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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Belgo Belgian India Pale AleBelgo Belgian India Pale Ale

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very good

831 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 38 | 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:
Beer added by: iSip on 10-07-2011

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3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It has a nice golden appearance, with a fluffy white head. The lacing is very nice. Substantially clear.

S: I get immediate hop scents, in the form of mostly citrus. There's a funky smell to this, borders on mold. I'm not saying it's moldy, just that there is a smell...it doesn't have a rotten or bad smell...it just has this presence that mold smells like. I don't pick up too much of that "Belgian yeast" scent or esters.

T: The flavor is a bit heavier than other Belgian IPAs. There is a lot of grain flavor in this beer, with some background of candy-like flavors. The hop bitterness is towards the back, and not overpowering. The taste seems to be a bit unbalanced though. I appreciate that the alcohol is hidden in this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than what I expected. The bitterness is good in the mouth, and the carbonation is good as well. The beer just does not feel dry enough. It's unfortunate.

O: Overall I thought it wasn't too bad of a beer. The beer tastes like a close approximation of a Belgian IPA, but just doesn't quite hit the mark. I probably wouldn't drink it again. It's better than many beers out there, but it just tastes unfinished!

Photo of Living816
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exceedingly unbalanced. Nice IPA-type aroma from the hops. But the Belgian yeast that is much touted produces rather horrifying phenolic assault on the mouth. It is a medicinal, peppery, sting that accentuates the bitterness all down the tongue. It detracts from, rather than adds to, the character of the beer. The finish is unpleasant. Bitter, spicy, and lingering.

I don't get much of the fruit character from this, which both the hops and many Belgian type yeasts will contribute.

On the plus side, it has 7% abv which is hardly noted at all. Exceedingly smooth for the alcohol content.

This is a puzzling combination that comes across as confused, chaotic, and isn't well suited together.

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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly amber gold with a three-finger fluffy white head that is persistent and leaves good lacing. There is a definite hop haze as well.

S: Lemon zest, citrusy hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. Overall, however, the smell is rather muted and it requires quite a bit of swirling to bring up the scents.

T: Rather muted. There is definite citrus hop flavor, but the Belgian aspects are nowhere to be found (aside from the citrus in, say, a Belgian wit). There is a good deal of balance, but a lack of complexity or development. The aftertaste is surprisingly long-lasting, so that is a plus. (3.25 if I could)

M: Richly carbonated. A good lupulin coating on the tongue after this one.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not very Belgian, and not too much out of the run of the mill.

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3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-review, because I can. Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color. Aesthetically, there isn't much proof of its Belgian character...there's far too much clarity in the body. The head is a rather soapy texture, three fingers tall, and has an eggshell color with good retention and lacing.

S: There's a very noticeable scent of sourdough bread that I seem to find in certain IPAs (Bell's Two Hearted, for example), combined with a slightly phenolic scent. The hoppiness isn't quite as forward as I'd like it to be, but I can still catch a hint of pine needle.

T: The phenolic notes transfer down to the taste buds and slightly temper the hop bite somewhat. There's also a touch of coriander spice and ester-derived fruitiness in spots along with a pleasant bready taste to it. Thankfully, it's fresh as hell, meaning the Centennial hops haven't degraded to the point where it starts tasting dish-soapy. It's hard for me to grade this taste-wise, because...there isn't a whole lot to grade in terms of flavor. Has a few nice complexities to it alongside a good balance, but as I said in my old review, it isn't very bold or exciting, nor does it have the amazing drinkability of Two Hearted.

M: Medium bodied, with a bit of astringency on the finish and a pleasant aftertaste. Thankfully not heavy enough to interfere with a food pairing, but the alcohol is a touch too prevalent for a 7% beer. Well carbonated.

O: Drinkable, but pretty average overall. This beer seems confused, it has the flavor of a pleasant session beer, but it's alcohol is a bit too noticeable in general for that. A bolder flavor profile would really help this a lot. As it stands, not bad, but not great.

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3.12/5  rDev -17.2%

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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