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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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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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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3.89/5  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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

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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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4/5  rDev +12%

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4.32/5  rDev +21%
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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Belgorado from Wynkoop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 71 ratings