Voodoo Ranger casts an IPA spell
FROM the US of A brewer, New Belgium, comes an interesting beer with an intriguing name, Voodoo Ranger IPA.
While many American IPAS tend to be loaded to the max with hops and bursting with fruitiness and fragrance, Voodoo Range IPA tends to be a little more controlled without losing it appeal.
It has a light golden appearance with a tight white head and a nose which isn’t over powering with hop aroma.
You might even detect a subtle hint of pine there as well just to make things interesting.
There plenty of body and flavour in the initial mouthful, slightly sweet which could be due to the Amarillo hops.
The sweetness is very intriguing (those familiar with Frangelico might find some similarity) but this gives way to a cleansing bitterness in the aftertaste.
You might find yourself trying to pick the combination of flavours in Voodoo Ranger and for an IPA, it is slightly heavier in more ways than one when compared to others on the market.
Fora start it’s 7 percent and while it doesn’t hit you hard like a high alcohol beer might, it does creep up on you.
It also does sit a little heavier in the gut and while it is a very flavoursome beer, I don’t think it is one you would have a big session on.
You might enjoy a couple at the end of the day just to help you nod off.
It would go well with Indian food or something spicy or even a flavoursome cheese.
For fans of US IPAS, particular the fruity hop varieties, you might find this a tad disappointing but if you enjoy a challenge, tackle a Voodoo Ranger.
Serve cold in a tulip/balloon shaped glass it’s characteristics change slight as it warms. Just be aware this is a very strong beer so don’t go using power tools afterwards. At around $22 a 355ml four pack it’s a bit of a treat.
I LOVE simplicity in labelling and West Australian brewer Black Brewing Company has come up with a brew simply titled Honest Ale.
It seems that surfers must thank there’s money in beer because this drop was created by Taj Burrow, Jay Davies,
Dino Adrian and Caley Brentwhite.
It is an English style pale ale, not overly fragrant but very easy to drink.
It has a very light straw coloured appearance with a frothy head and a very subtle hop nose with elements of malt coming through.
It’s a creamy drop , with only a slight hoppiness but with a good degree of bitterness in the aftertaste which makes this very moreish. It is a very easy drinking ale which has good sessionability and at 4.5 percent , it doesn’t sit heavily in the gut.
It is thirst quencher and well suited to barbecues and social occasions or just relaxing after a hard day working (or surfing).
It is a versatile drop which would go well with something off the grill.
As the name suggests, this is a good “honest” beer which delivers without trying to be something that it’s not - and that’s the truth! MY TIP
Serve nice and cold in a pint glass or stein. At around $17 per 375ml four pack, it’s reasonable for a ‘craft’ beer.