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Spacewalker American Belgo - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 06-10-2014)
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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a very thick one finger white head. Amazing thick head retention with crazy good lacing. Very nice.

The aroma is probably the biggest letdown of this beer. Full of banana and clove but it is all a bit weak and one dimensional.

Thankfully the flavor more than makes up for the lack of aroma. Huge hit of banana, clove, and yeast spice along with a touch of floral hops but what really stands out is the incredible bitterness. I love IPAs and the bitterness really works here. Not over the top but enough to be interesting and get your attention. Very crisp finish with just the slightest hint of sweetness.

Overall, I can't understand all the negative reviews of this beer. Great Belgian notes with a high but very nice bitterness. Wish I would've picked up more than one.

rangerred, Aug 14, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

MattyG85, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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 lacing....so 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!

BeerVikingSailor, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

sabitu, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DaftPatrick, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

warnerry, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ValpoExpo, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

bsp77, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bpfrush, Aug 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

juicebox, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

GOBLIN, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

WVbeergeek, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Brenden, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Iparedman, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Mattamath, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Sammy, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

whatname, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

tdm168, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

qcbrewer, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

prototypic, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

dailyminefield, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Acubflem, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Dave15010, Aug 02, 2014
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Spacewalker American Belgo from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.