Burly Belgo India Pale Ale | North Peak Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by alexgash on 02-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
11
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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 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.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of marcb105
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Desimoaj
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 lewdwig
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JamesZ
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rkf1976
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 fgilbert2
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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Burly Belgo India Pale Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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