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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
199 Reviews
Belgo Belgian India Pale AleBelgo Belgian India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by iSip on 10-07-2011

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pillow of white head and golden color. Smell is sugary banana with a little barnyard funk. Reminds me a bit of Pranqster in look and smell.

Initial taste is more like pilsner than bpa, with a slightly bitter finish and a bit of heat going down. Nice lacing continues throughout. A bit of tannin on the tongue I the finish. A little thin on taste, again sweet banana most prominent but a pretty nice beer and good for Belgian fix at a decent price for a sixer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99

Appearance - HClear amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Hops, grapefruit, apricot, banana, yeast, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, grapefruit and some banana/apricot. There is also a herbal and yeasty flavour mixed with some grapefruit. It ends with a sweet fruity and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - An above average brew that has some nice vibrant flavours. It's a tad on the sweet side so I'm not sure how many I could have on one sitting. It seems to be a little more on the american IPA side of the spectrum than the belgian as well.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 12oz bottle. Doesn't appear to have any yeast at the bottom, but I made sure not to pour everything in.

Contains a clear, orange color. Not much of a head, sadly, but overall not too bad. Carbonation is abundant and slightly filtered as I expected any Belgian IPA to be. Pretty overall, and looks inviting.

There are yeasty, fruity aromas filled with honey and glazed with orange marmalade flavors. Sugary, although overall pretty approximate to the Belgian styles.

Honestly, this is a great version of a Belgian style IPA! Not as yeasty as I would normally like it, but still manages to be more hoppier than malty (although sort of soapy at times), and is a strange blend of West coast hops with Belgian yeast. Could be thicker and probably the kinds of hops could be changed (doesn't taste like aged hops to me), but overall rewarding.

Definitely one of the better Belgian styles I've had from New Belgium Brewing Co. Belgian IPAs are hard to make right and they did a good job here. Smooth, tasty, and I approve.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slight hazy golden color. There is some clarity to it with some slight orange hints in there as well. THere is a nice 0.5 inch head.

Starts off with Belgian style yeast notes. Cloves and some banana notes with some slight spices in there. Maybe some coriander. Nice malty notes with some slight sweet fruit juice notes. Some sweet apple and pear notes. Not much on the way of the hops. Maybe some citrus notes in there.

Flavor starts out with a more hopy kick than the nose would let on. Nice grassy and herbal notes with some nice citrus notes. Slight orange notes and tropical fruit notes are present. Nice spice and clove notes are also present with the Belgian yeast really coming in strong. Nice fruit juice sweetness and slightly sugary notes. The mouthfeel is dry and finishes off with a nice bitterness.

Pretty good Belgian IPA. The hop notes come in strong and work well with the Belgian side of things.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Cigar City shaker pint.

A: Poured a sunflower yellow/gold color, with a nice 2-finger pillowy white head that stuck around for a while.

S: It had that signature Belgian IPA grassiness, but also quite a bit of a citrus component poking through as well which was actually more so than the average Belgian IPA.

T: There was a nice balance between the lawn clipping quality and the sweeter elements. This was hoppy as hell and I would rank it up there with Cali-Belgique in terms of its overall grapefruitiness.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation and the sweetness wasn't cloying in any way. The lacing was ridiculous on the glass, but like I stated, this really didn't carry over onto the palate.

O: This was a great representation of the Belgian IPA, which is a style that I'm starting to come around to.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden yellow pour with about 2" of creamy white head, tons of sticky lacing. smells of orange peel, coriander, soap/detergent, pine. bitter earth flavor up front followed by a bitter sweet orange peel taste. a little too bitter with the hops to be able to determine the other flavors.. has a slight zest to it. light to medium bodied.. watery at first but then gets creamy and coats your tongue with a heavier body.. nicely carbonated creates a subtle fizz on the roof of your mouth. overall a nice thirst quencher, has a dry bitter finish. feels like it should be a session beer but at 7% abv, i would be careful!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely hazy, bright orange body, topped by our fingers of dense snow white foam. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is dominated by Belgian-style yeast spiciness. It is clean and assertive, but it is all Belgian and no IPA. Can almost sense some citrus fruit, but the yeast is smothering it.

Undercurrent of caramel lurks beneath the Belgian spice. Bitter snap at the swallow. Pleasant spicey afterglow.

Light mouthfeel with a good tingle.

A high quality beer, but it's seems much more Belgian pale than a hybrid with an America IPA.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale orangy color with white head. smells sweet, smells
like a belgian trippel. Tastes like a belgian trippel with extra hops on the back end, similar to another Raging bitch ive been with. mouthfeel is pleasant with mild carbontaion. overall this is a very good beer, the new belgium brewing co never disappoints me

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a bottle on 4/14/12

a-very pale and yellow/straw colored for an IPA. A nice head on the top with good lacing.

s- Smells sweet, with a hint of grapefruit with the hops coming through strong.

t- in the style of a belgian IPA this isn't quite as bitter as its american counterpart. The bitterness of the hops quickly makes way for sweet, fruity tones.

m- it has a nice medium body. It goes down smooth and doesn't feel too heavy in your mouth.

o- This is a great beer. A really smooth IPA that has a big, full body. It hardly tastes like the 7% abv labled on the bottle and if I didn't know that i'd be tempted to call this a session beer

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale amber color with a fair white head and modest specs of lacing. The aroma is a nice peach cobbler and wheat clove. Pretty interesting and likeable. The flavor is sweet caramel and gentle citrus hop with vanilla clove. Body is about medium with goodly carbonation that makes for a lively feel that drinks easy. Not highly memorable but enjoyable enough to recommend. I would drink again but not quite in my wheelhouse for this style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. There's a soft, white cap of head that has good retention. The nose is funky with a heavy Belgian yeast smell. The flavor opens with the same yeasty funk but quickly changes to a subtle, fruity, citrusy flavor with a mild spicy, clove-like undertone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and has a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a decent Belgian IPA. The heavy yeasty character is blended well with the hop character that gives it a clean, citrusy, refreshing flavor. I will try this again.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice, almost clear gold and produces a white head ,about one finger high. Nice lacing.
The smell is citrusy fruits like orange grapefruit and lemon. Some hop presence.
Tasting the beer the fruit flavors dominate the front, being met by a good amount of fruity hops in the middle. Some yeast gives the beer the belgium character. In the end some malty sweetness directs the aftertaste.
Pretty good carbonation, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of TheBeerDog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

A - Light/medium orange and/or gold tint.

S - Citrus aromas are prominent - definitely some orange... maybe some grapefruit as well. The hops are there as well, but not overwhelmingly so.

T - Again, the citrus flavors are most present and give the beer nice refreshing characteristics. The hops complement the citrus flavors nicely to give this beer a smooth and enjoyable taste.

M - Generally refreshing, however, the carbonation has the occasional tendency to give the beer a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

O - This is a very enjoyable beer! In many ways it represents the best of both worlds - the refreshing citrusy flavors of a Belgium ale and the hoppy high alcohol content of an American IPA. Well done! Highly recommended, especially to novices (like myself) who are intrigued by the compelxity of IPAs, but occasionally find them to be a bit harsh and heavy on the palate.

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Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: gorgeous golden orange with huge tight head of 3 fingers. leaves nice lacing. clear body. (into NB globe)

s: lemon peel with some grassy, herbal notes. a bit spicy and bready as well.

t: upfront is an herbal flavor, then you get hit with some lemon zest. the yeast esters come in a lot mid palate. leaves a grassy, resiny taste on the palate. simple but well made.

mf: prickly carbonation gives it a Belgian feel. medium body. semi-dry finish.

o: i really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stella artois goblet.

Head was about an inch to inch an a half thick, and fairly frothy and long-lasting... semi-uneven lacing.

Color was a hazelnut blond. Aroma's of sweet pine and even spruce. Taste was peppery with hints of a light grapefruit. More and more notes of bourbon vanilla as it warms up, and tastes bitter orange.

Have never had a belgian yeast ipa.. A very different ipa than I was expecting. Simple.. yet complex, and fairly imaginative in flavor.

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Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth fluffy light airy slightly off-white colored head... Excellent retention... Loaded throughout with swirling moderate to rapid paced carbonation that rises in random patterns... The color is a lemony golden yellow with an ever so faint glow and a slight red hue... Lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass... This a a very nice looking offering and spot on for the style...

S - Lemon zest... Grassy notes... A slight piney hop presence... White pepper... Simple... A bit understated...

T - A mirror image of the nose presents itself... Lots of lemon... Some faint grassy notes... A subtle sharp hoppiness that is a mix of euro and piney hops... A faint spiciness is present on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk prickly carbonation... Slightly lush... Very crisp... Clean... A bit sharp...

D - A solid American interpretation of the style... Absolutely stellar appearance... The nose and flavor are solid, but a bit understated... The mouthfeel is a bit too sharp... Overall is a solidly above average Belgian IPA...

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Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. New Belgium branded bottle poured into, of all things, a New Belgium globe glass. Pours a golden orange with a touch of haze and with a full inch of white foam.

Aroma is a nice blend of Belgian yeast and spicy Noble hops. Intriguing yet not overwhelming from one side or the other.

Taste is sweet up front and a bit void in the middle, though warming does challenge that perspective. Offers a unique orange character throughout the palate. Finish is floral and spicy yet not very bitter. Slightly coarse in nature, and bready, this beer finishes with a peppery clove flavor. More Belgo. than IPA yet pleasant and never abrasive. As I struggle to grasp the wide range of brews that fall into this style, I think I like this one. Hoppy yet not overly bitter and in balance with a malt character that is well accentuated by the yeast esters. More subtle and delicate than a certain Raging Bitch I know...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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 mc68881rc
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: it looks like beer. It's not clear but there aren't chunks in it.

Smell: light fruit/lambic smell

taaste: starts smooth and light. Then there is distinct hops and IPA flavor. Not strong but enough to verify the name on the bottle as an IPA.

mouthfeel: liquid :-) It's not overly carbonated. I'd say typical for an IPA maybe a tad flatter.

Overall: Liked it al lot. I'd buy/drink it again.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had Lagunitas' Lil Sumpin Wild, and this beer has more of a hoppy harshness than LSW. The difference between these two is that LSW leans to the Belgian side and Belgo leans toward the IPA side.

My only gripe with this beer is that there's a harsh aftertaste - more so than what most IPAs have.

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Photo of joecalderoni
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice yellowish golden color! Nice carbonation and lacing!

S: Amazing hop aroma without overpowering the nice belgian yeast character!

T: Medium body, an excelent balance between the hop character and the belgian yeast taste!

O: the best of both worlds! This beer is an IPA and a belgian beer in one! Its a nice beer to enjoy! Definetly a must!

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Photo of glivengood
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
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 hopfacebrew
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle stamped 13May12 to a pint glass the beer pours a clear golden straw color with a dece 1 finger white head, some retention and nice lacing. The nose is very belgian dominated with strong banana and clove character, a noticeable sweet malt essence as well as perhaps a hint of apple. Not alcohol detected. A mild earthy hop character. The flavor starts crisp with a strong bite that gradually mellows to a blend of earthen hops, sweet malt, banana, clove, and apple flavor. Medium bitterness, again no alcohol detected. The flavor is sharp, overly so, in my opinion as it distracts from an otherwise enjoyable beer. Finishes crisp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, not a bad beer but not outstanding. Glad I purchased only the 1.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-12
Best before 3-18-12

Appearance: a hazy golden yellow color with a huge white head that leaves behind big chunks of lacing.

Smell: extremely Belgian, with lots of banana from the malt and a good spicy kick form the hops. Distinct, but not bad.

Taste: all sharp hops, very tart and surprising. The Belgian character is milder than anticipated, with tons of bitterness in the finish. A bit over-hopped, and one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: about right for the style, with carbonation that keeps things light and accentuates the hops.

Overall: a good beer, but nothing special. I was hoping the Belgian quality would add complexity, but no luck.

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Photo of intensify
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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