Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
New Belgium Brewing Company

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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #128
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,052
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 14.93%
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
285
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 30, 2022
Added:
Apr 20, 2017
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  95
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I pretty much missed the habanero peppers!!!! Might have been a little heat, but what I noticed was a malty beer, with some actual pumpkin and a fair amount of pumpkin spices. The only "bite" I detected I attributed to the cinnamon!!! Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer featured a light, clear copper color with a medium sized bubbly white head. Average retention and some lacing on the glass. Other than completely blowing off the peppers, I enjoyed this beer. Rich enough, plenty of pumpkin, and the pumpkin spices are a bit more pronounced than I like but still not that overdone!!!! I'm just going to have another one so that I can be on the look-out for hot peppers!!!
Sep 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Smells good and then it goes downhill. Fast. Like a bobsled.

Looks - Clear orange/yellow body / bubbly.

Smell/Taste: Cinnamon, ginger and spice that hits the back of the throat with a burn.

It’s odd and not in a good way. It is literally spicy beer. Maybe a good taster but not a pint.

Not impressed.
Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
I poured a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. nice amber orange color, a one-inch head that receded quickly, typical of the style. The nose is nice, pumpkin, caramel, and vanilla waft above the fainter smell of cinnamon and allspice. This taste is initially as expected... some evidence of pumpkin mash, vanilla and caramel, cinnamon allspice, cloves, ginger.. but then the taste grows hotter. It is peppery, and seems perhaps heavy on the ginger, and after several sips, you realize it's time to call the fire department, and start looking for water. I'm not sure why they have gone so spicy on the taste, but for me it is truly unwelcome. As for the mouthfeel, I am never comfortable when a campfire has been lit in the middle of my tongue. Overall, if you have a taste and passion for hot spicy dishes, this may be right up your alley. For me... it's not happening here. This was my first and last New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin.
Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Notes as Written 09/17/2022
clear orange/yellow body, bubbly half finger head which dissipates fast, bubbley, takes coaxing to stir up aroma which is very subtle ginger, very strong cinnamon/ginger flavor which immediately hits the back of the throat with a burn, tastes good and is literally spicy, spicy beer not really my thing, but I can see the draw, smooth mouthfeel that develops a hard kick
Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by RoyalKaiju

Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
"Enjoy by 8/6/23"; drank 9/13/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy eggshell head; decent lace.

Pumpkin & chili pepper spice notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mild pumpkin & hot chili pepper bite flavors; as the drink progresses, the heat builds & you can't really taste much.

Not sure why chili beers exist, but this isn't an argument for them.
Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear pumpkin orange with a tinge of amber and mild effervescence. Scent has clear notes of pumpkin and cinnamon (almost smells like cinnamon Life cereal) , but the spicy notes are pretty muted. Taste is pretty smooth pumpkin and cinnamon before a transition to a strong spicy burn. Feel is on the lighter side with most of the aftertaste consumed with the spicy (presumably haberno) flavor. The individual parts are fairly hit or miss but dang, do I enjoy the overall combination and the interesting twist on the pumpkin variety.
Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.37 by reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

Sep 03, 2022
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Rated by Sparty1965

2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Ehh. A little too contrived. Late, spicy burn that tastes artificial. Officially my least favorite beer from new Belgium.
Aug 29, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by duglius from Texas

Aug 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by BKotch from Texas

Aug 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.22 by datpingao from California

Aug 18, 2022
 
Rated: 2.36 by jslice99 from New York

Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin from New Belgium. 12 oz can from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA, from 18/09/21. $ 2.11 (including tax) ($ 0.176/oz). Stored at room temperature in store and at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 14/03/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Can stamped on bottom “16 JAN 2022”. Served at 40 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 42.4 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Pale Gold (SRM 4), clear.
Body – Deep Gold (SRM 6), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent, and chill haze apparent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.2 cm, aggressive center pour), white, creamy with average retention, diminishing to a 0.8 to one cm undulating crown and rocky cap.
Lacing – Good. Wide band of impending torn curtains, with many medium bubbles.
Aroma – 3 – Vegetal with no hint of pumpkin, no hops, no malt, no yeast, no cinnamon.
Flavor – 3 – A bit sweet with instant pepper mouth burn, no flavors of malt, yeast, hops, nor pumpkin. Any cinnamon present is lost in the assortment of chilis. No ethanol (6.4% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma; however, there is no gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. Looks good but aroma and taste-wise, it’s just another chili beer.
Mar 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
9/16/21.,..pours bright clear orange, no foam. Faint vanilla pumpkin smell. Faint. Thick pumpkin taste, background nutmeg/cinnamon. Spicy. Kicky. The chilis start to kick in and really drive some heat.
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Nov 22, 2021
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Rated by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A bit more pepper than pumpkin. But overall, not bad.
Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can poured into a tulip.

L: Amber and clear, one inch white creamy head, leaves a little lace and fades to a perpetual ring in a couple of minutes
S: Big malty bread at the pour, this fades leaving a mostly spicy aroma, cinnamon, coriander, yeast, after warming a pastry bread aroma comes out
T: Malt and spice forward, coriander, clove, hot pepper, bread, wheat, hot peppery bite to finish, not getting any pumpkin
F: Medium body is smooth and creamy, finish is dry and rather clean for a spicy beer, has some warmth
O: Not bad, too much pepper for my taste, more like a chili beer than a pumpkin/seasonal spice beer
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Single can from Kroger Mix & Match shelf
Pumpkin taste is actually tones down. Good notes of cinnamon and a spicy hot kick in the finish.
An interesting beer but probably nothing I would buy again.
Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- clear burnt orange with a half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S- cinnamon, clove and anise with dominate of malt

F- clove and anise. i dont get much pumpkin spice per se

M- spicy and almost like a hot spicy.

O- not bad but the clove is too dominate for me.
Nov 03, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Nov 01, 2021
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The pour is orange colored. The taste is mild pumpkin, cinnamon, & some pepper on the backend. Cheers! B-
Nov 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by JoeLacy from Ohio

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by ArztZiegler from Ohio

Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Aleforge from Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I'm not going to bother writing up a full breakdown of this beer as there isn't much to say besides why? It's pretty much a run of the mill pumpkin without much complexity. But yet your throat burns like you are dealing with a cold. I have to wonder if NB decided to toss in the peppers to distract you from the fact on how mediocre this is. I just don't get it as the chili's add absolutely nothing to the flavor profile. I mean if you want to make this "something" make it hot enough to make you sweat. That way you can give it to your buddy's in a glass without warning.

Anyhow I love NB's lineup, in fact they make some of my favorite beers (Trippel). But this is just depressing.
Oct 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium golden to orange color that is madly bubbling and a strong and creamy white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of fall spices upfront including cinnamon and cloves. Then it follows with some sweet apple pie and pumpkin pie crust malty aromas. (3.75)

Flavor: Moderate flavors upfront of fall spices including cinnamon and cloves. The malts are apple pie and pumpkin pie crust. Then in the middle the spicy pepper comes through. It doesn't stop. The spicy pepper carries through the end leaving a spicy bite through the finish. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. The spiciness comes through the middle and wipes through the end scorching any flavors in the beer and leaving them with a spicy pepper note. (3.50)

Overall: Not a huge drinker of pumpkin/flavored beers and cautiously headed toward this one given the words "atomic", "spicy", and "pumpkin". I can say the beer drinks quite well. The spices and malt flavors are well done with nice fall flavors of apple and pumpkin pie. The spiciness is definitely interesting and not subtle by any means. Cleans through the end and rips the palate. I can say it's better than many flavored/pumpkin beers I've had but sort of like a jalapeno, I don't think I would/could have more than one. (Final Rating: 3.78)
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Drinking this at The Parting Glass Pub in downtown Andrews NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks orangish with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly to a very thin ring.
Smells lightly cinnamon, bready, spicy, pumpkin.
Taste follows the nose, WOW! Pepper, pepper, pepper on the back of palate.
That being said, there's a lot going on here, very complex. Pepper is all over the place some sips pepper, some sips more cinnamon. However the pepper builds on your palate and if you don't like pepper? You won't like this beer.
There is a bit of vanilla as well.
Mouth feel, falls short here, this is a beer that would've benefitted from a stronger malt base.
Overall this is a Pumpkin beer unlike any I've ever had, unusual, complex, spicy. A little more malt would've made this the greatest pumpkin beer ever.
Cheers!
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap in a standard pint glass.

Orange copper color with a thin white cap that morphs to heavy lacing.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, crisp pumpkin Autumn aroma.

Liquid pumpkin pie flavor. Lots of cinnamon loaded malt.

Light and sweet and spicy. Then the lasting peppered finish, spicy hot.

As pumpkin beers go, it’s a cut above the norm for me. I enjoyed its easy drinking at 6.4% abv with the habenero kick.
Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This one smells like cinnamon first and then pumpkin and beer. The spicy cinnamon is strong.

So much cinnamon flavor with a little pumpkin all in a really malty beer.

The body is thin and the carbonation is moderate. The finish is mind blowing. Cinnamon and heat from chilies. It's so good.

Wow this is unique to me. It has some pumpkin but it's more of a spicy cinnamon beer. Overall I give it a 4.7 out of 6.
Oct 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Freeborn_mustache from District of Columbia

2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2
I was really excited about this one, I love NB and always seek out a few pumpkin spice beers every year when the seasons are changing. Also- I’ve been brewing spicy beers lately and really love them.

This is one of the worst beers I’ve had in a long time. The feel is thin and unsatisfying, and combined with an overwhelming sweetness it feels like drinking a soda. Pumpkin spice flavor completely overwhelms, so the flavor becomes completely one-dimensional and really leaves almost nothing recognizably beer-y in terms of flavor. As for the spicy notes, they’re almost non-existent except as an annoying tingle in the back of your throat. I actually forgot it was spiced until I read the can again. Color is fine, nice amber but the head is so weak as a result of thin sugary consistency.

Overall, I’ll never buy this or probably any other pumpkin spice beer ever again. I could only stomach one of the 6 and gave the rest to a homeless man.
Sep 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.
Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Sep 25, 2021
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