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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 842
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 4.65%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
7% ABV, 16SEPT12 (best by on label)

A - Heavy carbonation streams from the etching in the globe glass though the clear golden brew to the abundant head. The off-white foam leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace caked on the glass. It's hard for beer to look much better than this.

S - Potency, thy name is Belgo. Bold Belgian yeast aroma loaded with complex esters; white pepper, clove, clay, and banana notes come through with a nice abundant hop nose. Lemon citrus and grapefruit notes with subtle earth tones really shine! The pale malt backing of Belgo introduces minor caramel sweetness while providing a good base for the complexity the other ingredients have to offer.

T - Considerably more faint than the aroma, Belgo seems to be sort of flat after the powerful intro. Pale malt ups it's ante with stronger sweetness and body followed by a light smattering of citrus hop flavor. Yeast ester complexity goes from bold to subtle and minor as well, gently offering some of the earthy tones along the finish.

M - Flatter-feeling in body than the streaming carbonation might suggest, Belgo has a very nice hop bitterness that punches through the medium malty body for a dry, biting finish that slightly makes up for the drop-off from aroma to flavor.

O - Powerful starting and deep with a nice flavor profile, Belgo is a bi-polar beer that's got it's down sides, but evens out to a well-balanced, Belgian-influenced, hoppy beer with a nice clean bitterness. A good pairing with spicy pepperoni-coated thick-crusted pizza! (1,581 characters)

Photo of mc68881rc
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: it looks like beer. It's not clear but there aren't chunks in it.

Smell: light fruit/lambic smell

taaste: starts smooth and light. Then there is distinct hops and IPA flavor. Not strong but enough to verify the name on the bottle as an IPA.

mouthfeel: liquid :-) It's not overly carbonated. I'd say typical for an IPA maybe a tad flatter.

Overall: Liked it al lot. I'd buy/drink it again. (404 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Maudite snifter.

A- Very pale translucent straw color. Not a ton of head but the lacing on the glass is all over.

S- Pine, citrus, a bit of the Belgian yeast. Smells very nice.

T- Pine, grapefruit, resin. The bitterness works so well with the Belgian yeast. Very nice balance.

M- Nicely carbonated and very smooth. 7% abv is nowhere to be seen.

O- Definitely a favorite of mine. I like the way the citrusy hops work together with the yeast and wheat-like characters. (500 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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! (1,262 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. Great carbonation that took a moment to recede. Admittedly, it was a bad pour.

A: orangish yellow.
S: fresh hops and pineapple.
T: medicinal, waxy flower pollen (but I cannot identify from which flower), bubble gummy.

This is one of my favorite styles of beer. I love the addition of Belgian yeast to a hoppy IPA. I love this beer. I’ll have another. (393 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of ETM
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've felt like reviewing a beer in quite a while.

Consumed in a goblet.

Head leaves in due time, random foam clouds remain. Color is light, not transparent nor cloudy.

Smells of crispness, some floral hops.

Taste: there is a significant amount of bitterness. This is enjoyable and tends to make one sip and space out those sips. That being said, this is a great beer and one could wholeheartedly enjoy several pints until the 7% caught up with you.

Mouthfeel: There isn't residual sweetness like you're eating candy, but there is something left to chew on. Not thin at all, but would go great with all kinds of savory food.

Overall: I think at $8.50 a 6-pack this beer is extremely good. (704 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Shade lighter than ranger with a similar head: apricot gold body, off-white head, great retention and lace. A bit of sediment out of the bottle.

S - Soft and sweet. Apricot, orange, banana, clove, brown sugar, and a touch of sour.

T - Kaleidoscopic hop character; herbal opening into a woody center and a dry grapefruit finish. Honey, white grape, and cranberry support the middle of the profile.

M - Light body, with a nice bright carbonation.

O - Complex, bright, and refreshing with great drinkability. (513 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 2/12/2012. Mild gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pepper, clove, grapefruit, bubblegum, biscuit, lemon, grass, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big lemon, clove, pepper, grapefruit, bubblegum, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, clove, bubblegum, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of Belgian qualities to hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and slightly resinous mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking, and alcohol is well hidden for 7% with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and well executed Belgian IPA. Really balanced, enjoyable, and drinkable. (993 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (482 characters)

Photo of DAllspaw
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pillow of white head and golden color. Smell is sugary banana with a little barnyard funk. Reminds me a bit of Pranqster in look and smell.

Initial taste is more like pilsner than bpa, with a slightly bitter finish and a bit of heat going down. Nice lacing continues throughout. A bit of tannin on the tongue I the finish. A little thin on taste, again sweet banana most prominent but a pretty nice beer and good for Belgian fix at a decent price for a sixer. (466 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clear and gold colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell is strong hops and strong fresh coriander. Strong grapefruit scent with Belgian yeast spiciness. Light flower scent with a little honeysuckle sweetness.

Starts out mildly sweet with an assertive bitter snap. Strong hops bitterness with some of the more herbal bitter taste of coriander. Solid Belgian IPA flavor, but it does lack a little subtleness, might improve a bit as it ages a little.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. All the basics are there for a Belgian IPA. Still seems a little on the raw side. Certainly worth the price I paid for the beer. Will buy again. An added benefit is the Low Alcohol level for the style. This doesn't have the KO effect of say Raging Bitch. (763 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught served in a shaker pint, half finger head.

Blood orange in color, maybe it was the lighting, carbonation was not overdone, but not perfect.

S: Floral, hoppy, and boozy

T: Hops, herbs, piney notes, and a boozy, bitter finish

M: Perfect, not watery at all.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. Definitely sessionable, but not my first choice at all. IPA's still are not my thing, but naturally I have understood why they are so popular. (442 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. An excellent version of this relatively new style. Great balance between American hops and Belgian yeast character. Citrus...lots of citrus. Orange, pineapple, lime, and grapefruit. Some complimentary pine, herbs, bright floral notes. The Belgian yeast notes fight their way into the mix with more spice and citrus. Dry and evenly bitter, but smooth. (373 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (475 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (636 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Brawley Bev in Charlotte, NC

A-Pours lightly hazed, dull looking lighter amber. It sports a frothy medium tan head and leaves thick bands of lace.

S-Yeasty and fruity nose

T- Notes of bananas, yeast, coriander up front, moderate hop package drying out the rear.

M- Carbonation on point and nicely smooth over the tongue

O- Fruity and lighter take on the style, lots of tropical fruits, and yeasty goodness. Very enjoyable and quite easy drinking. Wish they distributed to the NY/NJ/CT area. Well worth picking up a six or a case of this nicely crafted brew. (592 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (491 characters)

Photo of joecalderoni
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice yellowish golden color! Nice carbonation and lacing!

S: Amazing hop aroma without overpowering the nice belgian yeast character!

T: Medium body, an excelent balance between the hop character and the belgian yeast taste!

O: the best of both worlds! This beer is an IPA and a belgian beer in one! Its a nice beer to enjoy! Definetly a must! (350 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden copper with a 1 finger head that leaves a light lacing around the glass. High clarity within the beer's body. Looks like a solid ipa. Thought it would have been a little more "spicy" looking.

Aroma - Light citrus with some farmhouse funk. Some spices pull through and smells a little more like a Belgium than it looked

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light, refreshing.

Taste - Surprisingly funky. Definitely hop forward and can taste the Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe and Cascade hops like a good west coast ipa. The back end is funky and dry like a farmhouse ale. Dig that straw bready dryness. No booziness at all.

Overall - I felt like I was mixing 2 different beers here. Impressed with the balance between hoppiness and funkiness. Very crisp and refreshing. Very sessionable even with the higher ABV. It is usually a hit or miss with New Belgium and I would definitely hit this again. (901 characters)

Photo of anglagard1
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light appearance considering the style. It is my experience that American Belgian India Pale Ales (my God, what a mouthful) tend towards the IPA end of things, but this one is just the opposite. This one so worked against my expectations that I was initially disappointed with its lack of hops. Getting over that I now see that I am holding an intriguing beer in my hands with an accent on Belgian. Very light and clear in appearance with a super big and fluffy head. All the Belgian elements are there, bubblegum, coriander, banana, a little sourdough bread. To be honest, my tastebuds are a little scarred from the Fixed Gear I drank before this one, so I'm not sure if there's any hops presence in the Belgo. But I very much like what I do taste, subtle flavors that are worth taking the time to roll across your tastebuds. I'm not a huge fan of New Belgium but this one is fun. P.S. So sure was I that it was more IPA than Belgian that I drank it in a pint glass rather than a tulip glass. I'll try the tulip next time around. There WILL be a next time.
UPDATE: My overall opinion of the quality of this beer remains the same, but I did want to qualify that my tastebuds were indeed altered by the Fixed Gear I drank before I gave my review. There is a definite hops presence in this beer. Still, it was interesting to have reviewed this beer with an altered pallete. There was plenty to discover beyond what the hops had to say. (1,446 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (848 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (928 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of bubbly lace.

S - It smelled of fruity notes - mostly dark fruits with some apple and pear. There was a toasty caramel presence, too.

T - Slightly phenolic with some nice fruit flavors - green apple and pear. Good caramel and burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. It's hard to put down. Very refreshing. (516 characters)

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.