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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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86
very good
210 Reviews
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
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
883
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
26.82%
 
 
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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 GreenCard
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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 russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 hopphead31415
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-It pours a clear golden color and a soft foamy white head. The lacing is thick and persistent.

Smell-The special Belgian yeast create a very strong BUBBLEGUM aroma which I have only very slightly sensed before in other beers. I get some slight citrus and spices as well.

Taste-The flavor is excellent. I taste the bubblegum also here and spices like rye. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly chewy. The lingering flavors on the palate are cloying and hoppy.

Overall-This is a really good beer. It is hard to find a really good Belgian IPA and I think this is a good beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty and crisp, well balanced and delicious. A worthy entrant into this newish genre.

Pours clear golden with a lively, moderately sticky head and good streamers of carbonation. The aroma is pungent and phenolic, fruity and spicy, but with a solid pale malt backbone and an aspirin-like tang. The flavor is crisp, with apple and clove and coriander, but a satisfying pale malt bottom-note and a pleasant bitter snap, like an acidic cider. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

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Photo of mactrail
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So spicy it must be radioactive. It's interesting how they get so much of the hop aromatics with so little bitterness. It IS pretty bitter, but in the context of so much intensity of flavor it's one of the things that make it good. Totally drinkable, but one to sip and savor. The Belgian yeastiness is more on the bright side than behind the barn, and the hops are more sunshine than dankness. A happy beer. Not exactly minty, but that same kind of powerful fresh aroma.

Finally got around to trying a bottle. Wow, I am impressed. The good qualities of my favorite regular New Belgium beer-- the Trippel-- plus a huge spicy hit and the aromatic hops.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on label is 08/July/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly cloudy golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and cloves with some pale malts. Some pepper like spices and barnyard funk. Good hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Also some hints of banana and honey. Big hints of candied sugars. Aroma is also fairly grassy.

Taste: A pretty sweet and fairly spicy tasting take on a Belgian IPA. Solid taste of Belgian yeast that lingers throughout with some cloves and pepper spices. Citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and banana. Solid presence of candied sugar and a little hints of honey. Also some grassy barnyard funk. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Slick and fairly juicy. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on the style. Good fruity candy flavor that avoids becoming too syrupy. Solid presence of yeasty spice.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium balloon glass. Through the hazy, golden orange body we can see a healthy amount of carbonation that rises to the top to support a frothy, creamy, egg-shell white head. As the beer recedes, scarred rings of lacing coat the side of the glass. It could use better retention, but it looks like a healthy Belgian IPA.

The smell is well-balanced, carefully pitting the Belgian yeast (which has a wonderful fruity aroma, carrying notes of pear and bruised apples) with a fresh, floral hop aroma. The resulting smell is rich with a honeyed sweetness, light fruitiness and a touch of lemongrass. It promises to be a delicious beer...and the taste doesn't let us down!

A bold flavor up front. Not full-bodied, yet certainly full-flavored, Belgo IPA has that complex interplay of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast with bitter hops even more so than the aroma. The hops (I get primarily Amarillo) come in quickly and impact the tastebuds with their bitter resin. The hops linger long into the aftertaste, but with each subsequent sip, more fruity esters come into play. A light hint of banana here, a faint touch of peach there. Very appetizing and easy to imagine with food.

The body, like I said before, isn't full, though it has a good amount of carbonation. It's smooth on the finish, and the frothy head on top almost brings a creaminess to the beer. The aftertaste is bitter and palette-coating. Great for an IPA.

I think this may be one of, if not the best Belgian IPA's that I have ever had. It does many things right here, from the good balance of yeasty qualities and hops, to the excellent aroma, to the well-suited body. This beer may not be a "session" IPA, but well worthy of seeking out if you want something in the Belgian IPA category. This is phenomenal, and would hold up easily against the likes of Houblon Chouffe and Piraat.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear and bright yellow beer. Two finger fluffy head.

Oooh yeah. Nice Belgian yeast aroma. Not too funky. And some hop presence. But the yeast is the primary aroma here.

Really, really nice flavor. Hops and Belgian yeast. Really smooth for an IPA. The bitterness is not too harsh, but it does linger for a while on the back of the tongue.

A nice, medium smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

This is a great beer. I would go on, but I must get back to drinking.

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Photo of JimKal
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice it deliver a substantial head that left good lacing as it dissipated. Dark amber in appearance.

this reminded me more of NB's Abbey than it did of an IPA. To me, the hops were there but not a substantial part of the ease profile. Here the Belgium yeasts are the dominant taste and they deliver,

I was going to try to follow this with another IPA for a taste comparison but I put that one back as I didn't think I could appreciate it after the Belgo, although I did treat myself to a second Belgo.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber hue with persistant lacing that firmly resisted gravity. Nice aroma...not overpowering. Slight scent of a fermenting fruit bowl - a mixture of tropical and citrus. Taste still had a faint biscuit flavor that tips off the brewer's origin - New Belgium. Nice spice...maybe some anise and coriander? Only slightly stringent bitter aftertaste. The exceptional balance of all of these qualities are what make this an excellent beer. It will be a regular offering in my home for guests.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice straw yellow into my snifter and a white head soon formed at the top of the glass that was constantly replenished by tiny little bubbles surging to the top of the glass.

The aroma is exceptional in both its power and its depth. Present are citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast esters like pepper and clove.

The taste is a cornucopia of flavors that point to the two styles that make up this beer. At first the beer is peppery and warm from the alcohol and then it soon turns decidedly bitter as the hops begin to assert themselves.

Overall this is an exceptional beer. It is a little odd at first and maybe even eccentric, but that being said, I like it.

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Photo of jkanavel
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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 TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small chalice. Pours a clear amber-gold, with a two finger white head that slowly reduces with plenty of sticky lacing along the sides.

Quite aromatic, with loads of spice, pepper, pine, and nutmeg. The Belgian yeast gives this a subtle grape and spice smell thet melds nicely with the hops.

Just as this has a complex aroma, the taste is similarly robust, yet balanced. Starts dry and bitter, yet quickly transitions to a floral spice, with hints of peach, pear and grapes. Finishes quite dry and bitter, with a fading echo of spice and yeast that is quite pleasing.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth beer with tons of dry bitter to leave the tongue feeling tacky.

New Belgium is not for sale here in Ohio; this was brough in from Illinois, which is quite a shame, because every brew I've had thus far of their's has been quite good. This is an excellent BIPA, with plenty of spice from the yeast to complement the bitterness of the hops. Definitely one you'll want to try if you can get your hands on one!

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Photo of wages
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 3rd or 4th one from the six pack (not all at once!). Poured into a pint glass.

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a nice head that fades but leaves a fair amount of lacing. The color is very light golden so much so that I can read text through it! I think it could be a hair darker to improve it's appearance (and perhaps give it some more body).

smell - 4.5/5 - Grassy with subtle sweetness.

taste - 4.5/5 - Very refreshing Belgian plus grapefruit hops flavor, though the Belgian "flavor" is fairly mild if not canceled out by the hops. Which, by the way, the hops linger for a while. A little grassy too. Very "bright". Might be a perfect post-lawnmower beer. Can't wait to find out. :)

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Perfect carbonation, crisp, refreshing body. Speaking of body, it is very light bodied IMO. I would personally like a little more body to balance the hops.

overall - 4.5/5 - Despite that I think it needs a little more balance in the body, I enjoy this beer. In fact, it's one of those that with every sip, it gets better. That might just be the 7% talking...

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Photo of shanblur
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18Mar12 freshness date. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - A translucent mix of orange and yellow. A robust white head leaves extensive lacing.

S - Grassy and floral hops mix with a Belgian yeast component.

T - The same grassy and floral hops predominate on the taste. Very nice.

M - Medium body with a minimal carbonation.

A great Belgian IPA. This will now be my go to for the style. Tasty. Highly recommend.

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Photo of intensify
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rocky mountain looking head which its craters and hills filled the entire top of my glass. As the head slowly sunk into the beer it left beautiful fluffs of lacing behind. Smells of resiny hops,banana, citrus fruits such as tangerine and orange peel. Earthyness and piney. This IPA brought the whole party with it and is here for business. First flavour that caught my attention was the spices that touch the tip of the tongue but quickly trails behind an explosion of hops, bananas, citrus. Bitter on the tongue but complements the fruityness of this beer. Slightly dry finish with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall this beer seems to have a lot going on. Very well balanced IPA. Thumbs up my fellow hop heads.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 883 ratings.
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