Belgorado | Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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IBUs: 60

Added by Rayek on 10-15-2010

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3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While a Belgo-phile, this is not my favorite style. Belgorado relies on hops and lingered too long. The yeast may be good, but it is hard to know.

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

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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This first striking quality of Belgorado is how shockingly light in color it is for an IPA, Belgian-styled or otherwise: it's very bubbly, a deep, gold-bordering blonde, quite light in head, moderate in lacing, an extraordinarily limpid. The nose is likewise bright, with clean notes hoppy-flowers and, even more so, Belgian-candy sugars.

For as lights as it looks and smells, it has a bit of weight in the mouth—somewhat jarring given the aforementioned elements. The flavors are also a bit heavy: candied thickness, with those sorts of sugars predominating over the malted sweetnesses. The hops are also quite nice—though very pleasantly present (somewhat far) in the background. The bitterness is almost absent, though, with most of the hop character being represented in the form of very slight citric notes coupled with floral fragrances.

All-in-all, it's a surprising beer: unexpected in many facets, and very disparate from the Belgian IPAs I'm used to encountering. In a lot of ways, it's like slightly hop-charged golden ale: one with a lot of balance, a hefty candied-sweet body, and a very mildly floral-oil hops-charged finish. I like it; but—despite its relative lightness—it's actually not as primed for multiples as one might expect, given those elements. In other words: a solid one-off, and a solid beer overall, but I imagine one can definitely stretch a six-pack out for a little while.

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3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN: 12 fl oz aluminum. Gold colour. Uninteresting label art.

6.7% ABV. Served cold into a nonical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a Belgian IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average creaminess, thickness, fullness, compexioon, and consistency. Retention is nice - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special looking for an IPA (Belgian or otherwise), but generally appealing.

AROMA: Honey malt, Belgian golden malts, clean barley, and mild floral hops. A clean, pleasant, and fragrant aroma of average strength. Suggests a pleasant but underhopped pale ale (not necessarily a Belgian IPA).

No overt yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Golden malts, clean barley, pale malts, and very mild floral hop notes. It's underhopped severely; it wouldn't even qualify as a pale ale. At best, I suppose it's a copper ale. It's plain and overt, lacking any intricacy, subtlety, or nuance, and is as shallow as it is simple. Average flavour duration and intensity. It's pleasant, I suppose, but it's not well balanced or built, and while it does have a loose general cohesion, it's far from gestalt.

I do like it.

No yeast character or overt alcohol comes through.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, lumpy, chewy, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and overly thick (at least for the style). It does a decent job of complementing the taste but never feels custom-tailored specifically to it. This texture fails to elevate the beer.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or dragging.

OVERALL: Downable and enjoyable for what it is, but what it is ain't much. It's a mildly hoppy copper ale at best, and has no distinctive Belgian character whatsoever. Not a bad brew from Wynkoop; not a good beer from Wnykoop. Very middle-of-the-road, pedestrian, and frankly, boring. I wouldn't trifle with it again, but it's more or less what I expected given the brewery. I'll definitely finish the glass, but it's a forgettable brew at best.


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4.48/5  rDev +25.5%

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3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a two inch head; excellent retention and webby lacing

Smell: Bready, with spicy and herbal tones

Taste: Bredy, up front, with building piney hops that compete with peppery, spicy and herbal tones; there is a minty element that arises, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer is a bit of a traffic jam on the palate, with a jumble of elements that really don't come together in a satisfying way

Thanks, JMBSH. for the opportunity

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Belgorado from Wynkoop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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