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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

824 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 31
Gots: 37 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of abrethanson
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden copper with a 1 finger head that leaves a light lacing around the glass. High clarity within the beer's body. Looks like a solid ipa. Thought it would have been a little more "spicy" looking.

Aroma - Light citrus with some farmhouse funk. Some spices pull through and smells a little more like a Belgium than it looked

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light, refreshing.

Taste - Surprisingly funky. Definitely hop forward and can taste the Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe and Cascade hops like a good west coast ipa. The back end is funky and dry like a farmhouse ale. Dig that straw bready dryness. No booziness at all.

Overall - I felt like I was mixing 2 different beers here. Impressed with the balance between hoppiness and funkiness. Very crisp and refreshing. Very sessionable even with the higher ABV. It is usually a hit or miss with New Belgium and I would definitely hit this again.

abrethanson, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of C2H5
3/5  rDev -20.2%

C2H5, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of JimKal
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice it deliver a substantial head that left good lacing as it dissipated. Dark amber in appearance.

this reminded me more of NB's Abbey than it did of an IPA. To me, the hops were there but not a substantial part of the ease profile. Here the Belgium yeasts are the dominant taste and they deliver,

I was going to try to follow this with another IPA for a taste comparison but I put that one back as I didn't think I could appreciate it after the Belgo, although I did treat myself to a second Belgo.

JimKal, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

fuzzcherry, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

davelag, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of MarshallMan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Blargimus, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Herky21, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB April 22, 2013

Beer is golden in colour with a large white head. Dissipates at a relatively slow pace leaving a bunch of sticky lacing.

Hops and Belgian yeast are immediately noticeable in the nose. Very floral, a bit soapy and a bit of citrus. Light fruit scents are strong, along with lots of sugar. A very very sweet smelling beer, to the point where it smells a little bit like fruit-flavoured candy. However, with this reservation, generally a very nice smelling beer.

Rather similar to an pale wheat ale. Huge bubblegum flavour with surrounding bitterness, especially at the end. The sweet bubblegum flavour and the bitterness do not mingle very well but remain remarkably distinct from one another and are not complimentary. The beer has a soapy flavour to it, and some grapefruit flavour is present. Some spice and other fruit flavours are there as well.

Moderate to high carbonation, good for the style. Medium bodied. Dries out the mouth quite a bit, and feels a bit sticky.

Overall, this beer has some good qualities, but the taste is only average for a Belgian IPA. It is not nearly in the same league as gems such as Lupulus or Duvel Triple Hop. The Belgian and IPA aspects are not well integrated but seem to be in conflict with one another.

jrenihan, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of beestes
5/5  rDev +33%

beestes, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of WestSideAmish
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

WestSideAmish, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ipcolling, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jrohrbacher, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is wheat, a slight haziness to it, some bubbly white head and small bubbles. Leaves a little lacing. Strong wheat scent.

This has a tart taste to it. There's some wheatyness to it. A slight bitter bite. True to the name, it has a bitter hop taste mixed with a Belgium wheat. Solid, and well made.

Amalak, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

javahead71, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company added Belgo, a Belgian-Style IPA, to it's ever growing, award winning lineup in 2011. This bottle conditioned brew rolls in at 7% ABV and is chock full of Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. Belgo pours a clear, pale gold with a rocky white head and tons of small bubbles from the bottle conditioning, lacing is there, but very light. A bright bouquet of piney and spicy hops are underlined with estery yeasty notes from the Belgian strain. A thin, light to light-medium body is in tune with the low-level carbonation. A bit of Belgian funk greets the pallet in the beginning, but quickly gives way to more assertive hop flavors that linger throughout the finish. A great beer to sip and to share.

phishsihq, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JKaddy, Jan 07, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a slightly cloudy light gold color with an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a good pine and floral hop aroma upfront with a slightly odd yeasty spice note in the background. The flavors were very similar to the scents, just not as bold or well-defined. The hops weren't as well defined, there wasn't much of a malt profile and the weird yeast/spice flavor was just wrong.

The body was pretty typical for an IPA, medium-ish, and except for the yeasty spice lingering had a clean finish. Drinkability was terrible due to the weird flavoring. Overall, a substandard brew from a brewery that, if it rarely thrills, even more rarely completely misses. I got no joy from this beer and can't recommend it.

beertunes, Jan 07, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass. It pours a real light straw colored yellow. Super transparent. A big 1 1/2" white head rests on top and lightly laces the glass. Big Belgian funk. It's not the P funk but I still want to get funked up. Mild hop aroma. This has a surprisingly good hop taste that accompanies this spicy complexity of the yeast. Light bodied and well carbonated. This is a pretty good beer.

Koufax21, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

barnzy78, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dukeisok, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.