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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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46 Reviews
Burly Belgo India Pale AleBurly Belgo India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
northpeak.net

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by alexgash on 02-15-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
91
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
11
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 91
Photo of beerbears
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz stubbie.

Light golden color, really glows.

Great roasted malt and citrus essence throughout the palate. One of the best IPA
s I’ve ever had. Lots of hops that are balanced with a fruity essence. Not as an intense full mouth feel be extremely enjoyable. Highly recommend this beer to anyone, even those who claim to now like IPA’s.

Great presentation!

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to lewis1rg for this one.

A- Very hazy in color, very similar to that of a wheat beer. Head was wheat beer like, but sticky like an IPA.

S- Great smell, very fruity in aroma, malty, some clove and honey, pineapple, pine, and earthy aromas.

T- This has an interesting taste. I get a great IPA hop kick in the front with a very fruity hop aroma. I want to venture a guess and say Citra hops. Then this bready earthiness comes in followed up by a clove and honey wheat beer tastes.

M- Good balance of medium body and carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. If this was sold in my area I would for sure buy it up. Super tasty!!!

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy amber, 2” fluffy foam collar, delicate lace S: Spicy citrus, yeast, light malt.
T: Some biscuit from the malt way in the background but mostly light fruit and hops.
F: Belgian foam and carbonation – medium high carbonation, fine delicate bubbles, medium to full body
O: A nice marriage of American hops and Belgian yeast.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very heavy for an IPA from Michigan. Threw me off the first time I had it but now have very specific cravings for the weight. Couldn't have a six pack of the stuff, but that's not really what this one'should going for.

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Photo of BradDurbin89
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Stubbie poured into Pint.

Standard pour left a nice two finger, thick light beige head. Lacing was wonderful.

Aroma had a great balance of pastry dough, graham crackers, honey, and a slight spicy herbal hops.

You can taste a bit of the toasted malt up front and the nice herbal hop is balance throughout the experience. There is a nice hop finish with citrus.

I really enjoyed this beer. I was sad to learn this is a seasonal, and won't be available again until next year. My market is sold out, but I'll look around for more.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a big, fluffy, rocky light tan head of about two fingers. Head is slow to drop and leaves some chunky lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine. Some caramelly malt and that spicy belgian yeast characteristic.

Flavors of bitter grapefruit, and tangerine hops, rich malt and that spicy belgian yeast. Finish is short and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a light touch. Good bitterness and excellent carbonation.l

Overall an excellent belgian IPA. Good level of bitterness, not too aggressive. Belgian yeast comes through nicely and gives is nice spicy bite that balances well with the hop bitterness.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle (marked Feb08.11) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A glug-filled pour left a 1-1/2 finger, eggshell head that was quite foamy. It fell to a full film that left awesome rings. It had a golden-orange body that was gently hazed, though a secondary yeast pour as I was halfway through the glass really clouds it up. Moderate carbonation. A little better head retention and this is a "5."

S- Mix of musky hops and cool Belgian funk. A little banana and bubble gum, some herbal hops. I sense some really oily, resiny qualities. Sugary-sweet malts. It's just the right aromas and intensity.

T- There's a lot going on here. It starts as a traditional IPA with a hoppy punch. Belgian, yeasty funk comes in through the middle. A secondary hit of hops come in to clean/dry the finish. The hops really run the spectrum of earthy/herbal, piny/grassy, and citrus. Malts are sweet and toasty.

M- Moderate carbonation and meadium, creamy body. Real hoppy bite.

D- This is a really good beer. The sample I had at the MBG Winter Fest just didn't do it justice. I could do 2-3 of these in a sitting without it getting old, and I'd definitely buy it again. It's a great combination of IPA and Belgian qualities.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mikesgroove for dropping bombs on my palate during Hobo Cookout #1 and sharing this with me! Feb 0311 Date Code! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, fruit, banana, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, citrus, and fruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one overall. Every aspect of this one seemed to work in complete unison with the other. You have to tick this if you have not already as this is one of the best Belgo IPAs I've had to date.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very much like several other American Belgian IPA's, and that is a good thing. As soon as you open it you get a nice big hit of unsophisticated in your face hops, yeast and malt.

you pour it into a big head that susides quickly leaving lace and a bit of haze. Extremely appetizing.

The taste is very hoppy. Perhaps too much for the listed style, but just fine for this drinker. Aftertaste is similar. This is a winner and I will buy it again and compare with other similar american blegian ipas.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was light golden color with a very nice white head.

Smell was hugely of hops and citrus but still some lingering smells of the yeasts.

Taste was fantastic. One of my newest favorites in the category. Tons of hops and the belgian yeasts were exactally what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel was not as heavy as I would expect for an IPA but it worked very well and overall this was a fantastic beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is about as good as it's going to get for a Belgian IPA from anyone, be it on this side of the water or the other. The characteristics are fluid and thorough on all aspects. The only minor detracting point is that there is a somewhat burn to it. But it seems to play a part in the whole ride. The carbonation also seems to a bit biting. No matter though. This really is an outstanding beer and a true pleasure to be able to try. I hope you get the chance to get this one.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby.

Hazy golden nectarine body. Two fingers of thick, whipped, light beige head. Great lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of Belgian yeast, graham crackers, honey, and spicy, herbal hops. There's also a bit of lemon zest and pine.

Toasted malt up front. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness comes on quick and stays throughout. Malt turns a little sweeter (honey), with notes of melon and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast adds some spice and adds a distinctive note to this beer. Citrus and pine join near the finish, which is mostly dry. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Tasty and well done!

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burly is a thickly clouded medium orange in color. The lightly orange-tinted head billows to nearly three fingers in height, at once both creamy and rocky, eventually receding to a thick island of foam that leaves good lacing in patches before and after a tattered curtain left in the middle.
The nose is fairly aromatic, offering up the Belgian yeast with an added gently dusty quality that balances with citrus rind and tropical notes.
The flavor leaves no room to question that this beer is an IPA, with orange rind, grapefruit and a hint of leafiness in the bitterness making up the major component combined with some tropical fruits and bready as well as caramel-like malts without losing the Belgian yeast element. This is a very well-made brew.
Smooth up front with enough crispness to make it interesting, the medium body is enough to support the depth while a moderate carbonation makes it flow nicely.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a moderate head that leaves a few shards behind as it fades

Smell: Grapefruit, papaya and spicy yeast tones

Taste: Shortbread malt backs up the tropical fruit flavors, with grapefruit, papaya, banana and lychee; after the swallow, the Belgian yeast phenols kick in, bringing peppery spice and herbal elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Been looking to try this for a few years now and am glad I finally found a bottle; this is an extraordinarily well-balanced Belgian IPA; a real pleasure to consume

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

North Peak speaks to us of hoppy Belgians, wooing us with a cute, stubby bottle and classic-style label design. Off-white, merengue-like head; hazed amber color. Extreme aromatics here: tangerine-lime citrics, mint, jasmine and papaya. The smoothness even speaks in Flemish ... such a lush mouthfeel. Earthy, leafy hop flavor with a rounded bitterness, and nutty yeast with a mild toasted bready malt. Fruity and spicy with a mild warming alcohol. Hops scrape across the palate in the dry-ish aftertaste. Amazing in its own way, as it flaunts its rustic side without losing any drinkability.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from last year's release. Fresh bottle.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with two fingers of creamy head and lots carbonation rising and sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus hops and some sweet and bready malts. Definitely a hint of bubblegum as well. Nice.

T - Not a hop bomb, but the citrus hops definitely come on first, followed by a nice breadiness and a pleasant bitter finish. Flavors mesh together really nicely.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much, with a nice lingering bitterness.

O - Nice balanced flavors. Easily the best beer I've had from North Peak and hopefully a sign of things to come.

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Photo of cneville
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a larger head than expected, good golden color. Smell is a little spicy, with the hops underneath. Very complex notes, a little citrusy, minty? Taste is the kicker here--great level of bitter, spice again, with good earthy hops. Alcohol is present, but in a good way. Finishes very dry, maybe a little too much so. Overall, an excellent beer--not quite as good as Sumpin' Wild, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz stubby bottle.

Cloudy lighter amber, dull golden perhaps. Frothy and long lasting lite khaki head. Leaves a thick collar and nice looking scattered and fine lacing

Peppery spice, and fresh tropical fruits on the nose.

Bursting with more pepper, yeasty phenols, coriander, melon, mango...more and more...complex, fresh and thoroughly delicious

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Photo of EricCioe
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a decently clear golden amber with a two finger frothy white head that dies down into general frothiness. There isn't really much lace but there are long, long legs on this one. On the nose there is a giant floral and herbal blast, a pine aroma, and bubblegum. So much going on in the nose here it's hard to keep straight. In the mouth there is sweet grass, candy, an almost wheat-like note, and those floral notes that sat a lot further forward on the nose. The finish is medium and has a really nice remnant of funky Belgian yeast to go along with the floral hop notes. There is very little citrus going on here, a refreshing change. Body is probably medium or a little lighter, pretty refreshing.

Overall this is a really nice beer from a style I'm not familiar with. I've been having a lot of variants on IPAs lately and it has been refreshing. Things like this, or rye IPAs, or a great homebrewed with brown sugar IPA I had at DLD are such a nice change from the citrus bombs, especially when the citrus bombs aren't really top flight.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burly fills the glass with a hazy honey colour. A frothy head reduces to some patchy spittle.

The nose has a nice floral hop bouquet and some grapefruit with some lovely classic "Belgo" tones of bubblegum and candi.

The taste has some toasty bread flavors with bubblegum and powdered sugar. An enjoyable bitterness emerges and works well with the flavors.

The mouthfeel is light to medium. Very clean.

The drinkability is good. This is an enjoyable brew that goes down easy. It is a clean and streamlined beauty that is a cure for a bored palate. Another one would be welcomed. Good things are happening in the north these days.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/31/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, biscuit, light honey, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, biscuit, light honey, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, pine, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/pine hops, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber color with a cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- There's the Beligan yeast, a good amount of tropical fruits, clove, and Earthy.

T- A great mixture of Beligan yeast and spice and hoppiness.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- I was pretty surprised by this one and really impressed. I'll big this one up again down the road some time.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy orange brown, like a light apple cider. Head is thick and fluffy like an off-white cloud. The lacing is as sticky as it gets; clinging to the glass like a spider web.

Nose is malty; slightly musty, with green apple candy and pear.

Taste is a sharp bite of hops, with toasted almond, plenty of biscuit, and smooth caramel. There is also some buttery oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, refreshing, with a lot of carbonation and hop bite.

Overall, this is a biting IPA, but not your typical overdose of hops.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.09 for a single @ Bevco. 6.5% ABV.
Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a tall, quickly expanding and sustained meringue-like white head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Good looking beer. Firmly carbonated. The aroma is of husky pilsen malt, saison like spiciness of pepper, clove and pears, and firm, floral hops. Mouthfeel is powdery and light. The taste is a recap of the aroma...pears, floral hops, pepper and cloves. Firm bitterness, but not to the point of being obtrusive. Finishes with lemon pepper in the aftertaste.

One of the better beers I've had from North Peak bottles. Best to drink this one as fresh as you can get it.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a frosty, cloudy yellow-orange with a thin white head. Head retention is moderate, but with good lacing at the start of the glass. Belgian spice, and floral, and pine hop aromas. Nice and subdued aroma. The flavor profile is great, with notes of Belgian spice, citrus, bread malts, and floral and pine hops. It isn't overpowering, over complex, or over bitter, instead it strikes a nice balance between easy sipping, and bitter. Mouth feel is smooth, and easy going, with a medium consistency. Overall, it's a great brew. It has a little bit of complexity, but is otherwise a straight forward brew that uses simple malt and hop notes to get the job done.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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