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

808 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 808
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 31 | 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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 808 | Reviews: 199 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brucehemann
brucehemann


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

06-05-2012 01:09:36 | More by brucehemann
Photo of ssjkyle
ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-14-2012 03:57:34 | More by ssjkyle
Photo of Rocketman8911
Rocketman8911

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-05-2012 08:00:01 | More by Rocketman8911
Photo of KC9LDB
KC9LDB

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-11-2012 18:58:17 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of doughanson78
doughanson78

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-03-2012 01:11:02 | More by doughanson78
Photo of Bret
Bret


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

10-04-2012 01:54:31 | More by Bret
Photo of BetterBeerPlz
BetterBeerPlz

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-18-2012 20:01:13 | More by BetterBeerPlz
Photo of AmitC
AmitC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

09-27-2012 00:19:50 | More by AmitC
Photo of intensify
intensify

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rocky mountain looking head which its craters and hills filled the entire top of my glass. As the head slowly sunk into the beer it left beautiful fluffs of lacing behind. Smells of resiny hops,banana, citrus fruits such as tangerine and orange peel. Earthyness and piney. This IPA brought the whole party with it and is here for business. First flavour that caught my attention was the spices that touch the tip of the tongue but quickly trails behind an explosion of hops, bananas, citrus. Bitter on the tongue but complements the fruityness of this beer. Slightly dry finish with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall this beer seems to have a lot going on. Very well balanced IPA. Thumbs up my fellow hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:58:44 | More by intensify
Photo of monza
monza

Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:12:47 | More by monza
Photo of jkanavel
jkanavel

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw, crystal clear, not much head, nor head retention. Its whatever.

S: Clove, allspice, yeasty, sweet, bananas, hop funk on the back

T: Sweet, tempered by a good dose of bitterness. Very complex and yeasty. So nice.

M: Nice carbonation here, pretty heavy. Very refreshing medium bodied brew.

O: I love it. If I've ever had a gripe with Belgian beers its that they are unbalanced in terms of alcohol presence and maltiness. This very hoppy belgian style addresses that problem. Balance is perfect imho, and the high carbonation makes this feel like you're drinking something much more relaxed than an old world beer.

Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:48:55 | More by jkanavel
Photo of shanblur
shanblur

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 23:01:55 | More by shanblur
Photo of TheHoppiest
TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:37:46 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of wages
wages

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 3rd or 4th one from the six pack (not all at once!). Poured into a pint glass.

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a nice head that fades but leaves a fair amount of lacing. The color is very light golden so much so that I can read text through it! I think it could be a hair darker to improve it's appearance (and perhaps give it some more body).

smell - 4.5/5 - Grassy with subtle sweetness.

taste - 4.5/5 - Very refreshing Belgian plus grapefruit hops flavor, though the Belgian "flavor" is fairly mild if not canceled out by the hops. Which, by the way, the hops linger for a while. A little grassy too. Very "bright". Might be a perfect post-lawnmower beer. Can't wait to find out. :)

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Perfect carbonation, crisp, refreshing body. Speaking of body, it is very light bodied IMO. I would personally like a little more body to balance the hops.

overall - 4.5/5 - Despite that I think it needs a little more balance in the body, I enjoy this beer. In fact, it's one of those that with every sip, it gets better. That might just be the 7% talking...

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:56:05 | More by wages
Photo of RedBiddy
RedBiddy

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 21:55:45 | More by RedBiddy
Photo of UnderPressure
UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 14:03:47 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of JimKal
JimKal

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice it deliver a substantial head that left good lacing as it dissipated. Dark amber in appearance.

this reminded me more of NB's Abbey than it did of an IPA. To me, the hops were there but not a substantial part of the ease profile. Here the Belgium yeasts are the dominant taste and they deliver,

I was going to try to follow this with another IPA for a taste comparison but I put that one back as I didn't think I could appreciate it after the Belgo, although I did treat myself to a second Belgo.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 14:16:12 | More by JimKal
Photo of MusicaleMike
MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium balloon glass. Through the hazy, golden orange body we can see a healthy amount of carbonation that rises to the top to support a frothy, creamy, egg-shell white head. As the beer recedes, scarred rings of lacing coat the side of the glass. It could use better retention, but it looks like a healthy Belgian IPA.

The smell is well-balanced, carefully pitting the Belgian yeast (which has a wonderful fruity aroma, carrying notes of pear and bruised apples) with a fresh, floral hop aroma. The resulting smell is rich with a honeyed sweetness, light fruitiness and a touch of lemongrass. It promises to be a delicious beer...and the taste doesn't let us down!

A bold flavor up front. Not full-bodied, yet certainly full-flavored, Belgo IPA has that complex interplay of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast with bitter hops even more so than the aroma. The hops (I get primarily Amarillo) come in quickly and impact the tastebuds with their bitter resin. The hops linger long into the aftertaste, but with each subsequent sip, more fruity esters come into play. A light hint of banana here, a faint touch of peach there. Very appetizing and easy to imagine with food.

The body, like I said before, isn't full, though it has a good amount of carbonation. It's smooth on the finish, and the frothy head on top almost brings a creaminess to the beer. The aftertaste is bitter and palette-coating. Great for an IPA.

I think this may be one of, if not the best Belgian IPA's that I have ever had. It does many things right here, from the good balance of yeasty qualities and hops, to the excellent aroma, to the well-suited body. This beer may not be a "session" IPA, but well worthy of seeking out if you want something in the Belgian IPA category. This is phenomenal, and would hold up easily against the likes of Houblon Chouffe and Piraat.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:51:48 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of bubseymour
bubseymour

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 23:12:43 | More by bubseymour
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:56:00 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of MattyG85
MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on label is 08/July/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and cloves with some pale malts. Some pepper like spices and barnyard funk. Good hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Also some hints of banana and honey. Big hints of candied sugars. Aroma is also fairly grassy.

Taste: A pretty sweet and fairly spicy tasting take on a Belgian IPA. Solid taste of Belgian yeast that lingers throughout with some cloves and pepper spices. Citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and banana. Solid presence of candied sugar and a little hints of honey. Also some grassy barnyard funk. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Slick and fairly juicy. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Good fruity candy flavor that avoids becoming too syrupy. Solid presence of yeasty spice.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 05:09:34 | More by MattyG85
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:05:55 | More by russpowell
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So spicy it must be radioactive. It's interesting how they get so much of the hop aromatics with so little bitterness. It IS pretty bitter, but in the context of so much intensity of flavor it's one of the things that make it good. Totally drinkable, but one to sip and savor. The Belgian yeastiness is more on the bright side than behind the barn, and the hops are more sunshine than dankness. A happy beer. Not exactly minty, but that same kind of powerful fresh aroma.

Finally got around to trying a bottle. Wow, I am impressed. The good qualities of my favorite regular New Belgium beer-- the Trippel-- plus a huge spicy hit and the aromatic hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:20:06 | More by mactrail
Photo of Chaney
Chaney

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Cigar City shaker pint.

A: Poured a sunflower yellow/gold color, with a nice 2-finger pillowy white head that stuck around for a while.

S: It had that signature Belgian IPA grassiness, but also quite a bit of a citrus component poking through as well which was actually more so than the average Belgian IPA.

T: There was a nice balance between the lawn clipping quality and the sweeter elements. This was hoppy as hell and I would rank it up there with Cali-Belgique in terms of its overall grapefruitiness.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation and the sweetness wasn't cloying in any way. The lacing was ridiculous on the glass, but like I stated, this really didn't carry over onto the palate.

O: This was a great representation of the Belgian IPA, which is a style that I'm starting to come around to.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:15:06 | More by Chaney
Photo of Seanibus
Seanibus

California

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:34:05 | More by Seanibus
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.