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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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When we set out to brew, we use imagination and salvation to guide us- not necessarily style guidelines. Itís the Belgian way. So, Ameri-Belgo and IPA both being styles, the branding begged for New Belgium whimsy to liven things up. Hmmm Belgo sounds like a Belgian disco. Hops like to party. Next thing you know, we bust out a disco-ball and brewers started groovin. Hops started hoppin. Add in an authentic Trappist yeast strain and the place brewed into a frenzy of citrus hoppy folly.

Note: Moved to the Explore Series in 2011, making it available year-round.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Not as hoppy as Iíd hope for this mixture almalgamation of a beer. Lots of pears, bananas, belgium yeast spices, like a lot of lots. Good not great.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
22oz bottle.Pours a pale orange with a thin white head.Nose is banana and yeast.Taste is heavy banana and a finish of sharp hop bitterness.Fairly simple yet decent belgian ipa...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Crystal clear golden with a hint of copper. Almost no carbonation is visible. A small thin watery white head. By the nose I would guess this as a hefe with clove, spices. The flavor brings out nice hop notes. Interesting spices, floral notes, thick caramel, citrus bitterness, yeast. This is perfectly balanced with spices, hop notes, and caramel. A very well done IPA and the Belgian yeast aspect enhances.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
22oz bomber into pint glass. Pours orangeish with a small white head. Aroma was sweet and spicy much like that of a saison. Mouth feel was moderate with high carbonation. Taste much like an esb. Very odd IPA aroma of a saison, taste of an esb, not much hop presence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle, pours gold with white head. The aroma is on the grassy herbal floral side with spicy yeast esters. Flavors balance a sweet toffee malts dry yeasty finish with floral and spicy mild. Healthy fresh hop bitterness in there too making it overall refreshing and worthy. The price point on this is right, while it borders more on Belgian ale or more a truer Belgian ipa rather than an American ipa with Belgian yeast.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2010
A decently hoppy beer that takes several flavors from different hops to give it a nice aroma and slightly sweet bitterness. Nothing too special about this one except maybe the combination of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Flowery/piny hop aroma with an almost peach behind it with distant honey. Clear darker yellow with persistent white head. Bubbly and light in the mouth. The hops are clearly in front but the belgian aspects of sugar and phenol arenít far behind. Great job of balance as well as matching the hop flavors with the yeastónot an easy task. Even the finish keeps the balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a sticky white head. Aroma is american hops, belgian yeasts, citrus, esthers. Flavor is grassy floral citrusy juicy hops, belgian yeasts, pepper and spices and bitterness in the finish. Not a bad take on the whole Belgian IPA style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bomber from Holiday Wine. Pours light copper with a 3 finger foamy off-white head. Aroma is rather spicey hoppy. Flavor is rather spicey hoppy. This is pretty good stuff - really Belgian. The hop is rather floral. Rather. Rather. Finish is floral/spice/bitter with a sweet caramel touch. Quite nice. Rather.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (968) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bomber served in a tulip. Pours clear light orange with a large, fluffy off-white head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Nose shows bubblegum, lemon, and fruity esters. The Belgian yeast component become more pronounced upon warming. Mild sweet flavor. A palate is powered by acidic citrus. Minimal malts. Medium-light body, lively carbonation, and a grapefruity bitter, sticky, very dry finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I enjoy this style but this is one case where the classic New Belgian base malt (which I donít typically care for) could have added balance. More Belgian than Indian.


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