Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPAVoodoo Ranger Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 157
Reviews by lebriarjr:
Photo of lebriarjr
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Squire
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pretty color of coppery gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma of pine and citrus with something lingering that I'll call herbal. I can tell there's malt in there but it's not putting up much of a fight against the hops.

Taste at first is sharply, firmly hoppy held on a tight rein. They're there prancing around but not running away. I get the pine resin and grapefruit but also a hint of something like sweet orange. Not a bitter orange like Bergamot, rather nicer like Valencia. Malt is present as a solid base but each time I think I taste it something hoppy runs in shining bright enough to cast the malt into shadow. A complex array of flavors that work well together.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

Is there really a reason to supercharge an IPA? Perhaps, perhaps not, but when presented with a lack of choice I'm reminded of Henry Ford's comment to his Model T customers they could have any color they wanted so long as it was black. Beer options and more options, I want them all from 4% to more than twice that. Life itself offers limited options to most of us so when it comes to beer I want to run barefoot through the hop fields.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - I'm not sure I get the Megadeth-esque rebranding effort here.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky natural land bridge lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a strong hard water flintiness, dried orange and lemon rind, faint cat pee esters, and some understated leafy, herbal, and piney green hop bitterness. The taste is bready and crackery caramel malt, a much lesser biscuity toffee thing, still prominent chalky stone paths after a rainstorm notes, muddled domestic citrus, a hint of generic tropical fruitiness, and more sedate leafy, grassy, and resinous pine hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its basically functional frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really coming out and messing things up, as such. It finishes trending dry, the stoney character mixing with the lingering citrus, pine forest floor, and crackery malt.

Overall, this isn't a bad version of the style, however, both of the proclaimed citrus and pine flavours kind of underwhelm. On the positive side, there is pretty much no evidence of the 9 points of ABV, which is commendable. Easy enough to drink, but not yer typical West Coast deal - more mountainous, I guess.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice surprise from a brewer I really would not expect anything less...

Great caramel coloration with yellow highlights, the head pours thick, has little staying power but interestingly enough has decent lacing. The smell is a muted mix of pine and hops - but muted to a very good level - I was impressed. The scent wasn't in-your-face or overly earthy (which I am frankly not a fan of such a thing.) The mouthfeel was crisp yet smooth (if that makes sense) and it was medium-bodied all the way. The taste, for me, improved as it warmed. It actually became sweeter to my sense but still strongly hoppy. What impressed me the most was the lack of tasting the 9% ABV - it was well masked and for that I had to rate it higher than I would have, otherwise. Overall, this truly is a very good beer. Maybe not exceptional, but close to it.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 4/16/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency: big fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas have some subtle tropical notes. Some watermelon in the mix. Hints of rubber and ripe fruit. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More watermelon along with some pineapple. Some hints of grapefruit. Some sticky pine resin in the mix. It's slightly syrupy and slick. It finishes with a mild warmth, but it's not hot or boozy. Possibly some black pepper in the mix. The mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. It's ultimately smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. It has a similar hop profile that most hoppy New Belgium brews. It's ultimately enjoyable stuff.

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

Pours golden like a weak bourbon with little head. The nose is not as hoppy as I expected. Taste is clean and has a kick of hoppy bitterness that fades. Not much of a follow though. Decent IIPA

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottom right corner of label ENJOY BY: 28OCT18

Appearance - Big billowing white pancake batter head with massive retention and patchy lacing. Clear gold body with mild carbonation. 4.25

Smell - Full bodied aroma comprising grass and honey. 4.25

Taste - Strong orange rind all throughout with a grassy body underneath. Bitter aftetaste but not unpleasant. Alcohol is decently hidden. 4.25

Mouthfeel - The head gives it a bit of a creamy texture on top of the abrasive, astringent body, which quickly disspiates in the finish so that it's not a bother. 4

Overall - Great, easy to find IPA. 4

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Photo of whatthehull
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - a very pretty translucent deep gold with a nice copper, half finger very white head and some sugar lacing for sure

S - the fat tire essence is very prominent up front, roasted and sweet Malts, clean and caramilized sugar, floral/pine hops, some slight citrus rind, cracker yeast, more sugar, slight booze, a bit of dank and more hops of all varieties

T - the sugar up front is quickly met by a huge bulldozer of floral/fruit/citrus hops with a dash of pine, island fruits and flowers, roasted and sweet Malts/grains, very dry, Belgian/cracker yeast, as always the new Belgium hint of fat tire, clean, crisp,

M - medium body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium plus balance and a huge hop bomb that is eased by a very nice sugar and booze note

D/O - this voodoo ranger is much better than its predecessor the ranger IPA, by leaps and bounds. More refreshing, more flavors (but in a good way), less all-around tasteless bitters and just well done. This guy is clean, tasty and awesome to drink. A rack of BBQ ribs that are sauced, some sweet potatoe fries and a salad with ranch really kick this dude into gear. Luckily living in CA, this ale works wherever and whenever.

Final thoughts - as this was a gift I am unsure of the price but the perfect 9% ABV is well, perfect. Git 'er done!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The appearance on this ale is very similar if not identical to the standard Ranger IPA. The body is a clear, almost shiny orange in color with a nice white head.

Smell – The nose is muted here and has no suggestion of a DIPA. There is a moderate pine aroma after big swirls but little malt and not a lot of complexity in the hop profile.

Taste – The hop hammer falls at the taste. It is much more complex upon drinking with a big pine and orange flavor and a juicy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – A solid medium-bodied with some strong drying and a lingering hop finish.

Drinkability – This is a true DIPA that lost points for the lame nose. I’d like to see a dry-hopper version of this or the use of some more floral hopping. Otherwise it is a solid entry to the style.

Update – Has this again on 02/05/19. The nose is still conspicuously absent. The shiny orange body is striking and the taste full of complex hops.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markallmon
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dschamp
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SolarPower36
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FxLB
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G_Shoe
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GerryPendry
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, nice head. Aroma of cut grass, citrus, cereal grains. The taste is outstanding...everything I liked about Rampant, but a little more of it, from what I remember. (I feel like Rampant didn't get the credit it deserved lately because a lot of people think beer is supposed to taste like you're chewing on a hop flower. I digress.) This has the piney/citrus taste I want in an American IPA with the malt to back it up. Substantial body, as one should expect for this style. Good stuff! All the new breweries pumping out thin-bodied hop bombs could learn a thing or two from new Belgium.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice aroma of pine, tangerine, hop oils, and light tropical notes. Taste is similar, but with some malty sweetness. Finish dries up slightly, but not quite as much as desired. Solid overall.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k204
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the oddest of beers I've tried. Alongside other beers in a flight, it's a bit repulsive. However, an entire beer enjoyed over the course of 30 minutes along with cheddar cheese is quite right. Finish lasts long and is very pleasing. Tasting notes often indicate "initial sweetness" but I only sense initial bitterness (and a lot of it).

Considering the hops used (Delta, Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, Calypso, Mosaic), I do not feel the citrus is as pronounced as it should be.

If you consider the price, ($7 for a six pack), this beer has an excellent flavor/finish/punch-per-dollar ratio.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with excellent clarity. There's a good 2 inch vibrant and frothy off white head on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of citrus and tropical hops along with light malt, but I recall the nose of Voodoo Ranger being just as hoppy if not more so. I'm tasting a very vegetal hop flavor that overpowers the light malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a massive 2.5" light cream lacy foam collar with good retention.

S: big fruity nose focusing mainly on tropical fruits, citrus and orange backed by biscuit and light toast.

T: an initial prickle. It starts with light and tropical fruit and mild alcohol. As it spreads across the tongue VooDoo Ranger turns moderately bitter, drying out by the finish with a touch of astringency from the hops and a dose of pine.

F: The alcohol is mildly warming but it is not hot or harsh. The balance leans to the hops but the beer is very creamy smooth, with a medium body and carbonation.

O: Big flavors joined by a moderate bitterness make for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bones69
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a whiskey tulip glass. Wasn't impressed at first, but it grew on me. Piney and slightly citrusy. I drink a lot of IPA's with Citra hops so that could be why I'm not getting more citrus. Slight boozy taste as well, but I like that in this beer. Good offering. However I like Rampant more.

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Photo of Mute_Ant_Brew
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
The color and head are inviting. The aroma is crisp and citrusy. The taste is slightly floral and comparable to the smell. Continuing to drink, it becomes more bready. after taste fades quickly. It drinks smoothly with a slight prickle on the toung which I enjoy.
This is a very good double IPA. Between the voodoo ranger IPA or the imperial IPA I would choose the first but I would have no trouble putting back a sixer of this on my own.

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Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 568 ratings