Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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!
11-01-2011 22:34:57 | More by larryi86
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-01-2011 18:27:12 | More by droomyster
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
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???
11-01-2011 05:15:36 | More by animortician
4.23/5 rDev +12.2%
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!
11-01-2011 03:59:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-31-2011 00:49:10 | More by depechemode1983
3.35/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
10-30-2011 21:16:00 | More by MetalHopHead6
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
10-30-2011 17:12:50 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-30-2011 07:05:02 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
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!
10-30-2011 03:05:55 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Crystal clear pale yellow with a thin yet persistent frothy head with great lacing.
S - I don't know what hits the nose first, the Belgian influence or the bitter IPA aroma. Either way, it's fantastic and floral
T - Just as exciting as the nose with a wonderfully bitter aproach to the slightly more complex Belgian yeast characteristic which introduces a pleasant and perfect amount of clove.
M - Thin and massively carbonated with just a touch of bitterness hanging around the tongue.
O - Brilliant effort buy the fellows at NB. Refreshing, flavorful and not overly heavy while carrying tons of flavor and depth.
10-29-2011 20:41:27 | More by gopens44
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Had this bottle actually back to back with NB regular ranger IPA.
I will say that im not a huge fan of most of the belgians; i think its something about the yeasts and others that make me not the biggest fan; i will say that i do appreciate the style. This bursts of wild yeasts and hops. A nice golden to pale straw color in the glass with a HUGE frothy head that almost burst out of the glass. This had a nice smooth feel to it and was extremely drinkable for a 7%er. I will say that having this right next to the ranger and looking at the botle; im just a bigger fan of the hop profile in the ranger; it had a lot more going for it but obviously that is the focus. Overall this is a great brew.
10-29-2011 06:27:32 | More by HOPPYKC
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Perfect clarity in an light amber hue. Lots of carbonation from the bottom. A one finger shock-white silky head sits on top and dissapates down to a somewhat patchy silky sheet. Nice sea foam rings of lacing. The smell is characterized by a kiss of Belgian yeast funk and citrusy hops with a malty backbone. The citrus is in the form of orange.
Tight mouthfeel, dry and crisp, making for some very refreshing sips. Alcohol bite in the very back that is mostly hidden, but shows its head a few times. Hops are mildly bitter, but have a nice flavor that vibes well with the Belgian yeast. That funk from the smell is in the taste mildly, but adds a nice balance to the pleasant hops. A crisp taste of malts brings it full circle and gives this beer a simple straightforwardness that makes it easy to drink. Nothing too extreme, but a very enjoyable take on a style that has a history of going either way. I would buy this again.
10-28-2011 05:17:18 | More by chodinheaven
4.01/5 rDev +6.4%
Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock for 1.69.
A bit of a hazy, dark straw color...pretty significant lace on this one. Good looking brew.
Yum...big shot of Belgian yeast upfront....followed by apricot,tropical fruit hops...what's not to like?
Dry, yet juicy? Is that possible? That's kind of what I'm feeling here. A really nice combo of IPA and Belgian flavors...at a drinkable 7%abv. Strong enough to feel it, but not a crazy 9 or 10 that totally kicks your tail.
I'm very pleasantly surprised by this offering and will look for it from now on.
10-28-2011 04:57:55 | More by obrike
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Hazy, brassy blonde with corn silk highlights and a million tiny susupended yeast particles when backlit. Nice dank hoppy aroma with a small blast of yeasty funk. Piney hops with a lemon taffy sweetness imparted by the yeast and a solid malt backbone. Well balanced flavors of American IPA & Belgian yeast which is refreshing as I have grown tired of the "extreme" attempts at this newer style. Finishes mostly dry with a hop oily mouthfeel in the finish. Hey, I love good affordable beer and NBB Belgo certainly fits the bill.
10-28-2011 01:36:40 | More by biggred1
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
Done well as I would expect from New Belgium. This one has a great balance of belgian funk with a nice Cascade/Amarillo dry hopping citus kick. The balance of sweet/bitter is spot on, and the pour has nice head with lacing that goes all the way to the bottom of the glass. Nice clean finish with hints of phenolic and esters from the Belgian yeast. The only complaint I have is that for a 7-point-oh beer it could use a bit more mouthfeel.
Overall an excellent value... like getting an 'imperial' or special edition at regular micro prices.
10-28-2011 01:12:47 | More by monza
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
A- pours a golden blonde color with a healthy finger and a half of eggshell white head. Decent retention with some lacing.
S- starts off with a dry cracker like malt aroma. It quickly transitions into a estery Belgian yeast with note of white peach and apricot. Balanced American hop aromas of pine and orange zest blend in. Slightly soapy on the finish.
T- slightly tripple like sweetness it first with a dry cracker malt profile. Belgian yeast imparts peach pit and other white stone fruit. Pine and orange zest hop flavors blend in with a balanced hop bitterness. Again slightly soapy flavor on the finish.
MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.
D- decent drinkability.
Overall a decent Belgian IPA except for the soapy character.
10-28-2011 01:09:15 | More by Viciousknishs
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
Tasty and crisp, well balanced and delicious. A worthy entrant into this newish genre.
Pours clear golden with a lively, moderately sticky head and good streamers of carbonation. The aroma is pungent and phenolic, fruity and spicy, but with a solid pale malt backbone and an aspirin-like tang. The flavor is crisp, with apple and clove and coriander, but a satisfying pale malt bottom-note and a pleasant bitter snap, like an acidic cider. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.
10-28-2011 00:34:05 | More by Seanibus
3.58/5 rDev -5%
12oz bottle into a NB goblet
tan and clear with a resilient white foamy head and nice legs
fresh resiny hops with an edge of bier-de-garde funk, a little pine
ooh, the pine really pops in the nose at the first sip. Kind of woody, moderate bitterness and a dry, funky finish. Sappy, green.
mid-bodied with a high carbonation level.
This style isn't exactly in my wheelhouse, but I've had a few better executed beers of this ballpark of a genre (Houblon Chouffe, Ommegang BPA). I'd personally prefer a sweeter hop profile to pair with the belgian yeast. Solid, not amazing.
10-25-2011 21:44:22 | More by Gobigvt7
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
The beer poured a nice straw yellow into my snifter and a white head soon formed at the top of the glass that was constantly replenished by tiny little bubbles surging to the top of the glass.
The aroma is exceptional in both its power and its depth. Present are citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast esters like pepper and clove.
The taste is a cornucopia of flavors that point to the two styles that make up this beer. At first the beer is peppery and warm from the alcohol and then it soon turns decidedly bitter as the hops begin to assert themselves.
Overall this is an exceptional beer. It is a little odd at first and maybe even eccentric, but that being said, I like it.
10-25-2011 00:56:00 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Clear slightly darker amber with yellow edges, big foamy/frothy head with great retention. Fruity yeast aroma. Taste follows with citrus hop balance with a relatively clean finish. Nice light hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Crisp, refreshing and a light tackiness.
Nice interplay of yeast and hops. Wonderfully flavorful and simple Belgian IPA for 7-8 dollars. Nothing overpowering just nice crisp IPA with a touch of Belgian yeast. A beer that’s more than the sum of it’s parts.
10-24-2011 23:20:52 | More by Bfarr
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Serving - Bottle
A - Head is about an inch to inch and a half, some really nice lacing that last throughout, its a yellowish light amber color
S - Aroma is yeast like with just as much hop smell to it as well
T - Not an overwhelmingly belgian or IPAish, it is a great blend of the two styles, I'm getting the Belgian part of the brew at the start with the hoppiness of the IPA coming just after
M - Fullbodied feel to it with some carbonation
O - Great blend of the two styles, its perfect if you want a good IPA but not something that's going to slap you in the face with hops
10-23-2011 21:31:16 | More by ncsutton
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy 1/2 finger white crown atop.A burst of fresh citric hop really hit home in the nose along with toasted corainder seed,the aromas are really fresh and bold.Sharp citric hops upfront on the palate followed by a light yeasty phenols,the phenols are kept in check pretty well though with the hops being the main component.A very good BIPA,American hops with just a little yeastiness,I would buy again.
10-23-2011 20:38:06 | More by oberon
4.53/5 rDev +20.2%
Rich amber color with a frothy three finger head and a one finger to half finger head retention. Great lacing sticking around the glass. Some carbonation bubbles from the yeast partials found in the ale.
The aroma is a blend of Belgium yeast and fruitiness, yet blended very well with the hop bitterness of an American IPA. Pine notes and citrus as I would expect.
Again the flavor is a great blend of both worlds. The sharp bitterness of American hops blended with with the yeasty bread flavors of a Belgium ale. Finishes a little slick on the tongue with some alcohol sweetness yet has that American IPA dry hop dryness in the end. Medium bodied and easy to drink.
Overall this is an IPA I will always look forward to drink when I want something a little different than the straight forward in you face hopped American IPA. This IPA just gives me some different for a change and does a great job at it!
10-23-2011 04:34:18 | More by Luigi
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Best by February 2012.
Poured into a tulip glass.
Very thick, white head, 2+cm, almost sponge-like, that gradually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Amazing lacing along sides of glass: sheets, lines, and clumps abound. Body is semi-hazy, orange-copper with yellow highlights, featuring some modest visible carbonation. I can't think of a better beer display for the style.
Aroma opens with some burnt dust, apricot, malt, and mild yeast scents. It's somewhat like a muted Belgian-style ale and a muted American IPA combined into a muted hybrid. Probably my least favorite part of this fairly exceptional beer.
Taste opens with sweet malt, flowery hops, and apricot hops. Transitions to spicy flavors, coriander, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast complexities. Closes with black pepper, lingering grapefruit, ethanol, and a slight complex funkiness, tanginess, and acidity. Aftertaste is of mildly bready malt flavors combined with hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with carbonation is high enough to make this pleasantly felt on the palate, but still go down easily. Finish is dry, but also a bit sticky sweet.
This was a very good hop-forward variation of a Belgian IPA. Still, balance was there and the taste was very enjoyable. Definitely one to seek out and try again, the only aspect I'd like to be a bit more developed was the aroma.
10-20-2011 05:07:12 | More by falloutsnow
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Very clear, light amber color with one finger of white foam that diminishes to a persistent pad of foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles make relaxed progress upward in the column.
S: Very spicy, featuring black pepper, cloves, and allspice, that adds a crispness while dominating faint malt and herbaceous hop contributions.
T: Begins off-dry, with bright fruit and fermented grain that is refined on the palate. Moderate acidity adds energy without detracting from other flavors. Peppery phenolics kick in after a few beats and carry through to the middle where slightly smoky caramel also resides. Hop aromatics are selfless in their contributions of floral and herbaceous notes that do not challenge the Belgian yeast characteristics for dominance. The finish is moderately bitter but otherwise relatively vacant of flavors. It cleans up in too orderly a fashion for a beer whose Belgian qualities were so dominant early on.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, fairly wet on the palate showing minor stickiness and alcohol warmth late, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: While it is unclear whether or not this beer's core is the same as their Ranger IPA, New Belgium has managed to produce a worthy American-brewed contribution to the style. Its flavor profile is structured around concise yeast phenolics that face little competition from hop aromatics. It is a stylistic crossover of sorts, appearing as much like a Belgian pale ale as a Belgian IPA. It will satisfy the Belgian beer enthusiast more than the West Coast-hopped Stone Cali-Belgique, but that other beer manages to remain more true to the IPA label.
10-19-2011 00:53:27 | More by beagle75
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.