Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a chalice
Appearance: A nice burnt gold with a very white head, some good lacing as well. This is a very subtle haze to the coloration, but it is mostly clear, very nice.
Smell: Right up front there are some nice hops that jump out, along with some nice toasty maltiness. There is some variety to the hops as well, I could pick up some citrusy character and some more straightforward bitterness too.
Taste: The smell really comes into physical form, the bitterness is there right away and a toasty malt with maybe bready yeast influence is soon to follow. The citrus style hops are there in the aftertaste, rounding it off nicely and giving a bit of sweetness. The hops are pretty active in the flavor, they are only moderate in strength but they don't seem to be able to hold still. This keeps the flavor very interesting and very well balanced.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very prevalent, but the bubbles feel tiny on the tongue, giving the beer a nice crisp flow. The breadiness also smooths things out, it keeps it pleasant in the mouth.
Overall: This is a good IPA, and you can defiantly tell that it is of the Belgian persuasion with its unique yeast characteristics. It looks great in a glass and it goes down very easily. The abv. may be a little high to turn this into a session brew, but it really is a nice beer to drink by itself. I also had one with some thanksgiving leftovers and it paired up with that nicely. I liked this beer a lot, as with a lot of the Belgian style ales from this brewery I would highly recommend it as a way to get into this style. Very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2011 05:11:32 | More by Siriusfisherman
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