RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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noid1985 (99) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Six pack at the local target, 12 oz bottles very good taste, flavor, and aroma...without much of the bitterness of American IPAs

CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours from 12 oz bottle a nice copper color with a sticky, fluffy white head. Aromas are a nice fruity Belgian yeastiness, bready malts, apples, pears, a touch of banana move into lemony citrus and floral field grass, bread dough, touch of yeasty spice, honey, vanilla. Flavour of floral hops bitterness with yeast, spices, and a slight tart apple. Medium body, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, and a very clean finish. Well made and likable, delicious.

tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 Cellared 12 oz. bottle with "best by 4/2012", so more of an experiment, and didn’t expect much. Shared and poured to snifters with a hazed, orange color, a thin, white layer that quickly diminished to a ring & film, and left some spots of lacing. The nose was a touch vegetal, ripened to almost spoiled fruit, with a chemical whiff that reminded me of deep woods Off. Light bodied, the flavor retained a touch of citrus & tangerine, and low to moderate bitterness that lingered, and paired with some dryness for the finish. Can’t say as much for the aroma, but non offensive in the taste department.

hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2014
Rated on 10-03-2011 (Bottle) This beer’s appearance is a medium sized frothy, fizzy white head with a long retention, hazy pale yellow body, slow rising, suspended carbonation, and a generous amount of lacing adorns my glass. The aroma is yeast, citrus, floral hops, and earthy. The flavor is lightly bitter, citrus, pine hops, and this beer has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, for the style this beer is not overly hoppy or bitter tasting and that is not a negative for the style. It is a very easy drinking beer, worth trying, and a beer I would drink again.

Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
12oz bottle 12/9/10 (Whole Foods-Lamar)-Pours a clear golden with a nice off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and hops. Taste of the same with more hops then more Belgian yeast. This medium bodied brew is nice but needs more Belgian.

CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Sweet Belgian yeast comes through, some fruity hops, grapefruit, citrus, a tad orange peel. Decent finish.

Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
12/28/2013. On tap. Pale yellow with a white head. Yeast and citrus aromas, light body but with hoppy flavors. Not bad.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Best by 04APR12 Pours a nice golden ale with a finger of fine, white foam. Excellent clarity. Smells of classic belgian yeast with hint of funk and earthy hops. No citrus, or fruit in the nose for me, yeast and earthy, grassy hops. The yeast is what takes me first, with a medicinal quality in it and an odd, obscure flavor I remember, but can’t finger. It reminds me of the aftertaste of some kind of medicine it seems I keep gravitating toward. I don’t really get any kind of hop presence, but my tongue is perplexed by the aforementioned flavor. Medium on thin with moderate carb and some decent slick on the finish. This beer has the one flavor that kills it for me overall in this beer, wish I could pinpoint it, but nonetheless, it’s a no go for me. Serving type: bottle 01-19-2012

Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
A hazed golden amber ale with a thick frothy off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity and citrusy malt with nice floral hops, catty and resinous. In mouth, a smooth fruity malt with nice esters, citrus, floral hops, well restrained and quite quaffable.

showman305 (8) - Waukee, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2013 does not count
I personally don’t care for the overly hoppy beers, this like most IPAd is pretty hoppy but not overpowering. The ABC level helps out though.

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