When it comes to beers from New Belgium, most are probably familiar with their Fat Tire beer. While thatâ€™s good, Iâ€™ve become partial to what theyâ€™ve been spinning up with their Voodoo Ranger series. The Atomic Pumpkin is about my favorite pumpkin beer (hot pepper for the win), and Iâ€™ve yet to run across one that Iâ€™ve not liked. For summertime, theyâ€™ve introduced a new one, the Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA.
If the name didnâ€™t make it clear, the artwork on the packaging of the Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA shows that this is very much a beer intended for warm weather outings. Pouring it out of the can, youâ€™ll be greeted with a bright color and loads of tiny bubbles. The hops mix (details are down below) contributes to a tropical nose, which then leads to a citrusy hit on the tongue up front. Once that passes, thereâ€™s another flavor that comes in that I canâ€™t quite describe. Iâ€™d say itâ€™s almost a musky or skunky thing, but thatâ€™s not quite right, because itâ€™s not like the beer has gone bad. Itâ€™s a flavor I appreciate, I just canâ€™t quite describe it other than to go with scents. It sounds weird, or perhaps bad, but trust me, thatâ€™s definitely not the case.
Coming in at a 7.8% ABV, the Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA is one definitely for after the yard work is done (at least in my book). If some of my tasting notes make it seem a little odd – and youâ€™ve not tried the Voodoo Ranger line before – maybe seek out a singleton at your local shop (or on tap) and try it out, and see if this summery, tropical Ranger is the one for you. And if itâ€™s not, fair enough – you might prefer their â€œplainâ€ Voodoo Ranger IPA, or one of the other varieties that theyâ€™ve introduced. newbelgium.com
- Slight haze
- Tropical nose
- Citrusy up front
- Slight musky / skunky flavor?
- Bright color
- Good carbonation
- Causes a slight pucker on side of cheek
- Agreeable flavor
Details from New Belgium
- ABV: 7.8%
- IBU: 44
- YEAST: Ale
- CALORIES: 230
- HOPS: Nugget, Mosaic Incognito, Azacca, Cascade
- MALTS: Pale, Oats, Munich
- VISUAL: Pale gold color with light haze and moderate dense white foam.
- AROMA: Moderately strong notes of guava, mango and grapefruit followed by more subtle white grape, herbal grass and stone fruit.
- FLAVOR: Sweet initially and throughout, moderately bitter in the middle before finishing with a light sweetness.
- MOUTHFEEL/BODY: Slightly warming before finishing with a lingering creaminess.