Springboard - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by semihobo:
2.3/5 rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5
Have been killing off a sixer throughout the summer, here's the last one.
Modest head after a gentle pour. Body is an opaque gold, looks like some magical elixir (and hey, it's beer, so it is by definition).
Smells of herbs (bottle says wormwood, lycium, schisandra, you'd think one random ingredient would be enough to push the envelope) and oak, the 2% of the beer aged in oak makes a difference. Hops are cool and muted. No esters, no sweetness.
Taste is very dry and herbal. Bitterness from hops and herbs blends together, especially on the finish. Any sweetness is fleeting. Finish is medicinally bitter.
Creamy mouthfeel. Lush carbonation.
Where is the nuanced malt profile? Feels like New Belgium decided, "throw some crazy herbs in that beer, man, and age it in oak, and put a wave of snow on the label. Extreme!" I drank the other five before this, so not awful, but this is an attempt to push the style that fell short. Throw in the inflated price and I won't be revisiting it.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2008 21:02:56 | More by semihobo
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