Saturday, November 5, 2016

New Belgium Belgo IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20ChadPolenz (1707) - 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. It’d be awesome if not for that off aroma. 8/10


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