Belgo IPA is part of New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith series. This Belgian IPA has 7o IBUs and an 8% ABV.
Belgo IPA is a Belgian twist on India Pale Ale made with five varieties of hops. Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops are pitched in the kettle. Cascade, Amarillo, and Willamette hops are added during dry-hopping. Medium-bodied, Belgo opens with citrus and floral tones from generous hopping, then gives way to soft fruit tones implied by the authentic Trappist yeast strain and finishes clean.
Belgo pours a golden orange, with a head that reminds me of an orange cream soda. The sea foam-colored head cascades inside the glass as tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass for dear life.
The dominate smells in the nose are of white grape juice and walnuts. Hints of citrus, bubblegum and fruity esters are present.
Earthy hops fill your mouth as you take a sip. A Belgian Tripel-like bite (clove and bubblegum) appears in the backend and balances out hops. As it warms, sweet citrus flavors appear at the forefront, with mild hints of cracked in the middle. Sadly, this beer has a more flavorful nose than a flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is light, creamy and fizzy. The noticeable dryness that comes from Belgians is present here.
I’ll give New Belgium credit where credit is due; this beer tastes like a Belgian beer and it tastes like an IPA. But the problem is those flavors don’t always blend…and this is one of those times. This lack of flavor blending results in a beer where every flavor is too separate, causing the overall taste to fall short.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As a BELGIAN IPA: 6.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Flying Dog RAGING BITCH, Stone CALI-BELGIQUE, De Ranke XX BITTER,