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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

824 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 31
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium balloon glass. Through the hazy, golden orange body we can see a healthy amount of carbonation that rises to the top to support a frothy, creamy, egg-shell white head. As the beer recedes, scarred rings of lacing coat the side of the glass. It could use better retention, but it looks like a healthy Belgian IPA.

The smell is well-balanced, carefully pitting the Belgian yeast (which has a wonderful fruity aroma, carrying notes of pear and bruised apples) with a fresh, floral hop aroma. The resulting smell is rich with a honeyed sweetness, light fruitiness and a touch of lemongrass. It promises to be a delicious beer...and the taste doesn't let us down!

A bold flavor up front. Not full-bodied, yet certainly full-flavored, Belgo IPA has that complex interplay of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast with bitter hops even more so than the aroma. The hops (I get primarily Amarillo) come in quickly and impact the tastebuds with their bitter resin. The hops linger long into the aftertaste, but with each subsequent sip, more fruity esters come into play. A light hint of banana here, a faint touch of peach there. Very appetizing and easy to imagine with food.

The body, like I said before, isn't full, though it has a good amount of carbonation. It's smooth on the finish, and the frothy head on top almost brings a creaminess to the beer. The aftertaste is bitter and palette-coating. Great for an IPA.

I think this may be one of, if not the best Belgian IPA's that I have ever had. It does many things right here, from the good balance of yeasty qualities and hops, to the excellent aroma, to the well-suited body. This beer may not be a "session" IPA, but well worthy of seeking out if you want something in the Belgian IPA category. This is phenomenal, and would hold up easily against the likes of Houblon Chouffe and Piraat.

MusicaleMike, May 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

oberon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

steelerguy, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Bitzer, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Jason, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Billolick, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +6.4%

dcevans, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of westcott
4/5  rDev +6.4%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of NOLTERN
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

NilocRellim, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of mkrass
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mkrass, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bike2work, May 02, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

MattyG85, May 28, 2012
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jminch, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of cubsfanjace
4/5  rDev +6.4%

cubsfanjace, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Hopinho
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Hopinho, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +13%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +6.4%

timontheroad, May 26, 2013
Photo of Keemohoppy
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Keemohoppy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TimMack
4/5  rDev +6.4%

TimMack, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.4%

richkrull, May 22, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  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.

LXIXME, Sep 29, 2013
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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.