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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 02-15-2011)
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Reviews by movingtrain:
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours amber in color, decent cream colored head on top with really nice carbonation throughout.

Up front in the nose are notes of raisins, dates, rolled oats, vanilla, wet wood, some clove, and some grapefruit citrus notes.

The Belgian notes are there..that chalky, gypsum note, along with some really good, earthy notes. After that, there are notes of oats, cinnamon, black peppercorn, and honey. There is a bitter bite on the back end of this beer, and the hop presence is most evident there. In fact, after the warm, bready notes fade away, there is an incredibly, hoppy astringency left that lingers quite some time.

At first sip, this beer seemed a bit hollow (as far as the style goes). But, as the beer warms, and with each sip, the Belgian elements funk up and really highlight a fine IPA underneath, leaving a bitter hop bite at the end.

Overall, a really good beer...another fine brew from North Peak. The beer is a bit deceiving at first sip, but as it warms, and with each sip after, the flavors open up and reallly shine.

movingtrain, Feb 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

North Peak speaks to us of hoppy Belgians, wooing us with a cute, stubby bottle and classic-style label design. Off-white, merengue-like head; hazed amber color. Extreme aromatics here: tangerine-lime citrics, mint, jasmine and papaya. The smoothness even speaks in Flemish ... such a lush mouthfeel. Earthy, leafy hop flavor with a rounded bitterness, and nutty yeast with a mild toasted bready malt. Fruity and spicy with a mild warming alcohol. Hops scrape across the palate in the dry-ish aftertaste. Amazing in its own way, as it flaunts its rustic side without losing any drinkability.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 28, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

Notes from last year's release. Fresh bottle.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with two fingers of creamy head and lots carbonation rising and sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus hops and some sweet and bready malts. Definitely a hint of bubblegum as well. Nice.

T - Not a hop bomb, but the citrus hops definitely come on first, followed by a nice breadiness and a pleasant bitter finish. Flavors mesh together really nicely.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much, with a nice lingering bitterness.

O - Nice balanced flavors. Easily the best beer I've had from North Peak and hopefully a sign of things to come.

warnerry, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Burly is a thickly clouded medium orange in color. The lightly orange-tinted head billows to nearly three fingers in height, at once both creamy and rocky, eventually receding to a thick island of foam that leaves good lacing in patches before and after a tattered curtain left in the middle.
The nose is fairly aromatic, offering up the Belgian yeast with an added gently dusty quality that balances with citrus rind and tropical notes.
The flavor leaves no room to question that this beer is an IPA, with orange rind, grapefruit and a hint of leafiness in the bitterness making up the major component combined with some tropical fruits and bready as well as caramel-like malts without losing the Belgian yeast element. This is a very well-made brew.
Smooth up front with enough crispness to make it interesting, the medium body is enough to support the depth while a moderate carbonation makes it flow nicely.

Brenden, Mar 20, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Big thanks to mikesgroove for dropping bombs on my palate during Hobo Cookout #1 and sharing this with me! Feb 0311 Date Code! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, fruit, banana, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, citrus, and fruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one overall. Every aspect of this one seemed to work in complete unison with the other. You have to tick this if you have not already as this is one of the best Belgo IPAs I've had to date.

thagr81us, May 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a clear light golden hue with a white fluffy head. Streamers shoot up from the bottom of the tasting glass. Some little bits of lace. Light citrus aroma with a touch a fresh cut hay. Nice and dry, with an assertive yet delicate hop flavor and a touch of phenols in the moderately bitter finish. Really nice and dry, but almost too dry. The bitterness takes some time to coat the tongue and causes me to slow down with this beer. Excellent summer IPA.

marcobrau, Aug 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

cates1tg, May 04, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured from a 12 oz stubbie.

Light golden color, really glows.

Great roasted malt and citrus essence throughout the palate. One of the best IPA
s I’ve ever had. Lots of hops that are balanced with a fruity essence. Not as an intense full mouth feel be extremely enjoyable. Highly recommend this beer to anyone, even those who claim to now like IPA’s.

Great presentation!

beerbears, Apr 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

White rocky head leaves great lacing. Almost clear amber body. Sweet aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. I'm also getting a little mint and bubblegum action in the taste and smell.

Overall a pretty good IPA, but not something I would want to drink more than a couple of in one night.

BierFan, Mar 17, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

12 oz grenade bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
6.5% ABV, Bottled on Feb 0311.

I sound like a broken record. Thanks again Beerwolf77!

A - Burly pours ever-so-slightly hazy with a goldenrod hue and well-retained bone head. Classic Belgian lace coats the glass.

S - Mango and grapefruit shavings complicate the Belgian yeast strain nicely. Spicy notes add depth to the hop blend. Very inviting!

T - The citrusy hops take an American turn to what we might normally expect in an IPA. The Belgian twist is a bit thinner in flavor than aroma though. Spicy notes come through with a mild finish.

M - Somewhat bitter and dry, it's got a harder finish that isn't conducive to constantly drinking. Medium-light bodied.

O - Lost between the two styles, the flavor doesn't quite get there like the aroma does, but it's definitely not a failed attempt! I was very excited to try this one after really enjoying Diabolical. A good brew.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 09, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

a nice little bust out for the bbq i had to crack this one out early on. split between us with my half into a tumbler.

the pour was a nice golden amber, light haze and cloudiness but amble carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass led to a huge head of white that scraped the sides of the glass with rich lacing.

the aroma is light citrus aromas, lemon, with hints of banana, light clove and grassy notes and a touch of light bready malts, well rounded i have to say.as i take the first sip, crisp, clean with a nice touch of lemon zest that cracks the lips. smooth yeast notes and light banana then grace the palate and leave a light fruit flavor that mingles well with the grainy malts on the way out. light dry, clean and smooth finish. very well done.

overall this was super sessionable and really a very nice offering that was easy to drink and went well with the rest of the lineup/

mikesgroove, May 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a big, fluffy, rocky light tan head of about two fingers. Head is slow to drop and leaves some chunky lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine. Some caramelly malt and that spicy belgian yeast characteristic.

Flavors of bitter grapefruit, and tangerine hops, rich malt and that spicy belgian yeast. Finish is short and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a light touch. Good bitterness and excellent carbonation.l

Overall an excellent belgian IPA. Good level of bitterness, not too aggressive. Belgian yeast comes through nicely and gives is nice spicy bite that balances well with the hop bitterness.

JamnesCameron, Jun 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

lewdwig, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Burly Belgo India Pale Ale a few days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last year so when I heard it was released again I knew I had to track down a bottle to try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled January 9th 2012. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, for some reason I like the way that the white and gray colors go together on the label. It poured a nice golden yellow color with an orange tint and was slightly hazy and it had four fingers worth of really fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. The head was a little out of control but this was still a good looking beer.

S- The first thing that I pick up is a mixture of Belgian yeast and citrus hops, the Belgian yeast imparts that typical spicy yeast aroma and the hops impart a nice blend of citrus fruits with grapefruit and blood orange sticking out the most. In the middle I pick up a little bit of grainy malts that have a pretty high amount of sweetness. The aroma is pretty nice and all about the yeast and hops.

T- The flavors seems to be similar to the aroma, it starts off with some Belgian yeast that imparts some spicy flavors with cloves sticking out the most. Immediately after the yeast comes the hops which impart some lighter citrus hops with some floral hops showing up, the hops impart some flavors that are similar to the aroma just lighter. I also pick up some rich grainy malts towards the end with a low amount of medium bitterness and and spicy and slightly citrusy aftertaste. The flavor is good but I wish that the citrus hops were as bold as the Belgian yeast.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. I thought that the mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and an above average Belgian IPA, most everything about this beer was true to style with no off flavors. This beer had ok drinkability, I could probably go for another one but after that I think the spices would start to wear on me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma they were both pretty good and true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the imbalance between the Belgian yeast and the citrus hops, if the citrus hops were kicked up some the Belgian yeast wouldn't be so dominating and it would make for a more balanced beer. I might buy this beer again when looking for a Belgian IPA, but if Little Sumpin Wild and Raging Bitch are available I would go with one of those. If you are a big fan of Belgian IPA's this is worth a try but I don't think it is a top tier Belgian IPA. This is another solid beer from North Peak, it seems like they specialize in hoppy beers. While this was a good and solid Belgian IPA, it is my least favorite of the three Belgian IPA's I have tried so far with Raging Bitch sill being my favorite, if this beer had better balance between hops and yeast it would be right up there with Raging Bitch, good job guys.

StoutHunter, Feb 07, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

This guy had a gigantic head when he got poured. I don’t know if it was a carbonation issue or an older bottle, but it’s not normal. Once I sucked the foam out – which wasn’t the worst thing in the world – I finally got down to business. I didn’t pick up a lot of scent, but it could have been blocked by the aforementioned foam. It’s a good marriage of styles – hoppy and bitter on the front but sweet and belgiany on the end. It’s a good summer brew for the back porch at sunset. But honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Belgians, and if I want an IPA, I’ll get an IPA. Not quite refreshing enough to score high marks there and not quite IPAy enough to score high marks there. So while an interesting beer and well worth the bottle, I will not be purchasing this on a regular basis.

bigkingken, Apr 20, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

12oz Stubbie poured into Pint.

Standard pour left a nice two finger, thick light beige head. Lacing was wonderful.

Aroma had a great balance of pastry dough, graham crackers, honey, and a slight spicy herbal hops.

You can taste a bit of the toasted malt up front and the nice herbal hop is balance throughout the experience. There is a nice hop finish with citrus.

I really enjoyed this beer. I was sad to learn this is a seasonal, and won't be available again until next year. My market is sold out, but I'll look around for more.

BradDurbin89, Mar 02, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

Bottled on Jan. 30, 2012; pretty fresh. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent golden copper, very nice fluffy white head, sticky lacing and nice retention. The aromas are very nice, but I'm not picking up any hops. The yeast and funk is there and is pleasant, but where are the hops? Tastes more like an IPA than it smells. It does lack some fruity hops, which I was looking for, but it's still bitter. Finishes slightly spicy. There's also a touch of black pepper. I'm also picking up some banana and candied sugars in the flavors. Tasty, but the hops don't necessarily dominate or keep up with the belgian funk. Mouthfeel is light, thin, crisp and maybe a tad overboard on the carbonation, but smooth enough. Alcohol goes unnoticed and this one's pretty easy to drink.

Not a bad beer at all, but it falls short compared to Sumpin' Wild and Raging Bitch.

BB1313, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jaxray8, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Golden amber with orange hue, clean and clear. Pleasant aroma, can smell the Belgian influence, subtle, not overpowering.

Subtle flavors that work, but understated. Some bitterness, but it's not an in your face IPA.

Liighter bodied, smooth mouthfeel, decent carbonation, with a good bite in the finish. After taste lingers for awhile.

This is a really solid beer, but stops just short of making me go "wow".

ssimpson89, Jul 02, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into snifter. Bottle date 1/9/12.

A: A darker, burnt orange color. Had a large, fluffy, off-white head which dissipated to an almost solid ring, leaving some fluffy lacing on the sides.

S: Mostly of Belgian yeast and citrus, a little spicy smell, and a slight hop aroma. The aroma overall is a little subdued compared to some Belgian IPAs.

T: Starts out smooth and yeasty, orange, banana, and citrus flavors are prominent. Honey and malts are present in the middle but this is balanced with the crispness and bitterness of the hops. The hops come through mostly at the finish and linger in the mouth.

M: Good, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel, with lingering bitterness.

O: A very drinkable beer, the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Quite pleasant and balanced, although personally I was looking for a bit more Belgian quality to the beer. However, I enjoy this style a lot and this is definitely a solid contender.

meepmeep, Mar 25, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Burly fills the glass with a hazy honey colour. A frothy head reduces to some patchy spittle.

The nose has a nice floral hop bouquet and some grapefruit with some lovely classic "Belgo" tones of bubblegum and candi.

The taste has some toasty bread flavors with bubblegum and powdered sugar. An enjoyable bitterness emerges and works well with the flavors.

The mouthfeel is light to medium. Very clean.

The drinkability is good. This is an enjoyable brew that goes down easy. It is a clean and streamlined beauty that is a cure for a bored palate. Another one would be welcomed. Good things are happening in the north these days.

SupaCelt, Mar 10, 2011
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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.