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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 81
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: alexgash on 02-15-2011

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hits you right off with the grapefruit flavor, but not so intense with the bitterness as some typical IPAs. Classic beery amber color. Nice lacing, but carbonation is rather coarse in the mouth. Quite fragrant with a hint of the barnyard and a bit of sunshine on the pine needles. Flowery in the nose as you sip. A touch of vinegary funk. Fairly rich with malt, though mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Big flavors and yet another interesting riff on the Belgian flavors adapted to big hop brews.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.09 for a single @ Bevco. 6.5% ABV.
Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a tall, quickly expanding and sustained meringue-like white head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Good looking beer. Firmly carbonated. The aroma is of husky pilsen malt, saison like spiciness of pepper, clove and pears, and firm, floral hops. Mouthfeel is powdery and light. The taste is a recap of the aroma...pears, floral hops, pepper and cloves. Firm bitterness, but not to the point of being obtrusive. Finishes with lemon pepper in the aftertaste.

One of the better beers I've had from North Peak bottles. Best to drink this one as fresh as you can get it.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this stubby bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Slightly cloudy golden amber hue. Two fingers of off white head recede leaving thick lace rings.

S: Typical Belgian IPA spice profile. Hops blended with spicy yeast, coriander, clove and a hint of citrus.

T: Again the flavor runs the gamut of Belgo IPA. Solid hop burst with clove and coriander. Hint of citrus and malt as it finishes.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O: This is a style I still have no love for. That being said it's very well done. From an American brewery to boot.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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/

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Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a decently clear golden amber with a two finger frothy white head that dies down into general frothiness. There isn't really much lace but there are long, long legs on this one. On the nose there is a giant floral and herbal blast, a pine aroma, and bubblegum. So much going on in the nose here it's hard to keep straight. In the mouth there is sweet grass, candy, an almost wheat-like note, and those floral notes that sat a lot further forward on the nose. The finish is medium and has a really nice remnant of funky Belgian yeast to go along with the floral hop notes. There is very little citrus going on here, a refreshing change. Body is probably medium or a little lighter, pretty refreshing.

Overall this is a really nice beer from a style I'm not familiar with. I've been having a lot of variants on IPAs lately and it has been refreshing. Things like this, or rye IPAs, or a great homebrewed with brown sugar IPA I had at DLD are such a nice change from the citrus bombs, especially when the citrus bombs aren't really top flight.

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Photo of beerbears
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of david131
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, luminescent orange liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has great retention. Very nice.

S- Bananas, citrus, and white bread. Smells really nice up front, but that North Peak aspect I can't put my finger on comes in later and muddles up the aromas.

T- Some fruits such as bananas, apples, and pears with some bread and some Belgian kick. There is a bit of North Peak-ness on the finish, but it isn't too bad.

M- Sweet up front with a dry, bitter finish. The liquid is creamy and smooth with just a bit of carbonation bite.

D- Overall, a slightly different take on the style that isn't too bad. Drinks rather nicely and is one of the more memorable beers from North Peak.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was light golden color with a very nice white head.

Smell was hugely of hops and citrus but still some lingering smells of the yeasts.

Taste was fantastic. One of my newest favorites in the category. Tons of hops and the belgian yeasts were exactally what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel was not as heavy as I would expect for an IPA but it worked very well and overall this was a fantastic beer.

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Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle (marked Feb08.11) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A glug-filled pour left a 1-1/2 finger, eggshell head that was quite foamy. It fell to a full film that left awesome rings. It had a golden-orange body that was gently hazed, though a secondary yeast pour as I was halfway through the glass really clouds it up. Moderate carbonation. A little better head retention and this is a "5."

S- Mix of musky hops and cool Belgian funk. A little banana and bubble gum, some herbal hops. I sense some really oily, resiny qualities. Sugary-sweet malts. It's just the right aromas and intensity.

T- There's a lot going on here. It starts as a traditional IPA with a hoppy punch. Belgian, yeasty funk comes in through the middle. A secondary hit of hops come in to clean/dry the finish. The hops really run the spectrum of earthy/herbal, piny/grassy, and citrus. Malts are sweet and toasty.

M- Moderate carbonation and meadium, creamy body. Real hoppy bite.

D- This is a really good beer. The sample I had at the MBG Winter Fest just didn't do it justice. I could do 2-3 of these in a sitting without it getting old, and I'd definitely buy it again. It's a great combination of IPA and Belgian qualities.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to lewis1rg for this one.

A- Very hazy in color, very similar to that of a wheat beer. Head was wheat beer like, but sticky like an IPA.

S- Great smell, very fruity in aroma, malty, some clove and honey, pineapple, pine, and earthy aromas.

T- This has an interesting taste. I get a great IPA hop kick in the front with a very fruity hop aroma. I want to venture a guess and say Citra hops. Then this bready earthiness comes in followed up by a clove and honey wheat beer tastes.

M- Good balance of medium body and carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. If this was sold in my area I would for sure buy it up. Super tasty!!!

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Photo of BradDurbin89
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby.

Hazy golden nectarine body. Two fingers of thick, whipped, light beige head. Great lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of Belgian yeast, graham crackers, honey, and spicy, herbal hops. There's also a bit of lemon zest and pine.

Toasted malt up front. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness comes on quick and stays throughout. Malt turns a little sweeter (honey), with notes of melon and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast adds some spice and adds a distinctive note to this beer. Citrus and pine join near the finish, which is mostly dry. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Tasty and well done!

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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.