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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by iSip on 10-07-2011

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Photo of phishsihq
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had Lagunitas' Lil Sumpin Wild, and this beer has more of a hoppy harshness than LSW. The difference between these two is that LSW leans to the Belgian side and Belgo leans toward the IPA side.

My only gripe with this beer is that there's a harsh aftertaste - more so than what most IPAs have.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date is 4/8/12.

A. Pours a clear golden copper with a two finger width off white head. Dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a bubbly layer of foam and speckled lacing.

S. Some hops are present here, but I'm really noticing the earth, funky yeast. The two blend together in an odd way, but it seems to work as far as i can tell.

T. Bitter hops up front and then it smooths out into the earthy yeast fla or. There is a strong malt body as well.

M. Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated.

O. This is my first foray into Belgian IPAs. I did enjoy this, but I don't know that it's a style I would reach for very often. Still, a nice brew.

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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 rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is a hazy straw yellow. 2 fingers of head forms. Very tight bubbles with great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. A good-looking beer.

S - Candied mango, grapefruit, and some earthy, grassy undertones. I can definitely get a sense of the belgian yeast shining through in this one though. Letting it warm just a bit brings out some interesting banana and butterscotch aromas.

T - Sweet and lemony up front. Just a touch of zesty fruitiness, which I assume is the belgian-ness coming through. Things take a turn toward bitter pine and grapefruit toward the middle, but the sweet, dry malty undertones carry through amid the hop festivities. Finish is definitely a let-down, though. I essentially get a two-tone flavor profile of bland hop bitterness and a yeasty zing--both of which peter out pretty quickly.

M - Light-to-medium body. Crisp and dry as one would expect from a true belgian style IPA. Finish is clean and somewhat tannic.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a generally clear straw/gold color with some visible carbonation. Rocky off-white head leaves some lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet yeasy flavor common to this style, but fairly mild. Not much bite.

Taste: Yeast, orange, and grains, with a somewhat bitter finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and somewhat grainy.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, rather mild, moderate ABV.

A decent easy-to-drink Belgian IPA. I must confess that, despite my love for IPAs and Belgian ales, this is one of my least favorite styles... but I still don't think it is that great compared to other beers of the same style.

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

A- pours a golden blonde color with a healthy finger and a half of eggshell white head. Decent retention with some lacing.

S- starts off with a dry cracker like malt aroma. It quickly transitions into a estery Belgian yeast with note of white peach and apricot. Balanced American hop aromas of pine and orange zest blend in. Slightly soapy on the finish.

T- slightly tripple like sweetness it first with a dry cracker malt profile. Belgian yeast imparts peach pit and other white stone fruit. Pine and orange zest hop flavors blend in with a balanced hop bitterness. Again slightly soapy flavor on the finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a decent Belgian IPA except for the soapy character.

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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 vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Golden-orange on color with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Pleasant blend of citric, fruity hops and phenolic, clove from the Belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose, with citric and tropical fruit hop notes backed by spicy, clove, Belgian yeast notes.

Medium body, prickly, active carbonation.

A solid, well done Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a large white head. Very few bubbles in it.

Smell starts out sweet, then the floral hops kick in. Kind of an outdoor smell, grass and floral.

Strong hops presence with this one. Floral and pine hops notes, finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Decent feel to this, goes down smoothly.

Not sure I'd call this a Belgian IPA, more like a standard one. A true Belgian IPA should have less hops, and a bit more complexity. Not a bad beer, but I think is closer to an American IPA than a Belgian one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange color with a short 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: nice belgian yeast aroma with some bitterness comes through and is picked up by the nose.

Taste: the belgian yeast flavors are very strong here, with some milder caramel, bread, citrus, and a moderate bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp from start to finish with some drying late. Aftertaste is long lasting as the belgian yeast tones last on the tongue a while.

Overall: I found this to be a bit unbalanced as the yeast flavors overpowered the other flavors in the beer.

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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 mscudder
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint. Best by Jan 2013.

A - A slightly cloudy straw yellow with a good sized pale head. Nice lacing with good retention.

S - Funky floral, fruit and yeast bouncing off to the nose. Really juicy sort of aroma going on here. Slight hop presence.

T - Has everything I expected from the nose: floral hops but not overwhelming, dry crackers, yeast and a touch of pepper. Not balanced well in my opinion.

M - Creamy medium body with large carbonation. I would like to see the carbonation tuned down a notch.

O - Not a bad showing from a brewery that rarely impresses me on their brews outside their Lips of Faith series. This is certainly drinkable and I would have one again.

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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 rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling brass hue, medium pour adds two fingers of cream colored whipped head. Terrific retention and plenty of stick on the glass. Dazzling.

Nose is very hop prevalent, grassy, pine needles, and a touch of dankness. Belgian spice of coriander and clove while the malts touch base as both candy sugar sweet and rather bready, a bit of the booze leaks out as well.

Malt biscuit front is clearly evident but not overdone, sweetened up with some spun sugar and a touch of bubble gum. Spices ride high with some coriander, clove, zippy lemon and banana. Then hops crash the party with more grapefruit and sweet citrus than expected and more of the dank pine. Drawn on bitterness with a almost mildew laced pine and peppery finish. Coriander soapiness and alcohol prevalent when cold, let it warm up some.

Active carbonation over a lighter body. Drying finish and lingering bitterness. Flavor is expansive.

More malt could help this one some to hide the alcohol and balance out the hops but that NB biscuit note is already in there so I don't think that would improve my overall impression. Hops are coming in droves but the dankness comes off like it's a bit old and contributes alot to the bitterness. Belgian character is perfectly balanced and adds a good dimension to what would otherwise be a very basic IPA.

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Photo of kjyost
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle BB 12 Feb 12 bought at Happy Harry's Grand Forks South. Poured at 4C into a clear plastic cup.

A: Small head that sticks around with good lacing atop a clear straw colored body.
S: Not what I was expecting... Not nearly a hoppy enough nose for an APA, never mind a self described IPA. Some citrus notes are very hidden with a peppery nose.
T: More of the same. Some hops, though hidden with the Belgian esters. Less pepper, a hint of barnyard...
M: Strong carbonation with light bitterness building over time.
O: A serviceable beer, but not what I wanted nor expected based on the label.

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Photo of rtaps
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a clear golden with nice white head good lacing

Smells yeast like with a lot of hops some pineapple

Taste fallows the nose, yeast/bready like, nice hoppy presence

Light bodied high carb wet feel

Overall it's a nice light brew good for summer

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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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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 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 raynmoon
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly cloudy, probably from the yeast. I poured it slightly heavy so perhaps that is what created the nice head. But it looks pretty decent/ nice.

It smells wonderful. I love when a good yeast can come through like that. Especially with the hops being so prevalent.

he taste is a lot more bitter hop than yeast. The belgian yeast is a little more of an after thought. Still a nice touch. I feel like the alcohol is coming through quite a bit.

Overall this beer is pretty decent. I probably wouldn't go pick it up at the store over any of the other beers I like to get somewhat regularly, but would enjoy this in a mix pack or if someone offered me one.

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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 brewerburgundy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, best by 1 April 2012.

This 'different' IPA is not a different color; it's dark yellow, we're not talking orange though. The head is quite light in color and decently sticky and billowy.

Sweet, fruity, and so far no really distinct hop aromas. There is a perfume of coriander, hints of yeast spice, Meyer lemon zest, and a sprinkling of alcohol. Not bad, but given it's fairly fresh, not impressive.

Hops are more vibrant in the mouth. A bit spring-like, with orange peel, grass, and moderate bitterness leaning toward crisp. There is a little Belgian yeast that never settle on funk or spices or pepperiness. A pale malt base is apparent with a bit of a cracker element.

In all parts it's soft; the carbonation is soft and doesn't aid the crispness from the hop bitterness, the body is too slick, and the aroma is limp.

Belgo is not a bad beer, but not really worth picking up from my sampling. The above section I think sums it up well with 'soft'. The concept and marketing are brash, so live up to it!

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale is sweet, yeasty, and more Belgian than IPA.

It poured light see-through straw with the slightest hint of orange. A slort bubbly off-white head did not last long and left only a bit of thin lace on about one-third of the glass. The smell was sweet and fruity and the flavor was dominated by banana, clove, and a hint of lemon peel, with a strong sweet yeasty metallic finish. There wasnly a moderate amount of bitterness and the feel was fleeting.

Belgo has a nice, if overly sweet flavor; however, the strong yeast presence and weak feel makes it more like a poor Belgian Ale than a middle-of-the-road IPA. Either way, there are much better options.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First, let it be known that Belgians are not my thing. I try to rate all brews objectively and relative to the style.

A - pours an apple juice golden color with a monster white head. Great retention decent lacing

S - yeasty cloves are the main aromas. Slight skunk and banana as well. Earthy hops are hidden

T - Initially clean and crisp to an unappealing Belgian skunky yeast flavor with a bit of spicey hops. Dry finish with a banana aftertaste

M - very crisp and drinkable, light bodied and logs of carbonation

O - I almost like it but not quite, I've always disliked that Belgian yeasts flavor though. That taste is pretty over powering here not leaving room for many other flavors

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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