Burly Belgo India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company
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3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
Thanks to genuinedisciple for tossing this my way. Bottle is dated January 9, 2012 so I better drink this puppy now.
a - brew poured a murky orange with about 80% of the glass as foamy head. the head left huge chunks of lacing.
s - candied belgian yeast. smells like a belgian pale ale, but this is 8 months old, so i wouldn't expect any hops.
t - candied belgian sugar with a bit of a bittery finish.
m - medium bodied, but bitter ending.
o - overall, not bad, but i wish i would've gotten to try this within 3 months. an ipa beyond that is really a former shadow of itself, even a belgian ipa. this was essentially a belgian pale ale with a bittery finish. meh.
09-04-2012 00:04:00 | More by cosmicevan
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
This is about as good as it's going to get for a Belgian IPA from anyone, be it on this side of the water or the other. The characteristics are fluid and thorough on all aspects. The only minor detracting point is that there is a somewhat burn to it. But it seems to play a part in the whole ride. The carbonation also seems to a bit biting. No matter though. This really is an outstanding beer and a true pleasure to be able to try. I hope you get the chance to get this one.
08-25-2012 18:07:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Appearance is a cloudy orange brown, like a light apple cider. Head is thick and fluffy like an off-white cloud. The lacing is as sticky as it gets; clinging to the glass like a spider web.
Nose is malty; slightly musty, with green apple candy and pear.
Taste is a sharp bite of hops, with toasted almond, plenty of biscuit, and smooth caramel. There is also some buttery oak.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, refreshing, with a lot of carbonation and hop bite.
Overall, this is a biting IPA, but not your typical overdose of hops.
05-09-2012 03:33:47 | More by dorianmarley
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.
04-20-2012 18:38:49 | More by bigkingken
4.13/5 rDev +1%
A- Pours an amber color with a cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some spotty lacing.
S- There's the Beligan yeast, a good amount of tropical fruits, clove, and Earthy.
T- A great mixture of Beligan yeast and spice and hoppiness.
M- Medium in both body and carbonation.
O- I was pretty surprised by this one and really impressed. I'll big this one up again down the road some time.
03-31-2012 10:55:02 | More by nrbw23
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.
03-25-2012 21:12:57 | More by meepmeep
4.13/5 rDev +1%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 1/30/2012. Pours hazy red orange color with a fairly dense 2-3 finger light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big clove, pepper, banana, orange, biscuit, grass, and yeast spices. Some nice aromas but they are a bit muted. Taste of banana, clove, pepper, orange, grass, floral, earth, biscuit, and yeast spice. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, pepper, clove, biscuit, and floral on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is almost invisible with almost no warming present on the finish. Very drinkable and smooth. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. Nice complexity, balance, and smoothness. I would have this again.
03-25-2012 05:02:55 | More by superspak
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
Served from the bottle into a Napoli Grande glass
A- Poured a dark opaque rust orange color with fluffy three finger head that leaves some droppy lace
S- Aroma of sweet citrus, candy like sweetness, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, and some spice
T- Nice orange peel taste, sweeter citrus, bubblegum, and Belgian yeast. Pretty big malt backbone, some cereal graininess.
M- Medium mouthfeel, a little sticky, moderate carbonation, not quite dry on the finish
O- This is a nice drinkable belgian style ale. It has the citrus notes, but they remind me more of orange peel in a belgian wit than citrusy hops for an IPA.
03-24-2012 00:50:08 | More by Hoptometrist
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.
03-20-2012 17:09:19 | More by Brenden
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours a deep medium copper color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of citrus, lemon, grapefruit with a hint of honey and candy sugar. Light Belgian yeast esters round out the nose quite well. Taste is sweet with light sugar honey and sweet malt. Citrus hops fight against spicy peppery phenolic for a shot at your taste buds. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet sharp mouthfeel. Nice take on a new style. I enjoyed this.
03-18-2012 00:57:16 | More by johnnnniee
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from stubby "retro" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy copper/gold in color, with a nice head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast, faint hop note
Taste-Belgian spicy yeast, fruity hops in the background. A bit more on the Belgian side of things. Could use a bit bigger dose of hops in my opinion, but not bad by any means.
03-04-2012 16:57:49 | More by hosehead83
Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.