Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
888 Ratings
Belgo Belgian India Pale AleBelgo Belgian India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
888
Reviews:
211
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
71
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 888 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with some orange lighting. Not much head or lacing. Aromas of esters, yeasty and spicy with a hint of hops. Fruity and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but provides a decent delivery of peppery hops, estery yeast notes, a hint of booze. Citric but also with some notes of peach and pear. Dry finish, good hops and a prick of alcohol peppers.

Not bad, a little bland but a reasonable amount of flavor and good attenuation. Recommended for a change of pace.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Poured into IPA style glass. Very golden and clear appearance, mininal head and retention.

Aroma is more on the Belgian side, estery and slightly spicey. Sometimes west coast style hops play with the senses in between sips but definitely more Belgian ale style.

Taste is a mix of both with a Belgian style upfront with a nice hop finish. A very lighter taste then the ABV would suggest. Flavors are very balanced, though not very complex. It seems to finish quickly.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, finishes slightly creamy, then clean and also quickly.

Admittedly, I am not a fan of this style for some reason, despite that I like Belgians and IPAs, albeit on absolute terms. This is a beer that won't overwhelm the enthusiast but then perfect for someone not familiar with craft beer or this style. Can drink this beer anytime, anywhere and that's probably the appeal.

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Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been looking to try this guy for some time now. It pours a clear brass topped by a light-cream-white froth a few fingers tall. (And I don't remember shaking it at all...) The nose comprises pine needles aplenty, melon rind, grapefruit rind, and banana. The taste holds notes of honey, banana, light grapefruit zest, light honeydew, light watermelon, and rather light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid BIPA; though nothing to write home about, it's pretty tasty.

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

. 12 oz single from Safeway in West Salem. $1.85 Slightly cloudy orange with a small yet thick white head. Nice piney/spice aromas..sugary yet yeasty nice. Taste is good too the bitter hops meld well with the yeast and spices..a surprising balance really. Good mouthfeeel..not boring and importantly not cloying. Overall a nice Belgian IPA

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Maudite snifter.

A- Very pale translucent straw color. Not a ton of head but the lacing on the glass is all over.

S- Pine, citrus, a bit of the Belgian yeast. Smells very nice.

T- Pine, grapefruit, resin. The bitterness works so well with the Belgian yeast. Very nice balance.

M- Nicely carbonated and very smooth. 7% abv is nowhere to be seen.

O- Definitely a favorite of mine. I like the way the citrusy hops work together with the yeast and wheat-like characters.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The amber colored body was clear, and the head was one finger thick. The smell was quite hoppy, with clean grapefruit aroma. The Belgian yeast showed up in hints of banana, clove, and orange peel. The taste was not quite as layered as the smell. I could taste some white pepper, hay, rock candy, and lemon peel. The body felt a touch watered down and thin. The hops lingered in the finish. an easy drinking take on this emerging style.

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Photo of eeggles
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jkanavel
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw, crystal clear, not much head, nor head retention. Its whatever.

S: Clove, allspice, yeasty, sweet, bananas, hop funk on the back

T: Sweet, tempered by a good dose of bitterness. Very complex and yeasty. So nice.

M: Nice carbonation here, pretty heavy. Very refreshing medium bodied brew.

O: I love it. If I've ever had a gripe with Belgian beers its that they are unbalanced in terms of alcohol presence and maltiness. This very hoppy belgian style addresses that problem. Balance is perfect imho, and the high carbonation makes this feel like you're drinking something much more relaxed than an old world beer.

Sessionable.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear pale brass, nice curtain of lace

SMELL: Hop resin, herbal, medicinal, bisucity, dried grass, nutty yeast, guava, eucalyptus

TASTE: Deep smoothness, medium body, bitter, leafy, herbal, hop oil, medicinal, earthy, yeast, mellow esters, dried hay, ripe pears, dry herbal finish

Pretty forward with the hop character and story the yeast wants to tell. Both meld well rather than clash, really good drinking here.

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Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kenzak
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden-orange, 1 and a half finger bone white fluffy head, good amount of lacing.

S - Tons of spices, belgian yeast, light funk & tart, light fruit, barely any hop presence.

T - Light hops, subtle mango/pineapple, herbs, spices, belgian yeast, peppery finish.

M - Moderate-high carbonation, medium body.

O - Okay, probably won't have this again.

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Photo of campofapproval
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jacobbocce72
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Popp24
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of scifan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of therope
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of speter
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly amber gold with a three-finger fluffy white head that is persistent and leaves good lacing. There is a definite hop haze as well.

S: Lemon zest, citrusy hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. Overall, however, the smell is rather muted and it requires quite a bit of swirling to bring up the scents.

T: Rather muted. There is definite citrus hop flavor, but the Belgian aspects are nowhere to be found (aside from the citrus in, say, a Belgian wit). There is a good deal of balance, but a lack of complexity or development. The aftertaste is surprisingly long-lasting, so that is a plus. (3.25 if I could)

M: Richly carbonated. A good lupulin coating on the tongue after this one.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not very Belgian, and not too much out of the run of the mill.

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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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