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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

831 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Belgo Belgian-style India Pale Ale. Alc. 7% by Vol. "Friday night and the lights are low, Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe, looking for a place to BelGO. Get in on the estery beats, and hop aroma blasts, as India Pale Ale grooves with Belgian yeast."

Not sure why the disco connection. Something to do with Belgium? Is it the ancestral home of the music? Is it because the share the same letters, …Belgo, Disco…they both end in "o"? Is it because it's "funk-ay"?
Oh, not sure, but I give up, let's crack the crown.

Pale amber/ orange coloring, huge white head, hangs in and sticks around. Looks good, no denying.

Intriguing aromatics: sweet, then slightly sour, a little fruity, a lotta funky. Unusual, and very inviting.

Now to drink 'er up: Hop bitterness blasts the palate, coats the tongue, and lays in for the long haul. Belgian yeast character follows through and gets thoroughly in the mix. Thoroughly mixed, meshed, mashed-up and integrated. Strong and solid as an American IPA, with the wild weird Belgian ale flavor. Non-stop hop attack, tasty malt, earthy, spicy Belgian yeast. Great combination.

Oddly, I wasn't too enthusiastic with the first three bottles I tossed back. For beer #4, sitting down and really thinking about…I'm very happy with this one, and will come back for more.

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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 tenaciousp65
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a bottle on 4/14/12

a-very pale and yellow/straw colored for an IPA. A nice head on the top with good lacing.

s- Smells sweet, with a hint of grapefruit with the hops coming through strong.

t- in the style of a belgian IPA this isn't quite as bitter as its american counterpart. The bitterness of the hops quickly makes way for sweet, fruity tones.

m- it has a nice medium body. It goes down smooth and doesn't feel too heavy in your mouth.

o- This is a great beer. A really smooth IPA that has a big, full body. It hardly tastes like the 7% abv labled on the bottle and if I didn't know that i'd be tempted to call this a session beer

Photo of obrike
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock for 1.69.

A bit of a hazy, dark straw color...pretty significant lace on this one. Good looking brew.

Yum...big shot of Belgian yeast upfront....followed by apricot,tropical fruit hops...what's not to like?

Dry, yet juicy? Is that possible? That's kind of what I'm feeling here. A really nice combo of IPA and Belgian flavors...at a drinkable 7%abv. Strong enough to feel it, but not a crazy 9 or 10 that totally kicks your tail.

I'm very pleasantly surprised by this offering and will look for it from now on.

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

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Best by February 2012.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Very thick, white head, 2+cm, almost sponge-like, that gradually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Amazing lacing along sides of glass: sheets, lines, and clumps abound. Body is semi-hazy, orange-copper with yellow highlights, featuring some modest visible carbonation. I can't think of a better beer display for the style.

Aroma opens with some burnt dust, apricot, malt, and mild yeast scents. It's somewhat like a muted Belgian-style ale and a muted American IPA combined into a muted hybrid. Probably my least favorite part of this fairly exceptional beer.

Taste opens with sweet malt, flowery hops, and apricot hops. Transitions to spicy flavors, coriander, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast complexities. Closes with black pepper, lingering grapefruit, ethanol, and a slight complex funkiness, tanginess, and acidity. Aftertaste is of mildly bready malt flavors combined with hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with carbonation is high enough to make this pleasantly felt on the palate, but still go down easily. Finish is dry, but also a bit sticky sweet.

This was a very good hop-forward variation of a Belgian IPA. Still, balance was there and the taste was very enjoyable. Definitely one to seek out and try again, the only aspect I'd like to be a bit more developed was the aroma.

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.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian notes dominate the nose, bursting with aromas of bubblegum, candy sugar, and pears. There are some floral and citrus notes towards the finish from the hops.

T: Bubblegum, candy sugar, and light Belgian spice notes up front followed by grapefruit and pine flavors from the hops. The finish is grassy and lightly bitter with a sweet Belgian aftertaste.

M: Medium body with highish, frothy carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and clean.

O: A good beer, all around, and at a solid price. Definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had, though I'd like a bit crisper body and more hop presence in the nose.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color, with a huge rocky white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are yeasty, mineral like, with some bubblegum, and peppery spices.

Taste is yeasty, with a really prominent pink bubblegum like sweetness, light cream, and some mixed spices. Finish is peppery, with a mineral like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, with prickly carbonation. Feels about right for the style,

Overall, a pleasant surprise, I picked this up on whim at the nearby grocery store, but it turned out to be pretty tasty. Well worth trying,

Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today, on sale at local grocery.
I really like this style and the Hubulon Chouffe is my standard to judge by.
Pours a Super-foamy amber tone. Tons of head, this is a very carbonated brew. Looks great.
Smells of peppery yeast upfront.In a big way.Soured banana, pear, pepper,clove, bread, sweet citrus, funky tart and sweet all in one.Not detecting so much in the way of hoppiness upon initial smell.A second smell takes care of that-citrus, bitter hop note, grapefruit, nice hoppy bite. This beer really needs a few minutes to open up.
Flavor is upfront fruit-think pear, citrus, banana, accented by a nice note of grain, pepper, coriander, hoppy on the finish. I pick up on a nice earthy rustic, yet "american" hops flavor overall.
It is a really nice balance of Belgian mustiness, sweet malty fruitiness mixed with the citric bite of American hops. Carbonation is medium, finishing with a nice tingling spice.
Good brew, good to see New Belgium is still creating good beers

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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