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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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2010
22 oz bottle from Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). Pours a glowing nearly transparent amber, orange fiery quality with a glow, moderate offwhite head laces well, cakes decent sized head. Aromas are a nice fruity Belgian yeastiness, bready malts, apples, pears, a touch of banana move into lemony citrus and florals, bread dough, touch of yeasty spice, honey, vanilla. Big fruity aroma. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, fruity esters, zesty yeast with apple, pear, banana, and some bread, dough, light yeastiness, vanilla, honey, moderate hopping provides a good bitterness, florals and citrusy lemon and grapefruit, weeds and grass, a touch of liveliness. The bitterness, light warm booziness, fuzzy finish surrounded by sweeter yeasty fruitiness and malt body. Not bad, a touch of soap. Better than expected, a bit sweet, but a tasty hop profile.. Moderate, in the thick of the pack

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Clear light amber pour with a thin white head. strong aroma of belgian yeast. very nice hop taste with a well balanced belgian/IPA finish. alcohol is pretty well hidden. nice beer for the dog days of summer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a spotty, soapy looking head, all congregating to one side of the glass. The beer underneath a transparent uninspiring gold color. Nose was full of soapy and floral belgian yeast notes and hops. yippee! Flavors were just a mess of all those things and bitterness that just seemed to clash wholeheartedly. I feel like Ralphy in Christmas Story when he has to put the bar of soap in his mouth...but at least his parents paid for the soap...I had to pay for this bottle of "beer" myself. If there was one style of beer Id like to shove up its own ass, it would be the belgian IPA...fucking disgusting beyond belief 9 out of 10 times.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (671) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Pours clear amber, with a medium beige, rapidly diminishing head, very good lacing, clings a bit. Aromas of grass, grapefruit, fig, biscuit, caramel, bubblegum, with a vegetable note. Medium-light body, creamy, lightly dry, crisp. Mild initial sweetness lingers midpalate, then a medium bitter finish. The balance just barely on the side of enjoyably bitter, still somewhat mild, very drinkable and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (7114) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Draught at Yia Yias in Lincoln. Somewhat caramel malty IPA with decent hops. Yeast driving a bit of Belgian/banana taste. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9276) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2010
filtered with a sparklingly clear gold body. first impression of the nose is mild bandaid, cheesecloth and must - the belgian yeast appears to have the same characteristics you would expect if brettanomyces were added for secondary fermentation. hop character is dry and pungent: dried tropical fruit and bubblegum from the cascade and simcoe, while amarillo gives it a floral spice, and the chinook lend their characteristic harsh bitterness (willamette is indistinguishable). sugar appears low, body is somewhat rough with a heavy mineral/calcium quality.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9709) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Randalls. 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 (2301) - 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 (1971) - 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 (1720) - 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 dont mix well together. I just didnt care for it. I havent really liked the Belgian IPAs though, I like mine fruity.


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