Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Belgo Belgian India Pale AleBelgo Belgian India Pale Ale

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very good

841 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011

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Ratings: 841 | Reviews: 199
Reviews by Hopheadjnr:
Photo of Hopheadjnr
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A....Hazy yellow with pure white pillowy head

S....Very nice floral aroma with a little bit of sweet citrus

T....hops forward, lots of bitter followed by a pine resin type of hoppiness. Finishing off a little sour. A bit of a sour yeast and doughy maltiness. A bit out of balance but in a pleasant way.

M....a little flat on mouthfeel. Looks more carbonated than it actually is.

O.... this is an easy drinking beer. Would be great on a hot day. Light body with a crisp feel and quick finish. I think non hop heads would like this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, with a small but very firm and creamy head. Long-lasting too.

Lovely smell. Floral, pineapple, white grape, Belgian yeast pungency, piny hops. Oh mama.

Taste is mostly fruity at first, with pear, peach, pineapple and orange popping out. The hops are on the leafy/pine side, almost a cannabis flavor to them, and the yeast is a tweaked bit of Belgian love that blends right in. A dab of honeyed sweetness. Even some alcohol warming things up a bit. I like the pungent hop/yeast teamup in the finish. A bit bitter, a bit pine-like, and certainly not catering to mainstream tastes. (One worries about that when a beer of this style is spotted in grocery store chains countrywide.)

A little sharp on the carbonation, although it mellows as it sits. But it masks the sharper flavor characteristics, rather than matching up with them, so I would've wanted something a bit smoother and rounder.

A really good entry into the growing Belgian IPA ring. New Belgium continues to keep their focus on quality. Good for them.

Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle, BA review 6100. A good head and lace. A lace sheet in fact. A little funky aroma, that gets in the taste. Hoppy Belgian taste, tasting as it should.A dry finish a little pepper. Needs a bit bolder flavour or complexity. Just not outstanding or greatly drinkable.

Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: gorgeous golden orange with huge tight head of 3 fingers. leaves nice lacing. clear body. (into NB globe)

s: lemon peel with some grassy, herbal notes. a bit spicy and bready as well.

t: upfront is an herbal flavor, then you get hit with some lemon zest. the yeast esters come in a lot mid palate. leaves a grassy, resiny taste on the palate. simple but well made.

mf: prickly carbonation gives it a Belgian feel. medium body. semi-dry finish.

o: i really enjoyed this one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This cloudy orange brew is topped with a small white head that, upon swirling, deposits a lot of really nice and finely bubbled lace on the glass. The lace looks like it will stick around long after the brew is gone.

S - Pineapple, pink lemonade, bubblegum, and canned mixed fruit. Nice yeast behind all of that sweet smelling fruitiness. Hint of pepper. Fruitcake with some pineapple rings in the mix. Bubble Tape and Big League Chew. More typical grapefruit and pine as it warms. Really complex, but falls short of amazing. Conflicting aromas seem a bit strange, but I can't stop smelling it.

T - Fruity, fruity, fruity. Pound cake doused in Dole canned pineapple juice. Doesn't really strike me as "Belgian-style" per se, but there is quite a bit going on here. Very sweet.

M - Medium bodied, but very creamy. Finishes hoppy, astringent, and quite dry. A little whiff of alcohol lets you know what you're in for.

This is a very odd beast. Tropical sugary fruit and some American hop notes of bitter citrus with a hint of pine on the back end. Weird and interesting, but not outstanding. Seems a bit bizarre.

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. There's a soft, white cap of head that has good retention. The nose is funky with a heavy Belgian yeast smell. The flavor opens with the same yeasty funk but quickly changes to a subtle, fruity, citrusy flavor with a mild spicy, clove-like undertone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and has a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a decent Belgian IPA. The heavy yeasty character is blended well with the hop character that gives it a clean, citrusy, refreshing flavor. I will try this again.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, best by 1 April 2012.

This 'different' IPA is not a different color; it's dark yellow, we're not talking orange though. The head is quite light in color and decently sticky and billowy.

Sweet, fruity, and so far no really distinct hop aromas. There is a perfume of coriander, hints of yeast spice, Meyer lemon zest, and a sprinkling of alcohol. Not bad, but given it's fairly fresh, not impressive.

Hops are more vibrant in the mouth. A bit spring-like, with orange peel, grass, and moderate bitterness leaning toward crisp. There is a little Belgian yeast that never settle on funk or spices or pepperiness. A pale malt base is apparent with a bit of a cracker element.

In all parts it's soft; the carbonation is soft and doesn't aid the crispness from the hop bitterness, the body is too slick, and the aroma is limp.

Belgo is not a bad beer, but not really worth picking up from my sampling. The above section I think sums it up well with 'soft'. The concept and marketing are brash, so live up to it!

Photo of TownDunkel
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

I have never been one for India Pale Ales but after trying this one I might have to give them another try the Belgian yeast and also the really great smelling Hopsin they put in here give it a very India Pale Ale smell but unfortunately dissipates quickly after opening the taste the real winner here reminds me of great grapefruit cut grass and also a few other fruity notes probably from the east I will definitely be buying this. Little disappointed on the mouthfeel doesn't seem to last very long

Photo of niday2288
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first six pack of this beer, which I discovered in the folly sampler. I have enjoyed this very much and really look forward to enjoying it when the weather warms up with a nice cigar.

Appearance - light copper color with champagne like bubbles. Thin, loosely bubbled head which dissipates qucikly.

Smell - slightly hoppy with slight hint of citrus and pine.

Taste - Gdod hop flavor which lingers. Taste of lemon or grapefruit zest. Hint of malt smooths out flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with pleasant slightly sharp feeling on the palate.

Overall - Good flavor and lingering but pleasant aftertaste. Decent, not spectacular take on the Belgian IPA.

Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, with a rich and frothy head. Amazing and intricate spiderweb lace.

Nose is sweet and spiced. I get some candy sugars, yeast, and some herbal notes. An odd mix/melding, but nice.

Taste is sweet up front, followed by an herbal hop twang and a sweet, dry finish.

This one's complex and rich, and well worth a try. It may not be my favorite New Belgium brew, but it's certainly good.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Belgo IPA is very good. The beer pours clear golden with foamy white head that is leaving a lace in my tulip glass. The scent carries spice, hints of bitter citrus with touches of sweet Belgium malts. The taste starts with a zip of spice then a hoppy bitter citrus and sweet malt takes over and then a peppery finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had Lagunitas' Lil Sumpin Wild, and this beer has more of a hoppy harshness than LSW. The difference between these two is that LSW leans to the Belgian side and Belgo leans toward the IPA side.

My only gripe with this beer is that there's a harsh aftertaste - more so than what most IPAs have.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide flute glass.. Amber, transparent with a two fingers of white head. Great lacing.

Amazing smell. Pine, lemon, malt undertone and hint of banana. Really good and unique profile.

Sharp grapefruit taste, lemon too. A short malt flavor attempts a breakthrough to no avail. The bitterness is gripping well after the drink.

Soft texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.

Superbly made beer. It was really a wonder to drink. The combinations of taste, smell and mouthfeel are one-offs.

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Phenols & grapefruit

T; follows the nose, lemons rind & some bready sweetness as well up front, nice over all grapefruit vibe, nice funkyness as well. Phenols & a touch of juicy-fruit hides under the grapefruit along with white pepper & coriander. Finishes crisp, dirty & refreshing & a touch of band-aid

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation that skews toward creamy as this warms, great balance

One of the best beers I've had from these guys in a long time, reminds a lot of Tank 7 in many ways, just about as good. Well done New Belgium!

Photo of lawlerj
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date is 4/8/12.

A. Pours a clear golden copper with a two finger width off white head. Dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a bubbly layer of foam and speckled lacing.

S. Some hops are present here, but I'm really noticing the earth, funky yeast. The two blend together in an odd way, but it seems to work as far as i can tell.

T. Bitter hops up front and then it smooths out into the earthy yeast fla or. There is a strong malt body as well.

M. Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated.

O. This is my first foray into Belgian IPAs. I did enjoy this, but I don't know that it's a style I would reach for very often. Still, a nice brew.

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. New Belgium branded bottle poured into, of all things, a New Belgium globe glass. Pours a golden orange with a touch of haze and with a full inch of white foam.

Aroma is a nice blend of Belgian yeast and spicy Noble hops. Intriguing yet not overwhelming from one side or the other.

Taste is sweet up front and a bit void in the middle, though warming does challenge that perspective. Offers a unique orange character throughout the palate. Finish is floral and spicy yet not very bitter. Slightly coarse in nature, and bready, this beer finishes with a peppery clove flavor. More Belgo. than IPA yet pleasant and never abrasive. As I struggle to grasp the wide range of brews that fall into this style, I think I like this one. Hoppy yet not overly bitter and in balance with a malt character that is well accentuated by the yeast esters. More subtle and delicate than a certain Raging Bitch I know...

Photo of bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pilsner like clear yellow with an inch of pure white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles running through until the end.

The smell is very sweet and yeasty with a bit of lemon zest, smells belgiany, but not so much like IPA.

The flavor is mellow with a light spicy yeast quality and a long grassy finish with a lightly bitter herbal quality at the end, the sweetness starts to catch up to the hops as it warms a little bit.

The mouthfeel is very dry and crisp, almost tart.

This is a fine Belgian IPA, but nothing I would pick up again to quick, a little light on the hops for my taste, needs a touch more dry hopping.

Photo of marcobrau
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark gold with a persistent albeit flat head. Complex, spicy, grassy aroma with notes cinnamon fades to an aroma of cooked canned vegetables. Tastes a little better than it smells. Nicely peppery and spicy hop flavors mingle well with Belgian yeast esters, but the lingering aroma of cooked cauliflower lingers and spoils it a bit. I do appreciate the lean body and dry finish though.

Photo of mscudder
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint. Best by Jan 2013.

A - A slightly cloudy straw yellow with a good sized pale head. Nice lacing with good retention.

S - Funky floral, fruit and yeast bouncing off to the nose. Really juicy sort of aroma going on here. Slight hop presence.

T - Has everything I expected from the nose: floral hops but not overwhelming, dry crackers, yeast and a touch of pepper. Not balanced well in my opinion.

M - Creamy medium body with large carbonation. I would like to see the carbonation tuned down a notch.

O - Not a bad showing from a brewery that rarely impresses me on their brews outside their Lips of Faith series. This is certainly drinkable and I would have one again.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.