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
Reviews by Mdog:
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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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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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chris826 from Mississippi

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

Jun 09, 2020
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blissfulNemo from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 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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ChuckTom from Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 26, 2020
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markallmon from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

May 29, 2020
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Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 19, 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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entenduintransit from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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S-Taylor from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tuesday at 05:48 AM
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BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 21, 2020
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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.

Yesterday at 01:21 AM
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schoon from Iowa

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 14, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 19, 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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BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 27, 2020
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wisegreensoul from Idaho

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 14, 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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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 16, 2020
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j0hnc2468 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 20, 2020
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 17, 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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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
Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 75 ratings