Belgica - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Miketwolf21:
4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First Impressions: Fresh three week old bottle. Poured into my snifter with a solid single finger head. Brilliant clarity. The smell emerges of soft belgian yeast, pilsner malts, and a nice mellow but prevalent hop profile of tangerine and white pepper.
Taste: The flavor is surprising well integrated. You expect a belgian IPA to taste like a belgian pale ale with more hops. They used a very clean belgian yeast that claims your attention upfront and then melds right into a waterfall of hops. This is supported very well by loyal pilsner malts that stay in there until the bitter end. The yeast drys the flavor to balance out the sweet tangerine flavors coming from the fresh tasting hops. Furthermore, this hop profile is balanced by a healthy addition of clean, spicy noble hops. The mouthfeel is great, not too much carbination. This is one of the most refreshing beers I have had in quite some time.
They supposedly changed the recipe recently by modifying the hop profile. So maybe those who tried it years ago should try it again. Until I tried this I dispelled Belgian IPAs as a fad. Well alright A Little Sumpin Wild is great brew, but aside from that this has no competitors. I was beginning to write off Great Divide as nothing more than a popular tasting brewery. This is best fresh, I am afraid the hops will quickly loose their clean taste.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2011 00:08:38 | More by Miketwolf21
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3.04/5 rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Big disapointment!! Stone cali-belgo is lightyears ahead of this! Average in every aspect and I think great divide is an excellent brewery but they missed on this one. !... i guess thats why they no longer make this one. Just trying to get to 250 characters at this point.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2013 22:19:50 | More by IPA1978
Belgica from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.