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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by iSip on 10-07-2011

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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 844
Photo of monza
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Done well as I would expect from New Belgium. This one has a great balance of belgian funk with a nice Cascade/Amarillo dry hopping citus kick. The balance of sweet/bitter is spot on, and the pour has nice head with lacing that goes all the way to the bottom of the glass. Nice clean finish with hints of phenolic and esters from the Belgian yeast. The only complaint I have is that for a 7-point-oh beer it could use a bit more mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent value... like getting an 'imperial' or special edition at regular micro prices.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden blonde color with a healthy finger and a half of eggshell white head. Decent retention with some lacing.

S- starts off with a dry cracker like malt aroma. It quickly transitions into a estery Belgian yeast with note of white peach and apricot. Balanced American hop aromas of pine and orange zest blend in. Slightly soapy on the finish.

T- slightly tripple like sweetness it first with a dry cracker malt profile. Belgian yeast imparts peach pit and other white stone fruit. Pine and orange zest hop flavors blend in with a balanced hop bitterness. Again slightly soapy flavor on the finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a decent Belgian IPA except for the soapy character.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty and crisp, well balanced and delicious. A worthy entrant into this newish genre.

Pours clear golden with a lively, moderately sticky head and good streamers of carbonation. The aroma is pungent and phenolic, fruity and spicy, but with a solid pale malt backbone and an aspirin-like tang. The flavor is crisp, with apple and clove and coriander, but a satisfying pale malt bottom-note and a pleasant bitter snap, like an acidic cider. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a NB goblet

tan and clear with a resilient white foamy head and nice legs

fresh resiny hops with an edge of bier-de-garde funk, a little pine

ooh, the pine really pops in the nose at the first sip. Kind of woody, moderate bitterness and a dry, funky finish. Sappy, green.

mid-bodied with a high carbonation level.

This style isn't exactly in my wheelhouse, but I've had a few better executed beers of this ballpark of a genre (Houblon Chouffe, Ommegang BPA). I'd personally prefer a sweeter hop profile to pair with the belgian yeast. Solid, not amazing.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice straw yellow into my snifter and a white head soon formed at the top of the glass that was constantly replenished by tiny little bubbles surging to the top of the glass.

The aroma is exceptional in both its power and its depth. Present are citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast esters like pepper and clove.

The taste is a cornucopia of flavors that point to the two styles that make up this beer. At first the beer is peppery and warm from the alcohol and then it soon turns decidedly bitter as the hops begin to assert themselves.

Overall this is an exceptional beer. It is a little odd at first and maybe even eccentric, but that being said, I like it.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear slightly darker amber with yellow edges, big foamy/frothy head with great retention. Fruity yeast aroma. Taste follows with citrus hop balance with a relatively clean finish. Nice light hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Crisp, refreshing and a light tackiness.

Nice interplay of yeast and hops. Wonderfully flavorful and simple Belgian IPA for 7-8 dollars. Nothing overpowering just nice crisp IPA with a touch of Belgian yeast. A beer that’s more than the sum of it’s parts.

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Photo of ncsutton
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving - Bottle

A - Head is about an inch to inch and a half, some really nice lacing that last throughout, its a yellowish light amber color

S - Aroma is yeast like with just as much hop smell to it as well

T - Not an overwhelmingly belgian or IPAish, it is a great blend of the two styles, I'm getting the Belgian part of the brew at the start with the hoppiness of the IPA coming just after

M - Fullbodied feel to it with some carbonation

O - Great blend of the two styles, its perfect if you want a good IPA but not something that's going to slap you in the face with hops

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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 Luigi
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color with a frothy three finger head and a one finger to half finger head retention. Great lacing sticking around the glass. Some carbonation bubbles from the yeast partials found in the ale.

The aroma is a blend of Belgium yeast and fruitiness, yet blended very well with the hop bitterness of an American IPA. Pine notes and citrus as I would expect.

Again the flavor is a great blend of both worlds. The sharp bitterness of American hops blended with with the yeasty bread flavors of a Belgium ale. Finishes a little slick on the tongue with some alcohol sweetness yet has that American IPA dry hop dryness in the end. Medium bodied and easy to drink.

Overall this is an IPA I will always look forward to drink when I want something a little different than the straight forward in you face hopped American IPA. This IPA just gives me some different for a change and does a great job at it!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very clear, light amber color with one finger of white foam that diminishes to a persistent pad of foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles make relaxed progress upward in the column.

S: Very spicy, featuring black pepper, cloves, and allspice, that adds a crispness while dominating faint malt and herbaceous hop contributions.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright fruit and fermented grain that is refined on the palate. Moderate acidity adds energy without detracting from other flavors. Peppery phenolics kick in after a few beats and carry through to the middle where slightly smoky caramel also resides. Hop aromatics are selfless in their contributions of floral and herbaceous notes that do not challenge the Belgian yeast characteristics for dominance. The finish is moderately bitter but otherwise relatively vacant of flavors. It cleans up in too orderly a fashion for a beer whose Belgian qualities were so dominant early on.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, fairly wet on the palate showing minor stickiness and alcohol warmth late, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While it is unclear whether or not this beer's core is the same as their Ranger IPA, New Belgium has managed to produce a worthy American-brewed contribution to the style. Its flavor profile is structured around concise yeast phenolics that face little competition from hop aromatics. It is a stylistic crossover of sorts, appearing as much like a Belgian pale ale as a Belgian IPA. It will satisfy the Belgian beer enthusiast more than the West Coast-hopped Stone Cali-Belgique, but that other beer manages to remain more true to the IPA label.

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Photo of 3nlightenedfool
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How can I give you an honest review of my favorite beer?

I went to the store for Stone IPA and I got this instead. If they didn't have Stone I was going to get the Two Hearted Ale or Arrogant Bastard. Maybe you've had some of these other beers and that should help you understand where this beer starts...where it ends...I cannot fully describe.

The thing that this beer has that makes it more special than other IPA's to me is a spicy ZING! It has a real edge to it but it's balanced. It's dry but it's sweet. I can't compare this to anything else I've had. I have had the Belgian-American IPA that Stone makes...this is something else. I don't mean to say it's just better because it really is a completely different style from that beer.

This is like Fat-Tire IPA. It's bready, and yeasty but also hoppy. It's got a touch of toasty malts but it's not a heavy beer. It does get a bit dry when you've had a bunch of them, and since they now come in six packs, this is going to be something that you too will likely experience.

Not that anybody really cares about this, but this beer has a great appearance. It's the color of beer. It's not black or watery...it's just a slightly cloudy, yet transparent golden color with a cotton white head that leaves thick lacing behind as the head retreats at an admirable pace. This is perfection guys.

The only reason I'm not giving this a perfect score is because you can't drink this beer into oblivion without feeling your stomach has become a rising loaf of yeast heavy bread while your mouth is intensely parched from the heavy handed hops in this beer. So, although it's my session beer of choice, I know very well that it's not really meant to be a session beer, but I don't really like beers that are meant to go down easy. This beer isn't meant to go down your throat unnoticed. This beer is meant to get your attention and satisfy your senses.

DO NOT MISS THIS BEER. This one is unique. It's probably love/hate, but for this craft beer drinking fool...it's love all the way. Enjoy.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: Pours a nice, slightly hazy honey color that is very bright, pours with a finger of creamy white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves no lacing on the glass
S: definite notes typical to a belgian brew, bread and wheat notes, and also a late undertone of citrus
T: begins very mellow and warm, not alcohol warm or strong warm just a nice kind of fireside warm, wheat notes hit initially then in the middle moves into lemon and citrus notes ends very clean and crisp
M: begins a bit intense on the carbonation then moves into a bit of silkiness in the middle and leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry
O: a nice brew, really doesnt hit with much in the way of what id call an ipa taste but is still a nice smooth and crisp brew, enjoyable and overall good

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Photo of pweis909
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgo. I'm not a fan of the name. For some reason, it reminds me of digestion processes. Belly, Belch, Blech? Fortunately, this beer is better than its name!

Appearance: It is a brilliant beer, with a touch of orange to nudge it just a smidge past gold, with a white creamy head that has some staying power and leaves laces as it recedes. Drink with your eyes. This beer is inviting.

Aroma, Taste, and Mouthfeel: Clovey spiciness dominates the aroma, though there is enough hop to inform you that there is more to the beer. The carbonation bite is aggressive at first, but if the beer is savored before swallowing, there is a nice malty back of the mouth malty sweetness that is complemented by the clove. The sweetness is balanced by hop bitterness and citrus rind, which falls just short of clashing with the clove, or maybe it doesn't fall short. Close call. Pretty aggressive. The finish is dry, with astringency from the hops and bite from the carbonation lingering.

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Photo of anglagard1
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light appearance considering the style. It is my experience that American Belgian India Pale Ales (my God, what a mouthful) tend towards the IPA end of things, but this one is just the opposite. This one so worked against my expectations that I was initially disappointed with its lack of hops. Getting over that I now see that I am holding an intriguing beer in my hands with an accent on Belgian. Very light and clear in appearance with a super big and fluffy head. All the Belgian elements are there, bubblegum, coriander, banana, a little sourdough bread. To be honest, my tastebuds are a little scarred from the Fixed Gear I drank before this one, so I'm not sure if there's any hops presence in the Belgo. But I very much like what I do taste, subtle flavors that are worth taking the time to roll across your tastebuds. I'm not a huge fan of New Belgium but this one is fun. P.S. So sure was I that it was more IPA than Belgian that I drank it in a pint glass rather than a tulip glass. I'll try the tulip next time around. There WILL be a next time.
UPDATE: My overall opinion of the quality of this beer remains the same, but I did want to qualify that my tastebuds were indeed altered by the Fixed Gear I drank before I gave my review. There is a definite hops presence in this beer. Still, it was interesting to have reviewed this beer with an altered pallete. There was plenty to discover beyond what the hops had to say.

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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 Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – very light amber color, almost an orange color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – quite hoppy, but somewhat subdued at the same time, perhaps by the Belgian yeasts? I can’t quite pick out any of the hops that are mentioned on the label, just that hops are very much present.

Taste – again, very hoppy tasting at the beginning, with almost a spiciness that you would find in a pumpkin ale. It finishes with the bitterness you’d expect from an IPA, and then it lingers at bit more in the aftertaste. Fairly unique taste.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced.

Overall – unique taste and very interesting and intriguing to sample.

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Photo of gratefuld
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice yellow amber color, but a minimal head. I expected more...overall though, clean refreshing looking beer.
S: You can definitely smell the belgian yeasts in this one. You cannot really smell any hops in this one, but I really really like how this one smells. (I think the taste is deceiving given the smell!)
T: You can definitely taste the hops in this beer. Initially I thought this overpowered the belgian style of the beer, but after a few more sips, the combination of the hops and the belgian yeast. The more I drink this the more I like it.
M: Crisp clean mouthfeel. Dry Finish

O: One of the first New Belgium beers I have like in awhile. Initially I did not like the beer, but I think my expectations were skewed given how much I like Flying Dogs Raging Bitch. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, that I'm glad I bought. I'll definitely have another one of these....I bought a six pack!

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

Belgo pours a hazy deep gold into my favorite tulip. A dense eggshell cap slowly falls to a patchwork film. The beer leaves bits of lace.

Citrusy American hops meet Belgian yeast. That sums this one up for me. Lemon and grapefruit are pronounced and provide a moderate bitterness. The malt backbone has a subtle honey sweetness, plus a touch of straw. The yeast adds a sourdough theme. A coriander spice rounds things out. The body is light, but not quite as cabonated as I would have liked.

Belgo is a nice effort. Hopefully it will make it out of the mixed pack it came in and into its own sixers.

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Photo of gpogo
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden body with tiny little particles floating around. Huge fluffy white head, very sticky and left a nice lacing. Light on the bubbles.

A- Instantly hit with some bitterness. Grapefruit, coriander, and a belgian yeast spiciness.

T- Nice bitterness straight away with a mild sweetness. Herbal hop flavors with a light coriander taste. I wish there was a bit more to the malty flavor, the hop astringency prevents that.

M- Medium body, smooth and spicy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D- Enjoyable. Got it in a mix pack. There are better Belgian IPAs, but for the price it's rather tasty.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clear and gold colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell is strong hops and strong fresh coriander. Strong grapefruit scent with Belgian yeast spiciness. Light flower scent with a little honeysuckle sweetness.

Starts out mildly sweet with an assertive bitter snap. Strong hops bitterness with some of the more herbal bitter taste of coriander. Solid Belgian IPA flavor, but it does lack a little subtleness, might improve a bit as it ages a little.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. All the basics are there for a Belgian IPA. Still seems a little on the raw side. Certainly worth the price I paid for the beer. Will buy again. An added benefit is the Low Alcohol level for the style. This doesn't have the KO effect of say Raging Bitch.

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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 Tone
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, hint of floral hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight yeast, sweet malt, slight citrus hops, and slight floral hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

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Photo of iSip
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Belgo Belgian IPA: This one is a must try! Close your eyes, take a sip and you will experience a great IPA that magically transforms into a Belgian Trippel. Amazing how New Belgium has done this. Two beers in one. New Belgium is a master at marketing with their quirky ads, great beer names (hard to beat “Fat Tire” as a beer name, even though I personally do not care for that brew) and traditional labels. They missed it with Belgo. The name does nothing for me, and the label is ugly at best. But let’s not judge the beer by the packaging. The Belgo pours with a honey colored body, little carbonation, and a great pillowy head with fine lacing. It looks fantastic in the glass, and the looks are outdone by the aroma, which is prominent with a complex blend of hops and malt coming through. Lots of enjoyment even before you takes a sip. The flavors will blow you away! It starts out as a fine IPA with lots of hops coming through, then mid sip transforms to a Belgian style Trippel, malty, yeasty and wonderful! The Belgo is a great find. Take a six over to your most discerning beer snob friend and you will get the pick of the month award.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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