Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA   

Review Date 2/13/2020   By John Staradumsky

Here we go again, another release in the New Belgium Voodoo Ranger series! Tonight’s participant is Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, perhaps the biggest and baldest entry yet (it’s certainly the strongest). In case you’re keeping track (I am), there are at least six releases in this series. Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA is the big brother to Voodoo Ranger IPA, the flagship of the line.

If you haven’t heard the news, New Belgium, based in Fort Collins, Colorado and with a large secondary brewery in Asheville, NC was recently acquired by Lion Little World Beverages. Lion Little World is itself based in Australia and owned by Kirin of Japan. This is becoming the norm in the modern brewing world, and that should come as no surprise. Breweries are businesses, despite our quaint notions to the contrary. Businesses buy each other. We shall see how New Belgium beers fare as time goes by.

New Belgium says:

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA is a rare blend of choice hops that creates an explosion of fresh-cut pine and citrus flavors for a complex, rich and delicious flavor.

Ingredients from the website:

HOPS: Delta, Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, Calypso, Mosaic

MALTS: Pale, black

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA has an alcohol content of 9% by volume with 70 IBUs. Total Wine sells it for $9.99 a six-pack in bottles and $17.99 for a 12-pack in cans. Mine is stamped as best by 12 JAN 202, but I drank it on February 10th, about a month late, and it was delightful.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA pours to a pale golden orange color with a medium head of thick creamy foam and a bright citrus zest nose. Brussels Lace forms all over the glass and follows the liquid right to the bottom. Taking a sip, the beer is medium malty but bright and zesty with citrusy hop notes of lemon and grapefruit rind, light grapefruit and lemon pith, a hint of resin, and an exquisite bitter finish that is long and dry and warming with alcohol.

I really enjoyed this beer, and the price is right too, especially in the 12-pack. Try it. I think you’ll like it.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.