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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
When we set out to brew, we use imagination and salvation to guide us- not necessarily style guidelines. Its 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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Pours clear golden color with a big frothy beige head that has amazing lacing. Smells yeasty/doughy/bready. Medium body, sweet with a little bit of bitterness to finish. Not a very bitter beer, so hop heads may be disappointed, but its really well balanced and hits spot on for what I want a Belgian ipa to be.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1925) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Pours a clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt, clove, yeast, and citrus. Flavor is sweet, citrus, yeast, clove, lots of hops toward the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3523) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium lasting head, over a clear orange/copper (SRM 12) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, pine, pineapple, licorice.....taste is sweet to start, then pineapple, licorice, finishing slightly bitter, but never dry.....mouth feel is fairly thick and heavy, with some stickiness and alcohol heat on the finish, carbonation adds a very creamy sensation. This has some characteristics of an English style IPA in the bitterness, some American with the pine nose, and some Belgian characteristics with the happy phenols and esters. With the ABV at 8 I wonder if it fits best as a Belgian Golden Strong Ale rather than an IPA. BJCP 6/3/15/5/7

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4148) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Pour is a orange with an average white head. Aroma is super spicy with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Flavor is some spice and a little fruit with some sugar sweetness. Decent beer with enought going on but It would have been better with more of a hop profile. This beer is leaning way more into the Belgian category than IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13886) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of yeast, biscuit and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finiush. Flavors of yeast, biscuit, light grapefruitr, light pine and a hint of earthiness with a smooth dry lightly bitter yeasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Clear pale gold color, frothy off-white head leaves good lacing. I spent about three months living in Ft. Collins trying to find a job, never did, but visited NBB a lot. This smells almost just like their abbey but with a little more hop citrus. I seriously could have been blindfolded and known this was New Belgium. I think its mostly the adapted yeast and water also to a certain degree but this is obviously New Belgium all day long. Anyway, the aroma is mostly fruity with some bready malt and mild citrus, also some of those Belgian medicinal yeast notes, in a good way. Taste is more bitter but still is overall yeasty and fruity. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bomber. Pours a clear and dark gold with a very thin, bubbly head. Aromas of some odd spices and oranges. Flavor is kind of a thin orange, spice and soap. This is fairly interesting and unique, but hard to describe.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Theres a cricket, well hidden, here in my office. Their sound is like nails on chalkboard. Its the worst possible sound Ill allow. Except I cannot find it. As soon as I start the search, it shuts up. Plays dead. Coy. Prolonging its existence to torture me further. Ill have this office torn apart before this night is out. And I will eat the guts of my aggressor. Taunting me. How can little tiny cricket legs be so loud? So painful? Belgo is why I am still sitting here, enduring this ugly, foul madness. I tried this beer tonight. I have the pint right next to me. And Ill risk cricket torture to tell you that this is a pretty solid IPA. Do I dare call it a double? I dont think so. Its smooth as cricket death. Hoppy enough to make me take notice, but not overbearing and thinking Ill have to go to bed without killing this tiny monster. Love the Belgo. A little overpriced for what it is. But its delicious all the same. Fuck crickets. Their sole goal is to make enough noise to find a mate. Then they make more crickets that make more noise. And they eat clothing. That is all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 22 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, with off-white head. Bubblegum sweetness, fruity esters, light citrusy hops, and biscuit. The body if pretty light, almost seems watery for the style, but the alcohol is well hidden.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernbourbon (1575) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pour is clear copper with a thin wispy white head. Aroma is lightly fruity, lightly spicy, light cane sugar, light malt, distant hop, and faint orange. Flavor is also slightly fruity, lightly spicy, faint malty, faintly hoppy, a touch of grains of paradise, and light coriander. A little thin on the palate, and a bit light on flavor. Its not bad, just not a standout.


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