1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Belgo Belgian India Pale AleBelgo Belgian India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

829 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 829
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 29
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 829 | Reviews: 199 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of benclimbs
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I love belgian IPAs so i have to try every one i see...however, this, like most New Belgium products was a bit of a disappointment...drinkable beer though.

pours nice, a little clear but with a great head and lots of lacing.

smell is pretty typical, a bit of hop fruit in there and then some funky belgian character

taste is hops, a bit of spice and a nice round off-sweet belgian character...but then if finishes with a terrible watery mouthfeel that really has a bad effect on the brew...overall, decent but probably the least impressive BIPA i've had so far.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a semi0deep golden hue. Big frothy head that stuck around. Good lacing.

S- Hops hops hops. Pine mostly, a little citrus scent. Some underlying sweet malty smells. Maybe a little caramel scent in there.

T- Starts with a little bit of hop profile similar to the smell. Then the malts come in. A little bit of caramel with a hint of sweet maltiness. I might have even caught a hint of coffee. Ends with the hop profile again, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Slightly watery for the style. Slick on the palate. Highly carbonated. Possibly a little hint of the alcohol content as it goes down.

Overall, this is a style I like, and this is a solid representation of the style. I enjoy the malt profile that accompanies the amount of hops bitterness. This beer does a decent job of mixing the two.

Photo of drl1990
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, had it in the bottle before but not on tap.

Little metallic but it has an alright IPA flavor.

Not a very strong aroma and low head. Dissipated quickly. Crisp with a nice apricot or honey color to it.

Not a dark ale at all, mostly crisp, clean with a slight metallic and a moderate hops flavor.

Much better on tap then in the bottle.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ll be honest, I don’t like New Belgium a whole lot. I’ve had Fat Tire, 1554, and Ranger, and each time I was not really impressed. Here we have one of their Belgian crossovers, though, and apparently they are on a totally different level of beerdom when it comes to this stuff. Let’s see how they do with this Ameri-Belgo IPA…

Got quite a bit of time left beer this bottle really fades (“12FEB12” printed on the label).

A: Damn, this looks great! It pours a sophisticated gold color; just enough shine to catch your eye, just enough haze to look serious. And the head – what a monster. Frothy white, it stands tall for minutes at a time. Excellent lacing, too. Well done.

S: Gorgeous blend of Belgian tradition and American style in the nose. Esters are the first thing I get, and they come off strong and wrought with breads and banana. Then, there’s the American hops. Just as big as the European scent, these bright, piney aromas lift the Belgian bitters into a new dimension. A finish of creamy, earthy malts brings this nose to an abrupt end, though I’m not complaining too much – the aromas, though short-lived, are quite enjoyable.

T: Big American hops up front; it almost takes you aback. Rich pines and a touch of fruits are the big kicks, combining American hops with a dash of Belgian yeast flavor. Smooth and delicious. I’ll admit, the palate is a bit one-dimensional, because the remainder of the brew consists of some more funky yeast hits; but it works for the style, coming off more as beautiful in its simplicity. The aftertaste is sort of strange, though; sort of spicy and estery, reminding me a bit of bell peppers. Still, it doesn’t drain palate interest a whole lot. A mostly American taste, but the added Belgian flair certainly makes a noticeable difference.

M: Smooth, clean, professional. It’s pretty thick compared to the other New Belgium beers I’ve tried, but again, this is a completely different angle they’re going for. It looks like they know what they’re doing when it comes to the true Belgian feel.

O: What a difference compared to my previous experiences! Although it shouldn’t be surprising that the best beers a brewery named “New Belgium” puts out are their Belgian ones, it certainly shocked me. Craft beer always has a way of catching you off-guard, which is one of the things I love about it. And New Belgium, you just hit me with a dose of Belgian love that I won’t soon forget – Lips of Faith, here I come!

Photo of GreenCard
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden hue, slight haze, nice layer of off-whites suds, good head retention

Aroma: tropical hop scent and yeast esters; grainy undertone

Flavor: crisp malt sweetness with a fluffiness similar to that of Duvel; hints of apple, passion fruit, and peach pits; dry finish with a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fluffy texture, alcohol warmth

Other comments: It's like a cross between an American IPA and a Duvel. Yummy.

Photo of MacQ32
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First, let it be known that Belgians are not my thing. I try to rate all brews objectively and relative to the style.

A - pours an apple juice golden color with a monster white head. Great retention decent lacing

S - yeasty cloves are the main aromas. Slight skunk and banana as well. Earthy hops are hidden

T - Initially clean and crisp to an unappealing Belgian skunky yeast flavor with a bit of spicey hops. Dry finish with a banana aftertaste

M - very crisp and drinkable, light bodied and logs of carbonation

O - I almost like it but not quite, I've always disliked that Belgian yeasts flavor though. That taste is pretty over powering here not leaving room for many other flavors

Photo of logmacschlog15
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a light, apple juice like golden color with about two fingers of white foamy head that hangs around for a while leaving behind really, really nice looking lace as it dissipates. Lots of good looking lively carbonation.

S: Banana and clove hit the nose right up front delivering a classic belgium yeast aroma. The yeast crowds out the hops, but subdued piney hop aromas hang around in the back. Unfortunately there is a slightly skunky aroma mixed in that is a little off putting.

T: Again the yeasty notes are the most prevalent, with strong flavors of banana, clove, and spice. There is a really good malty backbone to this with deeper caramel notes and also hints of fresh baked bread.The hops are slightly citrusy throughout, but really come into their own in the finish, adding some piney notes and bitter twang at the end of the drink. For 7% this beer is very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden really well.

M: This is a medium bodied ale with a slightly dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: This is probably the best Belgian IPAs I've had (I haven't had many though). It offers up a good amount of Belgian yeasty goodness and a very good malt backbone. However, I wish the hops weren't so crowded out by the yeast. Also, the skunky aromas were a little off putting, but overall a solid offering from New Belgium.

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color, with a huge rocky white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are yeasty, mineral like, with some bubblegum, and peppery spices.

Taste is yeasty, with a really prominent pink bubblegum like sweetness, light cream, and some mixed spices. Finish is peppery, with a mineral like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, with prickly carbonation. Feels about right for the style,

Overall, a pleasant surprise, I picked this up on whim at the nearby grocery store, but it turned out to be pretty tasty. Well worth trying,

Photo of RedBiddy
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber hue with persistant lacing that firmly resisted gravity. Nice aroma...not overpowering. Slight scent of a fermenting fruit bowl - a mixture of tropical and citrus. Taste still had a faint biscuit flavor that tips off the brewer's origin - New Belgium. Nice spice...maybe some anise and coriander? Only slightly stringent bitter aftertaste. The exceptional balance of all of these qualities are what make this an excellent beer. It will be a regular offering in my home for guests.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color with a huge head of white foamy lace that was soo big it had to be poured at least four times before it all settled down into the glass.

The aroma was full of yeast and spice with a very nice light fruit vibe coming off of it. Lots of peaches and pears were readily apparent and easily transferred the aroma into one of a nice Belgian pale. There was a large amount of hops present on the nose as well, what seemed like citrus A touch of alcohol was present hidden under all of this as well but it served more to round out then to distract. huge hoppy flavor coming off of it. nice fruity flavors worked their way in, lots of peaches and pears, apples and a touch of orange, probably coriander starting to break through. A good amount of yeast gave way to a nice dry hoppy finish that was accented by some grape like flavors in the end

Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed golden apricot color. Average sized, creamy, smooth, white head. Good retention leaving a thin coating layer of lace.

S - Good amount of sweet fruity aroma along with touches of typical Belgian spice. Light bready/pilsener malt provides a good backbone.

T - Great fruity flavor. Citrus (grapefruit) and sweet nectar fruit. Some pepper, coriander, lemon, and clover. Hints of floral hops as well. Strong bready malt backbone. Overall fairly sweet but nothing intense.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Goes down very easy. Smooth and creamy with great flavors jumping out. Well balanced. Very easy to drink and entices me to drink more.

Notes: Great Belgian IPA. Fruity and spices are all present but nothing is too intense. Very smooth and creamy with great flavors coming out. Wonderful overall.

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

Poured into a tulip.

It's a clear dark gold with a white head.

It smells sweet and hoppy. It's very peppery.

It's very sweet, almost like a candy. This would be a problem if it weren't offset by the hops. It's a hoppy beer. The hops sit firmly in the front half of the mouth. The sweetness of the malts and the bitter hops play off of one another nicely.

It's got a smooth mouthfeel with a pretty thin body.

Overall this is a fun beer. For its price tag it beats the hell out of a LOT of other beers on the market. It's a challenging hybrid that is enjoyable and drinkable.

Plus, I really like the label.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light honey orange with a 3 inch puffy white head that settles to an island of chunky foam. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is first and foremost of a typical Belgian yeast along with some spices and malt aromas. I am not really getting any typical IPA smells from this one. It smells more like a witbier/hefeweizen hybrid than anything. Taste is of citrus fruits and citrus zest up front along with a malt backbone and a clean Belgian yeast flavor on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers on the tongue with each sip. This beer has a medium body with a smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. A lower level of carbonation on this one. Overall, this is a good Belgian take on an IPA. The smell is deceiving however as it does not really identify that what you are about to drink has any IPA qualities to it.

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pilsner like clear yellow with an inch of pure white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles running through until the end.

The smell is very sweet and yeasty with a bit of lemon zest, smells belgiany, but not so much like IPA.

The flavor is mellow with a light spicy yeast quality and a long grassy finish with a lightly bitter herbal quality at the end, the sweetness starts to catch up to the hops as it warms a little bit.

The mouthfeel is very dry and crisp, almost tart.

This is a fine Belgian IPA, but nothing I would pick up again to quick, a little light on the hops for my taste, needs a touch more dry hopping.

Photo of diamondc
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Superb .. huge head, excellent lacing, half way thru there's still thin cap of foam. Surprisingly filtered.

S: Grapefruit and grassy hops hit hard. Bubblegum and clove round out the end. Great.

T: Lemony, tropical fruits, lots of citrus-y bittering hop flavor, mostly grapefruit pith and some subtle pineapple in the mix. The Belgian part gets lost in the flavor, though.

M: Hides the ABV well, not heavy at all.

O: If I just pretend the Belgian part of the beer didn't exist, then this would be a great IPA. Falls short of other Belgian IPA's I've tasted, but this one makes much economical sense ($7.99 a six pack).

Photo of shanblur
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18Mar12 freshness date. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - A translucent mix of orange and yellow. A robust white head leaves extensive lacing.

S - Grassy and floral hops mix with a Belgian yeast component.

T - The same grassy and floral hops predominate on the taste. Very nice.

M - Medium body with a minimal carbonation.

A great Belgian IPA. This will now be my go to for the style. Tasty. Highly recommend.

Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden color with 4 finger head.

S- Citrus hops, spices, Belgian yeast, some earthiness and a touch of sweetness.

T- Bitter, earthy, spicy, getting some citrus hops up front, yeast is there but not as big of a taste as I thought, nice bitter finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body

O- A nice beer that is very enjoyable. First non Lips of Faith beer that I have really liked from New Belgium. Definitely will pick this up again!

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with a rich white head with good retention and lacing properties. Th aromas are predominantly of citrus hops, but the Belgian yeast definitely imparts the smell of cotton candy and tropical fruits. Tastewise, the front palate is hop-forward before quickly giving way to caramelly malts and fruitier elements such as pineapple, kiwis, and something reminiscent of strawberries. The overall yeastiness feels very Belgian. I wish that the finish didn't wasn't so lemony -- it seems inconsistent with overall candied sweetness and fruity character of the beer to end on such a bitter note, but it doesn't wreck it.

Photo of animortician
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal Clear light golden color. Nice one finger head that slowly faded but left a light lacing throughout the beer.

S: Awesome, Smelled like a rich Belgium ale and a light crisp IPA all at the same time.

T: Lived up to every part of the smell. Crisp Sour Apple, Apricot and kinda a weird nutty tart flavor from the Belgium yeast.

F: Light and smooth

Loved this beer. First experience with a beldium IPA and I'm pretty sure Im gonna try a batch myself. Why don't more breweries do this???

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

Bought in MN at a town liquor store...poured into tulip.
Poured amazing golden semi-hazy with huge white foamy head. Lacing all over the place!
Smells of belgian yeast as soon as I pop the top. mixed with a slight hay/wheat aroma.
The taste is amazing. Right off the bat, its a belgian...a great belgian, but has a bit more punch and a bit more personality. Slight citrus flavor, but mostly taste the yeast and hay and slight apricot undertones. There is something in the combination of the smell, flavor, and feel of this beer that just screams amazing.

Note to New Belgium....Please bring your beer to NEW YORK!

Photo of depechemode1983
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out clear medium gold in color. Carbonation is very noticeable. Head is off-white, and there is plenty of it. Seeing tons of sticky lacing. Excellent.

S - Smells like bitter sweet grapefruits with undertones of lemongrass. Also getting pineapple and a pepper spiciness. Sweet caramel can also be detected in the middle if you really dig for it.

T - A little mono tone considering the nose. Mainly bitter hops and light caramel malts with faint tropical fruits. Still getting the peppery spice. Could stand to be a little more refined. Not bad though.

M - Light bodied. Watery. Carbonation is ok. Eh. Mouthfeel could use some work.

O - Overall this is a very good beer. Smells and looks wonderful. The flavors just didn't match up well with the nose. Everything was there just a bit vague and unorganized. And lite. It makes for easy drinking though. I would buy this again.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale is sweet, yeasty, and more Belgian than IPA.

It poured light see-through straw with the slightest hint of orange. A slort bubbly off-white head did not last long and left only a bit of thin lace on about one-third of the glass. The smell was sweet and fruity and the flavor was dominated by banana, clove, and a hint of lemon peel, with a strong sweet yeasty metallic finish. There wasnly a moderate amount of bitterness and the feel was fleeting.

Belgo has a nice, if overly sweet flavor; however, the strong yeast presence and weak feel makes it more like a poor Belgian Ale than a middle-of-the-road IPA. Either way, there are much better options.

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

A pretty lightly copperish tan color, very clear, with a few fine rising bubgbles. There's a nice white fluffy head, about a finger or so, lasting, with good lacing.

I detect a rather crisp and earthy hops aroma, with plenty of coriander and a touch of candy like bubblegum. The smell is more of a tripel and not very IPA like, even for a Belgian IPA.

Nice in both smell and taste. The flavors are much like the smell, with coriander coming through first, accented by bubblegum, with a great light but crispy hoppy finish and maybe just a touch of funk.

Body is light to medium and easy to drink, with a great crispy funky coriander finish and ample carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and tripel like and slightly odd.

Overall it's not as good as their ranger IPA, but is certainly a good beer and worth trying, as well as being a good value.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Bright lit up clear golden yellow with a substantial bubbly head that laces lightly and retains well.

Smell: Lots of Belgian yeast. The hops are subtle and don’t overpower the delicate yeast esters. I pick up hints of floral and herbal hops as well as a light spiciness. Slight citrus and pepper

Taste: Very dry and bitter. Mild spicy herbal taste with a heavy yeast backing. Lots of grain flavor like a big pilsner. Not as flavorful as I would hop. Hardly sweet at all which can be a nice alternative. Not as much character from the Belgian yeast as I would have liked. I prefer the cracked egg flavors of stone’s Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a big balance of heavy bitters and grainy maltiness. Finishes quick an dry.

Overall: Decent but lacking in character. I probably wouldn’t purchase this again.

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Phenols & grapefruit

T; follows the nose, lemons rind & some bready sweetness as well up front, nice over all grapefruit vibe, nice funkyness as well. Phenols & a touch of juicy-fruit hides under the grapefruit along with white pepper & coriander. Finishes crisp, dirty & refreshing & a touch of band-aid

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation that skews toward creamy as this warms, great balance

One of the best beers I've had from these guys in a long time, reminds a lot of Tank 7 in many ways, just about as good. Well done New Belgium!

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.