Thursday, March 14th 2013
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)
At first glance this can might look like any other can of craft beer. But, inside is something a little more unique, something a little more special. Belgorago is not your ordinary Belgian-style IPA. This is a beer brewed with malt and hops from Colorado for a true Colorado craft beer experience.
From the Wynkoop site:
"Lusciously hopped but artfully balanced, Belgorado is a gloriously golden beer rich with pale malt flavors, layers of hops from start to finish, and spice notes. It is 6.7% ABV, has about 45 IBUs and 95 OMGs. And Colorado terroir in every sip."
Here we go...
Pour - bright golden, not far off from the color of the can, with about a half inch of white head on top. Clean in appearance with nice carbonation levels.
Aroma - when Belgorado was first brewed in 2010 it was wet-hopped, but this version is dry-hopped. A bit of a pronounced hop aroma is present along with some spiciness from the yeast and some aromas of tropical fruits. Quite aromatic and an easy beer to stick your face into multiple times.
Taste - the first sip floods the mouth with the softness of silk. This is like butter on the palate! Tangy sweet with a great semi-funky spicy flavor from the yeast both combine with the strong earthy/grassy hop presence to create something altogether delicious. The combination of aroma and flavor is really a treat with this beer. So much of the experience depends on both of those things and Belgorado is a treat for both senses. The finish is bready with some hints of pineapple.
Overall - smooth, spicy, hoppy and delicioius. A great Belgian-style IPA that hits all the marks and is extremely enjoyable. We're wishing we had a lot more cans in our fridge.
Note - Belgorado is "hopped with whole leaf hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm, a pioneering little hop farm in Olathe, CO" and brewed with "a Belgian-style malted barley from Colorado Malting Company, a small, family owned farm and specialty maltster in Alamosa, CO."
Posted by Russ
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