Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
211 Reviews
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

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Added by iSip on 10-07-2011

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Photo of glivengood
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Great golden translucent hue beneath a healthy 1/4" head. Lacing was well represented along the side of the glass

S: Amazing hop aroma. Have they thought about making this smell into a perfume?

T: Absolutely perfect. Granted I grew up in the Willamette Valley, Oregon and am a huge fan of the Cascade hops but the choice of cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops is brilliant. Starts with a sharp bite and ends with a relaxing aftertaste that I really enjoy.

M: A little bitter and mild hints of carbonation that lead to a good bite on the tip and mid part of the tonuge both of which I prefer for an IPA.

O: One of my new favorite beers of the year. I am obviously a big fan of hoppy beers and as far as hoppy beers go this one has chosen wisely and delivered a great complex yet very enjoyable beer like some of the other great Belgium styles from Europe.

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Photo of 3nlightenedfool
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How can I give you an honest review of my favorite beer?

I went to the store for Stone IPA and I got this instead. If they didn't have Stone I was going to get the Two Hearted Ale or Arrogant Bastard. Maybe you've had some of these other beers and that should help you understand where this beer starts...where it ends...I cannot fully describe.

The thing that this beer has that makes it more special than other IPA's to me is a spicy ZING! It has a real edge to it but it's balanced. It's dry but it's sweet. I can't compare this to anything else I've had. I have had the Belgian-American IPA that Stone makes...this is something else. I don't mean to say it's just better because it really is a completely different style from that beer.

This is like Fat-Tire IPA. It's bready, and yeasty but also hoppy. It's got a touch of toasty malts but it's not a heavy beer. It does get a bit dry when you've had a bunch of them, and since they now come in six packs, this is going to be something that you too will likely experience.

Not that anybody really cares about this, but this beer has a great appearance. It's the color of beer. It's not black or's just a slightly cloudy, yet transparent golden color with a cotton white head that leaves thick lacing behind as the head retreats at an admirable pace. This is perfection guys.

The only reason I'm not giving this a perfect score is because you can't drink this beer into oblivion without feeling your stomach has become a rising loaf of yeast heavy bread while your mouth is intensely parched from the heavy handed hops in this beer. So, although it's my session beer of choice, I know very well that it's not really meant to be a session beer, but I don't really like beers that are meant to go down easy. This beer isn't meant to go down your throat unnoticed. This beer is meant to get your attention and satisfy your senses.

DO NOT MISS THIS BEER. This one is unique. It's probably love/hate, but for this craft beer drinking's love all the way. Enjoy.

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Photo of megamick
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I simply loved this. Steelerguy's review nailed it: I did taste the bubblegum in there, just couldn't place it, but Whoa, there it is. For a 7pt this goes down super easy & will please any sweet craving. A real mouth surprise and taste sensation. I was impressed.

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Photo of Bottlebomber
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: burnished copper, like an IPA! White 1.5" white head settled somewhat but stood proud. Slightly cloudy.

S: wet straw, caramel, yeast, citrus, and delicious funk

T: just like the smell! A perfect blend of a Belgian ale and a hoppy American IPA. Caramel malts, funky yeast biproducts, citrusy hops

M: On the full side. Probably around 1.010 to 1.012 but with a full mouthfeel like what is left from WLP001. Rich yet medium? Probably just a little full for both a Belgian and an IPA.

O: I understand this is a controversial style and so frankly this beer isn't getting the recognition it deserves. It is a perfect blend of the two styles. I am thrilled to have it available, and will buy it as often as I can and hope to keep it in stock.

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Photo of PeteRock
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a simple beer. Simply delicious and maybe worthy of session drinking.

Pop the cap off one of these bottled babies and you are instantly engulfed in floral/herbal/hop aromas. All three are persent however not any one is overwhelming. I sense light bitter honey ondertones as well whenever I drink one of these.
Carbonation seems high for an IPA but head and lacing are a bit below average.
At first sip it is a refreshing / light to medium pilsner body that encourages you to gulp a little more confidently untill a few mouthfuls later you are in a caught up in the aroma all the while never minding it. At 7% abv it is not a very light beer but can be consumed like one in terms of drinkability. This is a relaxing brew that can be enjoyed by the finickiest little woman to the most macho of men.
This is a classy beer and makes one feel classy.

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Photo of iSip
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Belgo Belgian IPA: This one is a must try! Close your eyes, take a sip and you will experience a great IPA that magically transforms into a Belgian Trippel. Amazing how New Belgium has done this. Two beers in one. New Belgium is a master at marketing with their quirky ads, great beer names (hard to beat “Fat Tire” as a beer name, even though I personally do not care for that brew) and traditional labels. They missed it with Belgo. The name does nothing for me, and the label is ugly at best. But let’s not judge the beer by the packaging. The Belgo pours with a honey colored body, little carbonation, and a great pillowy head with fine lacing. It looks fantastic in the glass, and the looks are outdone by the aroma, which is prominent with a complex blend of hops and malt coming through. Lots of enjoyment even before you takes a sip. The flavors will blow you away! It starts out as a fine IPA with lots of hops coming through, then mid sip transforms to a Belgian style Trippel, malty, yeasty and wonderful! The Belgo is a great find. Take a six over to your most discerning beer snob friend and you will get the pick of the month award.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aggressively pleasant. Part flower, part happy punch, part clean and pure Belgian. Favors none of the above but reveals them as if detailed in ibsen stage notes.

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Photo of Luigi
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color with a frothy three finger head and a one finger to half finger head retention. Great lacing sticking around the glass. Some carbonation bubbles from the yeast partials found in the ale.

The aroma is a blend of Belgium yeast and fruitiness, yet blended very well with the hop bitterness of an American IPA. Pine notes and citrus as I would expect.

Again the flavor is a great blend of both worlds. The sharp bitterness of American hops blended with with the yeasty bread flavors of a Belgium ale. Finishes a little slick on the tongue with some alcohol sweetness yet has that American IPA dry hop dryness in the end. Medium bodied and easy to drink.

Overall this is an IPA I will always look forward to drink when I want something a little different than the straight forward in you face hopped American IPA. This IPA just gives me some different for a change and does a great job at it!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide flute glass.. Amber, transparent with a two fingers of white head. Great lacing.

Amazing smell. Pine, lemon, malt undertone and hint of banana. Really good and unique profile.

Sharp grapefruit taste, lemon too. A short malt flavor attempts a breakthrough to no avail. The bitterness is gripping well after the drink.

Soft texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.

Superbly made beer. It was really a wonder to drink. The combinations of taste, smell and mouthfeel are one-offs.

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Photo of monza
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Done well as I would expect from New Belgium. This one has a great balance of belgian funk with a nice Cascade/Amarillo dry hopping citus kick. The balance of sweet/bitter is spot on, and the pour has nice head with lacing that goes all the way to the bottom of the glass. Nice clean finish with hints of phenolic and esters from the Belgian yeast. The only complaint I have is that for a 7-point-oh beer it could use a bit more mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent value... like getting an 'imperial' or special edition at regular micro prices.

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Photo of intensify
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rocky mountain looking head which its craters and hills filled the entire top of my glass. As the head slowly sunk into the beer it left beautiful fluffs of lacing behind. Smells of resiny hops,banana, citrus fruits such as tangerine and orange peel. Earthyness and piney. This IPA brought the whole party with it and is here for business. First flavour that caught my attention was the spices that touch the tip of the tongue but quickly trails behind an explosion of hops, bananas, citrus. Bitter on the tongue but complements the fruityness of this beer. Slightly dry finish with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall this beer seems to have a lot going on. Very well balanced IPA. Thumbs up my fellow hop heads.

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Photo of shanblur
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18Mar12 freshness date. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - A translucent mix of orange and yellow. A robust white head leaves extensive lacing.

S - Grassy and floral hops mix with a Belgian yeast component.

T - The same grassy and floral hops predominate on the taste. Very nice.

M - Medium body with a minimal carbonation.

A great Belgian IPA. This will now be my go to for the style. Tasty. Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small chalice. Pours a clear amber-gold, with a two finger white head that slowly reduces with plenty of sticky lacing along the sides.

Quite aromatic, with loads of spice, pepper, pine, and nutmeg. The Belgian yeast gives this a subtle grape and spice smell thet melds nicely with the hops.

Just as this has a complex aroma, the taste is similarly robust, yet balanced. Starts dry and bitter, yet quickly transitions to a floral spice, with hints of peach, pear and grapes. Finishes quite dry and bitter, with a fading echo of spice and yeast that is quite pleasing.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth beer with tons of dry bitter to leave the tongue feeling tacky.

New Belgium is not for sale here in Ohio; this was brough in from Illinois, which is quite a shame, because every brew I've had thus far of their's has been quite good. This is an excellent BIPA, with plenty of spice from the yeast to complement the bitterness of the hops. Definitely one you'll want to try if you can get your hands on one!

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Photo of wages
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 3rd or 4th one from the six pack (not all at once!). Poured into a pint glass.

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a nice head that fades but leaves a fair amount of lacing. The color is very light golden so much so that I can read text through it! I think it could be a hair darker to improve it's appearance (and perhaps give it some more body).

smell - 4.5/5 - Grassy with subtle sweetness.

taste - 4.5/5 - Very refreshing Belgian plus grapefruit hops flavor, though the Belgian "flavor" is fairly mild if not canceled out by the hops. Which, by the way, the hops linger for a while. A little grassy too. Very "bright". Might be a perfect post-lawnmower beer. Can't wait to find out. :)

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Perfect carbonation, crisp, refreshing body. Speaking of body, it is very light bodied IMO. I would personally like a little more body to balance the hops.

overall - 4.5/5 - Despite that I think it needs a little more balance in the body, I enjoy this beer. In fact, it's one of those that with every sip, it gets better. That might just be the 7% talking...

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice straw yellow into my snifter and a white head soon formed at the top of the glass that was constantly replenished by tiny little bubbles surging to the top of the glass.

The aroma is exceptional in both its power and its depth. Present are citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast esters like pepper and clove.

The taste is a cornucopia of flavors that point to the two styles that make up this beer. At first the beer is peppery and warm from the alcohol and then it soon turns decidedly bitter as the hops begin to assert themselves.

Overall this is an exceptional beer. It is a little odd at first and maybe even eccentric, but that being said, I like it.

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Photo of jkanavel
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw, crystal clear, not much head, nor head retention. Its whatever.

S: Clove, allspice, yeasty, sweet, bananas, hop funk on the back

T: Sweet, tempered by a good dose of bitterness. Very complex and yeasty. So nice.

M: Nice carbonation here, pretty heavy. Very refreshing medium bodied brew.

O: I love it. If I've ever had a gripe with Belgian beers its that they are unbalanced in terms of alcohol presence and maltiness. This very hoppy belgian style addresses that problem. Balance is perfect imho, and the high carbonation makes this feel like you're drinking something much more relaxed than an old world beer.


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Photo of RedBiddy
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber hue with persistant lacing that firmly resisted gravity. Nice aroma...not overpowering. Slight scent of a fermenting fruit bowl - a mixture of tropical and citrus. Taste still had a faint biscuit flavor that tips off the brewer's origin - New Belgium. Nice spice...maybe some anise and coriander? Only slightly stringent bitter aftertaste. The exceptional balance of all of these qualities are what make this an excellent beer. It will be a regular offering in my home for guests.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear and bright yellow beer. Two finger fluffy head.

Oooh yeah. Nice Belgian yeast aroma. Not too funky. And some hop presence. But the yeast is the primary aroma here.

Really, really nice flavor. Hops and Belgian yeast. Really smooth for an IPA. The bitterness is not too harsh, but it does linger for a while on the back of the tongue.

A nice, medium smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

This is a great beer. I would go on, but I must get back to drinking.

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Photo of JimKal
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice it deliver a substantial head that left good lacing as it dissipated. Dark amber in appearance.

this reminded me more of NB's Abbey than it did of an IPA. To me, the hops were there but not a substantial part of the ease profile. Here the Belgium yeasts are the dominant taste and they deliver,

I was going to try to follow this with another IPA for a taste comparison but I put that one back as I didn't think I could appreciate it after the Belgo, although I did treat myself to a second Belgo.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium balloon glass. Through the hazy, golden orange body we can see a healthy amount of carbonation that rises to the top to support a frothy, creamy, egg-shell white head. As the beer recedes, scarred rings of lacing coat the side of the glass. It could use better retention, but it looks like a healthy Belgian IPA.

The smell is well-balanced, carefully pitting the Belgian yeast (which has a wonderful fruity aroma, carrying notes of pear and bruised apples) with a fresh, floral hop aroma. The resulting smell is rich with a honeyed sweetness, light fruitiness and a touch of lemongrass. It promises to be a delicious beer...and the taste doesn't let us down!

A bold flavor up front. Not full-bodied, yet certainly full-flavored, Belgo IPA has that complex interplay of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast with bitter hops even more so than the aroma. The hops (I get primarily Amarillo) come in quickly and impact the tastebuds with their bitter resin. The hops linger long into the aftertaste, but with each subsequent sip, more fruity esters come into play. A light hint of banana here, a faint touch of peach there. Very appetizing and easy to imagine with food.

The body, like I said before, isn't full, though it has a good amount of carbonation. It's smooth on the finish, and the frothy head on top almost brings a creaminess to the beer. The aftertaste is bitter and palette-coating. Great for an IPA.

I think this may be one of, if not the best Belgian IPA's that I have ever had. It does many things right here, from the good balance of yeasty qualities and hops, to the excellent aroma, to the well-suited body. This beer may not be a "session" IPA, but well worthy of seeking out if you want something in the Belgian IPA category. This is phenomenal, and would hold up easily against the likes of Houblon Chouffe and Piraat.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very pale orange almost pilsner-like in appearnace and very clear with lots of carbonation. Very nice 2+ finger head with good retention.

Smell - Very nice scent with lots of spice and sweetness to it.

Taste - Extremely immpressive and surprisingly complex. I'm picking up some noble hops crispness very well balanced out with spices and other flavors.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and very creamy

Overall - A very fine beer. I have not been too impressed from New Belgium beers so far but this one is a very finely crafted beer. Skip the hype of the Fat Tire...this one is the winner.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of mactrail
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So spicy it must be radioactive. It's interesting how they get so much of the hop aromatics with so little bitterness. It IS pretty bitter, but in the context of so much intensity of flavor it's one of the things that make it good. Totally drinkable, but one to sip and savor. The Belgian yeastiness is more on the bright side than behind the barn, and the hops are more sunshine than dankness. A happy beer. Not exactly minty, but that same kind of powerful fresh aroma.

Finally got around to trying a bottle. Wow, I am impressed. The good qualities of my favorite regular New Belgium beer-- the Trippel-- plus a huge spicy hit and the aromatic hops.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-It pours a clear golden color and a soft foamy white head. The lacing is thick and persistent.

Smell-The special Belgian yeast create a very strong BUBBLEGUM aroma which I have only very slightly sensed before in other beers. I get some slight citrus and spices as well.

Taste-The flavor is excellent. I taste the bubblegum also here and spices like rye. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly chewy. The lingering flavors on the palate are cloying and hoppy.

Overall-This is a really good beer. It is hard to find a really good Belgian IPA and I think this is a good beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty and crisp, well balanced and delicious. A worthy entrant into this newish genre.

Pours clear golden with a lively, moderately sticky head and good streamers of carbonation. The aroma is pungent and phenolic, fruity and spicy, but with a solid pale malt backbone and an aspirin-like tang. The flavor is crisp, with apple and clove and coriander, but a satisfying pale malt bottom-note and a pleasant bitter snap, like an acidic cider. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

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