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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

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93 Ratings
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:
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Added by alexgash on 02-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,634
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
93
pDev:
8.21%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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21
Gots:
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 46
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of randomhero68
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste change after a few beers

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to genuinedisciple for tossing this my way. Bottle is dated January 9, 2012 so I better drink this puppy now.

a - brew poured a murky orange with about 80% of the glass as foamy head. the head left huge chunks of lacing.

s - candied belgian yeast. smells like a belgian pale ale, but this is 8 months old, so i wouldn't expect any hops.

t - candied belgian sugar with a bit of a bittery finish.

m - medium bodied, but bitter ending.

o - overall, not bad, but i wish i would've gotten to try this within 3 months. an ipa beyond that is really a former shadow of itself, even a belgian ipa. this was essentially a belgian pale ale with a bittery finish. meh.

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3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Jan. 30, 2012; pretty fresh. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent golden copper, very nice fluffy white head, sticky lacing and nice retention. The aromas are very nice, but I'm not picking up any hops. The yeast and funk is there and is pleasant, but where are the hops? Tastes more like an IPA than it smells. It does lack some fruity hops, which I was looking for, but it's still bitter. Finishes slightly spicy. There's also a touch of black pepper. I'm also picking up some banana and candied sugars in the flavors. Tasty, but the hops don't necessarily dominate or keep up with the belgian funk. Mouthfeel is light, thin, crisp and maybe a tad overboard on the carbonation, but smooth enough. Alcohol goes unnoticed and this one's pretty easy to drink.

Not a bad beer at all, but it falls short compared to Sumpin' Wild and Raging Bitch.

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Photo of blinding
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i had way higher hopes for this one, after the favorable reviews and all. its pretty simple and underwhelming, and it smells and tastes like it was fermented way too warm, the belgian yeast strain has been somehow compromised, encouraged by temperature to get carried away with the sharp esters and gummy bear notes, really takes over the rest of the beer, especially the hops. some candy sweetness from the yeast too, taffy or something fake fruity. the hops have some fruitiness too, citrus mostly, but its largely lost to the belgian element here. i like the smoother body to it, the perky carbonation, and the drier finish, but the proportions arent right in this one, and as refreshing and still easy drinking as it is, the flavors just arent all there, it doesnt taste anything like an ipa. i am surprised to see others rate this one so highly, i thought it was just okay and actually a little flawed with the runaway belgian yeast in here. i have liked other beers from these guys better than this one for sure.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Started off well, turned average.

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Photo of DanCataline
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a Napoli Grande glass

A- Poured a dark opaque rust orange color with fluffy three finger head that leaves some droppy lace

S- Aroma of sweet citrus, candy like sweetness, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, and some spice

T- Nice orange peel taste, sweeter citrus, bubblegum, and Belgian yeast. Pretty big malt backbone, some cereal graininess.

M- Medium mouthfeel, a little sticky, moderate carbonation, not quite dry on the finish

O- This is a nice drinkable belgian style ale. It has the citrus notes, but they remind me more of orange peel in a belgian wit than citrusy hops for an IPA.

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Photo of patpbr
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Into a pint glass with a hazy orange appearance and nice white head.
S - Yeast and sweet
T - Like the smell plus Im picking up a little pine and hop bite, caramel is coming though as well.
M - Medium body with a bitter finish.
O - This one was bottled a little over 4 months ago so I think its a little old to be fair.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hits you right off with the grapefruit flavor, but not so intense with the bitterness as some typical IPAs. Classic beery amber color. Nice lacing, but carbonation is rather coarse in the mouth. Quite fragrant with a hint of the barnyard and a bit of sunshine on the pine needles. Flowery in the nose as you sip. A touch of vinegary funk. Fairly rich with malt, though mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Big flavors and yet another interesting riff on the Belgian flavors adapted to big hop brews.

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Photo of JamesZ
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rkf1976
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigkingken
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This guy had a gigantic head when he got poured. I don’t know if it was a carbonation issue or an older bottle, but it’s not normal. Once I sucked the foam out – which wasn’t the worst thing in the world – I finally got down to business. I didn’t pick up a lot of scent, but it could have been blocked by the aforementioned foam. It’s a good marriage of styles – hoppy and bitter on the front but sweet and belgiany on the end. It’s a good summer brew for the back porch at sunset. But honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Belgians, and if I want an IPA, I’ll get an IPA. Not quite refreshing enough to score high marks there and not quite IPAy enough to score high marks there. So while an interesting beer and well worth the bottle, I will not be purchasing this on a regular basis.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger sturdy white head. The head dissapates slowly leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and some light piney hops.

T - The flavor starts with lots of grapefruit, orange peel, piney hops, and Belgian yeast. The finish has a peppery finish with more piney hops producing a lingering bitterness.

M - Meidum bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is a nice Belian IPA. A bit on the bitter side, but still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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