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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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199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 843
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light honey orange with a 3 inch puffy white head that settles to an island of chunky foam. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is first and foremost of a typical Belgian yeast along with some spices and malt aromas. I am not really getting any typical IPA smells from this one. It smells more like a witbier/hefeweizen hybrid than anything. Taste is of citrus fruits and citrus zest up front along with a malt backbone and a clean Belgian yeast flavor on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers on the tongue with each sip. This beer has a medium body with a smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. A lower level of carbonation on this one. Overall, this is a good Belgian take on an IPA. The smell is deceiving however as it does not really identify that what you are about to drink has any IPA qualities to it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a clear bright golden body. Nice lacing.

S: nice tropical fruit and yeast character. some musty grain and breads.

T: flavor is a little bland. Pale malts, breads, herbal and earthy hops prevail. yeasty character is present but provides more to the mouthfeel than flavor.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A little weak on the hop character. It is a nice belgian style beer though making it nicely drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a fusion of two styles that you dont see all the time. pours a very alive deep golden color with a rising head. smells yeasty and hoppy, enticing! its muc more of an ipa that i thought it might be. these usually tend to be european versions, and thus not as bold with the hop additions. not belgo though, this is an ipa through and through with a nice crist belgian yeast finish. not one i'd probably drink every day, but a well executed rendition of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of bubbly lace.

S - It smelled of fruity notes - mostly dark fruits with some apple and pear. There was a toasty caramel presence, too.

T - Slightly phenolic with some nice fruit flavors - green apple and pear. Good caramel and burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. It's hard to put down. Very refreshing.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color with a huge head of white foamy lace that was soo big it had to be poured at least four times before it all settled down into the glass.

The aroma was full of yeast and spice with a very nice light fruit vibe coming off of it. Lots of peaches and pears were readily apparent and easily transferred the aroma into one of a nice Belgian pale. There was a large amount of hops present on the nose as well, what seemed like citrus A touch of alcohol was present hidden under all of this as well but it served more to round out then to distract. huge hoppy flavor coming off of it. nice fruity flavors worked their way in, lots of peaches and pears, apples and a touch of orange, probably coriander starting to break through. A good amount of yeast gave way to a nice dry hoppy finish that was accented by some grape like flavors in the end

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly clear in appearance with a golden-copper hue and a slim, white head. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Sniffs of citrus, florals, and minimized resins overlaying the more milder notes of crackery pale malts.

Taste: Lightly grainy taste of sun crisped barley with a chincy amount of golden syrup sweetness. Faint fruity hint of pears. Pith-forward citrus, some steely resin mingled with the lightly phenolic yeast. Moderate bitterness. Dry, lightly grainy on the the back end with the continued bitterness, leaving it a bit one-note until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, it's not like it didn't work out for me, but I just found it to be merely so-so.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a clear, medium golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A spicy yeast aroma of clove, anise, and coriander with bready malt and some pine hops in the background.

T - Spicy yeast character up front with coriander, pepper, and perhaps a hint of orange. Some pine and musty hop character in the middle fading to bready malt and more coriander in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A well crafted Belgian style ale, though I might be inclined to question its IPA pedigree. The hop character is lacking, both in its intensity and its American character. There are hints of pine, but most of the hop flavor gets lost in the spicy yeast notes.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter hops flavor that is followed by a Belgian yeast breadiness. Then some very mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and bananas. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of mactrail
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So spicy it must be radioactive. It's interesting how they get so much of the hop aromatics with so little bitterness. It IS pretty bitter, but in the context of so much intensity of flavor it's one of the things that make it good. Totally drinkable, but one to sip and savor. The Belgian yeastiness is more on the bright side than behind the barn, and the hops are more sunshine than dankness. A happy beer. Not exactly minty, but that same kind of powerful fresh aroma.

Finally got around to trying a bottle. Wow, I am impressed. The good qualities of my favorite regular New Belgium beer-- the Trippel-- plus a huge spicy hit and the aromatic hops.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack for around $9. Pours a cloudy orange color, great aroma to it. Taste is hoppy with the typical Belgian yeasts and fruitiness flavors. One of the better Belgian IPA's I've had and is actually really tasty, New Belgium has a solid line up of beers and this is one of the better ones... it won't let you down.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at wine source...enjoyed from a goblet chilled, shared with tb69.

The beer is beautiful, very attractive golden with great clarity and frothed up head with ultra fine bead. The lace sticks in a thick film over the inside of the glass with good retention overall. The smell is not pleasurable, but not awful either, it is very very phenolic...almost band-aid-like with some mild spice and a hint of citrus aroma in the background. This feel is good but not especially vibrant -more toasty than fruity with moderately spicy and focused on bitter with mild carbonation for the style. the alcohol warming is moderate with a very dry finish.

This IPA has a strong yeast presence -very tannic and spiced with bitter herbal flavors that carry a light amount of astringency into the taste. The flavor is light on malt with a heavy dose of phenols in the yeast flavor, kind of fruity in a tangy sort of way, perhaps citrus if you look for it, but in the general not as flavored with hops as it is bitter and the citrus is muted by the spice of the yeast. overall I wasn't sure what to expect but feel this missed the mark and was just average for the style. I probably would try it again, but this is not my favorite Belgian IPA that I have tried.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 2/12/2012. Mild gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pepper, clove, grapefruit, bubblegum, biscuit, lemon, grass, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big lemon, clove, pepper, grapefruit, bubblegum, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, clove, bubblegum, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of Belgian qualities to hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and slightly resinous mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking, and alcohol is well hidden for 7% with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and well executed Belgian IPA. Really balanced, enjoyable, and drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's. Best before April 1st, 2012. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam, with excellent retention and tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Mostly transparent peach body.

S - Phenolic Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Some spicy pepper and clove notes, a touch of bubblegum, light medicinal notes, and some grapefruit and tangerine zest.

T - Taste is heavier on citrus and stone fruits, with less of the estery yeast presence. I actually like the taste better than the aroma, as it's more of an IPA with a touch of bubblegum and bready Belgian presence (as opposed to a Belgian beer with excessive bitterness). Speaking of bitterness, it's surprisingly low, although it does build a tad over time.

M - Carbonation is on the medium-high side of things, and the body is mostly smooth with a touch of grain to it. Medium body, with a resinous and oily finish. Perhaps a touch of warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a surprisingly decent beer, particularly as I'm not the biggest fan of this style. Considering this has widespread availability and a reasonable price I'd actively recommend it for those just getting into craft beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass because that's how I do what I do.

Beer is amber, orangish, big off white head, lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, all yeast all the way.

Beer is surprisingly hoppy given the aroma was nearly absent. Earthy, grinding, good, dry finish, quite carbonated on the palate, strong finish. Nice. I'd have it again, I got a six pack, I'll drink the whole thing.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange color with a short 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: nice belgian yeast aroma with some bitterness comes through and is picked up by the nose.

Taste: the belgian yeast flavors are very strong here, with some milder caramel, bread, citrus, and a moderate bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp from start to finish with some drying late. Aftertaste is long lasting as the belgian yeast tones last on the tongue a while.

Overall: I found this to be a bit unbalanced as the yeast flavors overpowered the other flavors in the beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head; there is a nice layered, though thin, lacing pattern left on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a dark gold / light amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy clove mixed in with fruity American type hops that lean towards lychee, pineapple, Juicy Fruit bubblegum and super ripe tangelo zest. My nose gets a bit too close to the foam and gets a little wet, which accentuates a dry cracker like, and pale grain husk character. The hops and yeast combine to produce touches of sweet ginger, fruity black pepper.

This has a nice spritzy carbonation; this accentuates some dry cracker like notes in the finish as well as supplying a carbonic bite to the end. The beer tastes sweet up front, much of this is brought out by the super fruit laden hop character and the clove / fruit notes from the yeast rather than from a lot of malt sweetness. Despite the sweetness this beer is fairly dry overall. There is a certain bitterness to this beer, it certainly has a bit, though I wouldn’t characterize it as overly bitter from an IPA standpoint. There is a dry, pale malt & cracker like character in the finish that lightly dusts the palate. The super hop fruit character from the nose is muted a bit in the flavor due to the dryness, but this is still a hop dominated beer. Lighter bodied and quaffable, though it still has some texture and viscosity to it; it has the perfect body for a regular IPA.

Not bad, as with most Belgian yeast fermented IPAs, the yeast character clashes a bit with the ample hop character; I find that a beer like this is better as the second or third (though I rarely get to that point) of an evening. Still, I will always have a hankering for a nice hoppy Belgian Ale and I am quite enjoying this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.