Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

Voodoo Ranger Starship IPAVoodoo Ranger Starship IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
132
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  19
SCORE
86
Very Good
Voodoo Ranger Starship IPAVoodoo Ranger Starship IPA
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BitterBru from Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden, wheat color and rather hazy; thin head that quickly dissipates but laces well
Smell: Piney and slightly citrusy
Taste: Spicy tones and a boozy aftertaste; hoppy throughout, but not overly so
A true craft feel; great IPA, but probably not for everyone; Fun can artwork.

May 16, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Impressive three-finger, dense and foamy head. The liquid is hazy, just short of cloudy. The color is lighter gold. There's an initial rim with slippery streaks and spots thereafter.

The smell is more like semisweet caramel than an IPA, closer to the British cousin. I get whiffs of hay and freshly tilled earth. Very light hop touch to the nose.

The flavor starts off earthy. The body leans rich and the carbonation is adequate for the style. The hop, like the smell, is subtle on the tongue. The finish is well-balanced. Interestingly, the balance in the aftertaste fades quickly, leaving a strong hop pellet-like bitterness to linger for a long period.

Here's another IPA that fits solidly into the middle of the profile and thus, doesn't seem to get the credit it deserves. While there is nothing overly noteworthy, it is a solid IPA.

May 10, 2020
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izraelc from New York

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a light hazy yellow. Piney aroma. Lighter than I thought it would be. Mild citrus flavor. Slight bitter finish. Not as bold as the others in this series. Solid flavor.

May 09, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent head production. Good retention, and very nice lacing. Body is lightly hazy but nearly transparent, and a darker shade of lemon yellow.

Fairly restrained nose. Some lemon, orange, and mango; light, bright herbs, green leaf, and pepper; cracker.

Much juicier and more flavorful on the palate than the nose implies. Really quite tasty, with waves of fruity flavors: pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon; touches of leafy green herbs on the edges.

Soft, smooth, very drinkable.

May 02, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice rings of lace;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is predominantly under ripe mango and peach;

T: under ripe mango up front; peach from the middle through the finish with a little orange there as well; solid malt backbone adds balance; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not enough aroma or flavor to be better than good;

Apr 23, 2020
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joe12pk from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Slightly cloudy, Good lacing.
S - Grapefruit, lemon, and some pine
T - See above. After sitting 10 minutes or so, taste becomes a little too soft. Might have some mango.
F - Medium
O - 4

Apr 20, 2020
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Jackwack from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into my mouth. Tasted good, decent buzz. Not into the fancy smancy glasses, all that stuff. Beer, for a man, should be drank from a darn can. Grow a set and enjoy

Apr 08, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip. L: Hazy light amber with a very nice and long lasting off white head. Good lacing. S: Maybe the best feature of this solid IPA; hoppy, citrusy, and a bit of sweet floral. T: hop forward, citrus blend (grapefruit and tangerine), and a solid malt sweetness for balance. I can’t say that I notice the higher range ABV. F: Lighter side of medium bodied. O: a really solid beer worth a look.

Apr 02, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can with a 21 June 2020 BB date stamp on the bottom.
Look. Lightly hazy pale amber body with a fine, durable white head.
Aroma. Floral and herbal hops with too much alcohol showing.
Flavor. Fruity gray and herbal hop notes. Moderately bitter.
Body. Good other than being a bit too thin.

Mar 30, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a solid choice for a reasonable price while sheltering in place due to COVID-19. This is hop forward but balance appears in the aftertaste. Citrus and light malts represent with notes of resin, tangerine, and white pepper. Easy to drink with a crisp mouthfeel and thinnish but appropriate tecture. The abv kind of sneaks up on you as well. Not as complex or fancy, but satisfying and they go down easy for the octane.

Mar 22, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, clear golden orange color with lasting white cap and lacing.

Mild aroma of ripe yellow fruit with sharp floral hops.

Taste is hop forward with a smooth underlying body of sweet malt. Hops stay on top of things, literally, from start to finish with malt riding along behind. Hops are a bit edgy like fresh citrus zest with a medium bitterness range. Finish is short, dry and refreshing. Fairly simple flavors yet well balanced.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This brew has a clean sharpness which should work with a wide range of richer dishes.

Mar 22, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, but with sediment, medium orange color with a tall, creamy, bright white head. SRM of 8-9. (3.75)

Aroma: Nondescript bitter lemon/orange, grapefruit, green grape and apple and starfruit with some onion sprinkles and sourness. Quite herbal and astringent. (3.50)

Flavor: Vague, citrus and fruit flavors. A bit of onion. Faint herbs and pith. Rather nondescript, minimal bitterness, and finishes with a respectable amount of sweetness that slightly resembles green apple.

Feel: Medium-body. Mild carbonation. Rather creamy and smooth on the palate.

Compared w/ Elysian Space Dust IPA 3/22/20: Pours a lighter color but more sediment and less hazy. Less aromas. More crystal malt, alcohol, and sweetness w/ vague citrus flavors than fruit. Heavier, stronger alcohol, and sweeter.

Overall: I am drinking this beer 10 days prior to the best-buy date, but it is very dissapointing. The flavor and aromas are vague and weak.

Mar 22, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 7/5/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellowish golden; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Some fresh bread and crackers. Some malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. More pineapple along with some hints of coconut. Subtle hints of orange and grapefruit. Some fresh grass. Moderate to low bitterness. Mild spiciness. Some rye and black pepper in the mix. Mild sweetness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid IPA. It definitely has a "hazy/New England IPA" vibe going on. It might not be anything super crazy, but it's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. It might even be a little bit better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

Mar 21, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Hazy gold with decent white foamy head and solid lacing.
N: Citrus and tropical notes.
T: A very bitter flavor upfront with some citrus and lost tropical.
M: Very bitter flavors and muted everything. Not sure if this is just a bad can or bad beer.
O: Dumped this out, flavors were a mess and not worth finishing.

Mar 17, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured in to a nonic glass. Dated 07 JUN20

Look- Slightly hazy golden orange color, modest off white head that slowly recedes to a small cap of foam, solid sticky lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (pithy grapefruit, orange and lemon), pineapple and mango, peach/nectarine, bready malt, light pine and white pepper, spicy/earthy notes.

Taste- Citrus, pineapple, stone fruit and tropical fruit, bready malt, light pepper and pine.

Feel- Medium bodied, fairly crisp with a slight lingering bitterness, well balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- One of the better Voodoo Ranger spin-offs IMO. Nothing spectacular but pretty nice.

Mar 13, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-hazy yellow tap pour with a 1 cm white cap. The aroma so slight as to be indiscernible. The flavor includes grapefruit, kiwi and orange zest. There is a bit of resin too. The finish is clean. This is an “easy to drink” IPA.

Mar 04, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy juicy ipa. It showcases the galaxy hop well. I get tons of citrus, orange grapefruit etc some peach and a sharp bitterness on the finish. Not bad, a little harsh on the finish but overall still enjoyable.

Mar 01, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the voodoo ranger name and art just wont seem to die, but at least the beer is getting better. this latest one is pretty tasty, done with galaxy hops, a little hazy not not heavy to drink at all, and with low bitterness and even some sweetness through it, bringing out the very best of these hops, i was surprised by this and not just because i liked it, its innovative and good in a series that hasnt seemed too creative to me so far. lemongrass and lime leaf in the nose, lime zest and subtle vanilla and starchy grain in the taste, citrusy but not generic at all, i think pretty true to galaxy hops, but also soft to me like citra maybe, not sure if there is more than one type in here or not. faint raw coconut flesh, kumquat, and orange. its delicious and its bright, herbal and fruity and fresh as can be, some wheat likely in the grain base, but simple, appropriately off dry, and clean on the fermentation, nothing from the yeast at all. its very low bitterness for an ipa, but it sure is drinkable. the hop complexion is dynamic, especially if this is a single varietal brew. impressive overall, the best ive had in this series! very modern.

Feb 29, 2020
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SolarPower36 from Florida

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I saw these on a Buy One Get One and looked it up on Beer Advocate. I add a little bit of Lakewood Pure Lemon juice and it launches the Starship IPA It's out of this world!

Feb 28, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cool can artwork.

L: Hazy golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and grains. Smells like a 'voodoo ranger' brew.

T.F: Typical New Belgium malt profile. Sweet up front with citrus rind and grapefruit. A bit of tropicals mixed in. Not noticeably different from the rest of the 'voodoo ranger' series. Medium bodied... well carbonated. Earthy hops and citrus at the finish.

O: A pretty typical New Belgium IPA. Not bad... not a favorite.

Feb 26, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: A hazy dark apricot, with a small white foam that leaves a mild lacing. Tight carbonation.
AROMA: Lemon, caramel, slight pineapple and grapefruit.
TASTE: Lemon and caramel are the main flavors I get. It has a nice brightness, overall. Sort of a generic citrus, and a bit of a sharp bitterness that almost feels numbing in the mouth.
FEEL: Bright, full carbonation; love that. dry on finish, medium body.
OA: Decent. Lemony. I'd like a bit of pine to offset the sharper bite, a little. Others from NB that I prefer, but, not bad.

Feb 25, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Brewing Co. "Starship IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, coded enjoy by "26 APR 2020"
$

Notes via stream of consciousness: Having just tasted New Belgium's "Hop Avenger IPA" and being fairly disappointed in it I'm hoping for more here. It's clearer, which is nice, but it's still hazy to very hazy, and golden in color. The head is a nice creamy cap of white that's settled down to become rocky. If the lacing is as good as it was on the "Avenger" it'll score a 4.25 out of 5. The aroma is also limited which is disappointing, but at the same time that's OK as not every IPA has to have a bright and hoppy aroma. It's mildly citrusy/tropical but I'm not really getting any specific notes out of it. Moving forward, the taste give me... grapefruit and pine, and some orange atop a sweetish and gently biscuity malt base. It has a little bit of an orange marmalade note to it. There's a little bit more to it, and I might say mango and peach if pressed, but in all honesty I think I've covered it. So I'm just going to stop here and ask, what is the point of putting out another beer that breaks no new ground and isn't even as good as the many other versions of basically the same beer already on the market? There was a time, twenty years ago or so, where these was room for another entry into the market for a style that was widely available, but that time has passed. This is just another mediocre tropical/citrusy/gently piney IPA that doesn't warrant any mention. It's OK, but that's about it. In fact, I'll go beyond saying it's just "OK, because OK seems to fit a fairly well made Pilsner from some second world country that would score something like a 3.25 or 3.5, and this is better than that, but you get the point. Maybe I'm just jaded. Maybe I'm spoiled because there are so many great beers available now - this is not one of them.
Review #6,963

Feb 24, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 USD per sixer of 12 fl oz pull-tab cans at a Walmart in Chalmette, LA. Best before: April 19 2020.

"India Pale Ale." 7.7% ABV. Brewed with Galaxy, Jester, Idaho 7, and El Dorado hops. Malts: Pale, Munich, and Oats [sic]. 50 IBUs. Dry hopped during fermentation.

APPEARANCE: ~4cm head height. ~6 minute head retention. Head is fluffy and white with a nice frothiness to it.

Body is a bright vibrant orange. Hazy yet translucent. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking IPA, but doesn't really stand out from the herd.

AROMA: Guava, fresh citrus/citrus pulp (orange, tangerine, subdued grapefruit), mango, hop oils/myrcene, fresh orange juice. Pale malts subdue any concomitant hop bitterness judging by the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average. Not boozy or otherwise problematic.

TASTE: Showcases Galaxy well, yielding ample passionfruit and guava notes, but the hop profile as a whole is a bit too murky and unfocused, flirting with both a more classic clean citrus profile and a more new school tropical fruit/juicy profile without committing to a side. The result is a clashing and imbalanced hop profile that lacks a clear direction, but the myrcene, hop oils, and fruitiness are pleasant enough that it's an enjoyable beer despite feeling rough around the edges.

Pale malts keep it anchored. Neither too bitter nor too sweet. Boasts good hop pungency and depth of flavour.

TEXTURE: Soft enough despite its overcarbonation, which leaves it finishing overly crisp. Smooth. Wet. Medium-bodied. Oily. Not unrefreshing.

Not astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or boozy. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours.

OVERALL: A likable budget IPA with wide distribution, but not a brew that will best good expressions of the style available regionally and locally in most of the same markets. I'd sooner buy Elysian Space Dust, Lagunitas IPA, et al. when after an affordable widely distributed beer, and favourites like Ballast Point Sculpin or Bear Republic Racer 5 are available for only a couple dollars more per sixer. Competent but not memorable fare from a brewery that hasn't been swinging for the fences in years. Won't blow away diehard fans of Galaxy hop-driven IPAs, nor does it showcase its hop varietals to a particularly impressive extent, but it's certainly drinkable and I can't see any fair minded discerning drinker actively disliking it.

B- / WORTHY

Feb 22, 2020
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. Brewed with pale malt, munich malt and oats. Hopped with GALAXY, JESTER, EL DORADO AND IDAHO 7.
7.7% ABV, 50 IBU.

Pours out to a cloudy, but not turbid pale golden, forming a nice white head with good retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation. The nose is fruit, orange juice/peel, mango, grapefruit, white grapejuice. Not catty or piney. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium-dense body. The taste is very nice. Lots of fruity juicy tropical fruit hops, medium well balanced herbal/grassy bitterness kept in check by some solid malts, the munich adds a nice touch and the oats help round out the smooth mouthfeel. No off aromas or flavors. Pretty drinkable.

Out of the voodoo ranger series, this one has been one of my favorites. All of them are quite good, but this one is more my style. I would buy this again. Recommended.

Feb 21, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with three fingers of cream color head. Rings and swathes of lace appear as the level drops.
Smell is pungent floral fruity hops. Bread crust malts also.
Taste is orange and grapefruit zest with good malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation level. Finish is dry and medium bitter.
Overall a tasty murky IPA. Best by 31 May 2020.

Feb 19, 2020
Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 132 ratings