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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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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB April 22, 2013

Beer is golden in colour with a large white head. Dissipates at a relatively slow pace leaving a bunch of sticky lacing.

Hops and Belgian yeast are immediately noticeable in the nose. Very floral, a bit soapy and a bit of citrus. Light fruit scents are strong, along with lots of sugar. A very very sweet smelling beer, to the point where it smells a little bit like fruit-flavoured candy. However, with this reservation, generally a very nice smelling beer.

Rather similar to an pale wheat ale. Huge bubblegum flavour with surrounding bitterness, especially at the end. The sweet bubblegum flavour and the bitterness do not mingle very well but remain remarkably distinct from one another and are not complimentary. The beer has a soapy flavour to it, and some grapefruit flavour is present. Some spice and other fruit flavours are there as well.

Moderate to high carbonation, good for the style. Medium bodied. Dries out the mouth quite a bit, and feels a bit sticky.

Overall, this beer has some good qualities, but the taste is only average for a Belgian IPA. It is not nearly in the same league as gems such as Lupulus or Duvel Triple Hop. The Belgian and IPA aspects are not well integrated but seem to be in conflict with one another.

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is wheat, a slight haziness to it, some bubbly white head and small bubbles. Leaves a little lacing. Strong wheat scent.

This has a tart taste to it. There's some wheatyness to it. A slight bitter bite. True to the name, it has a bitter hop taste mixed with a Belgium wheat. Solid, and well made.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of phishsihq
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company added Belgo, a Belgian-Style IPA, to it's ever growing, award winning lineup in 2011. This bottle conditioned brew rolls in at 7% ABV and is chock full of Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. Belgo pours a clear, pale gold with a rocky white head and tons of small bubbles from the bottle conditioning, lacing is there, but very light. A bright bouquet of piney and spicy hops are underlined with estery yeasty notes from the Belgian strain. A thin, light to light-medium body is in tune with the low-level carbonation. A bit of Belgian funk greets the pallet in the beginning, but quickly gives way to more assertive hop flavors that linger throughout the finish. A great beer to sip and to share.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
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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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass. It pours a real light straw colored yellow. Super transparent. A big 1 1/2" white head rests on top and lightly laces the glass. Big Belgian funk. It's not the P funk but I still want to get funked up. Mild hop aroma. This has a surprisingly good hop taste that accompanies this spicy complexity of the yeast. Light bodied and well carbonated. This is a pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So spicy it must be radioactive. It's interesting how they get so much of the hop aromatics with so little bitterness. It IS pretty bitter, but in the context of so much intensity of flavor it's one of the things that make it good. Totally drinkable, but one to sip and savor. The Belgian yeastiness is more on the bright side than behind the barn, and the hops are more sunshine than dankness. A happy beer. Not exactly minty, but that same kind of powerful fresh aroma.

Finally got around to trying a bottle. Wow, I am impressed. The good qualities of my favorite regular New Belgium beer-- the Trippel-- plus a huge spicy hit and the aromatic hops.

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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass because that's how I do what I do.

Beer is amber, orangish, big off white head, lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, all yeast all the way.

Beer is surprisingly hoppy given the aroma was nearly absent. Earthy, grinding, good, dry finish, quite carbonated on the palate, strong finish. Nice. I'd have it again, I got a six pack, I'll drink the whole thing.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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