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Porch Swing Single Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Porch Swing Single AlePorch Swing Single Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-08-2002)
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mtrain237:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

mtrain237, Jul 08, 2012
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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, golden straw color with a good head that dissipated quickly but left a firm mark on the glass.

Smell – Light, fruity aroma with hops and malts behind. I sense melon and cherries with some banana and a tinge of grain.

Taste – The bitterness comes out much more in the taste, but this is balanced with malts and an abundance of fruit. I’m also getting a little sour flavor, like a lemon or lime, along with a flowery hop finish.

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation level of this brew, but it’s not smooth or thirst-quenching by any stretch.

Drinkability – Not bad. The balanced flavors make this an interesting brew, but it’s kind of clumsy and (IMO) not dry enough to be offered only in the summer (they started stocking it at my Larry’s Market at the end of July).

Comments – Average across the board. I hate being the lowest rater in the group, but it just didn’t do it for me.

RoyalT, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, missing some of the haze desired from this style. Detected a neat mild fruity strain in the aroma.

Taste was muted, but approachable, as it lacked hops and bitterness, but the yeast strain keeps this beer afloat with its sweet and sour interchange on the palate. A good effort in a style that has never been what I'm all about.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Elemental
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Nice and light. Pretty clear with a medium amount of head

Smell - Good, nice hop aroma with a slight spiciness

Taste - Crisp and tart. Has nice citrus flavor along with a bit of spiciness. Nice bitterness that complements the aroma light body of the beer.

Mouthfeel - good not to strong not to week fits in that good mouthfell range.

Bottom line - another good seasonal beer from the great brewers of New Belgium

Elemental, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent amber-gold hue, thick white head, the apex was two finger’s worth, excellent retention, plenty of rings of lace. The nose is hoppy (mostly pine, some floral notes), grass and light fruity esters. Inviting. The palate is remarkable, surprisingly dry and piney… biscuit malt in the middle (some floral hops too); the yeast makes its appearance towards the end, pepper hints, a kiss of fruit (maybe), some funkiness… this is damn intriguing beer. There is something about it… I can’t put my finger on it though… I like whatever it is… let’s just call the flavor profile… simply complex. Ideal carbonation (on the high side of moderate), medium body, easy to drink. The abv is a little high for a summer ale… ah hell, drink up! I’ll imbibe while it’s around (freaking “limited edition”…)! Recommended!

bditty187, Jul 19, 2002
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't say I've had many Belgian Singles to compare this against, but it's a tasty offering. Easy drinking enough as to not overwhelm the senses yet complex enough to keep even the most discerning beer drinker interested. Pours with a huge fluffy white head, starts off with a malty grassiness reminscent of a saison ala Hennepin, finishes bitterer(?) than I would have expected with a nice Belgian yeast twang. Finished it too quickly, I wish I had more than one.

pbrian, Apr 23, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark golden with a nice white head that fades somewhat quickly. There is a nice fruity aroma that also has some yeast in it. The flavor starts off with some subtle hop bitterness but that is soon pushed aside by the light malty sweetness. The beer finishes with some spicy hop flavors. Dry and smooth on the tongue this beer is highly drinkable. An interesting brew that is a must have for belgian lovers.

Murph, Apr 24, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at “Papago” Brewery, and also have a few bottles for the DBF, as it’s a nice beer for quenching the thirst in this infernal desert heat.

Beer pours a transpicuous golden amber color and the head impressive with the color bright white, frothy in texture, the resultant lace a nice sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweetly malt as is the start, top middling. Finish is crisply acidic, hops pleasant and spicy, very dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer from a favorite brewery.

Gusler, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a moderately sized dense white head. The carbonation is slow rising and profuse with lots of sticky lace.

Aroma: Light malt overlays substantial hop aromas, as well as mild hay, fruity esters and yeast

Taste: Begins with toasted malts, much more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma, quickly followed by a solid hop presence. Finishes with spicy notes and a lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth, and velvety, absolutely superb.

Drinkability/notes: A good choice for introducing beer novices to Belgian-style beers and a remarkably fine beer to bring summer to a close – except in Texas, where summer usually ends around the time of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pegasus, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draught while visiting New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Appearance: This is a hazy golden colored brew with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: There's a touch of alcohol and hoppiness in the aroma.
Flavor. This is a thirst quenching session beer. It's easy drinking, but nothing spectacular.

jcalabre, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porch Swing is golden in hue and very clear, while the head produced is a bit thin. The hop nose seems to be a combination of floral Kent Goldings, Willamette and one of the four C's. A fresh and mild chlorophyll grassiness is present as well. It's very well rounded in hop nose. The malt aroma is quite subtle and is comprised of generic, inobtrusive light crystal malt sweetness. The body and light caramel driven malt profile are quite light, and the hop bitterness dominates in flavor. Just as the hop flavor kicks in, unexpectedly strong yeast esters assert their presence and provide a unique balance. This is my favorite New Belgian seasonal. The hops and malt balance well, and esters provided by the yeast strain add additional complexity. Porch Swing is highly drinkable and should appease beer drinkers of diverse tastes.

marc77, Apr 11, 2002
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2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok what a treat another New belgium product..i love their stuff usually.
Comes in the typical NB brown 12 oz..same water colour typoe label.
Ok pours pretty well into my Chimay glass..crystal golden colour with good looking carbonation strings and a nice frothy pure white head.
Aroma..well really I am dissapointed..there is none..some faint spiciness ..but this smells bland.
Taste also is pretty nondescript,,there is a herbal bitterness in the middle but thats about it.
Its actually a nice enough feeling beer on the palate..not too thin and it's smooth.
I dunno I have to say for me this is not too drinkable..I never thought I would give a New belgium product a below average ( for me) review..but this is a boring beer..maybe i got a bad bottle but its dated best before Oct03..oh well sometimes our heros have at least one clay foot!

Reidrover, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a full ivory head which leaves nice rings of lace. Light hoppy aroma and light Belgian yeasty aroma. Belgian yeasty flavor, a bit horsey and a bit tart. Light-medium body, a bit creamy and smooth.

A great beer in and of itself but hard to compare to a classic Belgian Singel like Witkap-Pater...

Best Before: 08/01/02 Tasted: 01/29/03

RBorsato, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best-by date: 9/2003...

Appearance: very light copper color, lots of frantic bubbles rising just after pour which then slow down to a more leisurely pace, sudsy white head formation and lots of fine lacing

Aroma: malty, caramelly, bisctuity, (hmm what else ends in "y"), a hint of cloves, some earthy hop notes

Flavor: initial caramelly sweetness is followed by a definite abbey yeast flavor profile (clovey phenols and plummy esters) hop flavor is dominant (a woody Anchor Steam type of flavor), bitterness is balanced but weighted towards hops, semi-dry finish

Mouthfeel: light body, crisp, soft texture, clean

Overall Impression: While it is a respectable beer, I was looking for something closer to a true Abbey single. However, the "Porch Swing" part of the title had me prepared for the fact that it would be more American than Belgian. Now, I'm not knocking American beer, mind you! I do have to say, though, that the image on the label (a porch swing) is perfect. Sitting in one just like that at the end of a somewhat hot day, tipping back several well-chilled bottles of this beer is a very enticing idea. Loft, one of their other seasonals, could be enjoyed similarly.

GreenCard, Aug 08, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

famous_mortimur, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 10-23-2003. Served chilled in a Corsendonk glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden honey color topped with a modest white head. Very bubbly, but the head diminishes to a ring of bubbles pretty quickly. Nice fine lacing on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, bready smell with faint notes of orange. Nice herby hop presence.

Taste: Delicate pale malt flavor with a grassy hop finish. Slightly peppery. Modest amounts of bitterness come through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The carbonation makes for a lively sensation.

Drinkability: My first beer from New Belgium, sampled now to ensure freshness. A rather enjoyable beer. Think a nice subtle English Pale Ale with a Belgian twist. This would make for a halfway decent session beer depending on the cost of a 6 pack. Can't wait to try some of the others from this brewery.

Thanks to prAna for making this possible.

ManekiNeko, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a light golden-orange color with a very foamy, creamy white head. The lacing was great leaving webs all over the glass, very sticky. The aroma was refreshing, lots of citrus, lemon, hay, grapefruit, and some spices. The taste wasn't quite as complex but thats okay. Sweet malt hits hard up front and meets up with a crisp hoppiness in the middle. Not a hop bitterness rather a nice rounded hop flavor. A sort of spicy flavor finishes this beer off in the end. This beer goes down very smooth almost creamy like. A very refreshing beer. Would make for a good session or lake beer if it was available here.

Bruiser81, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of vurt
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opening this bottle, I find that it was already past it's "Best By" date, even before I smuggled it back to California from New Mexico over the Xmas holidays. Darn.

And yet, it pours with a gorgeous golden hue, and sends up a tenacious, creamy head that leaves healthy lace clinging to the De Koninck goblet I'm sampling this from. Very attractive.

Aroma is fruity, grassy, and hoppy (some earthy variety), with some spice and warm sweet malt underneath (a doughy, bakery character).

Flavor is initially sweet with an orange-y character which turns into bread and herbal hop bitterness towards the swallow. Medium body. Very creamy. The bitterness lingers in a most agreeable way, though I am left with the impression that this is a two-faced beer-- starts out as one, finishes as another.

vurt, May 08, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Johnfitts, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of crookedhalo
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a short-lived off white head. Biscuity malt aromas with the addition of a underlying fruitiness. The taste is almost the same. Bready and biscuity malt profile with a latent fruitiness in the yeast, almost melon-like. A bit perfumy in the aftertaste from the malt + yeast complexity. Comparing it to another domestic knockoff of another Belgian-style blond or singel, it's... O.K, better than par... I'd probably have it more often if it was available in my area. Props to a buddy for sharing his beer from a road trip well done.

crookedhalo, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful seasonal/experiment from New Belgium. A slightly hazy, golden-honey colored ale with a slightly off-white, pocky head. Slow passing bubbles create an excellent carbonation sensation to look at...as well as taste. Nice smells of grass and hay fields...makes me think I am outside.

The taste is complex and rather strong. A toasty malt note that is cracker-like and floral hoppiness makes for a well-balanced flavor. Subtle notes of apples, honey, and alcohol. It has a good and fair yeasty dimension as well. The finish is of black pepper, reminds me of how a decent Zinfandel wine finishes. Smooth sippin'.

I haven't thought of a food pairing. I'm enjoying it all by itself. I rate this as a great ale from New Belgium. I enjoy trying their offerings and hope that they continue to experiment with this type of confidence. Because this ale has a lot of confidence behind it.

Full-flavored and sensual. I think this is a Botticelli in a bottle.

Zraly, Aug 07, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. A full-bodied Belgian single ale, malty and hoppy. The malts are slightly sweet, while the hops are slightly spicy. Full complex flavors. Full bodied, yet light and refreshing. Question: Belgian estery yeast or some added cane sugars? Can't tell, but it taste really nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth, Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 05, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

harpus, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This abbey style ale, poured a hazy golden color with very little foam and no lace. The smell of spices was outstanding and a mild hint of hops was evident. A beautifully balanced and combination of spices and hops was very pleasant. Along with a finely balance mild and smooth ale to the mouth and palate, makes this a very pleasant and refreshing abbey style ale. Another winner by, New Belgium Brewing!

BeerManDan, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of freed
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this drink owes its higher rating to my like of hops, and this being summertime.

The label and description are nice, as is the golden pour. Rich yellows mixing with carbonation and a slight head. Nice clean hoppy aroma with a slight fruit smell from the yeast. Drinks with a nice and simple body, sweet malts, fruity yeast flavors and bitter highlights from the hop. Nice as it passes the tongue, and leaves me with a sincere desire to drink much more of it.

freed, Aug 25, 2003
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Porch Swing Single Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.