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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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. It’s 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.


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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (981) - 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 aren’t far behind. Great job of balance as well as matching the hop flavors with the yeast—not 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 (1543) - 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 (12173) - 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 (997) - 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 don’t typically care for) could have added balance. More Belgian than Indian.

4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6606) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7306) - 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.


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