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RATINGS: 481   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1537) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11489) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (982) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUL 22, 2010
Aroma is of crisp, fresh hops with pine and spice. Golden with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Complex flavors that starts with spicy bitterness that melt into a piney, Christmasy sweetness and finishes with a mild aftertaste. Very balanced and crisp. A truly great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6414) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Pours deep orange with fluffy white head, aroma is citrusy hops complementing the fruity esters from the belgian yeast. Taste is very ncie and smooth, citrus with lemon upfront leading into nice fruity esters with bubblegum finish. Not very bitter unfortunately but very good tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of bubble gum and cotton candy. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not a lot of depth to the nose, pretty much the expected sugary gum note plus raw, resinous hops. Quite sweet, but enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Overall just meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Tasted 7/20/10. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a golden amber hue. Big bubbled layer of off-white head. Aromas of citrus fruits and candy sugar. Doughy with a lemon candy flavor. Medium to full bodied with a modest effervescence and yeasty, candy sweetness. There are a lot of fruit notes throughout the palate. Lemon and limes. Grapefruit and apples. Decent carbonation that lends itself to the astringency in the finish. Mild malt bill with a slightly toasty flavor peeking through. Mild body but a decent palate. The Belgian yeast aspect is more prevalent as the beer comes to temperature. Chalky and dry finish, with nuances of grapefruit and piney hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but blends nicely into the rest of the bitter aspects. Good yeast, good hops, just a little light in the seat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Amber beerwith a cream colored 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Aggressive pour produces a vibrantly bright light copper with a dazzling white creamy head that left a thin sticky lacing. Funny, the description on the bottle calls out bottle conditioned yeast, though i get no hint of sediment in the glass or at the bottom of the bottle. Howís that possible? Pillowy gentle aroma, like lavender wrapped in velvet. As itís yeast forward, thereís not much in the way of hops on the nose. But still. Spicy white pepper forward on the sip with a creamy body.....but donít get hops. Comes like a cross between a tripel and a golden. Donít get me wrong, itís a tasty beer, but leaves me confused. So what do I do? As a beer I would rate it 3.8 or so, but rating to style it gets lower marks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2010
On tap at Sheffields in Chicago. Pours a light golden with a creamy white head. Aroma is spicy and some fruits underly the hops. Also some sugary candy sweetness. Flavor is much the same lots of floral and spices, a lot of candi sugar sweetness. The Belgian yeast is noticeable but doesnít improve much on the IPA flavor, just kind of mixes up the whole thing. Medium body and a soft but fizzy carbonation. The Belgian IPA is always a touchy style and this one is so so

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