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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

833 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of headyhopzhead
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very pale orange almost pilsner-like in appearnace and very clear with lots of carbonation. Very nice 2+ finger head with good retention.

Smell - Very nice scent with lots of spice and sweetness to it.

Taste - Extremely immpressive and surprisingly complex. I'm picking up some noble hops crispness very well balanced out with spices and other flavors.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and very creamy

Overall - A very fine beer. I have not been too impressed from New Belgium beers so far but this one is a very finely crafted beer. Skip the hype of the Fat Tire...this one is the winner.

Photo of awesomedude
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly clear in appearance with a golden-copper hue and a slim, white head. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Sniffs of citrus, florals, and minimized resins overlaying the more milder notes of crackery pale malts.

Taste: Lightly grainy taste of sun crisped barley with a chincy amount of golden syrup sweetness. Faint fruity hint of pears. Pith-forward citrus, some steely resin mingled with the lightly phenolic yeast. Moderate bitterness. Dry, lightly grainy on the the back end with the continued bitterness, leaving it a bit one-note until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, it's not like it didn't work out for me, but I just found it to be merely so-so.

Photo of GraddyMN
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at a good temp with a nice off white fine head that lasts forever and loads of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is hops, resin, malt, yeast. Flavor's a lot like nose, pretty dry, a bit fruity, but mainly hop bitter. Body is faultless, ditto carbonatiion. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and fairly balanced. decent brew.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Ejayz
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CP20
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. i believe this is a bottled on date, but i cant read the text.

A: a hazy golden hue with a healthy white head. good retention and lacing.

S: the smell is strongly belgian yeast. a light citrus that is very close to lemon. some of the citrus aroma is definitely from the american hopping and as i swirl my glass more and more aroma comes out.

T: drinks like a seriously citrical ipa until the tail end when you get a blast of earthy, spicy, floral yeast character. a little banana. a pretty light body, certainly doesnt have the malty backbone i would have expected out of a 7%'er.

M: a moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: part of me wants to say this drinks like an ipa with a belgian yeasty twist and the other part wants to say this drinks like a belgian golden with a healthy dose of american hops. regardless of categories, this is a good tasting brew from nb.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Good retention. Thick lacing. Color is a light hazy golden.

S. Smell is nice mix of belgian yeast and a little citrus hop. Get some clove and banana coming from the yeast. Has a nice sweet citrusy smell. Pretty good smelling Belgian IPA. A little spice as well.

T. Spicy belgian flavors and some lemon and grapefruity citrus hop flavor. Get some banana and clove flavor on the taste. Not a lot of hop flavor, but good hop bitterness.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Pretty easy drinking beer. Overall one of the better New Belgium beers and better Belgian IPAs I have had. Based on NB's other regular lineup up, I think they should consider adding this to the year round mix.

Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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.

Photo of PunkFloyd
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BeerT3ch
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.