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

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Added by iSip on 10-07-2011

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Photo of anglagard1
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light appearance considering the style. It is my experience that American Belgian India Pale Ales (my God, what a mouthful) tend towards the IPA end of things, but this one is just the opposite. This one so worked against my expectations that I was initially disappointed with its lack of hops. Getting over that I now see that I am holding an intriguing beer in my hands with an accent on Belgian. Very light and clear in appearance with a super big and fluffy head. All the Belgian elements are there, bubblegum, coriander, banana, a little sourdough bread. To be honest, my tastebuds are a little scarred from the Fixed Gear I drank before this one, so I'm not sure if there's any hops presence in the Belgo. But I very much like what I do taste, subtle flavors that are worth taking the time to roll across your tastebuds. I'm not a huge fan of New Belgium but this one is fun. P.S. So sure was I that it was more IPA than Belgian that I drank it in a pint glass rather than a tulip glass. I'll try the tulip next time around. There WILL be a next time.
UPDATE: My overall opinion of the quality of this beer remains the same, but I did want to qualify that my tastebuds were indeed altered by the Fixed Gear I drank before I gave my review. There is a definite hops presence in this beer. Still, it was interesting to have reviewed this beer with an altered pallete. There was plenty to discover beyond what the hops had to say.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color with a huge head of white foamy lace that was soo big it had to be poured at least four times before it all settled down into the glass.

The aroma was full of yeast and spice with a very nice light fruit vibe coming off of it. Lots of peaches and pears were readily apparent and easily transferred the aroma into one of a nice Belgian pale. There was a large amount of hops present on the nose as well, what seemed like citrus A touch of alcohol was present hidden under all of this as well but it served more to round out then to distract. huge hoppy flavor coming off of it. nice fruity flavors worked their way in, lots of peaches and pears, apples and a touch of orange, probably coriander starting to break through. A good amount of yeast gave way to a nice dry hoppy finish that was accented by some grape like flavors in the end

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Photo of Rschis16
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect clarity in an light amber hue. Lots of carbonation from the bottom. A one finger shock-white silky head sits on top and dissapates down to a somewhat patchy silky sheet. Nice sea foam rings of lacing. The smell is characterized by a kiss of Belgian yeast funk and citrusy hops with a malty backbone. The citrus is in the form of orange.

Tight mouthfeel, dry and crisp, making for some very refreshing sips. Alcohol bite in the very back that is mostly hidden, but shows its head a few times. Hops are mildly bitter, but have a nice flavor that vibes well with the Belgian yeast. That funk from the smell is in the taste mildly, but adds a nice balance to the pleasant hops. A crisp taste of malts brings it full circle and gives this beer a simple straightforwardness that makes it easy to drink. Nothing too extreme, but a very enjoyable take on a style that has a history of going either way. I would buy this again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of bubbly lace.

S - It smelled of fruity notes - mostly dark fruits with some apple and pear. There was a toasty caramel presence, too.

T - Slightly phenolic with some nice fruit flavors - green apple and pear. Good caramel and burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. It's hard to put down. Very refreshing.

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

A: Crystal Clear light golden color. Nice one finger head that slowly faded but left a light lacing throughout the beer.

S: Awesome, Smelled like a rich Belgium ale and a light crisp IPA all at the same time.

T: Lived up to every part of the smell. Crisp Sour Apple, Apricot and kinda a weird nutty tart flavor from the Belgium yeast.

F: Light and smooth

Loved this beer. First experience with a beldium IPA and I'm pretty sure Im gonna try a batch myself. Why don't more breweries do this???

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 12oz bottle. Doesn't appear to have any yeast at the bottom, but I made sure not to pour everything in.

Contains a clear, orange color. Not much of a head, sadly, but overall not too bad. Carbonation is abundant and slightly filtered as I expected any Belgian IPA to be. Pretty overall, and looks inviting.

There are yeasty, fruity aromas filled with honey and glazed with orange marmalade flavors. Sugary, although overall pretty approximate to the Belgian styles.

Honestly, this is a great version of a Belgian style IPA! Not as yeasty as I would normally like it, but still manages to be more hoppier than malty (although sort of soapy at times), and is a strange blend of West coast hops with Belgian yeast. Could be thicker and probably the kinds of hops could be changed (doesn't taste like aged hops to me), but overall rewarding.

Definitely one of the better Belgian styles I've had from New Belgium Brewing Co. Belgian IPAs are hard to make right and they did a good job here. Smooth, tasty, and I approve.

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

Nice take on a Belgium IPA, richly hopped and with a pleasing yeasty touch.

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom capped bottle. New Belgium seal with brown Label with a silhouetted image of a disco ball Side narrative offers a brief groovy description… with intent and ingredients Shows a barely legible best by date (01APR112?), and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a New Belgium custom glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose… resin, grapefruit… with a woven fruity yeastiness… rather recognizable… floral with a spicy touch… very rich...

T - The Belgian yeasty sense switches control over the hops in the palate.. fruity notes with a caramel touch linger over the bitter resin and grapefruit… Rather nice.

M - Medium to medium-light body with moderate and soft carbonation. It does not hinder the brew but has a bit of a narrow rhythm with an oily hint that touches a watery sense before it comes back again.

O - All in all pretty spot on and enjoyable. Not for the ages but it comes together with great dexterity.

Notes: Not extraordinary but very well rounded. It feels like we are hitting a well recognized standard for what is minimally expected of a quality Belgium IPA. This works.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, with a rich and frothy head. Amazing and intricate spiderweb lace.

Nose is sweet and spiced. I get some candy sugars, yeast, and some herbal notes. An odd mix/melding, but nice.

Taste is sweet up front, followed by an herbal hop twang and a sweet, dry finish.

This one's complex and rich, and well worth a try. It may not be my favorite New Belgium brew, but it's certainly good.

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Photo of pweis909
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgo. I'm not a fan of the name. For some reason, it reminds me of digestion processes. Belly, Belch, Blech? Fortunately, this beer is better than its name!

Appearance: It is a brilliant beer, with a touch of orange to nudge it just a smidge past gold, with a white creamy head that has some staying power and leaves laces as it recedes. Drink with your eyes. This beer is inviting.

Aroma, Taste, and Mouthfeel: Clovey spiciness dominates the aroma, though there is enough hop to inform you that there is more to the beer. The carbonation bite is aggressive at first, but if the beer is savored before swallowing, there is a nice malty back of the mouth malty sweetness that is complemented by the clove. The sweetness is balanced by hop bitterness and citrus rind, which falls just short of clashing with the clove, or maybe it doesn't fall short. Close call. Pretty aggressive. The finish is dry, with astringency from the hops and bite from the carbonation lingering.

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

Poured golden with a frothy initial head and trails of lace.

Lemon/orange citrus notes the main scent, some biscuit/cracker/yeast notes in the background.

Saltine crackers, herbs and spices, lemon and orange rind, dry finish.

Bubbly carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

I thought this was quite solid, liked the crispness and good flavors.

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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 WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Belgo IPA is very good. The beer pours clear golden with foamy white head that is leaving a lace in my tulip glass. The scent carries spice, hints of bitter citrus with touches of sweet Belgium malts. The taste starts with a zip of spice then a hoppy bitter citrus and sweet malt takes over and then a peppery finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hop driven. The taste matches the nose. A solid beer.

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Photo of n2185
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian notes dominate the nose, bursting with aromas of bubblegum, candy sugar, and pears. There are some floral and citrus notes towards the finish from the hops.

T: Bubblegum, candy sugar, and light Belgian spice notes up front followed by grapefruit and pine flavors from the hops. The finish is grassy and lightly bitter with a sweet Belgian aftertaste.

M: Medium body with highish, frothy carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and clean.

O: A good beer, all around, and at a solid price. Definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had, though I'd like a bit crisper body and more hop presence in the nose.

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color, with a huge rocky white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are yeasty, mineral like, with some bubblegum, and peppery spices.

Taste is yeasty, with a really prominent pink bubblegum like sweetness, light cream, and some mixed spices. Finish is peppery, with a mineral like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, with prickly carbonation. Feels about right for the style,

Overall, a pleasant surprise, I picked this up on whim at the nearby grocery store, but it turned out to be pretty tasty. Well worth trying,

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Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today, on sale at local grocery.
I really like this style and the Hubulon Chouffe is my standard to judge by.
Pours a Super-foamy amber tone. Tons of head, this is a very carbonated brew. Looks great.
Smells of peppery yeast upfront.In a big way.Soured banana, pear, pepper,clove, bread, sweet citrus, funky tart and sweet all in one.Not detecting so much in the way of hoppiness upon initial smell.A second smell takes care of that-citrus, bitter hop note, grapefruit, nice hoppy bite. This beer really needs a few minutes to open up.
Flavor is upfront fruit-think pear, citrus, banana, accented by a nice note of grain, pepper, coriander, hoppy on the finish. I pick up on a nice earthy rustic, yet "american" hops flavor overall.
It is a really nice balance of Belgian mustiness, sweet malty fruitiness mixed with the citric bite of American hops. Carbonation is medium, finishing with a nice tingling spice.
Good brew, good to see New Belgium is still creating good beers

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Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-copper in color with a big, bubbly, frothy, white head.

S: Belgian yeast, light, fruity hops, bready malt.

T: Good, yeasty, hoppy flavors. Very Belgian. Slight bitterness and considerably dry. The dry fruit in the finish is very nice.

M: Smooth and sweet with a pleasant dryness. Yeasty and malty. Enjoyable to drink.

O: A fine example of the style. Well done.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, with a small but very firm and creamy head. Long-lasting too.

Lovely smell. Floral, pineapple, white grape, Belgian yeast pungency, piny hops. Oh mama.

Taste is mostly fruity at first, with pear, peach, pineapple and orange popping out. The hops are on the leafy/pine side, almost a cannabis flavor to them, and the yeast is a tweaked bit of Belgian love that blends right in. A dab of honeyed sweetness. Even some alcohol warming things up a bit. I like the pungent hop/yeast teamup in the finish. A bit bitter, a bit pine-like, and certainly not catering to mainstream tastes. (One worries about that when a beer of this style is spotted in grocery store chains countrywide.)

A little sharp on the carbonation, although it mellows as it sits. But it masks the sharper flavor characteristics, rather than matching up with them, so I would've wanted something a bit smoother and rounder.

A really good entry into the growing Belgian IPA ring. New Belgium continues to keep their focus on quality. Good for them.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a bottle on 4/14/12

a-very pale and yellow/straw colored for an IPA. A nice head on the top with good lacing.

s- Smells sweet, with a hint of grapefruit with the hops coming through strong.

t- in the style of a belgian IPA this isn't quite as bitter as its american counterpart. The bitterness of the hops quickly makes way for sweet, fruity tones.

m- it has a nice medium body. It goes down smooth and doesn't feel too heavy in your mouth.

o- This is a great beer. A really smooth IPA that has a big, full body. It hardly tastes like the 7% abv labled on the bottle and if I didn't know that i'd be tempted to call this a session beer

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Photo of obrike
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock for 1.69.

A bit of a hazy, dark straw color...pretty significant lace on this one. Good looking brew.

Yum...big shot of Belgian yeast upfront....followed by apricot,tropical fruit hops...what's not to like?

Dry, yet juicy? Is that possible? That's kind of what I'm feeling here. A really nice combo of IPA and Belgian a drinkable 7%abv. Strong enough to feel it, but not a crazy 9 or 10 that totally kicks your tail.

I'm very pleasantly surprised by this offering and will look for it from now on.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Best by February 2012.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Very thick, white head, 2+cm, almost sponge-like, that gradually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Amazing lacing along sides of glass: sheets, lines, and clumps abound. Body is semi-hazy, orange-copper with yellow highlights, featuring some modest visible carbonation. I can't think of a better beer display for the style.

Aroma opens with some burnt dust, apricot, malt, and mild yeast scents. It's somewhat like a muted Belgian-style ale and a muted American IPA combined into a muted hybrid. Probably my least favorite part of this fairly exceptional beer.

Taste opens with sweet malt, flowery hops, and apricot hops. Transitions to spicy flavors, coriander, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast complexities. Closes with black pepper, lingering grapefruit, ethanol, and a slight complex funkiness, tanginess, and acidity. Aftertaste is of mildly bready malt flavors combined with hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with carbonation is high enough to make this pleasantly felt on the palate, but still go down easily. Finish is dry, but also a bit sticky sweet.

This was a very good hop-forward variation of a Belgian IPA. Still, balance was there and the taste was very enjoyable. Definitely one to seek out and try again, the only aspect I'd like to be a bit more developed was the aroma.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, brassy blonde with corn silk highlights and a million tiny susupended yeast particles when backlit. Nice dank hoppy aroma with a small blast of yeasty funk. Piney hops with a lemon taffy sweetness imparted by the yeast and a solid malt backbone. Well balanced flavors of American IPA & Belgian yeast which is refreshing as I have grown tired of the "extreme" attempts at this newer style. Finishes mostly dry with a hop oily mouthfeel in the finish. Hey, I love good affordable beer and NBB Belgo certainly fits the bill.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear pale yellow with a thin yet persistent frothy head with great lacing.

S - I don't know what hits the nose first, the Belgian influence or the bitter IPA aroma. Either way, it's fantastic and floral

T - Just as exciting as the nose with a wonderfully bitter aproach to the slightly more complex Belgian yeast characteristic which introduces a pleasant and perfect amount of clove.

M - Thin and massively carbonated with just a touch of bitterness hanging around the tongue.

O - Brilliant effort buy the fellows at NB. Refreshing, flavorful and not overly heavy while carrying tons of flavor and depth.

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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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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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