Voodoo Ranger casts an IPA spell

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE -

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.

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