Thursday, December 24, 2020

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA

India Pale Ales are undoubtedly an acquired taste. My son John, before he became a craft beer aficionado, ordered a Ranger IPA at a bar, not realizing the effect that the ridiculously high hop content would have. I believe his response was some variation of "What's wrong with this beer?" He got better. 

New Belgium's India Pale Ale was originally just styled "Ranger IPA", in 2016 they rebranded all of their IPAs as "Ranger Voodoo", with what used to be Rampant Double IPA becoming Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, which I did a review for in 2013:

Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA pours the color of ripe pineapple with a fluffy white head. The IBUs clock in at 70, a pretty healthy hop level, but unlike earlier versions of New Belgium IPAs, it doesn't feel like the enamel of your teeth is being removed. The 9% ABV puts it solidly in the "imperial" camp. There are subtle citrus notes, not much pine. Other than that, a decent enough IPA, but nothing outstanding. 6.0 on the IGB IPA Scale.


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