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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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very good

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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011

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Reviews: 199 | Hads: 843
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 Living816
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exceedingly unbalanced. Nice IPA-type aroma from the hops. But the Belgian yeast that is much touted produces rather horrifying phenolic assault on the mouth. It is a medicinal, peppery, sting that accentuates the bitterness all down the tongue. It detracts from, rather than adds to, the character of the beer. The finish is unpleasant. Bitter, spicy, and lingering.

I don't get much of the fruit character from this, which both the hops and many Belgian type yeasts will contribute.

On the plus side, it has 7% abv which is hardly noted at all. Exceedingly smooth for the alcohol content.

This is a puzzling combination that comes across as confused, chaotic, and isn't well suited together.

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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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Photo of vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Shade lighter than ranger with a similar head: apricot gold body, off-white head, great retention and lace. A bit of sediment out of the bottle.

S - Soft and sweet. Apricot, orange, banana, clove, brown sugar, and a touch of sour.

T - Kaleidoscopic hop character; herbal opening into a woody center and a dry grapefruit finish. Honey, white grape, and cranberry support the middle of the profile.

M - Light body, with a nice bright carbonation.

O - Complex, bright, and refreshing with great drinkability.

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

Clear and effervescent golden yellow body; good head formation and retention.

Smell is soft and not nearly as hopped as I’d expected considering the bill. Still, it definitely presents the Belgian yeast characteristic and some pale malt.

Taste is prettay, prettay good. Kicks off with Belgian yeastiness then gives way to those delicious hops (Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo!!!). It’s pretty well balanced, but I think I’d like it even more if the hops tipped the scale in their favor. That yeast is pretty strong, managing to stay strong in the finish. Hops are almost more bitter/hebal than citrussy. Malt is playing a nice light role here, allowing the hops and yeast to be the stars. Carbonation and body are fine, just fine.

Probably wouldn’t want more than two of these in a row, but I’ll definitely be making Belgo a part of my regular rotation of beers. I’m glad they made it a year-round offering.

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Photo of fields336
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Soft light gold/brown caramel colored beer w 1 finger white fizzy head. Leaves a slight lacing behind and around the rim of the glass

S:Citrus, clove, banana, pepper, peach, caramel, bread

T:Peach pineapple, white pepper, banana, clove, bready, caramel

M:Medium bodied, medium carbonation, finish is nice and dry. Tasty

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is gold to copper with nice bright white head that laces nicely - light carbonation

Smell is yeasty, bready, phenolic, light esters - very appetizing.

Taste is biscuit, lightly - followed by ester and some light phenolic undertones, light cloves and some other indistinguishable spices. Interesting and flavorful followed by some solid hop bitterness - light citrus and pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, but expected from the yeast and hop flavor profile - lightly warming and filling from the esters.

Overall a great beer, very well done belgian ipa with a great flavor profile and mouthfeel to match.

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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 vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Golden-orange on color with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Pleasant blend of citric, fruity hops and phenolic, clove from the Belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose, with citric and tropical fruit hop notes backed by spicy, clove, Belgian yeast notes.

Medium body, prickly, active carbonation.

A solid, well done Belgian IPA.

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

Beer pours a nice mellow amber and gold color with a tad of copper. This brew pours with the exact right amount of lace and head. Has a yeasty aroma of malts and bitter hops, but goes down smooth. Beer is a bit sweet in nature and relatively light for being seven percent. I was not expecting much out of this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
7% ABV, 16SEPT12 (best by on label)

A - Heavy carbonation streams from the etching in the globe glass though the clear golden brew to the abundant head. The off-white foam leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace caked on the glass. It's hard for beer to look much better than this.

S - Potency, thy name is Belgo. Bold Belgian yeast aroma loaded with complex esters; white pepper, clove, clay, and banana notes come through with a nice abundant hop nose. Lemon citrus and grapefruit notes with subtle earth tones really shine! The pale malt backing of Belgo introduces minor caramel sweetness while providing a good base for the complexity the other ingredients have to offer.

T - Considerably more faint than the aroma, Belgo seems to be sort of flat after the powerful intro. Pale malt ups it's ante with stronger sweetness and body followed by a light smattering of citrus hop flavor. Yeast ester complexity goes from bold to subtle and minor as well, gently offering some of the earthy tones along the finish.

M - Flatter-feeling in body than the streaming carbonation might suggest, Belgo has a very nice hop bitterness that punches through the medium malty body for a dry, biting finish that slightly makes up for the drop-off from aroma to flavor.

O - Powerful starting and deep with a nice flavor profile, Belgo is a bi-polar beer that's got it's down sides, but evens out to a well-balanced, Belgian-influenced, hoppy beer with a nice clean bitterness. A good pairing with spicy pepperoni-coated thick-crusted pizza!

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Photo of rtaps
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a clear golden with nice white head good lacing

Smells yeast like with a lot of hops some pineapple

Taste fallows the nose, yeast/bready like, nice hoppy presence

Light bodied high carb wet feel

Overall it's a nice light brew good for summer

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. Great carbonation that took a moment to recede. Admittedly, it was a bad pour.

A: orangish yellow.
S: fresh hops and pineapple.
T: medicinal, waxy flower pollen (but I cannot identify from which flower), bubble gummy.

This is one of my favorite styles of beer. I love the addition of Belgian yeast to a hoppy IPA. I love this beer. I’ll have another.

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Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy medium golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that had great retention, finally reducing to a large cap with excellent sticky foamy lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, pine and citrus hops and a soapy Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), apple, banana, a bit of clove and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was lightly bitter with a slight malty fruity sweetness and a touch of banana at first, but quickly became decently hoppy and a tad yeasty with a hint of citrus and a bitter spicy finish. The flavor lasted a good while with a bitter yeasty taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a good mix of a Belgian Ale and an IPA, giving this brew a nice smooth drinkability...

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Photo of bump8628
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. An excellent version of this relatively new style. Great balance between American hops and Belgian yeast character. Citrus...lots of citrus. Orange, pineapple, lime, and grapefruit. Some complimentary pine, herbs, bright floral notes. The Belgian yeast notes fight their way into the mix with more spice and citrus. Dry and evenly bitter, but smooth.

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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 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 Bottlebomber
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: burnished copper, like an IPA! White 1.5" white head settled somewhat but stood proud. Slightly cloudy.

S: wet straw, caramel, yeast, citrus, and delicious funk

T: just like the smell! A perfect blend of a Belgian ale and a hoppy American IPA. Caramel malts, funky yeast biproducts, citrusy hops

M: On the full side. Probably around 1.010 to 1.012 but with a full mouthfeel like what is left from WLP001. Rich yet medium? Probably just a little full for both a Belgian and an IPA.

O: I understand this is a controversial style and so frankly this beer isn't getting the recognition it deserves. It is a perfect blend of the two styles. I am thrilled to have it available, and will buy it as often as I can and hope to keep it in stock.

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Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden with a frothy initial head and trails of lace.

Lemon/orange citrus notes the main scent, some biscuit/cracker/yeast notes in the background.

Saltine crackers, herbs and spices, lemon and orange rind, dry finish.

Bubbly carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

I thought this was quite solid, liked the crispness and good flavors.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice transparent orangish golden color with a small white cap, a light amount of lacing

S: SOme yeast, light spice and plenty of citrus, light melon notes

T: Nice citrus notes upfront leading into a light yeast, spice and lingering citrus, lihht hop bitterness

M: Nice, medium, refreshing, crisp

O: A nice drink

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on label is 08/July/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and cloves with some pale malts. Some pepper like spices and barnyard funk. Good hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Also some hints of banana and honey. Big hints of candied sugars. Aroma is also fairly grassy.

Taste: A pretty sweet and fairly spicy tasting take on a Belgian IPA. Solid taste of Belgian yeast that lingers throughout with some cloves and pepper spices. Citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and banana. Solid presence of candied sugar and a little hints of honey. Also some grassy barnyard funk. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Slick and fairly juicy. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Good fruity candy flavor that avoids becoming too syrupy. Solid presence of yeasty spice.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, it has an awesome body to it, slightly cloudy, plenty of carbonation, light lacing and a slight burnt orange hue to it all topped off with a nice white fluffy and creamy head that lasts quite a while. The hops are very present in the aroma, there a fruity aromas mixed in as well. I can pick up some grape fruit, apple, a slight grape aroma, and it’s got a fairly clean smell to it. Its light to medium bodied, the hops are quite flavorful but not over powering. It has some slightly bitter flavors mixed in with some apple and orange, overall its sweet with a semi-harsh aftertaste that has a hint of alcohol. It goes down pretty smooth, this is another good beer from the New Belgium Brewing people…

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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 Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-copper in color with a big, bubbly, frothy, white head.

S: Belgian yeast, light, fruity hops, bready malt.

T: Good, yeasty, hoppy flavors. Very Belgian. Slight bitterness and considerably dry. The dry fruit in the finish is very nice.

M: Smooth and sweet with a pleasant dryness. Yeasty and malty. Enjoyable to drink.

O: A fine example of the style. Well done.

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


A - golden/copper, hardly any head but very bright white and a tiny bit of lacing

S - Super bright sweet malts, really nice sweet Belgian yeast, floral/fruity hops, candy sugar, woodsy/pine, baking spices and terrior

T - Pine, sweet/toasty malts, sugar, awesome Belgian yeast, flowers, very fruity, spices, wood, foliage and terrior

M - Medium minus body, well balanced, decent complexity, medium minus acidity and a very long sweet yet bittersweet finish

D/O - one of the more refreshing beers I have had. VERY easy to drink, great amount of flavors and balanced in those flavors. If you love craft beer or are a novice, this one you and most people will like. The bitter sweet balance is almost perfect

Final thoughts - Only $7-8 a sixer, nice 7% abv and just all around awesome. Once again another New Belgium beer that has the notes of fat tire in it. I really think all of them do

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