Sunday, July 1, 2018

New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

Beer Name: Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
Brewery: New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)
ABV: 7.5%
How sold: 12 oz. bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $2.49 for 12 oz. single

Date Purchased: January 25, 2018
Date Received: February 5, 2018
Date Drank: February 18, 2018
Best By Date: April 22, 2018
When brewed? Possibly a year-round beer.
IBU: 42

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Packed with bright tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish. " Click here for more!

Where distributed: New Belgium ships to several U.S. states.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. White head with trace lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Balanced floral and citrus (lemon and grapefruit). 4/5

Taste (40%): Balanced malt, floral, and citrus flavors. Smooth throughout, bitterness remains controlled. Aftertaste tries to give me some more citrus orange. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium bodied, some carbonation. Some juiciness and some dry tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): A decent IPA. New Belgium's take on a hazy IPA tends to be more balanced than a traditional West Coast IPA (more bitter notes) or New England-style IPA (possibly more tropical). Given the abundance of hazy IPAs I've had that really made a impression, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze unfortunately did not stand out as much. However, you may like this one if you like a more balanced beer with controlled IBU. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.863/5

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