Spacewalker American Belgo - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 06-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Spacewalker American Belgo is named for the surprising number of astronauts who have called Ohio home. Brewed with Belgian yeast and American hops, including the experimental ADHA 881 hop, Spacewalker is bold yet balanced with spicy, fruity flavors.
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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style aroma with good hints of dried fruit and hops. Upfront Belgian yeast with spicy hints of clove, white peppers, coriander, and funk. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of bananas, pear, green apple, white grape, lemon, orange, and slight grapefruit. Hints of grassy hops. Sweet malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A very good yeasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of fruits and earthy hops. Belgian yeast with some notes of clove, white peppers, funk, and coriander. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Big taste of fruits with notes of banana, green apples, pear, and white grapes along with citrus notes of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy hops with some notes of grass. Sweet malt backing with notes of wheat, straw, grains, caramel, and cracker. A very good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy and fairly bitter with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is pretty tame.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Pretty hoppy and bitter for the style but it works well for me. Good fruit flavors.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this new Great Lakes seasonal Tuesday 7/8, just hit market this week...

Pours lovely golden amber, with thick frothy 3-4" head, lots of sticky far so good!

A: Really nice color and clarity, drank outside on my patio, so light shining through beautifully, head hangs on a very long time

S: Spicy, earthy tones and hops are noticeable, along with bready malt and the Belgium yeast, smells great!

T: Super nice and well balanced, tastes much like it smells, earthy, musky, spicy, finishes dry and clean on the palate, alcohol very well hidden here, hard to imagine this is an 8+% abv!

M: Very pleasant in the mouth feel dept...clean and crisp, Belgium yeast undertones, not too heavy or light, great balance and makes you want to take another sip!

O: Overall, really like this new one from GLBC, a great summer brew, easy to quaff and down quickly on a pleasant summer evening outside...a winner for sure! Kudos to Luke Purcell and the brew crew at Great Lakes!

Love the label and nod to all the Spacewalking Ohio astronauts out there, great stuff!

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet a slight hazed medium golden with a full one finger dense head that didn't last very long.Some toasted cereal grain and phenols in the nose.Toasted cereal flavors along with some lemony hops with the phenols being lighter than in the aromas,pretty refreshing.Not a bad Belgian pale here,it might not be as complex as many but it's pretty good.

Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with nice stark white head of tiny bubbles. Looks better than most American made Belgians.

Smell: Banana, bread, various fruits and cloves. Very mild hoppy citrus.

Taste: Expected malt and yeast backbone of bread, fruit, banana and clove. Then there are very strong hop notes of grapefruit, orange, tropical notes and pine. This is where it gets difficult to rate. If I take a few sips within a short period of time, the bitterness overwhelms everything and pretty much ruins the beer. But if I only take a sip every few minutes, it remains balanced and outstanding.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a medium body that is lighter than expected for the abv. This is good for a Belgian style beer. Very dry finish.

Overall: This is basically a really hoppy Triple, which I guess is different than a Belgian IPA. Excellent beer IF I pace myself really slowly. I don't like having to think about how to drink the beer so much, so I really am stuck on how to score this.

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a thick dark yellow-gold color with a heavy unfiltered haze. The head is an off-white cap about half a finger tall with decent retention. It doesn't take long to fall, but it keeps up a solid layer the rest of the way while dropping thin netting down on the walls of the glass.
The yeast really shows off in the nose, and it's all banana, clove, sweetness and earth with a bit of red apple and a hint of white pepper. I love the yeast, I just don't smell pale ale.
Opening with the yeasty character, it's a little toned down as it comes side-by-side with the hops. Perfume and citrus make up the majority of the bitterness, and it evens out with the yeasty elements and a bready along with possibly caramel malt for balance. The improvement in the flavor is simply bringing the hops to focus.
The body leans interestingly light, though it just manages the threshold of medium. The crispness is softer than expected, though by no means inconsistent, making for a creamy smoothness in a lingering bitter leafy and citrus peel finish.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, golden-orange color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of aromas of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes, and crackers. I also get lots of honey and candied sugar, citrusy orange notes and spices of cardamom, coriander, saffron, black pepper and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Wow! Lots of flavor! I get some toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes, and crackers, immediately replaced by tons of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, spices of cardamom, coriander, saffron, black pepper, a touch of orange citrus, and finished with some pronounced, but not out-of-balance, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is a touch of pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very good, great even, Belgian-style pale ale! Lots of Belgian yeasty funkiness, toasted malt and spices. Delicious! Highly recommended!

Photo of zimm421
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color, with a hint of orange. There is a small off-white head (much smaller than expected here), with good retention and great lacing.

The nose is light and fruity, with the Belgian yeast playing leader. There is some spiciness and breadiness here as well. The taste follows in line here. The sweet, bready malts come through at first, followed quickly by the fruity and spicy yeast. The hops carry some citrus, and additional fruitiness through the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation, and finishes nice and dry. It keeps you coming back for another sip each time. Overall, this is a decent example of the style, but nothing that will blow you away. It is another enjoyable brew from GL.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Spacewalker American Belgo brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 8.2% and pours out a cloudy amber color. There is also a small white head to this brew. Spacewalker American Belgo Is an unfiltered brew. The smell is rich with some citrus and grains. Nothing bad about the smell of this brew. The taste has a bite to it. At first you get some bitterness at the end you get a hint of citrus. I'm not feeling the taste it is to bitter. This is not a well balance brew. The mouthfeel is bitter and clean. If you like bitter this would be a good one for you. Overall I giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a stunning looking ale with a beautiful bright orange color and stiff foam head. Pepper, clove and spice dominate the nose as the Belgian yeast components are at the front. The flavor is almost all yeast with peppercorns, cloves, and floral tones. Apple ,pear, apricot and hop bitterness are also found. This is an acquired taste, but very flavorful for the style.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler with a light sediment layer---freshly tapped and a light sediment----a good sign!?!? We shall see...

Ale pours a hazy yellowish orange with a thin white head that lightly dissipates to a very thin white pool with excellent lacing. Nose of bittering hops, light bread, light clove, light candy malt, and light banana from the Belgian yeast. Taste is almost a cross between a farm house ale, a triple, and a bitter ipa. Hops up front, VERY light sweetness from candy sugars, and light clove hidden amongst bittering hops. Mouthfeel is on the high side of moderate carbonation with a citrusy dry aftertaste. I would personally like to try this in a bottle to compare notes. It misses the mark from the highs of triple dog dare which was true to the mark. This is a hoppy mess. I am sorry, but as a lover of Belgian style ales the over abundance of hops wrecks this brew. A shame since I am such of a fan of this brewery.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange amber with a medium white fluffy head, some light lacing. Aroma is of ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, mild grains. Taste is fruity, yeast, with some peppery spiced hops bitterness. A medium crisp body on the palate with some lively carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, mild grain notes with some mildly spiced peppery hops bitterness and a sweet alcohol mild dry ending. A good solid flavorful brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

- American-belgo. 10.18.14. Consumed 11.19.14 in a chalice.

(3.75) A: Cadmium orange, dense nature, with a lively, full showering of effervesce. Beautiful 2 inch antique white capping, fully lasting coverage leaving thick, wavy lace patterns on the vessel.

(3.45) S: Lemon wheat aroma, a hint of sugary cereal grains balances a light funky yeastiness. Breakfast fruit cantelope/honey dew, perfumy scent with a finish of freshly sliced lemon peels.

(3.80) T: Tart fruit flavor, dry citric peel, musky grains with a lingering funky hop bitterness. A hint of dry alcohol, grapefruit skin, straw and woodsy pine. A bit of piney-alcohol bite on the swallow.

(3.75) M: Malty lush mouthful, dry, tart with a lingering alkaline/asprin like coating on the tongue.

(3.75) O: Overall a strong belgian yeasty attribute, funky, dry, big flavor. very good, worthy a try.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by 10/17/14. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that sticked around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like Belgian yeast, candy sugar, cloves, citrusy hops, bananas, pears, and peppery spice. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel and light grassy hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth, and is well carbonated. Overall I liked this brew, it's an enjoyable brew for a hot summer day. $9.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spacewalker American Belgo from Great Lakes Brewing Co., the newest brew from these guys. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, its got a two finger off-white head, hazy golden straw body, and torrential lacing.

I smell hops just as much as I do witbier characteristics i.e. clove and bubblegum. Very complex, detailed execution on this category.

Its certainly got a zippiness going on with the hops right off the bat, but not bitter per se. I also taste smokier, earthy malts.

Medium weighted mouthfeel. Only a dash of lingering elements, mostly just alcohol warmth. Its "there, but not", if that makes any sense at all.

Overall an outstanding 4 is given to Spacewalker American Belgo from Great Lakes Brewing Co. I was blown away on how the mixture of spice/zest mixed with mellower witbier attributes worked out so well!! This was a unique experience I will recommend.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Overall I really enjoy this brew... However It doesn't seem like a try 'Belgium' style to me. So,e spice and sourness. Almost drinks like a heffenwiezen I hope to see this again. Great Lakes does excellent work with their seasonals and this is no expection~

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a Great Lakes snifter

A - This beer is gold in color and clear. It is topped with three inches of off-white sticky head. The foam leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It has a fruity smell. I get banana, spiced pear, and clove.

T - This beer starts out fruity and spicy like a Belgian pale ale. The finish is bitter with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium

O - It starts out good with the Belgian aspects, but the hops are too bitter for my liking. The contrast from start to finish just seems too great for me. Maybe more subtle bitterness would be a better option for my palate. This beer might appeal to me more as the hops fade. I will hold onto one for a few months to see how it develops.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a D-Achouffe tulip. The pour is gold in color with a massive, luxurious frothy white head with good retention and very nice lacing. Belgian yeast, anyone? The nose has some fruity sweet notes of pears and peaches as well as an herbal, musty sage-like quality and a hint of white pepper.

Medium bodied with a firm feel. A good level of carbonation opens the palate and intensifies the flavors. The sweetness is much more moderate than the nose hinted. There's not much malt at all. The flavors are primarily dry and grassy with a cracker-like graininess up front and loads of sage and white pepper spice at mid-palate. The herb and pepper notes linger quite strongly on the finish, which is dry and appetizing.

Overall, a decent example of a style that I'm surprised to see Great Lakes take a stab at, but definitely has a few flaws. As this is one of my very favorite brewers, I'll happily try (just about) anything they release. I found this enjoyable, but I do believe that it needs some additional sweetness.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 10/07/14, served in a Rastel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Big thick off-white head. Big sheets, fine strands, and large islands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast & fruity esters, some citrus.

Taste: Hoppy up front with citrus/grapefruit/tartness up front, then the malt and candi sugar arrives. The finish is lingering with a strong but not overpowering grapefruit with a hint of pine. Very much like a Belgian Ale and American IPA were combined.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, prickly carbonation. Hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good blend of two styles of IPA an Belgian pale ale. Distinct flavors of the two which seem to compliment and not clash with one another. I'm definitely glad I bought a 4 pack of this and I look forward to having more of these over the next few weeks. Easily drinkable with a well hidden alcohol but I find it's more of a savoring beer rather than one to be drank quickly. The hops are strong enough that they'll slow you down.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

A very exceptional beer very reasonably priced at under $2.50 for the single. Didn't see the color of the beer since I drank it from the bottle but the carbonation was pretty good. Smell was light for an IPA no real bitterness but it did have a sweet malt profile with good yeast notes. Taste was great bubblegum yeast, dry crust bread, Fruity IPA hops, and a sweet finish with no lingering dry notes. Body was excellent for 8% it went down smooth.

Overall for just 10 bucks a four pack I could see getting this again a very smooth high octane Belgo IPA.

Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before 10/17/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. Just a little bit of sediment floating around. Smells nice. Lots of traditional Belgian yeasts. Sweet candy malts. Some pear, green apple and banana in the mix. Flavors are very bold, but a little rough around the edges, in my opinion. The hop bitterness really shines. This seems extra bitter in the finish and aftertaste. I'm thinking the bitterness can be coming from the yeast and not only the hops. Very spicy as well. Lots of black pepper. Some earthy spices. Some citrus. Lots of grapefruit. More pear and green apple. Bitter, but still sweet. Slightly syrupy. Some soap. Some alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's also very creamy and fluffy. This makes a nice sipper.

This is a bold beer, but not as refined as I'd expect from Great Lakes. The over the top bitterness hurts. It's solid, but nothing crazy. I would describe it as an "Imperial Belgian Pale Ale", if there was such a style.

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer opens up with a spicy hop taste. There's a slight acidic and orange taste. Just a little bit of alcohol presence. Overall this is very balanced. The candy Belgian yeast counters the bittering hops very nicely.
I also love the lacing this beer leaves on the glass. I haven't had many Belgian style beers but this merger of American and Belgian styles is making me want to seek some out in the future. I like the way the american hops balanced things out in this brew. This is a good beer and definitely one to try.
Great Lakes delivers again!

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great head with a great golden color.
Smell - belgium yeast with some spices and a good earthy piney hop.
Taste - strong yeast with a good spice a good citrus hop.
Feel - medium full body with lots of carbonation
Overall - I think this is a great belgium ipa!

Photo of neenerzig
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses. Pours a cloudy, hazy amber color with little chunks of yeast floating about in it. Has a good white head about 1/2 inch thick when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some nice clusters of foam on the beer's surface. A good amount of lacing here for sure. Aromas of banana and clove come through along with a hint of spice, some citrus, and hops. Flavorwise this beer has hints of the aforementioned banana and clove along with a little bit of caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to quite a bit of piney, citrus hop bitterness. A very young, yeasty flavor here too. Maybe the way the flavor profile is now in this beer is exactly what Great Lakes is aiming for here, but to me it is almost as if Great Lakes didn't wait for all the yeast to drop out of suspension so the flavor profile could fully settle/develop. This was bottled way too soon IMO, and with the knowledge and skills that a brewery that Great Lakes has they really have no excuse for making such an error. The really fresh yeastyness reminds of the many times I tried samples of the unfermented wort right after we've transferred a beer out of the boil kettle and into the fermenter and pitched the yeast when I have helped my good friend Jon Passow brew many a batch of his home brewed beers. As the beer sits and warms up a bit the sweetness balances out the fairly extreme bitterness a bit, but overall this beer is still way too bitter IMO for a Belgian Pale Ale. I have 3 more bottles of this, since I bought a 4 pack, that I will age in my cellar for quite awhile in the hopes that some time will improve my bottles of this batch. I'm all in favor of breweries coming out with new beers and trying new things, as Belgian style ales is pretty much the one beer style that Great Lakes hasn't really delved into too much in its 26 years of existence, but boy did they really miss the mark with this one. First time in quite a while I can say that I am disappointed with one of their beers. Has a crisp, slightly prickly and oily, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Great Lakes needs to try making this again and not fuck it up next time.


Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with slightly stronger aromas of spicy Belgian yeast. There is a lighter aroma of cloves and a slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with a moderate to strong presence of spicy Belgian yeast + touch of clove. There is a moderate to strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: I really enjoy this beer - the combination of the Belgian Pale Ale and the hop profile of an American IPA (this is a really successful combination in this specific case). I think the beer is pretty easy to drink considering the strength of this beer and there is a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. Definitely worth grabbing.

Photo of JamesMN
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 10/17/14. Even after reading the description I wasn't sure of the style of this beer. American hops and belgian yeast usually point to belgian IPA territory.

Appearance: Caramel/copper color with a bit of transparency. Thin off-white frothy head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Yeasty esters of pear and apple. A bit dry and woody.

Taste: Quite the onslaught of flavor. Most notable are the hop and yeast contributions. Hop bitterness comes on strong at the start then pear and clove yeast flavor bursts through on the back end. Lingering earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. The flavor is mostly hop dominated but there is a fair amount of syrupy sweetness below the surface to keep things from becoming too unbalanced. The flavor is just as robust as the high alcohol content suggests, although there is no heat from the 8.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with aggressive carbonation fitting of the style. Average drinkability. Definitely not smooth.

Final Thoughts: Belgians may not be my favorite family of beer styles but that doesn't stop me from recognizing a great beer when I taste one. The assertive hop bitterness paired with the earthy/fruity belgian yeast esters create a multi-dimensional flavor that just doesn't quit. Nicely done by a brewery that's renown for its great line-up. Would I drink it again? Probably not, but I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a belgian IPA.

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Spacewalker American Belgo from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.