Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
3.79/5 rDev +0.5%
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head; there is a nice layered, though thin, lacing pattern left on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a dark gold / light amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy clove mixed in with fruity American type hops that lean towards lychee, pineapple, Juicy Fruit bubblegum and super ripe tangelo zest. My nose gets a bit too close to the foam and gets a little wet, which accentuates a dry cracker like, and pale grain husk character. The hops and yeast combine to produce touches of sweet ginger, fruity black pepper.
This has a nice spritzy carbonation; this accentuates some dry cracker like notes in the finish as well as supplying a carbonic bite to the end. The beer tastes sweet up front, much of this is brought out by the super fruit laden hop character and the clove / fruit notes from the yeast rather than from a lot of malt sweetness. Despite the sweetness this beer is fairly dry overall. There is a certain bitterness to this beer, it certainly has a bit, though I wouldn’t characterize it as overly bitter from an IPA standpoint. There is a dry, pale malt & cracker like character in the finish that lightly dusts the palate. The super hop fruit character from the nose is muted a bit in the flavor due to the dryness, but this is still a hop dominated beer. Lighter bodied and quaffable, though it still has some texture and viscosity to it; it has the perfect body for a regular IPA.
Not bad, as with most Belgian yeast fermented IPAs, the yeast character clashes a bit with the ample hop character; I find that a beer like this is better as the second or third (though I rarely get to that point) of an evening. Still, I will always have a hankering for a nice hoppy Belgian Ale and I am quite enjoying this one.
09-30-2013 02:52:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy 1/2 finger white crown atop.A burst of fresh citric hop really hit home in the nose along with toasted corainder seed,the aromas are really fresh and bold.Sharp citric hops upfront on the palate followed by a light yeasty phenols,the phenols are kept in check pretty well though with the hops being the main component.A very good BIPA,American hops with just a little yeastiness,I would buy again.
10-23-2011 20:38:06 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -5%
A - Slightly hazy, golden color with a nice sized white head. Moderate carbonation lets the head hang around for awhile while it leaves some nice lacing as you drink.
S - Yeasty, spicy...a hint of pepper, some bubblegum, and sweet malt.
T - Lots of sweet fruit flavors with some spice coming through on the finish. The hop flavors are mostly fruity with some floral qualities. The bitterness is fairly low and doesn't really come through on the finish.
M - Fairly dry, not a whole lot of body, which is quite to style and makes this a refreshing beer.
O - This would be a good Belgian pale ale, which is what it is as far as I am concerned. But they call it a Belgian IPA and although it shouldn't be a hot hammer like an AIPA the hops really take a back seat and just peak through at times. If you are going to call it an IPA you need to feature hops a bit more. Not a bad beer, one that I would enjoy again, but it falls short in the style.
12-08-2011 23:25:28 | More by steelerguy
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
LOOK: Clear pale brass, nice curtain of lace
SMELL: Hop resin, herbal, medicinal, bisucity, dried grass, nutty yeast, guava, eucalyptus
TASTE: Deep smoothness, medium body, bitter, leafy, herbal, hop oil, medicinal, earthy, yeast, mellow esters, dried hay, ripe pears, dry herbal finish
Pretty forward with the hop character and story the yeast wants to tell. Both meld well rather than clash, really good drinking here.
12-23-2011 04:27:00 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
12 ounce bottle, purchased at Brawley Bev in Charlotte, NC
A-Pours lightly hazed, dull looking lighter amber. It sports a frothy medium tan head and leaves thick bands of lace.
S-Yeasty and fruity nose
T- Notes of bananas, yeast, coriander up front, moderate hop package drying out the rear.
M- Carbonation on point and nicely smooth over the tongue
O- Fruity and lighter take on the style, lots of tropical fruits, and yeasty goodness. Very enjoyable and quite easy drinking. Wish they distributed to the NY/NJ/CT area. Well worth picking up a six or a case of this nicely crafted brew.
09-08-2012 15:47:32 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on label is 08/July/12.
Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell: Belgian yeast and cloves with some pale malts. Some pepper like spices and barnyard funk. Good hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Also some hints of banana and honey. Big hints of candied sugars. Aroma is also fairly grassy.
Taste: A pretty sweet and fairly spicy tasting take on a Belgian IPA. Solid taste of Belgian yeast that lingers throughout with some cloves and pepper spices. Citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and banana. Solid presence of candied sugar and a little hints of honey. Also some grassy barnyard funk. Pretty good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Slick and fairly juicy. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.
Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Good fruity candy flavor that avoids becoming too syrupy. Solid presence of yeasty spice.
05-28-2012 05:09:34 | More by MattyG85
3.56/5 rDev -5.6%
Medium to slightly bigger off white head slowly decides to settle above a slightly thicker particle filled straw golden colored beer.
Slight citrus and some spices in the aroma of this IPA.
Some lesser spices come through very well in the taste of this beer which has a nod towards the citrus.
A slight dryish aftertaste without much taste remaining with medium bodied beer.
A kind of like the light spices that come through in the taste of this beer.
09-29-2013 22:34:56 | More by LXIXME
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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