My wife and I cooked a dinner last night of roasted chicken using Sweet Mama’s BBQ Chicken Rub and Alderwood Smoked Salt from the Savory Spice Shop in Littleton, CO. With the chicken, we prepared glazed carrots and a side salad. I decided to pair New Belgium’s Belgo IPA (7% ABV and 60 IBU), a Belgian IPA, with dinner. It was a very good combination and I think the Belgian IPA is a very versatile beer to pair with many dishes.
Belgian IPA description - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/174 - BeerAdvocate
Appearance – Pale yellow, straw-colored with a nice head poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
Aroma – Citrus from the four hop varieties that are citrus focused and the distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast.
Taste – Very nice balance between the citrus from and banana from the yeast with nice malt sweetness.
Overall – A – New Belgium does the style well. I highly recommend Belgo IPA, New Belgium is a very consistent brewer and you can not go wrong selecting something they brew.
Website description – “When we set out to brew, we use imagination and salvation to guide us – not necessarily style guidelines. It’s the Belgian way. So, Ameri-Belgo and IPA both being styles, the branding begged for new Belgium whimsy to liven things up. Hmmm Belgo souds like a Belgian disco. Hops like to party. Next thing you know, we bust out the disco-ball and brewers started grooving. Hops started hoppin. Add in an authentic Trappist yeast strain and the place brewed into a frenzy of citrus hoppy folly.”
URL – New Belgium Brewing - http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/detail.aspx?id=9c361fac-3e04-4e8b-8a74-bd9619e8cd5f
URL - The Savory Spice Shop - http://www.savoryspiceshop.com