Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.01/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-26-2013 00:52:36 | More by WoodBrew
3.84/5 rDev +1.9%
"Friday night and the lights are low; Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe, looking for a place to BelGO. Get in on bottle-conditioned beats and hop aroma blasts as India Pale Ale grooves with Belgian yeast." Available occasionally in 6 packs in the Atlanta area, I picked this up as part of the Fall 2012 folly pack. Date on the bottle is 09 December 2012.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my New Belgium Globe glass. Served at 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy off-white head with good retention and medium, flecked lacing. Body color is a golden orange with a heavy haziness and plenty of small-bubble carbonation. Density and head quality are all above what I expected for the style. Appearance is solid. 4.5
(Smell) Belgian biscuity malts, medium citrus hops aroma and bitterness, a dash of spicy rye, citrus ream, belgian yeast spices and a note of alcohol. A mild mustiness throughout but nothing overwhelming, it plays a compliment to the other notes. Hop presence is medium, although the potency of the yeast characteristics prevail most notably, and the spice and bread hit the nose strongest. Not the most appealing aroma for the style, as I'd have preferred a little subtler yeast characteristic, but the aroma is plentiful and appealing overall with plenty of malt, hop and yeast character. 3.5
(Taste) Flavor is largely consistent throughout; a spiced malt blend with a medium-thick bready consistency and a mellow citrus hop character throughout. Bitterness is medium, just enough to round out the flavor, and paired with the yeast spice and fruit is more than enough to round out the malt character. Balance is slightly bitter and spicy, with the sharpest notes prevailing, especially the strong, long-lasting citrusy hop finish. The malt base is actually perfect, but more challenging than usual to find with all the yeast and hop character density. Despite some challenges with balance, the flavor is busy and vibrant overall. An exciting flavor for the Belgian IPA fan. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Mild carbonation with a touch of creaminess, some slight chewiness and a semi-dry spiced finish with some citrus pith. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is medium. Texture is very good paired with the flavor, not too busy. Enjoyable. 4.25
(Overall) The flavors of this Belgian IPA are bold and vibrant throughout. There's no shallow characters to be had here, as the yeast and the hop notes provide a lot of character and lead the flavor of the entire beer. The malt profile, while substantial in its own right, becomes overshadowed by the yeast and hop character, and the beer runs somewhat more bitter than sweet. Overall, I'm quite impressed with the flavor in this beer. Even in it's intensity, it manages to maintain interest and drinkability. 4
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BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale
01-21-2013 20:03:24 | More by Jadjunk
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
01-16-2013 17:44:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
poured from the bottle into a tulip glass
A - Pours a hazy golden apricot with flecks of yeast floating around. A few bubbles rise to the creamy, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind a beautiful, thick web of lacing.
S - Tons of coriander and orange great the nose upon opening the bottle with cascade hops and yeast playing supporting roles. Once in the glass, green-apple smelling yeast takes over.
T - Yeast and dry hops upfront. The body is dominated by flavors reminiscent of a dry-hopped American IPA, but with dry yeast edge and sour/tart green apple. Strong yeast as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a dry, crab apple finish as the belgian yeast mingles with the american hops.
M - Relatively light bodied (about like a tripel) with moderate amounts of carbonation. Could be an iota thicker to help balance out the hop notes.
This is another classic example where to things that I like by themselves aren't incredible when combined. I love both belgian triples and American IPA's, but this, although interesting, doesn't really do it for me. Although a gorgeous beer packed with flavors, the notes don't really seem to gel and the stupidly acidic and tart crab apple finish really only motivates me to take another sip to get that flavor out of my mouth for a bit. This significantly degrades what is otherwise a pretty sold beer.
01-09-2013 05:57:43 | More by Bockrules
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.