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 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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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaxray8
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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 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.

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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.

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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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