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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Added by iSip on 10-07-2011

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Ratings: 891 |  Reviews: 211
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose, Belgo's hop aroma is a bit more prevalent than anything else. I get a nice pine resiny scent off of it backed by a yeasty note that is reminiscent of classical Belgian ales, as well as some light fruit notes like peaches and nectarines.

Aesthetically Belgo is quite a knock-out. It's light golden color is topped by a fluffy bright white head that looks like whipped cream topping on a latte. Lacing is more than generous.

Carbonation is quite low, especially for a "Belgian" style beer. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a medium body and a bit of a sweet finish.

Overall, this is quite a nice beer. It has qualities of Saison, but defiantly is more reminiscent of an IPA. I like it a lot as a whole experience - super drinkable too.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's. Best before April 1st, 2012. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam, with excellent retention and tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Mostly transparent peach body.

S - Phenolic Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Some spicy pepper and clove notes, a touch of bubblegum, light medicinal notes, and some grapefruit and tangerine zest.

T - Taste is heavier on citrus and stone fruits, with less of the estery yeast presence. I actually like the taste better than the aroma, as it's more of an IPA with a touch of bubblegum and bready Belgian presence (as opposed to a Belgian beer with excessive bitterness). Speaking of bitterness, it's surprisingly low, although it does build a tad over time.

M - Carbonation is on the medium-high side of things, and the body is mostly smooth with a touch of grain to it. Medium body, with a resinous and oily finish. Perhaps a touch of warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a surprisingly decent beer, particularly as I'm not the biggest fan of this style. Considering this has widespread availability and a reasonable price I'd actively recommend it for those just getting into craft beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-It pours a clear golden color with a medium, persistant, creamy white head that leaves very sticky lacing on the glass.
S-Givin this beer is not super duper fresh, it probably smelled a lot better when it first came out, but it still smells pretty good. The aroma is sloft and mild with notes of clovy spiciness, and floral, fresh grass, piny hops. A nice blend. And the malts are very balanced with tuns of fresh baked bread.
T-The flavor is the same as the aroma, with a nice dry bitterness.
O-Overall, I really enjoyed this beer very much, it reminds me of the Belgium IPA I brewed in the summer time last year.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 2/12/2012. Mild gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pepper, clove, grapefruit, bubblegum, biscuit, lemon, grass, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big lemon, clove, pepper, grapefruit, bubblegum, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, clove, bubblegum, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of Belgian qualities to hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and slightly resinous mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking, and alcohol is well hidden for 7% with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and well executed Belgian IPA. Really balanced, enjoyable, and drinkable.

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4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, with a small but very firm and creamy head. Long-lasting too.

Lovely smell. Floral, pineapple, white grape, Belgian yeast pungency, piny hops. Oh mama.

Taste is mostly fruity at first, with pear, peach, pineapple and orange popping out. The hops are on the leafy/pine side, almost a cannabis flavor to them, and the yeast is a tweaked bit of Belgian love that blends right in. A dab of honeyed sweetness. Even some alcohol warming things up a bit. I like the pungent hop/yeast teamup in the finish. A bit bitter, a bit pine-like, and certainly not catering to mainstream tastes. (One worries about that when a beer of this style is spotted in grocery store chains countrywide.)

A little sharp on the carbonation, although it mellows as it sits. But it masks the sharper flavor characteristics, rather than matching up with them, so I would've wanted something a bit smoother and rounder.

A really good entry into the growing Belgian IPA ring. New Belgium continues to keep their focus on quality. Good for them.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 891 ratings
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