New Belgium Brewing Company Voodoo Ranger IIPA
What the brewers say
“A rare blend of choice hops creates an explosion of fresh-cut pine and citrus flavors for a complex, rich, and delicious flavor.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Citrus (lemon, orange) and herbal with a touch of pine balanced with a slight honey note. A touch of alcoholic heat.”
Flavor: “Light and well-balanced with a substantial bitterness to balance the nice honey sweetness with some bready malt character. Hops are a complex blend of orange, lemon, and pine with some herbal complexity in the finish. The alcoholic heat from the aroma isn’t nearly as present. Hops bitterness lingers, and the hops flavor lingers lightly into the aftertaste.”
Overall: “Light and drinkable with just enough malt complexity to pull things together. The hops complexity is very inviting and the really nice honey malt character provides a pivot point. Very fresh and bright flavors, nice carbonation. Smooth and balanced (not words often associated with IIPAs!).