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

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another CAN from my CANorado visit to see The Old Lady! The CANQuest (TM) was in high gear in the Mile High City.

From the CAN: "Meet our small batch Belgium-meets-Colorado thriller. It's built with Colorado-grown malts and whole leaf hops, then fermented with a Belgian yeast. Luscious and balanced, it features pale malt flavors, layers of hops from start to finish, and spice notes."; "2011 Great American beer Festival Bronze Medal - Experimental Beer".

Following an innocuous Crack, I went with an inverted Glug just to see what would transpire. It has been a slow day here at Chez Woody. I got about two fingers of dense, tawny head with moderate retention, but the lacing that it left in its wake was amazing. Color was a slightly-hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and my yahoos, Mammon, King Midas and Croesus, were fighting for a taste. The nose was biting with a black pepperiness from the yeast along with a mintiness (peppermint?) from the hops. The CAN calls it an IPA, but man, I have not had anything like this. I like that this site calls it a Belgian Strong PA as it fits better. Mouthfeel was medium and the pepper was immediate and unabating on the tongue. It is really wild the way the yeast and hops interacted in this one, since it created a real bite for the senses.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served chilled into a pint glass.

Belgorado is a hazy orange amber with creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh, fruity, and full of nice Belgian yeast esters. It's a little spicy too which is not uncommon for the style.

Flavor is strong and fairly bitter with an apple-like sweetness. Again, spicy and yeasty but not necessarily in a good way. Lacks the delicacy and balance that the really great versions have.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

Overall an okay example of the style but lacking in cohesion.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, some mild spices. Taste is hops, spices, a bit of fruits, some light malts, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of denver10
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours golden with an off white head. Aroma is spicey, banana, apples, peppery, and a little grassy. Flavor had the same spiciness but it came off weirdly sweet, banana and apples, a grassy and kinda peppery finish. A crisp. lighter mouthfeel. Overall, not a fan of this one at all. Could not finish my can.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and spicy, peppery, slightly funky yeast with some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and slight banana with some earthy yeast and some spicy, peppery grassy hops that give good bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Belgian IPA. I usually don't like this style, but this is more of a Belgian pale with amped up peppery bitterness. A nice surprise from Wynkoop.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

new to the can, this is a pretty tasty offering from wynkoop. the pour is slightly hazy pale yellow straw colored, more like a good saison than a Belgian ipa, but a good look to it. the head is short lived, pure white, and patchy forming on the edges of the glass. the nose is yeast heavy, a lot like their koop de ville or even their saison, this beer is already familiar to me. some fruity notes and a coppery tang, well hopped, alcohol fortified. the taste has a common lemon curd element from both the yeast and the hops, and they come together well. its bitter, but its more than that. I think this nails the Belgian ipa style perfectly, the alcohol sting is just right, and there are a lot more nuances than the standard American version. they havnt hit a homerun here, but they've advanced their commercially available line to the next level. this beer is refreshing, balanced, distinct, and inspired. fuller body may detract slightly, but its got a soft feel and is pretty easy down. carbonation is just sufficient, long curious finish of minerals and damp grains and spent yeast. overall a fun brew, not going to go off the charts here, but its the best now of the canned stuff.

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Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint. Note 6.7% ABV.

A - Pours a very clear golden color. Light pearly white head formation. Brakes down to a film with some lacing.

S - Belgian nose, bits of bubble gum, spiciness and some underlying sweetness. Much more belgian than IPA as the label would suggest.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, pilsner malts -then a fairly potent dry hop punch. Citrus, pine. Finishes with a strong pilsner malt kick. Little retained sweetness in the finish.

M - Moderate to thick body and a lighter carbonation. Comes off a bit hefty. Sweet and sticky in the finish. A little alcohol warmth.

O/D - A good beer that isn't really belgian and isn't really IPA. Not in a bad way. More on the sweet side if that is your thing. ABV is manageable. A little bit filling

Glad to see the Wyn brought a beer up this far into B-county.

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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lasting head that leaves some chunky/streaky lace. Dark amber color with a moderate haze.

Strong biting aroma of grapefruit and evergreen.

Starts with flavors of biscuit and light toast. The hop takes over and lasts throughout the tasting and well into the aftertaste. I do not detect any Belgian yeast and the alcohol is there as an afterthought. Full body with elevated level of carbonation.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: murky golden with crimson hues.

S: spice and wheat. Even a little bbq note mixed in.

T: spicey and peppery. A very nice yeast and herbal complex flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this beer is excellent. The hops and belgian yeast complement each other very well. The best beer they have offered that I have tried.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this my first Wynkoop Belgian? Not sure, I'll have to look. Anywho...

A bright light gold, semi hazy beer that has a nice fluffy pillow of a head atop. Lacing seems slick

Somewhat weird aroma, not that anything is off. I get banana, clove and white pepper up front with alcohol cleansing out the back side. Some fruit in the middle. It's quick and tough

The clove and banana move to the back and up front we have citrus--grapefruit, pineapple maybe some apricot too. There's a sharpness up front. Spice and some hops, white pepper and alcohol round out the flavors. Nice feel to it, easy drinking

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Photo of teetotaler
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle provided for our store by the cats at wynkoop.

poured into my duvel tulip.

6.7 ABV
50 IBUs

A- hazy with traces of orange to pink, like an early peach. pours a soapy head retreating into rings and spots of lace.

S- apricots and yeast, with citrusy american hop notes.

T- grapefruits, hints of pepper and pine on the finish (more pronounced as it warms). the alcohol lingers in the background with subtle warmth. acidity throughout from the fresh hops (picked on site at the brewery).
IMHO, a very similar yeast strain to flying dog's 'raging bitch'.

M- the alcohol gives it a numbing/velvety feel, while the carbonation tickles, then quickly dissipates.

O- delightful lingering bitterness. good medium body. deceptively quaffable until the alcohol sneaks up.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Served in a small snifter.

A: Orange tinted gold, with a slight haze. A small and soapy off-white cap slowly falls to a patchwork blanket. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Very fruity and slightly boozy. Pears, apples and green grape are out front. Coriander and pepper add some spiciness. Alcohol rounds things out with a bit if heat.

T: The pale fruits give the beer an almost white wine flavor. A spicy coriander and pepper bite offsets the fruit. Finishes dry and very warm, with lingering fruit and spice.

M: The medium-light body is just a bit grainy and belies the beer's strength. The carbonation felt just about right.

D: This beer has a spicy white wine character that I liked. A very nice match for a cool autumn evening.

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Belgorado from Wynkoop Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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