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 TEAMHOLT
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at wine source...enjoyed from a goblet chilled, shared with tb69.

The beer is beautiful, very attractive golden with great clarity and frothed up head with ultra fine bead. The lace sticks in a thick film over the inside of the glass with good retention overall. The smell is not pleasurable, but not awful either, it is very very phenolic...almost band-aid-like with some mild spice and a hint of citrus aroma in the background. This feel is good but not especially vibrant -more toasty than fruity with moderately spicy and focused on bitter with mild carbonation for the style. the alcohol warming is moderate with a very dry finish.

This IPA has a strong yeast presence -very tannic and spiced with bitter herbal flavors that carry a light amount of astringency into the taste. The flavor is light on malt with a heavy dose of phenols in the yeast flavor, kind of fruity in a tangy sort of way, perhaps citrus if you look for it, but in the general not as flavored with hops as it is bitter and the citrus is muted by the spice of the yeast. overall I wasn't sure what to expect but feel this missed the mark and was just average for the style. I probably would try it again, but this is not my favorite Belgian IPA that I have tried.

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

Pours a light golden color, with a pleasing hop aroma and some Belgian yeasty esters. The flavor is a combination of fruity, yeasty Belgian-y flavors with some floral hoppiness coming together. Nothing like what I’d expect from an IPA base (the Ranger?) brewed with a Belgian yeast—and yet, it makes perfect sense. It’s surprisingly light, crisp, and more floral than bitter with a nice finish. I really enjoyed this. Glad I finally had a chance to try it for myself.

I enjoy New Belgium’s Ranger and expected to see more of its flavor profile come through in the BelgoPA but to make a metaphor it’s like meeting the relative of a good friend and hitting it off—there’s some similarities but enough differences to make it unique and able to stand on its own merits.

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Photo of Kvltbm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of antsmarching713
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very pale orange almost pilsner-like in appearnace and very clear with lots of carbonation. Very nice 2+ finger head with good retention.

Smell - Very nice scent with lots of spice and sweetness to it.

Taste - Extremely immpressive and surprisingly complex. I'm picking up some noble hops crispness very well balanced out with spices and other flavors.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and very creamy

Overall - A very fine beer. I have not been too impressed from New Belgium beers so far but this one is a very finely crafted beer. Skip the hype of the Fat Tire...this one is the winner.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly clear in appearance with a golden-copper hue and a slim, white head. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Sniffs of citrus, florals, and minimized resins overlaying the more milder notes of crackery pale malts.

Taste: Lightly grainy taste of sun crisped barley with a chincy amount of golden syrup sweetness. Faint fruity hint of pears. Pith-forward citrus, some steely resin mingled with the lightly phenolic yeast. Moderate bitterness. Dry, lightly grainy on the the back end with the continued bitterness, leaving it a bit one-note until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, it's not like it didn't work out for me, but I just found it to be merely so-so.

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Photo of GraddyMN
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at a good temp with a nice off white fine head that lasts forever and loads of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is hops, resin, malt, yeast. Flavor's a lot like nose, pretty dry, a bit fruity, but mainly hop bitter. Body is faultless, ditto carbonatiion. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and fairly balanced. decent brew.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Ejayz
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. i believe this is a bottled on date, but i cant read the text.

A: a hazy golden hue with a healthy white head. good retention and lacing.

S: the smell is strongly belgian yeast. a light citrus that is very close to lemon. some of the citrus aroma is definitely from the american hopping and as i swirl my glass more and more aroma comes out.

T: drinks like a seriously citrical ipa until the tail end when you get a blast of earthy, spicy, floral yeast character. a little banana. a pretty light body, certainly doesnt have the malty backbone i would have expected out of a 7%'er.

M: a moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: part of me wants to say this drinks like an ipa with a belgian yeasty twist and the other part wants to say this drinks like a belgian golden with a healthy dose of american hops. regardless of categories, this is a good tasting brew from nb.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Good retention. Thick lacing. Color is a light hazy golden.

S. Smell is nice mix of belgian yeast and a little citrus hop. Get some clove and banana coming from the yeast. Has a nice sweet citrusy smell. Pretty good smelling Belgian IPA. A little spice as well.

T. Spicy belgian flavors and some lemon and grapefruity citrus hop flavor. Get some banana and clove flavor on the taste. Not a lot of hop flavor, but good hop bitterness.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Pretty easy drinking beer. Overall one of the better New Belgium beers and better Belgian IPAs I have had. Based on NB's other regular lineup up, I think they should consider adding this to the year round mix.

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Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Had one of these at families house for the holiday. Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Lighter color, dull yellow, pretty clear all the way through. Foamy white head on top with good amounts of lacing.

S- Dull hop aroma up front. Piney, citrus hops mixed together. Get a hint of clove at the end. A bit of funk somewhere in there too.

T- Some hop flavors up front. Slight citrus taste to it. Quickly turns in the middle to caramel malts mixed with a little spice to it. Clove comes through in pieces. Some banana flavor towards the end. The Belgian yeast gives it a nice finish and supports the piney hop flavors at the end.

M- Medium body, close to a lighter body. Good carbonation, slightly dry.

O- Haven't had lots of Belgian IPA's before. This was a good drink, but nothing made it great. Good flavors and nicely put together. Would maybe pick up a sixer of this sometime as it was easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold with a thin bright white head. Heavy lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of herba and medicinal notes, nutmeg, and pine.

Tastes of spicy herbs, Belgian yeast and lemon.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A nice take on a Belgian pale from the folks at New Belgium. Definitely a must try.

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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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