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Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enough with the run-of-the-mill pumpkin beers. I’m not interested in an ale that takes cues from a frozen coffee drink, and neither are you. That’s why I made Atomic Pumpkin. Does it really feature Habanero peppers? Yep! What about Saigon Cinnamon? Ding! I round it all out with a hearty malt bill that makes for a spicy brew that puts the “Fun” back in Pumpkin. (Spelling was never my strength). -- Voodoo Ranger

YEAST: California ale yeast
HOPS: Nugget
MALTS: Pale Mena, Pale Rahr, Caramel, Munich
FRUITS/SPICES: Pumpkin, Habanero, Saigon Cinnamon

10 IBU

Added by superspak on 04-20-2017

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of sendbeer
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled strongly of nutmeg & cinnamon. Really strong. The spice flavor was less strong and it had some sweet pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just like Black/Cascadian AIPAs, Pumpkin Beers seem to be going the way of the dodo. It's too bad, since I generally liked them (as with any beer style, there were some that were less preferential than others). I have had most of the other New Belgium Voodoo Rangers beers so I decided to grab this one when I saw it as a single.

From the bottle: "Pumpkin Ale featuring cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for just the right amount of heat."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. I followed this up with an in-glass swirl that raised just over a finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head with modest retention. It did leave some nice lacing behind, though. Color was a button-bright solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was VERY spicy, not just from cinnamon & allspice, but there was a distinct underlying peppery heat, also. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a curious admixture of sweet, bready maltiness and the spiciness of both the pumpkin spices & the chili peppers. I have some friends who are really into spicy everything - the hotter the better & this would barely register as a speed bump for them. For me, it was just spicy enough to be interesting without being overwhelming. Finish was dry, as one would expect from the use of so many spices. I liked it well enough, but one was satiating.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good Lord! Aroma of pumpkin fails to inform the taste buds of what is about to assault the tongue. The cinnamon is intense, there is some vanilla, and then serious hot chili peppers. Light bodied, silky mouthfeel. Oh, and it's amber color with not much foam.

Hot pepper taste, and it lingers and lingers. This is just silly and not very fun. What a ghastly combination of flavors with that cinammon-vanilla cranked up in your nose while the heat roasts the mouth. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brymtb
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very nice personally for a pumpkin beer

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BellsFan
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tubeyes
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ra_payne
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uncleotis
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeg67
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, cinnamon and pumpkin. Body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt, pumpkin, spices, pepper fill the mouth. Finish is long and hot. Good brew but I don’t eat hot pepper.

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Photo of Kcrile
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GiselesGazelle
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance - two fingers of eggshell white head that quickly recedes. Minimal lacing - almost non-existent. Translucent pale orange in color, with a deeper full orange when held up to the light.

Smell - pumpkin, cinnamon. There is a very sweet quality that reminds me of a hard cider.

Taste - pumpkin and pumpkin spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger. The habanero comes through not in peppery taste, but in spiciness.

Mouth feel - medium carbonation, light body, with a very apparent and lingering burn that sits in the back of the throat. It's actually spicy.

Overall - I know what you're thinking - habanero? That has to be a gimmick. And I admit, I too was was skeptical. But this brew is legitimately spicy, I'm not sure that I've ever tried another beer that left my mouth hot in quite the same way. While the flavor profile isn't particularly complex, this one earns points for being totally unique. If you're a fan of pumpkin spice, hard cider, and/or spicy cuisines, this one will be real fun to try.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 8/4/2017. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, habanero pepper, honey, brown sugar, toasted bread/crust, light caramel, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin, peppers, spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, habanero pepper, honey, brown sugar, toasted bread/crust, light caramel, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal spice bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, habanero pepper, honey, brown sugar, toasted bread/crust, light caramel, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, peppers, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness; along with pepper heat. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.4%. Overall this is a delicious pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, peppers, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Great style example, very clean flavors. Perfectly balanced bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes. Habaneros are done in a tasteful/complementing way, never overpowering the pumpkin ale feel of the brew. Adding a very mild pleasant lingering heat through the glass. A very enjoyable offering.

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2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Babalu614
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of huthuty
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A typical ale color with little head
Smells spicy and otherwise neutral
Oh yeah it's spicy, can pick up just a tiny bit of pumpkin. def taste the habenero, a flavor I'm very used to
Rarely do I extrapolate in mouth feel but the spicyness here makes it remarkable
Overall awesome

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Photo of drews240
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a sturdy golden copper color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a modest pace. Less than a finger's worth of foamy white head quickly slid off.
The aroma had some spicy habanero pepper up front, then cinnamon and a touch of pumpkin sweetness. Malts seem driven back more than expected.
The flavor was fairly spicy with the habanero pepper and cinnamon at the forefront. Pumpkin sweetness comes in second place. Aftertaste was the habanero pepper and cinnamon with some malts. Pumpkin seems driven back in this category.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a decent sipping quality about it. Spicy harshness seems a bit bolder than I thought it would be. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was semi-spicy with a touch of the pumpkin.
Overall, interesting pumpkin ale. Would I have this again? Maybe for me, but I was somewhat hoping for a bit more balance with the pumpkin and malts.

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Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin from New Belgium Brewing
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