Voodoo Ranger IPA is an American IPA brewed by the New Belgium Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a an IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle.
The IPA pours a crystal-clear deep golden-hue that’s topped by an inch-thick cap of dense white foam. The head shows fine retention and it’s reduction leaves a smattering of droplets along the sides of the glass.
The aroma is strong and the combination of Mosaic and Amarillo hops give a pleasant piney scent. There’s a slight hint of citrus as well.
The palate opens with juicy flavors of citrus, pineapple, and mango. Caramel malt follows in the middle and then the taste buds are struck with pine and resin. The bitterness recedes just at the finish, leaving sweet tropical fruit swirled with caramel to linger on the back of the tongue.
The feel is smooth on the draw, slightly oily through the middle, and finishes with a moderate dryness. Its bitterness imparts a mild astringency while it also lightly coats the back of the mouth at the finish. As expected of the style, the IPA has a medium body and moderate carbonation.
The Voodoo Ranger presents nicely and its aroma is strong and inviting. Its palate is well-balanced but hopheads may wish for some more bite. However, put that aside and the Voodoo Ranger IPA is a lovely brew that offers a delightful blend of fruit and hops.
New Belgium recommends the following food pairings with their Voodoo Ranger IPA: grassy goat bleu cheese, grilled peaches, and honey glazed grilled chicken.