Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
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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

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Photo of harrymel
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by 04APR12

Pours a nice golden ale with a finger of fine, white foam. Excellent clarity. Smells of classic belgian yeast with hint of funk and earthy hops. No citrus, or fruit in the nose for me, yeast and earthy, grassy hops.

The yeast is what takes me first, with a medicinal quality in it and an odd, obscure flavor I remember, but can't finger. It reminds me of the aftertaste of some kind of medicine it seems I keep gravitating toward. I don't really get any kind of hop presence, but my tongue is perplexed by the aforementioned flavor.

Medium on thin with moderate carb and some decent slick on the finish. This beer has the one flavor that kills it for me overall in this beer, wish I could pinpoint it, but nonetheless, it's a no go for me.

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Photo of beertunes
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a slightly cloudy light gold color with an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a good pine and floral hop aroma upfront with a slightly odd yeasty spice note in the background. The flavors were very similar to the scents, just not as bold or well-defined. The hops weren't as well defined, there wasn't much of a malt profile and the weird yeast/spice flavor was just wrong.

The body was pretty typical for an IPA, medium-ish, and except for the yeasty spice lingering had a clean finish. Drinkability was terrible due to the weird flavoring. Overall, a substandard brew from a brewery that, if it rarely thrills, even more rarely completely misses. I got no joy from this beer and can't recommend it.

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Photo of marcobrau
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark gold with a persistent albeit flat head. Complex, spicy, grassy aroma with notes cinnamon fades to an aroma of cooked canned vegetables. Tastes a little better than it smells. Nicely peppery and spicy hop flavors mingle well with Belgian yeast esters, but the lingering aroma of cooked cauliflower lingers and spoils it a bit. I do appreciate the lean body and dry finish though.

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Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It has a nice golden appearance, with a fluffy white head. The lacing is very nice. Substantially clear.

S: I get immediate hop scents, in the form of mostly citrus. There's a funky smell to this, borders on mold. I'm not saying it's moldy, just that there is a doesn't have a rotten or bad just has this presence that mold smells like. I don't pick up too much of that "Belgian yeast" scent or esters.

T: The flavor is a bit heavier than other Belgian IPAs. There is a lot of grain flavor in this beer, with some background of candy-like flavors. The hop bitterness is towards the back, and not overpowering. The taste seems to be a bit unbalanced though. I appreciate that the alcohol is hidden in this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than what I expected. The bitterness is good in the mouth, and the carbonation is good as well. The beer just does not feel dry enough. It's unfortunate.

O: Overall I thought it wasn't too bad of a beer. The beer tastes like a close approximation of a Belgian IPA, but just doesn't quite hit the mark. I probably wouldn't drink it again. It's better than many beers out there, but it just tastes unfinished!

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Photo of Living816
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exceedingly unbalanced. Nice IPA-type aroma from the hops. But the Belgian yeast that is much touted produces rather horrifying phenolic assault on the mouth. It is a medicinal, peppery, sting that accentuates the bitterness all down the tongue. It detracts from, rather than adds to, the character of the beer. The finish is unpleasant. Bitter, spicy, and lingering.

I don't get much of the fruit character from this, which both the hops and many Belgian type yeasts will contribute.

On the plus side, it has 7% abv which is hardly noted at all. Exceedingly smooth for the alcohol content.

This is a puzzling combination that comes across as confused, chaotic, and isn't well suited together.

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Photo of speter
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly amber gold with a three-finger fluffy white head that is persistent and leaves good lacing. There is a definite hop haze as well.

S: Lemon zest, citrusy hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. Overall, however, the smell is rather muted and it requires quite a bit of swirling to bring up the scents.

T: Rather muted. There is definite citrus hop flavor, but the Belgian aspects are nowhere to be found (aside from the citrus in, say, a Belgian wit). There is a good deal of balance, but a lack of complexity or development. The aftertaste is surprisingly long-lasting, so that is a plus. (3.25 if I could)

M: Richly carbonated. A good lupulin coating on the tongue after this one.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not very Belgian, and not too much out of the run of the mill.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-review, because I can. Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear golden color. Aesthetically, there isn't much proof of its Belgian character...there's far too much clarity in the body. The head is a rather soapy texture, three fingers tall, and has an eggshell color with good retention and lacing.

S: There's a very noticeable scent of sourdough bread that I seem to find in certain IPAs (Bell's Two Hearted, for example), combined with a slightly phenolic scent. The hoppiness isn't quite as forward as I'd like it to be, but I can still catch a hint of pine needle.

T: The phenolic notes transfer down to the taste buds and slightly temper the hop bite somewhat. There's also a touch of coriander spice and ester-derived fruitiness in spots along with a pleasant bready taste to it. Thankfully, it's fresh as hell, meaning the Centennial hops haven't degraded to the point where it starts tasting dish-soapy. It's hard for me to grade this taste-wise, because...there isn't a whole lot to grade in terms of flavor. Has a few nice complexities to it alongside a good balance, but as I said in my old review, it isn't very bold or exciting, nor does it have the amazing drinkability of Two Hearted.

M: Medium bodied, with a bit of astringency on the finish and a pleasant aftertaste. Thankfully not heavy enough to interfere with a food pairing, but the alcohol is a touch too prevalent for a 7% beer. Well carbonated.

O: Drinkable, but pretty average overall. This beer seems confused, it has the flavor of a pleasant session beer, but it's alcohol is a bit too noticeable in general for that. A bolder flavor profile would really help this a lot. As it stands, not bad, but not great.

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Photo of bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pilsner like clear yellow with an inch of pure white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles running through until the end.

The smell is very sweet and yeasty with a bit of lemon zest, smells belgiany, but not so much like IPA.

The flavor is mellow with a light spicy yeast quality and a long grassy finish with a lightly bitter herbal quality at the end, the sweetness starts to catch up to the hops as it warms a little bit.

The mouthfeel is very dry and crisp, almost tart.

This is a fine Belgian IPA, but nothing I would pick up again to quick, a little light on the hops for my taste, needs a touch more dry hopping.

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Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a hazed burnt orange/light rust colour with a half inch, rather bubbly off white head. active carbonation supports the froth and subsequent lace. typical belgian aroma...a bit of must and funk...sweet and spicy malt aromas assert themselves...then a touch of hop spice comes through, also. pale malt is first up in the taste profile, a spicy, boozy note shows itself immediately thereafter. boring yeastiness lends some lemony/grassy/herbal touches which leads to the fact that the overall flavour is rather one dimensional..but there is a hearty dollop of bitterness in the back end to offset any residual malt sweetness...and this beer isn't too sweet to begin with. it does finish on the dry side, so the bittering aspect is a bit puckering. hard bodied, like hugging a rock, with a coarse mouthfeel due to the combination of carbonation/alcohol spice/hop bittering. i don't find this offering all that too drinkable. very sturdy yet lacks any flair.

overall i would say that this belgian IPA has all the requisite building blocks for the style, yet (again) lacks the panache that makes belgians (and faux belgians) unique to the style. all substance and no style, i guess.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I love belgian IPAs so i have to try every one i see...however, this, like most New Belgium products was a bit of a disappointment...drinkable beer though.

pours nice, a little clear but with a great head and lots of lacing.

smell is pretty typical, a bit of hop fruit in there and then some funky belgian character

taste is hops, a bit of spice and a nice round off-sweet belgian character...but then if finishes with a terrible watery mouthfeel that really has a bad effect on the brew...overall, decent but probably the least impressive BIPA i've had so far.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly clear in appearance with a golden-copper hue and a slim, white head. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Sniffs of citrus, florals, and minimized resins overlaying the more milder notes of crackery pale malts.

Taste: Lightly grainy taste of sun crisped barley with a chincy amount of golden syrup sweetness. Faint fruity hint of pears. Pith-forward citrus, some steely resin mingled with the lightly phenolic yeast. Moderate bitterness. Dry, lightly grainy on the the back end with the continued bitterness, leaving it a bit one-note until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, it's not like it didn't work out for me, but I just found it to be merely so-so.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, best by 1 April 2012.

This 'different' IPA is not a different color; it's dark yellow, we're not talking orange though. The head is quite light in color and decently sticky and billowy.

Sweet, fruity, and so far no really distinct hop aromas. There is a perfume of coriander, hints of yeast spice, Meyer lemon zest, and a sprinkling of alcohol. Not bad, but given it's fairly fresh, not impressive.

Hops are more vibrant in the mouth. A bit spring-like, with orange peel, grass, and moderate bitterness leaning toward crisp. There is a little Belgian yeast that never settle on funk or spices or pepperiness. A pale malt base is apparent with a bit of a cracker element.

In all parts it's soft; the carbonation is soft and doesn't aid the crispness from the hop bitterness, the body is too slick, and the aroma is limp.

Belgo is not a bad beer, but not really worth picking up from my sampling. The above section I think sums it up well with 'soft'. The concept and marketing are brash, so live up to it!

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale is sweet, yeasty, and more Belgian than IPA.

It poured light see-through straw with the slightest hint of orange. A slort bubbly off-white head did not last long and left only a bit of thin lace on about one-third of the glass. The smell was sweet and fruity and the flavor was dominated by banana, clove, and a hint of lemon peel, with a strong sweet yeasty metallic finish. There wasnly a moderate amount of bitterness and the feel was fleeting.

Belgo has a nice, if overly sweet flavor; however, the strong yeast presence and weak feel makes it more like a poor Belgian Ale than a middle-of-the-road IPA. Either way, there are much better options.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First, let it be known that Belgians are not my thing. I try to rate all brews objectively and relative to the style.

A - pours an apple juice golden color with a monster white head. Great retention decent lacing

S - yeasty cloves are the main aromas. Slight skunk and banana as well. Earthy hops are hidden

T - Initially clean and crisp to an unappealing Belgian skunky yeast flavor with a bit of spicey hops. Dry finish with a banana aftertaste

M - very crisp and drinkable, light bodied and logs of carbonation

O - I almost like it but not quite, I've always disliked that Belgian yeasts flavor though. That taste is pretty over powering here not leaving room for many other flavors

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Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy medium golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that had great retention, finally reducing to a large cap with excellent sticky foamy lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, pine and citrus hops and a soapy Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), apple, banana, a bit of clove and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was lightly bitter with a slight malty fruity sweetness and a touch of banana at first, but quickly became decently hoppy and a tad yeasty with a hint of citrus and a bitter spicy finish. The flavor lasted a good while with a bitter yeasty taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a good mix of a Belgian Ale and an IPA, giving this brew a nice smooth drinkability...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at wine source...enjoyed from a goblet chilled, shared with tb69.

The beer is beautiful, very attractive golden with great clarity and frothed up head with ultra fine bead. The lace sticks in a thick film over the inside of the glass with good retention overall. The smell is not pleasurable, but not awful either, it is very very phenolic...almost band-aid-like with some mild spice and a hint of citrus aroma in the background. This feel is good but not especially vibrant -more toasty than fruity with moderately spicy and focused on bitter with mild carbonation for the style. the alcohol warming is moderate with a very dry finish.

This IPA has a strong yeast presence -very tannic and spiced with bitter herbal flavors that carry a light amount of astringency into the taste. The flavor is light on malt with a heavy dose of phenols in the yeast flavor, kind of fruity in a tangy sort of way, perhaps citrus if you look for it, but in the general not as flavored with hops as it is bitter and the citrus is muted by the spice of the yeast. overall I wasn't sure what to expect but feel this missed the mark and was just average for the style. I probably would try it again, but this is not my favorite Belgian IPA that I have tried.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly cloudy, probably from the yeast. I poured it slightly heavy so perhaps that is what created the nice head. But it looks pretty decent/ nice.

It smells wonderful. I love when a good yeast can come through like that. Especially with the hops being so prevalent.

he taste is a lot more bitter hop than yeast. The belgian yeast is a little more of an after thought. Still a nice touch. I feel like the alcohol is coming through quite a bit.

Overall this beer is pretty decent. I probably wouldn't go pick it up at the store over any of the other beers I like to get somewhat regularly, but would enjoy this in a mix pack or if someone offered me one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle, BA review 6100. A good head and lace. A lace sheet in fact. A little funky aroma, that gets in the taste. Hoppy Belgian taste, tasting as it should.A dry finish a little pepper. Needs a bit bolder flavour or complexity. Just not outstanding or greatly drinkable.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass, picked up from Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh, NC.

A - Pours light golden, thin white head dissolves to nothing but a ring around the glass. Barely any lacing.

S - Belgian funk right off the bat, floral spices. Light citrus hop aroma, sweet corn.

T - Belgian funk blasts you up front,  floral hops steamroll the mid-palate (briefly reminiscent of strong perfume) and crisp hop bitterness pokes its head out in a slightly dry finish. Light citrus lingers throughout.

M - Light bodied and crisp, though the carbonation is barely medium. Clean drinking, nothing really coats the mouth or lingers.

O - A bit lighter and not as powerful as some of the other Belgian IPAs I regularly enjoy (Raging Bitch, for example) but it's lighter body and clean flavors make it more drinkable than others, and the Belgian influence is spot on.

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Photo of rtaps
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a clear golden with nice white head good lacing

Smells yeast like with a lot of hops some pineapple

Taste fallows the nose, yeast/bready like, nice hoppy presence

Light bodied high carb wet feel

Overall it's a nice light brew good for summer

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Photo of rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling brass hue, medium pour adds two fingers of cream colored whipped head. Terrific retention and plenty of stick on the glass. Dazzling.

Nose is very hop prevalent, grassy, pine needles, and a touch of dankness. Belgian spice of coriander and clove while the malts touch base as both candy sugar sweet and rather bready, a bit of the booze leaks out as well.

Malt biscuit front is clearly evident but not overdone, sweetened up with some spun sugar and a touch of bubble gum. Spices ride high with some coriander, clove, zippy lemon and banana. Then hops crash the party with more grapefruit and sweet citrus than expected and more of the dank pine. Drawn on bitterness with a almost mildew laced pine and peppery finish. Coriander soapiness and alcohol prevalent when cold, let it warm up some.

Active carbonation over a lighter body. Drying finish and lingering bitterness. Flavor is expansive.

More malt could help this one some to hide the alcohol and balance out the hops but that NB biscuit note is already in there so I don't think that would improve my overall impression. Hops are coming in droves but the dankness comes off like it's a bit old and contributes alot to the bitterness. Belgian character is perfectly balanced and adds a good dimension to what would otherwise be a very basic IPA.

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Photo of kjyost
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle BB 12 Feb 12 bought at Happy Harry's Grand Forks South. Poured at 4C into a clear plastic cup.

A: Small head that sticks around with good lacing atop a clear straw colored body.
S: Not what I was expecting... Not nearly a hoppy enough nose for an APA, never mind a self described IPA. Some citrus notes are very hidden with a peppery nose.
T: More of the same. Some hops, though hidden with the Belgian esters. Less pepper, a hint of barnyard...
M: Strong carbonation with light bitterness building over time.
O: A serviceable beer, but not what I wanted nor expected based on the label.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden-orange, 1 and a half finger bone white fluffy head, good amount of lacing.

S - Tons of spices, belgian yeast, light funk & tart, light fruit, barely any hop presence.

T - Light hops, subtle mango/pineapple, herbs, spices, belgian yeast, peppery finish.

M - Moderate-high carbonation, medium body.

O - Okay, probably won't have this again.

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Photo of mscudder
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint. Best by Jan 2013.

A - A slightly cloudy straw yellow with a good sized pale head. Nice lacing with good retention.

S - Funky floral, fruit and yeast bouncing off to the nose. Really juicy sort of aroma going on here. Slight hop presence.

T - Has everything I expected from the nose: floral hops but not overwhelming, dry crackers, yeast and a touch of pepper. Not balanced well in my opinion.

M - Creamy medium body with large carbonation. I would like to see the carbonation tuned down a notch.

O - Not a bad showing from a brewery that rarely impresses me on their brews outside their Lips of Faith series. This is certainly drinkable and I would have one again.

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Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Golden-orange on color with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Pleasant blend of citric, fruity hops and phenolic, clove from the Belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose, with citric and tropical fruit hop notes backed by spicy, clove, Belgian yeast notes.

Medium body, prickly, active carbonation.

A solid, well done Belgian IPA.

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