Beer Review: NEW BELGIUM VOODOO RANGER ATOMIC PUMPKIN

Beer Review: NEW BELGIUM VOODOO RANGER ATOMIC PUMPKIN

New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin pours a crystal-clear, light amber color, topped with a resilient white foam that lingers for several minutes. The labeling oversight regarding its spicy nature is evident, as the 12oz bottle lacks the “Spicy Release” designation found on the six-pack carrier.

Aroma

Upon nosing the beer, a potent wave of cinnamon immediately takes center stage, overshadowing any other aromatic nuances. The high-quality cinnamon used here exhibits a pungent and vivid presence, reminiscent of pie crust and the illusion of pumpkin pie as the brew warms.

Taste

The initial sip reveals a familiar interplay of cinnamon and a robust amber ale base, introducing hints of caramel and fresh honey bread rolls. The mid-palate unfolds with a buttery pie crust, but unfortunately, the experience concludes with a lackluster and dead finish, accompanied by a lingering chili pepper heat that intensifies with each subsequent sip.

Mouthfeel

While the spice level is well-controlled initially, the cumulative effect of capsaicin heat becomes more apparent with continued consumption. The beer strikes a balance with its sweetness and oiliness, preventing an overbearing sensation. Despite the persistent chili pepper heat, it never surpasses a moderate 5 out of 10 on the spiciness scale.

Overall

New Belgium’s Atomic Pumpkin presents an intriguing beer with an original flavor profile that adds a unique twist to the expected fall-spiced amber ale. The habanero addition accentuates the cinnamon, nearly pushing it to the brink, but the overall spiciness remains within manageable limits. After the initial surprise of the chili peppers, the beer softens, becoming quite enjoyable. For those seeking novelty, Atomic Pumpkin is a worthwhile exploration, successfully achieving its intended flavor mix.

In closing, the beer stands out for its attempt to break away from conventional pumpkin ales, offering an enjoyable experience for those willing to embrace the unexpected spicy kick.