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 jimmah120
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle no date

look is a slightly murky yellow gold. decent retention and lacing. Smell is musty yeast, big and bright bubblegum and some clove and spice. Taste follows but with peppery/floral hops interlaced with the dry yeast and bubblegum. Feel is medium and somewhat cloying. Some alcohol lingers after a swig.

Interesting beer, but not very tasty. If you enjoy belgians and hops, you'll probably love this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a fusion of two styles that you dont see all the time. pours a very alive deep golden color with a rising head. smells yeasty and hoppy, enticing! its muc more of an ipa that i thought it might be. these usually tend to be european versions, and thus not as bold with the hop additions. not belgo though, this is an ipa through and through with a nice crist belgian yeast finish. not one i'd probably drink every day, but a well executed rendition of the style.

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Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: gorgeous golden orange with huge tight head of 3 fingers. leaves nice lacing. clear body. (into NB globe)

s: lemon peel with some grassy, herbal notes. a bit spicy and bready as well.

t: upfront is an herbal flavor, then you get hit with some lemon zest. the yeast esters come in a lot mid palate. leaves a grassy, resiny taste on the palate. simple but well made.

mf: prickly carbonation gives it a Belgian feel. medium body. semi-dry finish.

o: i really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

956th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
12 oz bottle

Best by 3/18/12
Purchased @The Grog Shop, Whittier, CA

App- A good solid orange that is a bit clear with a good 1-1/2 finger head. Huge clings and lace that just sticks down the glass. The notch in the glass makes the bubble activity last and last.

Smell- A nice aromatics mix of a saison with banana, spice, nutmeg, lemon, wheat and dampness. The IPA notes of the citrus and a little bit of bitter come next.

Taste- A bit heavy handed with the thickness. Needs to be a bit more lush and pop more of the IPA and have some balance. Still a tasty beer with a nice peppery note behind and some damp tingly yeast and citrus.

Mouth- This was a good bit of a dense, damp medium body with a medium carbonation with a little bit of bubbles and a trailing little bit of bitter.

Drink- A solid outing from NB as always. This was tasty, solidly balanced albeit a little bit more dense and thicker. I would've like to see more brightness but you have to make your beer unique.

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Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth fluffy light airy slightly off-white colored head... Excellent retention... Loaded throughout with swirling moderate to rapid paced carbonation that rises in random patterns... The color is a lemony golden yellow with an ever so faint glow and a slight red hue... Lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass... This a a very nice looking offering and spot on for the style...

S - Lemon zest... Grassy notes... A slight piney hop presence... White pepper... Simple... A bit understated...

T - A mirror image of the nose presents itself... Lots of lemon... Some faint grassy notes... A subtle sharp hoppiness that is a mix of euro and piney hops... A faint spiciness is present on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk prickly carbonation... Slightly lush... Very crisp... Clean... A bit sharp...

D - A solid American interpretation of the style... Absolutely stellar appearance... The nose and flavor are solid, but a bit understated... The mouthfeel is a bit too sharp... Overall is a solidly above average Belgian IPA...

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Photo of gratefuld
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice yellow amber color, but a minimal head. I expected more...overall though, clean refreshing looking beer.
S: You can definitely smell the belgian yeasts in this one. You cannot really smell any hops in this one, but I really really like how this one smells. (I think the taste is deceiving given the smell!)
T: You can definitely taste the hops in this beer. Initially I thought this overpowered the belgian style of the beer, but after a few more sips, the combination of the hops and the belgian yeast. The more I drink this the more I like it.
M: Crisp clean mouthfeel. Dry Finish

O: One of the first New Belgium beers I have like in awhile. Initially I did not like the beer, but I think my expectations were skewed given how much I like Flying Dogs Raging Bitch. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, that I'm glad I bought. I'll definitely have another one of these....I bought a six pack!

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Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these at families house for the holiday. Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Lighter color, dull yellow, pretty clear all the way through. Foamy white head on top with good amounts of lacing.

S- Dull hop aroma up front. Piney, citrus hops mixed together. Get a hint of clove at the end. A bit of funk somewhere in there too.

T- Some hop flavors up front. Slight citrus taste to it. Quickly turns in the middle to caramel malts mixed with a little spice to it. Clove comes through in pieces. Some banana flavor towards the end. The Belgian yeast gives it a nice finish and supports the piney hop flavors at the end.

M- Medium body, close to a lighter body. Good carbonation, slightly dry.

O- Haven't had lots of Belgian IPA's before. This was a good drink, but nothing made it great. Good flavors and nicely put together. Would maybe pick up a sixer of this sometime as it was easy to drink.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB April 22, 2013

Beer is golden in colour with a large white head. Dissipates at a relatively slow pace leaving a bunch of sticky lacing.

Hops and Belgian yeast are immediately noticeable in the nose. Very floral, a bit soapy and a bit of citrus. Light fruit scents are strong, along with lots of sugar. A very very sweet smelling beer, to the point where it smells a little bit like fruit-flavoured candy. However, with this reservation, generally a very nice smelling beer.

Rather similar to an pale wheat ale. Huge bubblegum flavour with surrounding bitterness, especially at the end. The sweet bubblegum flavour and the bitterness do not mingle very well but remain remarkably distinct from one another and are not complimentary. The beer has a soapy flavour to it, and some grapefruit flavour is present. Some spice and other fruit flavours are there as well.

Moderate to high carbonation, good for the style. Medium bodied. Dries out the mouth quite a bit, and feels a bit sticky.

Overall, this beer has some good qualities, but the taste is only average for a Belgian IPA. It is not nearly in the same league as gems such as Lupulus or Duvel Triple Hop. The Belgian and IPA aspects are not well integrated but seem to be in conflict with one another.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light amber color, fairly cloudy, moderate amount of head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S - Phenols, esters, and pepper nicely balances the piney hops.

T - Piney hops with a bit of a sweet Belgian undertone.

M - The least impressive part of this brew. Maybe too much carbonation and too watery of a finish.

O - Very drinkable beer. I think I'll have another!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - golden/copper, hardly any head but very bright white and a tiny bit of lacing

S - Super bright sweet malts, really nice sweet Belgian yeast, floral/fruity hops, candy sugar, woodsy/pine, baking spices and terrior

T - Pine, sweet/toasty malts, sugar, awesome Belgian yeast, flowers, very fruity, spices, wood, foliage and terrior

M - Medium minus body, well balanced, decent complexity, medium minus acidity and a very long sweet yet bittersweet finish

D/O - one of the more refreshing beers I have had. VERY easy to drink, great amount of flavors and balanced in those flavors. If you love craft beer or are a novice, this one you and most people will like. The bitter sweet balance is almost perfect

Final thoughts - Only $7-8 a sixer, nice 7% abv and just all around awesome. Once again another New Belgium beer that has the notes of fat tire in it. I really think all of them do

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a clear, medium golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A spicy yeast aroma of clove, anise, and coriander with bready malt and some pine hops in the background.

T - Spicy yeast character up front with coriander, pepper, and perhaps a hint of orange. Some pine and musty hop character in the middle fading to bready malt and more coriander in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A well crafted Belgian style ale, though I might be inclined to question its IPA pedigree. The hop character is lacking, both in its intensity and its American character. There are hints of pine, but most of the hop flavor gets lost in the spicy yeast notes.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color with a nice one finger off white head. Excellent lacing on the side of my snifter glass. It's fairly clear in appearance. The nose is really nice- peach, pear, spice, hops- really extremely balanced, and very nice. The flavor is the same profile, but it's not as complex as the best Belgians in this style. Feel is nicely carbonated, with a very dry fruity finish. Overall, this is a solid beer, but you can find better in the style. Cheers.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

I have never been one for India Pale Ales but after trying this one I might have to give them another try the Belgian yeast and also the really great smelling Hopsin they put in here give it a very India Pale Ale smell but unfortunately dissipates quickly after opening the taste the real winner here reminds me of great grapefruit cut grass and also a few other fruity notes probably from the east I will definitely be buying this. Little disappointed on the mouthfeel doesn't seem to last very long

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Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is wheat, a slight haziness to it, some bubbly white head and small bubbles. Leaves a little lacing. Strong wheat scent.

This has a tart taste to it. There's some wheatyness to it. A slight bitter bite. True to the name, it has a bitter hop taste mixed with a Belgium wheat. Solid, and well made.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out clear medium gold in color. Carbonation is very noticeable. Head is off-white, and there is plenty of it. Seeing tons of sticky lacing. Excellent.

S - Smells like bitter sweet grapefruits with undertones of lemongrass. Also getting pineapple and a pepper spiciness. Sweet caramel can also be detected in the middle if you really dig for it.

T - A little mono tone considering the nose. Mainly bitter hops and light caramel malts with faint tropical fruits. Still getting the peppery spice. Could stand to be a little more refined. Not bad though.

M - Light bodied. Watery. Carbonation is ok. Eh. Mouthfeel could use some work.

O - Overall this is a very good beer. Smells and looks wonderful. The flavors just didn't match up well with the nose. Everything was there just a bit vague and unorganized. And lite. It makes for easy drinking though. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A....Hazy yellow with pure white pillowy head

S....Very nice floral aroma with a little bit of sweet citrus

T....hops forward, lots of bitter followed by a pine resin type of hoppiness. Finishing off a little sour. A bit of a sour yeast and doughy maltiness. A bit out of balance but in a pleasant way.

M....a little flat on mouthfeel. Looks more carbonated than it actually is.

O.... this is an easy drinking beer. Would be great on a hot day. Light body with a crisp feel and quick finish. I think non hop heads would like this.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a light, apple juice like golden color with about two fingers of white foamy head that hangs around for a while leaving behind really, really nice looking lace as it dissipates. Lots of good looking lively carbonation.

S: Banana and clove hit the nose right up front delivering a classic belgium yeast aroma. The yeast crowds out the hops, but subdued piney hop aromas hang around in the back. Unfortunately there is a slightly skunky aroma mixed in that is a little off putting.

T: Again the yeasty notes are the most prevalent, with strong flavors of banana, clove, and spice. There is a really good malty backbone to this with deeper caramel notes and also hints of fresh baked bread.The hops are slightly citrusy throughout, but really come into their own in the finish, adding some piney notes and bitter twang at the end of the drink. For 7% this beer is very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden really well.

M: This is a medium bodied ale with a slightly dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: This is probably the best Belgian IPAs I've had (I haven't had many though). It offers up a good amount of Belgian yeasty goodness and a very good malt backbone. However, I wish the hops weren't so crowded out by the yeast. Also, the skunky aromas were a little off putting, but overall a solid offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose, Belgo's hop aroma is a bit more prevalent than anything else. I get a nice pine resiny scent off of it backed by a yeasty note that is reminiscent of classical Belgian ales, as well as some light fruit notes like peaches and nectarines.

Aesthetically Belgo is quite a knock-out. It's light golden color is topped by a fluffy bright white head that looks like whipped cream topping on a latte. Lacing is more than generous.

Carbonation is quite low, especially for a "Belgian" style beer. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a medium body and a bit of a sweet finish.

Overall, this is quite a nice beer. It has qualities of Saison, but defiantly is more reminiscent of an IPA. I like it a lot as a whole experience - super drinkable too.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter hops flavor that is followed by a Belgian yeast breadiness. Then some very mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and bananas. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Bright lit up clear golden yellow with a substantial bubbly head that laces lightly and retains well.

Smell: Lots of Belgian yeast. The hops are subtle and don’t overpower the delicate yeast esters. I pick up hints of floral and herbal hops as well as a light spiciness. Slight citrus and pepper

Taste: Very dry and bitter. Mild spicy herbal taste with a heavy yeast backing. Lots of grain flavor like a big pilsner. Not as flavorful as I would hop. Hardly sweet at all which can be a nice alternative. Not as much character from the Belgian yeast as I would have liked. I prefer the cracked egg flavors of stone’s Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a big balance of heavy bitters and grainy maltiness. Finishes quick an dry.

Overall: Decent but lacking in character. I probably wouldn’t purchase this again.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this one.

A - Hazy golden amber with a thin white head.

S - Phenols, pepper, citrus and piney hops. Seems like any complexity is coming from the yeast with the hops in the background.

T - Starts fairly bitter with some citrus and pine followed by grapes, honey and some bready malts.

M - Dry with strong carbonation causing a little bite.

D - Could be really good if they toned down the bitterness.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, it has an awesome body to it, slightly cloudy, plenty of carbonation, light lacing and a slight burnt orange hue to it all topped off with a nice white fluffy and creamy head that lasts quite a while. The hops are very present in the aroma, there a fruity aromas mixed in as well. I can pick up some grape fruit, apple, a slight grape aroma, and it’s got a fairly clean smell to it. Its light to medium bodied, the hops are quite flavorful but not over powering. It has some slightly bitter flavors mixed in with some apple and orange, overall its sweet with a semi-harsh aftertaste that has a hint of alcohol. It goes down pretty smooth, this is another good beer from the New Belgium Brewing people…

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Photo of matcris
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear strawberry gold with a few large bubbles rising. Half a finger of off white head that quickly settles to a ring. Spotty lacing down the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, lightly toasted bread, and a mild bubble gum/yeast note. Flavor is a little tart right away followed by a nice bit of grapefruit. Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Above average carbonation feel. Medium body and pretty dry all the way through. The bitterness builds as you drink the beer. Pleasant enough, but not great.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy golden apricot with flecks of yeast floating around. A few bubbles rise to the creamy, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind a beautiful, thick web of lacing.

S - Tons of coriander and orange great the nose upon opening the bottle with cascade hops and yeast playing supporting roles. Once in the glass, green-apple smelling yeast takes over.

T - Yeast and dry hops upfront. The body is dominated by flavors reminiscent of a dry-hopped American IPA, but with dry yeast edge and sour/tart green apple. Strong yeast as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a dry, crab apple finish as the belgian yeast mingles with the american hops.

M - Relatively light bodied (about like a tripel) with moderate amounts of carbonation. Could be an iota thicker to help balance out the hop notes.

This is another classic example where to things that I like by themselves aren't incredible when combined. I love both belgian triples and American IPA's, but this, although interesting, doesn't really do it for me. Although a gorgeous beer packed with flavors, the notes don't really seem to gel and the stupidly acidic and tart crab apple finish really only motivates me to take another sip to get that flavor out of my mouth for a bit. This significantly degrades what is otherwise a pretty sold beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slight hazy golden color. There is some clarity to it with some slight orange hints in there as well. THere is a nice 0.5 inch head.

Starts off with Belgian style yeast notes. Cloves and some banana notes with some slight spices in there. Maybe some coriander. Nice malty notes with some slight sweet fruit juice notes. Some sweet apple and pear notes. Not much on the way of the hops. Maybe some citrus notes in there.

Flavor starts out with a more hopy kick than the nose would let on. Nice grassy and herbal notes with some nice citrus notes. Slight orange notes and tropical fruit notes are present. Nice spice and clove notes are also present with the Belgian yeast really coming in strong. Nice fruit juice sweetness and slightly sugary notes. The mouthfeel is dry and finishes off with a nice bitterness.

Pretty good Belgian IPA. The hop notes come in strong and work well with the Belgian side of things.

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Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 888 ratings.
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