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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Belgo Belgian India Pale AleBelgo Belgian India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Friday night and the lights are low; Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe, looking for a place to BelGO. Get in on bottle-conditioned beats and hop aroma blasts as India Pale Ale grooves with Belgian yeast." Available occasionally in 6 packs in the Atlanta area, I picked this up as part of the Fall 2012 folly pack. Date on the bottle is 09 December 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my New Belgium Globe glass. Served at 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy off-white head with good retention and medium, flecked lacing. Body color is a golden orange with a heavy haziness and plenty of small-bubble carbonation. Density and head quality are all above what I expected for the style. Appearance is solid. 4.5

(Smell) Belgian biscuity malts, medium citrus hops aroma and bitterness, a dash of spicy rye, citrus ream, belgian yeast spices and a note of alcohol. A mild mustiness throughout but nothing overwhelming, it plays a compliment to the other notes. Hop presence is medium, although the potency of the yeast characteristics prevail most notably, and the spice and bread hit the nose strongest. Not the most appealing aroma for the style, as I'd have preferred a little subtler yeast characteristic, but the aroma is plentiful and appealing overall with plenty of malt, hop and yeast character. 3.5

(Taste) Flavor is largely consistent throughout; a spiced malt blend with a medium-thick bready consistency and a mellow citrus hop character throughout. Bitterness is medium, just enough to round out the flavor, and paired with the yeast spice and fruit is more than enough to round out the malt character. Balance is slightly bitter and spicy, with the sharpest notes prevailing, especially the strong, long-lasting citrusy hop finish. The malt base is actually perfect, but more challenging than usual to find with all the yeast and hop character density. Despite some challenges with balance, the flavor is busy and vibrant overall. An exciting flavor for the Belgian IPA fan. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mild carbonation with a touch of creaminess, some slight chewiness and a semi-dry spiced finish with some citrus pith. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is medium. Texture is very good paired with the flavor, not too busy. Enjoyable. 4.25

(Overall) The flavors of this Belgian IPA are bold and vibrant throughout. There's no shallow characters to be had here, as the yeast and the hop notes provide a lot of character and lead the flavor of the entire beer. The malt profile, while substantial in its own right, becomes overshadowed by the yeast and hop character, and the beer runs somewhat more bitter than sweet. Overall, I'm quite impressed with the flavor in this beer. Even in it's intensity, it manages to maintain interest and drinkability. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy 1/2 finger white crown atop.A burst of fresh citric hop really hit home in the nose along with toasted corainder seed,the aromas are really fresh and bold.Sharp citric hops upfront on the palate followed by a light yeasty phenols,the phenols are kept in check pretty well though with the hops being the main component.A very good BIPA,American hops with just a little yeastiness,I would buy again.

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Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy, golden color with a nice sized white head. Moderate carbonation lets the head hang around for awhile while it leaves some nice lacing as you drink.

S - Yeasty, spicy...a hint of pepper, some bubblegum, and sweet malt.

T - Lots of sweet fruit flavors with some spice coming through on the finish. The hop flavors are mostly fruity with some floral qualities. The bitterness is fairly low and doesn't really come through on the finish.

M - Fairly dry, not a whole lot of body, which is quite to style and makes this a refreshing beer.

O - This would be a good Belgian pale ale, which is what it is as far as I am concerned. But they call it a Belgian IPA and although it shouldn't be a hot hammer like an AIPA the hops really take a back seat and just peak through at times. If you are going to call it an IPA you need to feature hops a bit more. Not a bad beer, one that I would enjoy again, but it falls short in the style.

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Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear pale brass, nice curtain of lace

SMELL: Hop resin, herbal, medicinal, bisucity, dried grass, nutty yeast, guava, eucalyptus

TASTE: Deep smoothness, medium body, bitter, leafy, herbal, hop oil, medicinal, earthy, yeast, mellow esters, dried hay, ripe pears, dry herbal finish

Pretty forward with the hop character and story the yeast wants to tell. Both meld well rather than clash, really good drinking here.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Brawley Bev in Charlotte, NC

A-Pours lightly hazed, dull looking lighter amber. It sports a frothy medium tan head and leaves thick bands of lace.

S-Yeasty and fruity nose

T- Notes of bananas, yeast, coriander up front, moderate hop package drying out the rear.

M- Carbonation on point and nicely smooth over the tongue

O- Fruity and lighter take on the style, lots of tropical fruits, and yeasty goodness. Very enjoyable and quite easy drinking. Wish they distributed to the NY/NJ/CT area. Well worth picking up a six or a case of this nicely crafted brew.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on label is 08/July/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and cloves with some pale malts. Some pepper like spices and barnyard funk. Good hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Also some hints of banana and honey. Big hints of candied sugars. Aroma is also fairly grassy.

Taste: A pretty sweet and fairly spicy tasting take on a Belgian IPA. Solid taste of Belgian yeast that lingers throughout with some cloves and pepper spices. Citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and banana. Solid presence of candied sugar and a little hints of honey. Also some grassy barnyard funk. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Slick and fairly juicy. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Good fruity candy flavor that avoids becoming too syrupy. Solid presence of yeasty spice.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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