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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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Phenols & grapefruit

T; follows the nose, lemons rind & some bready sweetness as well up front, nice over all grapefruit vibe, nice funkyness as well. Phenols & a touch of juicy-fruit hides under the grapefruit along with white pepper & coriander. Finishes crisp, dirty & refreshing & a touch of band-aid

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation that skews toward creamy as this warms, great balance

One of the best beers I've had from these guys in a long time, reminds a lot of Tank 7 in many ways, just about as good. Well done New Belgium!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in MN at a town liquor store...poured into tulip.
Poured amazing golden semi-hazy with huge white foamy head. Lacing all over the place!
Smells of belgian yeast as soon as I pop the top. mixed with a slight hay/wheat aroma.
The taste is amazing. Right off the bat, its a belgian...a great belgian, but has a bit more punch and a bit more personality. Slight citrus flavor, but mostly taste the yeast and hay and slight apricot undertones. There is something in the combination of the smell, flavor, and feel of this beer that just screams amazing.

Note to New Belgium....Please bring your beer to NEW YORK!

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Cigar City shaker pint.

A: Poured a sunflower yellow/gold color, with a nice 2-finger pillowy white head that stuck around for a while.

S: It had that signature Belgian IPA grassiness, but also quite a bit of a citrus component poking through as well which was actually more so than the average Belgian IPA.

T: There was a nice balance between the lawn clipping quality and the sweeter elements. This was hoppy as hell and I would rank it up there with Cali-Belgique in terms of its overall grapefruitiness.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation and the sweetness wasn't cloying in any way. The lacing was ridiculous on the glass, but like I stated, this really didn't carry over onto the palate.

O: This was a great representation of the Belgian IPA, which is a style that I'm starting to come around to.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
7% ABV, 16SEPT12 (best by on label)

A - Heavy carbonation streams from the etching in the globe glass though the clear golden brew to the abundant head. The off-white foam leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace caked on the glass. It's hard for beer to look much better than this.

S - Potency, thy name is Belgo. Bold Belgian yeast aroma loaded with complex esters; white pepper, clove, clay, and banana notes come through with a nice abundant hop nose. Lemon citrus and grapefruit notes with subtle earth tones really shine! The pale malt backing of Belgo introduces minor caramel sweetness while providing a good base for the complexity the other ingredients have to offer.

T - Considerably more faint than the aroma, Belgo seems to be sort of flat after the powerful intro. Pale malt ups it's ante with stronger sweetness and body followed by a light smattering of citrus hop flavor. Yeast ester complexity goes from bold to subtle and minor as well, gently offering some of the earthy tones along the finish.

M - Flatter-feeling in body than the streaming carbonation might suggest, Belgo has a very nice hop bitterness that punches through the medium malty body for a dry, biting finish that slightly makes up for the drop-off from aroma to flavor.

O - Powerful starting and deep with a nice flavor profile, Belgo is a bi-polar beer that's got it's down sides, but evens out to a well-balanced, Belgian-influenced, hoppy beer with a nice clean bitterness. A good pairing with spicy pepperoni-coated thick-crusted pizza!

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Photo of mc68881rc
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: it looks like beer. It's not clear but there aren't chunks in it.

Smell: light fruit/lambic smell

taaste: starts smooth and light. Then there is distinct hops and IPA flavor. Not strong but enough to verify the name on the bottle as an IPA.

mouthfeel: liquid :-) It's not overly carbonated. I'd say typical for an IPA maybe a tad flatter.

Overall: Liked it al lot. I'd buy/drink it again.

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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 younger35
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopper by Poor Richards on my way to the airport for a quick pint. This was the best beer available. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice creamy bright white head with some serious staying power. Loads of lacing is left in its cool ring like fashion.
Smell- Not overly hoppy smelling buy there are hints of some citrusy tones. A touch of grapefruit and banana surprisingly mix very well. Obviously the yeast plays a part in here adding the light banana tones along with a spicy sort of earthiness. Pretty nice all in all but it smells slightly under hopped.
Taste- Welp, scratch that. Maybe the yeast sort of scrubs the hoppy smell because it's plenty hoppy. Nice crisp bitter bite out of the gate that is very much full of grapefruit pith and orange peel. Unlike the nose the yeast really takes the backseat here adding just a hint of those banana tones. A touch of sweetness in the finish with some light doughy malt.
Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation on a lighter body with a nice crisp finish.
Drinkability- Surprisingly tasty beer that is deliciously hoppy and a welcome surprise at this place. I’m starting to like these Belgium IPA's more and more and this is a better version of the style. Nice beer!

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Photo of GreenCard
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden hue, slight haze, nice layer of off-whites suds, good head retention

Aroma: tropical hop scent and yeast esters; grainy undertone

Flavor: crisp malt sweetness with a fluffiness similar to that of Duvel; hints of apple, passion fruit, and peach pits; dry finish with a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fluffy texture, alcohol warmth

Other comments: It's like a cross between an American IPA and a Duvel. Yummy.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. Great carbonation that took a moment to recede. Admittedly, it was a bad pour.

A: orangish yellow.
S: fresh hops and pineapple.
T: medicinal, waxy flower pollen (but I cannot identify from which flower), bubble gummy.

This is one of my favorite styles of beer. I love the addition of Belgian yeast to a hoppy IPA. I love this beer. I’ll have another.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed golden apricot color. Average sized, creamy, smooth, white head. Good retention leaving a thin coating layer of lace.

S - Good amount of sweet fruity aroma along with touches of typical Belgian spice. Light bready/pilsener malt provides a good backbone.

T - Great fruity flavor. Citrus (grapefruit) and sweet nectar fruit. Some pepper, coriander, lemon, and clover. Hints of floral hops as well. Strong bready malt backbone. Overall fairly sweet but nothing intense.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Goes down very easy. Smooth and creamy with great flavors jumping out. Well balanced. Very easy to drink and entices me to drink more.

Notes: Great Belgian IPA. Fruity and spices are all present but nothing is too intense. Very smooth and creamy with great flavors coming out. Wonderful overall.

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Photo of ETM
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've felt like reviewing a beer in quite a while.

Consumed in a goblet.

Head leaves in due time, random foam clouds remain. Color is light, not transparent nor cloudy.

Smells of crispness, some floral hops.

Taste: there is a significant amount of bitterness. This is enjoyable and tends to make one sip and space out those sips. That being said, this is a great beer and one could wholeheartedly enjoy several pints until the 7% caught up with you.

Mouthfeel: There isn't residual sweetness like you're eating candy, but there is something left to chew on. Not thin at all, but would go great with all kinds of savory food.

Overall: I think at $8.50 a 6-pack this beer is extremely good.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Shade lighter than ranger with a similar head: apricot gold body, off-white head, great retention and lace. A bit of sediment out of the bottle.

S - Soft and sweet. Apricot, orange, banana, clove, brown sugar, and a touch of sour.

T - Kaleidoscopic hop character; herbal opening into a woody center and a dry grapefruit finish. Honey, white grape, and cranberry support the middle of the profile.

M - Light body, with a nice bright carbonation.

O - Complex, bright, and refreshing with great drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Nice golden amber color--a bit light for an IPA, but that's the Belgian style. Half-a-finger head that dissipated into a lacy blanket. Moderately effervescent with a few lingering bubbles.

S: Very floral and malty. Not as hoppy as I expected. Pleasant aroma (but a little faint).

T: Strong (typical) IPA aftertaste--very nice. Hoppy and citrusy.

F: Not as heavy as a typical IPA--I guess that can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your preference. A bit more bubbly than most IPAs (again, that can be good or bad). For my part, the Feel is the strongest aspect of this beer.

O: Not as yeasty as most Belgian beers, which is a positive for me. I like New Belgium, and this one is definitely in keeping with their philosophy. A strong, drinkable beer, which (at 7.0% ABV) might get you in trouble.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy 1/2 finger white crown atop.A burst of fresh citric hop really hit home in the nose along with toasted corainder seed,the aromas are really fresh and bold.Sharp citric hops upfront on the palate followed by a light yeasty phenols,the phenols are kept in check pretty well though with the hops being the main component.A very good BIPA,American hops with just a little yeastiness,I would buy again.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pillow of white head and golden color. Smell is sugary banana with a little barnyard funk. Reminds me a bit of Pranqster in look and smell.

Initial taste is more like pilsner than bpa, with a slightly bitter finish and a bit of heat going down. Nice lacing continues throughout. A bit of tannin on the tongue I the finish. A little thin on taste, again sweet banana most prominent but a pretty nice beer and good for Belgian fix at a decent price for a sixer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clear and gold colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell is strong hops and strong fresh coriander. Strong grapefruit scent with Belgian yeast spiciness. Light flower scent with a little honeysuckle sweetness.

Starts out mildly sweet with an assertive bitter snap. Strong hops bitterness with some of the more herbal bitter taste of coriander. Solid Belgian IPA flavor, but it does lack a little subtleness, might improve a bit as it ages a little.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. All the basics are there for a Belgian IPA. Still seems a little on the raw side. Certainly worth the price I paid for the beer. Will buy again. An added benefit is the Low Alcohol level for the style. This doesn't have the KO effect of say Raging Bitch.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught served in a shaker pint, half finger head.

Blood orange in color, maybe it was the lighting, carbonation was not overdone, but not perfect.

S: Floral, hoppy, and boozy

T: Hops, herbs, piney notes, and a boozy, bitter finish

M: Perfect, not watery at all.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. Definitely sessionable, but not my first choice at all. IPA's still are not my thing, but naturally I have understood why they are so popular.

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Photo of bump8628
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. An excellent version of this relatively new style. Great balance between American hops and Belgian yeast character. Citrus...lots of citrus. Orange, pineapple, lime, and grapefruit. Some complimentary pine, herbs, bright floral notes. The Belgian yeast notes fight their way into the mix with more spice and citrus. Dry and evenly bitter, but smooth.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden color with 4 finger head.

S- Citrus hops, spices, Belgian yeast, some earthiness and a touch of sweetness.

T- Bitter, earthy, spicy, getting some citrus hops up front, yeast is there but not as big of a taste as I thought, nice bitter finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body

O- A nice beer that is very enjoyable. First non Lips of Faith beer that I have really liked from New Belgium. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of IronLover
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle, best by April 1, 2012. Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a slight chill haze that clarifies shortly after the pour. Poured with a tall, rocky foam that clung to the edges of the glass. Bubbles never stop rising from the bottom of the glass. Musty belgian yeast and citrus and orange aromas with hints of banana and spice. Thick feel with rich never-ending carbonation. Citrus and pine hops from beginning to end with a sweet malt and belgian yeast backbone. Pine hop bitterness intensifies at the end with a slightly boozy, bitter hop finish. Lots of nice aromas, flavors and feel on this belgian IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Brawley Bev in Charlotte, NC

A-Pours lightly hazed, dull looking lighter amber. It sports a frothy medium tan head and leaves thick bands of lace.

S-Yeasty and fruity nose

T- Notes of bananas, yeast, coriander up front, moderate hop package drying out the rear.

M- Carbonation on point and nicely smooth over the tongue

O- Fruity and lighter take on the style, lots of tropical fruits, and yeasty goodness. Very enjoyable and quite easy drinking. Wish they distributed to the NY/NJ/CT area. Well worth picking up a six or a case of this nicely crafted brew.

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Photo of Briken
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear slightly darker amber with yellow edges, big foamy/frothy head with great retention. Fruity yeast aroma. Taste follows with citrus hop balance with a relatively clean finish. Nice light hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Crisp, refreshing and a light tackiness.

Nice interplay of yeast and hops. Wonderfully flavorful and simple Belgian IPA for 7-8 dollars. Nothing overpowering just nice crisp IPA with a touch of Belgian yeast. A beer that’s more than the sum of it’s parts.

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Photo of joecalderoni
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice yellowish golden color! Nice carbonation and lacing!

S: Amazing hop aroma without overpowering the nice belgian yeast character!

T: Medium body, an excelent balance between the hop character and the belgian yeast taste!

O: the best of both worlds! This beer is an IPA and a belgian beer in one! Its a nice beer to enjoy! Definetly a must!

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Photo of abrethanson
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden copper with a 1 finger head that leaves a light lacing around the glass. High clarity within the beer's body. Looks like a solid ipa. Thought it would have been a little more "spicy" looking.

Aroma - Light citrus with some farmhouse funk. Some spices pull through and smells a little more like a Belgium than it looked

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light, refreshing.

Taste - Surprisingly funky. Definitely hop forward and can taste the Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe and Cascade hops like a good west coast ipa. The back end is funky and dry like a farmhouse ale. Dig that straw bready dryness. No booziness at all.

Overall - I felt like I was mixing 2 different beers here. Impressed with the balance between hoppiness and funkiness. Very crisp and refreshing. Very sessionable even with the higher ABV. It is usually a hit or miss with New Belgium and I would definitely hit this again.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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