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RATINGS: 482   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Randallís. Pours a clear, rich gold color with a finger-thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, herbal hops, grass, sweet malts, and late floral notes. Flavor of sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeast, herbal and floral hops, straw, and earth. Dry finish. Medium-bodied, with a malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice example of a Belgian IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Not a Ranger with a Belgian yeast. Clear orange with medium head. Citrusy aroma, considerable naartjie with a bit of blood orange. Hoppy flavour, with a touch of funkiness. Full bodied. Lasting bitter finish. Good on a hot day.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2010
On tap @ maproom. Poured golden with fluffy head. Yeast and light earth aroma with light grapefruit. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light yeast and light malt. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Grapefruit and light yeast lingers with light malt and light pine. Overall pretty good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1390) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts, pepper, earthiness, soapy gum, floral spices and a little mint.

The flavor is sweet slightly vegetal malts, with a weird floral spicy slightly metallic bitterness, that is decent sized and lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, very strange flavors that donít mix well together. I just didnít care for it. I havenít really liked the Belgian IPAs though, I like mine fruity.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (887) - San Francisco, California, 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 (5261) - 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 (3886) - 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 (879) - 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.


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