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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

817 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of HosP
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Had one of these at families house for the holiday. Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Lighter color, dull yellow, pretty clear all the way through. Foamy white head on top with good amounts of lacing.

S- Dull hop aroma up front. Piney, citrus hops mixed together. Get a hint of clove at the end. A bit of funk somewhere in there too.

T- Some hop flavors up front. Slight citrus taste to it. Quickly turns in the middle to caramel malts mixed with a little spice to it. Clove comes through in pieces. Some banana flavor towards the end. The Belgian yeast gives it a nice finish and supports the piney hop flavors at the end.

M- Medium body, close to a lighter body. Good carbonation, slightly dry.

O- Haven't had lots of Belgian IPA's before. This was a good drink, but nothing made it great. Good flavors and nicely put together. Would maybe pick up a sixer of this sometime as it was easy to drink.

HosP, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +6.1%

bigbeers84, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold with a thin bright white head. Heavy lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of herba and medicinal notes, nutmeg, and pine.

Tastes of spicy herbs, Belgian yeast and lemon.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A nice take on a Belgian pale from the folks at New Belgium. Definitely a must try.

Monkeyknife, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of PunkFloyd
5/5  rDev +32.6%

PunkFloyd, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Nice take on a Belgium IPA, richly hopped and with a pleasing yeasty touch.

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom capped bottle. New Belgium seal with brown Label with a silhouetted image of a disco ball Side narrative offers a brief groovy description… with intent and ingredients Shows a barely legible best by date (01APR112?), and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a New Belgium custom glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose… resin, grapefruit… with a woven fruity yeastiness… rather recognizable… floral with a spicy touch… very rich...

T - The Belgian yeasty sense switches control over the hops in the palate.. fruity notes with a caramel touch linger over the bitter resin and grapefruit… Rather nice.

M - Medium to medium-light body with moderate and soft carbonation. It does not hinder the brew but has a bit of a narrow rhythm with an oily hint that touches a watery sense before it comes back again.

O - All in all pretty spot on and enjoyable. Not for the ages but it comes together with great dexterity.

Notes: Not extraordinary but very well rounded. It feels like we are hitting a well recognized standard for what is minimally expected of a quality Belgium IPA. This works.

Daniellobo, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of ScottageCheese
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ScottageCheese, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of BeerT3ch
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Golden pale in color, light pallet, descent head, good lacing, good hop level, and hints of freash herbs, it may sound crazy,but it reminds me of rosemary. It would pair well w/ lightly seasoned pork or a burger. Descent percentage. The blue moon IPA.

BeerT3ch, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

956th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
12 oz bottle

Best by 3/18/12
Purchased @The Grog Shop, Whittier, CA

App- A good solid orange that is a bit clear with a good 1-1/2 finger head. Huge clings and lace that just sticks down the glass. The notch in the glass makes the bubble activity last and last.

Smell- A nice aromatics mix of a saison with banana, spice, nutmeg, lemon, wheat and dampness. The IPA notes of the citrus and a little bit of bitter come next.

Taste- A bit heavy handed with the thickness. Needs to be a bit more lush and pop more of the IPA and have some balance. Still a tasty beer with a nice peppery note behind and some damp tingly yeast and citrus.

Mouth- This was a good bit of a dense, damp medium body with a medium carbonation with a little bit of bubbles and a trailing little bit of bitter.

Drink- A solid outing from NB as always. This was tasty, solidly balanced albeit a little bit more dense and thicker. I would've like to see more brightness but you have to make your beer unique.

FosterJM, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +32.6%

captainbearcat, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Sampled from a bottle, best by April 1, 2012. Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a slight chill haze that clarifies shortly after the pour. Poured with a tall, rocky foam that clung to the edges of the glass. Bubbles never stop rising from the bottom of the glass. Musty belgian yeast and citrus and orange aromas with hints of banana and spice. Thick feel with rich never-ending carbonation. Citrus and pine hops from beginning to end with a sweet malt and belgian yeast backbone. Pine hop bitterness intensifies at the end with a slightly boozy, bitter hop finish. Lots of nice aromas, flavors and feel on this belgian IPA.

IronLover, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Fulky
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Picked up a Folly pack when I noticed it now offered this and Hoptober, along with Fat Tire and Ranger IPA (which is one of my favorites.) Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a 10 oz schooner.

Pours a nice, clear golden color with a beautiful, frothy, milky white head that sticks around. Excellent lacing that clings to the sides of the glass throughout. A bit darker, but roughly the same color as your average domestic adjunct... But with more substance I guess you'd say.

Doesn't treat the nose as well as the other senses. Can't say that there is a great deal of aroma when compared with other IPAs. The piney hop smells pretty much outweigh everything else, which doesn't bother me. Hints of citrus and Belgian yeast mixed in.

Tastes a bit sweeter than other IPAs. Still has all that wonderful hops bitterness that brings me back running to IPA everytime. Surprisingly smooth though the bitterness lingers for a while. The citrus shows through toward the end, reminiscent of the Belgian sweetness.

The mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation but not dry, smooth but not thin. It's very refreshing, not thick but not too light either. The frothy foamy head adds the mildly crisp refreshing touch to each sip.

Overall an excellent beer that I more or less stumbled upon by accident. I would gladly buy twelve packs of it if they were availilbe. Definitely a more excellent member of the New Belgium family.

Fulky, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small chalice. Pours a clear amber-gold, with a two finger white head that slowly reduces with plenty of sticky lacing along the sides.

Quite aromatic, with loads of spice, pepper, pine, and nutmeg. The Belgian yeast gives this a subtle grape and spice smell thet melds nicely with the hops.

Just as this has a complex aroma, the taste is similarly robust, yet balanced. Starts dry and bitter, yet quickly transitions to a floral spice, with hints of peach, pear and grapes. Finishes quite dry and bitter, with a fading echo of spice and yeast that is quite pleasing.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth beer with tons of dry bitter to leave the tongue feeling tacky.

New Belgium is not for sale here in Ohio; this was brough in from Illinois, which is quite a shame, because every brew I've had thus far of their's has been quite good. This is an excellent BIPA, with plenty of spice from the yeast to complement the bitterness of the hops. Definitely one you'll want to try if you can get your hands on one!

TheHoppiest, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dankster, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mcphish22, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

bmur112, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Coriander, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

bwiechmann, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dcbike, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jamesgaither, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Extremely clear and bright yellow beer. Two finger fluffy head.

Oooh yeah. Nice Belgian yeast aroma. Not too funky. And some hop presence. But the yeast is the primary aroma here.

Really, really nice flavor. Hops and Belgian yeast. Really smooth for an IPA. The bitterness is not too harsh, but it does linger for a while on the back of the tongue.

A nice, medium smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

This is a great beer. I would go on, but I must get back to drinking.

UnderPressure, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of lancecenter
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Light amber color, fairly cloudy, moderate amount of head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S - Phenols, esters, and pepper nicely balances the piney hops.

T - Piney hops with a bit of a sweet Belgian undertone.

M - The least impressive part of this brew. Maybe too much carbonation and too watery of a finish.

O - Very drinkable beer. I think I'll have another!

lancecenter, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Josiahsouthworth, Nov 18, 2011
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.