Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
From my tasting notes: The Belgo Belgian Style IPA poured a dark gold with a white head. I let it sit and warm to allow all of the flavors and aromas to reveal themselves. You get the signature Belgian yeast aroma of sweet cloves and bananas with a bit of hops as well. The taste was complex with the Belgian yeast hitting you first with the bitter hops on the back end. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth on this well balanced beer which made the Belgo dangerously easy to drink considering its 8% ABV.
11-14-2013 18:53:33 | More by brurevu
3.79/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-30-2013 02:52:19 | More by Gueuzedude
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.