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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is mostly golden colored and clear. There was a nice, two-finger head of white foam that left great lacing and rings on the glass as I consumed.

S-The beer had a floral, sweet, hoppy whiff at first with a little bit of white pepper and yeast. Those hops had just a touch of funk underneath.

T-The taste was not quite as floral or impressive as the smell, but similar. A quick hit of slightly resinous and floral hops up front is followed by mildly sweet yeast and biscuit on the finish.

M-The brew has creamy, fine carbonation and a medium body.

O-This was a decent beer, but a touch on the sweet and yeasty side of the style for me. The hops and yeast work well together here, but I found myself wanting a drier, crisper feel and a little more prick from the carbonation. High marks for the lacing, however.

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Photo of dfillius
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sarah's folk's water glass in DSM
A:Gentle pour yields 1 finger of tight white head with great retention. Cloudy greenish-gold liquid. The color is not the most attractive. Great head retention, it sticks around for the entire glass!
S: Sharp, peppery funk mingles with tropical fruit and dank hops. Some bubblegum from yeast. Some sweetness.
T: Pungent and wild puckering yeastiness dominate with some bitter grapefruity hops coming in late. Tiny sweetness is in there in the aftertaste.
M: Pungent and grapefruit bitterness are up front. Round in the middle and a tad thin in the finish. Quite bitter throughout and quite dry.
O: One is enough. This is definitely Belgian and an IPA. Many BIPAs are tnot Blegian enough or not hoppy enough. This one achieves both. I would order a pint, but I won't buy 6 again I don't think.

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Photo of DentistDave
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep yellow. A thin white head disappears quickly. Some thin lacing is evident.

Smell: Nice aroma; citrus and floral dominate.

Taste: Starts sweet with lemon, then bitter and grapefruity with hops, then yeast and malts. Bitterness is fairly high.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light-medium body. Yeasty aftertaste lingers.

Overall: A good one for New Belgium. Really easy drinking for the ABV. I could see downing these in the front yard with neighbors on a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A....Hazy yellow with pure white pillowy head

S....Very nice floral aroma with a little bit of sweet citrus

T....hops forward, lots of bitter followed by a pine resin type of hoppiness. Finishing off a little sour. A bit of a sour yeast and doughy maltiness. A bit out of balance but in a pleasant way.

M....a little flat on mouthfeel. Looks more carbonated than it actually is.

O.... this is an easy drinking beer. Would be great on a hot day. Light body with a crisp feel and quick finish. I think non hop heads would like this.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow, slightly murky, but inviting and good looking and everything. Smells floral, and citrus and fresh garden and good. Clean taste, sweet but not too malt forward, and then bitterness, really fresh high note hops, and with nice sustain of the bitterness. Some yeast and fermented back notes too. Mouth-feel is slick, a refreshing, the carbonation moderately assertive. Nice. I could do rows of these.

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Photo of ETM
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've felt like reviewing a beer in quite a while.

Consumed in a goblet.

Head leaves in due time, random foam clouds remain. Color is light, not transparent nor cloudy.

Smells of crispness, some floral hops.

Taste: there is a significant amount of bitterness. This is enjoyable and tends to make one sip and space out those sips. That being said, this is a great beer and one could wholeheartedly enjoy several pints until the 7% caught up with you.

Mouthfeel: There isn't residual sweetness like you're eating candy, but there is something left to chew on. Not thin at all, but would go great with all kinds of savory food.

Overall: I think at $8.50 a 6-pack this beer is extremely good.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is a hazy straw yellow. 2 fingers of head forms. Very tight bubbles with great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. A good-looking beer.

S - Candied mango, grapefruit, and some earthy, grassy undertones. I can definitely get a sense of the belgian yeast shining through in this one though. Letting it warm just a bit brings out some interesting banana and butterscotch aromas.

T - Sweet and lemony up front. Just a touch of zesty fruitiness, which I assume is the belgian-ness coming through. Things take a turn toward bitter pine and grapefruit toward the middle, but the sweet, dry malty undertones carry through amid the hop festivities. Finish is definitely a let-down, though. I essentially get a two-tone flavor profile of bland hop bitterness and a yeasty zing--both of which peter out pretty quickly.

M - Light-to-medium body. Crisp and dry as one would expect from a true belgian style IPA. Finish is clean and somewhat tannic.

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Photo of niday2288
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first six pack of this beer, which I discovered in the folly sampler. I have enjoyed this very much and really look forward to enjoying it when the weather warms up with a nice cigar.

Appearance - light copper color with champagne like bubbles. Thin, loosely bubbled head which dissipates qucikly.

Smell - slightly hoppy with slight hint of citrus and pine.

Taste - Gdod hop flavor which lingers. Taste of lemon or grapefruit zest. Hint of malt smooths out flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with pleasant slightly sharp feeling on the palate.

Overall - Good flavor and lingering but pleasant aftertaste. Decent, not spectacular take on the Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell is apricots,oranges and sweet malts.

The taste is bitter hops,cloves and some orange.

This beer is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall a reasonable beer, not sure I'd feel compelled to buy it again though. It does hide it's abv though and is easy to drink.

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

Pours a clear yellow with a large white head. Very few bubbles in it.

Smell starts out sweet, then the floral hops kick in. Kind of an outdoor smell, grass and floral.

Strong hops presence with this one. Floral and pine hops notes, finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Decent feel to this, goes down smoothly.

Not sure I'd call this a Belgian IPA, more like a standard one. A true Belgian IPA should have less hops, and a bit more complexity. Not a bad beer, but I think is closer to an American IPA than a Belgian one.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought this over recently and just found it in the beer fridge. Looks like it has

Beer poured a golden orange with a very nice head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus hops, some sweetness, somewhat medicinal.

Taste has the classic belgian yeast esters goings, somewhat medicinal, citrus hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a pretty nice beer that i would like to try more of.

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Photo of gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this because I saw that my local store finally had it. The appearance of the beer is very average. Looks like just your basic beer and wasnt anything special. The smell of the beer was very nice. You pick up a lot of tripel and IPA style scents. The smell is very sweet. The taste was also very nice, the beer was very hoppy and with a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice, but not great. It has a bit of crispness and thats about it. Overall this beer is very nice and tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange color with a short 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: nice belgian yeast aroma with some bitterness comes through and is picked up by the nose.

Taste: the belgian yeast flavors are very strong here, with some milder caramel, bread, citrus, and a moderate bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp from start to finish with some drying late. Aftertaste is long lasting as the belgian yeast tones last on the tongue a while.

Overall: I found this to be a bit unbalanced as the yeast flavors overpowered the other flavors in the beer.

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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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Shade lighter than ranger with a similar head: apricot gold body, off-white head, great retention and lace. A bit of sediment out of the bottle.

S - Soft and sweet. Apricot, orange, banana, clove, brown sugar, and a touch of sour.

T - Kaleidoscopic hop character; herbal opening into a woody center and a dry grapefruit finish. Honey, white grape, and cranberry support the middle of the profile.

M - Light body, with a nice bright carbonation.

O - Complex, bright, and refreshing with great drinkability.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and effervescent golden yellow body; good head formation and retention.

Smell is soft and not nearly as hopped as I’d expected considering the bill. Still, it definitely presents the Belgian yeast characteristic and some pale malt.

Taste is prettay, prettay good. Kicks off with Belgian yeastiness then gives way to those delicious hops (Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo!!!). It’s pretty well balanced, but I think I’d like it even more if the hops tipped the scale in their favor. That yeast is pretty strong, managing to stay strong in the finish. Hops are almost more bitter/hebal than citrussy. Malt is playing a nice light role here, allowing the hops and yeast to be the stars. Carbonation and body are fine, just fine.

Probably wouldn’t want more than two of these in a row, but I’ll definitely be making Belgo a part of my regular rotation of beers. I’m glad they made it a year-round offering.

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Photo of fields336
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Soft light gold/brown caramel colored beer w 1 finger white fizzy head. Leaves a slight lacing behind and around the rim of the glass

S:Citrus, clove, banana, pepper, peach, caramel, bread

T:Peach pineapple, white pepper, banana, clove, bready, caramel

M:Medium bodied, medium carbonation, finish is nice and dry. Tasty

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is gold to copper with nice bright white head that laces nicely - light carbonation

Smell is yeasty, bready, phenolic, light esters - very appetizing.

Taste is biscuit, lightly - followed by ester and some light phenolic undertones, light cloves and some other indistinguishable spices. Interesting and flavorful followed by some solid hop bitterness - light citrus and pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, but expected from the yeast and hop flavor profile - lightly warming and filling from the esters.

Overall a great beer, very well done belgian ipa with a great flavor profile and mouthfeel to match.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of bubbly lace.

S - It smelled of fruity notes - mostly dark fruits with some apple and pear. There was a toasty caramel presence, too.

T - Slightly phenolic with some nice fruit flavors - green apple and pear. Good caramel and burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. It's hard to put down. Very refreshing.

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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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Photo of ronniebruner
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice mellow amber and gold color with a tad of copper. This brew pours with the exact right amount of lace and head. Has a yeasty aroma of malts and bitter hops, but goes down smooth. Beer is a bit sweet in nature and relatively light for being seven percent. I was not expecting much out of this brew, but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
7% ABV, 16SEPT12 (best by on label)

A - Heavy carbonation streams from the etching in the globe glass though the clear golden brew to the abundant head. The off-white foam leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace caked on the glass. It's hard for beer to look much better than this.

S - Potency, thy name is Belgo. Bold Belgian yeast aroma loaded with complex esters; white pepper, clove, clay, and banana notes come through with a nice abundant hop nose. Lemon citrus and grapefruit notes with subtle earth tones really shine! The pale malt backing of Belgo introduces minor caramel sweetness while providing a good base for the complexity the other ingredients have to offer.

T - Considerably more faint than the aroma, Belgo seems to be sort of flat after the powerful intro. Pale malt ups it's ante with stronger sweetness and body followed by a light smattering of citrus hop flavor. Yeast ester complexity goes from bold to subtle and minor as well, gently offering some of the earthy tones along the finish.

M - Flatter-feeling in body than the streaming carbonation might suggest, Belgo has a very nice hop bitterness that punches through the medium malty body for a dry, biting finish that slightly makes up for the drop-off from aroma to flavor.

O - Powerful starting and deep with a nice flavor profile, Belgo is a bi-polar beer that's got it's down sides, but evens out to a well-balanced, Belgian-influenced, hoppy beer with a nice clean bitterness. A good pairing with spicy pepperoni-coated thick-crusted pizza!

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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 XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. Great carbonation that took a moment to recede. Admittedly, it was a bad pour.

A: orangish yellow.
S: fresh hops and pineapple.
T: medicinal, waxy flower pollen (but I cannot identify from which flower), bubble gummy.

This is one of my favorite styles of beer. I love the addition of Belgian yeast to a hoppy IPA. I love this beer. I’ll have another.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 888 ratings.
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