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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

820 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 31
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

scootercrabb, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass, picked up from Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh, NC.

A - Pours light golden, thin white head dissolves to nothing but a ring around the glass. Barely any lacing.

S - Belgian funk right off the bat, floral spices. Light citrus hop aroma, sweet corn.

T - Belgian funk blasts you up front,  floral hops steamroll the mid-palate (briefly reminiscent of strong perfume) and crisp hop bitterness pokes its head out in a slightly dry finish. Light citrus lingers throughout.

M - Light bodied and crisp, though the carbonation is barely medium. Clean drinking, nothing really coats the mouth or lingers.

O - A bit lighter and not as powerful as some of the other Belgian IPAs I regularly enjoy (Raging Bitch, for example) but it's lighter body and clean flavors make it more drinkable than others, and the Belgian influence is spot on.

xpdrinker, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +6.4%

MikeDre, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

scottyu27, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

airforceale, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a generally clear straw/gold color with some visible carbonation. Rocky off-white head leaves some lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet yeasy flavor common to this style, but fairly mild. Not much bite.

Taste: Yeast, orange, and grains, with a somewhat bitter finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and somewhat grainy.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, rather mild, moderate ABV.

A decent easy-to-drink Belgian IPA. I must confess that, despite my love for IPAs and Belgian ales, this is one of my least favorite styles... but I still don't think it is that great compared to other beers of the same style.

mithrascruor, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with some orange lighting. Not much head or lacing. Aromas of esters, yeasty and spicy with a hint of hops. Fruity and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but provides a decent delivery of peppery hops, estery yeast notes, a hint of booze. Citric but also with some notes of peach and pear. Dry finish, good hops and a prick of alcohol peppers.

Not bad, a little bland but a reasonable amount of flavor and good attenuation. Recommended for a change of pace.

BretSikkink, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

DrBier, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Durtdiggler
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into IPA style glass. Very golden and clear appearance, mininal head and retention.

Aroma is more on the Belgian side, estery and slightly spicey. Sometimes west coast style hops play with the senses in between sips but definitely more Belgian ale style.

Taste is a mix of both with a Belgian style upfront with a nice hop finish. A very lighter taste then the ABV would suggest. Flavors are very balanced, though not very complex. It seems to finish quickly.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, finishes slightly creamy, then clean and also quickly.

Admittedly, I am not a fan of this style for some reason, despite that I like Belgians and IPAs, albeit on absolute terms. This is a beer that won't overwhelm the enthusiast but then perfect for someone not familiar with craft beer or this style. Can drink this beer anytime, anywhere and that's probably the appeal.

Durtdiggler, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been looking to try this guy for some time now. It pours a clear brass topped by a light-cream-white froth a few fingers tall. (And I don't remember shaking it at all...) The nose comprises pine needles aplenty, melon rind, grapefruit rind, and banana. The taste holds notes of honey, banana, light grapefruit zest, light honeydew, light watermelon, and rather light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid BIPA; though nothing to write home about, it's pretty tasty.

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. 12 oz single from Safeway in West Salem. $1.85 Slightly cloudy orange with a small yet thick white head. Nice piney/spice aromas..sugary yet yeasty nice. Taste is good too the bitter hops meld well with the yeast and spices..a surprising balance really. Good mouthfeeel..not boring and importantly not cloying. Overall a nice Belgian IPA

Reidrover, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

HoistinBrews, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Maudite snifter.

A- Very pale translucent straw color. Not a ton of head but the lacing on the glass is all over.

S- Pine, citrus, a bit of the Belgian yeast. Smells very nice.

T- Pine, grapefruit, resin. The bitterness works so well with the Belgian yeast. Very nice balance.

M- Nicely carbonated and very smooth. 7% abv is nowhere to be seen.

O- Definitely a favorite of mine. I like the way the citrusy hops work together with the yeast and wheat-like characters.

HopsKeepDroppin, Dec 25, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The amber colored body was clear, and the head was one finger thick. The smell was quite hoppy, with clean grapefruit aroma. The Belgian yeast showed up in hints of banana, clove, and orange peel. The taste was not quite as layered as the smell. I could taste some white pepper, hay, rock candy, and lemon peel. The body felt a touch watered down and thin. The hops lingered in the finish. an easy drinking take on this emerging style.

rajendra82, Dec 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

eeggles, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 24, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw, crystal clear, not much head, nor head retention. Its whatever.

S: Clove, allspice, yeasty, sweet, bananas, hop funk on the back

T: Sweet, tempered by a good dose of bitterness. Very complex and yeasty. So nice.

M: Nice carbonation here, pretty heavy. Very refreshing medium bodied brew.

O: I love it. If I've ever had a gripe with Belgian beers its that they are unbalanced in terms of alcohol presence and maltiness. This very hoppy belgian style addresses that problem. Balance is perfect imho, and the high carbonation makes this feel like you're drinking something much more relaxed than an old world beer.

Sessionable.

jkanavel, Dec 24, 2011
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dcevans, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

kenzak, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden-orange, 1 and a half finger bone white fluffy head, good amount of lacing.

S - Tons of spices, belgian yeast, light funk & tart, light fruit, barely any hop presence.

T - Light hops, subtle mango/pineapple, herbs, spices, belgian yeast, peppery finish.

M - Moderate-high carbonation, medium body.

O - Okay, probably won't have this again.

Rickythejeweler, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

campofapproval, Dec 20, 2011
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.