Voodoo Ranger IPA   

Review Date 12/6/2017   Last Updated   2/22/2018   By John Staradumsky

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA! Where the hell have you been all mylife? Well, not all my life, but at least the last couple of years. I’ve heard some good things but, for one reason or another, never tried the beer. That happens. There are just so many beers on the market these days and, well, you want to try them all. But you can’t. For me, of course, it’s bandwidth, because the older I get, while I still love to and do keep trying new beers, I find myself increasingly going back to old friends as well.

I did try the New Belgium Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale (there are a number of Voodoo Ranger variants), I should add. I enjoyed it but, in the spirit of honest craft beer reviews, it did not bowl me over. So, maybe that was why I didn’t rush right out to find the New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA. Anyway, when I saw it on the draft menu at my local Taco Mac, I decided it was time to try it.

And I did.

I’m glad I did.

The beer is named for, well, here’s what New Belgium says.

Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all of our states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, our Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. And explore many a beer from many a brewery, they do.

Maybe those New Belgium beer rangers are out there working their voodoo. Who knows?

Of Voodoo Ranger IPA they say:

Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.

Ingredients from the website:

Yeast Ale

Hops Nugget, Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Mosaic, Amarillo

Malts Pale, Black

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA has an alcohol content of 7% by volume with 50 IBUs. It is reasonably priced at $8.49 a six-pack, or $14.99 a 12-pack if you really like it. I got a 23-ounce draft for $5.75.

My mug of New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA arrived a dark golden orange in color with a thick fluffy white head and a hint of tropical fruit in the nose, but more citrus. There’s some nice chewy caramel malt up front then grapefruit peel and resin and a long dry bitter blast in the finish. I like it!

Where do I sign up to be a Voodoo Ranger?

Update 2/22/2018: Ranger Bruguru here and I'm back at Taco Mac with another Voodoo Ranger IPA in hand! New Belgium beers are featured as beers of the month for February of 2018. Tonight I got a cool Voodoo ranger glass free with the purchase of any of the four featured beers (I chose a Voodoo Ranger obviously). Tasty and delicious with a plate of limited-time spicy and sweet Korean Gochujang wings!

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.