Voodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

Voodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPAVoodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,307
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #17,802
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.67%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
44
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  3
SCORE
89
Very Good
Voodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPAVoodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPA
Notes: Higher Plane IPA achieves the perfect balance of delicately bitter flavors and tropical, juicy aromas. Channel your inner haze.

Tasting Notes

Visual: Deep gold, medium-heavy sheen. Moderate white foam.; Aroma: Strong hop aroma with notes of mango, pineapple, and passionfruit. Hints of warm bready notes that invite you in.

Flavor:
Slight-moderate sweetness through the middle, then a slight-moderate bitterness that grows to moderate and lingers slightly.; Mouthfeel/Body: Smooth and slightly coating. Medium Body.

45 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 44 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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redresonatedragon from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

It’s a pretty good ale, great fizzy and robust body to give it some additional heft. I appreciate New Belgium’s profile and malt chemistry, this is another ripened honeydew melon perfection. Everything blends together nicely, extra points for the can

Today at 10:18 AM
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the smell and taste of the froth. Slightly banana flavored. Green juicy hops with some tropical flavors. Medium bodied with no bitterness. Well rounded.

Sunday at 06:58 AM
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Spikester from Oregon

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

Hazy gold with three fingers of cream color head. Rings of fine bubble lace appear as the levels drop.
Smell is floral slightly dank green hops with bready malts.
Taste is slightly dank green juicy hops with a good amount of bready malts.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Best by 24 January 2021. Overall a tasty hazy IPA.

Saturday at 04:53 AM
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a light, hazy yellow in color with a beautiful pure white head that showed good retention.

Smell – This is a big, fruity nose. It has some nice mango, sweet orange, and some light pineapple. I’m not getting a lot of malt balance though.

Taste – The fruity hops come out at the taste. Again, not a lot of balance here but a very pleasant hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is a light to medium-bodied IPA with no bitterness.

Drinkability – This was the ale’s strongpoint IMO. For such a high ABV, it’s almost a double, this went down like water. It is an excellent IPA for budding hopheads.

Saturday at 01:43 AM
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BB1313 from Ohio

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

Best by 2/14/21. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellowish golden; fluffy and very bubbly white head that falls leaving thick bubbly retention and bubbly lacing. The aromas are tropical along with some malts. The flavors are nice and bold. Lots of tropical fruit along with some citrus notes. Pineapple leads the way. Subtle hints of orange and coconut. I feel like I'm picking up some subtle coffee, chocolate and cocoa notes although I know they're not ingredients used in this beer. Whatever I'm picking up is somewhat unique and pretty enjoyable. Decent bitterness for the style. Nice hop flavors. Subtle soft sweetness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Mild alcohol flavors, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice New England DIPA. I've liked most of New Belgium's New England IPAs, and this one is no different. This one is somewhat complex and has alot going on while ultimately remaining balanced. I really like it and feel like my "numerical score" should be higher.

Oct 10, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a hazy straw yellow gold body pours with a frothy white foam head with moderate retention and leaves behind moderate amount of patchy sticky lacing as it eventually settles

aroma is a pungent mixture of bright sparkling tropical citrus such as pineapple and mango with a layered sweet and moist bready malt. the hop is strong with this one, but is 95% leaning to the sweeter citrus side and very little bitterness in the mix

taste is a lot less dense than expected. very bright citrus makes its promised appearance, but not before a brash mix of unannounced grapefruit surfs in on that previously described malt wave. once those flavors have had their fun, the bittersweet notes of the grapefruit step a little harder, firming up the experience with an earthy, slightly herbal, reprieve of grit that proceeds to build slightly and then linger for the remainder

moderately high carbonation and a lighter-side-o-medium body, mostly smooth with some carbo prickle occasionally before finishing earthy and dry, coating the tongue and lower cheeks with an herbal bittersweet dryness

overall:
this thing has got layers. sitting a spell, more deep cut flavors like onion and a weird dance of creamy dankness start to swell up. based on the smell, I expected a straight forward sweet-leaning tropical NEIPA. what I wound up getting was a well versed IPA in any language full of well rounded surprises. it's not one of the greats, but it mixes highly enjoyable with rewarding nuances, and that elevates the whole dang thing. 10/10 would do again.

congrats Hufflepuff for taking the risk. 4.25 points

Oct 06, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a moderately hazed orange-yellow color with a two finger height head of just off-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 rather strong of a tangerine citrus and tropical fruit (papaya and mango) smell mixed with a decent showing of some hop. The hop is mainly of a dank nature with aromas of herb and pine, with some lighter notes of grapefruit and earth. There is a little bit of a bready smell as well as a decent showing of a hay smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp cracker malt flavor mixed with a light showing of some tangerine and light tropical fruits of papaya and pineapple. At the start there is a moderately strong grapefruit hop flavor. Upfront the hop is nearly entirely of a grapefruit taste, but as the taste advances the grapefruit fades and is replaced by other hop flavors. Herbal hop and earthy flavors become the more dominant hop as the taste moves toward the end, with just a touch of pine joining in as well. The sweeter fruit that was present upfront also fades as the taste advances further and with a touch of alcohol booziness as well as the changes in the hop tastes, one is left with a slightly dank and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. A slightly higher carbonation level may have been better for the mix of fruit, dank hop, and cracker malt tastes, but all in all the feel was pretty nice.

Overall – A rather nice and robust tasting NEIPA. Crisp and flavorful with a nice refreshing but bold and big taste.

Oct 05, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed with a thin, creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical fruits.. Not assertive, but pleasant.

The taste is of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, kiwi - with bread/dough. Some black pepper in the finish. The mild bitterness is restrained. Decent finish.

It is pretty juicy. Smooth despite alcohol kick.

A nice Imperial IPA in the style of NE/Hazy. In between scores on the overall, it just hits enough to give the higher of the scores I had in mind. Nothing earth-shattering, but worth trying!

Oct 04, 2020
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Beerboe from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought the last 6-pack of this for $9.99, which is a dollar more than I paid for Atomic Pumpkin earlier this week. It's hazy with whitish foam, smells pretty good - citrusy. Definitely tasty. The first few sips had some bitterness in the background but as I had more of it that seemed to go away. I'm happy about that although the bitterness wasn't harsh. Overall I'm liking it better the more of it I have.

Oct 03, 2020
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pmoski from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Voodoo Ranger never disappoints and they certainly don’t with this beer. Has a great golden color with an amazing fruitful taste. And with 8.5% this very drinkable IPA packs a punch. Definitely stock up where you can because with this rotational it won’t be around for long!

Oct 02, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single can, BBD of Jan 17, 2021.
Batch 19 Pint Glass.
Let's Go!

Crack of the can and a semi-hard pour @ 45 yields a lemon yellow body that is ultra hazy indeed. In fact, it's the "haziest" beer I've seen yet. Not juicy, not 100% opaque, just...hazy. Like fog over water hazy. I love it when beers are accurate to their name. Creamy head of 1 finger, leaving lace as it recedes to a small ring.

Aroma brings the big name, industrial beer smell forward, definitely not brewed in small quantities. You know what I'm talking about. They all have this certain sterile, metallic, industrial aroma. What's underneath that though is exquisite. I'm getting melon candy, soft kiwi, a little banana runt, some strawberry, and a hint of cantaloupe.

Flavor delivers the soft notes of melon and ripe kiwi, which is pleasant, and it translates the nose well. But it also doesn't want to be a juice bomb so there's this semi-harsh, semi-chalky wall of bitter basil and pine. It keeps teetering between the two, and it's really stirring up some palate confusion. It's decidedly harsh, and a bit rough to drink. I keep tilting my head to the side as a "maybe this is good", but then to the other side to say "no, maybe not". The finish is of spicy pineapple, lime, and ethanol.

Feel is moderately to highly carbonated. Also acidic and somewhat juicy which is what I like, but the alcohol is not hidden at all. It hits your mouth, your throat, your stomach, and it really creates a furnace effect back up the esophagus. Remaining acidity on the finish.

Overall, for a Ranger beer this isn't a bad beer at all. But I don't find myself enjoying it fully. It has this harshness on several fronts that keeps it from being an enjoyable beer. I feel that if they took this recipe and kept working with it to soften the harsh edges and bring more fruit forward, we'd have a real winner. But until then, this isn't going to be living in my fridge.

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

Sep 30, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy medium gold color with very thick, frothy white lacing.

S - Mango and pineapple abound in the nose.

T - Malt base presence is slightly sweet with mango and pineapple over the top. On the back end there is a slight bit of resinous spicy fruit but is very subdued. Finishes balanced with a slight bit of alcohol poking through.

M - Big medium body with pronounced dryness on the back of the tongue.

O - This one sits in the middle of the pack. An easy sipper that packs a punch.

Sep 29, 2020
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN from their $14.99 USD 12-pack variety box:

C / AVERAGE

***
10/08/20 I fucked up at the store and bought a sixer of this even though I'd already had it and didn't find it to be anything special:

$9.99 USD per sixer of cans.

"Hazy imperial IPA." No hop varietals are mentioned on the label.

Has a tropical bend to its hop profile, tending towards mango, pineapple, and guava. Not piney, grapefruity, rindy, pithy, resinous, oily, grassy, cannabis-redolent/"dank," overtly citrusy beyond the mango, or juicy. Wheat malt and 2-row are all I get maltwise.

Balanced with an enjoyable mellow hop profile, but lacking in terms of hop pungency, intensity, and depth of hop flavour.

I wouldn't call it "bready." Smooth, coating, wet, not unrefreshing, well-carbonated, medium-bodied.

It's a drinkable imperial IPA, but Lagunitas' Lagunitas Sucks is a far better beer with distribution just as wide as this (and so is their Maximus), not to mention regional and local competition. Or Sierra Nevada, which is also better.

What can I say? It doesn't dazzle and the hop profile isn't particularly remarkable. A middling effort from New Belgium, but at least they're not dumping it in 650ml bottles and trying to sell it at $6+/bottle as part of their increasingly worsening Lips of Faith series...

C / AVERAGE

Sep 25, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of can reads 10/Jan/2021, for whatever that's worth.

Pours a cloudy/chalky/pot-hazy orange with a big 'ol fluffy head. Looks a 'lil better than most in the crowded field of haze. Smells juicy, as expected; pineapple, oranges and young melons (and who don't like young melons?). Tastes kind of strange to me at first with a low-level bitter hop presence right up front that sticks around and bitters up an orange juice finish. It's nice, just kind of fucked with my preconceived notion of what this beer would be; which is a zero bitterness juice bomb. There's just enough sweetness to balance out that bitter. Sort of slight of body for something so heavy on the ABVs, though. It's... yet another hazy. It's tasty enough and gets the job done, especially at it's price point (a hair under 11 bucks/sixer). This also earns bonus points for showing up in the cooler at my local gas station. Gas station beers have come an awful long way.

Sep 23, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy amber with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Bready, a little green melon & orange, plus a little cattyness

T: Green melon, grassyness, lime & a little nectarine, plus dryness up front. Lime, green melon & dryness dominate as this warms, just a kiss of sweet orange & a little herbal bitterness as well. Finishes with green melon, sweet orange, plus dryness & a little lime

MF: Medium body, mellow carbonation, nice balance

Good offering, not mind blowing, but very worthy. goes down very easy indeed

Sep 20, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: like a darker lemon juice
Smell: lemon, citrus, flowery
Taste: melon, citrus, hop, sweet melon, rind
Feel: medium
Overall: pretty decent. Unique for me in the fact that I get a lot of mellow melon flavor. Interesting

Sep 19, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

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

Look medium dark orange
Smell scents of sweet citrus
Taste delicious and citrusy hops
Feel great carbonation
Overall outstanding! Very pleased with my purchase! This one is gonna be Great! Stock up my friends!

Sep 18, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) may not be humble, but there is something disgruntling about noting that you are the one who simply added the beer to this site. Did you take the time to take, resize & submit the approved pic? Did you do the simplest research & add some Notes? If the answer to any/all of these is "No", then so what? Your CANtribution was minimal, at best & definitely NOT noteworthy! The CANQuest (tm) strives for CANpleteness & will rarely let you down.

From the CAN: "Voodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPA Hazy Imperial IPA".

I did some in-CAN agitation before Crack!ing open the vent on this one, just because I kinda felt hazy myself. I then went with a hard, aggro Glug into the awaiting glass since it seemed like the right thing to do. This all resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a hazy, but not super-hazy, Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was highly tropical, mainly pineapple with some mango. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but on the thin side for the style. The taste was less (tropical) fruity & more bitter, with a cool pine mintiness acCANponied by a grapefruit bitterness and underlain by a light tropical fruitiness. Finish was semi-dry & refreshing, but I felt somehow unfulfilled. YMMV.

Sep 18, 2020
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BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour into a New Belgium tulip, nice fluffy head.

Aroma; very floral, grassy hop nose, not getting much tropical fruit maybe some green papaya, guava. Underipe melon or strawberry.

Taste, similar very floral, more melon, finishes dry and bitter with some sweetness midway through. Medium bodied, leans a little to the full side for the style.

Overall, a solid offering in the series. Has a nice flavor profile separating itself from the Voodoo series I think. Would like to see the hop bill. Solid one, will have no problem finishing the sixer.

Sep 17, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Added by Act 25. Hazy Imperial IPA bill. Cannot believe I'm the first to buy this best of Voodoo and also Zombie Dust at WFM. Hope this trend continues.
a) Suitable hazed golden body with fluffy, lasting, lacing white head.
s) Floral more than citric, tea-like, melon, chalky, balanced.
t) Follows smell, very floral, more melon, melon green rind -
f) Chalky yet fresh and juicy, interesting texture. ABV well hidden but I prefer less abv myself.
o) The best of the Rangers.

Sep 12, 2020
Voodoo Ranger Higher Plane IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings