Burly Belgo India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
46 Reviews
Burly Belgo India Pale AleBurly Belgo India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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:
18
Gots:
11
For Trade:
2
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 91
Photo of cosmicevan
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

 668 characters

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -16%
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.

 873 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

 1,018 characters

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

 613 characters

Photo of patpbr
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

 326 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

 496 characters

Photo of bigkingken
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

 801 characters

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

 552 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep medium copper color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of citrus, lemon, grapefruit with a hint of honey and candy sugar. Light Belgian yeast esters round out the nose quite well. Taste is sweet with light sugar honey and sweet malt. Citrus hops fight against spicy peppery phenolic for a shot at your taste buds. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet sharp mouthfeel. Nice take on a new style. I enjoyed this.

 471 characters

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

12 oz grenade bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
6.5% ABV, Bottled on Feb 0311.

I sound like a broken record. Thanks again Beerwolf77!

A - Burly pours ever-so-slightly hazy with a goldenrod hue and well-retained bone head. Classic Belgian lace coats the glass.

S - Mango and grapefruit shavings complicate the Belgian yeast strain nicely. Spicy notes add depth to the hop blend. Very inviting!

T - The citrusy hops take an American turn to what we might normally expect in an IPA. The Belgian twist is a bit thinner in flavor than aroma though. Spicy notes come through with a mild finish.

M - Somewhat bitter and dry, it's got a harder finish that isn't conducive to constantly drinking. Medium-light bodied.

O - Lost between the two styles, the flavor doesn't quite get there like the aroma does, but it's definitely not a failed attempt! I was very excited to try this one after really enjoying Diabolical. A good brew.

 946 characters

Photo of meepmeep
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Bottle date 1/9/12.

A: A darker, burnt orange color. Had a large, fluffy, off-white head which dissipated to an almost solid ring, leaving some fluffy lacing on the sides.

S: Mostly of Belgian yeast and citrus, a little spicy smell, and a slight hop aroma. The aroma overall is a little subdued compared to some Belgian IPAs.

T: Starts out smooth and yeasty, orange, banana, and citrus flavors are prominent. Honey and malts are present in the middle but this is balanced with the crispness and bitterness of the hops. The hops come through mostly at the finish and linger in the mouth.

M: Good, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel, with lingering bitterness.

O: A very drinkable beer, the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Quite pleasant and balanced, although personally I was looking for a bit more Belgian quality to the beer. However, I enjoy this style a lot and this is definitely a solid contender.

 943 characters

Photo of david131
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, luminescent orange liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has great retention. Very nice.

S- Bananas, citrus, and white bread. Smells really nice up front, but that North Peak aspect I can't put my finger on comes in later and muddles up the aromas.

T- Some fruits such as bananas, apples, and pears with some bread and some Belgian kick. There is a bit of North Peak-ness on the finish, but it isn't too bad.

M- Sweet up front with a dry, bitter finish. The liquid is creamy and smooth with just a bit of carbonation bite.

D- Overall, a slightly different take on the style that isn't too bad. Drinks rather nicely and is one of the more memorable beers from North Peak.

 700 characters

Photo of movingtrain
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color, decent cream colored head on top with really nice carbonation throughout.

Up front in the nose are notes of raisins, dates, rolled oats, vanilla, wet wood, some clove, and some grapefruit citrus notes.

The Belgian notes are there..that chalky, gypsum note, along with some really good, earthy notes. After that, there are notes of oats, cinnamon, black peppercorn, and honey. There is a bitter bite on the back end of this beer, and the hop presence is most evident there. In fact, after the warm, bready notes fade away, there is an incredibly, hoppy astringency left that lingers quite some time.

At first sip, this beer seemed a bit hollow (as far as the style goes). But, as the beer warms, and with each sip, the Belgian elements funk up and really highlight a fine IPA underneath, leaving a bitter hop bite at the end.

Overall, a really good beer...another fine brew from North Peak. The beer is a bit deceiving at first sip, but as it warms, and with each sip after, the flavors open up and reallly shine.

 1,039 characters

Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden hue with a white fluffy head. Streamers shoot up from the bottom of the tasting glass. Some little bits of lace. Light citrus aroma with a touch a fresh cut hay. Nice and dry, with an assertive yet delicate hop flavor and a touch of phenols in the moderately bitter finish. Really nice and dry, but almost too dry. The bitterness takes some time to coat the tongue and causes me to slow down with this beer. Excellent summer IPA.

 456 characters

Photo of donspublic
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into shaker, no head to speak of, minimal lacing. Light golden amber in the glass. Smells citrus, fruity and some muted Belgian esters hanging around. Taste is initially fruity, with a follow-up of citrus, ends with a bitterness that curtails the underlying sweetness. Solid mouthfeel, a little alcohol on the tail end. Would buy this again if I can find it in bottles.

 392 characters

Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

White rocky head leaves great lacing. Almost clear amber body. Sweet aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. I'm also getting a little mint and bubblegum action in the taste and smell.

Overall a pretty good IPA, but not something I would want to drink more than a couple of in one night.

 353 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Burly Belgo India Pale Ale a few days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last year so when I heard it was released again I knew I had to track down a bottle to try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled January 9th 2012. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, for some reason I like the way that the white and gray colors go together on the label. It poured a nice golden yellow color with an orange tint and was slightly hazy and it had four fingers worth of really fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. The head was a little out of control but this was still a good looking beer.

S- The first thing that I pick up is a mixture of Belgian yeast and citrus hops, the Belgian yeast imparts that typical spicy yeast aroma and the hops impart a nice blend of citrus fruits with grapefruit and blood orange sticking out the most. In the middle I pick up a little bit of grainy malts that have a pretty high amount of sweetness. The aroma is pretty nice and all about the yeast and hops.

T- The flavors seems to be similar to the aroma, it starts off with some Belgian yeast that imparts some spicy flavors with cloves sticking out the most. Immediately after the yeast comes the hops which impart some lighter citrus hops with some floral hops showing up, the hops impart some flavors that are similar to the aroma just lighter. I also pick up some rich grainy malts towards the end with a low amount of medium bitterness and and spicy and slightly citrusy aftertaste. The flavor is good but I wish that the citrus hops were as bold as the Belgian yeast.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. I thought that the mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and an above average Belgian IPA, most everything about this beer was true to style with no off flavors. This beer had ok drinkability, I could probably go for another one but after that I think the spices would start to wear on me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma they were both pretty good and true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the imbalance between the Belgian yeast and the citrus hops, if the citrus hops were kicked up some the Belgian yeast wouldn't be so dominating and it would make for a more balanced beer. I might buy this beer again when looking for a Belgian IPA, but if Little Sumpin Wild and Raging Bitch are available I would go with one of those. If you are a big fan of Belgian IPA's this is worth a try but I don't think it is a top tier Belgian IPA. This is another solid beer from North Peak, it seems like they specialize in hoppy beers. While this was a good and solid Belgian IPA, it is my least favorite of the three Belgian IPA's I have tried so far with Raging Bitch sill being my favorite, if this beer had better balance between hops and yeast it would be right up there with Raging Bitch, good job guys.

 3,111 characters

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with orange hue, clean and clear. Pleasant aroma, can smell the Belgian influence, subtle, not overpowering.

Subtle flavors that work, but understated. Some bitterness, but it's not an in your face IPA.

Liighter bodied, smooth mouthfeel, decent carbonation, with a good bite in the finish. After taste lingers for awhile.

This is a really solid beer, but stops just short of making me go "wow".

 410 characters

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this stubby bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Slightly cloudy golden amber hue. Two fingers of off white head recede leaving thick lace rings.

S: Typical Belgian IPA spice profile. Hops blended with spicy yeast, coriander, clove and a hint of citrus.

T: Again the flavor runs the gamut of Belgo IPA. Solid hop burst with clove and coriander. Hint of citrus and malt as it finishes.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O: This is a style I still have no love for. That being said it's very well done. From an American brewery to boot.

 595 characters

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from stubby "retro" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy copper/gold in color, with a nice head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast, faint hop note
Taste-Belgian spicy yeast, fruity hops in the background. A bit more on the Belgian side of things. Could use a bit bigger dose of hops in my opinion, but not bad by any means.

 338 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice little bust out for the bbq i had to crack this one out early on. split between us with my half into a tumbler.

the pour was a nice golden amber, light haze and cloudiness but amble carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass led to a huge head of white that scraped the sides of the glass with rich lacing.

the aroma is light citrus aromas, lemon, with hints of banana, light clove and grassy notes and a touch of light bready malts, well rounded i have to say.as i take the first sip, crisp, clean with a nice touch of lemon zest that cracks the lips. smooth yeast notes and light banana then grace the palate and leave a light fruit flavor that mingles well with the grainy malts on the way out. light dry, clean and smooth finish. very well done.

overall this was super sessionable and really a very nice offering that was easy to drink and went well with the rest of the lineup/

 897 characters

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.

 689 characters

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.

 531 characters

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.

 655 characters

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.

 416 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!