Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPAVoodoo Ranger 1985 IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,148
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #14,304
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
75
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New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPAVoodoo Ranger 1985 IPA
Notes: Like totally loaded with juicy mango flavor, 1985 takes you back to the future of hazy IPAs. Buckle up.

Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Cascade
Malts: Pale malt, oats, wheat

30 IBU
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 75 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a 1 November 2020 BB date stamp on the bottom of the can.
Pours with a tall, foamy white head over a hazy golden body. As the head suggests, this has a relatively high carbonation level but it's suitable for the beer.
The aroma and, more so, the flavor suggest pineapple as least as much as mango (the latter actually part of the recipe). Nice and juicy with less bitterness than average for the style. Good balance and harmony.

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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Picked up from grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a $10 sixer mixer. 08 NOV 2020 printed on bottom of can so this should be fresh for another 4 months.

Appearance - Opaque deep yellow body with big white head. 4.5/5

Smell - dank, sweet, orange sweetness. 4.5

Taste - refreshing light grassy and citrusy tones with a nice round sweet character 4.75

Mouthfeel - full bodied, almost creamy yet effervescent 5

Overall - no off characters 4.75

Jul 01, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Big foamy head, bright yellow, hazy, cloudy.
S: Light cereal grains, non bitter hops, mango and a little bit of dry spice.
T: Slightly bitter, comparable to the mango wheat from blue moon but in IPA style with a little bit more spice and complexity.
F: Slightly dry but refreshing on the mango aftertaste.
O: An amazing mango IPA that is very refreshing and not too bitter for my taste.

Jul 01, 2020
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Hops_Monster from California

2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It smells pretty good. Very tropical with the mango and pineapple. Also looks neat in the glass. But unfortunately that's as far as it goes. Doesn't taste great at all. Leaves a lingering stank taste in your mouth. I was pretty bummed because I love the 80's and the six pack was 11 bucks not including tax. NEIPA/Hazy IPA are very hit or miss for me. And this one missed big time. I made it to the last can and couldn't bring myself to finish it.

Also the can has an enjoy by date instead of canned on date which I also don't like. says October 4, and I'ts almost July so I'm going to guess it's still pretty fresh.

Jun 28, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of watermelon and mango are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has flavors of watermelon and mango along with notes of citrus. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the aromas and flavors of watermelon in this IPA to be rather interesting.

Serving type: can

Jun 21, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells like orange/pineapple juice. taste is citrus, tropical fruit, sweet pale malts with a hint of pine and hop presence. Bitterness comes through after a long finish. The malt sweetness has prevalence over the hop profile, but they balance out quite well. Mouthfeel is medium and has a refreshing back end. This was quite good and I would buy again. Had a BB date of9/20/20. I am enjoying the series by NB.

Jun 19, 2020
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superspak from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass; canned on 4/9/2020, best before 8/30/2020. Pours opaquely hazy deep golden/amber/light orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy mangoes, melon, tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of mangoes, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy mangoes, melon, tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of mangoes, melon, tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of mangoes, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/tartness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/tart/tang. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy/tangy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.7%, or lingering hop burn after the finish. Overall this is an excellent NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of mangoes, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel. Great Citra, Simcoe, Cascade profile. Very juicy/vibrant hops/fruit with light dank/earthy notes; and a nice sized wheat/oat/malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected. No complaints as expected, I love the whole Voodoo Ranger series.

Jun 18, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had yet another (3rd) can of this last night for the opening of softball season. Deep triple off the wall, I'm sore.
So this is interesting, in that the can says it has spices and mango in it. I don't think it tastes that way (for the better) other than a bit of mango that i thought was hop derivative, not juice.

Anyhoo, pours cloudy and yellow, 2/5" white head. The aroma is hoppy, has the mild undercurrent of citra when the big craft boys use it in a more financially responsible way when charging $1.30 per beer versus the little guys who dump a ton of it and charge $4-6 per serving.

I think taste is where the beer excels. There is this strawberry like note that I have to attribute to the vague "spices" reference on the can. Its like what the luponic distortion series kind of describes, but comes up short on. I think its a bit more bitter than 30ibu, the Simcoe hop gives it a nice middle of the road bitterness. Good soft flaked body. Just doesn't have the sweetness I associate with fruit juice added, so that is nice mouthfeel wise.

This is a pretty good beer at a great price.

Jun 16, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Recommended to me as fresh and easy to drink. Purchased a six pack at a reasonable price and had one cold as soon as I got home. Great summer beer with fruit out front. Mango is predominant which makes sense since it is right on the can. Overall, easy to drink and very smooth. For an IPA lover there is nothing really special, but I can see this appealing to non-IPA lovers because it isn't super hoppy or bitter.

Jun 16, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, big head.

Smell: Canned pineapples.

Taste: Cafeteria fruit cocktail--pineapple, pear, syrup, melon, mango. Very fruity and not too cloyingly sweet.

Overall: It's very fruity and tastes fine, just reminds me way too much of canned fruit cocktail from school lunch. So I suppose that's like 1985, since I would have been eating school lunch fruit cocktail then.

Jun 14, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.98 Foodland
99 days before date on can
Smell of mangoes
Hazy golden-orange color like grapefruit juice mixed with orange juice
Heavy-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Mangoes, grapefruit, orange flavors, light bitterness
Overall this is a nice fairly easy drinking beer. Very tropical.

Jun 14, 2020
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Lulah from Idaho

3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully hazy, cloudy but not gross or murky, with a decent head. A fine piney/fruity aroma, though understated. Still noticeable like the aroma of some fresh-squeezed citrus juice. Smooth taste, but not very flavorful. Still, there's a hint of fruitiness, a bit like a smoothie. The after-taste is almost non-existent. Doesn't feel bad in the mouth, very little impact from the hops after the first sip, though.

My rating is slightly higher than the averaged score, as it's a decent beer. Recommend to drink it cold, warmth doesn't enrich the 1985. I'd call it 'adult fruit juice', which is fine - it's a beer that plays on nostalgia, would buy and drink again.

Jun 13, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by date of August 30th 2020, per the bottom of the can. Not even going to venture a guess as to what that says about its canning date, but pretty safe to assume this is relatively fresh. Side of can reads "India pale ale with mango flavor & spice". Huh? Mango spice? Whatevs...

Pop the top and the mango smell immediately grabs you by the nostrils. This is one of them hazy numbers, so it looks like it could have actual mango pulp blended in. Grody. Lots of mango on the nose, as expected. Pineapple too. I dig that. There's also a tropical flavored vodka note buried in there if you breathe deep. Tastes, unfortunately, like I just vomited and then brushed my teeth. Grody 2: Electric Boogaloo. Further sips are better, but not much. This is just not good. It's far too carbonated and just comes across as a bad attempt at tropical flavored soda. May have to drain-pour this.

Jun 13, 2020
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EternalDank from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up hazy and with a nice head about 2 fingers, the smell is like a tropical smoothie. Drink ability is 5 out of 5 its very smooth and consistent. The flavor is mango, pineapple, guava but not overly sweet slight hops 30 IBU ( measurement for hops) hop flavor is slightly orange very smooth. The beer smoothie! In my opinion its the best to come from New Belgium Brewing Company. If your like me you like your beer to have a head,lacing,flavor,drink ability all in one and this qualifies. If the company were to ask for improvements I would say bring a tallboy can version to the forefront for people to taste test and share with someone else. Also a 12 pack would be awesome your going to think about this one when its a nice summer day and you want to cool down and unwind! Your going to love it if you enjoy a nice tropical vibe in the summer months. Remember this is a 6.7% beer but it drinks like its a smoothie or some very fine juice, so take it easy on this one its easy to over indulge. M43 by old nation was my go to IPA and no longer will be after this one.

Jun 06, 2020
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Deagle from Michigan

2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

look is hazy per the new trend. 12 ounce can poured into a ultimate pint glass with nebulizer. The fruity mango hit me right away like a slap to the face. This is a very tropical beer. Bitterness is not very present until the the end and even then it's medium. It tastes more like a tropical smoothie in beer form. Not for me, but I'm sure some folks will like. Hides the ABV well. Love New Belgium, but won't get this again.

Jun 05, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed bronze with 2+ fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some tropical & citrus fruit, not enough

T: Oranges, green melon, watermelon and a little grassiness up front. Plenty of green melon, some dryness & cakeyness as this warms, along a little bit of orange. Finishes dry with oranges, peach and green melon

MF: Medium body fairly firm carbonation, great balance

Pretty drinkable needed more nose & little more flavor punch to propel it to greatness

May 30, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best by September 27, 2020.
Crane snifter.

A very unusually juicy blonde-apricot coming from this New Belgium can. A tall creamy cap of 2 fingers, receding slowly to 1/2 finger and destroying the snifter with lacing.

Aroma of sweet mangoes, fresh grass/wet pine, and slight pineapple. A good bit of juice here too. Simple and lovely.

There's an odd funk coming at me straight away, and it's that of expired fruit hanging down in the mud of the yeast trub getting sucked up into the final product. It's very dirty/yeasty/fruity, and then once that's out of the way, I get a nicer more sweet mango flavor, bordering on mango candy, or mango soda, and then some base malt and pine. It's dirty and sweet/bitter/sweet. It's just a weird thing of a beer.

Feel is crisp and juicy, with zero cleanliness though, and has a lot of starchiness and resins clinging to the palate making this the opposite of a clean beer ready for another sip. It's almost a chore.

Overall, this beer had me thinking I should go out and buy a 6 pack immediately but then it hit my lips and the game changed. Still on the mediocre side, and not surprising for NB though I think they're maybe on the right track. I've had better voodoo rangers though.

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

May 29, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look-It pours a light-yellow color with complete haze. It looks like an unfiltered wheat like Blue Moon or something like that. The head is foamy, thick, and white with thick drooping lacing.

Smell-It has subtle aromas of fruits and grain. Some citrus, pine, and pepper.

Taste-It tastes like mango, orange, and melon with strong notes of wood and straw. These straw-like and fresh cut hay flavors overpower the fruits and, in my opinion, diminish the beer’s quality. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied.

Overall-It is an OK beer, but not much to write home about.

May 28, 2020
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Pale malt, oats, wheat. Hopped with Citra, simcoe, cascade.
30 IBU, 6.7% ABV, 12oz can.

Pours out to a cloudy pale straw golden forming a tall bone white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is full of mango, pepper, pine and pineapple. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very soft finish. Very nice. The taste is very good. There is lots of mango and orange juice up front. Very fruity. Finishing slightly sweets accentuates the fruitiness. Bitterness is mild. The aftertaste is interesting, like orange cookie dough with some grainy husk flavor. No off flavors or aromas.

This is great I would definitely buy it again. Very easy drinking. Recommended as it stands out from many other NEIPA's. I might have to pick up another 6'er of this.

May 27, 2020
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Beervolcano from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours bright orange with a very frothy head. It has mango flavor, but i'm glad that it's perfectly balanced and not overpowering. It definitely has a tropical flavor. Very refreshing, but not exactly light. I'm usually not a huge fan of fruit flavored beer, but this one is very good.

May 25, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very heavy of a tropical fruit nature with lots of pineapple, tangerine, and a whole big sum of mango. Along with these aromas a bit grain and a touch of herb and grass. Overall nice flavorful and rich smelling.
Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a very bready taste with a whole lot of tropical fruits of papaya, tangerine and mango. The mango and the tangerine are the strongest and remain so throughout the taste. At the front there is a little bit of a hop as well, being mostly of a grapefruit flavor, but also consisting of a little bit of a herbal hop as well. As the taste advances some more grassy and herbal hop comes to the tongue and with a surge in the mango, one is left with a very tropical and moderately hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. For the mix of tropical fruit and hop the feel is nice as it coats the tongue in all the rich flavors.
Overall – A very easy drinking and fruity IPA with a nice blend of tropical fruit and hop and a little extra hit of mango.

May 23, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a large, white head of foam. It smelled of mango, citrus and caramel. Sweet mango taste with caramel and a mild bitterness.

May 18, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can 5/16/20 best by 9/13/2020

Pours a hazy golden orange. Head is foamy and has excellent lacing and retention.

Everything is a little bit subdued in the smell, which was a little disappointing, but the sweetness is there in the form of mango, guava, and maybe some pineapple.

Fortunately, the flavors are stronger in the taste, but still a bit less powerful than I would like. Lots of everything mentioned above, but caramel malts and hops present themselves more in the taste. Decently balanced given the intent of the beer, but I might have liked just a bit more hop flavor. Grass, spices, and hops do come in at the end for a decently dry finish, which is nice considering how sweet it is up front.

Feel is good. Not too heavy, not too light, powerful carbonation.

Overall, pretty good and worth trying if you’re a fan of NE style IPAs.

May 16, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy but not cloudy orange/gold with an excellent foamy head and solid staying lacing.

The aromas are nice but overly sweet. Pineapple, coconut, mango, orange, and melon.

The flavors are quite muted. Faint caramel malt on the tip of the tongue, quickly followed by tropical sweetness, more vague than the aromas. Pina colada-ish. Faint resin and grass at the finish.

Nice feel and finish. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated and drying. Quite drinkable.

It looks good and drinks well, but that's about it.

May 16, 2020
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Relatively high carbonation. Taste is very juicy (mango, melon) but a few hop notes pop out. Compared to a better neipa, this one lacks a full body or complex flavor profile. Still, high crushability is a selling point with this one. Not sure this brew will be popular (or standout) enough to be made on a regular basis, but I find it a worthy offering from New Belgium.

May 15, 2020
Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 75 ratings