dies down after a few minutes but really impressive at first. The taste is similar but fairly subdued with very light malts underneath. The finish is excellent - bone dry and slightly sour. Very nice offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a fingernail of dishwater white. Moderate lacing. The aroma was citrus and light malt. I'm tasting a burst of citrus with some light pine at the back of the palate and some light malt in the mix. The mouth is light and steadfast.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: bright amber with a light copper tint permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a white 1" lacy blanket of foam with fair to good retention

S: resiny, piny hop aroma left with traces of mint, citrus, fruit and breadcrumb

T: fruit, citrus, biscuit and tangerine with a hint of tea flavor in the background

F: body and carbonation are medium

O: A flavorful, easy drinking APA

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spongebob2
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, our first exposure up here to this rebranding (and re-brewing, one hopes) effort from the good folks at New Belgium.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some emerging from the deep amorphous blob lace in spots around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, muddled tropical fruit esters (pineapple and generic melon, mostly), grainy and doughy caramel malt, a wee sense of stale feline urine, and more leafy, earthy, and wet grassy green hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a receding caramel sweetness, still mixed-up exotic fruity notes (some mango maybe vying strongly for my approval), ethereal uric acid/dank notes, and more herbal, weedy, and dead grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is solid in its stoic-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess kicking off shortly after the onset here. It finishes trending dry, the malt providing the contractual balance to the lingering citrusy and verdant hops.

Overall, this is certainly a well-made, and easy-drinking version of the style, with the whole 'too many cooks spoil the broth, or sometimes just fix each other's flaws' thing going on. Not a typically hopped-up APA, to be sure, but worth checking out all the same.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A totally clear golden liquid. Mellow bubbles with a thin white covering of foam. A bit of lacing hold on til the finish.

The nose is filled with lush fruity hop aroma's, heck, there are 8 hops in there!! Tropical, sweet-citrus and mellow mellon. A very gentle sweet malt in a very subtle way as well.

As an APA with 8 hops, I was thinking there is no way it doesn't taste like an IPA. The Voodoo Ranger totally proved me wrong. The hops are pretty deep with tangy and sweet fruits, citrus and mellon. But it never gets so deep or bitter to enter into IPA land. The crispy, light malt keeps excellent balance and keeps the style true.

Ultra crisp and light, juicy and lush feel the whole way. This APA is super-clean.
Some earthy, dry hop effects pop out a bit later. A very mild brew, super easy to drink. This would be an excellent choice for ourdoor, summertime activity or beach brew.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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