Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #98
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,864
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 14.4%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
401
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  14
Gots
  91
SCORE
86
Very Good
Voodoo Ranger Atomic PumpkinVoodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
Notes: 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! Aji and del arbol peppers? Winner. 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

Ale brewed with pumpkin juice, Saigon cinnamon, habanero, aji and del arbol peppers
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a clear orange amber color with a nice off-white head that lasts and leaves lacing. In the nose, fall spices and peppers predominate. The mouth gets some pumpkin spice goodness, along with the bite of the chilies. Interesting interpretation.

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Kiiz

4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: amber with orange tint, near white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: fall smell with pumpkin spices, peppers interestingly intertwine with the spices giving off a spicy scent. Overall a fall hot tamale is the best way to describe it.

Taste: starts off like a regular spiced pumpkin beer a la Schlafly Pumpkin Ale lite, then turns up the heat with the peppers that singes for a few moments until creamy pumpkin pie filling cuts through the peppers for a smooth finish.

Feel: medium body that is fairly smooth. The peppers do offer a throat hit akin to smoking a cigar or more accurately a juul. The pepper throat hit does build up if you drink quickly so keep that in mind when consuming. Has a pepper/squash backbone so if vegetables in your beer weird you out this probably isn’t for you.

Overall: unique and delicious. Moderately spicy, good for the average person. People who eat peppers daily or avoid spicy food like the plague shouldn’t expect to see this drink in the same light. Definitely going to be a staple in my fridge every fall from here on out the spicy fall combination is something I never knew I needed in my life. Best served ~10 degrees below room temp imo.

Sep 15, 2021
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look – Copper color with transparent body. Got almost three fingers of bright, white head

Aroma – Heavy on the cinnamon which wipes out any pumpkin presence (but I’m not complaining). No sign of Flea or any other chili peppers (rimshot)

Taste – This is one is light on actual pumpkin flavor as well as the cinnamon which was so prominent on the aroma. You definitely feel the heat from the chili peppers, but it’s not going to set your mouth on fire.

Mouthfeel – Very light, almost watered down. Finishes clean.

Overall – Had a strong cinnamon aroma, but pumpkin was absent from both smell and taste. The heat from the habanero will set it apart from most other pumpkin ales, but otherwise, this is bland and forgettable.

Sep 05, 2021
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orioles70 from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this was an impulse buy, I didn't realize that the "Atomic" part was fueled by Habanero pepper
first impression is cool, smooth, slightly sweet - then comes the peppery kick
it's not crazy hot, just the right level to balance the pumpkin sweetness
some cinnamon notes in there too

I like it a lot.

Sep 01, 2021
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold which is clear and has a nice fluffy white foam that lasts. The aroma is of sweetish malts and pumpkin pie spices. The taste follows the smell then the slight bite of the habanero hits. It makes for a nice warming sensation. It is light bodied and very easy to drink. Overall a nice autumn offering.

Aug 27, 2021
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WestleySinclair

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: The beer pours out as a beautiful fall pumpkin orange. Light in translucence, but rich enough in color to identify itself as an “Oktoberfest” beer. Perfect foamy head as expected from a Ranger. Besides the slightly artificial orange color, the look of the beer is a calling card for what to expect from it.

Smell: The most appealing aspect of this beer. The aroma is a bold mixture of sweet, spiced pumpkin and floral peppers. Imagine a pumpkin pie scent laced with faint smell of a habanero. Rich vanilla and cinnamon scents followed by the faint floral aroma of tropical chiles. It’s definitely exciting and enticing to try and imagine what the flavor combination of a spiced dessert and a tonsil searing pepper would taste like.

Taste: This was very hard to judge. The initial taste is exquisite. It was everything I had hoped for and more. The flavors of vanilla and pumpkin are immediately present and the illusion of tasting pumpkin pie is well presented, and the slight burn in the nostrils was a perfect replication of the effect cinnamon topping has on the palate. But after this initial taste, the experience worsens significantly. As a chili head to the highest degree, I can appreciate the complexity of heat when presented in a dish or beverage, but the effect of this beer is simply unpleasant. “Atomic Pumpkin” doesn’t present a fiery burn to the tongue that diminishes and reignites each time a sip is taken, as I had hoped, nor does it present a gently growing heat that is so enjoyable in ghost pepper infused liquors or beers. The mouth burn is gentle and honestly forgettable, but it latches onto the back of the throat. The over-inclusion of habanero and other chilis mixed with the soothing vanilla and sugars added makes each sip a chore to swallow. It’s hard to consider this brew particularly “spicy” as you could drink a pint of it without any difficulty in the mouth, but the pain around the tonsil area becomes too much to bear.

Feel: The rating from the taste scoring bleeds into here. The mouth feel of the beer is exactly what you’d expect from the Ranger category of New Belgium beers. Typical IPA carbonation, if not smoother due to New Belgium expert craftsmanship. Were it not for the stinging throat pain induced by this brew, it would score much higher marks. But considering how unpleasant each sip is after the first few, it’s hard to recommend “Atomic Pumpkin” at all.

Verdict: Try a glass. The first few drinks of this beer are a genuine pleasure. It presents a bold, exciting flavor profile that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a very unique take on the beat-to-death fall flavor of beer. But don’t invest in a growler or six pack. It’s near impossible to enjoy anything past the first 2/3rds of a 12 ounce pour. Please don’t consider this beer as a “challenge” because of the habanero listed as an ingredient. Your ability to deal with heat won’t stop this brew from searing your throat after a few gulps and making your night generally unpleasant.

Aug 19, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

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

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a mix-a-six pack for $11.99. Has a best by date of 1/17/2021.

Look: Pours a beautiful orange gold color with perfect clarity. I'm not sure if this is considered "amber" or not. There was a one-finger head upon the pour that quickly diminished to a whispy layer.

Smell: Up front, there is lots of sweet cinnamon and vanilla notes. The cinnamon smells both sweet and spicy. There's a bit of heat on the back end, presumably from the chili peppers. Pumpkin aroma is also present, which is noteworthy because I've had a lot of pumpkin beers that don't smell or taste like pumpkin.

Taste: This is definitely a different kind of pumpkin beer. It is "atomic pumpkin" as advertised - it's spicy! Up front, there is some caramel maltiness and sweet cinnamon/vanilla flavors, which quickly yield to the kick. The finish has some moderate bittering and lots of heat from the chili peppers and saigon cinnamon, which linger long. It's not tame or subtle; this is very much in your face.

Feel: The mouthfeel is light to medium body. Nicely carbonated. Nothing special.

Overall: It's a very creative beer, and I appreciate that it's different from the run-of-the-mill pumpkin beers. My complaint is that all of that heat in the beer overwhelms the subtle pumpkin flavor, which I could actually detect in the nose but not so much in the taste. I know that they weren't trying to make a balanced beer here, but that's what I wish that this beer had more of. It's not really my cup of tea, and it was nice to try it once.

Mar 01, 2021
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GarrettB from Colorado

2.59/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

October 25th, 2020 - This is a brave brew, but for all its chutzpah, I think it is borderline undrinkable. But you know, that's true for me on every chili beer. Trust me, the idea of an unconventionally spiced pumpkin or vegetable beer had me speed walking to the refrigerator door. But on execution, the spice just makes this feel weird, and I rankle my nose and try to clear my palate with water each time I go back for another try.

Nov 20, 2020
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Brad-Ohio from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of this beer completely depends on the context. The first time, we were sitting around a campfire after a hike, grilling brats and eating homemade pumpkin chili. Two of us shared three cans. Great fun! Hot and spicy, but who cares?

Second time was at home watching football on TV. Not the right setting ended up pouring down the drain.

OK, I have one left and I am trying to decide which way to go. Would I buy again. A hard NO from me. Unless you bring some homemade chili.

Oct 27, 2020
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TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

1.49/5  rDev -61%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Honestly, this was one of the worst beers I've ever had. It is a little hard in these times to spend too much time in-store researching beer I come across, not to mention just randomly handling singles to see what's in them. So, I grabbed this as part of a make-your-own-six-pack. For that, I am grateful.

The color was nice and pumpkiny, and there was not much scent that I could detect. First sip was cinnamon, possibly with some pumpkin immediately upfront for a half-second and maybe at the end for the same amount of time. A little burn at the back of my throat, and I'm thinking liquid red-hots. Second sip, more heat and less flavor. I lasted two more sips (rather, the beer did) and down the drain the rest of it went. I don't know if it was the heat messing up my perception of feel, but it wasn't anything memorable.

Only after tossing it, did I see that there are various hot peppers in the mix. They are far too dominant, unlike some of the peppered tequila and vodka that I do like. There's just not a lot of nuance to enjoy.

Oct 07, 2020
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a nice amber with slow rising bubbles. One finger of bone white head that seems to be crackling away. There was also some lacing noted on the glass.

Smells like a hard cinnamon candy. Has some breadiness to the smell. Maybe like cinnamon bread? yes more like cinnamon bread than the candy but I do detect something sweet on the scent. Smells nice!

The taste is like a cinnamon bread up front than it moves into adding just a bit of pumpkin. I even detected a slight taste of chocalate that made me pause. As you sip more the pepper heat starts to warm the back of your throat. The pumpkin, though it is in the taste, is muted.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than light but still not reaching into the medium end of the scale. The finish is just a bit wet and leaves that heated coating on the back of the throat.

This is a complex and fun beer! The heat is not overwhelming but you do feel it! The taste seems to change with each sip. Sometimes you can pick up on this or that and sometimes you get just a flavorful combo. That ABV may be coming in just a bit along with the heat as it reaches stomach level. Kind of odd but when I burp I got pumpkin and cinnamon. No vegetal taste from the peppers just that slight heat, mixed with some cinnamon heat, that catches the back of the throat. If it sounds interesting try it!

Oct 06, 2020
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VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not a big pumpkin ale fan, but this is a fun one. Wonderful aroma of pumpkin spice seques into a peppery burn in the hypopharynx that is just so right on a crisp fall day. It's the $8.99 sixer of the season for sure!

Oct 05, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Color is a glowing bright orange with a thick fluffy white head about a finger or so thick. Good lacing and retention.

Aroma mainly consists of pumpkin, cloves, and cinnamon. Other notes of nutmeg, allspice, ginger, brown sugar, and biscuit/cracker malts.

Tastes delightfully strongly of pumpkin, habanero peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Other notes of cantaloupe and ginger. Body is medium-light. It's a very lovely delicate, eccentric treat.

Oct 02, 2020
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IPAobsessed from North Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am in love with this beer. The Atomic Pumpkin isn’t even in the same category as regular pumpkin flavored ales. The fragrance of this beer is sweet, but it’s not a sweet beer. You do taste hints of pumpkin when you first take a sip. Then, the flavors of cinnamon and habanero pepper take over. The burn that takes over your throat is not overbearing. It’s just enough spice to where it feels good, but doesn’t make your eyes water. I could drink multiple pints of these in a row. Definitely try it if you come across this amazing fall beer! It’s delicious.

Sep 29, 2020
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ForAsh from Florida

2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Three ounces served from a can into an Erdinger Oktoberfest stein during my second decennial pumpkin beer tasting.

Translucent orange, beige lace hangs around till the end. Dull, light hops nose. Pumpkin fruit taste and well balanced pumpkin pie spice up front but right away kicked by the peppery spice that remains for a very long finish. I would not order a full pint of this.

Sep 28, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly clear, very lively, dark amber body. Decent head production and OK retention.

Fairly neutral nose, owing no doubt in part to the pumpkin, which itself has a fairly mild aroma. It doesn't smell spicy, yet there is a bit of a back-of-the-throat burn even from inhaling, so the spice is definitely coming. Just a bit of cinnamon; nothing overpowering. Honey and pale malts.

Similarly neutral on the palate - up front. Honey and pale malts, eventually yielding to a bit of cinnamon and an ever-so-slowly growing pepper heat. Back third is dominated by a combination of pepper heat and dry cinnamon, all layered on top of pumpkin.

Heat level is moderate to high for a beer, much stronger than most other popular pepper beers (Bomb!, Mexican Cake), but still much more restrained than in the hottest (Habanero Sculpin). It's actually a very, very pleasant amount of heat, vegetal chili flavor, and cinnamon, especially for a spice lover. The cinnamon balance is remarkable, bringing a lovely addition to the flavor profile without overwhelming - something many other brewers often fail to manage, even very good brewers.

I have to say: I love this! It's unique, remarkable, and so much more interesting than any other pumpkin beer I've ever had. You've got to be a spice and heat lover to really dig into it; although it's not the hottest, it still may be too much for some. I love the restrained but noticeable cinnamon, and they didn't just toss in a massive dose of pumpkin spice and sugar.

This would still be a one-and-done beer; no desire to down multiple cans in one sitting. Still: great idea, and excellent execution of that idea.

Sep 27, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz can, BB? 07 FEB 2021; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: polished-clear, orange-amber liquid; fizzy foam, no heads holded... champagne soda

S: pumpkin, cantaloupe, spiced rum, dried ginger, artificially-flavored tangerine soft drink

T: wtf?!.. ginger-spiced, watered-down cotton candy... bland malt liquor base... more like spicy pumpkin-spice seltzer...

F: relatively thin, emaciated taut flow; fizzy as fuzz... chili heat builds slow, but takes hold by halfway... mild residual slickness left upon palate

O: what is this?! atrocious... how could they even package and release this?!... what a total waste (1695)

Sep 22, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best by February 2021, into Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a light orange-blonde body, mostly transparent, with a tall creamy head of 2 fingers, leaving tons of webbed lacing as it recedes to a finger.

What can I say, it smells like New Belgium. Distinct NB beer character here. Maybe the yeast? The malts? I dunno. But behind that "funk" is some pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, toasted malt, and pepper rings.

Flavor brings ghost notes of pie crust, but it's not sweet, it's like biting the edge of the tinfoil pan. Then some nutmeg and allspice, a fleeting measure of malt, and some black pepper. It's pretty empty.

Feel is carbonated, effervescent, and light bodied, with some lingering pepper heat on the back end. Like the taste, fairly empty.

Overall, this drank like a lager, and had no real interesting notes. The good news is, it's not offensive, and I will probably finish it.

Price paid : $1.59 / can
Would buy again : no

Sep 16, 2020
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Attlebridge from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pleasing light amber color. Very nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Cinnamon
Taste: Fairly complex. Cinnamon up front followed by a hint of pumpkin with a spicy kick on the finish which lingers a bit. Not unpleasant at all. The chili peppers are a perfect match with the cinnamon and pumpkin
Feel: Standard ale mouth feel with a pepper bite at the finish. Not too much heat, just enough to let you know it's there.
Overall: I have to admit I was expecting to give 5 of this 6 pack away to a friend, instead I'm enjoying it a lot. I think I've found a new fall favorite.

Sep 16, 2020
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hardy008 from Minnesota

2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber with 1/2 finger of a white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. The aroma initially has only cinnamon. Not sure if anything else will show up in the smell as the beer warms up? I can taste cinnamon and chilies, but not much else. I thought the chilies might be hotter. Maybe more shows up in the taste as it warms? The aroma and taste did not change as this beer warmed up. Light to medium bodied. Above average carbonation. Has some heat from the chilies in the aftertaste. Not the worst beer I have ever had, but still below average.

Sep 07, 2020
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scarfacecrowe from Missouri

2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Clear amber with thin white head that dissipated fast.
Smell: Malt, pumpkin, cinnamon . Smells nice, like pumpkin pie!
Taste: Pumpkin and cloves. No depth of flavor really.
Mouthfeel: The beer has a flat mouthfeel, and the burn of the pepper. It is a weird combination.

Overall, disappointing. Will not buy again. If you want a good pumpkin ale try Schlafly or Elysian , you can't go wrong with either one of these.

Sep 04, 2020
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cyginsberg from New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Definitely one of the weirdest beers I've tried. I wouldn't say I like it but I'm glad it exists. It starts off with cinnamon and ginger spice with a pronounced pumpkin flavor and then just gets straight up weird. It leaves a mild hot pepper spicy flavor lingering in your mouth for minutes afterward. I like hot peppers and other spicy food in general but in a beer it's just weird. I certainly enjoyed trying and I suggest everyone try it but I wouldn't make this one a regular for me

Sep 01, 2020
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TheSnarkKnight from Kentucky

4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous orange-amber color, very little off-white foam and some lacing.

Smells like fall. A lot of spice, strong cinnamon, toasty malt, some of the pepper and nutmeg come through.

I like fall, I love hot peppers, and I hate seasonal beer that tastes like candy. One of my co-workers gave me a sample of this without telling me what it was and I'm hooked. Not too sweet, low bitterness, lots of spice, just the right amount of maltiness, and a touch of heat. It seems like it shouldn't work but it does. Easily my favorite cold weather beer.

Medium body, low carbonation, dry finish, nice warmth. Surprisingly smooth.

This is a genuinely weird-ass beer you must try before you die. Definitely get a taste of it before you buy a six pack but I hate how much I love this one.

Aug 29, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong pour is needed to reach a finger of fast dissolving white fizzy foam, no lasting lacing.
Clear and bright, a cross between orange amber and yellow gold.

Pumpkin and cinnamon greet the nose with biscuit and crackery malt, grainy bread in the rear.

The taste is neutral on sweetness with low bitterness, spice and Capsicum heat build up quickly. The pumpkin juice and malt blend shine at first, the mix of hot peppers takes over with a heat level of a red hot candy ball. The finish drops right off but the pepper bite and cinnamon linger for a long spicy aftertaste.

Light body with low yet reserved carbonation, great looks with plenty of flavor. A non-hot pepper version of this Beer would be interesting. The label warns us about the heat.

Aug 28, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gold color, small white head.
Aroma of pepper, slight cinnamon. Hard to discern any pumpkin.
Pepper taste, light cinnamon. Got a little pumpkin taste.
Medium-mouthfeel. Strong pepper aftertaste. If you like hot peppers, this beer is for you.

Aug 23, 2020
Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 401 ratings