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. 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (632) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
. Pours a hazy gold with a white foamy head. Good lacing. Lots of carbonation. Aroma of citrus, banana, and bubble gum. Sweet on the nose but not on the palate. Taste of citrus rinds, hints of bread malts, and leaves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerme31 (676) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours cleara copper-golden with medium off-white head. Aroma of spices and orange citrus. Taste is medium sweetness. Finish is a little soft, but hops do come through with the belgian yeast. Good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (6578) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear pale gold body with a small fizzy white head. The nose is slightly sweet and fruity malt with a nice light floral hoppiness. The flavor is delicate and light with a nice sweet pale maltiness. Gentle bitterness and a floral hop finish. Light bodied and just a bit clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Sample at the Asheville brewery. Clear golden color with a medium ivory white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Stringy lacing. Fruity yeast, hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of Belgian yeast, citrusy hops and malt. The finish is moderately bitter and fruity with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ZacM612 (678) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Clear, deep golden with a lacing white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, citrusy hops, and a little spice. Taste is spicy with a citrus finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowe1983 (1570) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is pine and floral hops with some belgian yeast and banana. Flavor is interesting. The Belgian yeast comes out strong up front but finishes bitter with the pine and floral hops. Never really had anything quite like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Really nice take on this style. Nice Belgian yeast aromas and good hop profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1649) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hop driven. The taste matches the nose. A solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA

AROMA: Orange citrus is the prominent note; slight floral or candy scent. An odd, difficult-to-identify aroma (fusel alcohol?) is also present. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Bright copper/flame orange; mostly clear body with CO2 visible. Moderate, brite white froth. Good lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light spicy taste at first - mild clove and peppery phenols from Belgian yeast. Base malt is generic pale; fairly clean and unsweetened. American hops impart orange citrus flavor on the finish with candy flavor as well. Fairly strong, dry bitterness is tolerable. No alcohol taste. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Soft texture and smooth finish. No alcohol warmth. Hops linger momentarily but are not astringent. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Good combination of base AIPA recipe and Belgian yeast character. Itd be awesome if not for that off aroma. 8/10


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nittanytide (279) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Poured golden with a thin, bubbly head. Faint floral aroma. Grassy taste. Not a lot of complexity. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - NOV 2, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of big white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell The aroma of the brew is massive of a coriander and yeasty smells with tons of biscuit and clove aromas as well. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of candied sugar and some grass. Taste-The taste begins with a crisp biscuit flavor that also has some big notes of a yeasty and coriander spice. As the taste moves on, the cracker is meet with some slightly sweeter tastes of orange, candied sugar, and caramel, all while some other light hoppy flavors of grass and herb begin developing on the tongue. More toward the middle and the end of the taste the hop really starts cranking it up with more herb, grass, some citrus, as well as some pine all come to the tongue. In the end, with more spice of coriander and clove coming to the tongue, one is left with a crisp and clean, yeasty, and decently dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high for an IPA of 7.0 %. For the Belgium style that has all the yeast, cracker, and dank hop, the feel is rather nice and creates a rather dangerously drinkable brew. Overall This is one tasty brew. New Belgium always does a good job with their Belgium style brews in my opinion. I wish they would make this one a mainstay, being in the company of the triple and abbey. Quite enjoyable!!

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