Brew Review: New Belgium Belgo

by Kelli H. on November 22, 2011

Beer: New Belgium Belgo Belgian Style IPA
Date: 10-30-11
Alcohol: 7%
Package Type: 6 pack of 12 oz bottles
Location Brewed: Fort Collins, Colorado
Price: Unknown – taken from my parents well-stocked beer fridge.

Aroma: Medium hops
Appearance: Very light golden
Body & Texture: Light, smooth, good carbonation. Easily drinkable.
Aftertaste: Slight bite and citrus flavors

Overall Impression: This would be a good beer for a beginner IPA drinker. It seems much lighter on the hops than a West Coast IPA. The color was very light which I don’t really like, it just seemed off. It was very clear. It’s more of a light IPA so if you’re just getting your toes wet in IPA’s then you should really try this one. Great beer for lunch with a sandwich on a sunny day but not necessarily a hot day. David and I agreed that we wouldn’t buy this beer for our fridge to keep on hand but if someone else had it then we would definitely drink it. It gave me a great burp which I always appreciate in a beer. Sorry if that grossed you out but I love a great beer burp! It also left great lacing on the glass which is always a good sign.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Errign November 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

The beer burp bit made me laugh πŸ™‚

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Made in Sonoma November 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

@ErrignGlad it didn’t gross you out!

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David November 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

MMm… I love Brew Review days! The Belgo IPA was unique in that it was so light and still called itself an IPA. It was a good beer, but I like mine a bit darker and more hoppy.
P.S. Beer burps are absolutely one of the top reasons to drink beer. πŸ™‚

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Katie November 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I’m super curious about this beer, since you’ve described it as being so light. Generally, I’m a hefeweizen kind of girl, but I’ve always wanted to get into drinking more IPAs, since they’re so common in NorCal (and I don’t like the idea of drinking only girly beer). Maybe a lighter IPA will be my gateway beer…;)

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Made in Sonoma November 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

@Katie
This would be a great beer for you to try then! Plus, drinking a Belgian IPA just sounds hard core. πŸ™‚ Definitely not girly sounding at all!

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mexigarian November 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love IPAs. I have found this beer to be a little light for an IPA, though it is enjoyable.

And beer burps are my specialty. πŸ˜€

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I’d like it since I like citrus, but as a hop-head, I doubt it would be my favorite. Thanks for the review!

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