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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

839 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011

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Ratings: 839 | Reviews: 199
Photo of speter
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly amber gold with a three-finger fluffy white head that is persistent and leaves good lacing. There is a definite hop haze as well.

S: Lemon zest, citrusy hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. Overall, however, the smell is rather muted and it requires quite a bit of swirling to bring up the scents.

T: Rather muted. There is definite citrus hop flavor, but the Belgian aspects are nowhere to be found (aside from the citrus in, say, a Belgian wit). There is a good deal of balance, but a lack of complexity or development. The aftertaste is surprisingly long-lasting, so that is a plus. (3.25 if I could)

M: Richly carbonated. A good lupulin coating on the tongue after this one.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not very Belgian, and not too much out of the run of the mill.

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Sinewave
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of wiscokid920
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of alexw07
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide flute glass.. Amber, transparent with a two fingers of white head. Great lacing.

Amazing smell. Pine, lemon, malt undertone and hint of banana. Really good and unique profile.

Sharp grapefruit taste, lemon too. A short malt flavor attempts a breakthrough to no avail. The bitterness is gripping well after the drink.

Soft texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.

Superbly made beer. It was really a wonder to drink. The combinations of taste, smell and mouthfeel are one-offs.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this one.

A - Hazy golden amber with a thin white head.

S - Phenols, pepper, citrus and piney hops. Seems like any complexity is coming from the yeast with the hops in the background.

T - Starts fairly bitter with some citrus and pine followed by grapes, honey and some bready malts.

M - Dry with strong carbonation causing a little bite.

D - Could be really good if they toned down the bitterness.

Photo of Dmart1223
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a hazed burnt orange/light rust colour with a half inch, rather bubbly off white head. active carbonation supports the froth and subsequent lace. typical belgian aroma...a bit of must and funk...sweet and spicy malt aromas assert themselves...then a touch of hop spice comes through, also. pale malt is first up in the taste profile, a spicy, boozy note shows itself immediately thereafter. boring yeastiness lends some lemony/grassy/herbal touches which leads to the fact that the overall flavour is rather one dimensional..but there is a hearty dollop of bitterness in the back end to offset any residual malt sweetness...and this beer isn't too sweet to begin with. it does finish on the dry side, so the bittering aspect is a bit puckering. hard bodied, like hugging a rock, with a coarse mouthfeel due to the combination of carbonation/alcohol spice/hop bittering. i don't find this offering all that too drinkable. very sturdy yet lacks any flair.

overall i would say that this belgian IPA has all the requisite building blocks for the style, yet (again) lacks the panache that makes belgians (and faux belgians) unique to the style. all substance and no style, i guess.

Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, best by 1 April 2012.

This 'different' IPA is not a different color; it's dark yellow, we're not talking orange though. The head is quite light in color and decently sticky and billowy.

Sweet, fruity, and so far no really distinct hop aromas. There is a perfume of coriander, hints of yeast spice, Meyer lemon zest, and a sprinkling of alcohol. Not bad, but given it's fairly fresh, not impressive.

Hops are more vibrant in the mouth. A bit spring-like, with orange peel, grass, and moderate bitterness leaning toward crisp. There is a little Belgian yeast that never settle on funk or spices or pepperiness. A pale malt base is apparent with a bit of a cracker element.

In all parts it's soft; the carbonation is soft and doesn't aid the crispness from the hop bitterness, the body is too slick, and the aroma is limp.

Belgo is not a bad beer, but not really worth picking up from my sampling. The above section I think sums it up well with 'soft'. The concept and marketing are brash, so live up to it!

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack for around $9. Pours a cloudy orange color, great aroma to it. Taste is hoppy with the typical Belgian yeasts and fruitiness flavors. One of the better Belgian IPA's I've had and is actually really tasty, New Belgium has a solid line up of beers and this is one of the better ones... it won't let you down.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopper by Poor Richards on my way to the airport for a quick pint. This was the best beer available. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice creamy bright white head with some serious staying power. Loads of lacing is left in its cool ring like fashion.
Smell- Not overly hoppy smelling buy there are hints of some citrusy tones. A touch of grapefruit and banana surprisingly mix very well. Obviously the yeast plays a part in here adding the light banana tones along with a spicy sort of earthiness. Pretty nice all in all but it smells slightly under hopped.
Taste- Welp, scratch that. Maybe the yeast sort of scrubs the hoppy smell because it's plenty hoppy. Nice crisp bitter bite out of the gate that is very much full of grapefruit pith and orange peel. Unlike the nose the yeast really takes the backseat here adding just a hint of those banana tones. A touch of sweetness in the finish with some light doughy malt.
Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation on a lighter body with a nice crisp finish.
Drinkability- Surprisingly tasty beer that is deliciously hoppy and a welcome surprise at this place. I’m starting to like these Belgium IPA's more and more and this is a better version of the style. Nice beer!

Photo of bsu2005
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

A - Slightly hazy, golden color with a nice sized white head. Moderate carbonation lets the head hang around for awhile while it leaves some nice lacing as you drink.

S - Yeasty, spicy...a hint of pepper, some bubblegum, and sweet malt.

T - Lots of sweet fruit flavors with some spice coming through on the finish. The hop flavors are mostly fruity with some floral qualities. The bitterness is fairly low and doesn't really come through on the finish.

M - Fairly dry, not a whole lot of body, which is quite to style and makes this a refreshing beer.

O - This would be a good Belgian pale ale, which is what it is as far as I am concerned. But they call it a Belgian IPA and although it shouldn't be a hot hammer like an AIPA the hops really take a back seat and just peak through at times. If you are going to call it an IPA you need to feature hops a bit more. Not a bad beer, one that I would enjoy again, but it falls short in the style.

Photo of CarterSeaton
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice

Appearance: A nice burnt gold with a very white head, some good lacing as well. This is a very subtle haze to the coloration, but it is mostly clear, very nice.

Smell: Right up front there are some nice hops that jump out, along with some nice toasty maltiness. There is some variety to the hops as well, I could pick up some citrusy character and some more straightforward bitterness too.

Taste: The smell really comes into physical form, the bitterness is there right away and a toasty malt with maybe bready yeast influence is soon to follow. The citrus style hops are there in the aftertaste, rounding it off nicely and giving a bit of sweetness. The hops are pretty active in the flavor, they are only moderate in strength but they don't seem to be able to hold still. This keeps the flavor very interesting and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very prevalent, but the bubbles feel tiny on the tongue, giving the beer a nice crisp flow. The breadiness also smooths things out, it keeps it pleasant in the mouth.

Overall: This is a good IPA, and you can defiantly tell that it is of the Belgian persuasion with its unique yeast characteristics. It looks great in a glass and it goes down very easily. The abv. may be a little high to turn this into a session brew, but it really is a nice beer to drink by itself. I also had one with some thanksgiving leftovers and it paired up with that nicely. I liked this beer a lot, as with a lot of the Belgian style ales from this brewery I would highly recommend it as a way to get into this style. Very good beer.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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