Springboard - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 01-13-2007

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Reviews by PintOHops:
Photo of PintOHops
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Super clear golden colored brew with very large bubbles of carbonation. Head is very disappointing, about a 1-finger that dissipated in a snap. No lacing.

S - Tart, dry and grape like aroma's. Reminds me of champagne a little. Mild bready sweetness with mild citrus like hop characteristics. Not much going on here. Pretty clean.

T - More yeast comes in to play in the taste. Bready and yeasty with notes of cracker and subtle bubble gum. Very dry with notes of grape everywhere. Finishes bready with mild hop twang and slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate crispness.

O - Overall i think this is a refreshing brew to drink on a warm day, similar to a Pilsner or something like that. I'd drink it again but nothing wowed me about it. I think this is just a refreshing, balanced, approachable, quaff-able brew. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a slightly hazy, light-golden ale with a long lasting white head made of rocky bubbles. You'll get a lot more haze if you roll the bottle

S: There is a distinct aroma that lets you know it was brewed with a spice or herb but it's not readily identifiable, sitting somewhere around rosemary mixed with allspice. There is a low spicy hop aroma. In the background there is a slight sulfur note like when chilies are added to a beer without the fruity pepper note.

T: A soft, light malt sweetness with a moderate spice flavor, again hard to a finger on it but it's slightly peppery and bitter. There is also a light fruitiness to the beer that is more than just yeast derived and just enough to notice. There is a medium-low hops bitterness with a low, spicy hops flavor. The balance is slightly bitter with a finish that is off-dry. The aftertaste is of a light spice and a citrusy and berry fruitiness.

M: A cream, medium bodied beer with a slightly thick viscous feel from the oats.

O: An enjoyable beer great for a cool Spring night or to refresh after an early season ride. I like the balance on the spice and fruit additions, there is enough to let you know it's there but not so much that it obscures the underling beer

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought this by and was interested after reading the label with the extra spicing and the aging in oak.

A-Golden color, reminded me of "sparkling" beverages with the amount of carbonation and the bright color
S-WormWwod smell, and some fruity scents, Almost smells bitter in the nose
T-Kind of generic pilsner like flavor of malt(not bready thought) with extra spices/fruit on top. These "spices" gave a bitter taste to the beer and something that I can't describe. It was not good to me and was getting worse as it warmed.
M-Felt good in the mouth being smooth yet carbonated
D-I barely drank this one let one more.

This was aninteresting beer as I think it is a well crafted beer per the appearance and mouthfeel but I didn't care for the flavors they added.

Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer when it came out in 2007. I came across it again the other night and figured I'd give'er a go - again.

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle and poured into snifter glass.

Pour is mostly head free with some bubbles and light lace on edges of glass. Brew is a slightly hazy yellow/tan color.

Smell is somewhat sweet/fruity with light floral notes. Taste is slightly herbaceous with nice light hints of hops and botanical hints. Carbonation is pleasant and finish is crisp with no aftertaste.

Good brew.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale dark yellow/gold color, some haziness throughout it. Belgian yeast floating around maybe? I dunno, I think all yeast looks similar probably. Minimal head, but good lacing.

Some mild bready notes and fractional amount of lemon to it. Pretty muted aroma wise.

Taste had a bitter and lemony edge, mildly tart, well carbonated. Light body. Has a slight woody presence to it. Didn't come across as hoppy at any point of the tasting experience. Some sweetness to it. Not exactly a flavor bomb, body stays kinda thin throughout, but the bitterness never dies. Some herbal aspect of the beer paired with a soft malt profile.

Just interesting enough. Not gonna go looking for it, but its not a bad beer. Probably meant for drinking in the month of April and May.

Photo of MOShepp
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale cloudy yellow after mixing in the yeast in. I think your suppose to leave the yeast in the bottle with this belgian style, but I want everything in the bottle. 1 1/2" white head with moderate lacing.

Weak aroma with bread and slight citrus.

Tastes about like it smells, not much going on. Citrus, wheat, and some hops coming through.

Crisp and mellow, easy to drink but your "mouth" doesn't "feel" much going on.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. bottle dated best by 14 July 2013 served in a snifter. Poured a golden-straw color. Hazy with a small and semi-durable white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the sides. Contains schisandra, an unfamiliar herb/berry used in Chinese medicine which I had to look up, and goji berries.

Aroma: Quite fruity, complex, pleasing and refreshing. The fruitiness is unusual, but one of the stronger notes reminded me of raspberry jam. Bready. Yeast and a trace of hops too, but these are more obvious upon tasting.

Taste: Lightly sweet, bitter and tart, but in reverse order (so more tart than sweet). Components are similar to the nose, again with high complexity including oats and lemongrass.

M: medium-light body. Medium, very soft carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp finish.

O: a unique and interesting fruit/herb beer well worth trying. Lots of subtleties in this one.

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very pale, straw yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head, fading slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer smells mildly of spice. I smell some coriander, and some orange peel. It has a zesty citrusy aroma as well. It has an earthy yeast aroma also.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Slightly spicy, with some citrus. It is slightly yeasty. It has a very so slight tart flavor as well. In the finish, I can taste a slight biscuity flavor, the flavor I have come to associate with New Belgium.

This beer is very thin. It has an almost waterlike mouthfeel. It is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes ok, and not overbearing. Also, it is not high in alcohol.

Overall: I am usually excited to try something new from New Belgium. Since Fat Tire was my gateway beer, I guess I just have some respect for the brewery. I was happy with this one. I will buy it again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light hazy pale straw yellow body with a thin film of snow white head. The head sticks to the glass with each sip and has a gentle carbonation supporting it.

S- The light smell of pale malt and raw grain have a dry note to them.

T- This beer has a slight sour hint to the pale malt with a finish of green noble and pine hops. There is a note of Munich malt to the pale malt flavor and a slight spice to the hops. The soft bitterness hangs on a second after each sip. There is a soft pungent flavor to the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel.

D- The flavor is interesting and smooth but there is not really much character. The hops have a nice pungent musty hint that would be nice to taste more of in the finish.

Photo of LXIXME
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big full long lasting white head slowly settled into a nice lacing above a hazy light golden colored beer.

A light aroma of citrusy hops, light grains with some added yeastiness.

Similar to the aroma a light citrus fruit taste with light grains and lighter yeast attributes.

This medium bodied beer has a slight dryish aftertaste with a bit of the grain and citrus tastes sticking around.

Easy drinking but a little to mellow for my tastes.

Photo of scottblaze
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw colored (hazy not murky), an ambitious pour gave a frothy 1 ½" head, very good retention, nice lacing. Faint lemony nose, almost like lemon pie, a little grassy. Interesting flavor, hard to describe, maybe a little ginger, maybe a little clove, nothing really jumps out ... Balanced. Very good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Maybe not the best representation of a Belgian but certainly a good brew.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New offering from New Belgium so I had to try it.
Pours a pale yellow with a white half finger that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are faint Belgium yeast and sweet malts.
Taste is surprising. A balanced mixture of pale malts, citrusy hops, definite lemon and then the typical Belgium drying at the end.
I'm not sure what this is...sort of a American Macro crossed with a Belgium pale. Strange. Not bad...just strange.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden yellow with a small white head.

S - lightly hippy on the nose, with a green grassy herbal vibe.

T - Green bell peppers, grassy hops, green tea and a hint of mint.

M - Light bodied with just enough structure to avoid wateriness. Finishes somewhat clean with a minty herbal aftertaste.

Thirst quenching and unique. Not the best thing I've had recently, but worth trying for the unique ingredients. I would drink this again in warmer weather.

Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale and cloud golden in appearance, with attractive white foamy head and lovely lacing.

Nose is a mix of crisp grains and light fruitiness. I also get a hint of citrus (presumably the hops).

Taste is nicely spicy and fruity. There's a well-balanced melding of hoppy citrus and biscuity malts. Enjoyable and well-done session ale here, and I wish this were available more widely.

Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came into the store this week and I've been really anxious to try it since it sounds so strange. Body is a lightly hazy golden color topped by a half inch of creamy, stark white head that retains fairly well. Light, herby aroma is somewhere between that of a Belgian blonde and an American adjunct lager - delicate, spicy aromas blend with those of cheap adjunct malt. Strange.
Palate is light and herby. Up front a little bit of sweetness, imparted perhaps by the goji berries. Light herbs - wormwood (I guess), a little thyme - come through before the swallow, with a light citrusy finish. Body is rather spritzy and very refreshing. Wasn't sure how I'd like something like this, but I think it may be a great springtime thirst quencher. If only the weather would warm up a little while it's still on the shelves.

Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Small white head that leaves thin, semi-long lasting, lacing.

T: A bit lager-like in the crispness factor. This aspect shows through even more when poured from the bottle as opposed to drinking straight. Moderately bitter, but not very hoppy. However, this is not to say that the malt dominates, which it certainly does not. It had a little bit fruity taste to it.

S: Very crisp, very fresh smelling, with a small fruity smell that only showed up when tasting.

M: Very light mouthfeel. Almost too light. It was almost like, "I'm sorry, but did I just take a sip of beer, or was I just breathing? Better take another sip to find out." That may be overstating it.

D: High drinkability points for light mouthfeel, but some points taken away, IMO, for lager-like notes. Lagers are not my favorite style, although if this were one, it would be a damn fine example.

Overall, a good beer, and worth the 9 bucks for the sixer. Perfect for one of those spring days, when the weather is warming up, and you're like "Damn, it's hot today!" even though it's only 70 degrees.

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 29 Jun 07 Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffed up 1 finger depth of white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: A little lemon & wheat malt. Some fruityness (think passion fruit as this warms).

T: Light tart wheat malt, clover, lemons & a hint of pepper up front.
I also catch some corriander & a hint of grapefruit hops & almost like lemontart sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with more passion fruit & pear notes, a little citrus hop & a little tartness & crispness

MF: Light/medium bodied & spritzy, really brings out the flavors

Drinks very easy, an interesting if not dead true style take on belgian PAs. A one they want to consider as a summer seasonal (vice skinny dip) as I believe this would go down like water during summer

Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a very small white head that quickly settles to a thin film. Just a little amount of lacing is left on the glass.

It smells of bready malts, grapes, and a little spice from the yeast.

It has the New Belgium taste. The musty, bready malt is the predominant flavor. It does possess a slight fruitness and spiceness. Very mild for a Belgian style ale. Finishes crisp and clean.

Has a light body with ample carbonation.

This would be a nice drinker on a hot day. Just better than average but it is inexpensive and readily available in a lot of areas.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden straw yellow with a half inch head that fades into a white ring but still leaves a decent amount of lacing behind on the glass. Not much yeast for a belgian style ale.

S: This smells almost like a witbier. Strong hints of bananna and milder clove with a faint lemony backing, I am sort of into it, it has sort of an enticing sweetness being mixed around here.

T/MF: Taste isn't bad either though I don't think it fits the guidelines. Grainy yeasty lemony in that order and they play together rather nicely. The bottle says it brewed with goji berries and I feel like I am getting a slight berry sweetness in here that I am really enjoying. The carbonation on the beer is really scaled back from its Beligan big brothers and the smoothness is a rather nice change of pace. Medium bodied and coats the mouth during and after the inital sips. Quite partakeable.

D: One of my favorite offerings from New Belgium though it didn't start off that way. Well balanced and very very drinkable.

Photo of goochpunch
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy gold with tons of carbonation in the body, a thick, fluffy, eggshell head that forms plateaus and dips, and thick, raised lacing on the glass. Smell is a mix of pale malts, spicy yet subdued Belgian yeast, light stone fruits, lemon, and grassy hops. Taste is crisp, pale malts, some grain, some light fruit, herbs and spice. Finishes dry and the aftertaste is cracker-like. Mouthfeel leans toward full, which I guess could be attributed to the oats, and the carbonation is soft. Solid drinkability, but I don't think I could make a session out of this.

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale gold with a slightly off-white head that subsides rather quickly. It looks pretty carbonated. Fairly average looking.

The smell is faint but I can detect traces of apple, honey, and pineapple. The hops don't shine through in the smell, but it is very enticing.

The taste is pretty crisp. It might not be as malty as some other pale ales, but it is balanced. The hops that didn't show up in the smell appears right here, with a decent amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is good. It's a lot less carbonated than what it looks like. Very light and refreshing.

This is a pretty nice beer that is very drinkable. It doesn't feel too heavy, which is a very nice touch. Good job, New Belgium!

Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best before July 15 07.
Hazy yellow, with a fluffy white head and sticky lace.

Aroma is citrusy with some fruity bubblegum, and a spice I can’t pin down.

Flavor is woody, citrusy, herbal.

Finish is dry with an herbal character.

Interesting, but not one of NB best efforts.

Photo of Spikester
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold with a small white head that leaves just a ring in short order. Lacing are decent just in the top 3 inches.
Smell is pungent green apple and ripe fruit.
Taste is fruity slightly acidic with some slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.
Overall a refreshing Belgium Pale with a smooth medium dry finish.
Best by date: 11 Aug. 13.

Photo of BeerSox
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter. On label: Ale browed with Wormwood, Goji berries and Schisandra.

Glowing hazy light straw color with a goldenrod center. The head is thick and slowly fizzes to a foamy cap. Solid stacked lacing along the glass.

Light malts set the stage for a very complex herbal and spicy aroma. A little bit of the wormwood seems to come through.

Light grain quickly shifts to a toasty malt flavor, giving a roasted cracker flavor. The added spices give a swirling mix of different flavors as the beer literally develops on your tongue. Only a little bit of hop bitterness can be detected on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish tastes like a toasty cracker, and the spices actually make a cooling feeling as it washes to the back of the mouth.

This isn't the tastiest beer I have ever had, but I have to give credit to the amount of creativity in this beer that creates good complexity. It's a sweet and malty beer. Recommended.

Photo of TexIndy
1.42/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best before date on the label. Was a light golden color with very small head that quickly went away. The smell was very off-putting and had me worried. It's an exotic brew with Goji berries, Wormwood and Schisandra. Not sure which one dominated the smell but it was not good. The taste was horrendous. Again not sure which one is the culprit but disgusting. Very bitter and acidic from start to finish. The acidity actually gets worse after you drink and keeps on building. I don't mind bitter but acidic and whatever flavoring(s) are dominating ruin this. I love almost anything that NBB puts out but this one is terrible. I can't think of a single positive attribute to this one. Drain pour. Highly, highly don't recommend. (0, NA, ML, N)

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Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
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