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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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 887
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 bump8628
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. An excellent version of this relatively new style. Great balance between American hops and Belgian yeast character. Citrus...lots of citrus. Orange, pineapple, lime, and grapefruit. Some complimentary pine, herbs, bright floral notes. The Belgian yeast notes fight their way into the mix with more spice and citrus. Dry and evenly bitter, but smooth.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a clear bright golden body. Nice lacing.

S: nice tropical fruit and yeast character. some musty grain and breads.

T: flavor is a little bland. Pale malts, breads, herbal and earthy hops prevail. yeasty character is present but provides more to the mouthfeel than flavor.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A little weak on the hop character. It is a nice belgian style beer though making it nicely drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a clear, medium golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A spicy yeast aroma of clove, anise, and coriander with bready malt and some pine hops in the background.

T - Spicy yeast character up front with coriander, pepper, and perhaps a hint of orange. Some pine and musty hop character in the middle fading to bready malt and more coriander in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A well crafted Belgian style ale, though I might be inclined to question its IPA pedigree. The hop character is lacking, both in its intensity and its American character. There are hints of pine, but most of the hop flavor gets lost in the spicy yeast notes.

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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 Strix
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden with a frothy initial head and trails of lace.

Lemon/orange citrus notes the main scent, some biscuit/cracker/yeast notes in the background.

Saltine crackers, herbs and spices, lemon and orange rind, dry finish.

Bubbly carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

I thought this was quite solid, liked the crispness and good flavors.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice transparent orangish golden color with a small white cap, a light amount of lacing

S: SOme yeast, light spice and plenty of citrus, light melon notes

T: Nice citrus notes upfront leading into a light yeast, spice and lingering citrus, lihht hop bitterness

M: Nice, medium, refreshing, crisp

O: A nice drink

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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 vickersspitfire
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, it has an awesome body to it, slightly cloudy, plenty of carbonation, light lacing and a slight burnt orange hue to it all topped off with a nice white fluffy and creamy head that lasts quite a while. The hops are very present in the aroma, there a fruity aromas mixed in as well. I can pick up some grape fruit, apple, a slight grape aroma, and it’s got a fairly clean smell to it. Its light to medium bodied, the hops are quite flavorful but not over powering. It has some slightly bitter flavors mixed in with some apple and orange, overall its sweet with a semi-harsh aftertaste that has a hint of alcohol. It goes down pretty smooth, this is another good beer from the New Belgium Brewing people…

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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 Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-copper in color with a big, bubbly, frothy, white head.

S: Belgian yeast, light, fruity hops, bready malt.

T: Good, yeasty, hoppy flavors. Very Belgian. Slight bitterness and considerably dry. The dry fruit in the finish is very nice.

M: Smooth and sweet with a pleasant dryness. Yeasty and malty. Enjoyable to drink.

O: A fine example of the style. Well done.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - golden/copper, hardly any head but very bright white and a tiny bit of lacing

S - Super bright sweet malts, really nice sweet Belgian yeast, floral/fruity hops, candy sugar, woodsy/pine, baking spices and terrior

T - Pine, sweet/toasty malts, sugar, awesome Belgian yeast, flowers, very fruity, spices, wood, foliage and terrior

M - Medium minus body, well balanced, decent complexity, medium minus acidity and a very long sweet yet bittersweet finish

D/O - one of the more refreshing beers I have had. VERY easy to drink, great amount of flavors and balanced in those flavors. If you love craft beer or are a novice, this one you and most people will like. The bitter sweet balance is almost perfect

Final thoughts - Only $7-8 a sixer, nice 7% abv and just all around awesome. Once again another New Belgium beer that has the notes of fat tire in it. I really think all of them do

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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%
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 +6.3%
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 -1.8%
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%
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 -0.8%
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 -1.3%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 +3.7%
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 +2.1%
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 -0.8%
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 +4.4%
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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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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