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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 884
Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -8.9%
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 -8.9%
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 barleywinefiend
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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 lawlerj
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -8.1%
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 MarvinTheMarzen
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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 phishsihq
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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 LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium to slightly bigger off white head slowly decides to settle above a slightly thicker particle filled straw golden colored beer.

Slight citrus and some spices in the aroma of this IPA.

Some lesser spices come through very well in the taste of this beer which has a nod towards the citrus.

A slight dryish aftertaste without much taste remaining with medium bodied beer.

A kind of like the light spices that come through in the taste of this beer.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle stamped 13May12 to a pint glass the beer pours a clear golden straw color with a dece 1 finger white head, some retention and nice lacing. The nose is very belgian dominated with strong banana and clove character, a noticeable sweet malt essence as well as perhaps a hint of apple. Not alcohol detected. A mild earthy hop character. The flavor starts crisp with a strong bite that gradually mellows to a blend of earthen hops, sweet malt, banana, clove, and apple flavor. Medium bitterness, again no alcohol detected. The flavor is sharp, overly so, in my opinion as it distracts from an otherwise enjoyable beer. Finishes crisp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, not a bad beer but not outstanding. Glad I purchased only the 1.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy, golden color with a nice sized white head. Moderate carbonation lets the head hang around for awhile while it leaves some nice lacing as you drink.

S - Yeasty, spicy...a hint of pepper, some bubblegum, and sweet malt.

T - Lots of sweet fruit flavors with some spice coming through on the finish. The hop flavors are mostly fruity with some floral qualities. The bitterness is fairly low and doesn't really come through on the finish.

M - Fairly dry, not a whole lot of body, which is quite to style and makes this a refreshing beer.

O - This would be a good Belgian pale ale, which is what it is as far as I am concerned. But they call it a Belgian IPA and although it shouldn't be a hot hammer like an AIPA the hops really take a back seat and just peak through at times. If you are going to call it an IPA you need to feature hops a bit more. Not a bad beer, one that I would enjoy again, but it falls short in the style.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a NB goblet

tan and clear with a resilient white foamy head and nice legs

fresh resiny hops with an edge of bier-de-garde funk, a little pine

ooh, the pine really pops in the nose at the first sip. Kind of woody, moderate bitterness and a dry, funky finish. Sappy, green.

mid-bodied with a high carbonation level.

This style isn't exactly in my wheelhouse, but I've had a few better executed beers of this ballpark of a genre (Houblon Chouffe, Ommegang BPA). I'd personally prefer a sweeter hop profile to pair with the belgian yeast. Solid, not amazing.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours golden with cap of white foam.

S: Banana and clove phenols with a dash of weak citrus hops.

T: Same here. Citrus hops are there for a flash then get lost in weak Belgian-y yeast.

D: Not particuarily enjoyable, but the carbonation is about right and the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: I have not had many good beers in this style. They too often lean too far on the funky, or hoppy side. This is a bit too yeasty, with little solid hop character.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-12
Best before 3-18-12

Appearance: a hazy golden yellow color with a huge white head that leaves behind big chunks of lacing.

Smell: extremely Belgian, with lots of banana from the malt and a good spicy kick form the hops. Distinct, but not bad.

Taste: all sharp hops, very tart and surprising. The Belgian character is milder than anticipated, with tons of bitterness in the finish. A bit over-hopped, and one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: about right for the style, with carbonation that keeps things light and accentuates the hops.

Overall: a good beer, but nothing special. I was hoping the Belgian quality would add complexity, but no luck.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Good looking mix of Belgian and Pale Ale, slightly cloudy. Nice bubbles on the top and the bubbles lace the glass.
S-Earthy smell, not my favorite but OK
T-Better then the smell, good hoppy bitterness but muted by the Belgium yeast. It like the hops start to kick in but then fall off. Think of it as an IPA that is less "edgy."
M-Clean, long lasting, just right.
O-New Belgium does a solid job of making consistently good brews. I flew with one of their sales reps and he comped me a free beer so I try and pick up a 6 pack from time to time. This is a solid beer for pizza to make every bite of a good pie, a great experience.

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Photo of DentistDave
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep yellow. A thin white head disappears quickly. Some thin lacing is evident.

Smell: Nice aroma; citrus and floral dominate.

Taste: Starts sweet with lemon, then bitter and grapefruity with hops, then yeast and malts. Bitterness is fairly high.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light-medium body. Yeasty aftertaste lingers.

Overall: A good one for New Belgium. Really easy drinking for the ABV. I could see downing these in the front yard with neighbors on a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, hint of floral hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight yeast, sweet malt, slight citrus hops, and slight floral hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a clear bright golden body. Nice lacing.

S: nice tropical fruit and yeast character. some musty grain and breads.

T: flavor is a little bland. Pale malts, breads, herbal and earthy hops prevail. yeasty character is present but provides more to the mouthfeel than flavor.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A little weak on the hop character. It is a nice belgian style beer though making it nicely drinkable.

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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is mostly golden colored and clear. There was a nice, two-finger head of white foam that left great lacing and rings on the glass as I consumed.

S-The beer had a floral, sweet, hoppy whiff at first with a little bit of white pepper and yeast. Those hops had just a touch of funk underneath.

T-The taste was not quite as floral or impressive as the smell, but similar. A quick hit of slightly resinous and floral hops up front is followed by mildly sweet yeast and biscuit on the finish.

M-The brew has creamy, fine carbonation and a medium body.

O-This was a decent beer, but a touch on the sweet and yeasty side of the style for me. The hops and yeast work well together here, but I found myself wanting a drier, crisper feel and a little more prick from the carbonation. High marks for the lacing, however.

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Photo of drl1990
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, had it in the bottle before but not on tap.

Little metallic but it has an alright IPA flavor.

Not a very strong aroma and low head. Dissipated quickly. Crisp with a nice apricot or honey color to it.

Not a dark ale at all, mostly crisp, clean with a slight metallic and a moderate hops flavor.

Much better on tap then in the bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been looking to try this guy for some time now. It pours a clear brass topped by a light-cream-white froth a few fingers tall. (And I don't remember shaking it at all...) The nose comprises pine needles aplenty, melon rind, grapefruit rind, and banana. The taste holds notes of honey, banana, light grapefruit zest, light honeydew, light watermelon, and rather light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid BIPA; though nothing to write home about, it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

Belgo has a nice pale golden color I didn't get much of a head, maybe because of my pour, but what head was there dissipated quickly. It does leave a nice lacing as you drink it. Darker than most pale ales. has a good hoppy smell, it foretells of the hoppy taste you are about to get. The flavor is good, strong. you can easily tell what you are drinking as the flavors hit you right as they hit your tongue. it has a good, smooth feel as you drink it which is nice for a pale.

I was half expecting the standard IPA flavor and smells, but this was a pleasant surprise and change of pace. I might actually like it better than New Belgium's Ranger IPA. It doesn't linger as long, thought it does have a nice kick to it at 7% ABV. Good beer.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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