New Belgium Brewing ‘Voodoo’ IPA


17457714_663797163804432_8047866950341461573_n“Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.”

Served in an IPA glass. The voodoo ranger presents an incredibly clear golden amber complexion with a very well retained two finger head on top. It eventually recedes and deposits a brilliant webbed lace as it ebbs.
The Mosaic and Amarillo hops are showcased fairly well on the nose. Getting a strong showing of orange citrus (tangerine, mandarin and orange blossom), some piney notes in here but with more of a resinous touch. Hints of soft fleshy fruits like mango and rock melon also get a look in as does a soft, juicy berry sweetness. Nice bready malt at the base. Quite mild but a pleasant overall aroma.
Quite smooth in texture with a bit of dry bitterness rounding it out at the back. The 50 IBU is reasonably well contained. Mild warmth from the 7% ABV. Medium bodied.
The hops again display their deliciousness in flavour, offering a fruity orange citrus, ruby grapefruit and melon albeit quite conservatively. A good surge of bitterness is tempered by the light bready sweetness that provides good carry in to the dry, piney and citrusy finish. This is another example of a beer that hasn’t really lived up to the hype we’re hearing among the traps. We’ll concede that it’s super sessional for its weight and very approachable but it’s far from the hard hitter we’ve seen some describe it as. Excellent use of two very good hop varieties and well balanced with the sweet bready malts. A decent IPA but it’s nothing overly memorable.