About Belgian Style IPA

About Belgian Style IPA
Belgian style IPAs are deep gold to amber in color and range in alcohol from 6-8%. A marriage of pale malt, American hops and Belgian yeast, Belgian-style IPAs are one of the more recent styles quickly gaining recognition. While commonly deemed too bitter for Belgian audiences, these beers are quickly gaining popularity in the US. While the style is still in development, it is typically high in alcohol, and can be thought of as a hybrid of an American IPA and Belgian-style Tripel. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA and Flossmoor Station Hop Central.

Top Picks for Belgian Style IPA

Collesi Bionda IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Fruity, herbal, grassy aromas of seeded rye, clementine pith, toasted wheat, and orange oil with a soft, fizzy, fruity medium body and a graceful, momentary dried grass, eucalyptus oil, star anise, and honeyed green tea finish. A Belgian beer for hop heads who are ready to branch out.
Vancouver Island Brewing Champagne Powder Belgian Brut IPA
88 points
Yellow color. Curious aromas and flavors of lit vanilla-coconut candle, grilled artichoke, and plastic wrapped crayons with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, somewhat odd, breezy finish imparting notes of roasted grapefruit and orange, stone ground mustard on rye toast, raw sage, and cornmeal finish. Belgian yeast with intense hops to create an IPA for adventurous drinkers.
North Pier Brewing Company Buckrider Belgian IPA
84 points
Cloudy amber color. Citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus peels, lemongrass, herb sourdough baguette, and okra and artichoke with a slightly chewy, racy, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, long finish revealing shades of roasted root vegetables, wilted spinach, white pepper, and pine finish. A brash, peppery, and somewhat rustic Belgian IPA for the table.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery West Alice Imperial Belgian IPA
82 points
Medium bright amber color. Buttery, fruity, floral, perfumed, spicy aromas of fresh brioche, flower stems, and fresh firewood with a round, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-long juniper berry, black tea, and grassy finish. A hoppy, boozy Belgian for IPA converts.