Beer of the Week: New Belgium Belgo IPA

Formerly being produced as one of their Lips of Faith series beers, New Belgium Brewing has now brought their Belgian IPA to the mass market. Dry-hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, and Willamette hops, and fermented with a belgian trappist yeast, this is a beer that is as unique as it sounds.

It pours a deep golden with a slight white head, which quickly settles into a cap of froth. The aromas are packed with bright citrus hop flavors with a background of sweet and spicy yeast.

Upon tasting the beer, the first thing you notice is the bright grapefruit and floral notes of the hops. In the background you get a whole mashup of flavors including banana, clove, caramel, and sweetness that would be offputting if it weren’t for the load of hop bitterness that balances it out. The finish is crisp and dry, with some residual bitterness.

Surprisingly I am not the biggest fan of this beer. My wife likes it, and it is well balanced, but I think that the dry-hopping over does it for me. Cheers.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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