Pacific Northwest – This time of year seems to bring out the most interesting beers, from the Black India Pale Ale to the Cascadian Dark Ale, there is always a brewery willing to do something different. A couple of years ago, several breweries started a trend centered on of all things, the combination of Belgian / Belgian-style ales and IPAs. What was created was a style known today as Belgian IPA.
Of those recognized, the most respected is La Chouffe with its iconic gnome. Others such as Stone Brewing stepped up (Cali-Belgique) as did New Belgium’s Belgo. It was the latter that caught our attention so we decided to take a sip and see what the brewery from Ft. Collin’s impressions were.
New Belgium’s Belgo, is a Belgian-style India Pale Ale that pours copper and clear with a strong off-white, foamy, head , that leaves behind a tattered curtain of lace inside the glass.
Sipping on this you can’t help but be reminded of the bananas, as well as hop spiciness, before the beer finishes with a biscuit breadiness. Overall this beer produces a medium weight on the tongue but is slightly sticky.
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.
You Should Try. There aren't enough Belgian India Pale Ales out there and if you find yourself in front of the cheese aisle, we suggest something sharp like some blue cheese or pungent like a gouda.
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.